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Rooftop urban gardeners in Bangkok grow edible algae — a sustainable souce of protein and alternative to meat

On a hotel rooftop in Bangkok, dozens of barrels of green liquid bubble under the sun — the latest innovation in urban farming. Proponents of the edible algae known as spirulina say it could help provide a sustainable source of protein as an alternative to meat. Three times a week,…

U.S. tech sector feels pain from NSA PRISM revelations

Revelations about vast US data collection programs are starting to hit American tech companies, which are ramping up pressure for increased transparency to try to mitigate the damage. An industry group, the Cloud Security Alliance said last month that 10 percent of its non-US members have cancelled a contract with…

‘Deep Throat’ underground garage of Watergate fame could be destroyed for real estate project

The famous garage where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward learned about the Watergate scandal from the informant “Deep Throat” may be razed to make way for a real estate project. US developer Monday Properties plans to demolish two 1965 buildings, one of which includes the garage, in the Rosslyn neighborhood…

Judge approves $20 million settlement in Facebook class-action lawsuit

A US judge approved a deal in which Facebook will pay $20 million for using members “likes” as endorsements for ads. The pot of money is to be divvied up among attorneys, Internet privacy rights groups, and Facebook users who filed claims in the class-action lawsuit. US District Judge Richard…

Syrian Christians fear rise of jihadist rebels

In Wadi al-Nassara, a valley in western Syria dotted with Christian hamlets, residents have hung white silk ribbons to mourn war victims and pray the army will defeat its jihadist foes. Portraits of “martyrs” who died in the 29-month conflict between government forces and rebel fighters such as the radical…

The fight to investigate Detroit’s 11,000 forgotten rapes

Detroit’s reputation precedes it: its economic decline and apparent decay regarded as a warning sign for modern civilisation. But one Motor City native isn’t buying this narrative. “Detroit is a wonderful place,” enthuses Kym Worthy. “Yes, it’s half the size it once was, and yes it has had its share…

‘The U.S. effect’: Researchers encouraged to report exaggerated or eye-catching results

Scientists who study human behaviour are more likely than average to report exaggerated or eye-catching results if they are based in the United States, according to an analysis of more than 1,000 research papers in psychiatry and genetics. This bias could be due to the research culture in the US,…

Meteor that exploded over Russia may have skimmed the Sun

The meteor that injured over 1,500 people when it exploded and showered debris over Russia in February may have had a close shave with the Sun earlier, researchers said Tuesday. A study of its composition showed the space rock had undergone “intensive melting” before entering Earth’s atmosphere and streaking over…

Women in Argentina sue for $54 million over faulty breast implants

About 300 women with faulty PIP breast implants have filed suit seeking $54.7 million in damages from three European companies, their attorney said Monday. “We have filed a class-action suit against France’s Poly Implant Protheses (PIP), Germany’s TUV Rheinland (quality control) and German insurer Allianz,” Virginia Luna told reporters, warning…

United Nations to question U.S. over spying allegations

The United Nations will approach the US government over a report by a German magazine that US intelligence spied on video conferences by top UN officials, a spokesman said Monday. “We are aware of the reports, and we intend to be in touch with the relevant authorities on this,” a…

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