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Warp in spacetime lets astronomers watch the same star explode four times

Thanks to a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing, the Hubble Space Telescope has captured four images of the same supernova explosion.<p>For the …

Planetary Habitability

Boko Haram kills villagers after fleeing offensive

Boko Haram fighters have killed 21 people in attacks near the northern village of Chibok, according to a military source, as the armed group suffers major setbacks from a growing regional offensive.<p>The rebels were fleeing a land and air offensive to clear them out of the Sambisa forest when they …

Africa

Meanest doctor in Michigan dumps baby patient of lesbian moms on religious grounds

A doctor decides she won’t accept a gay family — and in more than half the country, that’s okay<p>If you're in the business of providing healthcare to children and you refuse to do it based on your moral judgments of those children's parents, guess what? You're in the wrong business.<p>Even at a moment …

LGBTQI

This Artist Turned Iconic Feminist Moments Into Powerful Illustrations

"I believe that art is a powerful political tool to contribute to a better world, a world where equality between women and men can be possible."<p>h/t Mic

Mummified Monk Found Inside Buddha Statue

The master of impermanence becomes a permanent resting place.<p>When Buddha said “Peace comes from within,” he probably didn’t mean <i>inside</i> an actual Buddha statue. But Netherlands-based Drents Museum recently discovered that one of their Buddhas was hiding a secret: crouched inside was a monk who had …

Archaeology

These Rare Vintage NASA Photos Show the Golden Age of Space Travel

Buzz Aldrin claims to have taken the first 'space selfie' during a spacewalk in Nov. 1966. However, a few months earlier<p>... VIEW MORE<p>NASA

Buzz Aldrin

Smartphone Astrophotography: How I Capture the Moon and Planets with My Phone

I’m often asked how I am able to take high-quality images of the solar system using my iPhone. In short, the quality of today’s smartphone cameras …

Embracing Stone Age Couple Found in Greek Cave

Rare double burials discovered at one of the largest Neolithic burial sites in Europe.<p>Strange and surprising findings have been reported from ongoing excavations at Alepotrypa Cave, a site in the Peloponnesus that one archaeologist called "a Neolithic Pompeii," the Greek Ministry of Culture, …

Pope's Shocking Hitler Youth Comparison

The pontiff has a bad habit of dissing women and marginalizing sexual minorities. Is he as liberal as his image suggests?<p>News emerged last week that …

Escape from Boko Haram: what the survivors witnessed

On the shores of Lake Chad, families who have fled the clutches of Nigeria's Islamist fanatics tell David Blair of the methods and madness of the group's massacres<p>Women and children, limp with exhaustion, were the first to disembark from the ancient wooden barge. Then came the men, splashing their …

Majority of Alabama counties issuing marriage licenses to gay couples | Reuters

(Reuters) - Officials in 24 Alabama counties began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Friday, gay rights advocates said, a day after a U.S. judge ordered one local official to issue licenses to gay couples in accordance with an earlier ruling.<p>Supporters of same-sex marriage hold signs …

LGBTQI

Weird Sub-Neptunes and Super-Earths Pop Up in Kepler’s Planet Search

SAN JOSE, Calif. — One of the most common kinds of planets detected by NASA's Kepler telescope appears to be a type that doesn't exist in our own solar system, a leading astronomer on the Kepler team said Friday.<p>This type of planet has a size in the range between two and four times Earth's …

Astronomy

Rarely Seen Moonfish, Size of Manhole Cover, Caught on Camera

The opah, or moonfish, is a camera-shy animal that researchers know little about.<p>Its squat body and flimsy-looking pectoral fins may not scream speed-demon.<p>But the opah, or moonfish, is actually quite fast, and can run with the big boys like tuna and swordfish. That's just one of many surprising …

Malaysia: Anwar’s Conviction Sets Back Rights

• Tweet Widget<br>• Facebook Like <br>• Email<br>The conviction of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim after seven years of politically motivated proceedings under an …

Human Rights

Turkey's crackdown on freedom of speech intensifies

Turkey is the country which made the most requests for removal from Twitter in the last six months of 2014, according to the social network's latest transparency report<p>Turkish authorities including government agencies have stepped up their crackdown on freedom of expression online in 2014, with …

North Africa

Supreme Court to hear from thousands on gay marriage

WASHINGTON —The Supreme Court is going to hear from a lot of people on same-sex marriage.<p>In an effort to win the hearts and minds of five or more justices, opponents of gay marriage bans being challenged at the high court this spring are inviting average citizens to sign a "friend of the court" …

LGBTQI

Anwar Ibrahim: Malaysian opposition leader loses final appeal to sodomy conviction, sentenced to five years' jail

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has lost his final appeal against a conviction and been sentenced to five years in jailfor …

Court upholds five-year jail term for Malaysia's Anwar

Malaysia's highest court has upheld opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's conviction on sodomy charges and his five-year prison sentence in a case he and his supporters have denounced as a fabrication.<p>The Federal Court's judgement on Tuesday upheld a ruling by the Court of Appeal in March last year, …

Human Rights

Alabama set to become 37th state to allow same-sex marriage

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Joe Babin and Clay Jones have their rings. After they get their marriage license in downtown Birmingham, a friend will officiate …

LGBTQI

Harper Lee: a late twist in the tale of an adored writer

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mocking Bird has been acclaimed and loved for more than half a century. The news that she is about to publish a sequel has electrified the literary world<p>Harper Lee is perhaps the only writer for whom the phrase “one-hit wonder” has always been used in veneration rather than …

Literature

Bill Would Ban Trans People From Single-sex Spaces

A law proposed by a Republican state lawmaker in Florida would make it illegal to enter any sex-segregated public facility — including bathrooms, changing rooms and locker rooms — that does not accord to one's biological sex at birth.<p>The Single-Sex Public Facilities bill thus makes it a crime for a …

LGBTQI

What ISIS Women Really Want

Girls can marry at 9 then stay veiled and house-bound the rest of their lives. Quilliam, the counter-terrorism organization, translates an ISIS …

2015 February 2 - Titan Seas Reflect Sunlight

<b>Titan Seas Reflect Sunlight</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, JPL-Caltech, U. Arizona, U. Idaho<p><b>Explanation:</b> Why would the surface of Titan light up with a blinding …

Astronomy

The lighter side of dark matter

In spite of substantial scientific investigation and convincing indirect evidence, dark matter still eludes direct detection and its existence …

Dark Matter

Pirate Bay back up after December police raid

The torrent site, used to download television shows, movies, games and other files, was shut down for seven weeks.<p>The Pirate Bay made a defiant return Saturday, seven weeks after a police raid shut down the infamous file-sharing website.<p>The site, which allows users to download television shows, …

TV shows