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  • 'Guardians' blasts Marvel in a different direction
    'Guardians' blasts Marvel in a different direction

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Despite its flawless superhero pedigree, there's always been apprehension about "Guardians of the Galaxy."

  • Elegant Louvre Garden infested with rats
    Elegant Louvre Garden infested with rats

    PARIS (AP) — Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp onto the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists visiting the site.

  • Israel's 'Iron Dome' makers were hit by hackers, expert says

    By By Eric Auchard VIENNA (Reuters) - Three Israeli defense contractors behind the Iron Dome missile shield and related systems were robbed of hundreds of documents by hackers linked to the Chinese government starting in 2011, a U.S.-based computer forensics expert said on Tuesday. Comment Crew, as the hacking group is known, stole designs for Israeli rocket systems in a spree of attacks during 2011 and 2012, Joseph Drissel, chief executive of Cyber Engineering Services (CyberESI), said in a phone interview. The targets of the online attacks were top military contractors Elisra Group, Israel Aerospace Industries[ISRAI.UL], and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. The companies built the system that now partially insulates Israel from rocket barrages fired from the Gaza Strip.

  • Fist bumps more hygienic than handshakes, say scientists
    Fist bumps more hygienic than handshakes, say scientists

    Fist bumps are more hygienic than handshakes and drastically reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases, researchers in Britain have found. The study discovered that a handshake transfers 10 times as much bacteria as a fist bump, following a series of tests at Aberystwyth University on the west coast of Wales. Doctor Dave Whitworth, who led the research, said the study could have a serious impact on public health. The results of the research, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, showed that handshakes passed on far more of the dangerous bacteria than fist bumps or high fives.

  • Passengers stuck in Hawaii for 3 nights get cash
    Passengers stuck in Hawaii for 3 nights get cash

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A group of Air New Zealand passengers were stranded for a third night Monday after being repeatedly told their plane was delayed due to mechanical problems.

  • Apple Gives MacBook Pros Speed Boost, More RAM
    Apple Gives MacBook Pros Speed Boost, More RAM

    Putting more pro in the MacBook Pro, Apple has upgraded its 13- and 15-inch Retina display laptops, offering faster Intel Haswell processors along with more RAM standard. But how much more notebook do you get for your money?

  • NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Breaks Off-World Driving Record
    NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Breaks Off-World Driving Record

    NASA's Opportunity rover on Mars has now boldly gone farther than any vehicle has before on the surface of another world, space agency officials announced today (July 28). As of Sunday (July 27), the Opportunity rover has driven 25.01 miles (40.2 kilometers) on the Red Planet, NASA officials said. "Opportunity has driven farther than any other wheeled vehicle on another world," Opportunity project manager John Callas, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement. "This is so remarkable considering Opportunity was intended to drive about one kilometer and was never designed for distance.

  • Blast in Gaza during CNN live shot sends reporter, crew ducking for cover
    Blast in Gaza during CNN live shot sends reporter, crew ducking for cover

    Karl Penhaul was delivering a live report from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and was forced to take cover when a blast from Israel's shelling of Gaza City rocked a building just 200 yards behind him.

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