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America celebrates 4th of July under ‘unprecedented’ security

By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) – People across the United States gathered on Thursday for parades, picnics and fireworks at Independence Day celebrations, held under unprecedented security following the Boston Marathon bombings. Spectators waving U.S. flags and wearing red, white and blue headed for public gatherings in Boston, New…

Study finds people eat less after intense workouts

By Kerry Grens NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – High intensity workouts may curb people’s appetite shortly afterward, according to a small study. The researchers found that overweight men ate about 200 fewer calories following a vigorous workout than after rest. Some studies have shown that high intensity exercise is tied…

China’s ‘green tide’ thanks to largest-ever algae growth

The seas off China have been hit by their largest ever growth of algae, ocean officials said, with vast waves of green growth washing onto the shores of the Yellow Sea. Pictures showed beachgoers swimming and playing in the green tide in the eastern city of Qingdao, while bulldozers shovelled…

High-profile female police officer shot dead in Afghanistan

Gunmen on Thursday shot dead one of the most high-profile female police officers in Afghanistan, underlining the threat to women who take on public roles in the country. Lieutenant Islam Bibi was a well-known face of female advancement, but admitted to receiving regular death threats from people who disapproved of…

Statue of Liberty shakes off Sandy, reopens today

She didn’t even get her skirt wet. Yet when Hurricane Sandy caused a wall of harbor water to wash over her island home, Lady Liberty was forced to close up shop for months. She reopens to visitors today amid fanfare — visiting dignitaries, fireworks…  …

Promising new system developed to harness ocean current energy

Ocean currents are a very promising-looking source of renewable energy, but the technology for capturing ocean current energy and using it to create electricity hasn’t matured yet. However, that may soon change — a new ocean current harnessing system…  …

Apple powering Nevada datacenter with solar farm

Apple’s Nevada data center has been in the works for quite some time: a 2,200-acre plot outside of Reno will host a 90,000-square-foot datacenter that, in turn, will support the tech giant’s cloud services. Apple will reportedly spend $1 billion…  …

Zimmerman studied Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law: witness

By Barbara Liston SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – Former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was well versed in Florida’s self-defense laws before he shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, despite a previous claim to the contrary, jurors were told at Zimmerman’s trial on Wednesday. The contradiction came into evidence…

British surveillance firm denies bugging Ecuador’s embassy

LONDON (Reuters) – A British private surveillance company denied on Thursday that it had bugged the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been living for over a year. Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino made the allegation against the Surveillance Group Ltd in Quito on Wednesday, adding…

How close are we to getting superpowers?

X-ray vision, inisibility cloaks, time travel and even immortality – they were all once firmly in the realms of science-fiction, but they are now inching closer to reality What would your superpower be? If it’s x-ray vision, your dream could be a step closer to reality. Next month, at a…

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