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Iran: 1000+ Students Change Majors to Nuclear Physics, Engineering

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Approximately 1,300 Iranian university students have applied to switch their majors to the field of nuclear sciences following the assassination of a top nuclear expert in Iran, a government official reportedly said late Monday.

"Three hundred talented students at Sharif University and about a thousand brilliant students at the country's universities have applied in recent days to change their major and start studying nuclear physics and nuclear engineering," Kamran Daneshjo, Iranian Minister of Science Research and Technology, said in a press conference Monday, according to Iran's Tehran Times.

Daneshjo's comments came five days after the assassination of 32-year-old Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a former graduate of Sharif University and, until his death, the deputy director of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, according to Iranian media.

Roshan was killed Jan. 11 when a magnetic explosive device was slipped under his car by a motorcyclist and then detonated, according to Iranian news reports. He is the fourth Iranian nuclear scientist assassinated in the past two years. Iranian officials swiftly blamed the U.S. and Israel for having a hand in the murder. U.S. officials strongly denied any involvement and condemned the attack, while a spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces wrote online, "I don't know who settled a score with the Iranian scientist, but I am certainly not shedding a tear."

Early Tuesday, Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said the country's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, ordered "extra security precautions" be taken to protect Iran's current nuclear experts and engineers, according to Iranian media. A "special security task force" has already been assembled for the purpose, Rahimi said.

"Criminals who believed [they] could hinder Iran's progress by conducting terrorist acts should know that such actions could never discourage the Iranian nation from moving towards further prosperity," Ahmadinejad said, as paraphrased by Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency. Ahmadinejad made the remarks at a ceremony to commemorate the "martyrs" of Iran's nuclear industry, the IRNA said.

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Sex University Promises ‘Hands On’ Education

Sex University Promises ‘Hands On’ Education(VIENNA) -- A former erotic television show host and artist has opened a sex university in Austria that promises to give students a “hands-on education."

Five teachers from varying backgrounds and 70 students will saddle up at the Austrian International School of Sex’s campus in January for classes such as “Sexual Techniques” and “Advanced Intercourse."

“You have trained your mind, your muscles, your fitness, but how much have you spent developing your skills at what really matters … love?” the school’s website asks.

Melodi Kirsch, a spokesperson for the school, told ABC News it was having trouble taming the insatiable demand of prospective students and teachers and even had to turn some away.

“We get emails from 50 people a day who want to teach sex,” said Kirsch, who refused to disclose the school’s location so as not to attract media attention. “They just want to share their knowledge and share the love and not be Uncle Scrooge.”

While there is a significant age gap between the students, who Kirsch said skewed on one end of the spectrum or the other, she did say the majority of pupils are male.

“Maybe young guys feel insecure,” she said.

An annex-style dormitory that can house 20 students will provide plenty of opportunities for students to practice what they’ve learned.

And yes, Kirsch said there will be homework.

“We need bodies to experience the feelings that come from love and sex,” she said.

The school said it plans to expand in the future to accommodate the public’s desire.

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