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Big Bang, Deflated? Universe May Have Had No Beginning

If a new theory turns out to be true, the universe may not have started with a bang.<p>In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or …

Obama Calls Out America's Dismal Voter Turnout: 'Why Are You Staying Home?'

President Barack Obama urged Americans frustrated with the lack of progress on immigration reform to voice their discontent at the ballot box, lamenting the dismal turnout in last November's midterm elections.<p>Speaking Wednesday during a town hall in Miami, Florida, hosted by MSNBC and Telemundo's …

Over half of Republicans want to ignore Bill of Rights, make Christianity national religion

America's Founding Fathers may have explicitly banned the formation of a national religion, but don’t tell that to Republican Christians. A poll …

Black hole 12bn times more massive than sun is discovered

A monster black hole powering “the brightest lighthouse in the distant universe” has been discovered that is 12bn times more massive than the sun, scientists have revealed.<p>The extraordinary object is at the centre of a quasar - an intensely powerful galactic radiation source - with a million …

Apple ordered to pay $532.9 million to an iTunes patent troll

Despite attempts to curb patent trolls, at least some of them are getting lucky -- and this week, one got <i>very</i> lucky. A Texas court has ordered Apple to pay a whopping $532.9 million to Smartflash, a holding company which sued over claims that iTunes (specifically its copy protection, payment …

Iran attacks replica US ship in military drill

Iran's Revolutionary Guard launches a large-scale naval and air defence drill near a strategic Gulf waterway, during which a replica of a US aircraft carrier is used as a target<p><b>Iran</b>’s armed forces launched a speedboat attack on a giant model of a US aircraft carrier on Wednesday as the …

First full body transplant is two years away, surgeon claims

Doctor plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor body using procedures he believes will soon be ready<p>A surgeon says full-body transplants could become a reality in just two years.<p>Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Turin, Italy, has drawn up plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor …

Italy

GOP lawmaker: It’s OK for children to die in the name of God

<b>Rep. Christy Perry</b><p>Rep. Christy Perry of Idaho says its a violation of parents’ rights to obligate them to treat their sick children<p>Cliff Weathers<p>February 25, 2015 9:30am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>In a deeply religious section of Idaho, a Republican state representative says …

Amnesty calls on permanent members of UN Security Council to lose their veto

It is one of the worst refugee crisis in the world with the numbers topping 50 million for the first time since World War Two caused by a year of catastrophic violence.<p>Those are some of the findings in the annual report from the rights group Amnesty International which points the finger of blame at …

Isis burns thousands of books and rare manuscripts from Mosul's libraries

Isis militants have reportedly ransacked Mosul library, burning over a hundred thousand rare manuscripts and documents spanning centuries of human …

Israeli PM Netanyhau Declines Invite From Senate Democrats

WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declined an invitation to meet with Democratic Senators behind closed doors when he comes to the U.S. to address a joint session of Congress next month.<p>"Though I appreciate your kind invitation to meet with Democratic Senators, I believe …

New Smartphone Battery Goes From Dead To 70 Percent Charged In 2 Minutes, Scientists Say

A team of scientists say they've figured out a way to supercharge the lithium-ion batteries traditionally found in smartphones and tablets. And all it takes is adding a readily available substance usually found in sunscreen.<p>The new-fangled battery, developed by researchers at Nanyang Technological …

Al Capone's Chicago house goes on the market

Modest slice of American gangster history is offered for sale at $225,000 - just don't forget to pay the tax<p>For sale: six-bedroom house in Chicago with large cellar, suitable for hiding vast amounts of cash. Just don't forget to pay the tax on the deal.<p>Al Capone's old home is on the market for …

Man Makes Special Ammunition For 3-D Printed Guns

Time intensive assembly required<p>As police from Germany and Australia will tell you, 3-D printed guns are likely to be as fatal to the person firing as they are to anyone else. This is true primarily for poorly made 3-D printed guns using weaker plastics that can't absorb the explosive shock from …

3D

U.S. Army wants a new gun

The U.S. Army is seeking a new gun.<p>After about 30 years of using the Beretta as the primary sidearm pistol for the U.S. military, the Pentagon is seeking a new gun contract.<p>For gun manufacturers, this kind of a contract is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.<p>While the Beretta lasted three decades, the …

American exceptionalism is a sick joke

Endless incarceration. Extrajudicial killing. Pervasive surveillance. America is anything but a model democracy<p>Alfred W. McCoy<p>February 25, 2015 10:00am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>"The sovereign is he who decides on the exception,” said conservative thinker Carl Schmitt in …

Russia Plans to Keep Space Station Modules After 2024

MOSCOW — Russia's space agency expects the International Space Station to stay in orbit through 2024, and plans to create its own space outpost with its segment of the station after that.<p>Roscosmos' scientific council concluded Tuesday that several Russian modules could eventually be undocked to …

Next Victim?

President Obama vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline approval bill today, marking the first time he has wielded his veto pen against environmental …

Natural Gas

BREAKING: President Obama vetoes Republican Keystone XL pipeline legislation

The first bill introduced in the U.S. Senate this session was a bill to compel the federal government to issue a permit to allow the construction of …

This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage -- Now, His State's Economy Is One of the Best in the Country

The next time your right-wing family member or former high school classmate posts a status update or tweet about how taxing the rich or increasing workers' wages kills jobs and makes businesses leave the state, I want you to send them this article.<p>When he took office in January of 2011, Minnesota …

Income Inequality

South Africa scrambles to deal with fallout from leaked spy cables

South Africa’s government has been scrambling to deal with the fallout of the worst intelligence leak in its two-decade democratic history.<p>The country was coming to terms on Tuesday with its new status as “the El Dorado of espionage”, in the words of one intelligence officer, after hundreds of …

In a bind, Republicans offer vote on Homeland Security bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation …

Homeland Security

Ukraine crisis tops UN Security Council agenda

The violence in Ukraine was top of the agenda at the United Nations Security Council's open debate on peace and security.<p>Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart, Pavlo Klimkin were both in attendance.<p>On the sidelines of the conference, Klimkin told Al Jazeera that he …

Alaska becomes 3rd state with legal marijuana

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America's wildest state Tuesday, thanks to a voter initiative aimed …

Does dark matter cause mass extinctions?

As we journey around the galaxy, our solar system might regularly interact with dark matter, which might dislodge Oort cloud comets and boost heat in …

Dark Matter

Leaked cables show Netanyahu’s Iran bomb claim contradicted by Mossad

Israel,The Mossad,Binyamin Netanyahu,World news,Middle East and North Africa,Iran,Nuclear weapons,US news,CIA,Barack Obama,Espionage<p>Gulf between Israeli secret service and PM revealed in documents shared with the Guardian along with other secrets including CIA bids to contact Hamas<br>• Read the leaked …

Obama Is the Scaremonger-in-Chief

Far from the dire picture painted by the president and his fellow Democrats, 90 percent of the Department of Homeland Security would remain on the …

Netanyahu Lied to UN about Iranian Nuclear Program, Mossad Files Show

In Sept. 2012, Netanyahu stood before the UN General Assembly with a cartoonish diagram of a bomb and warned that Iran was about a year away from …

Obama intends to quietly kill off Keystone XL bill, White House confirms | The Star

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama is about to make good on his oft-stated threat to veto legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline, a spokesman …

Senate vote to pass DHS funding defeated as immigration dispute escalates

Despite mounting warnings about consequences of letting Homeland Security funding expire, Republicans and Democrats appeared farther apart<p>Democrats have seized on terrorist threats against a Minnesota shopping mall as the latest reason for Republicans to abandon their showdown over homeland …