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The 'Antisocial Network' App for Misanthropes and Loners

Secret Viking Code Decrypted: 'Kiss Me'

Medieval Norse cryptology was more about love than war.<p>For years, researchers puzzled over codes they saw carved into 13th-century Viking inscriptions. It's not that researchers don't know how to read Norse runes—they do. But about 80 existing fragments of runes seem to be encrypted. Are they …

Scentee's smelly smartphone notifications are now available worldwide

If you were crestfallen when you heard that Scentee's fragrance-emitting smartphone add-on would be hard to get outside of Japan, you can relax -- it's now available worldwide through the company's site. The perfume plug-in sells for $35 by itself (plus a whopping $30 in shipping), while scent …

“I feel like I was set up to fail”: Inside a for-profit college nightmare

Some schools feast on federal aid and don’t care if the student can repay it. Here’s one woman’s tragic story<p>Jaqueta Cherry did not have a glittering GPA or a résumé loaded with internships and varsity letters. She dropped out of high school at age 17. But last fall, right after she received a …

71st Annual GOLDEN GLOBES - List of Winners

Disney Villain Perfume Bottle Designs

Celebrity portraits by Terry O'Neill – in pictures

Terry O'Neill is one of the greatest celebrity photographers of the 20th century, and a key member of the group of portrait-takers that defined the 1960s. An exhibition at The Little Black Gallery features some of his most famous images. It can be seen at 13A Park Walk, London SW10 from 14 January …

What If Disney Princesses Were College Students?

10 offensively terrible dating tips from the religious right

Who’d have thought Pat Robertson’s ideas about sex and relationships are totally backward. Oh right, everyone<p>We may have survived yet another war on Christmas. But we must remain vigilant. For the very same secularist, Muslim, homosexualist, communist, atheist freedom-haters who try to take the …

Hear the sound of the Earth moving from the deepest hole on the planet

For billions of years, the Earth has silently traveled through space, spinning around the sun without making a sound. Even here on the planet, there's been little to hear. But now with the right recording equipment and processing, we can get a sense of what it sounds like for the planet to spin and …

$1,000 Pill For Hepatitis C Spurs Debate Over Drug Prices

Federal regulators this month opened a new era in the treatment of a deadly liver virus that infects three to five times more people than HIV. Now the question is: Who will get access to the new drug for hepatitis C, and when?<p>The drug Sovaldi will cost $1,000 per pill. A typical course of treatment …

This Is Why Phil Robertson Is Wrong About Gays

I've been getting a lot of mail about my recent pieces on Phil Robertson from "Duck Dynasty." And when readers haven't been calling me names, they've been telling me that Robertson's message about gays is one of love, not hate.<p>Robertson's message, they say, is about steering everyone away from sin. …

LGBTQ

Utah’s first same-sex married couple: A weight has been lifted from our heart

On December 21, Judge Shelby struck down Utah’s Amendment 3. Michael Ferguson and Seth Anderson wasted no time<p>On Friday, Michael Ferguson and Seth Anderson of Salt Lake City became the first gay couple in Utah history to get a marriage license. They spoke with Religion Dispatches Saturday …

Utah same-sex marriage case heads for high court

Utah officials plan to ask the<p>U.S. Supreme Courtas early as Thursday to stop same-sex marriages in their state, a last-ditch effort to halt the parade of weddings since a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on such unions.<p>The state’s petition would go to Justice<p>Sonia Sotomayor, who has …

Sonia Sotomayor

Memphis, Tennessee Allegedly Failed To Process More Than 15,000 Rape Kits

The victim, who's identified only as Jane Doe, claims her own sexual assault evidence kit went untested for 13 years. She's suing on behalf of herself and other Memphis rape victims who are in similar situations, claiming the city violated their right to due process by failing to test the kits.<p>Her …

Criminal Justice

ISU Researcher Dr. Dong-Pyou Han Resigns For Faking AIDS Research Worth Millions

A researcher at Iowa State University resigned after being investigated for falsifying AIDS research funded by millions in federal grants.<p>Dr. Dong-Pyou Han, an assistant professor in biomedical sciences at ISU, added human blood components to rabbit blood to make it appear that a vaccine was …