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Scientists Move Closer to Inventing Artificial Life

Synthetic biology advances with a man-made chromosome inserted into live brewer's yeast.<p>In a biological first, an international team has inserted a man-made chromosome into brewer's yeast, producing a life form that thrives and successfully passes the designer genes on to its offspring.<p>The …

Rough diamond hints at vast quantities of water inside Earth

A small, battered diamond found in the gravel strewn along a shallow riverbed in Brazil has provided evidence of a vast "wet zone" deep inside the Earth that could hold as much water as all the world's oceans put together.<p>The water is not sloshing around inside the planet, but is held fast within …

Obama to take stock of peace talks with Netanyahu, Abbas | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will take stock of peace negotiations in upcoming Oval Office meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on March 17, the White House said on Thursday.<p>Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas …

U.S. Calls Out Gay-Rights Violators Around the World

The United States is put­ting nearly 80 coun­tries on no­tice: If you take away the rights of mem­bers of the LGBT com­munity, there are …

Syria crisis: ISIS imposes rules on Christians in Raqqa

<b>A jihadist group in Syria has demanded that Christians in the northern city of Raqqa pay a levy in gold and accept curbs on their faith, or face death.</b><p>The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) said it would give Christian residents "protection" if they agreed to the list of conditions.<p>The …

Militant Islamist group in Syria orders Christians to pay protection tax

ISIS wants to form a new Caliphate in north-eastern Syria and have asked Christians to pay gold to be classed as a "protected" minority<p>A militant Islamist group has demanded Christians living in the north-east of Syria pay it a tax in return for protection as it seeks to build a traditional …