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Op-Ed: Scientists using MS Excel end up with research paper errors

Researchers who reviewed thousands of academic papers relating to genomics have found the data to contain errors and they have blamed this on Microsoft's spreadsheet software Excel.

Australian minister says French submarine leak 'embarrassing'

Sydney - A massive leak of secret data on French submarines is embarrassing, Australia's Defence Industry minister said on Friday, stressing that security between Australia and the DCNS shipbuilders would be "the most stringent in the world".

'Bogan', 'ranga', 'rurosexual' added to Australian dictionary

Sydney - Heading Down Under where locals are "dry as a dead dingo's donger" and beachgoers don "budgie smugglers", but unsure what this means? Fear not, the latest edition of the Australian National Dictionary offers a primer on all things 'Straya.

90-year-old woman harassed, attacked in her home near Ottawa

Harassed and attacked in her own home, 90-year-old Laura David could do nothing but endure it, she says for an hour. In a bizarre case of elder abuse one or more persons broke into her home and threw as many as 100 rotten apples at her.

Norway politician plays 'Pokemon Go' during Parliamentary hearing

The' Pokemon Go' craze is getting a little out of hand, no? In Norway some are answering yes to that question after the leader of a major political party was caught playing it during a parliamentary hearing.

Op-Ed: Donald Trump hits new low with phantom Clinton health scare

Donald Trump and the Republicans have abandoned all pretense of conducting an honorable campaign based upon the offering up of policy and ideas. Dropping badly in the polls, they've sunk to telling voters that Hillary Clinton has an undisclosed illness.

British woman dies in Australian 'Allahu Akbar' stabbing

Sydney - A young British woman died and a man was critically injured when a French national allegedly stabbed three people while saying "Allahu Akbar" at an Australian backpacker's hostel, police said Wednesday.

French submarine maker hit by secret data leak: report

Sydney - French defence contractor DCNS has been hit by a massive leak of secret data on its submarines likely to alarm India, Malaysia and Chile, which use the boats, The Australian newspaper reported Wednesday.

Instagram 19th service to pass one billion Android app installs

This week Instagram became the fourth online service app owned by Facebook to pass the one billion mark in Android app installs. Relatively speaking, it did not take Instagram all that long to get their, either.

Sex harassment widespread in Australian police: survey

Sydney - Almost half of the women working for Australia's national police force say they have been sexually harassed on the job, according to a report released Monday calling for urgent change.

Teenage girl calls 911 when parents 'force' her to go on vacation

A teenage girl from Mississauga, near Toronto, called 911 last week about an event that most of us would welcome — a vacation. She didn't want to go but Mom and Dad said she had to so, well, she reached out for help.

Bugging device found in All Blacks hotel before Wallabies Test

Sydney - Australian police Saturday said they were examining a listening device found in the All Blacks' Sydney hotel ahead of their clash against the Wallabies, as Australian rugby reportedly rejected as "ludicrous" the idea they had bugged the New Zealanders....

U.S. court rules in favour of man fired for smoking pot at work

Smoking marijuana at work just got a seal of...near approval from a U.S. court. A state court in Connecticut has just given a man back his job after he'd been fired for imbibing pot while at work but his punishment remains harsh.

'Burkini' about inclusion not division in Australia

Sydney - Part bikini, part all-covering burqa, the burkini swimsuit has sparked huge controversy in France, but in Australia where beach culture is a national obsession, it's seen as a symbol of inclusion, says its designer Aheda Zanetti.

Birds sing 'hot weather warning' to unborn chicks

Bird song varies and birds sing differently for different reasons. In a remarkable find scientists have discovered that birds sing to their unborn chicks to warn them of hot weather.

Brazilian police say U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte made-up theft story

A Brazilian police official says that Ryan Lochte and 3 teammates from the U.S. swim team made up their story of being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro. The swimmers said the robbery took place early Sunday morning.

Vietnam allows cancelled battle commemoration: Australia

Sydney - Vietnam will allow an Australian war commemoration to go ahead on the site of the Battle of Long Tan on Thursday's 50th anniversary, reversing an earlier ban, a minister said.

Electric cars could replace 90 percent of current U.S. vehicles

A new study out of the U.S. has determined electric vehicles, with their current charging limitations, could replace and do an equal job to 90 percent of the gasoline-powered vehicles on the road in that country today.

Australia, PNG agree to close immigration camp

Sydney - Australia agreed Wednesday to close a camp for asylum-seekers on Papua New Guinea, one of two controversial Pacific island centres attracting growing criticism, but said none of the hundreds of men there now would be resettled on its soil.

Nauru says refugee abuse claims fabricated

Sydney - Nauru on Tuesday dismissed as "fabricated" claims that asylum-seekers faced violence, abuse and humiliating treatment while living in Australian immigration facilities on the Pacific island, saying refugees had become political pawns.
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