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Utah Woman Assaults Ice Cream Truck Driver Over High Prices

December 26, 2011

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A Utah woman faces misdemeanor charges after police say she sprayed an ice cream truck driver in the face with cleaning solution because she was upset about the driver’s prices. Authorities in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville say 65-year-old Andrea Chavez told them she sprayed the woman because “she charges too much for […]

Strange Exits: Man Dies Eating Brother’s Cocaine to Spare Him Jail

December 26, 2011

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A 20-year-old South Carolina man died after eating an ounce of cocaine his brother was hiding in his buttocks as the two were sitting in the back of a police cruiser, authorities say. Wayne Joshua Mitchell began having difficulty breathing and collapsed an hour after his older brother begged him to eat the cocaine to […]

Bird flu: Research row as US raises terror fears

December 26, 2011

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US authorities have asked the authors of two controversial bird flu studies to redact key details after a government advisory panel suggested the data could be used by terrorists. The papers show how a bird flu variant can pass easily between ferrets. Editors at the journals Science and Nature say they will not agree to […]

New Invisibility Cloak. Not Only Invisible, But Also Inaudible. As If Nothing Was There

December 26, 2011

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Researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now succeeded in demonstrating for the first time an invisibility cloak for elastic waves. Such waves also occur in strings of a guitar or drum membranes. It is as if Harry Potter had a cloak that also makes him unhearable. “Maybe a place of peace and quiet […]

Comet Lovejoy Plunges into the Sun and Survives

December 26, 2011

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These two images were taken by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) and show comet Lovejoy heading in toward the sun (top) and then emerging back out the other side (bottom). This morning, an armada of spacecraft witnessed something that many experts thought impossible. Comet Lovejoy flew through the hot atmosphere of the sun and […]

‘Anonymous’ hackers hit US security firm Stratfor

December 26, 2011

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The activist hacker group Anonymous says it has stolen thousands of emails, passwords and credit card details from a US-based security think-tank. The hackers claim they were able to obtain the information because the company, Stratfor, did not encrypt it. They say Stratfor’s clients include the US defence department, law enforcement agencies and media organisations. […]

Brazil economy overtakes UK, says CEBR

December 26, 2011

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Brazil has overtaken the UK as the world’s sixth largest economy, an economic research group has said.The Centre for Economics and Business Research CEBR said its latest World Economic League Table showed Asian countries moving up and European countries falling back.The CEBR also predicted that the UK economy would overtake France by 2016.It also said […]