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World on the verge of a new industrial revolution: Mass 3D printing

As potentially game-changing as the steam engine or telegraph were in their day, 3D printing could herald a new industrial revolution, experts say. For the uninitiated, the prospect of printers turning out any object you want at the click of a button may seem like the stuff of science fiction.…

Vietnam’s gay sitcom becomes an Internet sensation

Vietnam’s first gay sitcom has become a YouTube sensation, racking up millions of views as support for legalising same-sex marriage strengthens within the communist government. Homosexuality was once seen as a social evil in Vietnam and the success of “My Best Gay Friends”, a low-budget series about three people sharing…

Owner of collapsed Bangladesh garment factory arrested

Bangladesh police on Sunday arrested the owner of a garment factory block that collapsed last week killing more than 370 people as he attempted to flee to India, officials said. “He has been arrested and will be tried,” the country’s deputy home minister Shamsul Haque Tuku told reporters, referring to…

Russian astronauts to take Olympic torch on space walk

Russian astronauts will take an unlit Olympic torch on a space walk ahead of the country’s hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the deputy head of the Russian space agency said on Sunday. “It will not be a copy but exactly the same as the torch at the…

Obama jokes: I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist I used to be

President Barack Obama poked fun at himself, his political opponents, the news media and even his wife’s hairstyle late on Saturday at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The dinner, where around 3,000 guests dine in a massive hotel ballroom, is greeted with near hysteria in Washington, normally a strait-laced…

Thousands march in Japan’s first ‘Rainbow Week’ parade

Thousands of people marched in Tokyo on Sunday at the start of Japan’s first “Rainbow Week”, a series of events aimed at supporting sexual minorities. Organisers said about 12,000 people took part in the parade, which has been running for several years, and other events on Sunday, part of a…

Police probe fight on Mount Everest

Police near Mount Everest are investigating reports of a fight on the upper reaches of the world’s highest mountain between two foreign climbers and their Nepalese guides, officials said Sunday. “We were told our clients and the guides fought on their way to camp three. We don’t have all the…

German minister says new anti-euro party is ‘insane’

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said a new anti-euro party “can’t be taken seriously” and labelled its core demand “economically insane” in comments published on Sunday. The small Alternative for Germany (AFD) party wants to ditch the euro and bring back the Deutschmark currency. It has called for an “orderly…

Algerian President Bouteflika hospitalized after ‘mini-stroke’

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika suffered a mini-stroke and was taken to Paris for examination, but is not experiencing any lasting effects, the APS news agency reported. Bouteflika, 76, had a “transient ischemia”, a temporary blockage of blood flow often called a “mini-stroke”, Rachid Bougherbal, the director of the National Sports…

Instructional film parody teaches you about ‘Building A Human’

Take heart, residents of Edité-Frignim (or, as it’s more popularly known, “Earth”): if you’ve been itching to build your own Replicant but repli-can’t scrounge up the credits, a new video by comedians Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz walks you through those last few steps in putting together your own reasonable…

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