Morgan Avery

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Rainbows Reveal What’s Really Going on in the Sky, Researchers Say

Changing Planet<p><b>Scientific understanding of rainbows finds many practical applications of their interaction between light, liquid and gas</b><p>Scientists can look at a rainbow and see a lot more than a pretty band of color in a stormy sky. “Knowledge gained from studying these multicoloured arcs of …

Nature

Elon Musk's self-driving evangelism masks risk of Tesla autopilot, experts say

Elon Musk’s rockets usually do not stray beyond Earth’s orbit, but that hasn’t stopped him from making promises about Mars. The Tesla CEO’s wild, ambitious futurism has earned him billions of dollars, fawning coverage from the tech press, and a subreddit devoted entirely to discussion of his …

Tesla

New Zealand police find record cocaine haul inside diamante-encrusted horse head

New Zealandpolice have seized a record £7.5 million worth of cocaine hidden inside a large diamante-encrusted horse head from Mexico.<p>The largest-ever haul of the drug in New Zealand has been linked to the rebuild of the city of Christchurch, severely damaged in a 2011 earthquake, and the Australian …

Australian Paralympian robbed at gunpoint in Rio

<b>An Australian athlete who has competed in six Paralympic Games has been robbed at gunpoint in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.</b><p>Liesl Tesch said a man brandishing a gun pushed her off her bicycle and stole it on Sunday.<p>Australian Paralympic team physiotherapist Sarah Ross also lost her bicycle …

Brazil

Transgender New Zealanders face 30-year wait for surgery after only specialist retires

Transgender people awaiting sex reassignment surgery in New Zealand have been told they face a wait of more than 30 years for the procedure, since the country’s only specialist surgeon has retired.<p>“It’s a wretched situation,” says Lynda Whitehead, president of trans advocacy group Agender. “The …

New Zealand

Doing Exercise You Hate Is Bad for Body and Mind

We're collectively ruining one of our greatest natural highs.<p>A few weeks ago I was sitting at one of my favorite lunch spots writing an article about …

Fitness

Here's the Table Of Contents For Ann and Jeff Vandermeer's Amazing Big Book of Science Fiction

A couple of years ago, Ann and Jeff Vandermeer put out a request for recommendations: they were putting together a survey anthology of short science …

The explosion in overdoses from legal drugs is changing how doctors treat pain — but it may not be enough

Legal prescription opioids like Oxycontin and Percocet, as well as illegal opioids like heroin, were involved in 60% of those deaths, according to a January report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>The overdoses have led the federal government to dub opioid abuse an epidemic.<p>The …

Medicine

David Cameron boasts of 'brilliant' UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia

David Cameron has boasted of his efforts to help sell “brilliant things” such as Eurofighter Typhoons to Saudi Arabia on the day the European parliament voted for an arms embargo on the country over its bombardment of Yemen.<p>The prime minister talked of the UK government’s role in selling equipment …

Saudi Arabia

San Francisco's latest protest: in support of Apple and encryption

When about two dozen privacy advocates stood shoulder to shoulder in front of the downtown San Francisco Apple store on Wednesday, it may have been the first time a demonstration was held in support of the tech company.<p>“It’s not really a protest,” said Cindy Cohn, the executive director of the …

Privacy

CBS just had a record-breaking week for all those shows you never watch

For the first time in more than a decade, a single network had all 10 of the highest-rated programs on TV last week. And, proving once and for all …

Churches in America are protecting immigrants from being deported

Dozens of Americans churches are now mulling this question, posed by Rev. John Fife, a former pastor at Southside Presbyterian in Tucson, Ariz., in the wake of a recent surge in federal immigration raids.<p>Taking matters into their own hands, an increasing number of nuns, pastors, preachers, and …

Immigration

Google will begin showing anti-ISIS ads to counter terrorism

Not all weapons have a trigger, but that doesn't make them any less effective. No, I'm not talking about bombs, but rather about Google's new strategy to use its highly targeted advertising system in the battle against ISIS. Last week, Anthony House, the senior manager for public policy and …

