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New air, light systems to guard sistine chapel

The Vatican on Wednesday unveiled new high-tech, energy-saving lighting and air purification systems to protect Michelangelo’s delicate Sistine Chapel frescoes from damage caused by ever-growing crowd

US immigration inaction worries activists

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Immigration activists close to the White House worry that President Barack Obama could delay or scale back executive actions on immigration that he has promised to take before the year ends.

US nurse defies Maine’s Ebola quarantine

A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus ventured out of her home in Maine and took a bike ride on Thursday, defying a quarantine order and setting up a

Samsung eyes revamp to halt its profit slide

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday said it would revamp its sma-rtphone line-up to take on competitors in the rapidly growing mid-to-low range segment, after third-quarter ear-nings set it on cour

India's universal healthcare rollout to cost $26 billion

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When the entire population is covered, it would cost an estimated $11.4 billion annually

Japan firm launches cheap smartphone

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc said it will offer a cut-rate smartphone service for about a third of the monthly fees charged by the country’s three dominant operators, adding to increasing pri

SoftBank’s humanoid robot lands job as Nescafe salesman

Mobile communication giant SoftBank’s humanoid robot Pepper chats with a woman at a high-tech gadget exhibition in Tokyo. 	— AFP

Nestle SA will enlist a thousand humanoid robots to help sell its coffee makers at electronics stores across Japan, becoming the first corporate customer for the chatty, bug-eyed androids unveiled in

Robots in high demand in China

China wants domestic companies to buy more locally made robots to lift productivity, but industry insiders have warned its policies are over-stimulating the market and that robot manufacturers were “c

Singapore upholds law criminalising gay sex

The judgement is a step backwards for human rights in Singapore, said M. Ravi, a human rights lawyer who acted for Tan in the case

US rocket explodes after lift-off

People, who came to watch the launch, walk away after an unmanned rocket owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded — AFP

Loss of cargo poses no immediate threat to team on ISS; mishap under probe; Russian space agency offers help

Now that the protests are fizzling out, it’s worth asking what exactly they managed to accomplish. I see two major effects.