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Reinventing Jeb Bush

How America misremembers the family’s true conservative.<p>Jeb Bush. Not conservative enough. Try as I might, it remains impossible to see these two concepts as even remotely related. John Ellis Bush, the second son of George Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Bush, who during his first run for Florida …

Why cats never became man’s best friend

Dog lovers will find it baffling that cats are the world’s most popular pet. After all, they’re passive-aggressive, emotionally unavailable, and known for their chilly independence—traits that at most qualify felines for the role of “man’s best frenemy.”<p>It turns out, though, there’s an evolutionary …

Pets

Meet Your New Pet, A Domesticated Fox

Thanks to Russian scientists, a new breed of fox is available. And it’s pretty darn cute.<p>Dogs have been evolving as human companions for at least about 14,000 years. Cats have lived with us for 12,000. But if you want something a little more cutting edge–and you’re willing to pay up– a pet fox …

Court upholds 4 same-sex marriage bans; will Supreme Court review?

A federal appeals court allowed four states to prohibit same-sex unions -- a decision that could force the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue.<p>In a 2-1 ruling Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed lower court rulings in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky that …

Arias defense focuses on sex, secrets, religion

PHOENIX (AP) — Defense attorneys for convicted murderer Jodi Arias on Wednesday sought to portray the victim as a man torn between his devout Mormon …

Ebola’s grim original secret: How capitalism and obscene military spending got us here

It’s time to look at America’s perverted sense of death, health and prevention — and how we’re spending our money<p>This week stateside, the edge may be off the Ebola story for the U.S. news media, as those people in Dallas who were close to the late Thomas Eric Duncan emerge from their 21-day …

House GOP’s Hispanic neglect: How Boehner can keep majority with no Latino support

An interesting analysis shows the disturbing non-relationship between Hispanic voters and the House GOP<p>The New York Times's Nate Cohn has put together the clearest illustration to explain the GOP's seemingly quixotic hostility toward the nation's fastest growing demographic. It shows that for House …

<i>Deinocheirus mirificus</i>, or ‘unusual horrible hand’, had long, clawed forearms, a sail on its back and a duck-like bill<p>Nearly 50 years after researchers uncovered the gigantic arms of a mysterious dinosaur in the Gobi desert, the true nature of the beast has finally been established.<p>Since its …

Ancient human bone helps date our first sex with Neanderthals

An ancient leg bone found by chance on the bank of a Siberian river has helped scientists work out when early humans interbred with our extinct cousins, the Neanderthals.<p>A local ivory carver spotted the bone sticking out of sediments while fossil hunting in 2008 along the Irtysh river near the …

Verizon invests in Flint Mobile, a Square competitor that uses no hardware

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Flint Mobile<p>Smartphone payments processor Flint Mobile has raised a $9.4 million Series C as it continues to attract …

Young men aren’t allowed to buy emergency contraception 20 percent of the time

It’s perfectly legal for men to purchase Plan B. But a study shows that 1 in 5 times, they can’t<p>In 2006, the FDA has supported over-the-counter access to emergency contraception for men. It's legal for them to buy it, and has been for years. And yet, according to the results of a new study out of …

October 2014

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Make your Android Wear device look like an Apple Watch

The Apple Watch was all the hype this week. Us Android fans may not be all about the new smartwatch, but we know at least a handful of you like the interesting UI the Cupertino giant has put together. If there is one thing we love about Android Wear is the open philosophy it follows. You can even …

It has been a long journey of scientific discovery from Aristotle to epigenetics – and it's not over yet<p>We know a lot about the world around us. We know a lot about ourselves and how we work. We even know where babies come from, and this is no mean feat. Imagine it's 350BC, and you're trying to …

Obama condemns 'barbaric' beheading of British aid worker David Haines by ISIS

President Obama condemned the "barbaric" murder of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State militants and pledged to stand 'shoulder to shoulder' with the United Kingdom.<p>Haines was abducted last year in Syria, and extremists released a video on Saturday showing his beheading.<p>In the …

