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Scientists find one of Antarctica’s largest meteorites

An international team of scientists at Belgium’s Antarctica research station has found the largest meteorite in nearly 25 years, helping them to unlock the secrets of our solar system. A statement Thursday said scientists at Belgium’s Princess Elisabeth Antarctic research base had found a meteorite weighing 18 kilogrammes (nearly 40…

New technology turns your car into a smartphone accessory

Automobile giants at the world’s biggest mobile fair are showing off a new technology that turns a car into a smartphone accessory, allowing a driver to use cutting-edge apps without veering off the road. Called MirrorLink, and adopted by 85 big manufacturers from Ford to General Motors, Chrysler, Nissan, Honda,…

Study: Pessimists live longer than optimists

Older people who look on the darker side of life tend to live longer than optimists, who in turn face an increased risk of illness and mortality, a new study by a German research institute found Thursday. Researchers in Germany and Switzerland found that older people who believe their life…

Catholic Church fights sex education classes in Croatia

Freshly introduced sexual education classes in Croatia’s schools has split the EU-bound country as the powerful Catholic Church challenges the centre-left government over its newest addition to the curriculum. Aimed at raising awareness on potential sexual issues and problems, the pilot “sex-ed” programme started last year and will continue to…

New iPad app allows users to virtually try on glasses in 3-D

Jonathan Coon turned heads Wednesday with iPad software that lets people try on sunglasses by manipulating 3-D images of themselves from the neck up. The founder of discount prescription lens company 1-800 Contacts used a TED Conference known for luring the technology savvy to introduce a service intended to let…

Forensic scientists: King Richard the Lionheart had mummified heart

Forensic scientists on Thursday announced they had delved into the embalmed heart of Richard the Lionheart, finding chemical evidence that the remains of England’s Crusader king were handled with holy reverence. Reduced to dust by eight centuries, the heart of the legendary warrior was analysed by modern lab technology. It…

Backers of alleged Israeli spy to protest ahead of Obama’s visit

Israeli supporters of Jonathan Pollard, the American jailed as an Israeli spy, plan protests calling for his release ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit next month an organiser said on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Jerusalem city council moved to award a medal to Pollard, who is serving a life sentence. “We…

New smartphone extension helps you find your lost cat

Lost your cat? Your grandmother? Or are you injured in a car crash, unable to call for help because your phone battery is dead? Never fear, a mobile solution is near. Inventors and manufacturers at the world’s biggest mobile fair in Barcelona showed off new inventions to make the ubiquitous…

International Monetary Fund: ‘Sequester’ cuts will slow global economic growth

The broad US “sequester” spending cuts that take effect beginning Friday will slow growth in the world’s biggest economy and hit the global economy, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday. “There will be an impact on global growth,” IMF spokesman Bill Murray said. “We’ll have to reevaluate our growth forecast…

Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman watch basketball game together

BEIJING — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un watched a basketball game with former Chicago Bulls’ star Dennis Rodman on Thursday, Chinese state media reported. In a dispatch from Pyongyang, China’s official Xinhua news agency said that Kim and Rodman watched a game consisting of players from North Korea and the…

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