Counterterrorism

Former Texas prosecutor disbarred for sending innocent man to death row | Reuters

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas legal panel voted on Monday to disbar a former prosecutor for sending an innocent man to death row by presenting tainted testimony and making false statements that undermined the defendant’s alibi.<p>The Board of Disciplinary Appeals appointed by the Texas Supreme …

Death Row

Detroit-area officer gets 13 months in prison for assault

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area police officer whose bloody beating of a motorist was captured on dashcam video was sentenced to at least 13 months in …

Justice

Fine Bros back down, rescind trademark claim on the word “react”

Claim was for "programs... in the field of observing, interviewing groups of people."<p>Up until last week, the Fine Bros' biggest claim to fame was …

Internet

Zika virus could be bigger global health threat than Ebola, say health experts

The Zika virus outbreak in Latin America could be a bigger threat to global health than the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in Africa.<p>That is the stark claim of several senior health experts ahead of an emergency meeting of the World Health Organisation on Monday which will …

Public Health

The Latest: Colombian president says Zika is a big threat

GENEVA (AP) — The latest on the Zika virus that is spreading through Latin America (all times local):<p>12:15 a.m.<p>The Zika virus isn't worrying only …

Public Health

Plastic Found During a 1000 Nautical-Mile Journey Turned into Sculptures

Alexander Groves and Azusa Murakami, founders of Studio Swine, are behind the project called <i>Gyrecraft</i>. For this one, thet made a 1000 nautical-mile …

Life in Europe not as expected: hundreds of Iraqis return home

A growing number of Iraqis are returning home from Germany, citing a lengthy asylum process, bland food and poor shelters as reasons for leaving.<p>“My husband liked the idea of going there. He saw others and he wanted to imitate them,” said one Kurdish returnee. “The situation there was much worse …

The ‘silencing of Christians’ in the public sector

Christianity being subtly ‘squeezed out’ of public life by Civil service culture where officials keep their faith a virtual secret, reveals former top Whitehall Mandarin<p>Christianity is being subtly “silenced” within the public sector in the UK because of a civil service culture which treats …

'A very sick man' - What Bill Cosby's accuser told police, in graphic detail

After facing sexual-assault accusations from dozens of women over several decades, Bill Cosby has been criminally charged for the first …

Bill Cosby

Freak storm pushes North Pole 50 degrees above normal

A powerful winter cyclone - the same storm that lead to two tornado outbreaks in the United States and disastrous river flooding - has driven the …

World's fattest man dies of heart attack

A Mexican man once regarded as the world's most obese has died of heart failure at the age of 38, two months after bariatric surgery to lose …

Google Plus

These Are The Best Photos Of Pluto Any Human Has Ever Seen

Lookin' pretty sharp, for a dwarf planet<p>Going where no other spacecraft has gone before, New Horizons has sent back some pretty stunning images of Pluto--from endearing heart-shaped features to giant ice mountains. And the images just keep getting better.<p>On Friday, NASA released the first batch of …

London Tube Stabbing Triggers Hashtag: #YouAintNoMuslimBruv

The hashtag started trending just hours after a stabbing in a London tube station that authorities have called a possible 'terrorist incident." #YouAintNoMuslimBruv<p>With a camera rolling, a bystander appears to have shouted the phrase at the alleged attacker, a 29-year-old man, while he was being …

Extremism

New immunotherapy drug behind Jimmy Carter's cancer cure

Former US president Jimmy Carter says his brain cancer has disappeared. His doctors found four small “spots of melanoma”, he said in August, after an operation to remove a tumour from his liver. It sounded like a fatal diagnosis at the time, but the former president said then he was “perfectly at …

Cancer

A big Mac initiative by Apple is showing signs of failure

It's just the latest in a string of high-profile departures that should have Apple worried.<p>The Mac App Store, introduced in January 2011, was designed to bring all the advantages of Apple iOS apps back to the desktop, including easy updates and a simple, unified buying process.<p>If successful, the …