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Google Unveils A Smartphone Prototype That Maps The World

Project Tango constantly scans its surroundings, giving people--and Google--better maps than ever<p>As great as Google Maps is, if you need to be directed to somewhere _really _specific--as in, a specific room in a specific building on a specific street--it stumbles. Not too long ago, we predicted …

Augmented Reality

900-Year-Old Viking Message Decoded, Reads 'Kiss Me'

The mystery of a 900-year-old Viking message has finally been solved. Cryptologists, put down your cipher devices, because the formerly incomprehensible code that's been haunting your dreams reads in part: "Kiss me."<p>A runic artifact that reads: "Kiss Me". Photographer: Jonas Nordby.<p>The baffling …

Chinese villagers build £1.3 million 'money wall'

Chinese media says the village in the country's southwest became rich after locals invested in pig farms, cherry growing and hydroelectric energy<p>Rural farmers from southwest <b>China</b> have become instant celebrities at home after building a £1.3 million "money wall" in their village with rectangular …

China

This guy discovered that dry cleaning could prevent terrorism in Somalia

Mohamed Ali is a young Somali American with a mission to help youth in Somalia steer clear of extremist groups.<p>Ali was born in Mogadishu, but when he was 10, as Somalia was grappling with a civil war, he and his family left for Canada. They finally settled in the US.<p>Ali attended Ohio State …

50 years of progress cuts smoking rates in half — but can we ever get to zero?

Smoking rates cut in half. Eight million lives saved. More than 800,000 fewer lung cancer deaths. Fifty years after the U.S. Surgeon General first warned about the dangers of smoking, the benefits of quitting have never been clearer.<p>Yet 18 percent of the population still smokes. Nearly 2,000 …

Public Health

Christians killed for faith nearly doubled in 2013, group finds

Rev. Faye Pama Musa knew immediately why suspected Boko Haram militants burst into his home last year as his wife prepared dinner in the family’s northeastern Nigeria home. His stance against Christian persecution in the divided African nation had long made him a target.<p>Musa, who served as the …

Mexico vigilantes clash with Knights Templar cartel in Michoacan

<b>A group of vigilantes in Mexico has seized the small town of Nueva Italia after clashing with alleged members of the Knights Templar drug cartel.</b><p>More than 100 men entered the town in western Michoacan state on Sunday morning and disarmed local police.<p>There were exchanges of fire with alleged gang …

Mexico

Edward Snowden 'living incognito in Russia'

Edward Snowden is living under guard at a secret location in Russia, but is able to travel around the country freely without being recognised, according to the Russian lawyer of the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor.<p>"We believe the danger remains quite high and, as I see it, it is …

Stephen Hawking backs right to assisted suicide

British physicist Stephen Hawking sits at his desk in the Applied Mathematics Department of Cambridge University August 30, 2012.<p>LONDON (Reuters) — British cosmologist Stephen Hawking has backed the right for people who are terminally ill to choose to end their lives and to receive help to do so as …

Assisted Suicide