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Jury Issues Guilty Verdicts For Blackwater Guards

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Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.

The men claimed self-defense, but federal prosecutors argued that they had shown “a grave indifference” to the carnage their actions would cause. All four were ordered immediately to jail.

Their lawyers are promising to file appeals. The judge did not immediately set a sentencing date.

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Blood sugar testing goes wireless, painless for diabetes patients

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Now that is cool: Testing your sugar without needles and without blood droplets.

In Europe, the medical company Abbott has just released its FreeStyle Libre system, which may usher in a revolution in diabetes care. And both doctors and patients can’t wait.

Prabahar Gopalakrishnan, 26, is a type 1 diabetic who has taken daily insulin injections since the age of seven. “I’ve probably pricked my fingers almost 15,000 times so far,” he tells me.

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!!!!!WirelessBloodTesting1The Abbott FreeStyle Libre uses a cellphone-sized device, left, to display blood glucose readings gathered by a sensor placed on the arm, right.
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If Every Human On Earth Suddenly Vanished, Something Like This Might Happen

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What would Earth be like if all humans suddenly disappeared?

It’s a creepy thought, for sure. And according to a new video from the YouTube series Earth Unplugged, the end of humanity would spell the slow demise of manmade structures and cause cats and dogs to de-evolve into creatures more akin to their feral ancestors.

Think “I Am Legend” without the zombies.

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Afghanistan Hangs Five for ‘Extramarital Sex’ After Gang Rape

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Afghanistan hanged five men on Wednesday over a gang rape that had shocked the country, officials said. Human rights groups had called for new President Ashraf Ghani to stay the executions to address concerns about the handling of the case. The incident sparked concern in Afghanistan’s conservative society over public security at a time when foreign troops are leaving the country.

The men were convicted of robbery and extramarital sex, but not rape — which is widely seen as a taboo subject. The victims were returning home from a wedding along with their families outside Kabul in August. Officials said a large group of men, some dressed in police uniforms, and carrying assault rifles, stopped a convoy of cars. They dragged four women out of the cars in the middle of the night and raped them in a field near the main road. The assault provoked such an outpouring of rage that former President Hamid Karzai told a delegation of women the perpetrators would face the death penalty. Karzai confirmed the death sentences just before leaving office late last month.

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Nooses hang at an execution site in Pul-e-Charkhi prison on the outskirts of Kabul on Wednesday.
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Drunk Drivers Will Now Be Spotted By This Innovative Sensor Fixed In The Car Seat

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Say hello to a new sensor that can be incorporated into car seats and will be able to identify if a driver is drunk or intoxicated. The sensor has been created by a team of researchers from University of Tokyo and Hiroshima University in Japan while collaborating with Delta Tooling. The gadget can also tell if the driver is getting drowsy while driving.
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The sensor can also be installed in a patient’s bed and shall be able to notify if the pulse is abnormal or if the patient undergoes a heart attack. As far as the sensor’s functioning is concerned, it makes use of the built-in microphone, capable of detecting vibration and sound being produced by the cardiovascular system of the user in question. A foamy fabric makes it easier to be fixed into a seat or bed without causing discomfort to the user.
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The Best Asparagus Recipes You Can Eat This Spring

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Even though it’s available all year long, asparagus can easily be considered the star of the spring season — that’s when it tastes the best. Steamed, boiled, sauteed, roasted, grilled — asparagus takes on different qualities, however you cook it. Roasting and grilling turns asparagus almost sweet. Steamed or boiled, asparagus retains the vegetable’s natural flavor.

For most preparations, tender asparagus spears are the way to go — their delicate texture makes them great for salads and even eaten raw. But the thicker ones do have their place; they stand up better to cooking methods like grilling.

Mediterranean in origin, asparagus is now grown in almost every corner of the world, including Mexico, Peru, China, and Chile, and then shipped to supermarkets everywhere. But you’ll never find fresher, tastier stalks than those sold in your local farmers’ markets.

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Cure for Type 1 diabetes imminent after Harvard stem-cell breakthrough

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Harvard University has produced the vast quantities of insulin-producing cells needed for transplants

A cure for diabetes could be imminent after scientists discovered how to make huge quantities of insulin-producing cells, in a breakthrough hailed as significant as antibiotics.

Harvard University has, for the first time, managed to manufacture the millions of beta cells required for transplantation.

It could mean the end of daily insulin injections for the 400,000 people in Britain living with Type 1 diabetes.

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