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Apple Unveils New iPad and Apple TV Box

Apple unveiled a third-generation iPad on Wednesday enhanced with features aimed at keeping it on top of the booming tablet computer market. The new iPad boasts a more powerful processor, eye-grabbing resolution on par with that of an iPhone 4S, and the ability to connect to the latest 4G LTE telecom networks that move data […]

From Majorca to the Alps: Life in Seasonal Work

Summer in Majorca, winter in the Alps: not just tourists but seasonal workers jet between the two every year… and insist there is no shortage of jobs despite the economic crisis in Europe. In the winter months, the small Austrian resort of Saalbach-Hinterglemm is filled with Britons, Swedes, Dutch and Hungarians running the bars, waiting […]

Philip Roth Opens Up on Art, Sex and Death

By Emma Charlton When the young Philip Roth warned his parents to brace for a media assault with the release of Portnoy’s Complaint in 1969, his mother broke down in tears: she thought he was suffering from delusions of grandeur. Four decades after the novel shot him to stardom, the American literary giant talks candidly […]

Growing Energy Demand Adds Stress to Water Supply

A Google search for “world water shortage” will produce more than four million results in 0.17 seconds. It will also use a tenth of a teaspoon of water, experts say. Given water’s role in power generation, the impact of about 300 million Google searches a day is around 150,000 litres daily – in a world […]

‘Sugar Babies’: Internet ‘Dating’ for Cash

Pretty young women and older men of means – ‘sugar babies’ and ‘sugar daddies’ – are pairing up thanks to a US website that openly offers companionship for money, but balks at the word prostitution. SeekingArrangement.com (SA) – which bills itself as the “premier Sugar Daddy dating site” – does not beat around the bush. […]

No Need for Botox: Man in the Moon Looking Younger

The Moon is 4.36 billion years old, up to 200 million years younger than thought, according to analysis of lunar rocks reported in Thursday’s issue of the journal Nature. The estimate comes from a new dating of isotopes of lead and neodymium found in samples of ferroan anorthosite, a crustal rock that derives from magma. […]

As World Hesitates, China Stands Firm on Dissent

The international community’s mixed response to China’s crackdown on dissent – ranging from public criticism to total silence – has handed Beijing leeway to maintain its hard line, experts say. Since Chinese authorities, apparently spooked by the pro-democracy uprisings sweeping the Middle East, began detaining lawyers, artists and other activists in February, a parade of […]

Europe’s Particle Collider Smashes Another Record

The world’s biggest particle collider set a new record this week, a feat that should accelerate the quest to pinpoint the elusive particle known as the Higgs Boson, a senior physicist said. “Last night, a symbolic frontier was crossed,” said Michel Spiro, president of the board of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), explaining […]