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South Africa mulls new trophy hunt rules to fight rhino poaching

South Africa may impose new limits on trophy hunts as it combats a devastating surge in rhino poaching, with 150 killed illegally so far this year, the environment ministry said Thursday. Big game hunters are allowed to kill a limited number of rhinos every year, with their horns exported as…

Now it’s official: beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder

French scientists say they have confirmed the folklore that a glass in your hand will make you feel sexier, smarter and funnier, even when others privately think you are a turkey. Psychologists led by Laurent Begue at the Pierre-Mendes France University in the southeastern city of Grenoble carried out an…

New York law stubs out synthetic marijuana

Synthetic marijuana, which is sold openly in shops and gives smokers a high, was banned Thursday across New York after being linked to serious health risks. It will be no more “Mr Nice Guy,” or “Smiley Dog,” “Spice,” “Galaxy Gold” or any other brands of the fake pot, which until…

Concerns grow over children using tablet computers

Electronic tablets like the iPad are a revolutionary educational tool and are becoming part of childhood, but should be watched carefully so that overuse doesn’t lead to learning or behavioral problems, experts say. “It’s a topic that really emerged in the last two years. You can’t pull it from their…

U.S. recalls organ storage fluid over contamination fears

A major US pharmaceutical company on Thursday issued a wide-spanning global recall of the fluid used to store organs for potential transplants over fears it could be contaminated. Bristol Myers-Squibb (BMS) said it is recalling the fluid, called Viaspan, across much of Europe as a part of its investigation into…

Yahoo! promises to implement do-not-track provisions on its ad networks

Yahoo! on Thursday said that it will soon add a tool to its websites that allows visitors to signal that they don’t want their online activity tracked for ad targeting or other ends. The California-based Internet pioneer promised to deploy a “Do Not Track solution” across its global network, including…

House passes GOP budget proposal that slashes taxes for the rich

The US House of Representatives approved on Thursday a contentious Republican budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 that would slash trillions in federal spending, revamp Medicare and reduce taxes for wealthy Americans. The spending plan, unveiled last week by Representative Paul Ryan, is unlikely to become policy, but it frames…

Autism in children said to be on the rise in the U.S.

Autism in children appears to be on the rise, according to US health officials who said Thursday the rate has risen 23 percent in two years, with one in 88 children affected. Previous figures showed that as many as one in 110 US children had the disorder, leading autism research…

Oracle, Google patent case looks headed for court

Google and Oracle continued legal wrangling in a dimming effort to reach a deal to avoid facing off before jurors in a patent case trial. The trial remained set to start next month in a San Francisco federal court after Oracle spurned a proposal that Google pay about $3 million in…

De La Soul duo return with ‘First Serve’ concept album

Two thirds of US hip hop pioneers De La Soul, proponents of a jazz-flavoured sound a world away from gangsta rap, are back, with an album born of a chance encounter with a pair of French producers. The album and the new duo share a name, “First Serve”, and see De La…

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