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How can you buy illegal drugs online?

“I’M WAITING for my man / Twenty-six dollars in my hand / Up to Lexington, 125 / Feeling sick and dirty, more dead than alive.” So sang Lou Reed in …

A chance discovery proves that that Leedsichthys problematicus, which swam the seas of the Jurassic era, grew up to 50ft long. That's double previous estimates: http://trib.al/lPE8848 (Illustration: National Museums Scotland)

High hopes: the UFO cult 'restoring' the victims of female genital mutilation

A nondescript suburb on the outskirts of San Francisco. A plain brick building. Seven nervous women wait in the sunlight. They are here for surgery, which perhaps has as much claim as any other to describe itself as "miraculous".<p>The little building doesn't shout its purpose, for many reasons. …

Mercury levels in Pacific fish likely to rise in coming decades, study reports

In 2009, researchers at the University of Hawaii determined that the depth at which a species of fish feeds is nearly as important as its position in …

Baby talk: newborns recall words heard in the womb, research shows

Don't save the baby talk until you've got a newborn to coo at: new research offers provocative evidence that an unborn fetus can not only hear sounds from the outside world, but is actually capable of recalling specific words in the days following birth.<p>In a study out of the University of Helsinki …

BBC News (UK) on Twitter: "Police get into the Notting Hill Carnival beat - watch the dance: http://t.co/lffGeyxaHd #nottinghillcarnival http://t.co/KyGV1UwEjD"

New conversation<p>End of conversation<p>Replying to @<b>BBCNews</b><p>RT “@<b>BBCNews</b>: Police get into the Notting Hill Carnival beat - watch the dance: …

World's 39 Largest Electric Power Plants

In 2011, the world consumed about 4 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity.<p>The vast majority of those electrons were produced at large electric power plants located in remote locales.<p>Sandwiched between two steep cliffs on the Yangtze River in central China, the Three Gorges Dam is hands down …

Climate Change This Week: Virtual Coral Reefs, Hyperloops, and More!

<b>New IPCC Report: Greater Certainty of Human-Driven Global Warming, Impacts Are Speeding Up</b> reports Joe Romm at <i>Climate Progress</i>. The likely heating with current runaway emissions will massively disrupt plants, animals, agriculture - and thus, us, notes Justin Gillis at the New York Times. Carbon …

I Met The World's Smartest Dog

Chaser isn't just learning objects by name: she's beginning to understand the basic structure of human language.<p>"Chaser, this is Dan. Chaser! This is <i>Dan</i>," said Deb Pilley, a classical musician who goes by the name Pilley Bianchi professionally and signs her emails as "Pill." Pill is the daughter of …

Element of the week: plutonium | video

This week's chemical element is plutonium, which has the symbol <b>Pu</b> and the atomic number <b>94</b>. Inspired by the previous two elements in the periodic …

Privacy watchdogs in the UK, Germany and Italy have told Google to rewrite its privacy policy in Europe or face legal sanctions. http://gu.com/p/3h4mx Photograph: Martin Keene/PA

Fracking, Fracking and More Fracking

It's virtually impossible these days to read, listen to or watch a news program that doesn't mention hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Nearly every day, EcoWatch posts at least one article on fracking and last week was no different.<p>Big news last week was the announcement by the U.S. Environmental …