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U.S. deploys sea-based radar amid North Korea crisis

WASHINGTON — The United States has deployed a sophisticated sea-based radar to the ocean east of Japan to track any North Korean ballistic missile launches, a Pentagon official said Tuesday. The Sea based X-Band Radar (SBX) looks like an enormous balloon mounted on a large ocean oil rig. The large…

Italy bans minors from buying electronic cigarettes

Italy on Tuesday announced plans to raise the legal limit for buying electronic cigarettes to 18 years from a previous 16, citing the high dose of nicotine inhaled when using the smokeless product. The new rules will go into effect on April 23 and follow a study ordered by the…

Norwegians reschedule exams so they won’t conflict with Bieber concerts

Norwegian schools have moved exams that clashed with Justin Bieber’s concerts in the country, fearing some fans would rather cut class than miss out on an evening with the Canadian heart throb. “We find it regrettable, but we preferred to move forward the Norwegian exams to avoid problems,” Roar Aasen,…

Obama launches $100 million brain-mapping project

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced a $100 million project to map the intricate inner mysteries of the human brain, targeting cures for diseases like Alzheimer’s. “The most powerful computer in the world isn’t nearly as intuitive as the one we’re born with,” Obama said at the White House.…

Streaming music services are gaining fast in U.S. market

Streaming music services like Pandora online radio are gaining fast among US listeners under age 35, a survey showed Tuesday. The NPD Group survey found subscription-based and free Internet radio services accounted for 23 percent of the average weekly music listening time among consumers between the ages of 13 and…

Justin Bieber has four weeks to produce papers for pet monkey

Canadian teen heartthrob Justin Bieber has four weeks to produce the necessary papers to pick up his pet monkey Mally from the German customs office, authorities said Monday. Mally, which was confiscated at Munich airport Thursday because the 19-year-old pop sensation was unable to present the requisite forms for importing…

World Bank: Global drive needed to wipe out poverty by 2030

World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim on Tuesday called for a global drive to wipe out extreme poverty by 2030, acknowledging that reaching the goal will require extraordinary efforts. “A world free of poverty is within our grasp. It is time to help everyone across the globe secure a one-way…

Android smartphone growth comes at expense of Apple

Smartphones using the Android platform boosted their US market share in recent months, extending their lead over Apple’s iPhone, a new survey shows. Android, the free mobile operating system from Google, accounted for 51.2 percent of US smartphone sales in the three-month period ending in February, said the survey from…

French doctor commits suicide after appearing on hit reality television show

The suicide of a doctor on a hit French reality TV show sparked shock on Tuesday, with some blaming media pressure for his death while others urged restrictions on reality programmes. Thierry Costa, a physician on “Koh Lanta” — the French version of “Survivor” — killed himself Monday in Cambodia…

World’s first petaflop supercomputer ‘Roadrunner’ retired

This past weekend, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) decommissioned Roadroader, the first petaflop supercomputer. It was only five short years ago that the machine took the crown as the world’s fastest. Roadrunner was switched off March 31. But in the month or so between its shutdown and actual……

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