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British inventor of the World Wide Web scolds ‘insidious’ Western governments over spying

LONDON (Reuters) – The British inventor of the World Wide Web accused Western governments of hypocrisy in spying on the Internet while lecturing repressive leaders across the world for doing exactly the same. Tim Berners-Lee, a London-born computer scientist who invented the Web in 1989 as the Berlin Wall crumbled,…

Ancient, cow-sized knobby lizard discovered in Africa

Even by paleontology standards, this newly discovered lizard was unusual-looking, an outcast in the ancient Earth’s nearly empty deserts. The cow-sized animal, called Bunostegos, or “knobby roof” for the quantity of huge bulbs that dot its face,…  …

‘Don’t touch my junk DNA!’ says gene signal sequence

Almost all of the human genome is made of noncoding, or “junk” DNA, that is, DNA that usually doesn’t get copied and encoded into proteins.  So when copying DNA, how do cells tell the diference between actual genes and non-coding DNA?  DNA replication…  …

McDonalds has served its last halal McChicken sandwich in the U.S.

McDonald’s, the largest fast food chain to offer menu alternatives designated for observant Muslims, is removing the items from its menu, suggesting that preparing food exclusively to suit individual religious tastes is problematic for restaurants…  …

Democrat Edward Markey wins Massachusetts seat in Senate

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) – Veteran Representative Edward Markey of Massachusetts on Tuesday won the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry and helped Democrats maintain their majority in the chamber. Markey claimed victory in a post on his official campaign Twitter page, saying: “Thank you Massachusetts! I am…

‘Overly attached girlfriend’ worried about purity? Attachment styles predict moral concerns

You can predict a person’s “moral compass” based on their insecurities about attachments to others, new research published in Social Psychological and Personality Science has found. “To our knowledge, these are the first studies to demonstrate that attachment style contributes to variation in moral concerns and judgment and that this…

Astronomers find three potentially habitable planets orbiting nearby star

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – A neighbor star has at least six planets in orbit, including three circling at the right distance for water to exist, a condition believed to be necessary for life, scientists said on Tuesday. Previously, the star known as Gliese 667C was found…

Ecuador fears U.S. economic retaliation over Edward Snowden case

Ecuador’s decision to study the asylum petition of US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has angered the opposition and sparked fears that the United States could retaliate by hitting Ecuadoran exports. The small South American nation has been at the center of the international drama involving the former National Security Agency…

Jury in George Zimmerman trial shown graphic photos of Trayvon Martin’s body

Graphic photographs of Trayvon Martin’s body lying face-up on the grass of a Florida housing estate were shown to a jury Tuesday afternoon as testimony continued in neighbourhood watch leader George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial. The pictures, including close-ups of Martin’s face, his prostrate body and the single gunshot wound…

Rep. Darrell Issa accuses IRS contractor of making false statements

By Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Virginia company inappropriately secured contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars from the Internal Revenue Service based on false statements and personal ties to an IRS official, the top Republican investigator in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday. A report issued…

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