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Nintendo 3DS Number One Selling Video Game System For Second Month In A Row

<i>The 3DS was the best-selling video game system in June thanks to strong software sales.</i><p>Nintendo sold 225,000 3DS hardware units in the month of June, giving it the number one spot in US video game system sales for the second month in a row.<p>The strong hardware sales can largely be attributed to the …

Dragon Age: Inquisition dev tweaking dialogue choice system

<i>Dragon Age: Inquisition</i> developer BioWare is making some changes to the dialogue system seen in the studio's previous games but isn't getting rid of it, said <i>Inquisition</i>'s developers during a PAX Australia panel today, as reported by one of the attendees on the BioWare forums.<p><i>Inquisition</i> will still …

Five states see new antiabortion laws go into effect

This week, several new laws restricting abortion access went into effect around the country<p>All eyes are on Texas right now as a sweeping abortion ban gets another shot at becoming law during a second special legislative session. And Ohio Gov. John Kasich made headlines Sunday night after signing …

Christian leaders have always been misogynists

The 20 most vile quotes from leaders of the church, from St. Benedict to Pat Robertson<p>With diatribes about entertainers who invite rape and moms who are destroying America by supporting their families...with ignorant arguments about fetuses that masturbate, and females who might as well if they use …

Irish lawmakers back measure to allow for abortion in limited cases

The proposed reform would clarify when abortion is legal in the country, and reinforce a prior Supreme Court ruling<p>Ireland may soon ease restrictions on abortion in limited cases, as lawmakers voted Tuesday to approve a measure that would allow for the procedure to be performed when the life of the …

Obama for new model of Africa development

US President Barack Obama has advocated a stronger and more effective US economic partnership with Africa during a stop in Tanzania on the last leg of his three-nation tour of the continent.<p>"Ultimately the goal here is for Africa to build Africa, for Africans," Obama said after talks with Tanzanian …

Type 1 diabetes 'reverse vaccine' promises to let patients forget about insulin needles

First human test of treatment that enables native insulin production found successful<p>Those who are suffering with Type 1 diabetes may be able to ditch the needles in the future, thanks to a new treatment that enables patients to produce their own insulin instead of having to inject it. Dr. Lawrence …

Protein helps colon cancer move and invade - Futurity

PENN STATE (US) — Understanding how a specific protein encourages colon cancer to spread may …

Massive solar explosions could explain an extremely hot mystery

Massive explosions in the sun's atmosphere could help to explain a curious pattern of heat distribution that has puzzled researchers for decades, reports the BBC. The explosions were discovered within a brief five minutes of imagery captured by a NASA camera that's still in development. By …

A Beautiful Notion: That Caterpillars Killed Off The Dinosaurs

For the last hundred years, scientists have been wondering why the dinosaurs disappeared so quickly. Was there one key reason, or several?<p>Volcanologists pointed to volcanoes. Climatologists suggested global warming, or possibly, global cooling. Ocean experts thought the oceans receded. Some …

Cloud modeling expands estimate of life-supporting planets

Current data suggest there is approximately one Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of each red dwarf star. This study roughly doubles that …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

The Weird Way Alcohol Behaves In Space

Quantum tunneling holds a clue for one of the great mysteries of space chemistry.<p>A few years back, scientists discovered a giant cloud of hooch floating around in space. The 288 billion-mile cloud of gaseous methanol, an alcohol present in antifreeze and some moonshine presented a conundrum: How do …

Stereotypes about aging can make memory slump - Futurity

USC (US) — Negative stereotypes about getting older can affect how seniors perform on memory …

Science Confirms The Obvious: Smoking Pot Makes You Less Motivated

The brains of habitual cannabis users have trouble synthesizing dopamine, according to a small study.<p>Does smoking a joint make you feel a little bit lazy? According to new research, when your "Reefer Madness" turns into "Reefer Can't-get-off-the-couch," it could be because the cannabis is …

Wendy Davis: Battle isn’t over on Texas abortion bill

“We will fight as we begin the session again on Monday,” she said<p>Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, D, said that her 11+ hour filibuster of the state's harsh abortion bill was not the end of the fight against the legislation. "We will fight as we begin the session again on Monday," she said on NBC's …

28 Triumphant Moments From The NYC Gay Pride Parade

As a result, LGBT families can finally be seen as equal to straight families in the eyes of the government, something that confers immense legal protections and tax features to the LGBT community.<p>The ruling couldn't have come at a better time. Days later, New York City would be celebrating Pride …

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The Ageist Attack on Hillary

Attacking Hillary for being old will probably backfire, says Michael Tomasky.<p>So now the Republicans, having tried sexism against Hillary Clinton for …

The Hillary Clinton 2016 fantasy

You have to wonder if there's already a committee planning Hillary Clinton's presidential inauguration festivities for 20 January 2017. According to …

Wendy Davis gears up for round two of Texas abortion battle

Davis and her Democratic colleagues prepare for the second special session on Monday afternoon<p>Less than a week after state. Sen. Wendy Davis' 11-hour filibuster defeated Texas' highly restrictive abortion ban, the Legislature is reconvening to vote on the Republican-backed measure, which is …

Ohio governor signs budget laced with antiabortion provisions

The two-year budget also includes amendments to defund Planned Parenthood and cut funding to rape crisis centers<p>Ohio Gov. John Kasich made 22 line-item vetoes before signing his state's controversial budget into law on Sunday night, but left untouched the five provisions included to restrict …

Same-sex marriage and the south

America loves to talk about its democracy – except for when we don't like its outcomes. The overturning of California's Proposition 8 is a perfect …

Hillary Clinton: Why Women Must 'Dare To Compete' In Politics

Are female politicians doing enough to encourage other women to run for office?<p>In a conversation with a Toronto audience last week, Hillary Clinton ignited further speculation around a potential 2016 presidential run. “Hypothetically speaking, I really do hope that we have a woman president in my …

Asa Hutchinson's 'Small Government' Case for Marijuana Prohibition

The former drug czar warns that if we legalize pot, it might lead to kids getting scholarships. Would that really be so bad?<p>Reuters<p>Asa Hutchinson, who spent two years heading the Drug Enforcement Agency, debated marijuana legalization Monday with Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug …

New Poll Shows That Republicans Are Totally Screwed With Latino Voters

The poll, from Latino Decisions, shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walloping U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) among Latinos in a hypothetical 2016 matchup. According to the poll, Clinton grabs 66% of Latino voters. Only 28% would vote for Rubio.<p>Clinton is wildly popular with Latinos. …

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Wendy Davis supporters roar their approval at rally in protest at Texas abortion bill

Wendy Davis was rather more concise than a week earlier, but the effect of her latest speech was the same on Monday: cheers and chants from her …