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Jacob Zuma painting: Are South Africans 'too free'?

<b>A painting showing South Africa's President Jacob Zuma engaging in a sex act has sparked a debate in the country about the right to offend.</b><p>The caricature is the work of controversial artist Anyanda Mabulu.<p>Before his latest work he had angered South Africans after he pictured President Zuma doing a …

Millions of 'secret gingers' carry the gene which raises risk of skin cancer

Millions of Britons are unwittingly carrying the ‘ginger gene’ which puts them at greater risk from skin cancer, even if they do not have red hair.<p>Scientists in the UK have proven that the increased danger for people carrying the MC1R gene is the equivalent to being exposed to the sun for an …

New Satellite Images Show Extent Of Florida Algal Bloom

Four counties in state of emergency from toxic water<p>New satellite images show the growing extent of an enormous algal bloom in Southern Florida, causing a state of emergency in four counties.<p>The images, taken by the Operational Land Imager on NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite, show Lake Okeechobee and the …

Not In My Landfill: Georgia Residents Fight Plan To Store Toxic Coal Ash

In 2014, after disastrous spills and opposition from environmentalists, the Environmental Protection Agency imposed new rules on the storage of coal ash. Now utilities are planning to close down the ponds that hold the toxic ash, but it has to go somewhere. Environmentalists say the safest place …

This Incredible Garden in a Bottle Hasn't Been Watered in 44 Years

Yet it's still somehow thriving.<p>Back in 1960, a man named David Latimer started an experiment. He placed some compost and a quarter pint of water in a 10-gallon glass bottle. Then, he added a spiderwort sprout at the bottom with the help of wires. He opened it back up twelve years later to add a …

Why We Missed This Nearby Mini-Planet for So Long

The icy world orbits the sun every 700 years—and is among the 10 biggest unnamed objects in the outer solar system.<p>Pluto’s family just got a little bit bigger: Astronomers have discovered a new world slightly less than 435 miles (700 kilometers) wide orbiting in the Kuiper belt, the disk of icy …

An Account of The Algal Affliction in Florida

The recent State of Emergency declared in Florida is just the latest in a long history of troubles<p>Anyone who has experienced algal blooms knows how troublesome they can be. The appearance of a thick, green eyesore is just the beginning. The air becomes putrid and unbearable for humans while aquatic …

Florida

Silicon Valley Security Guard Robot Injures Toddler

And violates the first rule of robotics<p>Robots make cheap security guards, but they don’t necessarily make the best security guards. Last week, a guard robot at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California, collided with a 16-month-old and kept driving. ABC 7 News reports:<p>It amuses shoppers of …

Government Drones Will Shoot Vaccinated M&Ms At Prairie Dogs

To save endangered ferrets that share the dogs' burrows<p>“How can we vaccinate endangered ferrets?” a US Fish and Wildlife official must have wondered during a meeting.<p>“What if we shoot vaccine-laden M&Ms into the mouths of prairie dogs with drones,” another official must have replied, in the …

Dinosaurs May Have Cooed, Not Roared

Rewrite the prehistory books<p>Contrary to the big, scary roars that we see at the movies, dinosaurs, even the large ones, might not have roared at all.<p>Just as we now know that dinosaurs had feathers and potentially had mating rituals similar to modern birds, it's very possible that dinosaurs sounded …

Researchers Rank Mammals For Suitability As Pets

Are Sika deer man's new best friend?<p>When getting a new pet, there’s now even more reason to avoid exotic species. (Even more reason than our Wheel of Exotic Pets described.)<p>A team of researchers out of Wageningen University in the Netherlands has come up with a framework to rank different species …

Pets

BloomSky's new weather station has even more ways to log your backyard climate

BloomSky's latest smart weather station bundle will sense the wind and tally rainfall.<p>Weather-centric startup BloomSky plans to track even more of your hyperlocal climate data with its new kit, the $249 BloomSky Plus. The BloomSky Plus bundle consists of two new gadgets, the Sky2 and Storm, which …

Smart Homes

This is Juno's first image of Jupiter from orbit

NASA's Juno spacecraft is in orbit around Jupiter, and there's good news — the onboard JunoCam camera is operational and ready to send photos back. This composite image is the first to be released since Juno's arrival; it was taken while the spacecraft was 2.7 million miles away from Jupiter. You …

Women’s safety in smart cities

The rapid pace and nature of urbanization throughout the world has thrown up new challenges for governments, and their populations. Urban spaces …

Nobel laureates’ letter on GM crops punches hole in Greenpeace propaganda

Would you believe 110 Nobel laureates if all of them say the same thing? In a letter to the world they say that the propaganda against genetically …

India allows imports of 500,000 tonnes of duty-free, non-GM corn

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has asked a government-backed trader to import an extra half a million tonnes of duty-free, non-genetically modified corn to keep a lid on domestic prices and overcome any shortage, the trade ministry said on Sunday.<p>A farmer removes weeds from her corn field in Kolkata, …

Govt. to announce recapitalisation of public sector banks

The Centre is likely to announce the first tranche of the Rs 25,000 crore capital infusion for public sector banks (PSBs), planned for this financial …

India says considering giving Tanzania $500 million loan for water projects

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday his government would consider giving Tanzania, where he’s visiting, a $500 million loan to finance water projects in the east African nation.<p>Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) is welcomed by Tanzania President John …

Bank of England considers interest rate cut to tackle Brexit crisis

Monetary policy committee discussing a range of options, which include keeping rates on hold or slashing them to zero<p>The Bank of England will consider the first interest rate cut for more than seven years this week, as it seeks to contain the economic fallout from the Brexit vote.<p>Some City …

Bank of England

DoT clears Rs. 3,500 cr Airtel-Aircel 4G spectrum trading deal

Telecom Ministry is learnt to have cleared the Rs.3,500-crore 4G spectrum trading deal between service providers Bharti Airtel and Aircel.<p>“The …

Sizable dip in Indian black money abroad on govt ‘activism’, says Arun Jaitley

Jaitley said that the government had taken many steps in the direction of checking black money in last two years and previous governments in the last …

India

Kudankulam n-plant II to generate 1,000 MW in 3 months

Amazon.com's stock market value reached $900 billion on Wednesday for the first time, marking a major milestone in its 21-year trajectory as a …

SBI silent on Vijay Mallya loans to avoid probe issues: Activist

The State Bank Of India has declined to reveal details of its board meeting in which loans were sanctioned to liquor baron Vijay Mallya, claiming …

Indian economy likely to grow 7.9% this fiscal, but monsoon key: Crisil

As per the rating agency Crisil's latest report, GDP is expected to grow by 7.9 per cent in 2016-17 as against 7.6 per cent in the previous fiscal if …

Economy

Lessons from London: But will we learn?

Odd though it may seem there are lessons for us in the chaos that’s overtaken British politics after the Brexit referendum. I’m not talking of the …

Uniform civil code: One nation, one law

It’s not a term that rolls easily off the tongue. Yet, a ‘uniform civil code’, or to use its more convenient acronym, UCC, has been gaining currency …