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World Bank president: Typhoon Haiyan should end ‘silly’ climate change debate

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said Tuesday that the deadly typhoon disaster in the Philippines should put an end to “silly” arguments denying climate change. “If you think of the number of storms that have hit over the past year, the severity of those storms… The frequency of these…

Archaeologists uncover secrets of Portus, once gateway to Rome

University of Southampton team finds evidence explaining why opulent Roman empire port was dismantled in 6th century British archeologists digging near Rome have built up an accurate picture of Portus, the once-mighty port that could host 350 ships at a time and kept the ravenous capital of the Roman empire…

Popularity of ‘Hunger Games’ inspires pink bow and arrow toy for girls

But why must so many toys for girls – even those that encourage outside play – be marketed as something pretty? Who wouldn’t want to be like Katniss Everdeen? Strong, kind and tough, the heroine of the Hunger Games trilogy wields a bow and arrow so brilliantly she beats all…

Stephen Hawking: Physics would be ‘more interesting’ if Higgs boson hadn’t been found

World-famous cosmologist admits to losing bet as a result of particle’s discovery Physics would have been “far more interesting” if scientists had been unable to find the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Cern, according to Stephen Hawking, who has admitted to losing a bet as a…

Almost denied because of his pot-smoking past, Bob Dylan will finally collect the Legion d’Honneur

Bob Dylan will on Wednesday finally collect a French award he was almost denied because of his pot-smoking and protesting past, officials confirmed on Tuesday. Dylan, 72, will emulate Paul McCartney as one of only a handful of foreigners to receive the Legion d’Honneur. The veteran US singer is in…

The Tea Party is losing support — even among conservative Republicans

Results from last week’s elections and national polling show the Tea Party has seen a major drop in popularity since 2010 It was just three years ago that the Tea Party was flying high. Riding a wave of anti-establishment and anti-Obama anger, Tea Party candidates knocked off Democrats and Republicans…

Brad Pitt director apologizes for filming Nazi battle scenes in Britain on Remembrance Day

The director of Brad Pitt’s new movie has apologised after filming battle scenes with actors dressed as Nazis in an English village on Remembrance Sunday. US writer-director David Ayer tweeted on Monday: “My heartfelt apologies for any disrespect on Remembrance Day. I am a veteran myself. It is an honor…

A deadly virus could travel at jet speed around the world. How do we stop it in time?

Silent and deadly, a virus will leap from an animal to a human and literally fly round the world. Millions of lives will depend on the skills of scientists. Walk past the endless rows of vegetables, past the dozens of stalls selling every possible part of a pig and, at…

Innovative Austrialian video postage stamp delivers personal message recipients can view on their mobile phone

Australia’s mail service has injected technology into the simple postage stamp — creating a “video stamp” to deliver a personal message that recipients can view on their mobile phone. Australia Post said the Video Stamp, to be distributed for free on some parcel services in the pre-Christmas period, was the…

Britain pays mothers to breastfeed in pilot program designed to reduce stigma in poor communities

New mothers in two areas of Britain are to be paid to breastfeed their babies, it was announced Tuesday, under a trial scheme aimed at boosting the practice in poor areas where it is “stigmatised”. Mums in Derbyshire, central England, and its neighbour South Yorkshire, will be offered shopping vouchers…

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