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Japan vows to continue whale hunt after clash with Sea Shepherd activists

Japan vowed on Thursday to continue its whale hunt in the Southern Ocean after clashes with the militant conservationist Sea Shepherd group, which claimed Tokyo had been forced to end the programme. “We are keeping our whaling programme,” an official at Japan’s Fisheries Agency told AFP, denying a report that…

White House vows to aggressively combat trade secrets theft in new cybersecurity strategy document

The US government vowed to aggressively combat a rise in the foreign theft of trade secrets amid mounting concerns over recent hacking attacks allegedly emanating from China. A new strategy document released by the White House did not explicitly name China, but warned that foreign governments and firms had stepped…

Scientists create lifelike ears with 3D printing

Researchers have engineered artificial human ears that look and act like the real thing thanks to 3D printing, giving hope to patients missing all or part of their ears. The new ears, practically identical to human ones, could provide the solution long sought by reconstructive surgeons to treat thousands of…

Why promising minority students aren’t signing up for AP exams

Why promising minority students aren't signing up for AP exams The number of high school students passing at least one Advanced Placement (AP) exam is up overall this year, but students from minority groups still lag behind their white peers, particularly in math and science. Among members of the class…

Lawsuits allege Carnival Triumph could have made port much sooner

Carnival Triumph could have made port much sooner, lawsuits allege Two prior incidents involving the propulsion system of the Carnival cruise ship Triumph may have set the stage for the Feb. 10 engine-room fire that left the ship powerless and without toilets for five days at sea, according to a…

Vacancy rate for U.S. housing falls to pre-bust levels

Fewer boarded-up homes: Vacancy rate for US housing falls to pre-bust levels Across America fewer homes are boarded up. And fewer people are “doubled up,” sharing a tight apartment with friends or parents. According to the Census Bureau, vacancy rates for residential housing in the United States have fallen to…

Georgia attorney general: Mentally disabled inmate Warren Hill not entitled to stay of execution

The state of Georgia has applied to the US supreme court to overturn a stay of execution for Warren Hill, the intellectually disabled prisoner who came within half an hour of being put to death on Tuesday night. Georgia’s attorney general has filed a petition with the highest court in…

NASA’s Mars rover finds gray rock beneath the Red Planet’s surface

So much for Mars being “The Red Planet.” NASA said Wednesday that its Curiosity rover has scooped up a sample from the interior of a Martian rock and found that the powdery soil just beneath the planet’s rust-colored exterior is actually a light gray color. “Something that the science team…

Sony touts PlayStation 4 as the ‘future of gaming’

Sony unveiled a new-generation PlayStation 4 system on Wednesday and laid out its vision for the “future of gaming” in a world rich with mobile gadgets and play streamed from the Internet cloud. At a press event in New York, computer entertainment unit chief Andrew House said PS4 “represents a…

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…

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