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Christmas documentary reveals Sex Pistols’ cuddly side

Notorious punk rocker Sid Vicious dances to Christmas hits with a gaggle of children, while fellow Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten hands out presents. It sounds implausible, but this is how the British punk band spent Christmas Day 1977. Unseen footage of Sex Pistols in this unlikely scenario will be broadcast…

Freed Pussy Riot punks reunite in Siberia, urging Sochi Olympics boycott

wo freed members of anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot on Tuesday met in Siberia for the first time since their release, discussing plans to set up a new rights group to help Russian prisoners. Maria Alyokhina, who had been serving her sentence at a prison colony in the central city…

Virgin’s Richard Branson urges Uganda boycott over anti-LGBT bill

British tycoon Richard Branson has urged companies to boycott Uganda over a draconian anti-homosexuality bill passed by its parliament last week. The Virgin founder said Uganda must abandon the bill, which would make homosexuality punishable by up to life in prison, or find itself “ostracised by companies and tourists worldwide”.…

Russia downplays Sochi Olympics boycott

Russia on Tuesday dismissed the impact of a decision by US and some European leaders to skip the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi over Moscow’s record on human rights. US President Barack Obama last week named two openly gay sports stars but no acting official to…

Researchers generate solar electricity with photosynthetic proteins

Researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have developed a bio-based solar cell. They embedded the two proteins photosystem 1 and 2, which in plants are responsible of photosynthesis, into complex molecules developed in-house, thus creating an efficient electron current. Headed by Prof Dr Wolfgang Schuhmann from the Department of Analytical…

The planet’s rate of warming is 400,000 Hiroshima bombs per day

How can one convey the Earth’s staggering rate of heat build up from human-caused global warming — 250 trillion Watts (Joules per second)? The analogy to the energy released by the Hiroshima bomb has been used in recent years by a number of scientists, such as NOAA oceanographer John Lyman,…

Scientists discover vast reservoir under Greenland that may hold clues to explain shrinking glaciers

Scientists have discovered a vast reservoir of fresh water captured in layers of old snow buried near the surface of Greenland’s vast ice sheet. The reservoir, located in southeastern Greenland, is similar to a subsurface aquifer found on land. Its…  …

NASA astronauts step out for Christmas Eve spacewalk to make ISS repairs

Two NASA astronauts stepped out Tuesday on a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk to complete repairs at the International Space Station. “The 10th spacewalk of the year at the International Space Station is now officially under way,” a NASA commentator said at 6:53 am (1153 GMT), as astronauts made a second…

Khodorkovsky to reunite with wife and children after 10 years in Russian prison

Kremlin critic and Russia’s one-time richest man Mikhail Khodorkovsky is expected to reunite with his wife Inna and their three children on Tuesday after spending 10 years in a Russian jail, his spokeswoman said. “The family is coming today,” spokeswoman Olga Pispanen told Agence France-Presse. “They have not been together…

Hong Kong jails woman who smuggled baby formula under unlicensed milk law

A Hong Kong court has jailed a woman for smuggling baby formula, the first time anybody has been sent to prison under the city’s ban on unlicensed milk powder export, officials said Tuesday. The 37-year-old woman, whose nationality has not been disclosed, was jailed for five weeks after being found…

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