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Zombie fungus has horrific way of spreading

A fungus that turns worker ants into zombie henchmen has a surprisingly clever strategy to recruit new hosts. The parasitic fungus in question, Ophiocordyceps camponoti-rufipedis, is named for the species of carpenter ant that it inhabits, Camponotus rufipes.

Coming Attractions: Eric Ziebold of CityZen to Open His Own Place

CityZen's longtime renowned chef Eric Ziebold will open his own restaurant. Washington Business Journal reports the chef has signed a lease for a project at 1015 Seventh St. NW, according to the owner of the building. There were no specifics...

Two held for killing S.Africa farmworker 'with oranges'

Two farmworkers have been arrested for allegedly killing a colleague by pelting him with oranges, South African police said Wednesday. A quarrel on a farm outside Tzaneen in the northern Limpopo province on Monday turned deadly when the two men armed themselves with fruit, said Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe. "Babanto Chauke, 38, and two men had a quarrel. The two allegedly started throwing loose oranges at him until he died," Ngoepe said.

Linkage: Shark Cove Research; Obama Returns to Vineyard; More!

· Great white shark researchers hone in on 'Shark Cove' · Phew! Hyannis tanning salon avoids shutdown · President Obama returns to Martha's Vineyard vacation · Summer is ending, hide in the garden · Psst! Wednesday is the last...

France to host track cycling world championships

France's new National Velodrome will host the 2015 Track Cycling World Championships, the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced on Wednesday. The 5,000-seater velodrome in the town of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, just outside Paris, was inaugurated in January this year and will host the championships from February 18-22 -- the first time France has hosted them since Bordeaux in 2006. Brian Cookson, the UCI president, said that the venue had greatly impressed him and his fellow UCI members when they attended the inauguration. "We were very impressed by the new velodrome of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines at the inauguration and are delighted that track cycling's flagship event will be staged in these state-of-the-art facilities, in front of passionate and knowledgeable spectators," said the Englishman.

NCIS: Meet Tony's New Love Interest!

Melrose Place alum Stephanie Jacobsen is joining the cast of  NCIS as a "flirtatious" FBI agent who works with Tony (Michael Weatherly) on a case involving a terrorist threat against Navy researchers, has confirmed.  Does this mean Tony's finally moving on from Ziva (Cote de Pablo)? Read More > Other Links From NCIS Michael Weatherly Cote De Pablo Stephanie Jacobsen Gary Glasberg

Ukraine's 4A Games lands in Malta: 'We are not betrayers'

Less than 24 hours ago, the leadership of 4A Games landed in Malta, fleeing the ongoing conflict that ravages Ukraine. The studio announced the move in May, just two months after Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed the Eastern Ukrainian province of Crimea. "Malta offers fantastic incentives for game development, and we are confident 4A games will be able to attract the very best talent from Ukraine, Malta and beyond," said head of business development Dean Sharpe.

Fighting in eastern Ukraine kills 43 in 24 hours

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Government troops fought to gain control of the rebel-held city of Donetsk and a key highway in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday in battles that left 34 residents and nine troops dead in just 24 hours, authorities said.

Top Cheffage: Ron Eyester Will Be on the Next Season of 'Top Chef'

Joining a long line of Atlanta representatives to cook on television, Ron Eyester, local chef/restaurateur who will soon open Diner in Atlantic Station, will be on the next season of Bravo's hit series Top Chef in Boston. Eyester has already...

Beauty: Allure's "Book Now" Button to Roll Out in Miami First!

Avant Garde Salon/Image via Google If you're a Miami salon-goer, you'll soon be able to book your appointments straight through The beauty magazine has teamed up with BeautyBooked, an app for booking salon appointments, to allow you to book...

3 things Samsung can do to make the Galaxy Note 4 an Android fan’s dream come true

Are you psyched for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4? If so we don’t blame you — the Galaxy Note 3 was truly a first-rate phablet and based on the leaks we’ve seen, the Note 4 is shaping up to be even better in just about every way. Droid Life’s Tim-o-Tato has made a wish list of things that Samsung can do to make the Note 4 the dream device for Android fans — and like any good list of most wanted smartphone features, he goes well beyond the realm of improved specs. Basically, his pleas to Samsung boil down to three very commonsense suggestions for making the Note 4 the best smartphone released this year: Tone down the TouchWiz overlay, make

Above the Fray: Starting Tomorrow, Brace for Big FIG Finale Deals

Image via FIG FIG Finale, the biannual designer goods sale held at the Fashion Industry Gallery downtown, starts tomorrow night with the event's traditional VIP gala. A $50 ticket grants guests an early shopping experience in an environment that is...

Chef Shuffles: Carlo OUT, Hetzler IN at Ovvio in Merrifield

Ovvio After about a year of business, it's time for chef number three at Merrifield's Ovvio. The Italian restaurant's Giovanni Carlo has left his position. He's been replaced by chef Richard Hetzler, according to manager Georgia Applegate. Hetzler is...