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New Japanese island provides 'natural laboratory' to explore evolution

A new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonise barren land<p>A new Japanese island formed by a volcanic explosion will provide a unique "natural laboratory" for exploring the starting point of evolution, according to …

Coast Guard

Afghan clerics uneasy as civil rights movement gains momentum | Reuters

(This version of the May 10 story corrects 13th paragraph to remove a reference that could not be verified to protesters shouting “Death to the Koran”)<p>Members of civil society organisations chant slogans during a protest to condemn the killing of 27-year-old woman, Farkhunda, who was beaten with …

Black History

The religious right’s No. 1 enemy: What Pope Francis’ recognition of Palestine really means

<b>(AP/Alessandra Tarantino)</b><p>The Vatican’s decision on Palestinian statehood is consistent with precedent. Conservatives predictably don’t care<p>Patricia Miller<p>May 14, 2015 2:58pm (UTC)<p>News that the Vatican has officially recognized Palestinian statehood in a new treaty may have less of an impact on the …


House Says No To NSA Bulk Data Collection As Fight To End Mass Surveillance Gathers Momentum

It appears Edward Snowden’s decision to blow open the National Security Agency’s mass snooping has been vindicated again, with the House of Representatives passing the USA Freedom Act, which promises to end bulk collection across all domestic surveillance authorities. It was overwhelmingly …


10 Summer Alternatives to Jeans

This summer, step into something a little cooler than jeans.<p>This summer, step into something a little cooler than jeans.

Men's Fashion

Long-Range Iris Scanning Is Here

An engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon says he’s invented technology that can identify someone from across the room with the precision of a fingerprint.<p>An officer pulls someone over on the side of the highway. The cop sits in the car a moment, runs the plates—they’re fine—and gets out of the …