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How the Star-Spangled Lyrics Were Born

On the Fourth of July, Americans who celebrate with myriad renditions of “The Star-Spangled Banner” may well know that the lyrics were the handiwork …

High turnout for EU referendum vote could break UK records

Britons turned out in huge numbers to vote on their future in the European Union, with 72.2 per cent of registered voters casting their ballots in Thursday's referendum, the Electoral Commission said.<p>"Counting Officers have verified that a total of 33,568,184 ballot papers will be included in the …

Scientists find clue to why mitochondrial DNA comes only from mom

Scientists have found a clue to why one type of DNA is passed down to children by their mothers — but not their fathers.<p>DNA inside energy-producing …

'Nightmare Bacteria' Superbug Found for First Time in U.S

A drug-resistant “superbug” that doctors have been dreading has shown up in the U.S. for the first time, researchers reported Thursday.<p>The bacteria has genetic changes that make it resistant to a last-ditch antibiotic called colistin and while it had been seen in Europe and China, no one in the …

I'm Celebrating HIV Vaccine Awareness Day Because There's Exciting Science Happening

Reflecting on my career in the field of HIV prevention, care, and treatment, I often think about the quest for a safe and effective HIV vaccine. This year on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day there's more reason than ever to celebrate. An ideal HIV vaccine would provide a cost-effective HIV prevention …

What happens when a plane goes missing?

Following the disappearance of EgyptAir flight MS804, en route from Paris to Cairo, <b>Jeffrey Price</b>, a US professor with 30 years of experience in aviation safety and security, explains what happens behind the scenes when a plane goes missing.<p>Typically, the first indication that a plane has gone …

Boris Johnson wins 'most offensive Erdoğan poem' competition

Ex-London mayor wins £1,000 prize for limerick about Turkish president in contest challenging crackdown on free speech<p>Boris Johnson has won a £1,000 prize for a rude poem about the Turkish president having sex with a goat.<p>The former mayor of London’s limerick, published by the Spectator as a rebuff …

Street Mural of Donald Trump Kissing Vladimir Putin Goes Viral

A mural on the side of a restaurant in Lithuania has gone viral for depicting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump kissing Russian …

Newly Discovered Microbe Does Something Textbooks Say Is Impossible: It Lives Without Mitochondria

Cells have adapted to find new ways of life.<p>According to established scientific knowledge, complex cells (called eukaryotic cells) can't survive …

Biology

Frank Sinatra and his violent temper

<b>When you think of Frank Sinatra, who died on May 14, 1998, aged 82, you may think of the suave singer of sophisticated ballads. Away from the microphone, though, this wonderful singer was one of the most bad-tempered men in showbusiness. "Don't get even, get mad," he used to quip. He blamed his</b> …

Katherine Dunn, Author of Geek Love, Has Died

<i>Geek Love</i> is one of the main reasons I rarely loan out books anymore—at least, not with the expectation that I’ll ever see them again. When I heard the news yesterday that its author, Katherine Dunn, had died at the age of 70, I looked to my shelves, found my copy once again absent, and found …