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How Often Do Mass Shooters Die In Their Attacks?

Almost half of mass shooters die during the attack, but certain factors raise the likelihood of that happening.<p>Details are starting to emerge in the aftermath of yesterday's deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in D.C., a military administrative headquarters. Though at first, authorities …

Professor Stephen Hawking backs right to die for the terminally ill

Physicist's change of stance likely to fuel debate on euthanasia after previously calling assisted suicide 'a great mistake'<p>Professor Stephen Hawking, who once said he thought assisted dying was "a great mistake", has changed his stance to support the right of terminally ill people who are …

FYI: Why Are Escalators So Dangerous?

The escalator was patented in 1892, and the design hasn't changed much since then. The landing platforms make entry and exit dicey endeavors—particularly when the moving stairs disappear beneath them, and all manner of clothing and body parts can get stuck. In recent years, escalators have torn the …

SINTEF Wants To Send Snake Robots To Mars

The Scandinavian-based Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (“SINTEF”) thinks that it might be able to offer an alternative to Martian exploration than traveling by wheeled rovers. In order to get into tight places and move around obstacles, SINTEF researchers are trying to see if …

Tiger Genome Sequenced, Shows Big Cats Evolved to Kill

Gene map of endangered Amur tiger seen as aid to preserving big cats in the wild.<p><b>The first sequenced tiger genome shows that big cats evolved to kill.</b><p><b>Genes for strong muscle fibers and for meat-eating appear narrowly shared, researchers reported, among species as distinct as the African lion and</b> …

Science Confirms The Obvious: Pharmaceutical Ads Are Misleading

Six out of 10 claims in TV drug ads exaggerate or omit information.<p>The U.S. is one of only two countries in the world* that allows pharmaceutical companies to market their products directly to consumers--in commercials like those cute little Zoloft ads and all those coy Viagra spots. Somewhat …

Virgin Mobile's YouTube Ads Change When You Blink

"BlinkWashing" seems pretty useless, but it's a ton of fun.<p>Virgin Mobile has introduced a feature to its YouTube page that switches to a new ad at the blink of an eye.<p>It's called "BlinkWashing," which sounds straight out of a dystopian future/like something the NSA would introduce, but it's …