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Big Merger in India: Snapdeal + Flipkart

Binny Bansal-led Flipkart and Kunal Bahl-led Snapdeal signed a non-binding term sheet for a merger of the two giants earlier today.

The report added that Flipkart was likely to value Snapdeal at between $950 million and $1 billion for this deal.

Snapdeal was valued at $6.5 billion in its …

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Patient uses fat stem cells to repair his wrist

For years Alt suffered excruciating pain in his wrist due to an accident which forced his bones to rub against each other without any cartilage. Alt's own stem cells were taken from his fat and used to create new cartilage cells in his wrist. Alt was the first person to …

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Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa

Currently, most experts believe that our human lineage split from apes around seven million years ago in central Africa, where hominids remained for the next five million years before venturing further afield.

But two fossils of an ape-like creature which had human-like teeth have been found in Bulgaria and Greece …

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Surf's up! Wayyy up: 64-foot monster wave recorded in Southern Ocean

A buoy moored about 400 miles south of New Zealand recorded a monster wave Saturday towering nearly 20 meters high. The wall of water measured 19.4 meters (approximately 63.6 feet).

"This is one of the largest waves recorded in the Southern Hemisphere," said Dr. Tom Durrant, senior oceanographer …

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Stockpiles of dead tiger and rhino body parts go up in smoke in Nepal

Horns of endangered rhinos, and skins of tigers and leopards - including a snow leopard and two clouded leopards - were among exhibits burnt on Monday in Chitwan, south of Kathmandu.

Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat set the stockpiles on fire at Chitwan National Park, home to many of the world's endangered …

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Mexican Tarahumara woman wins 50km race wearing only sandals

A 22-year-old woman, María Lorena Ramírez, from Mexico's Tarahumara indigenous community has won a 50km (31 miles) ultramarathon wearing sandals & defeated 500 other runners from 12 countries in the female category of the Ultra Trail Cerro Rojo in Puebla, in central Mexico.

She ran without any professional gear, and her …

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Dubai gets a Robocop

Dubai Police's plans for robot officers. Its first step is the Dubai Police Robot, a single unit entering service this week. An adapted REEM humanoid robot, citizens can report crimes to it and kick-start real-life human investigations. But while it may not be able to arrest people -- or chase down …

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UK firm designs 'world's most affordable solar lamp'

A UK design consultancy has teamed up with a giant Chinese manufacturer to produce what they say is the world's most affordable solar lamp. Manchester-based firm Inventid designed the SM100 solar light, which retails for $5 (£3.85) in African countries.

It was developed in collaboration with China's Yingli and …

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Leaks 'expose peculiar Facebook moderation policy'

How Facebook censors what its users see has been revealed by internal documents, the Guardian newspaper says. It said the manuals revealed the criteria used to judge if posts were too violent, sexual, racist, hateful or supported terrorism.

The Guardian said Facebook's moderators were "overwhelmed" and had only seconds to …

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Quora tests video answers to steal Q&A from YouTube

This week Quora began testing video answers where users in the beta group will be able to record videos on iOS or Android as supplements or complete answers that everyone on Quora can watch. It’s considering allowing video uploads, which might offer more polished content but increase spam concerns …

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South Africa's Western Cape declares drought disaster

South Africa's Western Cape province has declared a drought disaster as it faces its worst water shortage in 113 years. Provincial leader Helen Zille said water will be harvested by drilling boreholes to serve key points like hospitals in Cape Town.

The alert will last for three months but could …

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