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New ‘Superbug’ Strain of Gonorrhea Resists Antibiotics

Gonorrhea, a bacterial sexually transmitted infection, used to be easily treated with antibiotics. But now, a "superbug" strain of the STD has been found in Japan and scientists fear it could become a global public health threat.

"Since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it," said Magnus Unemo of the Swedish Reference Laboratory for Pathogenic Neisseria, who discovered the strain with Japanese colleagues.

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Coke Billboard in the Philippines Reduces Air Pollution

Billboards are usually just meant to promote a product or Donny and Marie Osmond’s latest casino residency, but this sign in the Philippines is doing a lot more — it’s reducing air pollution, too.

Coca-Cola and the World Wide Fund for Nature (known Stateside as the World Wildlife Fund) collaborated on a 60-by-60 foot billboard made of 3,600 potted Fukien tea plants. The plants are potted in discarded bottles from Coca-Cola company products and specially modified to grow sideways with an efficient drip irrigation watering system. The billboard can absorb as much as 46,800 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

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Swedish Preschool Does Away With Boys and Girls

The “Egalia” preschool in Stockholm, Sweden is taking that nation’s goal of breaking down gender roles in early education to the extreme.

Not only are boys encouraged to play with toy kitchens, and girls with building blocks, but the pronouns “him” and “her’ (or “han” and “hon” in Swedish) are banned from usage.  Instead, everyone is refereed to with the invented pronoun of “hen.”

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US Named Funniest Country; Germany Named Least Funny

Maybe we should work on exporting some knock-knock jokes.

The US has been named the funniest country in a Badoo.com survey of 30,000 people from 15 nations around the globe, while Germany - long known for its poor sense of humor - kept up the stereotype by finishing at the bottom.

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France Bans Saying ‘Facebook’ And ‘Twitter’ On TV And Radio

The French government is notorious for banning the use of English words as a way of maintaining French language and culture.

However, a recent ruling by the French government, which now makes it illegal to speak the words "Facebook" or "Twitter" on television or radio newscasts, isn't as shocking as you might think.

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President Obama Announces Death of Osama Bin Laden
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Osama bin Laden Dead: Recapping 24 Unforgettable Hours in History

A late-night announcement made from the White House's East Room on Sunday set the world aflutter, and news of the death of Osama bin Laden quickly spread across the globe.

President Barack Obama announced Sunday night that bin Laden had been killed and his body taken into U.S. custody in Pakistan.

Word of the death of Al Qaeda's leader quickly spread, and politicians, celebrities and athletes began releasing statements while crowds gathered across the country in celebration of bin Laden's death.

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Osama bin Laden Killed in Pakistan, President Obama Confirms

In a stunning development, President Barack Obama confirmed late Sunday evening that Osama bin Laden, the leader of terrorist group Al-Qaeda responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks, was killed Sunday in Pakis

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iPhone Secretly Tracks Your Every Move, Claims Security Experts

Security experts Peter Warden and Alasdair Allen have made a startling discovery about Apple's iPhone and 3G iPad: The devices secretly track and record your location.

Apparently, this has been going on for 10 months, despite the fact that Apple has never p

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World’s Oldest Living Man Dies At 114

The Minnesota born man, Walter Breuning, was the world's oldest living man according to the Guinness Book of World Records. He passed away at the age of 114 on Thursday, April 14th 2011 in Great Falls, Montana where he lived since the age of 16. What age would you like to live to?

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Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Still Worsening

Japan's nuclear crisis continues to grow more dire. The rating of the exposure has been raised from 5 to 7 and is at the highest level we've seen from a plant under the International Atomic Energy Agency. With the continued amount of radiation being leaked, there are fears that Japan's nuclear disaster could reach Chernobyl level catastrophe. What can be done to contain the radiation?

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Japan’s 7.4 Aftershock VIDEO

Japan is still feeling aftershocks from the massive earthquake nearly a month ago. Early this morning an aftershock measured at 7.4 was shaking much of northeast Japan and here is a video of the tremor

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Amazing Before/After Satelite Images Of Japans Landscape

With the use of Google Maps' extremely powerful satelite imaging, ABC was able to make a comparison of the landscape and architecture before and after the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on Friday. It really puts it into perspective showing just how powerful the wave was to completely remove homes and buildings from the ground and deposit them into a pile of debris. Check out the 20+ images inside.

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