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Shakespeare’s sonnets and MLK audio file stored in DNA

All 154 Shakespeare sonnets have been spelled out in DNA to demonstrate the vast potential of genetic data storage His words have touched the lovelorn and been pored over by brooding teenagers for more than four hundred years, but now some of the most romantic poems ever penned have been…

Japan confirms tenth death in Algeria siege

The Japanese government on Thursday confirmed the country’s tenth death in the Algerian hostage siege, its worst toll in an act of terror since the September 2001 attacks on New York. “We have now identified the remaining body,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters. “We have confirmed the death…

Goldman Sachs and Shell win Public Eye ‘shame’ awards at Davos

Campaigners at Davos on Thursday awarded their annual Public Eye shame awards to Goldman Sachs and Shell “for particularly glaring cases of companies’ greed for profit and environmental sins”. At an “award ceremony” on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Swiss chapter of Greenpeace and the…

Cameron claims Britain isn’t turning its back on Europe

Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday that Britain was not turning its back on Europe, after angering his EU partners by announcing plans for a referendum on membership. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Cameron said: “This is not about turning our backs on Europe — quite the…

Argentine ‘superhero’ facing weapons charges

A self-styled Buenos Aires superhero who fought crime armed only with a costume, mask and pepper spray, is now himself up on weapons charges. Thanks to an alleged shootout with muggers the superhero has been charged with carrying an unlicensed gun, police said Wednesday. The man who called himself Menganno…

15,000 crocs escape from South African farm

About 15,000 crocodiles have escaped from a farm in South Africa amid heavy rains and flooding, local daily Beeld reported. The predators sprung from the Rakwena Crocodile Farm in the far north of the country when owners were forced to open the gates to prevent a storm surge. A number…

Vietnamese noodles: a cultural pho-nomenon

In Hanoi, it is a truth universally acknowledged that the best pho noodle soup is found in the grimiest restaurants, where the staff are rude, the queues long, and the surroundings spartan at best. Pho, a simple soup of beef broth, herbs, spices and rice noodles, emerged some 100 years…

North Korea plans high-level nuclear test ‘aimed at the U.S.’

North Korea said on Thursday it planned to carry out a nuclear test aimed at its “arch-enemy” the United States in response to tightened UN sanctions, but offered no timeframe. “We do not hide that the various satellites and long-range rockets we will continue to launch, as well as the…

Colorado Senate panel approves civil unions for same-sex couples

The Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples to form civil unions. The bill was approved by a 3 to 2 party-line vote. It is expected to pass the Democrat-led Colorado legislature and be signed into law by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper. “And…

Julian Assange calls WikiLeaks movie a ‘massive propaganda attack’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hit out on Wednesday at a Hollywood film about his secret-spilling website, calling the movie “a massive propaganda attack”. Speaking to students at Britain’s prestigious Oxford University by videolink from the Ecuadoran embassy in London, Assange revealed that he had acquired a copy of the script…

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