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Beijing is publicly shaming polluting companies on Weibo

After the past week spent battling hazardous levels of pollution in Beijing, city authorities are publicly shaming businesses, factories, and …

US soldiers reportedly arrive in Syria to train Kurds fighting 'Islamic State'

US soldiers have reportedly arrived in northern Syria - the first official deployment of US ground troops in the country. The troops are tasked with …

Astro-Mouse Study Suggests Spaceflight Could Be Bad for Your Skin

It's bad enough that prolonged periods of weightlessness in outer space can cause muscle loss, bone loss, a weakened immune system and impaired vision. But now researchers say it may cause skin and hair problems as well.<p>The concern is raised in a study published online Wednesday in the first issue …

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Japanese smartphone gets iris-scanning for mobile payments

The common objection to using your phone for purchases is that any sufficiently-motivated criminal could lop off your thumb and go on a spending spree. That's one of the reasons why Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo and Fujitsu have teamed up to unveil the Arrows NX F-04G. The pair say that it's the …