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September 2012

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of neural activity in the human brain, and the numbers are …

50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now

Who rules the road in 2013? To find out, <i>Rolling Stone</i> asked a panel of writers, industry figures and artists – from Lars Ulrich of Metallica to …

Music

Have an orgasm instead of doing a crossword, it's better for your brain, says scientist

Orgasms could be better for our brains than doing a crossword or a Sudoku puzzle, an academic has claimed.<p>The sexual climax gives the whole brain a good workout, rather than just one area of it, Professor Barry Komisaruk said.<p>The sensation can, moreover, block pain and could therefore be used to …

Magnitude-6.0 quake shakes northeastern Japan

TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake shook northeastern Japan on Sunday in the same region devastated by a giant tsunami and temblor 2 1/2 years ago, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.<p>The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 struck shortly after midday, and was centered off …

Searchers recover body of Mt. Hood snowboarder

Rescuers searching for a snowboarder on Oregon's Mount Hood have recovered his body, authorities said Sunday.<p>Hood River County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Tiffany Peterson said a rescue crew found the body of Collin Backowski, 25, under 8 to 10 feet of snow and ice Sunday morning, KATU …

Worms' Bright Blue Death Could Shed Light On Human Aging

Last year, researchers at University College London's Institute of Healthy Ageing were looking through their microscopes when they saw something amazing.<p>David Gems, professor of biogerentology, was part of the team looking for answers to big questions about human aging in small, squishy little …

Tony Blair helped Colonel Gaddafi in £1bn legal row

Tony Blair promised to help Col Muammar Gaddafi in a billion-pound legal dispute with victims of a Libyan terrorist attack, according to official correspondence obtained by The Sunday Telegraph.<p>Documents show that Gaddafi turned to Mr Blair after a US court ordered Libya to pay $1.5billion …

Moroccan king to investigate Spanish paedophile pardon

<b>The Moroccan king has promised an investigation into the royal pardoning of a Spanish man convicted of raping 11 children aged between four and 15.</b><p>The paedophile was among 48 jailed Spaniards freed by King Mohammed VI, sparking angry protests and violent clashes with police in Rabat on Friday.<p>A …

Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Signed Into Law By Governor Pat Quinn

Illinois on Thursday officially became the 20th U.S. state to legalize medical marijuana.<p>At a ceremony at the University of Chicago, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill while joined by Jim Champion, a military veteran who suffers from multiple sclerosis, the Chicago Tribune reports.<p>"I feel …

Museum Tries To Save The Plant Where Rosie Riveted

The historic Michigan factory where the iconic Rosie the Riveter and thousands of other women built B-24 bombers during World War II could face the wrecking ball two months from now.<p>A modest nonprofit is trying to raise enough money to salvage some of the massive plant, which Ford sold to General …

Bradley Manning's mother urges him to 'never give up hope'

The mother of Bradley Manning, the US army private who is this week expected to be handed a long jail sentence for his role in the WikiLeaks dump of US state secrets, has said she believes she may never see him again.<p>Speaking after the 25-year-old was found guilty of espionage, theft and computer …

FBI Official: Internet A Key Recruiting Tool For Sex Traffickers

Ron Hosko, the assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division, tells NPR's <i>Weekend Edition Sunday</i> that the Internet has become a key tool for recruitment of child prostitutes and that cutbacks at the federal and local levels have made it harder to clamp down on the problem.<p>Hosko's …

4-year-old reelected mayor

DORSET, Minn. - Robert “Bobby” Tufts hasn’t made it to preschool yet, but he’s already been elected twice as mayor of a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota.<p>Mayor Tufts’ name was picked Sunday during annual Taste of Dorset festival to be mayor of Dorset for a second term. It has no formal city …

Dozens injured in Morocco at protest over Spanish paedophile's release

Dozens of people were injured at the weekend when police in Morocco baton-charged demonstrators protesting against the royal pardon granted to a Spanish paedophile. Daniel Galván Viña was released after serving barely two years of his 30-year sentence for sexually abusing 11 children aged between …

Death Row Inmate Found Dead

Egypt denies entry to Yemeni Nobel laureate

Egyptian authorities have barred Yemeni Nobel Peace laureate Tawakul Karman from entering the country on Sunday and put her on a flight back to Dubai, security sources said.<p>State news agency MENA said Karman, who had previously announced her solidarity with supporters of deposed president Mohamed …

ABC Is Thinking About a Star Wars TV Show

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Star Wars franchise, now acquired by Disney, might become the basis of a new TV show as Disney …

Video sheds light on Flight 214 passenger's death

The San Francisco Fire Department supervisors who took charge of the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash scene were not alerted by firefighters that a …

Airplanes

When Treating Abnormal Breast Cells, Sometimes Less Is More

When Sally O'Neill's doctor told her she had an early form of cancer in one of her breasts, she didn't agonize about what she wanted to.<p>The 42-year-old mother of two young girls wanted a double mastectomy.<p>"I decided at that moment that I wanted them both taken off," says O'Neill, who lives in a …

Venice Beach CCTV footage released after woman killed in hit-and-run

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murder after a car ploughed into crowds at Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles, killing an Italian woman on her honeymoon and injuring 11 other people.<p>Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, was arrested after he walked into a police station in neighbouring Santa …