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Red wine compound resveratrol could protect against hearing loss: study

A new study helps explain how a compound found in red wine protects against hearing loss. The research was published this week in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. “Our latest study focuses on resveratrol and its effect on bioinflammation, the body’s response to injury and something that is believed to be…

Astronomers spot smallest planet ever: Kepler-37b

Astronomers on Wednesday said they had found the smallest planet ever spotted beyond our Solar System, a scorched and uninhabitable mini-world tinier than Mercury. The planet is the innermost of three that orbit a Sun-like star called Kepler-37, named after the Kepler telescope, which was launched in 2009 with the…

Photos show North Korea has resumed activity at nuclear site

North Korea has resumed activity at a nuclear site following its internationally condemned bomb test, a US think tank said Wednesday, amid fears that the regime will carry out more explosions. Examining satellite photos, the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University detected a rise in traffic at the Punggye-ri site…

Google invites ‘explorers’ to don new Internet glasses

Google on Wednesday invited “explorers” with creative vision and $1,500 to spare to be part of a select group of people who get to experiment with glasses synched to the Internet. A video intended to capture what it feels like to use Google Glass was posted online at google.com/glass/start/ along…

Lance Armstrong will not cooperate with U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, attorney says

Lance Armstrong said Wednesday that he will not cooperate with a US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) investigation into dope cheats in cycling but would be willing to help other anti-doping inquiries. The move greatly diminishes Armstrong’s chances of having his life ban from World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-sanctioned sport reduced even as…

Study of half awake seals may help people sleep better

Scientists have identified brain chemicals that allow seals to sleep with half of their brain at a time, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience. And they say the discovery of how what they called a “unique biological phenomenon” works may help millions — including an estimated…

New York Times to sell The Boston Globe

The New York Times, facing a difficult environment for newspapers in the digital age, announced Wednesday a plan to sell The Boston Globe and other New England assets. The Times said in a statement that it has hired Evercore Partners to advise the company and manage the sale process. The…

Lawyers for Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius challenge facts of murder case

Lawyers for South African “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius poked holes in the prosecution’s murder case against him Wednesday, challenging flawed police work to boost the athlete’s hopes of being released on bail. The defence forced the lead police investigator to admit multiple police errors in the case, undermining earlier explosive…

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham: Drone strikes have killed 4,700 people

A US senator has said an estimated 4,700 people, including some civilians, have been killed in bombing raids conducted under America’s secretive drone war, local media reported Wednesday. The toll from hundreds of drone-launched missile strikes against suspected Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere has remained a mystery, as…

Mitt Romney to address the Conservative Political Action Conference next month

He may have lost the 2012 US presidential election, but one-time Republican nominee Mitt Romney will take center stage next month at a key conservative policy conference, organizers said Wednesday. Romney’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, which as the nation’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists attracts…

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