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World’s first ‘newspaper’ phone launched

Sweden's <i>Dagens Nyheter</i> said on Wednesday it had launched the world's first "newspaper" telephone: a cellphone offering the daily's subscribers direct and free access to its website. "We want our readers to be able to follow the news," Thorbjoern Larsson, <i>Dagens Nyheter</i> editor-in-chief and publisher, said.

Santa Claus is coming to town — for 34 microseconds

Christmas is hectic for all but particularly for Santa, who must live in Kyrgyzstan and make his rounds at lightning speed if he is to deliver gifts to all the world's children on time, a Swedish consultancy has concluded. Between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Santa Claus's route around the planet includes stops at 2,5-billion homes.

Doris Lessing wins Nobel Literature Prize

British writer Doris Lessing on Thursday won the Nobel Prize for Literature for five decades of epic novels that have covered feminism, politics as well her youth in Africa. Lessing, who will be 88 next week, is only the 11th woman to have won the prize since it was first awarded in 1901 and only the third since 1996.

Hard-disk breakthrough earns duo Nobel Physics Prize

Albert Fert of France and Peter Gruenberg of Germany on Tuesday won the Nobel Prize for Physics for work that led to the miniaturised hard disk, one of the breakthroughs of modern information technology. Fert (69) and Gruenberg (68) were lauded for discovering a principle called giant magnetoresistance, or GMR.

MP3 players could replace stethoscopes

MP3 players/recorders detect some respiratory sounds better than traditional stethoscopes and could prove handy replacements in the future, two researchers told an international conference on respiratory diseases. By pressing a microphone directly to the chest, the researchers were able to record a whole range of respiratory sounds with different patterns.

Dead camel found on the roadside … in Sweden

Motorists in Sweden are accustomed to seeing elks along the roadside, but the discovery of a dead camel on the shoulder of the E22 autoroute left more than a few eyebrows raised, media reported on Monday. "But as the police patrol arrived at the scene it turned out to be completely true," police officer Lars Lindwall told Swedish news agency TT.

Dead bat ruins Swedish breakfast

A Swedish couple were dismayed to find a 4cm-long bat in their breakfast cereal, the Swedish news agency TT reported on Saturday. The couple in Tanum, in western Sweden, were already part way down the packet when they made their unappetising discovery, the agency said.

Swedish taxman gets a grip on wealthy gamers

Swedes earning tax-free money on internet games such as <i>World of Warcraft</i> and <i>Second Life</i> may have to think again after Swedish authorities said on Wednesday they are planning a clampdown. "We're not interested in ordinary gamers; 99% of them play for the sake of playing," a tax official said.

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