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He Wrote a Gibberish Paper via Autocomplete, Found Success

Looks like anyone can be a nuclear physicist

(Newser) - When New Zealand professor Christoph Bartneck received an invitation to submit a paper to the International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics in the US, he was skeptical given he has "practically no knowledge" of nuclear physics. So he decided to use his iPhone's iOS autocomplete function to... More »

Boehner: Senate's Immigration Bill Is Toast

House speaker rules out conference compromise

(Newser) - John Boehner threw a massive bucket of cold water on hopes for comprehensive immigration reform today, saying that the Senate bill was a complete non-starter for the House. "We have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill," Boehner said, NBC News reports. Reform advocates... More »

John Roberts: I'm Headed to 'Island Fortress'

He jokes about going to Malta, ducks ObamaCare questions

(Newser) - Don't hold your breath for any personal revelation by Chief Justice John Roberts about his pivotal role in the ObamaCare decision . When asked at a conference today how his vote might fit into his legacy, he responded, "Well, I won't answer anything that has to do with... More »

GSA Bash Organizer Steps Down

Jeff Neely had 'swagger' like Jack Abramoff: congressman

(Newser) - The General Services Administration official who organized that extravagant and much-derided Las Vegas conference has left his post. Jeff Neely was acting regional commissioner when the $800,000 conference occurred; after an investigation, he was placed on administrative leave in April. The GSA is continuing to pursue "all available... More »

Israel Slams Catholic Call to End Occupation of Palestine

Calls archbishop's comments 'libel'

(Newser) - Israel blasted a statement by Catholic bishops made during a conference in Rome that called for “an end to the occupation” of Palestinian territories. “We express our disappointment that this important synod has become a forum for political attacks on Israel in the best history of Arab propaganda,... More »

Democrats Will Skip Formal Health Care Conference

Aim to prevent procedural hurdles thrown up by GOP in Senate

(Newser) - Democrats are “almost certain” to avoid a formal conference to reconcile the House and Senate health care bills, senior Capitol Hill sources say, thereby robbing Senate Republicans of yet more opportunities to stall the bill. If Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi convened a formal conference, there would need to... More »

Ditch Your Trashy Avatar

Businesses who use virtual worlds need 3-D dress codes

(Newser) - With businesses increasingly making use of virtual worlds like Second Life for long-distance training and conferences, it’s important for employees to show a little discretion with their choice of avatar, warns a report from tech advisory firm Gartner. “Because 3-D environments add the visual dimension, they will need... More »

Jimena, Nearly Category 5, Targets Baja

Hurricane could hit Los Cabos resorts tomorrow night

(Newser) - Hurricane Jimena, nearly strong enough to be classified as the most serious category of storm, could hit the resort-heavy southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula by tomorrow evening, the Los Angeles Times reports. Jimena’s winds are at 155mph, at the top end of Category 4. An international economics... More »

In Kenya, Clinton Blasts Graft, Corruption

Says government responsibility key to 'economic progress'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton criticized Kenya today for rampant graft and corruption as she made the case that business and trade across Africa cannot grow without good governance and solid democracy. In President Obama's ancestral homeland, the secretary of State said, "True economic progress in Africa will depend on responsible governments... More »

Cure Still Elusive as Cancer Treatments Improve

(Newser) - The world’s largest cancer conference convened this weekend and offered some hope but no cures, USA Today reports. Researchers are getting closer to developing treatments that are gentler and more individualized, and that increase longevity and quality of life. But a cure remains elusive, and even the most promising... More »

Iranian Prez Dropped Holocaust Denial From UN Speech

Ahmadinejad had called it 'ambiguous and dubious'

(Newser) - It didn't stop a mass walkout, but Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad actually toned down the speech he gave at a UN racism conference yesterday, the UN said today, dropping language denying the reality of the Holocaust. In the original text of his speech, he said of Western nations: "Following... More »

Under Pressure, Wells Fargo Cancels Vegas Junket

(Newser) - Wells Fargo, which received $25 billion in TARP funds, has canceled a swanky corporate retreat in Las Vegas after criticism began to mount, the AP reports. The bank had booked 12 nights at two pricey hotels to recognize top employees. Wells Fargo initially defended the retreat when news of it... More »

Anti-Vista Mom Corners Hapless Microsoft CEO

Ballmer counters emotional frustration with techie excuses

(Newser) - Though he may rule the boardroom, all it took to unravel Microsoft’s chief executive was a mom on a rampage about his new Vista operating system. An analyst questioning Steve Ballmer at a conference said she’d become an early Vista adopter at her 13-year-old daughter’s request—only... More »

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