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DNA scan sheds new light on mankind’s mysterious cousins –the Denisovans

A scrap of bone found in a cave in Siberia has shed light on the genetic odyssey of an enigmatic group of humans called the Denisovans, scientists reported on Thursday. The existence of the Denisovans only emerged in 2010, through a piece of finger bone and two molars unearthed at…

Chilean telescope finds sugar molecules near star

Astronomers using a powerful radio telescope in Chile said Wednesday that they had discovered sugar molecules, one of the building blocks of life, orbiting a young star similar to the Sun. “This is the first time sugar been found in space around such a star,” the European Southern Observatory (ESO),…

Will Romney break his silence on Mormonism?

The one word none of the main speakers has dared utter at the Republican convention is Mormon. A telling omission as Mitt Romney is crowned the faith’s first ever presidential nominee. The Republican National Convention — a three-day fete giving voters a chance to size up the candidate who might…

Obama advantage with young people may be slipping: polls

Four years ago, young voters flocked in their tens of thousands to hear Barack Obama tell them they could change the world. But youngsters who helped make Obama president have grown up in the human detritus of the Great Recession and many see dreams of a bright future dimmed as…

Hollywood legend Michael Cimino unveils new director’s cut of ‘Heaven’s Gate’

Hollywood legend Michael Cimino spoke with emotion at the Venice film festival on Thursday as he unveiled a new director’s cut of his “Heaven’s Gate” — one of the biggest flops of all time. Cimino’s 1980 film was panned when it came out after his Oscar-winning “The Deer Hunter” and…

Russian channel to censor ‘The Simpsons’

A Russian national channel said Thursday it would censor “The Simpsons” cartoon series to comply with a new law banning scenes of violence, drinking and smoking before a late evening watershed. The 2×2 channel, aimed at young adults, told AFP it would cut scenes where the Simpsons family watches a…

‘Modern Family’ creator tweets gay marriage barb at Ann Romney

The creator of “Modern Family” has fired off a barbed tweet about gay marriage at Ann Romney, after the wife of the Republican White House hopeful said it was her favorite TV show. Romney named the show — which features a high-profile gay couple, Mitch and Cam — as her…

Obama says White House soon to reveal beer recipe

US President Barack Obama said Wednesday he would soon unveil the coveted secret recipe for the White House’s storied microbrewed beer after an Internet campaign. An internet user asked Obama, who participated in a question and answer session over social media network Reddit, for the recipe. “It will be out…

Could Clint make Mitt’s day at the convention?

Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood could make Mitt Romney’s day Thursday if he is the surprise speaker at the Republican National Convention, as event buzz and US media have led on. Anonymous GOP sources quoted by Fox News and other US media said Wednesday the Oscar-winning director/actor and all-around tough guy…

Ron Paul delegates walk off Republican convention floor

Dozens of delegates for White House also-ran Ron Paul walked out of the Republican National convention for a second straight day, angered by rule changes they say squelch grass roots political rights. It was a rowdy end to Texas congressman Paul’s presidential bid, which fell short against rival Mitt Romney,…

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