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Experts: Much bigger sea level rise likely

May 5, 2011

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The Arctic is melting faster than expected and could contribute 2-3 feet more in global sea levels by 2100 than earlier thought, experts state in a report being presented to international officials on Wednesday. The report shatters predictions made four years ago by the authoritative U.N. climate change panel. “The observed changes in sea ice […]

‘Paper iPhone’ could be next mobile revolution

May 5, 2011

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A pocket-sized computer as thin and flexible as a sheet of paper is set to be unveiled next week. While it’s just a prototype, the researchers say the bendy souped-up smartphone could revolutionize the way we interact with computers. Called PaperPhone, the new device is a flexible version of e-ink, the digital ink screen found […]

Giant Squid Killed by Sound

May 5, 2011

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When giant squid were found dead off Spain about a decade ago, scientists suspected that powerful sound pulses from ships had harmed the animals. Now the evidence may be in. A new study says low-frequency sounds from human activities can affect squid and other cephalopods, not just whales and other marine mammals, which have long […]

UFO Battles Over San Diego? Not so much.

May 5, 2011

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A San Diego-based UFO researcher named Ed Grimsley captured what one writer called “multiple unidentified flying objects” that were “saucer-shaped [and] appeared to hover in the sky and change direction before moving out of sight.” The video was taken April 30 with Grimsley’s organization, Skywatch. To the trained eye, however, this video appears to show […]

Acupuncture needle found in ex-S.Korea president’s lung

May 5, 2011

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Former South Korean president Roh Tae-woo was admitted to hospital with a bad cough and ended up on the operating table to remove an acupuncture needle from his right lung. Local media reports said Roh, 78, was released from Seoul National University Hospital Monday after surgery to remove the 6.5 cm needle. Doctors are puzzled […]

Marsupial wolf or Tasmanian tiger? Extinct Australian thylacine was more cat than dog, researchers find

May 5, 2011

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Its head and body looked like a dog, yet its striped coat was cat-like. It carried its young in a pouch, like a kangaroo. No wonder the thylacine — the enigmatic, iconic creature of Australia and Tasmania — was the object of so much confusion, alternately called the “marsupial wolf” and the “Tasmanian tiger.” So […]

Strange Exits: Crucified man found in quarry in loin cloth, thorn crown

May 5, 2011

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A man’s body was discovered nailed to a wooden cross in an empty South Korea stone pit, supposedly next to a mirror so he could see himself suffer, according to a New York Daily News report. Donning a loin cloth and crown of thorns, the man had a stab wound on his side and his […]

Alligator bites Fla. police car, holds on

May 5, 2011

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A close encounter between a Florida deputy sheriff and a 10-foot-long alligator was captured on video Saturday. Authorities say Alachua County Deputy Victor Borrero spotted the reptile Saturday evening near the Gainesville Golf and Country Club. While the deputy was waiting for a gator trapper to show up, the reptile attacked his patrol car, eventually […]

German man trapped in women’s prison rescued by mayor

May 5, 2011

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A 24-year-old man who was looking for a shortcut to a nearby park became trapped in a women’s prison in central Germany on Monday. The unnamed man found himself shut inside the walls of Hilldesheim jail near Hannover after entering a metal door on the outside of the prison, only for it to close behind […]

Police dress up as doctors to test citizens

May 5, 2011

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Turkish police donned white coats and stethoscopes to disguise themselves as doctors, then knocked on people’s doors to see how easily they would fall for a confidence scam. The undercover police officers told residents of the southeastern city of Gaziantep they were screening for high blood pressure and handed out pills, according to Turkish media. […]

I control therefore I am: chimps self-aware, says study

May 5, 2011

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The findings, reported in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, challenge assumptions about the boundary between human and non-human, and shed light on the evolutionary origins of consciousness, the researchers said. Earlier research had demonstrated the capacity of several species of primates, as well as dolphins, to recognize themselves in a mirror, suggesting a […]

Gunman Barricades Himself on Farm Full of Snakes

May 5, 2011

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At Tom Crutchfield’s Reptile Farm in Homestead, you can find deadly creatures such as Chinese bamboo vipers, Mojave rattlesnakes, black Pakistan cobras, and, apparently, right now, a man with a gun. Yes, according to reports, a man has barricaded himself inside a building on the property after shooting another man. Reports are sparse, but the […]

Royal newly-weds to visit US after Canada tour

May 5, 2011

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to pay an official visit to the US following their first overseas tour to Canada this summer. Prince William and his new wife will extend the trip with a three-day visit to California from 8-10 July, said their spokesman. Announcing the visit on its Twitter page, Clarence House […]

Apple acts on iPhone tracking bug

May 5, 2011

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Apple has released a software update after complaints that iPhones and iPads were secretly recording locations. The problem came to light when security researchers found a hidden file on the devices containing a record of everywhere they had been. Used with certain software, the file could generate a map of all a person’s movements with […]

US ‘web suicide nurse’ William Melchert-Dinkel jailed

May 5, 2011

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A US man who helped persuade an English man and a Canadian woman to commit suicide after finding them online has been given a jail term in Minnesota. Ex-nurse William Melchert-Dinkel, 48, was convicted in March over the deaths of Mark Drybrough, 32, from Coventry, and Nadia Kajouji, 18, from Ontario. The judge ordered him […]

Quantum simulation with light: Frustrations between photon pairs

May 5, 2011

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Already the behavior of relatively small quantum systems cannot be calculated because quantum states contain much more information than their classical counter-parts. However, if another quantum system is used to simulate the quantum system of interest, then answers about the properties of the complex quantum system can be obtained. When is a quantum system frustrated? […]

Worm discovery could help 1 billion people worldwide

May 5, 2011

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Scientists have discovered why some people may be protected from harmful parasitic worms naturally while others cannot in what could lead to new therapies for up to one billion people worldwide. Parasitic worms are a major cause of mortality and morbidity affecting up to a billion people, particularly in the Third World, as well as […]

Giant ants spread in warm climes

May 5, 2011

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A giant ant growing over 5cm 2in long crossed the Arctic during hot periods in the Earth’s history, scientists say, using land bridges between continents.The ant, named Titanomyrma lubei, lived about 50 million years ago and is one of the largest ant species ever found.Fossils were unearthed in ancient lake sediments in Wyoming, US.Writing in […]