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Australian TV networks reject anti-Murdoch commercial that accuses him of printing ‘misleading crap’ in his newspapers

Australia’s commercial television networks are refusing to run an advert which accuses Rupert Murdoch of printing “misleading crap” in his newspapers ahead of national elections, the activist group behind the ad said Wednesday. Australian-born Murdoch, now a US citizen, owns mass-selling newspapers in his former homeland and his Sydney tabloid…

Toyota recalling 370,000 vehicles worldwide over bolt glitch

Japanese car giant Toyota Motor said Wednesday it was recalling some 370,000 vehicles worldwide over glitches that could cause them to stop mid-journey. The world’s biggest auto maker said around 170,000 units were being recalled because bolts pinning a valve control system inside the engine could become loose. In the…

Scientists debate new equation for estimating alien life across the universe

How many other inhabited planets are there? It’s a question that fascinates scientists and lay people alike. A new equation may help weigh up the possibility Many of us have glanced upwards at the stars and wondered whether there is other life out there somewhere. Few, however, have then tried…

South African gold miners strike over ‘slave wages in white man’s economy’

80,000 miners walk out in industrial action that will cost country £22m a day as government admits it can only plead for solution About 80,000 gold miners in South Africa walked out on strike on Tuesday night, raising fears of renewed violence in the crisis-hit industry and underlining the government’s…

Syria strikes: Draft Senate resolution allows Obama 90 days for military campaign

Senate foreign relations committee agrees on attacks while ruling out ground troops as president’s push for action against Assad regime gathers momentum in Congress US senators will begin a series of votes on Wednesday to authorise a 90-day window for US military action against Syria, as the Obama administration’s campaign…

Soot resolves paradox in climate science, scientists say

The Industrial Revolution could be to blame for an Alpine glacial retreat that is inconsistent with the Little Ice Age conditions during which it took place, according to a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A team of researchers has now pinned the…

European men grew 4.4 inches since 1870

The average height of European men rose by 11 centimetres (4.4 inches) between 1870 and 1980, an unprecedented spurt linked mainly to better health, a study published on Monday says. The estimate is garnered from military, medical and other records from 15 countries for young adult males aged around 21.…

Everyone’s talking about ‘Molly’ — a deadly designer drug

Everybody is talking about Molly, but few aside from the young, hip and famous knew who she was until the death of two people at a New York music festival this weekend. The sweet-sounding name belongs to an Ecstasy-like designer drug that is being blamed for the deaths of Olivia…

Iron supplements found not to increase risk of malaria

Global health experts have warned against giving iron supplements in areas where malaria is rampant, but a study Tuesday found no rise in cases of the mosquito-borne disease among children who took iron. However, hospital visits for severe diarrhea episodes were significantly higher among children in Ghana given extra iron,…

Oxford researchers determine timeline for rise of Egypt’s early dynasties

Archaeologists drawing on a wide range of tools said on Wednesday they had pinpointed the crucial time in world history when Egypt emerged as a distinct state. Experts have wrangled for decades as to when turbulent upper and lower Egypt were brought together under a stable, single ruler for the…

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