Brain's master switch verified

The protein that has long been suspected by scientists of being the master switch allowing brains to function has now been verified by an Iowa State University researcher.

Water levels down in Canada's Saint Lawrence seaway

Seasonal water levels in the Saint Lawrence seaway -- a major North American shipping corridor -- have reached their lowest point in 40 years, the Quebec hydro center warned Friday.

Panasonic trims net loss, sees return to profit

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corp. said Friday it saw a net loss of 1.1 billion dollars in the year to March 2010, much smaller than the previous year, and expected to return to profit soon.

Japan's Toshiba sees losses narrow

Japanese high-tech giant Toshiba Corp. announced Friday a sharply narrowed annual net loss based on strong demand for flash memory chips used in laptops, smartphones and other gadgets.

Data violations unpunished in EU: rights agency

Data protection in many European countries suffers from a lack of funds, staff, independence and most importantly, a lack of sanctions for violators, the EU's rights agency reported Friday.

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