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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Things in January [2]

More things from the news headlines of interest:

JanuaryA digest of news headlines in January*
  1. A radical founder, a national hero, a Hollywood movie star and a Hollywood icon's son all passed away this month.
  2. A Queen, a president, a prime minister, a business leader, and a rockstar have all united to combat world poverty.
  3. A "large" US spy satellite has gone out of control and is expected to crash to Earth some time in late February or March, government sources say.
  4. An image of a mysterious shape on the surface of Mars has reignited the debate about life on the Red Planet.
  5. The world's climate is "clearly out of balance and is warming", the world's largest society of Earth and space scientists has said.
  6. Poland derives 96% of its electricity from coal-fired power stations.
  7. Ships emit twice as much CO2 as planes.
  8. The Amazon has long been known as the "lungs of the world".
  9. US television network ABC may have to pay a fine of $1.4m for airing dramatic scenes that depicted female nudity.
  10. Most people in Muslim countries and the West believe divisions between them are worsening.
  11. The potential punishment for music piracy in Trinidad and Tobago carries a maximum penalty of 10 years' imprisonment.
  12. A Chinese couple are to sue the operators of the Shanghai metro after video footage showing them kissing at a tube station appeared on the web.
  13. Graffiti is a well established a part of life in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  14. The chances of winning in some lotteries are the same as Elvis Presley becoming president of the United States of America.
  15. Super-fast broadband fibres are laid in the sewers in the UK.
  16. While it's the beginning of the end for US control of the Net, a 20-year-old Russian has been convicted for waging a a "cyber war" against Estonia.
  17. Only offal-free versions of haggis are available in the United States.
  18. Moleskin clothes used to be made of moles' skins.
  19. Conservation groups say they have found an unusual threat to East Africa's wildlife, hunting by hungry refugees.
  20. An ammunition carrying bear in World War II, a speechless parrot and a man-eating crocodile all had brushes on the wild-side of life in January.
  21. A story based on the Three Little Pigs fairy tale has been turned down by a government agency's awards panel as the subject matter could offend Muslims.
  22. Using a mobile phone before bedtime can delay you getting to sleep.
  23. Wealthy people are more likely to drink than those in low-income homes.
  24. Vitamin E may ward off physical decline in elderly people.
  25. The female contraceptive pill is said to protect against ovarian cancer.
  26. A stressful job has a direct biological impact on the body, raising the risk of heart disease.
  27. An experimental helmet that delivers low levels of infra-red light is being tested by scientists as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease.
  28. Sensory deprivation makes a human mind more suggestible.
  29. An important breakthrough has been made in the quest to create a synthetic lifeform.
  30. Any two humans are genetically more than 99% identical.

* (Pictures from left to right) 1. Greek PM shaking hands with Turkish PM in the first visit to Ankara by a Greek leader in almost 50 years; 2. A Palestinian man at a candlelit vigil in front of the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, calling on Israel to end its Gaza blockade; 3. Jews being forced on a train: A Berlin exhibition on the role the German state railways played in deportation of Jews to death camps during World War II has recently opened; 4. A goth who leads his girlfriend around with a dog lead and collar was stopped from getting on a bus amid fears for passenger safety in the UK; 5. Javier Bardem is one of the stars of the film "No Country for Old Men" a lead Oscar contender this year; 6. Unknown names Michael Stahl-David and Odette Yustman star in US box office hit movie "Cloverfield".

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