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Scientists Have Found a Way to Switch on a Dormant Gene in Human Red Blood Cells

Welcome to the future of genetic editing.<p>Scientists from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia have used a world-first technique to …

Genetics

Morgan Freeman Destroys The Argument Against Marijuana Legalization

Since a 2008 car accident that shattered bones in his left arm, shoulder, and elbow, marijuana has served as an effective pain reliever for …

Can The Microbes You Leave Behind Be Used to Identify You?

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>When you touch a surface, you leave behind fingerprints—distinctive swirling patterns of oils that reveal your identity. You might also deposit traces of DNA, which can also be used to identify you. And you leave microbes. You are constantly bleeding …

Microbiology

Shell to resume Arctic drilling off Alaska as green groups warn of disaster

Oil,Arctic,Energy,Environment,Fossil fuels,World news,Royal Dutch Shell,Business,US news,Oil,Commodities,Oil and gas companies,Climate change,Energy industry,Cop 20: UN climate change conference | Lima,Global climate talks,Obama administration<p>Environmentalists accuse the government of ‘looking the …

Oil

Ethiopian Israelis decry alleged police racism

Clashes have broken out in Jerusalem as more than 1,000 Ethiopian Israelis staged a protest, demanding an investigation into alleged police racism and violence.<p>At least 13 people were injured and two police officers and five protesters were taken to hospital, the Magen David Adom ambulance service …

150,000 Stand With Peruvian Woman in Fight Against World's Largest Gold Mine

Community activists from Cajamarca, Peru appeared at the annual shareholders’ meeting of Denver-based Newmont Mining Corporation this week to deliver …

Rights & Freedoms

The birth of the weather forecast

<b>The man who invented the weather forecast in the 1860s faced scepticism and even mockery. But science was on his side, writes Peter Moore.</b><p>One hundred and fifty years ago Admiral Robert FitzRoy, the celebrated sailor and founder of the Met Office, took his own life. One newspaper reported the news …

NASA Officially Launches Project to Find Alien Life

<b>Washington:</b> The US space agency has launched an ambitious project to hunt for signs of life beyond our solar system.<p>The Nexus for Exoplanet System …

See All 9 Breathtaking Winners from This Year's Audubon Photography Awards

They say a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, and a picture is worth 1,000 words—so it's safe to say the winning shots from the 2015 Audubon …

When Sex Ed Discusses Gender Inequality, Sex Gets Safer

A new study shows a "striking" difference in effectiveness between programs that address gender and power, and those that don't.<p>“Comprehensive sex education” is a vague term. It’s often used in opposition with “abstinence-only,” but that only means that, at a baseline, it includes information about …

Sexual Health

Audi Has Invented "Blue Crude," An Alternative Fuel Made of Water, Air and Renewable Energy

Audi introduces “Blue Crude,” an alternative fuel made of water and carbon dioxide. Produced as a<p>Audi introduces “Blue Crude,” an alternative fuel made of water and carbon dioxide. Produced as a clean, sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to gas, the new “blue crude” fuel begins by …

Jamaica woman brings attention to rapes targeting lesbians

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — When Angeline Jackson and a friend were ambushed at gunpoint and sexually assaulted on a wooded trail outside the Jamaican …

NGO letter supporting Children Don't Belong on Tobacco Farms Act

Dear Senator/Representative:<p>We write to you as organizations representing millions of Americans, including teachers, healthcare professionals, …

Unease with Australia's Islamophobia | Asia Pacific

<b>Melbourne, Australia</b> - In Christian majority countries like Australia, Easter is usually a time of family gatherings and celebration.<p>However, a day before Easter Sunday, hundreds of people took to the streets in major Australian cities to protest against what they see as the rising influence of …

Supervoid May Explain Gargantuan Cold Spot Lurking In Distant Universe

The biggest thing in the Universe is a cosmic hole<p>If you’re wondering what the biggest structure in the universe is, astronomers have said it’s nothing, really.<p>That’s not false modesty on their part--astronomers now have evidence that the largest known structure in the Universe is a “supervoid,” or …

Top Spy Agencies Help Break Wildlife Trafficking Rings

Call them the spies who love elephants (or rhinos or tigers).<p>The top spy agencies in the U.S. are sharing intelligence and personnel to bust international wildlife trafficking rings, which rake in more than $20 billion a year in the trade of everything from elephant ivory and rhino horn to the …

Wildlife

Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

<i>Diane Cardwell reports in the NYT that many utilities are trying desperately to stem the rise of solar power, either by reducing incentives, adding</i> …

Inside Indonesia's Islamic Boarding School for Transgender People

Shinta Ratri prays during the annual LGBT and waria community meeting in Yogyakarta, Java Island, Indonesia, August 2014<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Fulvio Bugani<p>1 …

Indonesia

Congo Monkey Spotted Decades After Species' Alleged Demise

Welcome back, Bouvier's red colobus monkey. It's been a while.<p>The African primate hasn't been seen since the 1970s and was assumed to have become extinct.<p>But, in a statement released late last week, the Wildlife Conservation Society says two primatologists working in the forests of the Republic of …

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Deep-sea fish show signs of exposure to pollution

A new study suggests deep-water fish may have health problems linked to human pollution. Eating these fish may expose diners to the same pollution.

Day 105: The Sapayoa

<b>April 15, 2015, The Eastern Panama Foothills</b> — In the hills of eastern Panama lives a strange little bird called, simply, the Sapayoa. Nobody knows …

Man-made DNA that can mimic killer diseases, injecting them into patients create immunity

Man-made artificial DNA strands that mimic deadly diseases such as the flu, Ebola, cancer, and HIV have recently been created by scientists. …

#Bringbackourgirls hasn’t brought back Chibok’s girls, but it has changed Nigeria’s politics

The story that emerged from Nigeria this time last year should have read something like this. “Last night, armed men attempted to kidnap more than 200 girls from Chibok government secondary school in Nigeria’s north-east Borno state. Security forces, stationed at the school to protect the girls, …