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At new dating site, love is in the MacBook Air

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc.’s ads used to challenge consumers to "think different." Now a website wants fans of the company’s products to date different, too. Called Cupidtino, an homage to Apple’s home base in Cupertino, Calif., the site aims to connect Apple aficionados with like-minded "Machearts." The idea is that if you love iPhones and …

AP

Sea creatures flee oil spill, gather near shore

GULF SHORES, Ala: Dolphins and sharks are showing up in surprisingly shallow water just off the Florida coast. Mullets, crabs, rays and small fish congregate by the thousands off an Alabama pier. Birds covered in oil are crawling deep into marshes, never to be seen again. Marine scientists studying the effects of the BP disaster …

DNE

Scientists retrieve capsule, seeking asteroid dust

ADELAIDE, Australia: Scientists recovered a Japanese space capsule that landed in the Australian Outback after it traveled to an asteroid and hopefully obtained samples with clues into the evolution of the solar system. The Hayabusa explorer returned to Earth overnight Monday after a seven-year, 4-billion mile (6-billion kilometer) journey, burning apart on re-entry in a …

Daily News Egypt

Study says, Shrinking glaciers to spark food shortages

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Nearly 60 million people living around the Himalayas will suffer food shortages in the coming decades as glaciers shrink and the water sources for crops dry up, a study said Thursday. But Dutch scientists writing in the journal Science concluded the impact would be much less than previously estimated a few …

AP

EU may send naval mission towards Gaza, says Ashton

STRASBOURG: The EU may send a naval mission towards Gaza to help control the transit of goods if Israel lifts its blockade of the Palestinian territory, the bloc’s foreign affairs chief said Wednesday. Catherine Ashton said there may be a "maritime option for a CSDP (Common Defense and Security Defense Policy) mission," adding however that …

AFP

Activists, MPs call for Netanyahu, Barak arrest over flotilla raid

CAIRO: Egyptian activists and MPs filed a complaint to Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud on Thursday, calling for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Defense Minister Ehud Barak upon entering Egypt. The group says the Israeli officials committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Israeli attack on the ‘Freedom …

Essam Fadl

Nokia launches bicycle-powered charger

HELSINKI: The world’s top mobile phone maker Nokia on Thursday released details of four new cheap phone models and a battery charger powered by the energy generated from riding a bicycle. The charger, which can be fitted into any Nokia phone with a 2 mm charger jack, uses a dynamo to generate electricity from the …

AFP

Is the Palestinian Israeli Peace Process savable?

CAIRO: Creating a political climate conducive to the advancement of the peace process is an important but daunting task, particularly as the international consensus for establishing a Palestinian state on the basis of the pre-1967 borders is being challenged by aggressive Israeli expansionist policies, as well as ethnic cleansing in East Jerusalem. In fact, we …

Daily News Egypt

Scientists warn of unseen deepwater oil disaster

NEW ORLEANS: Independent scientists and government officials say there’s a disaster we can’t see in the Gulf of Mexico’s mysterious depths, the ruin of a world inhabited by enormous sperm whales and tiny, invisible plankton. Researchers have said they have found at least two massive underwater plumes of what appears to be oil, each hundreds …

Daily News Egypt

Six men to be locked up on 520-day 'Mars mission'

MOSCOW: Six men from Europe, Russia and China will on Thursday be voluntarily locked away in a module for almost one and a half years to simulate the effects of a mission to Mars. An Italian, a Frenchman, three Russians and a Chinese man will spend the next 520 days in the 550 cubic meter …

Daily News Egypt

Tasweeq keeps high premiums; buyer opts out

SINGAPORE: Tasweeq is keeping its plant condensate premiums for third quarter at about $21 a ton above Middle East quotes on a free-on-board (FOB) basis, unchanged from second-quarter, causing a buyer to forego the parcels for the stated period due to the high prices, traders said on Thursday. Some 50,000 tons of plant condensate — …

Daily News Egypt

Obstacles remain to effective legal system

CAIRO: While access to justice is protected by Articles 66 and 68 of the constitution, there remain obstacles to implementing them, a two-day workshop concluded last week. Around 35 people – lawyers, government and NGO representatives, as well as researchers – attended the Regional Workshop on National Assessments on Access to Justice and Legal Aid, …

Katharina Natter

Second Iceland volcano 'could erupt' in near future

LONDON: An Icelandic volcano neighboring Eyjafjoell, whose eruptions paralyzed Europe’s skies last month, could come to life in the near future, according to experts. "An eruption in the short term is a strong possibility," experts said, referring to Katla, which is larger and fiercer than Eyjafjoell, in a report from the University College London (UCL) …

AFP

BP launches 'top kill' to stop US oil leak

NEW ORLEANS: BP launched a complex, risky deep-sea operation to cap the Gulf of Mexico oil leak, under huge pressure to get it right this time and staunch the five-week-old spill. Shortly after winning final approval from US officials, the British energy giant announced the maneuver dubbed a "top kill" had begun at 1800 GMT. …

Daily News Egypt

Elton John wows fans at 'memorable' Morocco concert

British pop star Elton John performed before some 40,000 adoring fans in Morocco late Wednesday, living up to his promise of a "memorable" concert in a country whose main Islamic party had called for a ban on the openly gay singer. John wowed the audience at Rabat’s international Mawazine festival with a selection of hits …

