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How Canadian researchers reconstituted an extinct poxvirus for $100,000 using mail-order DNA

Eradicating smallpox, one of the deadliest diseases in history, took humanity decades and cost billions of dollars. Bringing the scourge back would probably take a small scientific team with little specialized knowledge half a year and cost about $100,000. That’s one conclusion from an unusual and as-yet unpublished experiment performed last year by Canadian researchers. […]

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Almost 1,000 cars torched around France on New Year’s Eve but government insists it ‘went particularly well’

Vandals in France torched 945 parked cars on New Year’s Eve in an arson rampage that has become a sinister annual “tradition” amid a row over whether the government sought to play down the figures. According to the French interior ministry, the total of 945, which included cars that were either “totally destroyed” or “more lightly […]


Moroccan state TV shows women how to hide domestic violence

Women in Morocco have reacted in horror after a programme on state television demonstrated how they could use makeup to cover up evidence of domestic violence. The segment in the daily programme Sabahiyat, on Channel 2M, showed a smiling makeup artist demonstrating how to mask marks of beating, on a woman with her face made […]

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Browsers nix add-on after Web of Trust is caught selling users’ browsing histories. Users never consented to this.

A browser extension which was found to be harvesting users’ browsing histories and selling them to third parties has had its availability pulled from a number of web browsers’ add-on repositories. Last week, an investigative report by journalists at the Hamburg-based German television broadcaster, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), revealed that Web of Trust Services (WoT) had […]

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Samsung Offices Raided In An Investigation Involving A Dressage Horse

Prosecutors raided the offices of Samsung Electronics on Tuesday as part of an investigation into a presidential cronyism scandal that’s gripped South Korea. While it is a near-monthly occurrence for a chaebol (family-owned conglomerate) in Korea to be under investigation and/or raided by prosecutors as a result — and they’re usually slightly staged affairs — […]

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Dead Oceanside man elected to office

An Oceanside man who died of natural causes in September was elected to office in the coastal San Diego County city more than a month later, officials confirmed Wednesday. Gary Ernst was elected to Oceanside City Treasurer by a six percent margin over challenger Nadine Scott. The election results are expected to be certified on […]

Fart sparks fire during surgery in Japan; patient seriously burnt

A patient’s fart during a surgical procedure allegedly sparked a fire which caused her to be seriously burnt, the Tokyo Medical University Hospital in Shinjuku Ward said. The incident was reported in Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. The fire occurred at the university hospital in Tokyo on April 15. The patient, in her 30s, was undergoing […]


Firefighter injured after cat decides it does not want to be rescued from tree

It is the most modest of calls to duty: a firefighter called to rescue a cat from a tree. But one pedigree Abyssinian decided he did not want to be rescued. In a dramatic twist – a Porirua firefighter was flown to hospital after a cat named Mordecai “took exception” to his rescue attempts, which happened sometime after 8.20am Sunday, in Lauderdale Rd, Papakowhai, north of Wellington. […]