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Chinese Actor Is Arrested After Changing Name And Spending 13 Years On The Run From Police

December 19, 2011

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A Chinese actor who played a detective in a television drama has been arrested after spending 13 years on the run from the police. Ji Siguang is accused of attacking a policeman in the city of Qiqihar in northern China with three other men. The officer’s gun was stolen during the assault. Since then, Mr […]

UFOs from a train window

December 19, 2011

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Touchless smartphones and TVs could be on sale in 2012

December 19, 2011

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So you’ve lost your TV remote control. Again. Not to worry, says a tiny Israeli start-up company called XTR3D – soon you’ll be able to flick through channels and adjust the volume using only… your hand. You’ll just have to turn your palm towards the screen, and zap away without ever getting off the couch. […]

Last US troops to leave Iraq cross Kuwait border

December 19, 2011

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The last convoy of US troops to leave Iraq has entered Kuwait, nearly nine years after the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. The final column of about 100 armoured vehicles carrying 500 soldiers crossed the southern Iraqi desert overnight. At the peak of the operation there were 170,000 US troops and more than 500 bases […]

Self-cleaning cotton nanoparticle coating invented

December 19, 2011

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Efforts to create self-cleaning cotton fabrics are bearing fruit in China. Engineers have created a chemical coating that causes cotton materials to clean themselves of stains and remove odours when exposed to sunlight. The researchers say the treatment is cheap, non-toxic and ecologically friendly. Retail experts say the innovation could prove a hit with retailers […]

Sun stops chickenpox from spreading

December 19, 2011

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Exposure to sunlight may help impede the spread of chickenpox, claim researchers. The University of London team found chickenpox less common in regions with high UV levels, reports the journal Virology. Sunlight may inactivate viruses on the skin, making it harder to pass on. However, other experts say that other factors, including temperature, humidity, and […]

Twitter sells $300m “strategic stake” to Saudi prince

December 19, 2011

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Twitter has secured $300m in funding from Saudi investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, with the well-known tech backer – who counts Apple shares among other firms in his portfolio – grabbing a “strategic stake” in the microblogging platform. “Several months of negotiations” culminated in the deal, which values Twitter at around $8bn overall Businessweek reports, […]