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The 15 most amazing women in science today

But that doesn't mean they aren't making some of the most important and inspiring contributions out there.<p>We've highlighted 15 female scientists who are doing amazing things, pulled from our recent list of groundbreaking scientists who are changing the way we see the world.<p>From a woman who …

Princeton University

How same-sex marriage could ruin civilisation

In the wake of the US supreme court ruling that legalised same-sex marriage throughout America, many commenters and objectors have claimed it will have disastrous consequences. But rather than just dismissing them as irrational bitterness, it’s important to consider the genuine scientific basis for …

LGBTQI

Has the Great Barrier Reef just been approved for destruction by the Australian government?

One of the natural wonders of the world is about to have 3 million cubic metres of seabed dumped on top of it.<p>Who could forget, back in 2009, the launch of the "Best Job in the World"?<p>The campaign by Tourism Queensland generated global interest in the Sunshine State and the role of park ranger and …

Teachers complain Common Core-linked lessons little more than scripts to read

Some of the biggest critics of new lesson plans aligned with the national Common Core standards are the people charged with teaching them.<p>A growing number of teachers say the national standards, adopted by some 45 states, have combined with pressure to "teach to the test" to take all individuality …

Philippines rebel deal could end decades-long bloody insurgency

Power-sharing deal between Philippine government and Muslim rebels paves way for peace agreement in conflict which has claimed 150,000 lives since 1970s<p>The Philippine government and Muslim rebels have signed a crucial power sharing accord, paving the way for a final peace agreement aimed at ending …

Geopolitics

South Africa's week of mourning for 'outstanding son' Mandela

South Africa is set for a week of mourning after the death of Nelson Mandela, the most universally loved and revered leader in history, through a series of events to celebrate his life.<p>The president, Jacob Zuma, announced an extended schedule of activities, befitting Mandela's status as South …

Colombia's Farc announces unilateral ceasefire

<b>Colombia's largest rebel group, the Farc, has announced a 30-day ceasefire starting on 15 December.</b><p>The announcement came a day after nine people were killed in a Farc car bomb attack on a police station.<p>The rebels declared a temporary ceasefire when they entered into peace talks with the government …