AFP

Facebook adjusts privacy controls after complaints

NEW YORK: In Facebook’s vision of the Web, you would no longer be alone and anonymous. Sites would reflect your tastes and interests — as you expressed them on the social network — and you wouldn’t have to fish around for news and songs that interest you. Standing in the way is growing concern about …

Daily News Egypt

Craving Chinese? Head to Chinatown Heliopolis

Being a resident of Heliopolis, I’m pleased to find that we finally have an outlet to satisfy cravings for Chinese food. The Fairmont Heliopolis’ Noble House, like its younger sister restaurants Lan Tania and Haiku, serves a delicious meal. The restaurant was quiet during lunchtime, and I am told it is busiest at night during …

Heba Elkayal

Microsoft upgrade aims to make Hotmail cool again

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft Corp. is trying to make Hotmail cool again. The free Web mail service soon will be switching to a new approach that Microsoft hopes will give Hotmail an edge over rival offerings from Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc. The upgrade, expected to be available in July or August, will automatically sort incoming …

AP

Egypt 350-day T-bills average yield rises to 10.57 pct

CAIRO: The average yield on Egyptian 350-day treasury bills rose to 10.570 percent at an auction on Thursday from 10.312 percent at the last auction on April 22. The central bank said it accepted bids for bills worth LE 2 billion ($354 million), the same amount it was seeking. It accepted bids at rates between …

Reuters

Oldest Mesoamerican pyramid tomb found in Mexico

MEXICO CITY: Archaeologists in southern Mexico announced Monday they have discovered a 2,700-year-old tomb of a dignitary inside a pyramid that may be the oldest such burial documented in Mesoamerica. The tomb held a man aged around 50, who was buried with jade collars, pyrite and obsidian artifacts and ceramic vessels. Archaeologist Emiliano Gallaga said …

Daily News Egypt

Fighting bull cloned for 1st time in Spain

MELGAR DE YUSO, Spain: Scientists in Spain say they have cloned a fighting bull for the first time. Vicente Torrent, a specialist in veterinary genetics, says the newborn calf, named Got, is an exact replica of a muscular, horned specimen of the type matadors face in bullrings. The animal was unveiled Wednesday, a day after …

AP

Citadel's Taqa Arabia in $140 mln project in Yemen

CAIRO: Taqa Arabia, an energy distribution subsidiary of Citadel Capital, said on Thursday it would install a $140-million power project in Yemen, as part of an expansion strategy in the Middle East and Africa. Construction of the 70-megawatt project was slated to begin by the end of this month. Taqa Arabia plans to operate the …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptian pound hits new 14-month low

CAIRO: The Egyptian pound weakened further against the dollar after having dipped on Wednesday to its lowest point since March 16, 2009. "The euro at this level remains expensive and we can see it sliding more over the next week," as it tracks the euro, said an Egyptian forex trader. In a note, Beltone said …

Reuters

Giant dinosaur footprints found in Argentine 'Jurassic Park'

BUENOS AIRES: Dinosaur footprints up to 1.2 meters (four feet) in diameter have been found in an area of Patagonia known as Argentina’s "Jurassic Park," a scientist said Wednesday. Jorge Calvo of the National University of Comahue said the footprints are "sauropod dinosaur tracks of different sizes," and were "in good condition." The scientist estimated …

AFP

Newton's apple tree bound for gravity-free orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla: Sir Isaac Newton’s famous apple tree is about to leave gravity behind. Flying aboard space shuttle Atlantis next week will be a 4-inch sliver of the tree from which an apple fell nearly 350 years ago and inspired Newton to discover the law of gravity. British-born astronaut Piers Sellers is flying the …

AP

Atlantis gears up for final launch

WASHINGTON: The space shuttle Atlantis blasts off Friday on the last mission of its 25-year career, taking astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) one last time before becoming a museum piece. The 32nd and final voyage for Atlantis, which first launched in 1985, will take six astronauts to the orbiting space research facility, delivering …

Daily News Egypt

14th-century aqueduct found in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM: Archeologists said Tuesday they have uncovered a 14th-century aqueduct that supplied water to Jerusalem for almost 600 years along a route dating back to the time of Jesus — but unlike most such finds, this time the experts knew exactly where to look. Photographs from the late 19th century showed the aqueduct in use …

AFP

Judge nixes Facebook groups by class-cutting kids

BUENOS AIRES: A judge in Argentina has ordered Facebook to close all groups set up by minors, after thousands of middle-schoolers used the social media website to organize an unauthorized day off school, according to a court source. A ruling by judge Alfredo Dantiacq Sanchez in the western province of Mendoza ordered "the immediate closure …

AFP

Microsoft looks to 'cloud' with Office 2010

NEW YORK: Microsoft released the latest update to its popular Office software on Wednesday including a Web-hosted version aimed at countering competition from emerging "cloud" products offered by Google. Office 2010, which was unveiled at a launch event here, features updates to the ubiquitous spreadsheet, email, presentation and word processing programs used by tens of …

AFP

YouTube expands 'unlisted videos' feature

WASHINGTON: YouTube on Wednesday began allowing users to share "private" videos among an unlimited number of other people. The Google-owned video-sharing site, in a post on the YouTube blog, said only people who receive a link to an "unlisted video" can watch it and it will not appear in YouTube’s public pages or search results. …

AFP