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France plans law to restore GMO crop ban | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - France has launched a move to restore a ban on genetically modified (GMO) maize annulled by its top court to prevent sowings this spring that could raise public outcry in a country strongly opposed to GMO crops.<p>A Senator of the ruling Socialist party submitted a draft law on …

Barbie's extreme proportions 'make her easy to dress' say the designers

If you ever thought that Barbie's unearthly proportions were part of a sinister corporate plot to breed a generation of girls that would lust after spindly Twiglet legs, matchstick arms, waspish waists and enormous heads, it turns out you were wrong. The real reason, the toy's manufacturer Mattel …

Sandra Fluke forgoes congressional bid to run for state Senate

Democratic attorney and activist Sandra Fluke has decided against running for retiring Rep.<p>Henry A. Waxman’s congressional seat, instead planning a bid for the state Senate.<p>“I am extremely moved by the outpouring of local and national support I have received since I announced that I was considering …

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Apple Patents Autocorrect Review System, Language Auto-Detect For Mobile Messaging

Apple has patented a system that could greatly reduce the volume of material available for blogs like ‘Damn You Autocorrect,’ should it ever make its way to shipping software. AppleInsider spotted the filing with the USPTO today, which describes a way in which autocorrect changes are highlighted to …

Technology Must Prevent Texting While Driving, Say Doctors

Note: DO NOT read this story on your cellphone while driving.<p>Cellphones are responsible for a quarter of all accidents in the U.S. Texting is particularly bad, since it serves as both a mental and visual distraction. One study found that texting makes an accident up to 23 times more likely. Enough …

Newly Excavated 4,600-Year-Old Egyptian Pyramid Threatened by Development

The pyramid is in the news this week after overblown reports about its "discovery."<p>Decades before the great pyramids at Giza took shape, a modest stepped pyramid arose at a site now known as Edfu. Archaeologists from the University of Chicago have been studying the 4,600-year-old stone structure …

KnowRoaming's international sticker SIMs begin shipping to backers today

KnowRoaming, the company behind the roaming SIM "stickers" that popped up on Kickstarter last year, has begun shipping its device to the first 500 backers. The $35 pre-order kit, which includes a SIM sticker and a single-use applicator, enables international roaming at rates far lower than what …