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China bans Windows 8 from government computers

Microsoft Windows 8, banning the operating system from all government computers. The restriction was announced on a Chinese government website Friday, but it was spotted this week by China Daily. The prohibition doesn’t affect the Chinese public — only government computers. It was detailed in a notice about central government contracts. Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) said it was caught off guard. “We were surprised to learn about the reference to […]

Red wine health benefits 'overhyped'

Red wine may not be as good for you as hoped, say scientists who have studied the drink’s ingredient that is purported to confer good health. The team tracked the health of nearly 800 villagers from the Chianti region of Italy to see if their local tipple had any discernable impact. They found no proof that the wine ingredient resveratrol stops heart disease or prolongs life. Experts say more research […]

Ancient Underwater Volcano Discovered In Hawaii

Honolulu:  Scientists in Hawaii say that they have discovered an ancient underwater volcano, now dormant, that once extended 3,000 feet above sea level and is believed to have helped form the island of Oahu. The newly documented volcano, named Kaena, began erupting some 5 million years ago in the channel between what is now Oahu and its neighbour island Kauai, according to a study published this month in the Geological Society […]

There’s Something Out There: Monsters Of The Ocean

Richard Dawkins is an outspoken evolutionary biologist, a staunch atheist, and an avid writer. He illustrates some very interesting points in his writing, one of which being his concept of the unknown. In his 2006 book “The God Delusion,” he conveys the argument of the unknown void as an apparatus that defines humanity’s overall lack of understanding. If all the factual truth of the universe were a pie, mankind has […]

Here Are 14 Things You Can Only Buy At A Wal-Mart In China. 12 Put My Jaw On The Floor.

It seems like you can find anything at your local Wal-Mart, and most of the products are of course made in China these days. But that doesn’t mean that you’ll feel at home when you walk into a Wal-Mart in China. It’s quite the contrary based on these pictures. After all, China is known for its exotic, if not eccentric, food tastes. Take a look. 1. Crocodiles in the frozen meat section   […]

Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh: How the world’s largest NGO has changed the face of Indian democracy

In October 1947, soon after India became independent, Pakistani troops had reached the borders of Kashmir. All the efforts of political leaders had failed. Time was ticking. In these conditions Sardar Patel sent a message to the chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), MS Golwalker, requesting him to use his influence to prevail upon the Maharaja to accede to India. ‘Guruji’, as he was fondly called, cancelled all engagements […]

What will happen if the bees disappear?

As thoughts turn to warm weather and gardening, it’s a good time to consider planting flowering trees, shrubs and other plants that are attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinators. You can beautify your yard, diversify the landscape and feed and protect pollinators, all at the same time. The bees need you. Honeybee colonies are dying at frightening rates. Since 2007, an average of 30% of all colonies have died […]

Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi claims victory

 Narendra Modi, the leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, claimed victory as India’s next Prime Minister on Friday, bringing to power a man whose controversial past at one point led the United States to deny him a visa. Official results were expected late Friday. Viewed as pro-business, Modi, 63, has pledged reforms to revive the nation’s flagging economy. But his past is not without controversy. Throughout his campaign, […]

Christian in Sudan sentenced to death for faith

 Hours after a Sudanese court sentenced his pregnant wife to death when she refused to recant her Christian faith, her husband told CNN he feels helpless. “I’m so frustrated. I don’t know what to do,” Daniel Wani told CNN on Thursday. “I’m just praying.” This week a Khartoum court convicted his wife, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, of apostasy, or the renunciation of faith. Ibrahim is Christian, her husband said. But […]

‘Sleep is not an indulgence’: It’s arrogant to think you don’t need adequate rest, scientists say

“It’s not rocket science,” says Russell Foster, explaining how most of us are deprived of sleep and in need of an early night. No, but it is neuroscience — and as Professor of Circadian Neuroscience at Oxford University, he should know. Foster is one of the U.K.’s leading experts on sleep, and an evangelical advocate of us all getting eight undisturbed hours each night, not just to improve our physical […]