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‘Radioactivity found in Swiss lake’ near nuclear plant

Scientists have discovered a radioactive substance in sediment under a Swiss lake used for drinking water and situated near a nuclear plant, the Le Matin Dimanche weekly reported Sunday. While scientists cited in the report stressed there was no danger to human health, the discovery raises concerns about safety practices…

Study on the psychology of causality finds inference can take precedence over perception

When our understanding of cause-and-effect is contradicted by what we actually see, sometimes our understanding overrules our perception. Research published online in Psychological Science on June 26 found people’s causal expectations influenced their perception of the ordering of events in time. “It appears that when people hold strong convictions about…

Opposition leader El Baradei sworn in as Egypt vice president

Prominent liberal Egyptian leader Mohamed ElBaradei was sworn in on Sunday as Egypt’s interim vice president for foreign relations, the presidency said in a statement. The appointment of ElBaradei, a former head of the UN nuclear watchdog and a Nobel peace laureate, follows the military overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed…

French president vows no fracking while he is president

President Francois Hollande said on Sunday that France would maintain its ban on the exploration for shale gas throughout his five-year term. “As long as I am president, there were will be no exploration for shale gas,” Hollande said during a Bastille Day interview with top television channels. He said…

Afghan school teaches girls to speak for themselves

Dah Yaya is an Afghan village set in stony hills and steeped in traditions that limit women to second-class status in this desperately poor country ravaged by Taliban insurgency. But in a school set up by an Afghan-American woman named a 2012 top 10 hero by TV network CNN, girls…

Glenn Greenwald: Snowden ‘chose not to release’ most damaging data

Edward Snowden possesses data that could prove far more “damaging” to the US government but the fugitive leaker has chosen not to release them, said a journalist who first broke the story. Glenn Greenwald told Argentina’s La Nacion paper that Snowden, who is currently stranded in Moscow, had only sought…

‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith found dead in his hotel room

‘Glee’ TV series star Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room in the western Canadian city of Vancouver on Saturday, local police reported. No cause of death was given for the 31-year-old actor — known for his role as sensitive jock Finn Hudson in the hit series —…

In U.S., struggle against invasive snakehead fish ends on plates

The snakehead is an invasive species of fish from Asia that is threatening the delicate ecosystem of the Potomac River that flows through Washington into the Atlantic Ocean. It also tastes great with onions and butter, said sport fisherman Brett Miron after catching a total of 110 pounds (50 kilograms)…

President Barack Obama is in a slump

President Barack Obama has little to show so far for a second term stifled by political inertia at home and foreign crises that have defied American might and influence. Nearly six months after delivering an inaugural address brimming with liberal intent, Obama is in a familiar spot: banging his head…

U.S. border state still in hands of Mexican conservatives

Mexico’s conservative opposition retained the governor’s seat in Baja California after the ruling party candidate conceded defeat Saturday following a recount in the politically crucial state. The state bordering the United States was the biggest prize in the July 7 regional elections in 14 Mexican states, with analysts saying its…

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