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Brazil passes 'Internet bill of rights' after NSA snoops on president

Brazil's Congress passed comprehensive legislation on Internet privacy in what some have likened to a web-user's bill of rights, after stunning revelations its own president was targeted by US cyber-snooping.

Climate change makes Everest even more dangerous

Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest.

Pentagon shows off life-saving 'Terminator' robot

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a first-hand look at a life-size robot that resembles Hollywood's "Terminator," the latest experiment by the Pentagon's hi-tech researchers.

Sloths' guts designed to let them hang upside down: study

Three-toed sloths have a unique abdominal design - their innards fixed to their lower ribs to avoid squashing the lungs while hanging upside down, a study said.

SA Sci-Tech

Southern hemisphere's first Space Geodesy and Geophysics Observatory in SA

The first Space Geodesy and Geophysics Observatory (SGGO) in the southern hemisphere has been launched.
An owl. File picture

Owls to be used to combat rodents in Joburg

The city of Johannesburg will use owls, among other measures, to combat rodents, according to a report.

Rhino horns worth millions stolen from state tourism safe

Around 40 rhino horns worth millions of dollars have been stolen from the safe of a state tourism organisation in South Africa, a press report said.

Green

SanParks receives R3.5 million for rhino conservation

South African National Parks has received about R3.5 million to fight rhino poaching.

60% of Japanese support whale hunt, 14% eats whale meat

Sixty percent Japanese people support the country’s whaling programme, but only 14% eat whale meat, a new poll showed Tuesday.

Hunger may explain female insect's penis

Scientists on Thursday described four insect species that dwell in extremely dry caves in Brazil, feed on bat guano and possess what the researchers called an "evolutionary novelty."

Gaming

Videogames not bad for schoolwork: study

Contrary to popular belief, videogames don't particularly impact on academic performance according to a study.

Research and researchers

India's mission to Mars crosses half-way mark

India's first mission to Mars successfully crossed the half-way mark on Wednesday, four months after leaving on an voyage to the Red Planet scheduled to take 11 months, the space agency said.