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uber-052215.jpg Uber's first experimental self-driving car has been spotted driving around the streets of Pittsburgh. The test vehicle for Uber's self-driving car program is a modified Ford Fusion, with the words 'Uber's Advanced Technologies Center' marked on the side of the vehicle. Uber has confirmed that the vehicle is part of its early research efforts regarding mapping, safety and autonomy systems.

luminousgalaxy-052215.jpg A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). It is the most luminous galaxy found to date and belongs to a new class of objects recently discovered by WISE - extremely luminous infrared galaxies, or ELIRGs. "We are looking at a very intense phase of galaxy evolution," said Chao-Wei Tsai

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has announced he will convene a global Impact Economy Forum, focused on clean energy investments and climate change, this fall. The announcement was made via video message during the closing session of the Business and Climate Summit in Paris Thursday. The Secretary's...

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is rushing critical relief supplies to Tanzania's north-western border with Burundi amid a devastating cholera outbreak affecting tens of thousands of refugees there. UNICEF confirmed it had dispatched cholera treatment supplies, as well as water, sanitation,...

The United Nations has hailed the "transformative" vision for education over the next 15 years, adopted today at a global forum in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The document encourages countries to provide inclusive, equitable, quality education opportunities for all. The Incheon Declaration, adopted...

Members of the European Union Parliament in a resolution on Thursday said member states should take on more responsibility for the their security and defense now, considering the unprecedented level of instability at EU borders. The members of parliament urged member states to use Common Security...

Obama1-052115.jpg Despite the fall of the key Iraqi city of Ramadi, President Barack Obama does not believe the U.S. is losing its fight against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS. Obama acknowledged losing Ramadi to ISIS control was a "tactical setback" but argued the city had been vulnerable for a long time.

amtrak-train-051315.jpg On the heels of last week's deadly Amtrak train derailment near Philadelphia, a group of Senate Democrats have called for an increase in spending on the publicly funded rail service.

USCapitol-052115.jpg A controversial trade bill cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Thursday, with most Republicans and a few Democrats voting to limit debate on legislation giving the president the authority to "fast track" trade deals.

philadelphiafed-052115.jpg Firms responding to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey revealed that regional manufacturing activity has unexpectedly increased at a slower rate in May.

LeadingIndicatorIndex-052115.jpg Suggesting the paltry economic growth in the first quarter may be temporary, the Conference Board released a report on Thursday showing that its index of leading U.S. economic indicators rose by much more than anticipated in April.

ExistingHomeSales-052115.jpg With lagging supply relative to demand putting upward pressure on home prices, the National Association of Realtors released a report on Thursday showing an unexpected decrease in existing home sales in the U.S. in the month of April.

Richpoor-052115.jpg The gap between the rich and the poor keeps widening, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). A report published by OECD Thursday says growth, if any, has disproportionately benefited higher income groups while lower income households have been left behind. This long-run increase in income inequality not only raises social and political concerns, but also ec

InternetPrivacy-052115.jpg Americans are turning nervous about Internet privacy with more than 9-in-10 adults thinking they should have control on what information is collected about them, according to the latest privacy survey conducted by the Pew Research Center. Personal "data insecurity" now looms over daily decisions and activities.

JoblessClaims-052115.jpg While the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing a bigger than expected increase in initial jobless claims in the week ended May 16th, the four-week moving average of claims still fell to a new fifteen-year low.

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