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Scientists link weight gain from quitting smoking to shift in gut bacteria correlated with obesity

Nervous nibbles alone do not explain the weight that people tend to gain when they give up smoking, Swiss researchers said Thursday, turning the spotlight instead on a bacterial shift in the intestines. Studies have shown that quitting smoking leads to an average weight gain of four to five kilogrammes…

Popular Australian entertainer faces child rape, child porn charges in England

Rolf Harris, the veteran Australian artist and entertainer, has been charged with nine counts of indecent assault on two girls aged under 16, prosecutors in Britain said Thursday. The 83-year-old, who has long been a fixture on British TV, has also been charged with four counts of making indecent images…

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop high-speed transport crowdfunding site launches

The Internet crowd on Thursday was called on to make real Elon Musk’s vision of a Hyperloop transport system that carries passengers in pressurized tubes at near-supersonic speeds. The Hyperloop project went live on freshly-launched crowdfunding platform JumpStart Fund, which marries crowd-sourcing expertise with crowdfunding. “We believe the world is…

Skype confirms it is developing 3D video calls

Internet phone company said it is developing the technology in the lab but it could be several years before it reaches the market Skype has confirmed it is developing 3D video calls – but said it could be many years before we can use the technology. The Microsoft-owned internet telephony…

‘Putin in drag’ artist seeks asylum in France

A Russian artist said Thursday he has fled to France and is applying for asylum after police seized his painting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in women’s underwear. Police on Tuesday raided an exhibition in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg, which next week hosts…

Two Algerians repatriated from Guantanamo: Pentagon

Two Algerian prisoners at the US military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay have been transferred back to their homeland, the Pentagon said in a statement Thursday. Nabil Said Hadjarab and Mutia Sadiq Ahmad Sayyab were handed to the government of Algeria under a deal announced last month as part of…

Pakistan orders retrial of doctor who helped find bin Laden

A Pakistani official on Thursday overturned the 33-year jail term handed down to a doctor who helped the CIA track Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and ordered a retrial, a lawyer and an official said. “The Commissioner of Peshawar has set aside the decision of the Political Agent of Khyber…

Swedish engineers invent ‘nano gas’ that ‘instantly neutralizes’ carbon pollution

The old saying “fighting fire with fire” may be true or not depending upon the situation, but if someone told you the best way to fight (carbon-based) gas is with another gas, you might raise a skeptical eyebrow or two. But that’s exactly what…  …

Comedy comes to Cern with scientists’ standup night

Six research scientists at Large Hadron Collider facility will host comedy night in bid to broaden science’s appeal Despite the one about the Higgs boson that goes to church (you can’t have mass without him) and the atom certain it lost an electron (it’s positive), physics isn’t exactly renowned for…

Former White House ‘intellectual property czar’ immediately jumps ship to Microsoft-driven anti-piracy lobbying group BSA

This was rumored for weeks before the former White House IP czar (technically “Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator”) even had announced that she was stepping down from her job, but now it’s been confirmed: just weeks after leaving the White…  …

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