Samsung TVs in Africa

Care to know why Samsung TVs sold in Africa are different from those sold in, say, Europe and North America? You do? Here’s a hint: It has something to do with electricity. According to Samsung: There are around 1.4 billion people in the world living in regions which lack electricity. And the electrification rate in Africa is lower than in

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Does mobile phone use affect the brains of teenagers?

Does mobile phone use affect the brains of teenagers? That’s the big question. To find out, researchers from the Imperial College London are recruiting students from secondary schools in London for a multi-year study. Schoolchildren in London will be recruited into the largest ever study to investigate the impact of mobile phone use on teenagers’ developing brains. […] The study,

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FDA approves Advantame, a sugar substitute or high-intensity sweetener

Advantame, developed by Ajinomoto, is the name of a sugar substitute or high-intensity sweetener that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved for use in sweetening and adding flavor to foods. That puts it in the same category as Saccharin, Aspartame, Acesulfame, and Sucralose. From the FDA’s new release: Whether it’s to cut down on the number of

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Ukraine’s declining population

Ukraine’s population has been shrinking fast — a trend that started long before Russia annexed Crimea in March, and 4 percent of Ukraine’s population with it. Ukraine’s population declined by 6.3 million people, or 12 percent, between 1990 — the year before it gained independence from the Soviet Union — and 2012, the latest year for which the government has

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A titanosaur is the largest known animal ever to walk the Earth

Fossilised bones of a dinosaur believed to be the largest creature ever to walk the Earth have been unearthed in Argentina, palaeontologists say. … By measuring the length and circumference of the largest femur (thigh bone), they calculated the animal weighed 77 tonnes. “Given the size of these bones, which surpass any of the previously known giant animals, the new

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Why Russia can disregard EU’s sanctions

Think the Russians are worried about further EU sanctions? According to a Der Spiegel report, nyet. European Union politicians don’t like to be outdone when it comes to showing resolve. Last week, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that if the Russians continue acting like they have, then tough new sanctions will need to be imposed. His British colleague William

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Metal-munching plant can be used to clean up polluted soils

Scientists in the Philippines have discovered a plant that can absorb large amounts of metal without itself being poisoned, a species called the Rinorea niccolifera, that can be used to clean up polluted soils and harvest commercially viable metals. The plant is one of only 450 species, known as hyperaccumulator plants, of 300,000 known vascular plants that can absorb significant

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