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How do you stop an asteroid from hitting Earth?

MOST asteroids in the solar system come nowhere near the Earth, and of those that do, most are so small that they burn up harmlessly in the atmosphere. But, as a report written by America’s National Academy of Sciences points out, a big one is almost…  …

European watchdogs order Google to rewrite privacy policy or face legal action

European watchdogs threaten tech company with legal action over 2012 policy which ‘violates commitment to transparency’ Privacy watchdogs in the UK, Germany and Italy have told Google to rewrite its privacy policy in Europe or face legal sanctions, 15 months after the search giant unilaterally altered them to unify data…

Two expert — and diverging — views on the Arctic’s impact on weather ‘whiplash’

In discussing their diverging views on impacts of rapid shrinking of Arctic sea ice, two leading scientists provide witness to the kinds of evidence…  …

‘Florida’ spelled incorrectly on highway exit ramp sign — twice

Maybe it’s a sign of the times: People aren’t so good at spelling. That seems to be the case down in Florida, where transportation workers were recently getting ready to install a new exit sign on a freeway, and someone realized the word “Florida” was…  …

Delay in Obamacare requirement puts onus on the honor system

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s move to delay a key element of healthcare reform has another, unintended, consequence: A crucial part of that reform will depend on consumers observing the honor system, with millions of dollars at stake. The U.S. government said on Tuesday it…

‘Sugar Man’ Rodriguez opens Montreux Jazz Festival

By Stephanie Nebehay MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) – American singer-songwriter Sixto “Sugar Man” Rodriguez, virtually unknown a few years ago, opened the Montreux Jazz Festival on Thursday, which American producer and its former co-director Quincy Jones calls the “Rolls Royce of music festivals.” Fresh from the Glastonbury festival in Britain last…

Obese Malaysian orangutan put on diet

An obese orangutan has been put on a strict diet by Malaysian wildlife authorities after two decades of gorging on junk food handed out by tourists, a report said Friday. Jackie reportedly weighs 100 kilograms (16 stone), twice the normal weight of an adult female in the rich jungle habitats…

Astronomers finetune search for life on other planets with new water detection technique

European astronomers said on Friday they had devised a technique to detect water in the atmosphere of planets orbiting other stars. Using a telescope in Chile, they teased out a tell-tale infra-red signature from water in the atmosphere of a gassy planet called HD 189733b, which orbits its star every…

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales threatens to close U.S. embassy

Bolivia’s president threatened to close the US embassy as leftist Latin American leaders joined him in blasting Europe and the United States after his plane was rerouted amid suspicions US fugitive Edward Snowden was aboard. President Evo Morales, who has suggested the United States pressured European nations to deny him…

South Africa denies Nelson Mandela in permanent ‘vegetative state’

The South African government denied that former president Nelson Mandela is in a permanent vegetative state, as outlined in court documents filed on June 26. ” We confirm our earlier statement released this afternoon after President Jacob Zuma visited Madiba in hospital that Madiba remains in a critical, but stable…

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