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Japan upgrades Fukushima radioactive water leak to highest level in two years

Japan declared a radioactive water leak at the crippled Fukushima plant a level-three “serious incident” Wednesday, its highest warning in two years, as operators scrambled to seal a tank that has seeped 300 tonnes of toxic water. The leak is the worst since the nuclear crisis began in March 2011,…

Son of legendary Chinese Communist military leader apologizes for Cultural Revolution

The son of a legendary Communist military leader and politician in China has publicly apologised for persecuting people at his school during the Cultural Revolution, according to a blog. Chen Xiaolu offered his remorse to teachers, staff and students at his former school in Beijing for leading denunciations and sending…

New theory emerges that attempts to explain the African ‘Fairy Circle’ mystery

Earlier this year, a paper published in the journal Science (and reported here on PS) claimed to explain the long-standing puzzle of the African ‘Fairy Circles’ — the strange circular patches of barren, reddish- earth ringed by tall grasses that…  …

Dog’s blood used to save poisoned cat in rare inter-species transfusion

Traditional animal rivalries were set aside in New Zealand when a dog’s blood was used to save the life of a poisoned cat in a rare inter-species transfusion, reports said Wednesday. Cat owner Kim Edwards was frantic last Friday when her ginger tom Rory went limp after eating rat poison,…

Tesla’s Model S is out-selling Buick, Fiat, Land Rover and Lincoln in California

Articles about sales figures are always weird, especially when they’re broken down into regions. Consider that Tesla’s Model S is out-selling Buick, Fiat, Land Rover, and Lincoln in California — the most populous state in the union and home to…  …

Japanese anime film ‘Castle in the Sky’ sets new record for largest number of tweets per second

STUDIO Ghibli is a Japanese animation studio renowned for its hugely successful anime films, the best known of which is “Spirited Away”, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, which won the Oscar for best animated feature in 2003. Earlier this month the studio…  …

NSA funding North Carolina State University lab studying data analytics

North Carolina State University just secured a $60.75 million grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) to build a massive campus lab for the study of data analytics. The Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS) is expected to create 100 jobs in the…  …

White House: ‘Difficult to imagine’ authorities demanding destruction of hard drives

The White House distanced itself from Britain’s handling of the leaked NSA documents when representatives said it would be difficult to imagine the US authorities following the example of Whitehall in demanding the destruction of media hard drives. As a former lord chancellor said the Metropolitan police had no legal…

Worth $355 million, Rep. Darrell Issa is the richest member of Congress

Republican Darrell Issa of California was 2012′s richest member of Congress, worth at least $355 million, according to a ranking published Tuesday. The congressman, who made his fortune in car security systems, topped the annual list of the 50 wealthiest lawmakers published by The Hill newspaper, a trade publication about…

Interior Department says Keystone XL pipeline impact report is inaccurate

The US Department of the Interior has criticised as “inaccurate” the State Department’s draft conclusions that the impact of the Keystone XL pipeline on wildlife would be temporary, and has warned instead that it could have long-term, adversarial effects. It is the second major government body to publicly criticise State’s…

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