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New hope for lowering arsenic levels in rice

A new study has identified a key protein in rice plants that allows some varieties to keep any absorbed arsenic safely contained in a separate part of the plant from the grain itself. 40 more words


Photos: 102 snakes found ‘between cracks’ inside home north of Regina

A large group of snakes was thwarted after trying to hibernate in a family home northwest of Regina.

Megan Lawrence, of Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Centre… 166 more words


Sex began in Scotland with armoured fish: study

New research suggests that a type of armoured fish called placoderms may have been the first animal to develop penetrative sex.

According to a paper… 355 more words


New Mexico man's typo costs him thousands on bill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A New Mexico man says he made an error while paying his electric bill that led him to overpay by thousands of dollars. 111 more words


Video: Store clerk wards off bandit with bug spray

BERLIN, Pa. – A western Pennsylvania convenience store clerk told a would-be bandit to bug off by spraying the suspect with a can of insecticide. 123 more words


Argentina demands BBC apology over ill-fated Top Gear trip

LONDON – Argentina’s ambassador to Britain on Tuesday demanded an apology from the BBC over an ill-fated trip by car show “Top Gear” to the South American country. 209 more words


Taylor Swift tops Canadian iTunes chart with eight seconds of white noise

TORONTO – Nevermind pop, Taylor Swift conquered the Canadian chart Tuesday with what amounted to a short crackle.

An eight-second clip of white noise erroneously released and attributed to the singer held the top spot on the Canadian iTunes chart as of noon on Tuesday. 89 more words