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Scientists study evolution of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’

“Little Red Riding Hood” may have been heading to her grandmother’s house — but anthropologists wanted to know where she came from and just how her story spread. By applying a mathematical model more commonly used by biologists to study the evolution of species, the researchers were able to create…

Britain appeals to keep Napoleon death mask following auction

A cast of Napoleon Bonaparte’s death mask recently sold at auction in Britain could leave the country unless a domestic buyer can match the £175,100 ($280,640, 208,400 euros) sale price, the government warned Wednesday. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced that he had deferred granting an export licence for the death…

Snapchat rejects $3 billion offer from Facebook

The mobile messaging service Snapchat recently rejected a $3 billion cash offer from Facebook, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Snapchat, considered one of the up-and-coming applications in social networking, has also had an investment offer led by Chinese Internet giant Tencent, which would value the startup at $4 billion,…

Baby born to brain dead mother in Hungary

A healthy baby boy was born in eastern Hungary after his brain dead mother was kept alive for about three months to bring him to term, a hospital said Wednesday. “The baby is already growing up at home, with his family. He was delivered by caesarean during the summer,” Bela…

Prosecutor asks for scuttling of Argentina-Iran deal on bombing investigation

An Argentine prosecutor Wednesday asked a judge to declare unconstitutional an agreement with Iran to probe the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center after charges Tehran ordered the attack. The attorney general in the case, Alberto Nisman, said the agreement constitutes an “undue interference of the executive branch…

Saudi Arabian immigrant crackdown leaves hundreds of Filipinos camping outdoors

Some 300 Filipinos have been camping outside their consulate in Jeddah for weeks waiting for documents and help to leave Saudi Arabia, as a crackdown on illegal migrants intensifies. “I’ve been staying here for more than three weeks,” said Renato, 42, on Wednesday, as he sat on the pavement, outside…

Swiss voters likely to reject salary cap bill for executives

Swiss voters look set to reject a law to rein in executive pay in a looming referendum, with a poll released Wednesday showing only around a third back the plan. The survey by pollsters Gfs showed that 36 percent of the electorate now supported the “1:12″ initiative, named after the…

Only 100,000 people have enrolled in Obamacare

Only 100,000 people have enrolled in the new US Obamacare health plan so far, and fewer than 27,000 have made it through a faulty federal sign-up website, the government said Wednesday. The figure of 106,185 registrations represents only 1.5 percent of the estimated total sign-up for the plan by the…

Drug combination kills antibiotic-resistant germs

Scientists Wednesday unveiled a drug combination that destroys antibiotic-resistant germs in mice, potentially opening a new front against chronic and relapsing infections in humans. Big Pharma had been closely interested in a compound dubbed acyldepsipeptide (ADEP), only to drop it when some germs became resistant to it. But scientists in…

Filipino boy slashed and stabbed as anarchy spreads in typhoon-ravaged city

As anarchy spread across a Philippine city demolished by one of the world’s strongest typhoons, a 13-year-old boy holding a toy car and walking alone at night was slashed across the neck and stabbed in the stomach. Jonathan Salayco said he was on the debris-strewn streets of disaster-hit Tacloban when…

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