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New skin-eating fungus is killing salamanders

A new kind of skin-eating fungus has been killing fire salamanders in the Netherlands at an alarming rate, European researchers said Monday. The boldly colored yellow and black salamanders have dwindled rapidly since 2010, with just four percent of their original population left. Based on an analysis of the dead…

Seized shark fins dumped in Marshall Islands ceremony

The Marshall Islands symbolically disposed of confiscated shark fins at sea Tuesday in a ceremony witnessed by regional leaders attending the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). The gesture underscored the progress made towards protecting the marine predators since the Marshalls declared a two million square kilometre (770,000 square mile) shark sanctuary…

Pope Francis flick in the works: Variety

A film about the life of Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, is in the pipeline in his native Argentina, Variety reported. The film, to be entitled “Historia de un cura” (“A priest’s tale”), will be directed by Alejandro Agresti and star Rodrigo de la Serna as the…

Nokia to sell phone unit to Microsoft for $7.2 billion

Beleaguered Finnish company Nokia announced on Tuesday the sale of its mobile phone unit to Microsoft for 5.44 billion euros ($7.17 billion), bringing to an end its days as a phone maker. Nokia will grant the US software giant a 10-year non-exclusive licence to its patents and will itself focus…

Nicaragua warns Costa Rica it may try to ‘reclaim’ province in court

President Daniel Ortega warned Costa Rica that Nicaragua may ask the International Court of Justice to restore to Managua a province he said it lost to “occupation” in 1824. Ortega was referring to Guanacaste province, which is about 20 percent of neighboring Costa Rica’s territory and a popular tourism hub.…

Electric car sales pass the number of gas stations in the U.S. for the first time

EV milestones are coming hard and fast these days, with records falling, new companies showing up, and others shutting down before they really ever got going. There are highlights, however, and as electric cars sales boom, the “there are now more…  …

New, inexpensive nanoparticles lower solar cell manufacturing costs

Relatively inexpensive, easy-to-manufacture, nanoparticle-based solar cells can be created with materials that are abundantly common throughout the Earth’s crust, according to new work from researchers at the University of Alberta.;  …

Mexico grills alleged drug cartel leader ‘Ugly Betty’

Mexican authorities have questioned the alleged leader of the Juarez drug cartel, a man known as “Ugly Betty,” after detaining him in possession of narcotics and weapons, officials said. Alberto Carrillo Fuentes, 47, was arrested by federal police in the western state of Nayarit on Sunday and has been taken…

How domestic violence spreads online: ‘I felt like he was watching me’

Lucy left her violent ex-partner but found the internet meant he could still harass her – and police were not interested After a decade of abuse at the hands of her violent ex-partner, Lucy thought she had finally escaped and hoped she and her five-year-old daughter could once again be…

3 charts that show how HP, Microsoft and Dell are losing the tech war

A day in the life of an average tech consumer in the late 90s might go something like this: Power up your Dell or Hewlett Packard computer with the Alienware stickers on it, then wait five minutes while your computer…  …

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