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Love of art is blind for sightless MoMA visitors

Her eyes see nothing, but when Barbara Appel runs her fingers over the face of a Picasso sculpture in New York’s Museum of Modern Art, she sighs with pleasure. Most people go to museums to look at exhibits, but for some at MoMA, love of art is literally blind. Each…

Scientists study world’s largest creature by tracking its song

An Australian-led group of scientists has for the first time tracked down and tagged Antarctic blue whales by using acoustic technology to follow its songs, the government said Wednesday. The blue whale, the largest animal on the planet, is rarely spotted in the Southern Ocean but a group of intrepid…

North Korea cuts its military hotline with the South

North Korea severed its military hotline with South Korea on Wednesday, suspending the last direct communication link between the two countries at a time of heightened military tensions. The decision coincided with an announcement that the North’s top political leadership would meet in the next few days to discuss an…

BRICS group of emerging powers scales back plans to challenge Western supremacy

Leaders from the BRICS group of emerging powers on Wednesday were to unveil a scaled-back plan to challenge Western supremacy at global institutions like the World Bank. Leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and hosts South Africa were set to hammer out deals designed to counter the impact of Europe’s…

Homeland Security seeks student hackers to help counter cyberthreats

The need to develop a skilled cyber workforce is a formidable challenge for government, she said. (Michael Bonfigli/The Christian Science Monitor) There are “new and…  …

Scottish government ignores Donald Trump’s threats and approves windfarm

Scottish ministers have given the go-ahead to an experimental offshore windfarm site near Aberdeen after ignoring Donald Trump’s angry threats of legal action to block the project. Trump has repeatedly attacked the European offshore wind deployment centre (EOWDC) proposal, alleging the turbines will ruin the view from his £750m golf…

French far right heaps praise on Britain’s David Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron has been praised by the French far right National Front for “smashing the taboo” on European immigration. France’s far-right National Front (FN) has praised British Prime Minister David Cameron after he said Tuesday he would stop immigrants receiving welfare benefits after six months. “The Front…

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg joining tech industry executives to start SuperPAC

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is joining other tech industry executives to start an organization to lobby Washington. Zuckerberg is reportedly taking a lead role…  …

In surprise move, Vietnam asks citizens for public comment on their constitution

Vietnam’s government has asked its 90 million citizens for public comment on their constitution, and the request has prompted a flurry of rare public critiques from intellectuals, former officials, and civil society groups.  That type of reaction from the public might seem normal in a democracy,…  …

Janet Napolitano answers critics of new TSA rules for knives on airplanes

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano quoted a “Saturday Night Live” comedian when she was asked about a storm…  …

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