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Activists in China just saved 2,800 cats from ending up on the dinner table

This week, about 30 activists in Wuhan, China blocked the path of a truck carrying over 2,800 cats destined for the south where feline cuisine is not uncommon. The cats were likely to be sold as meat at restaurants. Wuhan traffic police eventually intercepted the vehicle; the truck driver is being …

Animal Rescue

The Enormous California Wildfire Looks Like Hell On Earth

A massive wildfire in California is taking down large swaths of Southern California, thanks to one of the driest Januarys on record.<p>The primary wildfire is burning in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, near Angeles National Forest, and it looks like hell on earth.<p>Already 125 acres large …

Southern California

Australians flee deadly wildfire so fierce 'it is creating own weather'

More than 100 fires blaze across south-east Australia, as record-breaking heatwave draws to a close<p>A massive wildfire spanning 21,000 hectares is burning out of control across south-east Australia and is so fierce it is “creating its own weather”, including self-generated lightning and spot …

Weather

CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel

"El Vicentillo" being presented to the media in Mexico City on March 19, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar An investigation by El Universal found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle …

Mexico

Beautiful footage of SpaceShipTwo's latest supersonic test flight

GIF<p>Virgin Galactic's space plane, SpaceShipTwo, finished its third rocket-powered test flight yesterday, breaking the sound barrier and reaching an …

Christians killed for faith nearly doubled in 2013, group finds

Rev. Faye Pama Musa knew immediately why suspected Boko Haram militants burst into his home last year as his wife prepared dinner in the family’s northeastern Nigeria home. His stance against Christian persecution in the divided African nation had long made him a target.<p>Musa, who served as the …

Camel in a Can and 6 More Weird Canned Meats

You can’t believe it’s not donkey? As Chinese eaters reel from Walmart’s fox-meat scandal, plenty of other beasts are still available—in cans!— for …

Paul Hellyer, Ex-Canadian Defense Minister, Admits To Alien Visitors On Earth [Video]

Former Canadian Defense Minister Paul Hellyer recently said in an interview that extraterrestrials have visited Earth. In fact, according to Hellyer, …

Iceland's Newest Beer Ingredient: Whale

One brewery is experimenting with a whale of an ale—or technically, an ale of a whale.<p>Iceland doesn't treat cetaceans the way most of the world wants them to be treated. Like Japan and Norway, Iceland has continued to hunt fin and minke whales in defiance of an international moratorium on the …

Oil And Gas Boom 2014: A Great Time To Be A Texan

Thanks to the rapidly increasing production from the Eagle Ford Shale and the Permian Basin, Texas reached another milestone in September, 2013: As a separate nation, Texas would now rank as the 9th largest oil producing country in the world.<p>As reported here by Dr. Mark Perry, according to the …

Why Philips Flattened The Light Bulb

Introducing the SlimStyle, a pancake-shaped light bulb that represents the LED industry’s latest attempt to court skeptical consumers.<p>Yesterday, a federal ban on production of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs went into effect, forcing consumers to switch to more efficient (if less aesthetically …

Light Bulbs

Chinese sewage is feeding superbugs that no antibiotic can kill

Antibiotics have saved hundreds of millions of lives and extended billions of others. But paradoxically, the more they are used the more the bacteria they fight get stronger, with potentially lethal consequences.<p>While some “superbugs,” as antibiotic-resistant bacteria are known, can be killed with …

Microbiology

Proof That The “Gun Season Sanctuary” Strategy Works

By Mark Kenyon<p>A few weeks ago I wrote about a strategy I used on one of my best hunting properties in Michigan. I call this the “Gun Season …

Person of the Year Runner-Up: Edward Snowden

He pulled off the year’s most spectacular heist. Exiled from his country, the 30-year-old computer whiz has become the doomsayer of the information …

Pope Francis named Time's 2013 Person of the Year

Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pontiff who won hearts and headlines with his humility and common touch, was named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2013, the magazine revealed Wednesday on TODAY.<p>The iconic title goes every year to the individual chosen by Time editors as someone who has had …

