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The Russian Parliament Just Passed That Crazy Law Letting The Government Seize Foreign Assets

The "Rotenberg bill" as it has been called, after Russian businessman Arkady Rotenberg had €30 million of assets seized by the Italian government, passed its first reading in the Duma by 233 votes to 202 against. The bill would also allow the government to seize foreign assets in Russia— a move …

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Russia Orders Helicopters For Its New Amphibious Assault Ships

What it means for Ukraine<p>Russia recently ordered a batch of new attack helicopters, including 32 that could go onto a new amphibious assault ship. There's just one hitch: France is building that ship, and following Russia's invasion of Crimea and support for Donetsk separatists in Eastern Ukraine, …

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Controversial 'Hobbit Species' Simply May Have Been Early Human With Down Syndrome

Were scientists all wrong about prehistoric "hobbits?"<p>When researchers unearthed fragments of several ancient skeletons on the small Indonesian island of Flores a decade ago, they thought they had discovered an entirely new human species. This hominid -- since then known officially as Homo …

Newt Gingrich’s Space Nightmare Almost Came True in 2012

The apo­ca­lypse that al­most happened went un­der the radar for two years. This week, a chilling NASA re­port de­tails how civil­iz­a­tion as we …

Solar Cycle

The war in Gaza as seen from space: Astronaut shares wrenching photo

German astronaut Alexander Gerst would like you get a fresh perspective on the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip — one from 250 miles up, to be exact.<p>Gerst, deployed on the International Space Station, took a startling nighttime picture from his perch in orbit of the …

Ukraine Rebel Describes Witnessing MH17 Being Shot Out Of The Sky

"We shot down a Kiev plane, our superiors told us," said the pro-Russian rebel, who worked locally as a miner before the uprising in eastern Ukraine. "We thought we were looking for bailed-out Ukrainian pilots but instead we found dead civilians ... All those poor people with baggage that certainly …

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Scientists: We're 'very close' to finding another Earth

Scientists looking for signs of life in the universe -- as well as another planet like our own -- are a lot closer to their goal than people realize.<p>That was the consensus of a panel on the search for life in the universe held at NASA headquarters Monday in Washington. The discussion focused not …

Is Seawater the Next Big Fuel Source?

In April, the Navy announced a breakthrough in transforming seawater, the earth's most abundant natural resource, to fuel. Researchers used it to fly a model jet powered with an internal combustion engine like its full-sized counterparts. What are the implications of such a technology in a world …

Natural Gas

What God does to your brain

The controversial science of neurotheology aims to find the answer to an age-old question: why do we believe?<p>When neuroscientist Andrew Newberg scanned the brain of “Kevin”, a staunch <b>atheist,</b> while he was meditating, he made a fascinating discovery. “Compared with the Buddhist monks and Franciscan …

Breast Cancer

Chinese Mogul To Throw $1 Million Lunch In Central Park For The Poor

An eccentric Chinese multimillionaire who’s known for his unusual advocacy stunts is pulling out all the stops again, but this time he’s headed to New York City.<p>Chen Guangbiao, a recycling tycoon, wants to show Americans how generous people in his country truly are. So, he took out a half-page ad …

Earth And Moon May Be 60,000,000 Years Older Than Previously Thought

Scientists analyzing the xenon gas in quartz crystals found in South Africa and Australia have determined the earth may be as much as 60-million …

Sources: Benghazi 'mastermind' captured without a single shot fired

Benghazi attack suspect Ahmed Abu Khatallah was watched by U.S. commandos, law enforcement and intelligence for days before his capture, several U.S. officials said Tuesday.<p>Not a single shot was fired when the manhunt was successfully completed over the weekend, U.S. officials said. Abu Khatallah's …

A 100-year-old drug corrects autistic social behaviors in lab tests

Suramin was developed to treat African sleeping sickness, but results in mice might lead to new therapies for autism<p>Old drugs can sometimes yield surprising results. A well-known diabetes pill called Metformin, for instance, is now being used to treat certain cancers. And Thalidomide, a drug used …

A 'bionic pancreas' might transform how diabetes is managed

Scientists have successfully tested a "bionic pancreas" on 20 adults and 32 teenagers with Type 1 diabetes for five days, reports the Associated Press. The pancreas is a wearable device that continuously monitors a patient's blood sugar levels and administers insulin automatically, when needed. …

After Puberty, Kids' Gender Determines Reaction to Caffeine, Study Says

After puberty, gender differences in kids' reactions to drinking caffeine begin to emerge, according to a new study.<p>In the study, researchers …

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New Methane-Hunting Tool Could Boost Search for Alien Life

Astronomers now have a powerful new tool to sniff out methane on alien planets. The organic molecule, considered one of the building blocks of life, …

Delinquent youth more likely to die violently as adults, study says

Delinquent youth are at risk of early violent death in adulthood, regardless of race, and females are especially vulnerable, a study released Monday suggested.<p>Girls detained by authorities had nearly five times the rate of violent death as females in the general population – in part because of low …

Shrimp-based invention new step in plastic

Shrimp: It's not just for surf-and-turf anymore.<p>In fact, thanks to research at Harvard University, the little crustaceans may be the next thing in plastic.<p>In experiments with the material in shrimp shells, called chitosan, and material from silk, known as fibroin, researchers at Harvard's Wyss …

Cracks May Hint at Ancient Ocean on Pluto’s Moon Charon

When NASA's New Horizons probe streaks past Pluto, scientists will be looking for cracks in the surface of its biggest moon, Charon, to figure out whether it was ever warm enough to maintain a subsurface ocean.<p>It seems hard to believe, considering that the surface temperature on Pluto and its moons …

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The U.S. government wants to regulate Google Maps & all other car navigation apps

If the U.S. government has its way, the Transportation Department will have full oversight over apps like Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze.<p>The Obama administration’s proposed transportation bill would allow the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to regulate all types of vehicle …

Gunmen Open Fire on a Kenyan Coastal Town, Killing at least 48

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>At least 48 people were killed in the Kenyan coastal town of Mpeketoni in an hours-long attack …

Book News: Labor Department Investigating Deaths At Amazon Warehouses

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>The U.S. Department of Labor says it is looking into the deaths of two temporary workers in incidents at Amazon warehouses since December 2013. One man was crushed after being caught in a conveyor system at a warehouse …