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US tests electricity-fired long-range weapon

The US has begun testing a weapon that fires projectiles using electricity. US Navy engineers fired the first industry-built electromagnetic railgun (EM Railgun) prototype launcher, a future long-range tactical weapon, at a test facility, officials announced Tuesday. The firing at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) in Northern Virginia kicked off a two-month-long test series by the Office of ...

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Lifestyle factors behind most cancers

Lifestyle factors, not exposure to chemicals in food and consumer products, are the most significant causes of cancer, according to the latest evidence. Bernard Stewart, professor of oncology at the University of New South Wales, said: “Measures known to prevent cancer include smoking cessation, reducing alcohol intake, curbing obesity and avoiding deliberate sun exposure.” “Diverting attention from these messages threatens ...

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Apple plans new-generation iPad event

Apple on Tuesday announced an event March 7 that may see the introduction of the company’s next generation of iPad tablet computer. The event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. According to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle, an Apple invitation to the event read that “We have something you really ...

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Moscow to have electric-car charging stations

Moscow could set up several hundreds of charging stations for electric cars within the next few years, an official said. Andrei Konovalov, general director of the Moscow United Electric Grid Company, said this at the opening of the first station in the chain. “There will be 28 company stations alone in 2012, and I think their number may be about ...

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Two suspected terrorists arrested

Two suspected terrorists on a mission to target VVIPs have been arrested here, police said Wednesday. Sources said the two were planning to carry out major strikes and target VVIPs. “Two terrorist have been arrested, but we cannot confirm which terrorist group they belong to. As of now we cannot divulge any other details,” Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat told ...

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Earliest archaeological evidence of Christianity on view

A group of archaeologists and experts on religious subjects presented in New York the results of a research project they say enabled them to obtain the first archaeological evidence of Christianity from a time before the Gospels were written. “Up to now it seemed to me impossible that there were tombs from that time with credible testimony about Jesus’s resurrection ...

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Future mobile phones can project movies

You may have a collection of excellent videos showcasing family life or an outing, shot with your expensive mobile phone. But how often do you wish you could project it on a screen like any movie? Now, Finnish researchers are developing a better laser light source that will enable mobile phones project movies and photographs sharply on any surface. Small-size ...

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China may resort to Indian territory grab, says expert report

China may resort to territorial grabs, including through a “major military offensive”, especially in Arunachal Pradesh or Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, and India should respond with “a strategy of quid pro quo”, says a report by an independent group of Indian analysts. “Our frontiers with China have been mostly stable for some years now. However, China could assert its ...

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Petitions against reserving MCD seats for SCs dismissed

The Delhi High Court Wednesday dismissed all petitions seeking quashing of the Delhi Election Commission’s decision to reserve seats for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections in April. A group of councillors belonging to both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress had moved court challenging the earmarking of seats as reserved for ...

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Two kidnapped in Pakistan

 Two staffers of a hospital were kidnapped Wednesday in the port city of Karachi, a media report said. The abduction took place in Orangi Town when the duo were on their way to work. Sabir Khan, a police official, said that two members of the Korean hospital, which is run by foreign aid, were kidnapped. Three armed men stopped the ...

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Scrap polls if no women votes: Pakistani daily

A leading Pakistani daily has described as “perfectly legitimate” a demand that elections be scrapped in those polling stations where no woman votes. An editorial in the news agency on ¬†Wednesday said that in the 2008 general elections, according to Election Commission data, “over 560 female polling stations – nearly 480 of them in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – saw a zero ...

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Eight die in Guatemala helicopter crash

Eight people were killed Tuesday when an army helicopter crashed in the jungles of northern Guatemala while on a humanitarian mission, the military said. The chopper, a US-made UH1H, went down in a village near the municipality of San Luis Peten, an army spokesperson told reporters. The UH1H took off from an airbase in Guatemala City bound for Northern Air ...

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Doctor shoots family, kills self in US

A Pakistani-origin doctor in the US opened fire at his family, killing one daughter and wounding the other. His wife was also critically wounded in the shooting spree that ended when he turned the gun on himself, it was reported here. Sardar Shaikh, 47, fatally shot himself after attempting to kill his family in Houston. Shaikh’s daughter Jacqueline Shaikh, 11, ...

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Six of family die in Pakistan accident

Six members of a family, including two children, were killed when their car collided with a tree in Pakistan’s Punjab province, a media report said Wednesday. Amjad Ali along with his family was travelling in the car that rammed into the tree on national highway near Chichawatni. The dead also include two women.

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