Elizabeth Gertz

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Why Bombing a Hospital Is a War Crime

"We tried to take a look into one of the burning buildings. I cannot describe what was inside. There are no words for how terrible it was. In the Intensive Care Unit six patients were burning in their beds."<p>So said Lajos Zoltan Jecs, a nurse at the hospital the U.S. bombed in Kunduz, Afghanistan, …

DNA At the Fringes: Twins, Chimerism, and Synthetic DNA

DNA tests are thought to be conclusive proof—of crime, of family relation—but in some cases, our genetic material acts in mysterious ways.<p>Plenty of …

Genetics

Mars lakes may have existed long enough for life to evolve, scientists say

Nasa researchers believe some ancient lakes could have lasted for up to 10,000 years, which was enough time for life forms to take hold<p>Ancient lakes that came and went over millions of years in the Gale crater basin on Mars may have persisted long enough for life to evolve in them, researchers have …

Science

Watch a video of Pope Francis hugging a same-sex couple

The meeting was first reported on Friday by CNN's Daniel Burke, who said one of the men, Yayo Grassi, took a high-school class taught by Pope Francis in Argentina from 1964 to 1965. Grassi told CNN he arranged the meeting personally with Pope Francis over email. At the meeting, which took place at …

A living thing in two places at once? This quantum quandary test is limited

A recent proposed microbe experiment based on Schrödinger’s counter-intuitive theory would have a scale so small as to be almost meaningless, and other challenges such as consciousness also come into play<p>I had to travel to a conference on quantum physics yesterday. After arriving at the airport I …

Planned Parenthood President Rips GOP For Political Grandstanding During Marathon House Hearing

"I'm being generous, calling it a hearing."<p>WASHINGTON -- After enduring a marathon House hearing on Tuesday during which GOP representatives frequently interrupted her, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards accused them of political grandstanding and using the hearing to demonstrate how …

“The Martian” and the big Mars discovery: Here’s why we have to go, no matter what it costs

<b>(Twentieth Century Fox)</b><p>Was this week’s big NASA announcement a movie tie-in or a leftist plot? Either way, Mars is calling<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>September 29, 2015 11:57pm (UTC)<p>I believe it was the film historian Mark Harris (also the undisputed heavyweight champion of Oscar bloggers) who first injected a …

Mars Mission

Paleo Profile: Kerberos langebadreae

<b>Name:</b> <i>Kerberos langebadreae</i><p><b>Meaning:</b> “Lange-Badré’s Hell-Hound” named for the mythical canine guardian of the underworld and paleomammologist B. Lange-Badré.<p><b>Age:</b> Around 40 million years old.<p><b>Where in the world?:</b> Tarn, France.<p><b>What sort of critter?:</b> An archaic form of flesh-eating mammal called a …

Donald Trump rejects claims he is too 'immature' to be president

The Republican frontrunner patched up his feud with Fox News to say he was a ‘counterpuncher’ who hit back when opponents attacked him ‘viciously’<p>Donald Trump has hit back at claims that he needs to become “more mature” to win the Republican nomination as he patched up his feud with Fox News in an …

Japan says it must look after its own before allowing in Syrian refugees

Middle East and North Africa,Asia Pacific,World news,Japan,Syria,Shinzo Abe,Refugees<p>Prime minister Shinzo Abe rejects criticism of a policy that has seen only 11 people given asylum in the past year<p>Japan must improve the living standards of its own people before it can consider accepting Syrian …

Middle East

Answer to earthworm's ability to digest poisons unearthed by scientists

All plants contain toxins which continue to work after leaf fall, so how worms are able to stomach dead grass and leaf litter has long been a mystery<p>British scientists have cracked the global earthworm mystery: they have worked out how the planet’s great subterranean reprocessing system copes with …

Did American volcanoes trigger fall of Roman Empire?

American volcanoes sparked a huge dust cloud triggering catastrophic climate change which could have dealt the final blow to the Roman Empire<p>On March 24 536AD the sky suddenly darkened across continental Europe as a thick dust cloud rolled in and stayed put for 18 months.<p>Historians such as …

June 2015