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The next MySpace? Facebook lost 10 million U.S. users over past year

Facebook has lost 10 million users in the US and seen no growth in monthly visitors in the UK over the past year, according to data from market research firm Nielsen. Research shows that the number of unique visitors to the Facebook website from computers, smartphones and tablets has fallen…

Federal Reserve suggests more easing if economy falters

The Federal Reserve kept its easy-money policies Wednesday but left the door open to step up bond purchases if the economy slowed under the government’s severe “sequester” spending cuts. The central bank’s policy board, the Federal Open Market Committee, said after a two-day meeting that the economy continued to grow…

Playing video games can reverse cognitive decline: study

Playing videogames can prevent and even reverse deteriorating brain functions such as memory, reasoning and visual processing, according to a study released Wednesday. The University of Iowa study of hundreds of people age 50 and older found that those who played a videogame were able to improve a range of…

Police: Shrapnel-filled pipe bomb found in Oregon had 100-yard blast radius

A pipe bomb unexpectedly discovered by two women in Oregon was capable of 100-yard blast radius, police said. The Associated Press reported the two women found the explosive device Saturday while helping clean up a trailer home park. The bomb was filled with explosive powder and 4-inch nails. “Each one…

Tunisian army clashes with armed jihadists

Tunisian troops clashed on Wednesday with around 50 armed jihadists in the remote Mount Chaambi border region, a security source said, the first such operation since the revolution in January 2011. “The group consists of more than 50 Salafi jihadists,” the source told AFP, adding that they were well armed…

UN rapporteur: India’s laws not tough enough on violence against women

India’s new sex crime laws do not go far enough to protect women or tackle gender inequality, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women said on Wednesday. The legislation was passed following the fatal gang rape of a student on a Delhi bus in mid-December that sparked nationwide demonstrations…

White House: Obama examining ways to shut down Guantanamo

President Barack Obama is considering appointing a new senior State Department official to work out how to transfer detainees to permit the closure of the war-on-terror prison at Guantanamo Bay. The White House said Wednesday that Obama would consider the measure as part of the new effort to close the…

Lovesick tiger who escaped zoo to look for mate trapped and returned to captivity

A lonely male tiger that left the jungle and entered a zoo in eastern India in quest of a mate has been trapped, an official of the state-run park said on Wednesday. “It seems to have strayed into the zoo attracted by a tigress,” Sudarshan Panda, director of the Nandankanan…

Scientists think key to a longer life might be in the brain

Scientists said Wednesday they had found a brain region that controls physical ageing, and could target it to manipulate the lifespan of lab mice. The findings may be a step towards finding the holy grail of slowing human ageing, but have yet to be tested in human subjects. The research,…

Engineers build bug-eyed camera that sees the world as flies do

Taking their cue from Nature, engineers have built a camera using stretchable electronics that scans the world like a fly’s compound eye — with a wide field of view and no distortion, they said Wednesday. The digital device, which has a multitude of tiny, pliable lenses like those found in…

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