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12:49 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

The Ghost In The Car May Be A Hacker

Chris Valasek (left) and Charlie Miller talk about hacking into vehicle computer systems during the Black Hat USA 2014 hacker conference in Las Vegas last August.
Steve Marcus Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 4:01 pm

Andy Greenberg was minding his own business, driving a Jeep Cherokee on the highway in St. Louis when the SUV's air vents suddenly started blasting cold air. Then the radio switched stations and began blaring hip-hop at full volume. Spinning the radio control knobs did nothing. Soon, the windshield wipers turned on and wiper fluid obscured Greenberg's view.

Then things started getting really interesting.

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The Two-Way
12:16 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Winner Of French Scrabble Title Does Not Speak French

Nigel Richards, seen here at a Scrabble tournament last winter, won the French-language Scrabble championships Monday. He began studying the French Scrabble dictionary in May.
Yui Mok PA Photos /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 8:47 pm

The Scrabble career of Nigel Richards went from great to astounding this week, after he won the French-language Scrabble World Championships. A New Zealand native, Richards has won several English-language titles; his new victory follows weeks of studying a French dictionary.

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The Two-Way
12:09 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Hearing Postponed For Freelance Photographer Jailed In Egypt

Pictured here in a protest sign, Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid has been held without charge since his arrest on August 14, 2013. He was taken into custody by Egyptian police while he was taking pictures during a chaotic protest in Cairo.
Amr Nabil AP

Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as the freelance photographer Shawkan, has been behind bars in Egypt for 705 days without charge. Today's hearing to either renew his time in jail or release him was postponed. His detention continues.

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The Salt
11:39 am
Tue July 21, 2015

A 3-D Food Lab And Restaurant Wants To Turn Yuck Into Yum

For 3-D food printers, chocolate is a good material to start with, because it's fairly simple to keep it liquid inside the printer cartridge and solid once it drops out.
Courtesy of Smart Gastronomy Lab, University of Liège

Dorothée Goffin's lab in Belgium is outfitted with 3-D printers and digital milling machines. It's also a kitchen. And, one day a week, the doors open to anyone who feels like walking in to mess around with the equipment. These days, the tech geeks, chefs, and curious folk that inhabit the lab are focused on 3-D printing. Instead of spouting plastic doodads, the printers exude chocolate.

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The Two-Way
10:59 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Irate French Farmers Block Tourist Sites To Protest Low Meat And Dairy Prices

Farmers blocked the road to Mont Saint-Michel, the tourist attraction seen in the distance.
Jacky Naegelen Reuters /Landov

French milk and meat farmers are mad. They say that prices for their products are so low that they can't even meet their costs. In protest, they are blocking roads to tourist attractions.

Mont Saint Michel — an island that's one of the most-visited tourist sites in France — is one of the places that's been cut off. At road blocks, protesters have reportedly used tractors, piles of manure and tires to cut off access to the two-lane road onto the island.

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