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UN says 2.7 billion people — 40 percent of the world’s population — will be online by year’s end

Around 2.7 billion people — 40 percent of the world’s population — will be connected to the Internet by the end of 2013, the United Nations said Monday. Another 250 million people came online in 2012, but 4.4 billion people remain unconnected, said the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Ninety…

Researchers: Pesticides causing dramatic die-off in frog population worldwide

A plunge in the world’s population of frogs and toads may be blamed, at least in part, on farm pesticides, researchers in Germany said on Thursday. Tests of fungicides and insecticides, when used at recommended dilutions, killed 40 percent of frogs after seven days, and in one case, 100 percent…

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