Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 2:46 pm
Derision: It's what would usually greet plans for a futuristic transportation system that could take passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes. But when Elon Musk, the billionaire inventor behind PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX, unveils such a plan, the world pays attention (even if it draws skeptics).
Update 3:15pm: At a news conference on Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama made it clear that he has no intention of stopping the daily collection of Americans’ phone records, but he did promise more oversight of how those programs are carried out.
Hear the updated interview with Josh Gerstein, White House correspondent for Politico:
Neurosurgeon Andres Lozano talks about dramatic findings in deep brain stimulation including a woman with Parkinson's who instantly stops shaking, and brain areas eroded by Alzheimer's that are brought back to life.
China is in a holding pattern, waiting for the trial of a former rising star in the Communist party, Bo Xilai.
Bo ran the city of Chongqing — a metropolis of 30 million people. He is being tried on corruption charges, including taking $3.3 million in bribes.
Bo is considered by Forbes to be the 10th richest man in China. He is also suspected of involvement in the killing of British business man Neil Heywood — for which his wife Gu Kailai has been convicted.
So far, authorities have not said exactly when the trial will begin, or detailed all the charges against Bo.