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North Korea angry at Swiss ban on ski lift sale

<b>North Korea has reacted angrily to a decision by Switzerland to block a deal to sell ski lifts to the secretive communist country.</b><p>The equipment - which included chair lifts and cable cars - was for the Masik ski resort project which is currently under construction.<p>But the Swiss government said last …

Sitting at computers all day is killing us. This video could help save your life.

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re heading toward an early grave. I know, that sounds extreme, but we’re only just starting to …

Peru drug arrests: Spanish police cast doubt on British and Irish women's claims

Spanish police have cast doubt on claims by two women from Ireland and Scotland arrested in Peru for cocaine smuggling that they were forced to carry the drugs by armed gang members.<p>Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly said they were forced at gunpoint to make the journey from the Spanish …

Despite Bloodshed, Many Egyptians Support Military

Egypt witnessed the bloodiest day in its modern history this week. More than 600 people were killed, most during a security crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.<p>And it isn't over. Dozens more have died since, some in citizen-on-citizen violence. A standoff is going on at a …

Cosmonauts break record for longest Russian spacewalk

Two cosmonauts set a new record for the longest Russian spacewalk on Friday, spending more than seven hours working outside the International Space Station to prepare it for the addition of a new Russian-built orbital lab.<p>Veteran cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and flight engineer Alexander Misurkin …

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Science Confirms The Obvious: The Pull-Out Method Is Not Great For Avoiding Pregnancy

It's even worse for avoiding herpes.<p>Today in scientific studies that confirm the obvious, we have a paper from the Duke University Medical Center that led to this stellar Reuters headline: "'Pull-out method' tied to unintended pregnancies." Well, um, yeah.<p>Most current guides on contraception cite …

CIA Kept Area 51 Secret Because Rumors Cooler Than Reality

A spy plane, an intelligence agency, and the magical logic of conspiracy theories all made an American legend.<p>Yesterday the CIA declassified a 400-page document about Area 51, the secret facility in the Nevada desert that has fascinated armchair historians and tormented conspiracy theorists for …

California visitor's rare find: A star-shaped piece of benitoite

Forget the Hollywood Walk of Fame refrigerator magnet, the Mickey Mouse ears beanie and the postcards of the Golden Gate Bridge.<p>Tourist Karina Ille will have a much more memorable souvenir of her California visit when she returns Sunday to her native Austria.<p>Last weekend the 21-year-old Ille …

Ubisoft Says Next-Gen Game Preorders Outpacing Current Gen

It’s hard to describe how excited the gaming public is to have a new console generation finally arrive at last, but now we’re starting to see ways in which that sentiment is quantified. Speaking to MCV, Ubisoft’s Europeon Chief Alain Corre revealed that pre-orders for their upcoming games like …

Battlefield 4 kit customization, Field Upgrade system detailed

DICE shared more information on <i>Battlefield 4</i>'s Field Upgrade system and how the developer aims to increase kit customization for multiplayer in a new post on the the Battlefield blog.<p>The Field Upgrade system will offer players four new upgrade careers for each of the four playable kits — Assault, …

Battlefield 4 Multiplayer Classes Detailed

Assault, Recon, Engineer and Support.<p>DICE has revealed Battlefield 4's multiplayer kits, including the Assault, Recon, Engineer and Support classes.<p>A …

Mark Rubin on why Call of Duty finally recognized female players (interview)

Among the 10 million people who play Call of Duty multiplayer every day, you can bet there are a lot of women. Overall, women represent 45 percent of players. But in the decade-long history of the blockbuster video game, you couldn’t play as a woman. Now, in the multiplayer version of the upcoming …

Battlefield 4's 'Real Players' campaign shows unscripted gameplay footage

Battlefield's player stories<p>EA recently launched a series of videos for <i>Battlefield 4</i> under the banner 'Real Players, Real Gameplay,' which features players talking about their experience with the game alongside gameplay footage.<p>Four videos were released, each with a different fan sharing an …

Plans for 800 mph hyperloop unveiled

A revolutionary high-speed train that would shoot passengers to their destination inside a capsule at 800 miles per hour has been unveiled in California by the technology entrepreneur Elon Musk.<p>Having "pulled an all-nighter" to finesse his plans, Mr Musk declared the Hyperloop could transport …

Could a lab-grown burger save the world?

We're facing a global food crisis, and livestock farming is environmentally damaging. But Dr. Mark Post thinks he might be able to solve both problems by growing beef in a laboratory.

Watch Lab-Grown Heart Tissue Beat On Its Own [Video]

Be still my heart.<p>A team of scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has created lab-grown human heart tissue that can beat on its own, according to a new study in <i>Nature Communications</i>.<p>In 2008, a University of Minnesota study showed that the original cells from a rat heart …

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Matter over mind: scientists begin to observe and manipulate memories

New techniques could help with neurological disease, but how far should they go?<p>If we had the technology to rewire our brains to help remember certain things and forget others, it could help millions of people struggling with neurological conditions, from Alzheimer’s to post-traumatic stress …

A new way of thinking about how the brain works

My book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>, is out now, and is available at a discount price from Amazon and the <i>Guardian</i> bookshop. (And here's a lovely review by Vaughan Bell, who calls it "a concise, solid grounding in neuroscience… remarkably lucid… balanced and entertaining".) When I …

Leno Compares Russia's Anti-LGBT Treatment To Nazi Germany In 1933

"When I was in school, they never told you how did that happen. Well, okay. Hitler becomes dictator, and he rounds up all the jews. 'Yeah, but how did...' This is how it starts," comedian Jay Leno says. Leno and President Obama also talked about Russia's anti-LGBT laws when the president appeared …

How Biological Patents Promote Research And Save Lives

Patenting viruses doesn't restrict research--it gives an incentive to do more research.<p>In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that people can't patent isolated human genes, which it considers a product of nature, but they can patent something exceptionally similar: cDNA, a synthesized copy from …

Scientists To Make Deadlier Versions Of H7N9 Bird Flu In Lab

The controversial studies are meant to help predict what the virus will do next.<p>A team of virus researchers is set to perform studies on H7N9 that may make the bird flu more resistant to drugs and more easily transmitted between humans. The scientists announced their plans today in two major …

DNA sequencing goes mainstream as 23andMe begins TV ad push

It's become easier and easier to discover who you are and where you came from thanks to DNA analysis, and now 23andMe is trying to expand those interested in their genes from a group of dedicated enthusiasts to the general public. The company, which has been analyzing DNA for seven years now, …

Swimming Robot Tested for Billion-Mile Trip to Saturn Moon

<b>Where do you get a robot ready to visit a lake a billion miles away?</b><p>The glacier-fed Laguna Negra (map) in the Chilean Andes, where NASA and SETI Institute scientists have been testing a floating robot whose successors may eventually parachute into a sea on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.<p>It’s not …

Brazilian scientists to test AIDS 'vaccine' on monkeys

Brazilian scientists have developed an HIV vaccine and plan to begin testing on monkeys later this year, a sponsor institution has said.<p>Known as the HIVBr18, the vaccine against the virus that causes AIDS was developed and patented by a team from the Medicine Faculty of the University of Sao Paulo, …

The most outlandish ideas for missile defence systems

Killer satellites, radiation clouds and circling planes – Sharon Weinberger recalls some of the more bizarre ideas dreamed up over the decades.<p>Since the advent of intercontinental ballistic missiles in the 1950s, military scientists and engineers have been working hard to find a way to defeat them. …