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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 …

Encryption

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

<b>Jaqueta Cherry studying, while her daughter, Jah'Maya, sleeps (Adam Rust)</b><p>Some schools feast on federal aid and don’t care if the student can repay it. Here’s one woman’s tragic story<p>Adam Rust<p>January 25, 2014 2:30pm (UTC)<p>Jaqueta Cherry did not have a glittering GPA or a résumé loaded with …

Is there life on Ceres? Dwarf planet spews water vapor into space

Infrared readings from a space telescope confirm that water vapor is rising from the surface of Ceres, and that discovery is likely to heat up interest in a strange world that's the biggest asteroid as well as the smallest known dwarf planet.<p>The find comes just in time. Next year, NASA's Dawn …

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

<b>Pat Robertson</b><p>Who’d have thought Pat Robertson’s ideas about sex and relationships are totally backward. Oh right, everyone<p>Katie Halper<p>January 6, 2014 11:59pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>We may have survived yet another war on Christmas. But we must remain vigilant. For 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. …

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>Joanna Brooks<p>December 28, 2013 3:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Religion Dispatches.<p>On Friday, Michael Ferguson and Seth Anderson of Salt Lake City became the first gay …

Utah same-sex marriage case heads for high court

Utah officials plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court as 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 Sonia Sotomayor, who has …

Same-sex Marriage

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 …

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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 …