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Tiny rainforest Gardiner’s frogs found to listen using their mouths

Some of the tiniest frogs on Earth have no middle ears or eardrums but can hear by using their mouths, scientists said Monday. Gardiner’s frogs live in the rainforests of the Seychelles, a series of 115 small islands in the Indian Ocean, north of Madagascar. Most frogs have eardrums on…

Egypt’s political chaos decimates historical treasures

Magdy Tahami looks in disbelief at what remains of Egypt’s tiny Mallawi museum. The ground is littered with glass from the display cabinets, which once housed its precious collection, after a mob attacked and looted the building, during a nationwide crackdown on Islamist protesters. Before, hundreds of antiquities, statuettes, gold…

Pro-Assad hackers target Marine Corps recruiting website

Pro-Syrian regime hackers posted messages on a US Marine Corps recruiting website on Monday, urging troops to defy orders from President Barack Obama. The hackers showed photos of people in American uniforms holding hand-written signs saying they would not fight for Al-Qaeda in Syria. “Obama is a traitor who wants…

Kanye West performs at wedding of Kazakh dictator’s grandson

American hip hop superstar Kanye West was the surprise celebrity guest at the lavish wedding party this weekend in Almaty of the grandson of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakh media reports said Monday. Aisultan Nazarbayev celebrated his marriage to bride Alima Boranbayeva in a no expense spared party on Saturday…

U.S and Sweden unveil $25 million clean water farming grant

The US Agency for International Development and the Swedish government announced a $25 million grant program Monday to increase access to clean water for farming. The Securing Water for Food program is intended to fund innovators and help their businesses take root in countries where the technology is desperately needed.…

Japan shuts down nuclear reactor in preparation for inspection

One of Japan’s two remaining working nuclear reactors was taken offline Tuesday, with the other to be shut down later this month and no restarts in sight amid public hostility to nuclear power. Kansai Electric Power started reducing generating power at its Unit No. 3 at the Oi plant, Fukui…

Mexican president defends ‘grand transformation’ amid teacher strikes and protests

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto defended his sweeping reform agenda on Monday, urging his countrymen to back the changes after protests against his planned energy and education overhauls. Pena Nieto used his first state of the union address to tout the “grand transformation” of Mexico that his administration has pushed…

Climate change will likely spare NYC from another Superstorm Sandy

Scientists predict stronger storms but say changing air patterns will prevent them from hitting U.S. east coast A recurrence of Superstorm Sandy – which barrelled head-on into the Atlantic coast, swamping New York City and large parts of New Jersey – is less likely under climate change, new research suggests.…

‘Sons of Anarchy’ star chosen to lead ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie adaptation

The film version of erotic best-seller “Fifty Shades of Grey” will star British actor Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, the book’s author E L James said on Monday. The casting of the movie, to be directed by British filmmaker and artist Sam Taylor-Johnson of…

Syria sought WMD material in Switzerland

Syria made multiple attempts to buy equipment in Switzerland that could have been used to make weapons of mass destruction, but officials blocked the sales, Swiss authorities said Monday. A total of 14 attempted purchases by Syria were turned down since 1998 by Switzerland’s export-control watchdog, the State Secretariat for…

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