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Firefighter says breastfeeding photo was 'a representation of my Australia'

Angela Joy, a volunteer with Tallygaroopna fire brigade, says widely shared image has created a positive impression of Victoria’s Country Fire Authority<p>A volunteer firefighter whose photograph has been shared more than 3,000 times says she did not expect the image of her breastfeeding her …

20 kilometer high space elevator tower planned

Ambitious plans to build a twenty kilometer (12.4 miles) tall space elevator tower have been announced by a Canadian space technology firm.<p>Although this distance is a mere fraction of that reached in space missions, Thoth Technology says its ThothX Tower will make a major cost reduction in space …

Do you speak dog? The idea's not barking mad, say scientists

It's not just Dr Dolittle who can talk to the animals – researchers have developed a computer program that translates woofs into words<p>They are known as man's best friend and the British are famously dotty about them. But how can you tell if your dog is happy, lonely, anxious or sad?<p>The answer is in …

Humans' Use Of Pain-Relief Creams Proves Fatal To Felines

Veterinarians have long warned that pain medications like ibuprofen are toxic to pets. And it now looks like merely using a pain relief cream can put cats at risk.<p>That's what happened in two households, according to a report issued Friday by the Food and Drug Administration. Two cats in one …

Pee-power toilet to light up disaster zones

A toilet that uses urine to generate electricity will soon light up dark corners of refugee camps after being tested by students in the UK. The pioneering toilet, the result of collaboration between global aid agency Oxfam and the University of the West of England in Bristol, uses live microbes …

Scientists find key to 'turbo-charging' immune system to kill all cancers

Imperial College scientists are developing a gene therapy designed to boost immune cells<p>A protein which ‘turbo-charges’ the immune system so that it can fight off any cancer or virus has been discovered by scientists.<p>In a breakthrough described as a ‘game-changer’ for cancer treatment, researchers …

Advanced alien civilizations possible in 50 galaxies

After scouring 100,000 galaxies, scientists say that 50 are emitting unusally high levels of radiation which could hint at alien civilizations<p>Advanced alien life is possible in 50 galaxies, astronomers have said, after finding they are emitting unusually high levels of radiation.<p>A team of …

Low wages cost taxpayers $153 billion a year

Persistent low wages cost US taxpayers approximately $153 billion every year in public support to working families, according to a new report that …

Australia To Stop Payments To Families Who Refuse Child Vaccinations

<b>Updated at 12:50 p.m. ET</b><p>Australia has announced plans to halt welfare payments and child care rebates to families that refuse to have their children vaccinated — an aggressive move aimed at clamping down on a rising number of parents who opt out of immunizations.<p>Prime Minister Tony Abbott said …

Surface 3: A tiny PC that gets the job done

The Surface 3 is a remarkable piece of hardware that could not have existed a year ago.<p>Microsoft's new PC-tablet is just a hair bigger and heavier than Apple's iPad Air, yet it is a full PC that runs all the Windows software you're accustomed to -- including iTunes, Chrome, Office, and the slew of …

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Shark Attacks Are So Unlikely, But So Fascinating

They don't want to bite you<p>Sharks are incredibly unlikely to bite you. They’re even less likely to kill you. However, we remain fascinated with their ability--and occasional proclivity--to do just that. With so many things more likely to harm us, why do we pay such rapt attention when sharks make …

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California bill banning child vaccine exemptions moves ahead

(Reuters) - California lawmakers on Wednesday pushed forward a bill that would ban parents from citing their personal beliefs as a reason to let their school-going children remain unvaccinated.<p>Six-year-old Diego Sanson receives an influenza vaccine injection at Massachusetts General Hospital in …

Researchers demonstrate quantum entanglement, prove Einstein wrong

Quantum entanglement of a single particle has been observed by researchers -- an event that Albert Einstein believed to be impossible under the contemporary quantum mechanics definition of physical reality, calling it "spooky action at a distance".<p>According to theory, quantum entanglement occurs …