Monday, 28 September 2015

Could mobile devices raise skin cancer risk?

Dividing cancer cellsDevices like tablets, smartphones and laptops can reflect ultraviolet light from the sun and may indirectly increase users' exposure to the cancer-causing wavelengths, according to a new study."These devices are generally used for communication or entertainment, so it can be easy to overlook their reflective properties unless you happen to catch the glare off a screen," said Mary E. Logue of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, who coauthored the research with Dr Barrett J. Zlotoff.

Bill says controversy surrounding Hillary 'always going to happen'

The VIP protection unit is running security for special flights landing at Mthatha Airport as guests arrive for Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday celebrations. Ex-US president Bill Clinton was the first VIP guest arrived. (File, AP)The VIP protection unWashington - Former US President Bill Clinton likened the controversy over his wife Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email account while secretary of state to the same Republican and media tactics to stir controversy during his presidency, according to an interview made public on Saturday.
Hillary Clinton, who was the Democratic frontrunner when she announced her bid for the White House in April, has faced increasing

Homophobic mobs attack LGBT people in Kenya with impunity

(Punit Paranjpe, AFP) Nairobi - Homophobic mobs have repeatedly attacked lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Kenya but police are unwilling to even attempt to bring the perpetrators to justice, rights groups said on Monday.
Homosexuality is taboo in almost all African countries and is punishable by up to 14 years in jail in Kenya.
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Women held as sex slaves in S.Sudan 'rape camps'

Rape victim. MSF.Bentiu - One woman was abducted by soldiers and taken to a military camp, tied up and raped repeatedly for two months.
Another was kidnapped with her 15-year-old sister and raped every night for five nights. A third was taken to a forest with her 12-year old daughter where both were raped.

Khloe Kardashian won't share her 'kocktails' with momma Kris

Los Angeles - Khloe Kardashian has reportedly banned her mother Kris Jenner from her new show.
The 31-year-old reality TV star will host Kocktails With Khloe on the FYI channel later this year and after Kris' eponymous chat show was cancelled by Fox last year after just one season, Khloe doesn't want her momager interfering with her solo venture.
A source told HollywoodLife:

Caitlyn Jenner legally declared a woman

Los Angeles - Caitlyn Jenner has been legally declared a woman.
The 65-year-old star, who was known as Bruce Jenner before undergoing gender transition in May, filed court documents at Los Angeles County Superior Court seeking an official name and gender change earlier this month and a judge approved her request today.

Obama, Beyonce part of Global Citizen fest all-star lineup

Image result for picture of obamaNew York — First lady Michelle Obama introduced a new campaign focusing on education for girls, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai earned loud applause for her striking speech and Beyonce was energetic during her live performance at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival.
The multihour event held on the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park also featured Vice President Joe Biden, Hugh Jackman, Bono, Leonardo DiCaprio and Pearl Jam, who closed the event with a rocking performance.

Bobbi Kristina's cause of death known, but not yet released

Atlanta — The cause of Bobbi Kristina Brown's death has been determined, but the medical examiner's office won't publicly unveil autopsy results because of a court order.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner said in a statement Sunday their office is not releasing details because of a Fulton County Superior Court order to seal the results. The 22-year-old Brown died in hospice care July 26.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

'Fun' tour of Seattle turns into nightmare for students

Rescuers salvage the wreck after a tug boat sank in the Yangtze River in east China's Jiangsu Province. (Shen Peng, AP)Seattle - A fun day designed to introduce new international college students to Seattle turned into a nightmare when a "duck boat" tour vehicle collided into their charter bus on a busy bridge, killing four students and injuring dozens.
Rujia Xie and other North Seattle College students were on their way to the city's iconic Pike Place Market and Safeco Field for new student

Dancers become divers for full underwater performance

Greece - Few forms of attire less evoke the grace and beauty of dance than scuba gear. With their heavy tanks of compressed air, hoses, gauges, wetsuits, fins and masks, divers seem more like astronauts than ballerinas.
Yet in what is being billed as a world first, 14 dancers are donning scuba gear for an underwater performance, complete with specially composed music, to an

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending Sep. 24, 2015:

Top Songs
1. The Hills, The Weeknd
2. Hotline Bling, Drake
3. What Do You Mean?, Justin Bieber
4. Wildest Dreams, Taylor Swift
5. Locked Away (feat. Adam Levine), R. City
6. Infinity, One Direction

Bill Clinton appears in virtual-reality movie on Africa

US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama along with former president Bill Clinton lay a wreath in honor of the late US President John F Kennedy. (Mandel Ngan, AFP)New York - As world leaders descend on the United Nations this weekend, former President Bill Clinton will be taking them to East Africa through virtual reality.
In a seven-minute movie, viewers with special goggles will be able to follow Clinton's travels. Footage was captured last spring with 360-degree cameras. What you see through the goggles changes as you move your head left, right and even up or down.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Elderly prostitutes reveal dark side of South Korea's rise

Seoul — As about a dozen elderly men loiter in a small plaza near a cinema, mostly chatting or watching people pass by, several deeply wrinkled women stroll among them, trolling for customers willing to pay for sex in nearby motels.
"Hey, do you want to go with me? I can treat you really well," a 76-year-old woman with a limp says as a reporter approaches her on a recent sunny afternoon.
Despite a police crackdown this spring that resulted in 33 arrests, including an 84-year-old woman, the so-called "Bacchus ladies"

Hyundai recalls 470,000 Sonatas to fix big engine problem

Detroit - Hyundai is recalling nearly a half-million midsize cars in the U.S. to replace key engine parts because a manufacturing problem could cause them to fail.
The recall covers 470,000 Sonata sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years equipped with 2-liter or 2.4-liter gasoline engines. At the time, the Sonata was Hyundai's top-selling vehicle in the U.S.
The company also is recalling nearly 100,000 Accent small cars because the brake lights can fail.

