Heather Van Wallendael

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NASA's prettiest spaceship yet will take actual photos of alien worlds

PlanetQuest is NASA's effort to search for new Earths, exoplanets like ours that would probably contain life too. They're doing some really cool …

Stanford University To Open A Center For Studying Bad Science

So meta<p>Among Stanford University's palm trees and sandstone arches—the picture of ivory-tower—there's going to be a center dedicated to chipping away that ivory, <i>The Economist</i> reports. The university plans to open a Meta-Research Innovation Center: a center for the study of bad science.<p>The center …

Clinical Trials

Federal judge strikes down Michigan's gay marriage ban

A federal judge on Friday ruled that Michigan's prohibition on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution, ordering the state to stop enforcing the ban.<p>"Today's decision ... affirms the enduring principle that regardless of whoever finds favor in the eyes of the most recent majority, the …

The 7 Countries Where You're Most Likely to Get Kidnapped

Credit: LebanonSpring.wordpress.com<p>While the odds of you getting kidnapped on vacation are about as good as catching an on-time flight from O'Hare, if it happens you're probably not gonna have Liam Neeson around to kill half of France in order to rescue you. Sure, the countries with the highest …

Mexico

World Booze Guide: The Best Things to Drink in 43 Countries

Credit: Minerva Gallery<p>In an effort to provide you with a comfortable booze option no matter where you are, we put together a list of the best things to drink in 43 countries all over the world. Depending on how the citizens of the country drink it, we chose either a particular type of booze or a …

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Ukraine signs political accord with European Union

LONDON — Ukraine was tugged in opposite directions Friday in a reminder of the Cold War past, with the government in Kiev pushing westward through closer ties to the<p>European Unionand Russia pullingCrimeaeastward by formally annexing it.<p>Separate signing ceremonies in Brussels and Moscow illustrated …