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Spiny parasitic worm helps doctors devise patch to keep skin grafts in place

A parasitic worm that latches onto the intestines of fish by inflating its head has led to a remarkable invention for keeping skin grafts in place, even when the surface of the wound is wet. Reporting in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday, US researchers devised a patch studded with…

Thatcher protesters vow to pelt her coffin with eggs, coal or milk as London police brace for Wednesday’s funeral

London police are bracing for protests at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday, with opponents vowing to pelt her coffin with eggs, coal or milk if they can get close enough — or simply turn their backs on the passing procession. More than 800 people have pledged to attend an event…

Endangered Sumatran elephant born in captivity

A baby Sumatran elephant peeps out timidly from between the legs of its mother at an Indonesian zoo, where her birth has given a boost to the critically endangered animal. Kartini, named after the country’s most celebrated feminist, Raden Ajeng Kartini, was born on Friday under a captive breeding programme…

FAA to simulate effects of radiation on space tourists

How much radiation can the human body withstand in space—a big concern as space tourism ramps up? If you don’t know, don’t worry: the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is on the case, with help from specialized datacenter provider Elliptical Mobile Solutions. Nor-Tech confirmed that it is…   [the astronaut in…

Subpoenas being sent to Trenton workers who donated money to sculpture of Obama

Mayoral aide Anthony Roberts and several other city employees are expected to be served with subpoenas this week as several city council members continue to demand answers about the donations and city dollars that funded a $4,000 sculpture of President Obama. Council President Phyllis Holly…  …

FBI to go ‘to ends of earth’ to find Boston Marathon bombing culprits

The FBI on Tuesday pledged to go “to the ends of the earth” to find those responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings, noting that it did not receive any threat warnings before the attack. FBI Special Agent Rick DesLauriers told reporters in the aftermath of Monday’s attack that while investigators…

Sharks dive by the moon: study

The moon and water temperature affect the diving behaviour of sharks, researchers reported Tuesday, in a discovery that could help prevent fishermen from catching the marine predators inadvertently. A team from the University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute and the government-run Australian Institute of Marine Science spent nearly three years…

Foxconn adds 10,000 Chinese assembly-line workers a week to meet new iPhone demand

Taiwan technology giant Foxconn has been increasing its assembly-line workforce in central China in preparation for the manufacture of a new iPhone, the company and media said Tuesday. Foxconn has been hiring workers in its Zhengzhou plant and will continue to do so to “meet operational demands”, spokesman Simon Hsing…

Native American adoption case reaches U.S. Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday from a couple ordered to turn over the two-year-old girl they had raised since birth to her biological father because he is a Native American. It is the first time in 14 years and the second time ever that the nation’s top…

Obama doubts North Korea nuclear missile capability

US President Barack Obama said in an interview aired Tuesday that he did not believe North Korea could yet arm a missile with a nuclear warhead, but predicted new provocations from Pyongyang. Obama also said he hoped that the isolated state, which has rattled Asia with a string of provocative…

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