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Combining two types of polio vaccine, including one that is injected rather than given orally, appears to give better immunity and could speed efforts to eradicate the crippling disease, scientists said last Friday. British and Indian researchers said the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), which is given by injection, could provide better and longer lasting protection if given alongside the more commonly used live oral polio vaccine (OPV).

As two of Hollywood's prominent Scotsmen, actor Gerard Butler and comedian Craig Ferguson relished the chance to embrace their inner Vikings and ride dragons. Butler and Ferguson reunite as Stoick and Gobber, two burly best friends in Dreamworks' animated fantasy sequel "How to Train Your Dragon 2," where they help young dragon rider Hiccup (played by Jay Baruchel) save dragons from intimidating Viking villain Drago Bloodyfist (Djimon Hounsou). The duo here discuss Scotland and dragons.
What would Lady Macbeth be without something extravagant in which to sweep on stage or Hamlet without a silk doublet and padded hose? Costumes - the unsung heroes of Shakespearean theatre - are the stars of a new exhibition that reveals the huge effort that goes into dressing the Bard's leading men and women.
A future in which it is difficult to tell man and machine apart could soon become reality, scientists say, after recent robotic breakthroughs in Japan. But as the once-fantastical idea of wise-cracking android sidekicks takes form in laboratories - and the gap between humans and robots narrows - society faces ethical and legal complications as yet undreamed of, they warn. "Already computers have surpassed human ability," leading Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro said. "Robots will be very clever soon."
A wise-cracking humanoid robot called Pepper whose makers claim can read people's emotions was unveiled in Tokyo last month. Mobile carrier Softbank, which created the robot, says Pepper can understand 70 to 80 percent of spontaneous conversations - although it also answers from a set number of pre-programmed responses.
When opponents freely bid a Grand Slam without opponents intervening bids, they are pretty confident that the Grand Slam is solidly sacrosanct and almost unbeatable. But as with this fascinating game's innumerable combinations of cards, any slam could have a hole if the distribution turns out to be bizarre and completely against the normal odds.
Over the decades a good deal has been written on Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah's singular contribution to national politics. The focus in most writings on her and about her is almost exclusively on how she stood for and beckoned the people to the pristine principles that had impelled the demand for Pakistan; how she had inspired the strivings and sacrifices in their quest, how she had enabled the beleaguered nation to own them up; how she had provided an unfailing source of inspiration to them during the 1950s and the 1960s; how she had helped, substantially and significantly, to keep the torch of democracy aflame in the most unfortuitous circumstances; and, thus, how, above all, she, more than anyone else, had sustained the nation's quest for democracy during Ayub's marathon semi-authoritarian rule.


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