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The ‘ePad’: A new tablet specifically for women?

Apparently, tablets aren’t unisex and one company has taken care of that problem. The ePad Femme, developed by Middle East–based Eurostar Group, is being advertised as “”world’s first tablet made exclusively for women,” according to Daily Dot. What makes it so lady like? Well, it comes preloaded with a pink…

Iran to sue Hollywood over ‘Argo’ and other Oscar films

By Saeed Kamali Dehghan, The Guardian Tehran hires French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre to bring case over Hollywood ‘distorting image’ of Islamic republic Iran has hired a controversial French lawyer to file a lawsuit against Hollywood over a series of films, including Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning Argo, that have allegedly portrayed the…

Amazon cuts price of large-screen Kindle Fire

Amazon.com on Wednesday ramped up its challenge to Apple’s iPads by trimming the price of its large-screen Kindle Fire and making the tablets available in Japan and Europe. The online retailer cut $100 from the price of the Kindle Fire HD with 8.9-inch screens and connectivity to the latest-generation wireless…

New York Times to overhaul web design

The New York Times website is undergoing a major overhaul in an effort to become “cleaner” and more engaging, and also to improve the presentation of online ads. The media group said Tuesday a prototype will become available to a randomly selected group of users who will have the option…

Land prices rising even after year of record drought

American farmers may have suffered an historic drought last year, but the price of their land is skyrocketing. In Iowa, the US’s biggest producer of corn, the land prices jumped 24 percent in 2012 and and have gained 63 percent over the last three years, according to a study by…

Astronomers: Early Universe bred ‘starburst’ mega-galaxies

In its exuberant childhood, the Universe created galaxies that were vast star-making machines, astronomers reported on Wednesday. Using a brand-new telescope in Chile’s Atacama desert, the team snared light that took more than 12 thousand million years to reach them. It came from massive galaxies in the distant cosmos which…

Scientists map tapeworm DNA

Scientists said Wednesday they had unravelled the genetic code of the tapeworm, unearthing data that should lead to more efficient drugs against the dangerous intestinal parasite. Tapeworms are among the first known parasites of humans, recorded by Hippocrates and Aristotle as long ago as 300 BC. Published in the journal…

Phallus-shaped worm-like creature sheds light on Earth’s biodiversity

Fossilised forms of a phallus-shaped invertebrate have shed light on a dramatic spurt in Earth’s biodiversity that occurred half a billion years ago, Canadian scientists reported on Wednesday. Remains of 10-centimetre (four-inch) worm-like creatures were found in shale beds in Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The sediment…

Dutch thriller creates duel-screen theater experience

Dutch thriller “APP”, about a mysterious personal assistant application that takes over mobile phones, requires viewers for the first time to look at their smartphones in the cinema to view extra footage. In the film, nefarious app “Iris” — which happens to be the name of the personal assistant found…

Czech lab mice injected with fluorescent protein for clues on cancer

Injected with a fluorescent protein to make them glow bright red, laboratory mice are helping Czech scientists better understand the causes behind intestinal cancers and skin diseases while leaving the rodents unscathed. A research group at the Institute of Molecular Genetics at the Czech Academy of Sciences is using proteins…

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