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Sale of personal gene data condemned as ‘unethical and dangerous’

Critics say companies could acquire personal information that would identify NHS patients without their consent Private firms will soon be able to buy people’s medical and genetic data without their consent and, in certain cases, acquire personal information that might enable them to identify individuals. The revelation, which contradicts government…

Multiparton interactions at the Large Hadron Collider

Away from the high-profile Higgs hunting, a new paper sheds some light on the complex inner life of the proton, and how it affects results from CERN’s LHC For most of the past two years, before it stopped last week for a while, the LHC was making protons collide head…

Horse-wary Britons spurning ready-meals, all meat

A poll out Sunday found that almost a third of adults in Britain have stopped eating ready-meals as a result of the horsemeat scandal, while seven percent have stopped eating meat altogether. The ComRes survey, for the Sunday Mirror and The Independent on Sunday newspapers, found that 31 percent have…

Russia halts search for meteorite

Russian authorities halted their search Sunday for the meteorite that spectacularly struck the Urals last week, leaving about 1,200 people injured and damaging several thousand buildings. The 10-tonne space rock streaked over the Chelyabinsk region in central Russia in a blinding fireball on Friday. With air temperatures at around minus…

Netanyahu backs spying secrecy after Prisoner X death

Exposure of intelligence activities can “badly damage” state security, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday in his first remarks on the arrest and death of a jailed Australian-Israeli with Mossad links. In remarks to his outgoing cabinet, the Israeli prime minister insisted that the security forces be allowed to “quietly”…

Bloodied cricket bat ‘found’ at Pistorius home

South African police have found a bloodied cricket bat at the home of Oscar Pistorius, a local newspaper reported on Sunday, following the Valentine’s Day killing of his model girlfriend. The star Olympian and Paralympian athlete was charged on Friday with the murder of 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp who was shot…

Thousands marry in first ‘post-Moon’ Unification Church mass wedding

Thousands of Unification Church members got married in a mass wedding in South Korea Sunday — the first since the death of their “messiah” and controversial church founder Sun Myung Moon. Some 3,500 identically-dressed couples — many of mixed nationality who had met just days before — took part in…

Ancient mysteries unveiled at Peru’s 5,000-year-old Temple of Fire

The recent discovery of a ceremonial fireplace believed to be more than 5,000 years old sheds light on one of the oldest populated sites in the Americas. The fireplace, dubbed the Temple of Fire, was discovered within the El Paraiso archeological complex in the Chillon valley, located just outside the…

Israel’s Lieberman goes on trial for corruption

The trial of Israel’s former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman on charges of fraud and breach of trust opened at a Jerusalem court Sunday in a case which will decide the former bouncer’s political future. Wearing a dark-blue suit and white shirt, Lieberman was silent as he entered the courtroom and…

Scientists look at restoring lakes damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Scientists look at restoring lakes damaged by Hurricane Sandy (via NJ.com) WEST LONG BRANCH — Once a natural inlet that closed over time, Wreck Pond in Monmouth County was one in a long line of Hurricane Sandy’s casualties, its eastern edge ripped open and exposed to the ocean. But to…

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