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New evidence gives weight to rumors Pablo Neruda was murdered

New evidence gives weight to rumors Pablo Neruda was murdered

World
Oct. 22 (UPI) -- An international panel of forensic experts has determined that Nobel Laureate Chilean poet Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer in 1973 like official accounts concluded and new evidence gives credibility to longstanding rumors that he was poisoned.Neruda, one of Chile's most famous sons and a close friend of socialist president Salvador Allende, as well as a diplomat and senator of the country's communist party at that time, died two weeks after Allende was ousted and killed during a U.S.-backed military coup. The official cause of death was cancer cachexia, but there had always been rumors that Neruda's death was caused by more nefarious means.Those whispers gained greater volume last week when an expert panel analyzed some remains of Neruda and determined cancer cachexia c...
Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile

Technology
Microsoft appears to have abandoned its smartphone operating system ambitions.The company's Windows 10 chief has tweeted that developing new features and hardware for the Mobile version of the OS was no longer a "focus".Joe Belfiore added that he had also switched to Android himself.Windows 10 Mobile tried to attract users by letting them run the same "universal apps" on both their PCs and handsets, but the concept failed to catch on.The OS accounted for just 0.03% of the global market - based on smartphone shipments - between April and June, according to research company IDC.The market intelligence provider said the news had been a long time coming."There wasn't a wide range of devices running Windows 10 Mobile, so it wasn't attractive to retailers or operators," said IDC's Francisco Jero...
Orchid gives up the secrets of its success

Orchid gives up the secrets of its success

Science
The orchid is known for its beauty and once changed hands for vast sums.Now, scientists are gaining an insight into how the plant prized for its beauty colonised almost every habitat on Earth.A team in China has unpicked the genetic blueprint of an orchid that grows wild in the mountains of southeast China.The orchid in question, from the subfamily, Apostasiodea, split off from modern species millions of years ago.Researchers led by the Orchid Conservation and Research Centre of Shenzhen sequenced the genome of the orchid and compared it with more modern species.The data, published in the journal, Nature, "provides a reference for studying orchid evolution" and suggests distinctive features found only in orchids played a key role "in the tremendous radiation of the group", they say.The orc...
Freeze-dried dung gives clue to Asian elephant stress

Freeze-dried dung gives clue to Asian elephant stress

Science
"Collecting fresh faecal samples is not as easy as it may sound," says researcher Sanjeeta Sharma Pokharel.But her efforts have helped scientists in India devise a unique, non-invasive way to monitor the physiological health of wild elephants.The key has been freeze-drying dung in the field to preserve the elephant's hormones.As a result, scientists found stress levels in females were more conspicuous than in male elephants.Over five years, Sanjeeta and her colleagues collected more than 300 samples from 261 elephants in the biodiversity-rich Western Ghats area.She explained her technique: "I used to hide and observe till the elephant defecated and moved away."She told the BBC: "These samples mean a lot to me." Ethical approachThe aim of the research was to evaluate the influence of the el...