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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014

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Harvard hosts 24th edition of spoof Nobel awards for silly science

Spoof Nobel prizes that honour the humour in science were handed out at Harvard University, celebrating the physics of stepping on a banana skin and the neuroscience behind spotting Jesus in toast.

Drunken hunter fights off Australian croc with an eye-poke

A tipsy goose hunter said Saturday he lived to tell the tale of being attacked by a two-metre-long crocodile in northern Australia after poking the beast in the eye.

Earth to have nearly 11bn people by 2100: UN

The Earth is going to have 11 billion people by 2100, with the rising population exacerbating global problems such as climate change, spread of infectious diseases and poverty, says a significant joint study by the United Nations and the University of Washington.

Salmond: Scottish leader defeated but defiant

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has reasons to be cheerful despite failing to lead his country to independence: he emerges from the campaign with more powers for Scotland coming his way.

High-tech gadgets can't keep out burglars, crime-hit S Africans go for coffins

Many properties in crime-ridden South Africa are secured by electronic burglar alarms and high concrete walls topped with high-voltage electric fences, but in the quaint small diamond mining town of Cullinan, coffins are the latest security gadgets.

United Kingdom: The story of the historic Scotland referendum in pictures

Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom. The result announced early Friday was the one favored by Britain's political leaders, who had campaigned hard in recent weeks to convince Scottish voters to stay.

Aus sleuths say IS plotted 'Mumbai-style' attack

Australia's intelligence agencies have uncovered a plot by the Islamic State militants to launch a 'Mumbai-style' terror attack on the parliament with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and other top officials being the prime targets.

Thai military ruler apologises for bikini comment

The comments came just after the bodies of two British tourists were found bludgeoned to death on Koh Tao island on Monday, dealing another blow to a tourist industry which has been struggling to recover since the army seized power in May.

US man kills six grandchildren, daughter

A man killed his daughter and six grandchildren, the youngest just three months old, in a mass shooting at a house in the US state of Florida on Thursday. The oldest child was 11 years old.

Sierra Leone launches controversial Ebola shutdown, citizens confined to homes

Sierra Leone launched on Friday a controversial three-day shutdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus, as the UN Security Council declared the deadly outbreak a threat to world peace.

Better Together with UK: Scotland votes against independence

Scotland has decisively rejected independence by winning more than half of the votes polled, concluding an intensely-fought campaign that threatened to tear asunder the 307-year-old UK. Latest results

World's separatist movements gather in Scotland

Members of separatist movements from around the world gathered in Scotland for its historic vote on independence on Thursday, declaring their own right to self-determination.

Richard Verma is the next US ambassador to India

US President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated former state department official Richard Rahul Verma, an Indian American, as the next US ambassador to India.

BBC reporters 'badly beaten' in Russia  Moscow

A team of BBC journalists was assaulted in southern Russia while researching a story about soldiers "being killed at the Ukraine border," the company said on Thursday after lodging a protest with Russian authorities.

Two Indian-American scientists make it to Popular Science's Brilliant Ten list

Two Indian-American scientists have been named by Popular Science magazine in its Brilliant Ten list of 2014 which honours America's 'brightest young minds reshaping science, engineering, and the world'.
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