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27 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Unsolved Mysteries

Join me. Perhaps you will learn some things you didn't know about the wonderfully spooky <i>Unsolved Mysteries</i>, a show that aired is finale 15 years ago, …

8 of the Animal Kingdom’s Most Clever Problem Solvers

Who ever said Mr. Fix-it had to be human?<p>1. Crows Make Dining Utensils<p>They say humans are toolmakers, but crows may be just as handy. The birds are …

Twisted steel stays strong and pliable

In steel making, two desirable qualities—strength and ductility—tend to be at odds. Stronger steel is less ductile, and more ductile steel is not as …

Engineering

Telomere length: a new measure of chronic stress in wildlife?

Two independent studies find a positive relationship between social environment and telomere length. The first study -- that nearly everyone has heard about -- is in children. The second study -- that few have heard about -- is in pet grey parrots. The second study raises the question: might …

How To Make A More Environmentally Friendly Cow

A new search for ways to reduce the methane cattle produce.<p>Scientists around the world have worked on making buildings, cars and light bulbs more environmentally friendly. What's next? Cows.<p>Cattle emit methane, a greenhouse gas that's less abundant than carbon dioxide, but, pound for pound, has …

Fountain Of Youth? Scientists Regenerate Damaged Organ In A Mammal For First Time Ever

As we get older, as do our cells. They divide, split, and become increasingly unreliable, making it harder to accomplish rudimentary tasks, like repairing wear and tear to the body. It’s why regenerative medicine–which promotes healing by dialing back your biological clock–is one of today’s more …

Medicine

Growing up poor makes kids' DNA look old

Children who grow up in underprivileged households show signs of premature chromosomal aging, reports <i>New Scientist.</i> Moreover, this form of genetic aging might explain why adults who grow up in poor or otherwise stressful environments are more likely to develop serious health problems, such as …

Set Your Alarm For 2AM EDT To Catch Tonight's Full Lunar Eclipse

The sun, Earth, and moon will align perfectly, causing the moon to turn red. If your skies are clear, you should be able to see the moon go from full, to shadowed, to bright red.<p>When a full moon drifts into Earth's shadow, called the umbra, a total eclipse takes place. The moon looks red on Earth …

Husband: Congressman 'wrecked my life' - CNN Video

Here's The Controversial Doctor Who Got A Whopping $21 Million From Medicare

The doctor who was paid the most by Medicare last year is well known to many in the political world. His office was raided twice last year by the FBI, and his relationship with New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez has drawn scrutiny from federal investigators.<p>Data released Wednesday by the …

Inside Politics Speed Read: Madam or Mrs? Hillary Clinton's 'future' is now

<b>Yes, it is news that Clinton is officially “thinking” about 2016 run:</b> Hillary Clinton said two important things about a potential presidential run and then got a sweet question from a little girl that literally left her speechless.<p>Clinton seemed loose and at ease, even candid, during appearances …

Washington Post Fact Checks Obama Again on Gender Pay Gap…and Reaches a Harsher Conclusion

President Barack Obama gets a raise for again decrying the state of women’s pay, claiming they earn just 77 cents for every $1 a man is paid.<p>President Barack Obama is flanked by Lilly Ledbetter (L) and other women while signing an executive order banning federal contractors from retaliating against …

Enemies everywhere

The right preaches against self-victimization except when it practices it.<p>Glenn Greenwald<p>January 31, 2008 12:33pm (UTC)<p>Writing about last night's GOP debate, John Hinderaker of Powerline, <i>Time</i>'s 2004 Blog of the Year, shared this observation:<p>Businessmen, in my experience, are generally more …

Louie Gohmert Reveals the Important History Behind Eric Holder’s ‘Good Luck With Your Asparagus’ Insult

During a contentious congressional hearing on Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder disdainfully told Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) “good luck with your asparagus.”<p>Many, including TheBlaze, assumed Holder was mocking Gohmert for seemingly fumbling his words back in 2013 when he said, “The attorney …

Buried News

<b>The oddest</b> story of the morning comes from Agence France Presse. A million bodies? On one island?<p><i>Since 1869, still-born babies, the homeless, the poor and the unclaimed have been stacked one upon the other, three coffins deep, on Hart Island. Corpses are interned in great, anonymous trenches. There</i> …

Bill Clinton: Snowden 'imperfect'

Former President Bill Clinton called National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden an “imperfect messenger,” saying that he raised important questions about national security.<p>The president told students at the U.S. Naval Academy in a Tuesday speech that the surveillance programs Snowden exposed …

Don’t count Democrats out of the Congressional race just yet

<b>(Wikimedia/Eliot.P)</b><p>The number of seats Republicans are expected to capture is impressive. Can Obamacare enrollment help turn the tide?<p>Richard Phillips<p>April 3, 2014 12:15pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on The Globalist.<p>Washington insiders are nearly unanimous is forecasting doom for the …

John Roberts’ humiliating arrogance: Wingnuts reveal contempt for democracy

<b>Chief Justice John Roberts (AP/Michael Conroy)</b><p>Chief justice’s latest blow to campaign finance usurps the role of Congress, a legal expert explains<p>Josh Eidelson<p>April 3, 2014 12:30pm (UTC)<p>The Roberts Court’s five conservative justices dealt a fresh blow to campaign finance reform Wednesday, quashing …

The ultimate guide to debunking right-wingers’ insane persecution fantasies

<b>(Reuters/Chris Keane/A&E/Karolina Wojtasik/AP/Carolyn Kaster)</b><p>Conservatives love to pretend they’re being denied their religious liberty. Here’s how to prove them wrong<p>Robert Boston<p>March 16, 2014 10:58am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You the Right to Tell …

There is no meritocracy: It’s just the 1 percent, and the game is rigged

The game is rigged: We elected Obama to hold the 1 percent accountable. So why are they still running everything?<p>The big news after President Obama’s State of the Union address in January was that he didn’t really talk about the issues of inequality that everyone expected him to talk about. …

Democrats seek ways to limit Obamacare fallout after Florida defeat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his Democrats face the challenge of limiting fallout from Obamacare and drumming up voter enthusiasm in the November congressional elections, problem areas exposed by the loss of a Florida candidate who had led in the polls.<p>Cathey Park of Cambridge, …