David Beckham launches UN appeal to protect kids

United Nations - Football legend, male model and father of four David Beckham went to UN headquarters in New York on Thursday to call on world leaders to end violence against children.
The former England captain asked leaders to put children at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals, the new 15-year agenda that the UN General Assembly will adopt over the weekend.

Did Tyga axe his Brazlian tour for Kylie Jenner?

Los Angeles - Kylie Jenner allegedly banned Tyga from performing in Brazil.
The 25-year-old rapper, who has been dating the 18-year-old reality TV star for more than a year, is reportedly facing a $400,000 fine after pulling out of a number of upcoming concerts ''because he was stopped by his current girlfriend.''
In a statement, obtained by the MailOnline, furious local promotors claimed that Tyga's

Kanye West will be a 'thoughtful' president

Kanye West.Los Angeles - Kanye West thinks he'd be an "extremely thoughtful" president.
The 38-year-old rapper - who announced last month he plans to run for office in 2010 - thinks people welcome his plans because he is ''honest'' and always tries to defend others.
He said: "As soon as I said that, it was like, 'Wait a second, we would be really into that, because actually if you think about it, he's extremely

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Courtney Love headlines for Plein at Milan Fashion Week

Milan - While the Milan fashion scene cultivates youthful womenswear designers, some of the most iconic female rockers are preparing to take the stage during Milan Fashion Week.
Courtney Love and Debbie Harry are headlining on the sidelines of the six-day run of fashion previews for next spring and summer. Love will send the audacious German designer Philipp Plein's catwalk reverberating Wednesday night as fashion week kicks off, while Harry performs this weekend at the amfAR charity auction to raise money for AIDS research.

Brain-computer link enables paralyzed California man to walk

Former graduate student Adam Fritz, 28, who severed his spinal cord in a motorcycle accident, is shown during a brain-computer interface experiment at UC Irvine's iMove Lab in Irvine, California, in this image released on September 23, 2015.  REUTERS/University of California Irvine/Handout via ReutersAccording to, A brain-to-computer technology that can translate thoughts into leg movements has enabled a man paralyzed from the waist down by a spinal cord injury to become the first such patient to walk without the use of robotics, doctors in Southern California reported on Wednesday.
The slow, halting first steps of the 28-year-old paraplegic were documented in a preliminary study published in the British-based Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, along with a YouTube video.

Man convicted of theft for failing to take care of corpses

(Shutterstock)Texas - A Texas funeral home owner whose business was to be featured in a reality TV show was convicted Wednesday of accepting money to care for bodies but failing to do so before the mortuary abruptly closed.
Deondre Johnson was convicted on two felony theft counts by a Tarrant County jury.

Exclusive: VW recall letters in April warned of an emissions glitch

An American flag flies next to a Volkswagen car dealership in San Diego, California September 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Mike BlakeIn April of 2015, Volkswagen of America, Inc.(VOWG_p.DE) sent letters to California owners of diesel-powered Audis and Volkswagens informing them of an “emissions service action” affecting the vehicles.
Owners were told they would need to take their cars to a dealer for new software to ensure tailpipe emissions were "optimized and operating efficiently."
The company didn’t explain that it was taking the

Rob Kardashian offered mega-bucks to come back to KUWTK

Los Angeles - Rob Kardashian has reportedly been offered $500k to return to Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
The reality TV star is rumoured to have lost 25lbs (11kg) on a new fitness regime and his mother Kris Jenner is said to be so keen to have him back on the family's show that she has offered him the huge sum.
A source told RadarOnline:

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Pope starts U.S. trip with tone of conciliation

Pope Francis launched his first visit to the United States with a characteristic gesture of humility on Tuesday, and sent a conciliatory message to the world's wealthiest nation about his frequent criticism of capitalism.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

UK scientists seek permission to edit the genes of human embryos

Image result for picture of scientistBritish scientists have applied for permission to edit the genes of human embryos in a series of experiments aimed at finding out more about the earliest stages of human development.
Just months after Chinese scientists caused an international furor by saying they had genetically modified human embryos,

Now you see it, now you don't: invisibility cloak nears reality

Light reflects off the cloak (red arrows) as if it were reflecting off a flat mirror in this 3D illustration of a metasurface skin cloak made from an ultrathin layer of nanoantennas (gold blocks) covering an arbitrarily shaped object is shown in this handout image courtesy of Xiang Zhang group on September 17, 2015. REUTERS/Xiang Zhang group/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/HandoutA cloak of invisibility may be common in science fiction but it is not so easy in the real world. New research suggests such a device may be moving closer to reality.