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Phallus-shaped worm-like creature sheds light on Earth’s biodiversity

Fossilised forms of a phallus-shaped invertebrate have shed light on a dramatic spurt in Earth’s biodiversity that occurred half a billion years ago, Canadian scientists reported on Wednesday. Remains of 10-centimetre (four-inch) worm-like creatures were found in shale beds in Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The sediment…

Dutch thriller creates duel-screen theater experience

Dutch thriller “APP”, about a mysterious personal assistant application that takes over mobile phones, requires viewers for the first time to look at their smartphones in the cinema to view extra footage. In the film, nefarious app “Iris” — which happens to be the name of the personal assistant found…

Czech lab mice injected with fluorescent protein for clues on cancer

Injected with a fluorescent protein to make them glow bright red, laboratory mice are helping Czech scientists better understand the causes behind intestinal cancers and skin diseases while leaving the rodents unscathed. A research group at the Institute of Molecular Genetics at the Czech Academy of Sciences is using proteins…

Study: One quarter of Catholics attend mass once a week

Only about one in four American Catholics attend mass once a week, a number that has been cut in half in the past 40 years, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center released Wednesday. Only 24 percent of US Catholics said they went to mass on a weekly…

Netflix allows users to share what they watch on Facebook

Netflix on Wednesday took the long awaited step of letting US users share with Facebook friends what they have been watching at the film and television show streaming service. A change made to the decades-old Video Privacy Protection Act late last year by Congress cleared the way for California-based Netflix…

British soccer club uses marijuana heat lamps seized in police raids to grow field grass

English football club Notts County are using heat lamps confiscated in police raids on illegal cannabis farms to help maintain their pitch, British media reported on Wednesday. The equipment, seized by Nottinghamshire Police, is being deployed on lighting rigs to heat up the soil and assist the regrowth of grass…

Iraqi Christians wonder if their days are numbered

After 10 years of attacks on Iraqi Christians, Monsignor Pios Cacha wonders if the ancient community’s days are numbered. “Maybe we will follow in the steps of our Jewish brothers,” he says. The priest’s reference to Iraq’s Jewish population — once a thriving community numbering in the tens of thousands…

Trade Commission wants ‘clear’ fine print on mobile ads

The US Federal Trade Commission called Tuesday for potentially bedeviling fine print to be “clear and conspicuous” as ads follow people onto smartphone screens or online social networks. The FTC updated its Dot Com Disclosures guidance advising advertisers how to avoid charges that digital ads are deceptive because information about…

Obama: Some Chinese cyber attacks are ‘state sponsored’

US President Barack Obama said in an interview aired Wednesday that some, but not necessarily all, cyber attacks on US firms and infrastructure originating in China were “state sponsored.” In an interview with ABC News, Obama also cautioned about the need to avoid “war rhetoric” when discussing cyber attacks, and…

‘Craigslist killer’ faces death penalty after murder conviction

By Barry Neild, The Guardian Richard Beasley who lured victims to their deaths by posting job ads on Craigslist website could face the death penalty A US street preacher who lured victims to their deaths by posting job ads on the Craigslist website has been found guilty of aggravated murder and could…

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