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Sony debuts 'The Interview' online, upending Hollywood-tech equation

Sony's decision to stream the controversial comedy "The Interview" has upended the often fractious relationship between Silicon Valley's biggest Internet company and Hollywood's film industry.<p>Google has repeatedly clashed with major studios over the piracy of films, which can be readily viewed and …

Sunset at the lighthouse

World of Science in Pictures

Is it legal to clone humans?

Our picks of the week from around the web, including the end of food as we know it, the quest for immortality, and the legal realities of TV show Orphan Black.<p>Steven Pinker’s history of thought<br>Colleen Walsh | Harvard Gazette | 6 May 2014<br>An interesting and often delightful interview with the …

Singularity

Ageing: The girls who never grow older

A handful of girls seem to defy one of the biggest certainties in life: ageing. Virginia Hughes reports on the families wrestling with a condition they can’t explain, and the scientist who believes that these children could hold the key to immortality.<p>Richard Walker has been trying to conquer …

Superbug threat as grave as climate change, say scientists

LONDON (Reuters) - Superbugs resistant to drugs pose a serious worldwide threat and demand a response on the same scale as efforts to combat climate change, infectious disease specialists said on Thursday.<p>Warning that a world without effective antibiotics would be “deadly”, with routine surgery, …

Experimental Malaria Vaccine Blocks The Bad Guy's Exit

For the first time in decades, researchers trying to develop a vaccine for malaria have discovered a new target they can use to attack this deadly and common parasite.<p>Finding a target for attack is a far cry from having a vaccine. And the history of malaria vaccines is littered with hopeful ideas …

Big Flightless Birds Come From High-Flying Ancestors

Big, flightless birds like the ostrich, the emu and the rhea are scattered around the Southern Hemisphere because their ancestors once flew around the world, a new study suggests.<p>That's a surprise, because it means birds in Australia, Africa and South America independently evolved in ways that made …

10 amazing new species: See the Tinkerbell wasp and see-through snail

The top 10 new species of 2014 includes a see-through snail, a teeny tiny wasp with fairy wings, and an anenome that lives on the underside of a glacier -- all of which are brand-new to science.<p>The list was put together by the SUNY College of Enviornmental Science and Forestry's International …

A Gargantuan Field of Space Dirt Is Coming Our Way

The unprecedented event could turn into the best meteor shower of the year.<p>Our planet is about to pass through a sprawling burst of 200-year-old space dust that could make for a dazzling, never-before-seen meteor spectacle. East Coasters should go outside between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Friday …