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Mississippi law opens a new front in the battle over gay rights

As the state-by-state battle over gay rights rolls on, Mississippi's governor has signed a "religious freedom" law that may go further than any other state in clearing the way for businesses and government workers to deny basic services to LGBT couples.<p>The Mississippi law, signed Tuesday by Gov. …

LGBTQI

U.S. strike on Libya camp escalates campaign against Islamic State

CAIRO — A U.S. air attack killed dozens of militants in Libya on Friday, marking an escalation in the American campaign against the Islamic State as the militant group expands its reach from North Africa to Central Asia.<p>U.S. and regional officials said that U.S. F-15 fighter jets struck a suspected …

Islam

Something terrible could happen if we send humans to Mars

"We have perhaps two more decades before the inevitable contamination of Mars." That's a quote from Emily Lakdawalla, senior editor of The Planetary Society in a recent Washington Post article. Our microbes could be a big issue in the discovery of life on the red planet.<p><i>Produced by Justin Gmoser</i> …

Mars

For obese people distances really do look further, study finds

The overweight suffer a ‘vicious circle’ of perception and behavior, according to psychologist Jessica Witt: ‘You’re seeing the world in terms of your ability to act’<p>Obese people see distances as farther than they actually are, according to a forthcoming study that suggests overweight people suffer …

Psychology

Study: Maybe we can’t find aliens because they’ve all died already

The hunt for extraterrestrial life is one of humanity's most exciting endeavors. The pieces are all falling into place: We're finding more and more planets outside of our own solar system, and soon the James Webb Telescope will give us unprecedented looks at these distant worlds. We've populated …

Research

This is how the government is catching people who use child porn sites

The user’s online handle was “Pewter,” and while logged on at a website called Playpen, he allegedly downloaded images of young girls being sexually molested.<p>Pewter had carefully covered his tracks. To reach the site, he first had to install free software called Tor, the world’s most widely used …

Privacy

End of the 'test tube baby' as new technique allows IVF fertilisation in womb

Doctors harvest eggs and sperm then replace them in a small capsule where they can fertilise in the womb using the mother's own fluids to help conception<p>The end of the ‘test tube baby’ could be in sight after British doctors launched a new form IVF which allows conception to take place in the womb, …

Associated Press News

Man left brain-dead after French drug trial dies in hospital

Five other men are still in a stable condition after testing the pain-relief drug, although doctors fear three may have suffered irreversible brain damage<p>A French man in his 20s who volunteered to take part in a drug trial has died after serious side effects left him brain dead.<p>Five other men are …

Medicine