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German anti-Islam group's anniversary rally ends in violence

DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Violence flared in the eastern city of Dresden after German anti-Islam group PEGIDA staged a rally to mark its first anniversary Monday.<p>Scuffles broke out when police tried to separate far-right protesters and counter-demonstrators attempting to block their path. Marko …

Humans have shorter attention span than goldfish, thanks to smartphones

The average human's attention span is... oh look, a bird!<p>According to scientists, the age of smartphones has left humans with such a short attention span even a goldfish can hold a thought for longer.<p>Researchers surveyed 2,000 participants in Canada and studied the brain activity of 112 others …

Microsoft granted patent for glasses that detect wearer’s emotions

Put this one in the WTF file.<p>The United States Patent and Trademark Office granted Microsoft a patent today for a pair of glasses that can detect a wearer’s emotional response to what they’re looking at.<p>In patent talk, the thing is called a wearable emotion detection and feedback system.<p>If you are …

Obama condemns Baltimore violence | DW | 28.04.2015

Thousands of military and police swarmed the streets of Baltimore on Tuesday, a day after clashes which prompted authorities to declare a state of …

Facing execution in Indonesia, Filipina maid gets last-minute reprieve

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the end, it played out like a movie. A tense, heartbreaking story, and then a surprise twist at the end.<p>As eight of Mary Jane Veloso's fellow death row inmates -- mostly foreigners, like her -- were put to death by firing squad early Wednesday in a wooded grove on the Indonesian island …

Asia

Judge gives chimpanzees human rights for the first time (update)

New York justice briefly decrees two apes are covered by habeas corpus before changing her court order<p>For the first time in US history, a judge has decreed that a pair of chimpanzees held at a university research facility are covered by the same laws that govern the detention of humans, effectively …

Human Rights

African elephants could be extinct 'within a decade'

African elephants could be extinct in the wild within the next decade, a major conservation conference in Botswana has been told.<p>The Africa Elephant Summit, attended by delegates from around 20 countries including China – which is accused of fuelling the poaching trade – heard new figures from the …

Arctic sea ice reaches record winter low

Scientists say preliminary data points to a troubling trend<p>The amount of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean likely reached its lowest winter level on record last month, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). Arctic sea ice typically reaches a high point around February …

Global Warming

Omega-3 fatty acids help improve boys' attention spans, research shows

In boys with and without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, new research has found that an extra daily dose of Omega-3 fatty acids reduced symptoms of inattention.<p>The study found that in a small clinical trial involving boys 8 to 14 years old, parents rated their son's ability to pay …

The Brain

Revealed: the terrifying 9ft-long crocodile which walked like a human

US scientists say they have discovered fossils of the ‘Carolina butcher’, a pre-dinosaur beast with sharp teeth<p>Scientists have unearthed fossils in the United States of a big land-dwelling crocodile that lived about 231 million years ago, walked on its hind legs and was a top land predator right …

Fossils

Eclipse thrills on remote Arctic islands, clouds mar for some

TORSHAVN, Faroe Islands (Reuters) - A solar eclipse thrilled thousands of sky gazers on remote Arctic islands on Friday but clouds disappointed some viewers of a rare celestial show that was also partly visible for millions in Europe, Africa and Asia.<p>People cheered and clapped as the moon blocked …

Solar eclipse could be blocked out by French smog

Unusually high air pollution is likely to make urban areas such as London more misty than usual and could obscure the much anticipated eclipse<p>The solar eclipse could be blocked out by a combination of low cloud and air pollution crossing the English Channel from France, experts have warned.<p>Much of …

A letter sent to the White House tentatively tests positive for cyanide

The letter was received Monday at a facility that screens mail for the White House and is located away from the grounds of the executive mansion and its surrounding buildings in the heart of downtown Washington.<p>Initial biological testing came back negative, said agency spokesman Robert …

The White House

Himalayan Yeti 'Mystery' Looks Even Less Mysterious, Scientists Argue

Mystery solved? Not Yeti, but close.<p>A year ago, geneticists reported that RNA extracted from hair samples attributed to the Himalayan Yeti monster, a.k.a. "the Abominable Snowman," were actually most similar to the 40,000-year-old genetic signature of a now-extinct breed of polar bear. They …

Soft Bionic Power Trousers Could Help Us Walk Up Stairs

Exoskeletons that are actually comfortable<p>The word “bionic” conjures up images of science fiction fantasies. But in fact bionic systems – the joining of engineering and robotics with biology (the human body) – are becoming a reality here and now.<p>Getting older and less steady on your feet? You need …

HTC’s new One M9 is a hot phone, heats up to 130 degrees in one benchmark test

The new HTC One M9 phone was one of the hot new phones announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this month. Now tests are showing that the phone is hot in other ways, too.<p>The Dutch phone site Tweakers put a series of flagship phones through some benchmarking tests and noted that the M9 heated up …

Mobile