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Eritrean forces board ship in Red Sea, not pirates - officials | Reuters

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Eritrean forces have boarded a merchant vessel that was in their territorial waters in an incident the crew initially reported as a pirate attack, maritime officials said on Sunday.<p>It was not immediately clear why the forces boarded the ship, the MV Marzooqah, and it was not …

Sherlock Holmes is the archetypal scientist – brilliant but slightly scary

We are comforted by his ability to solve intractable problems, but our love of Sherlock, and science, is tinged with apprehension<p>More than 75 different actors have taken him on, making him the most portrayed character on film and television ever. Ian McKellen will be the latest to add his name to …

My father's miraculous wartime escape

Janina Struk's Polish father never told her how close he came to being stranded in Nazi-occupied France. But after he died – thanks to a postcard – she traced his lucky steps<p>I am standing in the picturesque harbour of Saint-Jean-de-Luz on the Atlantic coast of south-west France. In my hand, I have …

What's in an Americanized Name?

(Photo: Marlon E)<p>What’s in a name? <b>Steve Levitt</b> and economists following on his work have examined how racial differences in given names generate (or …

NASA Finds Message From God on Mars

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Tennis Has a Doping Problem

Rumors of banned substances have long swirled around the sport’s top players.<p>Rafael Nadal has never failed a drug test. Yet the 12-time Grand Slam …

Meet Siam, the tightrope walking ape who walks like you

In seeming defiance of nature, Siam the gibbon eschews her powerful upper body and instead uses her legs to cross a rope bridge at her home in Monkeyland, South Africa.<p>Footage from the sanctuary in Plettenberg Bay shows eight-year-old ape Siam balancing precariously on the rope crossing.<p>The …

Statement by President Barack Obama on Egypt

As I have said since the Egyptian Revolution, the United States supports a set of core principles, including opposition to violence, protection of …

There's a Zombie-Like Security Flaw in Almost Every Android Phone

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Almost every Android phone has a big, gaping security weakness, according to the security startup …

This MIT Website Tracks Your Digital Footprint Through Gmail

<i>Metadata</i> is a word that was once reserved for the halls of high-tech companies and academia. But since the revelation of mass surveillance programs …

BBC journalist Jeremy Bowen wounded in Egypt

The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen was wounded by shotgun pellets while covering escalating violence in the Egyptian capital.<p>Bowen was …

Three questions: Egypt's 'Zero-sum' politics | Algeria

<b>What are we to expect of the Egyptian military after it ousted Morsi?</b> <br>The way in which the military behaves, now that it has suspended the constitution, will have major consequences upon how Egypt may emerge from the "48 hours" that shook the country following the June 30 protests. <br>The military has …

Feeling Nostalgic? Shoebox Lets You Scan Old Photos With Your Phone, Update Your Ancestry.com Family Tree

Shoebox, the mobile photo archiving app Ancestry.com acquired from San Francisco-based 1000memories last fall, has now gone live at its new home. The updated version of the app, Shoebox 3.0, still allows users to scan in their old non-digital prints – you know, those things the old folks still …

Personal Q&A Site Ask.fm Is Growing At A Clip Amid Media Backlash Over Safety Of Its Young Users

Ask.fm, the Latvian startup that’s been left carrying the personal Q&A torch after its inspiration, Formspring, pivoted to pastures new, is continuing to grow at an absolute clip. It’s now at 65 million registered users, up from 8 million in June last year, and is adding about 300,000 new users …

Where to go when 140 characters just isn’t enough

"Utter nonsense." That's often the first thought that always goes through my head when I read something I disagree with on Twitter. Frequently, after softening my tone a bit, I respond with my disagreement – and that's where the problems begin.<p>Though Twitter is brilliant at many things – keeping …

Don't buy a new PC or Mac before you read this

Is the laptop, desktop, or tablet you plan to buy stuck with a last-gen CPU? That may be a reason to wait -- or a way to get a great deal. Here's how to tell.<p><i>Editors' note: This article was originally published June 27, 2013, and was updated August 22, 2013, to reflect that many more systems are</i> …

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Mega launches Android app

Mega has officially released its first mobile app, now freely available from the Google Play Store.<p>Founded by Kim Dotcom, the site says iOS and …

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