APOD: M27: The Dumbbell Nebula (2014 Sep 14) Image Credit & Copyright: Bill Snyder (Bill Snyder Photography) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140914.html Explanation: The first hint of what will become of our Sun was discovered inadvertently in 1764. At that time, Charles Messier was compiling a list of diffuse objects not to be confused with comets. The 27th object on Messier's list, now known as M27 or the Dumbbell Nebula, is a planetary nebula, the type of nebula our Sun will produce when nuclear fusion stops in its core. M27 is one of the brightest planetary nebulae on the sky, and can be seen toward the constellation of the Fox (Vulpecula) with binoculars. It takes light about 1000 years to reach us from M27, shown above in colors emitted by hydrogen and oxygen. Understanding the physics and significance of M27 was well beyond 18th century science. Even today, many things remain mysterious about bipolar planetary nebula like M27, including the physical mechanism that expels a low-mass star's gaseous outer-envelope, leaving an X-ray hot white dwarf. http://billsnyderastrophotography.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140914 #APOD

How the Catholic Church masterminded the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby debacle

While evangelical Christians ultimately brought down the contraception mandate, they had big help from Catholics<p>From a father in Missouri who’s looking to keep his daughters from accessing birth control, to the refusal of key contraception mandate plaintiffs to accept the Obama administration’s …

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Freaky Physics Experiment May Prove Our Universe Is A Two-Dimensional Hologram

Everyone knows the universe exists in three dimensions, right? Maybe not. For some time now serious physicists have been pondering the seemingly absurd possibility that three-dimensional space is merely an illusion--and that we actually live in a two-dimensional "hologram."<p>And now scientists at the …

Hot Louisiana race could send battle for control of US Senate into overtime

They like their gumbo and their politics spicy in Louisiana, and this year's U.S. Senate race may be the hottest in years.<p>Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is vying for a fourth term, is facing a stiff Republican challenge from Rep. Bill Cassidy in the fall. But unlike most other close races this …

Judge delays start of Arias penalty-phase retrial

PHOENIX (AP) — The judge presiding over the Jodi Arias murder case on Wednesday delayed the penalty phase of her trial until Sept. 29.<p>The retrial was …

Contraception, abstinence push U.S. teen birthrates to historic lows

The birthrate for American teens hit an all-time low in 2013, and government statisticians attribute the decline to a reduction in teenage sexual activity and more widespread use of birth control among those who are having sex.<p>Preliminary birth certificate data collected by the<p>Centers for Disease …

Vantablack: U.K. Firm Shows Off 'World's Darkest Material'

British engineering firm Surrey NanoSystems is showing off the latest (and blackest) version of what's described as the "world's darkest material," which it calls Vantablack. The material absorbs up to 99.965 percent of incoming radiation, including visible light and other common frequencies like …

Black Holes

25 Women Reveal What They Find Unattractive About Men

After last week’s no holds barred revelations about the things men find unattractive about women, it’s time to let the ladies speak their minds and …

Spaceports: Britain takes a giant leap into the space race

Ministers announce plans for a 'spaceport', disclosing eight potential sites for a base from which rockets would carry satellites, astronauts and tourists by 2018<p>Britain enters the space race as ministers announce plans for a “spaceport” which could see flights to Australia taking only two …

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 …

Appeals Court Schedules, Then Cancels Indiana, Wisconsin Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

The August 13 arguments in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals would be the fourth federal appeals court to hear arguments on the question. [Update on July 16: The 7th Circuit cancels the arguments with no reason given.]<p>WASHINGTON — Indiana and Wisconsin officials will make the case for the …

Limbaugh: Holder remarks 'not true'

Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh fired back Monday at Attorney General Eric Holder’s claim that some opposition to the president stemmed from race, calling the remarks simply “not true.”<p>“Not true,” Limbaugh said on his show after airing Holder’s remarks, according to a transcript. “The …

Brad Thor Explodes on ‘Racist’ Eric Holder Over Attorney General’s Controversial Remarks

Number one New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor was scheduled to speak on <i>The Glenn Beck Program</i> Monday about his new book, <i>Act of War</i>. But in something Beck said he has never seen, Thor grew so heated after seeing Attorney General Eric Holder claim there is a “racial animus” behind the …