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France: dramatic suicide reignites same-sex marriage furore

The suicide of far-right French historian Dominique Venner has brought the spotlight back onto the divisive issue of same-sex marriage, recently legalised in France.<p>Venner, 78, took his life inside Notre-Dame cathedral on May 21, reportedly by shooting himself in front of the altar.<p>Earlier the same …

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Japan's Prime Minister Won't Say Why He Won't Move Into His Haunted Mansion

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Unconfirmed believer in the paranormal and full-time prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, still …

The K-Pop Plastic Surgery Obsession

Inspired by pop stars and encouraged by culture that equates success with physical beauty, the "self-racism subtext" of buying an ideal Korean face<p>When 17-year-old Hailey Kim looks in the mirror, she doesn't see a pretty person. Her face is too round, she thinks; her lips too thin, her nose not …

Steve Jobs' Family Has Secretly Been Giving Away Money For 20 Years

While he became a billionaire thanks to Pixar, he wasn't known as an activist like Bill Gates, who pledged to donate the bulk of his fortune to causes he believed in.<p>Well, it turns out, Jobs' family has been donating money for the last 20 years to various causes. They've just been doing it …

Immigration Reform

Forget sex: how the idea behind Bang with Friends could revolutionize social interaction

Apple's Find My Friends, a mostly-unrelated concept.<p>Perhaps you've heard of Bang With Friends. It's a rather controversial thing. Simply put, it's a Facebook and mobile app that lets you pick which of your friends you'd like to "bang." Oh, but it's more clever than that: the app won't reveal your …

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How plants respond to positive vibes: 'Talking' mechanism is a mystery

Studies show that basil gives a boost to chili peppers, while fennel is a real bummer. The effect has been seen even when the plants are sealed off from each other with sheets of black plastic. So does that mean that the plants are "talking" to each other through subtle vibrations? That's the kind …

Our Very Normal Solar System Isn't Normal Anymore

Some things you just count on. Like if we ever meet a space alien, it should have eyes (and maybe a head). Like somewhere out there, there are planets like ours. Like we have an ordinary solar system — "ordinary" because you know what it looks like ...<p>It's got a sun in the middle, little planets on …

Visualize every meteorite observed hitting the earth over the past 4,500 years

It's rare to actually witness a meteorite falling toward Earth. Only 1,042 meteorites were observed and recorded during the past 4,500 years, even though across the planet over 34,000 have been found. A new visualization by designer Carlo Zapponi highlights the wonder of catching a glimpse of such …

English May Have Retained Words From an Ice Age Language

If you've ever cringed when your parents said "groovy," you'll know that spoken language can have a brief shelf life. But frequently used words can …

Dear Schools: Stop Treating Science-Curious Kids Like Criminals

We shouldn't punish students who are trying to understand how their world works.<p>On April 22, Kiera Wilmot, a 16-year-old public school student in Bartow, Florida did what any kid with an ounce of curiosity does: She performed an experiment. Like many acts of science, however, it didn't go as …

All Europeans are related if you go back just 1,000 years, scientists say

A genetic survey concludes that all Europeans living today are related to the same set of ancestors who lived 1,000 years ago. And you wouldn't have to go back much further to find that everyone in the world is related to each other.<p>"We find it remarkable because it's counterintuitive to us," …

Experimental headsets let you see the invisible, hear the inaudible

Students at the Royal College of Arts in London have designed headsets capable of augmenting the sights and sounds around us to enhance our sensory experiences. The project — called Eidos Vision — utilizes two pieces of wearable technology that pick out the most important audio and visual …

With Warming Climes, How Long Will A Bordeaux Be A Bordeaux?

Bordeauxs and Burgundys haven't changed much since the days when famous wine-lover Thomas Jefferson kept the cellars of his Parisian home well-stocked with both wines.<p>But now, some worry that the regional rules and traditions that have defined top winemaking regions like Champagne, Burgundy and …

26 Drinks That Prove Mixing Beer Is A Great Idea

Why should liquor have all the fun?

Sometimes antivaccinationists reveal more than they intend about why they blame vaccines for autism - RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE

I had a long day in the operating room yesterday; so I was tired last night. As a consequence, I thought that today might end up being one of those …

The Cat Life

Documents Unlimited Free for iPad app review

Documents Unlimited Free for iPad<p>Price: Free<p>Documents Unlimited Free for iPad by Appsverse Inc. is a business app that makes it possible to create …

Dennis Quaid Gets a Checkup

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Achieving herd immunity against pseudoscience in the age of the filter bubble and the social news revolution

Last night Ben Goldacre appeared on BBC Newsnight (viewable from UK ip addesses or portals only, for the next 7 days) discussing the ongoing havoc …

Big Pic: There's A Penis Drawing On Mars, You Guys

Commence giggling<p>We did it, everyone! A space program decades in the making has culminated with this: a penis on the surface of Mars.<p>An intrepid Reddit user spotted the suggestive tracks made by the Opportunity rover, and the photo's actually on NASA's official site. The drawing was <i>probably</i> not …

79 Actors We Can Thank Canada For

O Canada, you have given us some of the best actors in the business.

Amazon reportedly developing set-top box for release this fall

Amazon is said to be working on its own video streaming set-top box, according to <i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i>. Citing three individuals familiar with the matter, <i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i> says Amazon is currently targeting a fall launch for the device. Such a move would help Amazon bolster its already …

Piero Corsi, Italian Priest, Says 'Provocative' Women To Blame For Spate Of Domestic Violence (VIDEO)

An Italian priest found himself embroiled in a national controversy this week after a Christmas bulletin he posted in his church went viral.<p>Perio Corsi's flier, entitled “Women and femicide – healthy self-criticism. How often do they provoke?” claimed that women in Italy may be to blame for a spate …