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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…

California considers $80 million earthquake early warning system

California has long been braced for the Big One, but now a proposed new early warning system seeks to give the US state’s residents vital extra seconds before a major earthquake hits. The $80 million plan, presented by lawmaker Alex Padilla and experts from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech),…

Scientists zoom in on the exact spots in brain that drive addiction

A smoker’s craving to light up can be tamed by carefully targeted magnetic fields applied to the brain, a senior researcher from a Japanese-Canadian team said Wednesday. Scientists managed to zoom in on the exact spots that drive the need for nicotine, noting that a mental connection made when a…

Hitler’s rise to power ‘constant’ warning: Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Adolf Hitler’s rise to power 80 years ago should go on reminding Germans that democracy and freedom cannot be taken for granted. Merkel was speaking at the inauguration of an exhibition in Berlin to commemorate eight decades since Hitler became chancellor on January…

Man in ‘sextortion’ case might have coerced 350 women

Man in 'sextortion' case might have coerced 350 women Federal agents on Tuesday took aim at a new type of scam called “sextortion,” arresting a Glendale, Calif., man on charges that he hacked into e-mail and Facebook accounts of young women and then posed as a woman to convince others…

First ‘Barbie’ restaurant opens in Taiwan

With hot pink sofas, high heels-shaped tables and chairs decorated with tutus, the first Barbie-themed restaurant opened in Taiwan on Wednesday, catering to fans of the iconic doll. US toymaker Mattel has licensed Taiwan’s restaurant group Sinlaku to operate the Barbie Cafe and hopes that the new establishment in a…

Istanbul becomes a destination in quest for dream mustache

Already known the world over for its baths, coffee and sweet Turkish delights, Turkey is on the road to adding another item to its roster of specialities: the moustache. Lip whiskers remain a highly sought-after mark of manliness in Turkey and the Middle East to the point that the naturally…

Japanese Olympic judo coaches accused of beating their players

Japan’s Olympic female judokas were beaten with bamboo swords and slapped by their coaches, officials said, weeks after a schoolboy suicide sparked debate over corporal punishment. A 15-strong group of judokas complained to the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) last month that they had been subjected to physical punishment by the…

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