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How to manufacture the world’s thinnest super-strong substance in your kitchen, with a blender

From lab to kitchen, ‘wonder’ nanomaterial (via AFP) Graphene has been touted as a wonder material — the world’s thinnest substance, but super-strong. Now scientists say it is so easy to make you could produce some in your kitchen. Thus far, graphene has proven elusively hard to manufacture on an…

Iranian authorities claim underground pop singer will be allowed to perform in public

Iran to let underground singer perform in public (via AFP) An underground Iranian pop singer will be allowed to perform in public for the first time, it was reported Sunday, prompting him to announce a concert that quickly sold out. Xaniar Khosravi, whose work has until now been confined to…

SpaceX’s unmanned ‘Dragon’ supply capsule docks with International Space Station

SpaceX supply capsule berths at ISS (via AFP) The unmanned Dragon capsule from the private US firm SpaceX successfully berthed at the International Space Station Sunday on its third trip carrying supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab. NASA television broadcast live images of the crew inside…  …

Twitter blocks accounts of users critical of Turkish prime minister

Twitter blocks two accounts on its Turkish network (via AFP) Twitter blocked two accounts on Sunday that had been used to spread corruption allegations against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his government and his inner circle. The move came after high-level meetings between the government and executives…  …

Desmond Tutu: Central African Republic ‘stands on the brink of genocide’

C.Africa on the ‘brink of genocide’, warns Tutu (via AFP) Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu warned Sunday that the Central African Republic was “on the brink of genocide”, as he urged warring sides to reconcile their differences and “re-learn to live together”. “Over the past 13 months, the nation’s seemingly……

Iranian President Rouhani insists women are not second-class citizens

Rouhani says Iranian women not second class citizens (via AFP) Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani admitted Sunday that women in his country still face discrimination and cultural barriers but he insisted they are not universally treated as second-class citizens. In a speech marking Women’s Day in Iran, Rouhani, seen…  …

Pope pleads for Easter peace as violence breaks out in Ukraine, Jerusalem

Pope leads Easter celebrations marred by Ukraine (via AFP) Pope Francis celebrated Easter mass on Sunday with a message of social solidarity as the world’s Orthodox marked a holiday marred by bitter divisions over Ukraine and clashes broke out in Jerusalem. Francis led the ceremony for the holiest day in…

Fragile Easter truce in eastern Ukraine shattered by deadly gunfight

Russia ‘outraged’ as east Ukraine shootout shatters Easter truce (via AFP) A deadly gunfight in a town in restive east Ukraine on Sunday shattered a fragile Easter truce, with Russia declaring it was “outraged” at the return to violence in the crisis-hit former Soviet republic. Three pro-Russian militants and one…

Divers pull first bodies from submerged South Korean ferry

First bodies pulled from submerged S. Korean ferry (via AFP) Divers retrieved the first bodies Sunday from inside the submerged South Korean ferry that capsized four days ago with hundreds of children on board, as families angered by the pace and focus of the rescue efforts scuffled with police. Coastguard…

Ebola outbreak in west Africa affecting diets continent-wide

West Africa’s Ebola outbreak prompts changes in I.Coast cuisine (via AFP) West Africa’s first outbreak of Ebola fever is bad news for gourmets in Ivory Coast, but brings respite from the hunter to species sought out for tasty meat but feared to carry the disease. Late in March, Health Minister…

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