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Ultrasound zaps could be male contraceptive

Zapping testicles with ultrasound can reduce sperm counts and might be used in the future as an inexpensive, reliable and reversible male contraceptive, according to US researchers. Scientists from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, who conducted experiments on male rats, issued their findings on Saturday in the journal Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology.…

Putin promises Russia ‘new economy’ after protests

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promised Monday to build a “new economy” in Russia as he admitted its prosperity was still held back by a litany of ills despite his 12-year domination of the country. In a bid to show he remains Russia’s best hope for economic stability after a wave of protests, Putin…

Iraqi officials outraged by use of U.S. drones: report

Iraqi officials have expressed outrage at the United States’ use of a small fleet of surveillance drones to help protect the US embassy, consulates and American personnel in Iraq, The New York Times reported. The newspaper said the State Department began operating somedrones in Iraq last year on a trial basis and stepped up…

Japan studies flora and fauna near Fukushima plant

Japanese scientists are studying how radiation has affected plants and animals living near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, according to an official. Researchers are examining field mice, red pine trees, a certain type of shellfish and other wild flora and fauna in and around the 20 kilometre (12 mile) no-go zone surrounding the…

Electronics giant Philips posts 2011 losses

The Dutch global electronics giant Philips on Monday posted a 1.3 billion euro loss for 2011, and forecast a “cautious year” ahead as a result of world-wide economic uncertainty. The company, which had posted a net income of 1.4 billion euros ($1.8 billion) a year before, blamed the poor performance on writedowns and…

Romney surges to double-digit lead in Florida

Mitt Romney stormed Monday towards a likely victory in Floridathat would all but lock up the Republican presidential nomination, but rival Newt Gingrich promised a bitter fight all the way to the August convention. Polls Sunday showed Romney pulling clear in the Sunshine State after his campaign team went on the offensive, unleashing blistering…

Santorum campaign on hold due to daughter’s illness

FORT MYERS, Florida — Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum put campaigning in Florida on hold Sunday, as his daughter, Bella, was hospitalized just days before a key primary vote. Two days before Florida’s winner-takes-all primary, Santorum spent the day in Pennsylvania, where his three year-old was admitted to a Philadelphia…

Co-chair of new task force promises to dig into ‘every aspect’ of housing crisis

Three years after he first promised to investigate the housing crisis, President Obama has finally announced the creation of a task force to examine mortgage and securitization fraud. One of the co-chairs of the new commission, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, joined MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Sunday to discuss…

Study: Pneumonia bug gained drug resistance by swapping genes

PARIS, France — Bugs that cause childhood pneumonia and meningitis have evolved to evade vaccines by swapping bits of their genome with other bacteria, according to a study published Sunday. The findings, published in Nature Genetics, show how quickly these life-threatening pathogens can disguise themselves with borrowed genetic decoys, and…

World Social Forum calls for global anti-corporate protest in June

By Yana Marull PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — Thousands of critics of capitalism meeting in Brazil called Sunday for a worldwide protest in June to press for concrete steps to tackle the global economic crisis. The World Social Forum wrapped up a five-day meeting in this southern Brazilian city, urging citizens…

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