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Google launches global science fair

Google on Wednesday launched a global science fair by inviting students around the world to present ideas that could change the world and perhaps become the next Ada Lovelace. Lovelace was a teenager in the early 1800s when she became fascinated with math and went on to write what is…

Study: Vegetarian diet cuts risk of heart disease by 32 percent

A vegetarian diet can cut the risk of heart disease by as much as 32 percent, according to a British study published on Wednesday. Researchers who followed more than 44,500 volunteers for about 11 years on average, found vegetarians were significantly less prone to cardiac trouble. In the 50-70 age…

Climate scientists predict future with lower average rainfall

Climate scientists said Wednesday they found evidence to back predictions for a future with lower average rainfall, even though Earth’s past warming episodes had led to more precipitation, not less. Writing in the journal Nature, researchers said they had found proof that global warming caused by Man’s greenhouse-gas emissions has…

Navy to dismantle minesweeper stuck on coral reef in Philippines

A badly damaged minesweeper stranded on a World Heritage-listed coral reef in the Philippines for nearly two weeks will need to be dismantled before it is removed, the US Navy said Wednesday. The drastic measure of pulling apart the 68-metre (224-foot) USS Guardian was proposed in a salvage plan to…

Google: Online maps boosts economic engines of nations

Fresh from unveiling detailed online maps of North Korea, Google on Wednesday touted studies showing that Internet Age navigation tools boost the economic engines of nations. The global “geospatial industry” brings in $270 billion in annual revenue and companies in the sector pay more than $90 billion in wages each…

South African billionaire announces he’ll give half his fortune to charity

South African mining billionaire Patrice Motsepe announced Wednesday he would give half his family’s fortune to charity, becoming the first African to match a pledge made by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. The Soweto-born tycoon, worth an estimated $2.7 billion (two billion euros), announced he would join the Giving Pledge,…

Salman Rushdie and actor Kamal Haasan ponder exile after Muslim protests

Acclaimed British author Salman Rushdie cancelled a film promotional event and veteran Indian actor Kamal Haasan threatened to go into exile Wednesday after Muslim groups protested their work. In the eastern city of Kolkata, Rushdie, whose 1988 book “The Satanic Verses” remains banned in India for allegedly insulting Islam, was…

How to build a bionic man

Rex the bionic man shows how close technology is to catching up with – and exceeding – the abilities of the human body He cuts a dashing figure, this gentleman: nearly seven feet tall, and possessed of a pair of striking brown eyes. With a fondness for Ralph Lauren, middle-class…

Florida Dreamers fear plans for immigration reform are ‘just words’

For young undocumented immigrants separated from their deported parents, real change comes only with legislation Jose-Antonio Machado Soza wakes every morning and yearns to tell his mother about what he is going to do at school that day or which friends he will be seeing that night. But Melba Soza…

Assange to run for Australian senate: WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will run for a seat in the Australian Senate during this year’s elections, his organisation announced Wednesday, with his mother saying he would be “awesome” in the role. WikiLeaks unveiled the plan with a tweet that read “Australia: Julian Assange has confirmed he will run in…

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