IBM Pledges $3 Billion For Chip Research
IBM Pledges $3 Billion For Chip Research
AirAsia Plane Carrying 162 Lost; 3rd Malaysia Airline Shock
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IBM on Wednesday pledged to spend $3 billion over five years on semiconductor research, a move to reassure customers that the technology underlying Big Blue's hardware and software businesses will keep advancing. The computer giant said the money will be directed toward two major tasks—tackling technical obstacles to the miniaturization of circuitry on conventional silicon chips and developing alternative materials and technologies to keeping boosting computing speed while consuming less energy.
An astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia turned worse Sunday when an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people disappeared over stormy Indonesian waters, with no word on its fate despite several hours of searching by air and sea. AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished in airspace possibly thick with dense storm clouds, strong winds and lightning on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. Searchers had to fight against heavy rain. The Malaysia-based carrier's loss comes on top of the still-unexplained disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July over Ukraine. At the Surabaya airport, shocked family members pored over the plane's manifest, crying and embracing when they learned the news. Nearly all the passengers and crew are Indonesians, who are frequent visitors to Singapore, particularly on holidays.
Sources said, leaders of Syria's Nusra Front are considering cutting their links with al Qaeda to form a new entity backed by some Gulf states trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad. Sources within and close to Nusra said that Qatar, which enjoys good relations with the group, is encouraging the group to go ahead with the move, which would give Nusra a boost in funding. The exercise could transform Nusra from a weakened militia group into a force capable of taking on Islamic State at a time when it is under pressure from bombing raids and advances by Kurdish and Iraqi military forces.
Couples from around the world flocked to the Cheon Shim Peace World Center this week to tie the knot with more than 7,000 of their closest friends. People came to Gapyeong, South Korea from more than 50 countries to exchange and reaffirm marriage vows in the Unification Church. The ceremony was organized and presided over by Hak Ja Han Moon, wife of the controversial founder of the church, Reverand Sun Myung Moon, according to the Associated Press. The Unification Church is famous for mass weddings, though their popularity has spread around the world, often held in sports stadiums and major arenas.
Adam Levine has the voice, and a pretty giant heart! Maryland resident Christopher Warner isn't shy about showcasing his love for Maroon 5 and the band's lead singer. In fact, his teachers admit he may just be a bit obsessed. Special Education teacher Avery Stanert told Today.com about her Down Syndrome student, "He loves to listen to their music during work breaks. He draws pictures of them. He just absolutely loves them.
Members of a Hindu nationalist group have forced several abattoirs in the Indian state of Maharashtra to shut after a law was passed banning the beef trade there, a leader of the group and a lawyer for meat traders said on Wednesday. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad, or World Hindu Council, a nationalist group linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party, acted after winning a court order to stop the killing of bulls and bullocks. Mohammad Ali Qureshi, president of the Bombay Suburban Beef Dealers Association said, "Members of the VHP came to Deonar abattoir late at night and asked us to stop the slaughter, showing the copy of the High Court order."
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