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Scientists find cancer-causing DNA mutations

The biggest-ever trawl of the human genome for cancer-causing DNA errors has netted more than 80 tiny mutations, a finding that could help people at high risk, researchers said Wednesday. The results, which double the number of known genetic alterations linked to breast, ovarian and prostate cancer, were unveiled in…

Study: Pesticides scramble bees’ brain circuits

Pesticides used by farmers to protect crops or bee hives can scramble the brain circuits of honeybees, affecting memory and navigation skills needed to find food, scientists said Wednesday. This in turn threatened entire colonies of bees whose pollinating functions are vital for human food production, they wrote in the…

Penis removed from Mars statue thanks to reversal of Berlusconi-ordered changes

An ancient statue of Mars has lost its fake penis and his counterpart Venus her hands, in the reversal of cosmetic changes ordered by Italy’s ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, a newspaper reported Wednesday. In 2010 Berlusconi decided the two marble statues adorning the official residence of the prime minister were…

Twitter on pace to earn half a billion in ad revenue

Twitter is on pace to earn more than a half-billion dollars in ad revenue this year and close to $1 billion next year, industry tracker eMarketer estimated on Wednesday. About 53 percent of the ad revenue at Twitter this year will come from use of the service on smartphones or…

Number of American cancer survivors expected to reach 18 million in a decade

The number of Americans who have survived cancer is on the rise and is expected to reach 18 million people in the next decade, according to a report released Wednesday. That would be a 30 percent increase over the latest figures in January 2012, which showed 13.7 million people in…

Environmental group: Thousands of pesticides dodge regulation

Thousands of pesticides are allowed onto the US market without rigorous safety testing, putting people, animals and crop pollinators like bees at risk, a US environmental group said Wednesday. The Natural Resources Defense Council said the culprit is a congressional loophole dating back to 1978, which has allowed the Environmental…

American music industry reports ‘flat’ 2012 sales

US music industry sales held nearly steady in 2012 as gains from digital subscription services offset further declines in physical disc sales, an industry survey showed Wednesday. Overall recorded music sales revenues for 2012 were $7.1 billion, down 0.9 percent, after a slight increase in 2011, according to data from…

Russia already stockpiling snow to ensure ‘white’ 2014 Winter Olympics

Russia has started to stockpile hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of snow to ensure the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is not hit by unpredictable weather conditions. The Sochi 2014 Olympics Organising Committee has constructed a huge snow storage facility at the Rosa Khutor ski resort, which will host…

UK judges rule to keep ban on Abu Qatada deportation to Jordan as government vows to fight on

The British government on Wednesday vowed not to give up its fight to deport radical cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan after losing its latest court challenge to have him expelled. Lawyers for Home Secretary Theresa May had appealed a decision by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) in November allowing…

Jordan charges students with ‘devil worship’

A Jordanian military prosecutor on Wednesday charged five university students with incitement for allegedly desecrating the Koran and engaging in “devil worship.” “A state security court prosecutor charged the five students today with doctrinal and sectarian incitement,” a court official told AFP without elaborating. The students face up to three…

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