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College Student is Sentenced for ‘Sextortion’

It’s more pernicious than revenge porn—and it only takes one malware-infected email, instant message, or download to ruin lives.<p>Twenty-year-old Jared …

Gravitational Waves: Einstein Was Right, Again, Maybe

Cosmologists hope for a field-rocking announcement next week.<p>What's the latest cosmology gossip? According to the Guardian, the field is awash with rumors that next week, American scientists will announce the detection of gravitational waves: incredibly small ripples carrying energy across the void …

Poll: Young GOP OK with gays

Young adults have long led the charge in support of gay marriage, and a new poll suggests young Republicans are no exception.<p>Sixty-one percent of Republican-leaning adults ages 18-29 say they favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, according to a Pew Research Center study released …

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Mussolini grand-daughter's husband in prostitution probe

A scandal over schoolgirls selling themselves for sex in Rome broadens to include the husband of Alessandra Mussolini, the grand-daughter of 'Il Duce'<p>The grand-daughter of Benito Mussolini, Italy’s fascist leader, has been unwittingly caught up in an underage prostitution scandal that has shocked …

Last Year Was Bleak for Women in Film

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>There's a reason Sandra Bullock felt so alone in <i>Gravity</i>: not only was her character stranded in …

Flour Experiment Helps Explain Strange Lights Preceding Earthquakes

There are now several theories to explain the existence of pre-earthquake lights.<p>Scientists have recently shown that strange lights, such as those described as "glowing orbs," have indeed appeared before major earthquakes, for example in Japan and L’Aquila, Italy. But how?<p>U.S. scientists propose a …

Corruption Blurs The Lines Of China's Mistress Culture

China's leader Xi Jinping has made a crackdown on corruption a centerpiece of his administration. He's vowed to root out corruption from the bottom to the top, or to use his expression, to "go after the tigers as well as the flies."<p>When it comes to corrupt, high-ranking officials, there's a …

Female genital mutilation law must be toughened, UK's top police officers say

Britain's senior police officers have called for tighter laws to increase the likelihood of prosecution of those who carry out female genital mutilation (FGM) and of the parents who let it happen to their daughters.<p>The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) argues that the law needs to be …

Lots of People Who Support Gay Marriage Think Gay Sex Is Immoral

How U.S. attitudes on LGBTQ issues have shifted during the last decade<p>California, Illinois, New York: three states where gay marriage is or will become legal within the next six months—and three states where less than half of people see gay sex as "morally acceptable," estimates suggest. Of all the …

Florida woman's sentence could be tripled in stand-your-ground retrial

A Florida woman who won a retrial after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a “warning shot” in the direction of her violent husband has been told that her jail term could be tripled if she is convicted again.<p>Marissa Alexander could be sent to prison for a minimum of 60 years if she is …

Susan B. Anthony List targets Dems

The anti-abortion rights Susan B. Anthony List is planning a multimillion dollar election-year effort that is already training big money on several incumbent Democratic senators.<p>SBA List wants to spend between $8 and $10 million this year, much of it aimed at rooting out senators that have not …

Women Outnumber Men For The First Time In Berkeley’s Intro To Computer Science Course

For the first time in its history, Berkeley saw an introductory computer science course with predominantly female students – 106 women vs. 104 men. This slight turnaround signals a promising trend in the male-dominated STEM world.<p>To be sure, Berkeley is an exception: according to the National …

Fiery black hole debate creates cosmological Wild West

The firewall paradox<p>Black hole theory says they should have moats of fire around them, but this violates general relativity. Trying to solve the …

Black Holes

Fruit juice should not be part of your five a day, says government adviser

An adviser to the government on obesity has called for fruit juice to be removed from the recommended list of five-a-day portions of fruit or vegetables, saying it contains as much sugar as many soft drinks.<p>Susan Jebb, head of diet and obesity research at the Medical Research Council's Human …

Scientists tell us their favourite jokes: 'An electron and a positron walked into a bar…'

Physics<p>■ Two theoretical physicists are lost at the top of a mountain. Theoretical physicist No 1 pulls out a map and peruses it for a while. Then he turns to theoretical physicist No 2 and says: "Hey, I've figured it out. I know where we are."<br>"Where are we then?"<br>"Do you see that mountain over …

FDA Asks For Proof That Antibacterial Soaps Protect Health

In hospitals, people are bathed with soaps containing the antibacterial triclosan to reduce the risk of serious infections in surgery. But that doesn't necessarily mean we should be using triclosan soap in the kitchen and the bathroom, the Food and Drug Administration says.<p>The agency on Monday took …

#NotYourAsianSidekick ignites massive conversation about race, stereotypes and feminism

<b>(Femi Oke via Twitter)</b><p>“This is not a trend, this is a movement,” tweets Suey Park, the writer and activist behind the hashtag<p>Katie McDonough<p>December 16, 2013 6:54pm (UTC)<p>Twitter has hands down been one of the most dynamic, vital spaces for feminists in conversation in 2013. (And no, I don't just …

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and …

The paradox of the demon star

There is a demon's head winking at us every few nights. It's brightest during the winter months, so you might be able to see it on clear nights in …

Physicists ask photons 'Where have you been?'

A new version of the famous double-slit experiment has allowed physicists in Israel to measure a phenomenon that is bizarre even by the …

Everything You Need To Know About The Contraception Challenge to Obamacare

The Supreme Court announced today it would hear a challenge to a provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires certain employers to provide …

Ban on late-term abortions rejected by voters in New Mexico's largest city

In a closely watched, first-of-its kind municipal election, voters in New Mexico's largest city have soundly defeated a ban on late-term abortions.<p>Voters on Tuesday rejected the measure 55% to 45% following an emotional and graphic campaign that brought in national groups and hundreds of thousands …

Sheryl Sandberg: “Men need to do more childcare and housework”

<b>Sheryl Sandberg (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)</b><p>Facebook’s COO discusses why men still rule the highest levels of the professional ranks and how it can change<p>Marianne Schnall<p>November 3, 2013 2:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?”<p><i>For her new book, "What Will It Take to Make</i> …

Anti-LGBTQ group admits it lied about transgender student “harassing” classmates

<b>( Jenny Woodworth via Shutterstock)</b><p>The Pacific Justice Institute concocted a story to stoke anti-trans sentiment and turned a teenager into a target<p>Katie McDonough<p>October 21, 2013 9:29pm (UTC)<p>Last week, anti-LGBTQ group the Pacific Justice Institute started a conservative media firestorm with its …