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Looted 1,000 year-old Viking treasure discovered in British Museum storage room

Curator spots 1,000-year-old brooch in lump taken from 18th century excavation A Celtic treasure looted by the Vikings more than 1,000 years ago has been discovered in the British Museum’s storerooms. An ornate, gilded disc brooch dating from the eighth or ninth century was found by chance and is being…

Leader Chris Turney defends Antarctic expedition against critics of its scientific value

Chris Turney speaks of a ‘growing sense of frustration over what appears to be a misrepresentation of the expedition’ The leader of the ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic whose members were airlifted to safety last week has condemned the sniping of its critics, accusing elements of the media and climate…

Pope Francis calls for fresh Church approach to children of LGBT parents

Pope Francis has called for a rethink in the way the Catholic Church deals with the children of gay couples and divorced parents, warning against “administering a vaccine against faith”. “On an educational level, gay unions raise challenges for us today which for us are sometimes difficult to understand,” Francis…

Anglican church accused of ‘dumbing down’ baptism service because it doesn’t mention the devil

A former Anglican bishop on Sunday criticised a new trial version of the Church’s baptism service that no longer calls for parents and godparents to “repent sins”. Former Bishop of Rochester Michael Nazir-Ali said the move, which is being trialed until Easter in around 1,000 parishes, was part of a…

Battle over GMOs percolating in U.S., with 93 percent of Americans in favor of labeling

A GMO labeling battle is rumbling in the United States, with those demanding full disclosure of genetically modified organisms in food products pitted against big companies. Although some giants such as General Mills have recently taken timid steps toward being more upfront with consumers, the United States, unlike some 60…

3D-printed components flown in British fighter jet

A Tornado fighter jet fitted with metal components created on a 3D printer undertook a successful test flight in Britain last month, defence company BAE Systems said Sunday. The plane was equipped with a 3D-printed protective cover for the cockpit radio, a protective guard in the landing gear and support…

Oscar-winning Hollywood producer Saul Zaentz dead at 92

Film producer Saul Zaentz, winner of best picture Oscars for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Amadeus” and “The English Patient,” has died at age 92, US media reported. Zaentz died due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease at his home in San Francisco on Friday, his nephew Paul Zaentz told…

How two archaeologists’ hunch led to stunning claim about Buddha’s birth date

The two archaeologists had a hunch that the Buddha’s birthplace in southern Nepal held secrets that could transform how the world understood the emergence and spread of Buddhism. Their pursuit would eventually see them excavate the sacred site of Lumbini as monks prayed nearby, leading to the stunning claim that…

Bummer: Colorado pot shops will run out of marijuana within days

Marijuana dispensaries in Colorado are finding it impossible to keep up with the demands of recreational users. The first five days of days of legalized sales of marijuana have been big business for dispensary owners — so much so that some shops even closed early last Wednesday, the first day…

Iraq’s Fallujah falls to Al-Qaeda militants as 65 killed

Iraq has lost Fallujah to Al-Qaeda-linked fighters, a senior security official said, putting militants back in control of the city in Anbar province where American forces repeatedly battled insurgents. And fighting in Anbar killed 65 people — eight soldiers, two government-allied tribesmen and 55 militants from the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State…

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