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Synthetic substance added to oil may be responsible for seabird deaths

Pollution expert says polyisobutene is the sticky substance found on hundreds of seabirds after examining washed-up guillemot A sticky substance that has killed hundreds of seabirds could be a polymer often used to improve the performance of lubricating oil, it has emerged. Professor Steve Rowland, an expert in pollution from Plymouth University,…

Researchers suspect marijuana linked to increased stroke risk

Regular marijuana users may want to think twice before taking another puff: a new study by researchers at the University of Auckland found that an unusually high number of stroke patients smoke the stuff. Drug test results showed that 16 percent in the test group had marijuana in their system…

Russian divers fail to find Loch Ness monster during record dive

Russian explorers claimed a record Wednesday in diving to the bottom of a remote lake at the coldest time of the year but said they could not find its most famed inhabitant, a mythical Loch Ness-style monster. The team dived to the bottom of the remote Labynkyr lake in the…

Belgium adds chocolate taste to stamp glue

Belgium has launched a new stamp sure to delight chocoholics around the world. “We have added a chocolate taste to the glue of the stamps… which you can taste when you lick it,” the Belgian postal service said. “The stamps are also imbued with the smell,” it said, while the…

Google buys online retail tracker Channel Intelligence for $125 million

Google said Wednesday it is buying online retail tracker Channel Intelligence for $125 million, as the Internet giant expands its retail footprint. Google signed an agreement with ICG Group to acquire its Channel Intelligence unit in a deal expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2013, Google and…

Komodo dragon attack leaves two Indonesian habitat employees in hospital

A Komodo dragon in Indonesia has attacked two employees in one of the giant lizards’ protected island habitats, leaving its victims hospitalised with serious injuries, an official said Wednesday. One victim, a 50-year-old park ranger, was sitting at his desk at the Rinca island front office, where tourists usually check…

German Merkel ally accused of plagiarism in doctorate thesis

Germany’s education minister and a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel was fighting for her political life on Wednesday after her former university stripped her of her doctorate for plagiarism. Annette Schavan vowed to launch a legal battle against Duesseldorf University’s ruling on her thesis, “Person and Conscience”, written 33…

Colleges sue impoverished recent grads over unpaid Perkins loans

Three of the highest-profile colleges in America are suing students over unpaid student loans, according to a Tuesday report in Bloomberg News. Yale University, George Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania have all filed lawsuits recently over loans to students that have fallen into default. The lawsuits all focus…

Two ‘young children,’ one woman dead in Denver murder-suicide shooting

Police are investigating a shooting in Denver that left three people dead and another injured. Denver Police said that that one woman and two children under the age of 10 were found dead at the 4900 block of Pearl Street, according to KCNC. Police described the incident as an apparent…

California Supreme Court’s medical marijuana ruling could trigger ‘green rush’

Right now nearly 200 cities and counties in California ban medical marijuana dispensaries, but all those markets could be set to open later this year thanks to a case the California Supreme Court began hearing on Tuesday. When lawmakers crafted the medical marijuana provision, they did not specifically say whether…

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