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Stanford’s new particle accelerator can rest on your fingertip

New particle accelerator can rest on your fingertip (via The Christian Science Monitor) Stanford scientists have developed an accelerator chip that is only about a few millimeters wide. (SLAC) Imagine an X-ray machine small enough to fit on a table top. Stanford researchers have brought us one step closer to…

Native Brazilian tribes and slave descendants demand land rights

Brazil’s native tribes and descendants of African rebel slaves protested in Brasilia Tuesday to demand respect of their land rights. Among the scores of protesters who gathered to hear their leaders air grievances outside Congress were indigenous activists with painted faces and bodies, wearing colorful feather headgear and carrying spears…

U.S. safeguards $584 million aid package for Egypt

The United States is depositing $584 million in remaining 2013 military aid for Egypt into a federal bank account as the US administration reviews whether to release the funds, an official said Tuesday. The final tranche of some $1.3 billion in annual military aid to Egypt has not yet been…

Supreme Court to judge ‘Raging Bull’ copyright fight

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to referee a Hollywood legal brawl stemming from the Oscar-winning boxing drama “Raging Bull.” Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed 1980 movie starred Robert De Niro as the tortured middleweight Jake LaMotta. However, a copyright spat has rumbled on for years between the estate of late screenwriter…

Russia urges Syrian president to meet with moderate rebels

Russia said on Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could engage in peace talks with the more moderate elements of the armed opposition at a meeting in Geneva next month. “I do not rule out that the armed opposition, if it does not stand for extremist or terrorist views, could…

Japanese scientists use stem cells to create tear and saliva glands

Researchers said on Tuesday they had created saliva glands and tear glands using stem cells from mice, marking a further advance in the quest to grow replacement bio-engineered organs. The work shows potential for treatments for malfunctioning glands that cause “dry eye” or “dry mouth” syndromes, which affect tens of…

Terminally ill Louisiana prisoner denied release despite court order

Herman Wallace, a member of the so-called ‘Angola Three’ who has just days to live, at the centre of unseemly legal tussle A gruesome legal battle over the fate of a dying man is being played out at the Hunt correctional center in St Gabriel, Louisiana, as state authorities refuse…

U.S. official: Deal to simplify global trade ‘clearly doable’

Countries have a real chance of clinching a deal to ease global trade at a Bali summit in December, ending years of deadlocked negotiations, the top US trade official said Tuesday. “A strong, binding trade facilitation agreement clearly is doable,” US Trade Representative Michael Froman told delegates at the World…

Egypt suspends tourism with Iran out of security concerns

Egypt’s Tourism Minister Hisham Zazou said on Tuesday that tourism links with Iran had been suspended for reasons of “national security,” state television reported. Flights bringing Iranian tourists to Egypt began under now ousted president Mohamed Morsi, amid a thaw in relations between Cairo and Tehran. But they were met…

Long-lost Napoleon portrait resurfaces in New York

A portrait of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, thought lost for two centuries, has turned up in New York, having been bought for less than a hundredth of its probable value. The artwork, painted by Jacques-Louis David in 1813 when Britain and Prussia were threatening to occupy France, shows Napoleon I…

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