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9/11 pre-trial hearings begin for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others

Five Guantánamo prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 attacks were back before a military tribunal on Monday for pre-trial hearings after months of delay. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – the alleged mastermind of 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in US history – and his four co-defendants sat quietly at the defence tables,…

New version of cyberspying Flame virus uncovered

A new cyberespionage tool linked to the Flame virus has been infecting computers in Lebanon, Iran and elsewhere, security researchers said Monday. Kaspersky Lab, which was credited with revealing the Flame virus earlier this year, dubbed the new malware “miniFlame,” and said it was “a small and highly flexible malicious…

‘Smart e-Pants’ underwear deliver electric shocks to comatose patients to prevent bed sores

Scientists have developed underwear with built-in electrodes that deliver small electric shocks to combat bed sores in patients who are in a coma or who have injuries that have immobilised them. At the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans on Monday, they reported results from a trial of the “Smart-e-Pants” system, a…

Google honors Winsor McCay’s ‘Little Nemo’

Winsor McCay: How his vaudeville act led him to animation (via The Christian Science Monitor) Google is honoring Winsor McCay with a vivid animated reproduction of ‘Little Nemo.’ (No, not the Pixar film about the little clownfish – that’s ‘Finding Nemo.”) Winsor McCay was a popular early 20th century newspaper…

New York Times announced it will launch Brazil news site

The New York Times has announced that it will launch an online Portuguese-language edition designed for Brazil in 2013. “The new Web edition will provide Times-quality content to an audience in Brazil that is educated, affluent and connected with the rest of the world.” the US media group said in…

Sharp rise in U.S. retail sales signal improving consumer optimism

US retail sales rose sharply in September, official data released Monday showed, suggesting improving consumer optimism heading into the year-end holiday shopping season. Retail and food services sales rose 1.1 percent from August, the Commerce Department said, well above the 0.7 percent increase forecast by most analysts. Excluding gasoline sales,…

Vietnam school children get day off as crocodiles escape from local farm

Primary schoolchildren in part of southern Vietnam were given a day off on Monday after a number of crocodiles escaped from a farm and were seen roaming around residential areas, reports said. The reptiles were prowling around densely-populated neighbourhoods after breaking free, according to Thanh Nien newspaper, which said the…

American scholars Roth, Shapley win Nobel Economics Prize for data-matching design

US scholars Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley won the Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for research on how to match different agents as well as possible, the Nobel jury said. The two were honoured for “the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design,” it said. Their work…

Xbox Music: Microsoft launches challenger to Apple’s iTunes

Cloud-based offering will allow users to synchronize across multiple devices including PCs, tablets and smartphones Zune failed to take on the might of the iTunes music service, but now Microsoft is back for another bite at the cherry or, more accurately, the Apple. The software company has announced Xbox Music,…

South Korea lifts ban on French erotic novel by Marquis de Sade

South Korea has lifted a ban on the erotic novel “The 120 Days of Sodom” by the 18th-century French nobleman and writer the Marquis de Sade, just weeks after barring it for “extreme obscenity”. The Korea Publication Ethics Commission, a state review board, accepted an appeal by publishing house Dongsuh…

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