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Swedish government pledges to crack down on hackers

The Swedish government said on Thursday it planned to crack down on hackers, at a time when the sex assault allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has made the country a target of repeated cyber attacks. “The government decided today to extend the remit of the cyber crime committee to…

Doping report reveals damning evidence against cyclist Armstrong

Cocktails of olive oil and testosterone, blood stored in secret cupboards and a shadowy courier known as ‘Motoman’ have delivered the fatal blows to the doping-shattered reputation of Lance Armstrong. In the 202 pages of damning evidence compiled by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) which it claims proved the…

U.S. names new Libyan ambassador after death in September 11 attack

The United States on Thursday named a new charge d’affaires to Libya following the murder of ambassador Chris Stevens in last month’s militant attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. Veteran diplomat and Arabic speaker Laurence Pope has arrived in Tripoli already, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a…

More than 1 in 10 Americans watching debate and social media at the same time

More than one in 10 of the Americans who watched last week’s presidential debate were “dual screeners” — watching on television while following on a computer or mobile device. Television remained the top source for debate watchers but some used multiple screens to get more information during the debate or…

U.S. panel calls for greater privacy controls on genetic information

Laws to keep genetic information private are not strong enough — a situation that could hinder progress in important research, according to a new high-level study Thursday on medical ethics. As human genome sequencing becomes more and more affordable, researchers are finding new and important ways to use the data…

California-based group gets Disney to pledge to stop using rainforest paper

Publisher pledges to use alternative sources as activist rejoices: ‘The Jungle Book will no longer be destroying the jungle’ Environmentalists campaigning to prevent the wholesale destruction of the Indonesian rainforest scored a major victory today after coaxing the Walt Disney company, one of the world’s largest children’s books publishers, to…

Appeals court lifts sales ban on Samsung phones

A US appeals court Thursday lifted a sales ban on Google-branded Samsung smartphones in a patent fight with Apple, saying there was no evidence sales were driven by features copied from the iPhone. The appeals court in Washington overturned an injunction issued by a judge in California for the Galaxy…

Researcher: More chocolate consumption linked with more Nobel prizes

The more chocolate people in a country eat, the more Nobel prize winners the country produces per capita, according to a note published Thursday in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. Flavonoids, antioxidants found in cocoa, green tea, red wine and some fruits, appear “to be effective in slowing…

Astronomers find rare spiral shell of cosmic dust with powerful Chile telescope

Astronomers using a powerful Chile-based telescope on Wednesday released a rare image of a spiral shell of cosmic dust and gas surrounding a red giant star. The discovery marks the first time that scientists have found such a structure and obtained full three-dimensional information about the spiral. Researchers said a…

Released Pussy Riot member says authorities are playing ‘strange game’ of ‘calculated harassment’

A member of the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot freed unexpectedly from prison said there was no split within the group, accusing the authorities of playing a “strange game” against the women. A Russian appeals court on Wednesday unexpectedly ordered the release of Yekaterina Samutsevich, but upheld the two-year prison…

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