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Scientists use $40 million camera to search for ‘dark energy’

Dark energy: Can $40m camera help solve its mystery? (+video) Using a cosmic looking glass that would dazzle Sherlock Holmes, an international team of astronomers has taken the first major step in a five-year observing project to help crack a case you could call The Sign of Dark Energy. The…

Early Christians believed Jesus wed: Harvard expert

Some early Christians believed Jesus was married, a Harvard professor told the 10th International Congress of Coptic Studies, according to the Harvard Gazette. Professor Karen King, who teaches at Harvard Divinity School, announced the existence of an ancient Coptic text on papyrus including the words: “Jesus said to them, my…

Mitt Romney video fact check: Is 47 percent of U.S. ‘dependent’ on government?

Mitt Romney video fact check: Is 47 percent of US 'dependent' on government? Do almost half of Americans get some form of government entitlement? That is one of the questions that has been raised after Mother Jones magazine on Tuesday released a video of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaking…

Study finds link between childhood obesity and soda can’s BPA chemical

US scientists say they have established for the first time a link between overweight and obese children and a common chemical found in everyday consumer products such as soda cans. The substance is Bisphenol A (BPA), a manufactured chemical, and the study found that in a sample of nearly 3,000…

‘Bends’ study shows how mammals make mega-deep dives

Scientists in California have shed light on a marine mystery: how diving mammals can hunt for food at great depths without getting the “bends,” according to a new study. Formally known as decompression sickness, the bends occur when nitrogen gas, compressed in the bloodstream at depth, expands during ascent, causing…

Mexico hunts for escaped inmates, cartel suspected

Mexican authorities hunted for 131 escaped inmates near the US border after a mass prison break which officials suspect was organized by the ultra-violent Zetas drug cartel. Some 5,000 Mexican soldiers and police fanned out across the Texas border region, causing traffic jams as they inspected trucks and cars, one…

Taiwan civil servants fall for sex video trap

Nearly 1,000 civil servants in Taiwan must take classes in cyber security after falling for a trap set up by their employer to test Internet safety, an official said on Wednesday. The government of New Taipei City, near capital Taipei, sent out an email last month which claimed to contain…

Colombia says last top drug lord arrested

Colombia said that Daniel “El Loco” Barrera, alleged to be the country’s last major drug lord, had been caught in neighboring Venezuela in an international sting led from Washington. “The last of the great capos has fallen,” President Juan Manuel Santos announced on national television, adding that the US Central…

For the first time more millionaires call Asia-Pacific, instead of North America, ‘home’

Asia-Pacific has overtaken North America as home to the most millionaires for the first time, boosted by a rise in the number of wealthy in China and Japan, a report released on Wednesday showed. The region had 3.37 million high net worth individuals (HNWIs) in 2011 compared to North America’s…

Congress honors visiting democracy icon Suu Kyi

Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will receive the US Congress’s highest honor on Wednesday during a landmark trip in which she has called for the lifting of sanctions on her native Myanmar. The Nobel peace laureate was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2008, during the 15 years she…

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