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Alien Star Missed Us by Less Than a Light-Year, Scientists Say

Astronomers say a red dwarf star and its brown dwarf companion passed within a light-year of our own sun 70,000 years ago, moving through the comets in the outer reaches of the Oort Cloud that surrounds our solar system.<p>The star is known as WISE J072003.20-084651.2, or Scholz's star. Today, it's 20 …

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State Supreme Court Justice Warns He May Abolish Marriage Entirely If Same-Sex Weddings Are Allowed

An obscure, two-page opinion by an Alabama Supreme Court justice contains an ominous warning. If marriage equality remains the law in Alabama, …

Teen charged with homicide, rape, kidnapping after weekend of terror

A jealous Milwaukee teenager, armed with a gun, entered his ex-girlfriend's home, raped her younger sister who was home alone, then gunned down his ex's new suitor when they arrived home, according to prosecutors.<p>A criminal complaint against Markell L. Greer details a series of incidents in which …

Millionaire Mistaken for Child Sex Trafficker Explains What He Was Really Doing in Parking Lot

A millionaire and his pastor friend were “all over the news” in California in what they said is one big misunderstanding. After they offered a struggling young mother $100 to help feed her child, they were mistaken for child sex traffickers.<p>Rolando Garcia, who owns a trucking company, said he was …

Families of Newtown shooting victims sue gunmaker, seller

The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher wounded two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit Monday against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.<p>The negligence and wrongful death lawsuit, filed in Bridgeport Superior …

Eye Doctor Entrepreneur: Preventing Blindness One App At A Time

British eye doctor Andrew Bastawrous has become an accidental entrepreneur in an effort to prevent blindness, one app at a time. Three years ago, Bastawrous jumped at the chance to move his family from Liverpool to Africa to conduct eye research. London-based charity Fight for Sight, awarded the …

Does Our Military Know Something We Don't About Global Warming?

Every branch of the United States Military is worried about climate change. They have been since well before it became controversial. In the wake of an historic climate change agreement between President Obama and President Xi Jinping in China this week (Brookings), the military’s perspective is …

A Robot Future - Developing Technologies, Hopes and Fears - IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law

As humans, all of our greatest dreams and biggest fears about technology seem to be provoked by the stirring topic of robotic technologies. Robots …

Kaci Hickox accuses governors of exploiting Ebola fears for political gain

Kaci Hickox, the nurse who found herself in the middle of a political storm when she was quarantined on her return from west Africa despite testing negative for Ebola, has launched a blistering attack on two “overzealous” state governors, Chris Christie of New Jersey and Paul LePage of Maine, whom …