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Star Wars fans raise $380k for Death Star project, aim for more

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Sci-Fi fans pushing for the creation of a Star Wars inspired “Death Star” have raised almost US$400,000 on a fundraising site to make it happen. It comes after Washington turned down a petition for its construction, citing astronomical costs. Undeterred by Washington’s lack of enthusiasm, supporters of the proposed Death Star have generated an account on Kickstarter – a funding platform for... 

New study says overweight people live longer

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A new year has begun, and resolution-makers around the world are vowing to lose weight and get healthy. But a surprising new study says that being overweight leads to a longer life – providing encouraging news for food lovers everywhere. The report, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), is the largest and most comprehensive review of how weight can influence... 

Chinese survival pods to defend against 'apocalypse'

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As believers across the globe prepare for the forecast Mayan apocalypse, a Chinese villager says he’s going to save humanity with his giant tsunami proof survival pods. ­The pods are made using a fiberglass casing over a steel frame, cost $48,000 each to make and are equipped with oxygen tanks, food and water supplies. They also come with seat belts – essential for surviving in storms. “The... 

Russian artist revamps key politicians with a twist of irony

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From Stalin to Steve Jobs, from Brezhnev to Berlusconi, from Hitler to Marilyn Manson: some of the world’s most recognized figures have been reinvented in a new exhibition by a young Russian artist who prefers comedy to politics. ­Kazakhstan-born Victoria Tsarkova studied icon painting, and says the heroes of her portraits could be described as “iconic” just as well. ­The 29-year-old artist... 

Confirmed: US planned to nuke the moon

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In a secret project recently discovered, the United States planned to blow up the moon with a nuclear bomb in the 1950s as a display of the country’s strength during the Cold War space race. The secret project, called “A Study of Lunar Research Flights”, as well as “Project A119” was never carried out but initially intended to intimidate the Soviet Union after their launch of the first artificial... 

South African city offers Cell Phone for every 60 rats nabbed

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It’s probably the strangest bounty ever invented, but it seems desperate times call for desperate measures in the South African township of Alexandria. City officials are offering a mobile phone for every 60 rats caught. ­The bizarre new program is an attempt to rid Alexandria of a massive rat infestation in its streets. The 100-year-old township has become a breeding ground for the little critters,... 

New Zealand issues Hobbit coins

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New Zealand is to release special commemorative coins depicting characters from JRR Tolkein’s The Hobbit. They are being issued to coincide with the premiere of the Peter Jackson film of the book. The coins will be valued between $25 and $3000. New Zealand has been the setting for all of Peter Jackson’s movies of Tolkein books including the three part Lord of the Rings. The coins will go on sale... 

­French bees make green and blue honey after M&M feast

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Beekeepers in north eastern France have been scratching their heads after the hives began to produce a weird colored substance instead of regular honey. They think candy M&Ms are to blame. The bees around the town of Ribeauville in the Alsace region have been carrying an unidentified colored substance back to their hives since August. The keepers have done a bit of sleuthing and think the Agrivolar... 

NASA to hunt for Nibiru that may destroy life on Earth

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NASA scientists plan to launch a telescope into space in an attempt to find the mysterious killer planet Nibiru. Supposedly, the planet may considerably change life on Earth in near future, reports NTV. According to a number of experts on the esoteric, the planet will bring all sorts of horrors to Earth, strictly on the scenarios of end-of-the-world films. The list of disasters includes: earthquakes,... 

iPhone 5 to recover US economy

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The sales of iPhone 5 in the fall could be a tangible help to the economy of the United States of America. Retail sales of the device have long surpassed all bold predictions and made a positive impact on the overall profit of the retail segment of the market. According to experts, the American economy will get additional $3.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012. Analysts give very bold predictions... 

Newly Constructed Bridge Collapses in China Killing 3

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Devastation: The shattered remains of the truck, and another behind it, show the force of the impact when they hit the ground China’s economy is continuing to grow at breakneck speed but – as these pictures show – the giant nation’s infrastructure is quite literally buckling under the strain. At least three people were killed and five injured when this motorway bridge in Heilongjiang... 

Romney spokesperson gives offensive response to reporters in Poland

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Mitt Romney has spent nearly a week shaking hands abroad while conducting a foreign policy trip that has managed to somehow spark some of the most uncomfortable roadblocks of his campaign. In Warsaw, Poland on Tuesday, things didn’t get better. Right on the heels of having remarks made in London and Jerusalem eaten up and chewed out by the press, an appearance on Tuesday added another line to the... 

Half of India Without Electricity in Record Blackout

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Passengers sit on a platform for their train to arrive as they wait for electricity to be restored at a railway station in New Delhi July 31, 2012 More than ten percent of the world’s population has found itself without electricity, after three of India’s power grids failed. Blackouts have now plagued India for two consecutive days, leaving half the country without power. The string of power shortages... 

Austerity At The London Olympics: Gold Medals Contain Only 1.34% Gold

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As every Olympic athlete knows, size matters. The London 2012 medals are the largest ever in terms of both weight and diameter – almost double the medals from Beijing. However, just as equally well-known is that quality beats quantity and that is where the current global austerity, coin-clipping, devaluation-fest begins. The 2012 gold is 92.5 percent silver, 6.16 copper and… 1.34 percent gold,... 

Funny Google Street View Images to feature in London Art Exhibition

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Botched escape: A dog stuck in a fence in Tamaulipas, Mexico Scantily-clad prostitutes touting for trade in Amsterdam are among the unusual scenes to feature in a new art exhibition. They were captured going about their daily business by one of Google’s international army of Street View cars. Artist Jon Rafman, from Montreal, Canada, spent hours at a time on the website searching for oddball... 
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