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Russian law bans swearing in arts and media

<b>Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning all swearing in films, television broadcasts, theatres and the media.</b><p>Offenders will face fines - as much as 50,000 roubles (£829; $1,400) for organisations, or up to 2,500 roubles (£41; $70) for individuals.<p>Where disputes arise a panel of …

WHO sounds alarm on spread of polio

The spread of polio constitutes an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization declared Monday.<p>"If unchecked, this situation could result in failure to eradicate globally one of the world's most serious vaccine preventable diseases," the WHO said in a statement.<p>At the end …

Rumors Swirl About The Possible Demise Of Kim Jong-un's Aunt

Fresh from the news that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had his uncle executed (possibly, but probably not, by feeding him to 120 hungry dogs), there's a new question in Seoul: What happened to Kim's aunt?<p>The Chosun Ilbo reports that a government source says that Kim Kyong-hui, who has not …

World record setting experiment brings quantum computing a step closer to reality

Despite recent successes in the field, creating a quantum computer is <i>really</i> hard. For one thing quantum bits in a super positioned state (or qubits, the basic unit of data for quantum computing) have a hard time surviving at room temperature. Typically, these superposition states last for only a …

World of Warcraft expansions coming on 'a faster cadence,' next already in the works

Blizzard Entertainment plans to release expansions to <i>World of Warcraft</i> more frequently than it has in the past, co-founder and president Mike Morhaime told Polygon, and is already developing an unannounced add-on for the online game.<p>In an interview, Morhaime said expansions like the recently …

Daily Fix Headlines for November 11, 2013

Today's top stories.<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>In today's Fix, the last few droplets of news come trickling in as we inch closer and closer to next gen. And …

Walmart Black Friday sales include console discounts, $40 Call of Duty: Ghosts

Walmart's slate of Black Friday discounts on games and hardware have been revealed, and include markdowns on most current-gen consoles and major cuts on recently-launched games.<p>On the hardware side, Walmart will have a 4GB Xbox 360 on sale for $99, down from its standard price of $179. A PS3 bundle …

We’re finally getting that open-world The Lord of the Rings game we’ve dreamed about

<i>Game Informer</i> has shown off the national gaming-magazine’s cover for its December issue, and it’s sure to get Tolkien fans in a tizzy. This is our first look at Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, an open-world action game for current and next-gen consoles.<p>Shadow of Mordor takes place between the …

Dogs communicate different feelings with right or leftward tail wagging

Dogs can tell how other dogs are feeling from the way their tails are wagging, according to researchers who monitored the animals' heart rate as they watched canine movies.<p>The Italian team found that dogs had higher heart rates and became more anxious when they saw others wag their tails more to …

Sexiest parts of the body revealed by neuroscientists

The mind, said Raquel Welch, is an erogenous zone. And it is the brain, and how it organises our erogenous zones, that has intrigued scientists for decades. Why is a nuzzled neck sexy when few would be turned on by a nuzzled nose? And why do men seem to have fewer erogenous zones than women? A new …

FYI: What Would Happen If Every Element On The Periodic Table Came Into Contact Simultaneously?

There are two ways to go about testing this, neither of which are practical. One requires the energy of dozens of Large Hadron Colliders. The other could yield a cauldron-full of flaming plutonium. Both, however, would probably create carbon monoxide and a pile of rust and salts rather than a cool …

Adaptive bacteria makes psychedelic art worthy of The Grateful Dead

A professor at Tel Aviv University is studying bacteria to move the world of science forward, but he's creating some breathtaking art as well. As <i>FastCo.Design</i> explains, Professor Eshel Ben-Jacob decided to study the adaptive behavior of wild bacteria strains some 20 years ago. The idea was to put …

When I think, you move: researchers achieve brain-to-brain interface

It might sound rather frightening to have your arm move involuntarily, controlled by some unseen puppet master — but for researchers at the University of Washington, it represented a major breakthrough in human-to-human brain interfaces. Using a non-invasive brain-to-brain setup, a researcher in …