Brian Thomas Franklin

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Boston to increase field for '14 race

BOSTON -- The Boston Marathon will accept an extra 9,000 runners for next year's race, making room for the more than 5,000 people stopped on the …

Using the Elephant Man's skeleton to unlock medical mysteries

During Joseph Merrick's short life, he was a subject of both mockery and scientific befuddlement. Known as the "Elephant Man," Merrick's abnormal physical development led to work as a traveling curiosity and pokes and prods by puzzled doctors. Even after his death in 1890, Merrick's unusual legacy …

Scientists find a chasm longer than the Grand Canyon under Greenland's ice sheet

Deep beneath the surface of Greenland's ice sheet lies a chasm half a mile deep and longer than the Grand Canyon. According to a paper published in <i>Science</i>, radar data from NASA's IceBridge project — which measures changes in polar ice from aircraft — has revealed the existence of the …

Mega-Canyon Discovered Beneath Greenland Ice Sheet

And it's on the same scale as parts of the Grand Canyon!<p>A previously unknown canyon has been discovered in Greenland, hidden beneath the ice. It is at least 750 kilometres long. To put that in perspective, imagine a ten kilometre wide gorge, up to 800 metres deep, running from the Southern coast of …

Some Rattlesnakes Losing Their Warning Rattle In S. Dakota

There are few things more chilling than the sound of a nearby rattlesnake. That distinctive sound serves as a warning that trouble could be on the way. The only thing worse than hearing a rattlesnake within striking distance — is not hearing it at all. A herpetologist in South Dakota's Black Hills …

Britain votes against military action in Syria

<b>British Prime Minister David Cameron (AP Photo/Richard Drew)</b><p>Obama’s advisers say the president would be willing to retaliate against the Assad regime on his own<p>Julie Pace<p>August 30, 2013 2:06am (UTC)<p>WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday prepared for the possibility of launching …

With Britain Out, Allies Abandon Obama on Syria

Will the U.S. now go it alone in Syria?<p>After the battle to secure a broad international coalition collapsed in disarray, President Obama has …

Republican lawmaker says he serves God, not his constituents

<b>Jason Rapert (AP/Danny Johnston)</b><p>“There’s only one vote that matters and that’s when I stand before the Lord,” said state Sen. Jason Rapert<p>Katie McDonough<p>August 29, 2013 9:10pm (UTC)<p>State Sen. Jason Rapert, the man behind Arkansas' ban on abortion at twelve weeks, may have been elected to office to …