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Tiny ancient fish unlocks secrets of Earth's early vertebrates | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - This is certainly not just another fish tale.<p>Metasprigina fossil from Marble Canyon, which lived about 514 to 505 million years ago during the Cambrian period is shown in this handout image. REUTERS/Jean-Bernard Caron/ROM/Handout via Reuters<p>A tiny jawless fish that lived more …

Why Earth's Most Abundant Mineral Only Just Got Its Name

It sounds weird, but the most abundant mineral on Earth finally got a name last week, thanks to a century-old meteorite. What? How? Why did it take …

Emotion-reading Pepper personal robot set for 2015 release

Pepper was jointly developed by SoftBank Mobile and Aldebaran Robotics SAS, which is the company responsible for the NAO and NAO Next Gen humanoid …

Weird Case of Look-Alike Snakes Surprises Researchers

The recent extinction of a lethal snake in the North Carolina Sandhills has led a harmless serpent that lives there to mimic the deadly snake, researchers say.<p>This finding surprised researchers, who had expected that the harmless snake would evolve to look less like the extinct snake, since …

Zoology

Scientists Discover That Oahu Was Made Of Three, Not Two, Volcanoes

It’s not often that a new volcano is discovered, especially in the United States. But scientists from the U.S. and France published a study last month saying they’ve found an underwater volcano near the Hawaiian island of Oahu that predates the island's other two by a few million years.<p>That’s like …

New treatment strategy for leukaemia promises significant reduction in side effects

(Medical Xpress)—Adelaide researchers are zeroing in on a promising new approach to killing off cancer cells in patients with leukaemia.<p>In a study …

Easily administered nasal spray offers hope for millions of snakebite victims

A group of scientists led by researchers from the California Academy of Sciences and Trinity College Dublin have taken a promising step towards the …

Greenland's snow is getting darker, and that's bad for you and me

Greenland has long has pure, white snow. But over recent years, that snow is becoming less white — seemingly a little bit dirtier.<p>For a long time, scientists thought this was because warmer weather was producing larger snowflakes, which tend to be darker. But new research revealed that the darker …

5 demented conservative attempts to hijack and discredit science

On everything from Neil deGrasse Tyson to climate change, these conservatives seriously need to get a grip<p>What happens when you’re part of a religious and political movement whose ideology is contradicted by well-established science? You’ve gotta get creative. Here are the five most ridiculous …

Paul Krugman calls out the “toxic” nonsense of climate deniers

The New York Times columnist argues opposition to climate change action is fundamentally irrational<p>In his latest piece for the New York Times, premier liberal pundit and celebrated economist Paul Krugman argues that, despite what you may think, the real reason it's so hard to get American …

Florida governor extends in-state tuition to undocumented students | Reuters

TALLAHASSEE Florida (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott, who promised a crackdown on illegal immigration four years ago, signed legislation Monday allowing children whose parents came to the United States illegally to pay in-state tuition at Florida colleges.<p>Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott …

A 2016 Presidential Primary Clue? Vermont’s Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders Heads To New Hampshire

Bernie Sanders, the Senate’s lone Socialist, is heading to the Granite State for a speaking trip. Is he testing the waters for a 2016 challenge to …

In Interview, Obama Reveals Frustration With Global Warming Skeptics

In an interview airing on Monday night, President Obama reveals his frustration with lawmakers who question the very existence of manmade global …

Poll: 62% back path to citizenship

More than 60 percent of Americans back a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living here illegally — winning support from majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents, according to a sweeping new poll to be released Tuesday.<p>When it comes to undocumented immigrants, 62 percent of …

Obama Acts To Ease Student Loan Payments

President Obama signed an order on Monday that expands the number of Americans whose student loan payments will be capped at 10 percent of their monthly incomes.<p>Transcript<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST:<p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>And I'm Renee …

Don't fear the Koch brothers. Fear an election that caters only to billionaires | Ana Marie Cox

Forget right or left. Dark money in politics means you'll never know which 'independent' candidate's views were on the market<p>Popular sentiment may tie the GOP and the infamous Koch brothers to unregulated campaign financing – while Democrats rail against it – but the post-Citizens United world …

The middle class gets creamed again: Why CEO performance pay is awful for everyone but CEOs

A new paper reveals that soaring CEO salaries aren’t just unfair but deeply harmful to the economy<p>Americans hate the fact that CEOs of big corporations keep raking in millions while the incomes of most American households are sinking. Now a new Roosevelt Institute white paper by University of …

GOP’s real Ted Cruz problem: Why party’s revenge plot is silly and self-defeating

Republicans are in a bad predicament with Cruz — but it’s their own fault, and there’s little they can do about it<p>The ongoing fight between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party is turning into a downward spiral of vengeance that would leave any Greek tragedian impressed. After blowing …

These are not terrorists: Wingnuts’ anti-LGBT dementia spirals out of control

For fringe lunatics on the right, the domestic terrorism threat has nothing to do with guns. It’s “gay radicals”<p>One might expect that last weekend's shooting of a couple of police officer and an innocent bystander by some far-right extremists would naturally result in some soul searching by …

GOP flunks Bergdahl lesson: How it revealed total ignorance about prisoner swaps

The right is up in arms over exchanging prisoners with the enemy. They clearly know nothing about American history<p>America is exchanging prisoners with the enemy! It’s an outrage! That’s been a constant refrain of GOP critics since President Obama traded five Guantánamo Bay captives for U.S. soldier …

If the Las Vegas Killers Were Muslims, We'd Call Them Terrorists

But should we?<p>If a 22-year-old Muslim man stabbed his roommates to death in their sleep, embarked on a killing spree, and claimed in written and video manifestos that he acted to teach hated women a lesson, there's little doubt that many would label him a terrorist. That label was scarcely appended …

Ross Douthat’s fantasy world: Why this man is very confused about 2016

Times conservative columnist argues that without Hillary Clinton, the Democratic coalition is finished. Huh?<p>Ross Douthat's latest column in the New York Times about the post-Obama Democratic Party <i>without</i> Hillary Clinton running for president has started a live one, a real hot debate on the …

Las Vegas shooters were banished from Bundy ranch for being “too radical”

Even the Bundyites thought there was something off about Jerad and Amanda Miller<p>Jerad and Amanda Miller, the couple who shot and killed three people as well as themselves in Las Vegas on Sunday, not only spent time at renegade rancher Cliven Bundy's ranch but were in fact asked to leave because …

Hillary Clinton hits back at Republican criticism over Benghazi attack

Hillary Clinton has hit back at Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly terrorist attacks in Benghazi by suggesting it has emboldened her to run for president.<p>The former US secretary of state said she will not make a final decision about whether to stand for the 2016 nomination for at …

D-DAY: Here's How The Allies Began To Win The Second World War 70 Years Ago

That moment for the Second World War's European theater was June 6, 1944, the day Allied forces crossed the English Channel and began to reclaim the European mainland.<p>Friday marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.<p>Here are images that bring to life one of the most consequential military …

Bill O’Reilly, Muslim-Hunter

Bowe Bergdahl’s father practices Islam because…he has a beard and speaks a foreign language. Yes, Fox News’s has some real super sleuths.<p>Bill …