Tea Party

Pope Francis Beats Royal Baby on Facebook in 2013

What do Pope Francis, the royal baby, and Miley Cyrus have in common? All were named as the most-talked about people or events in 2013 by Facebook! …

Minimum Wage Was Once Enough To Keep a Family of 3 Out of Poverty

Monster Bear: Pennsylvania Hunter Takes 772-Pound Bruin

After decades of hunting bears with no success, a hunter in northeastern Pennsylvania harvested his first Keystone State bruin. What's even better is …

‘Fight Club,’ ‘Pretty Woman’ Producer Admits to Being Israeli Spy

Producer Arnon Milchan attends the "What's Your Number?" Los Angeles Premiere at Regency Village Theatre on Sept. 19, 2011 in Westwood, Calif..<p>The …

Poll: Obama not a manager-in-chief

A majority of Americans think President Barack Obama is untrustworthy, according to a new poll that also found doubts about the president’s management abilities.<p>Fifty-three percent believe Obama is not honest and trustworthy, the CNN/ORC poll released Monday shows, noting a “clear majority” for the …

India's Nuclear Scientists Keep Dying Mysteriously

Indian nuclear scientists haven't had an easy time of it over the past decade. Not only has the scientific community been plagued by "suicides," unexplained deaths, and sabotage, but those incidents have gone mostly underreported in the country.<p><i>(Photo via)</i><p>Indian nuclear scientists haven't had an …

Government (India)

If Comet ISON Survives The Sun, The View May Be Spectacular

Whenever the phrase "comet of the century" gets tossed around, we recommend remembering all the buzz about Kohoutek.<p>If you were around in 1973, you may recall that Kohoutek was supposed to give us an amazing show.<p>Well, it fizzled.<p>But we do want to make sure everyone knows about comet ISON, which as …

China Still Has The World's Fastest Supercomputer

Earlier this week, the Top500 organization announced its semi-annual list of the Top 500 supercomputers in the world. And for the second year in a row, China’s Tianhe-2 is the world’s fastest by a long shot, maintaining its performance of 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) …

1 Dead, 6 Injured After French Farmers Blockade Paris

In a sprawling protest that caused some heavy congestion in central France, farmers marched on Paris early Thursday morning.<p>Using tractors, the farmers blocked roads to the capital in a demonstration against high taxes and rising costs. However, what started as a peaceful protest, turned into …

El Niño may make 2014 the world’s hottest year yet

New data show nearly even odds for El Niño conditions to develop next year, which could make 2014 the hottest year on record.<p>El Niño is the name that climatologists give to warming of the surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Since the Pacific Ocean is so big, slight changes can drive …

Global Warming

How Women Change Men

As daughters, sisters, wives, and coworkers<p>Soon after Jay Z welcomed his first child, Blue Ivy Carter, last year, a poem the rapper had reportedly dedicated to his new baby girl zipped around the Internet. “Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich / I didn’t think hard about using the …

Dutch alcoholics paid to clean up Amsterdam streets – in beer

Instead of loitering in the streets, Dutch alcoholics clean them up – and get paid in beer.<p>Only in Amsterdam, you might say.<p>As part of a government-funded scheme, about 20 chronic alcoholics receive five cans of beer, half a pouch of rolling tobacco and the equivalent of $13 each for six hours of …

Alcohol

Spanish ship in 'heated' standoff with Royal Navy in Gibraltar

A Spanish survey ship has defied repeated orders from British forces to leave Gibraltar waters<p><b>Spain</b> risked provoking a serious diplomatic incident on Tuesday after sending a survey ship into Gibraltar's territorial waters and defying orders to leave by the Royal Navy.<p>The Foreign Office said it had …

Europe

'Rotten Meat Isn't Rotten ... It's Probiotic, Like Yogurt'

Derek Nance of Lexington, Kentucky had an eating condition. He couldn't digest carbohydrate-rich foods. He tried all kinds of diets in hopes of …