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DEAR AMERICA: Here's why everyone thinks you have a problem with guns

2015 has seen a flurry of high-profile mass shootings in America.<p>In what's become a disturbing routine during his presidency, Barack Obama has pleaded with lawmakers to change America's gun laws.<p>"This is something we should politicize. It is relevant to our common life together," a visibly …

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Humans, baboons share cumulative culture ability

The ability to build up knowledge over generations, called cumulative culture, has given humankind language and technology. While it was thought to …

Graves of 'vampires' discovered in Poland were cholera victims

Archaeologists have discovered the graves of cholera victims which were treated like vampires to stop them rising from the grave and infecting the locals<p>When archaeologists discovered graves in Poland where the dead had been buried with sickles across their throats and rocks under their chins, they …

Genetic diversity of Sub-Saharan Africa revealed

<b>Scientists have completed a comprehensive study of genetic diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa.</b><p>The African Genome Variation Project analysed the DNA of 1,800 people living across the continent.<p>The data is helping scientists to understand how susceptibility to disease varies across the region and has …

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Genomics: What You Should Know

Personalized medicine. Predictive medicine. Targeted medicine. These are just some of the descriptors being applied to “genomic medicine,” a field of medical research generating much fanfare and hope for the future.<p>Genomics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is the …

In A Face-To-Face GMO Debate, The "For" Side Wins

Will the debate sway you?<p>Last night, about 450 people packed into New York City's Kaufman Center to hear a genetics professor and Monsanto's chief technology officer debate against researchers who are against the use of any genetic engineering technology. Among the audience members were writers for …

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“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry”: The feminist revolution that shaped our world

<b>(Diana Davies)</b><p>All the anger, joy and turmoil of the ’60s-’70s feminist explosion comes alive in a vivid historical documentary<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>December 5, 2014 12:00am (UTC)<p>“We thought we had won a great victory,” muses the pioneering feminist writer Kate Millett, thinking back to the one-day Women’s …

45,000-year-old leg bone offers clues to Stone Age mating

DNA from a 45,000-year-old leg bone is giving scientists a better idea of when modern humans first started mating with Neanderthals.<p>The thigh bone was found six years ago on the banks of the Irtysh River in Siberia by Nikolai Peristov, a Russian artist who carves jewelry from ancient mammoth tusks, …

Gloria Steinem On The Great Part Of Feminism: 'We Have Each Other's Backs'

Two of feminism's biggest icons chatted, reminisced and debated Monday night with a theater full of people listening in.<p>On Oct. 6 feminist author and scholar-in-residence bell hooks interviewed her old friend Gloria Steinem at The New School about how far the feminist movement has brought women, …

Sorry Privileged White Ladies, But Emma Watson Isn't a 'Game Changer' for Feminism

<i>This post originally appeared on xoJane.</i><p>By Amy McCarthy<p>When I woke up yesterday, my Facebook feed was buzzing with the news of Emma Watson's "groundbreaking speech." On September 20, Watson used an emotionally stirring speech at the United Nations to launch He For She, a new campaign that urges men …

35 Science 'Facts' That Are Totally Wrong

Hollywood, friends, and family have perpetuated these 35 science myths for years. But it's time to set the record straight.<p>Is there fire in space?<p>Does tequila really come with a hallucinogenic worm?<p>Can you overdose on Vitamin C?<p>The answers to these questions will surprise you.<p>For this list, we used …

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Sex for the pleasure of women: The amazing heroes behind the invention of The Pill

<b>(AP/Jerry Mosey)</b><p>Margaret Sanger liked sex and wanted scientific birth control. Here’s the story of how we got The Pill<p>Jonathan Eig<p>October 4, 2014 6:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution”<p><b>Manhattan, winter 1950</b><p>She was an old woman …

Surprise! Free Birth Control and Sex Education Slash Rates of Teen Pregnancy and Abortion

Teens who were educated about methods of birth control and who received free contraception were significantly less likely to get pregnant or to get …

'Jeopardy!' 'What Women Want' Category Is A Major Sexist Fail

Whoever writes the categories for "Jeopardy!" seems to have little idea what women actually want.<p>On Sept. 30, "Jeopardy!" featured a "What Women Want" category alongside "State Capital Nicknames" and "2014 Bestsellers." Since the answers didn't include equal pay, the right to affordable and safe …

The Afghan girls raised as boys

Watching Mehran, age six, play football at her school in Kabul, you would think that being a girl in Afghanistan wasn’t so bad at all.<p>As she moves in and out of the game on the sparsely covered grass lawn, her expression of focus shifts to a satisfied grin when she finally gets to the ball. …

Emma Watson Feminism Speech Prompts Amazing Letter From 15-Year-Old Boy

Emma Watson's speech on feminism to the UN last week went down a storm with right-minded people around the world whilst simultaneously bringing out …

Wendy Davis and the 'Good Abortion' Myth

In her memoir, the Texas politico reveals she had two abortions for medical reasons. A brave thing to talk about—and one that also fits into a …

Homo floresiensis: scientists clash over claims 'hobbit man' was modern human with Down's syndrome

Tiny skeleton from Indonesia's Flores island is unique ancient species, insist researchers<p>A furious international dispute has erupted over the publication of a paper that claims the hobbit man of Flores was a modern human who had Down's syndrome. Published in the <i>Proceedings of the</i> <i>National Academy</i> …

An Economic and Moral Case for Legalizing Cocaine and Heroin

We’ve come a long way since Reefer Madness. Over the past two decades, 16 states have de-criminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, and …

Scientists confirm existence of elusive 117th element

After four years of painstaking research, the discovery of the periodic table's 117th element has been confirmed. Element 117, otherwise known as ununseptium, was originally discovered back in 2010 by a group of American and Russian physicists with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR). …