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Mississippi Refuses To Test DNA Before Execution Date

Mississippi has set an execution date for Willie Jerome Manning next week, without ever having tested readily available DNA from the scene of the …

Cannibalism

Human bones prove the first permanent English settlers in North America turned to cannibalism over the cruel winter of 1609-10.<p>Written documents had …

Ape pelvis fills gap in evolution puzzle - Futurity

U. MISSOURI (US) — Experts say the pelvis from an 11.9 million-year-old ape skeleton suggests …

Missouri

All you need to know: Eta Aquariid meteors

In 2018, the forecast calls for the greatest number of Eta Aquariid meteors to fall before dawn on May 5. Unfortunately, the waning gibbous moon will …

Astronomy

Possible first fragments of 1908 Tunguska meteorite

These river stones might be fragments of the meteor that exploded over Russia on June 30, 1908.<p>On February 15, 2013, a meteor apparently exploded in …

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover sends pictures after communications gap

NASA's Curiosity rover is back in business after a weeks-long communication gap caused by solar interference. The proof comes in the form of pictures transmitted back to Earth on Thursday from the 1-ton machine's vantage point at Yellowknife Bay on Mars.<p>"Can you hear me now? Conjunction is over. I …

eBay & Ricin Letters Just Don't Mix

So it sounds like the takeaway is if you’re going to send ricin letters to the President, don’t buy your castor beans on eBay or pay with PayPal. …

The Kermit Gosnell Trial Reignited The Culture Wars, And Now The Anti-Abortion Activists Are Winning

Over seven weeks of stomach-turning testimony, witnesses for the prosecution detailed Gosnell's "house of horrors," a clinic in which venereal diseases were spread through dirty instruments, feral cats roamed around operating rooms, and fetuses were stashed in empty juice cartons and …

US chemist to stand trial over researcher’s death

Chemistry professor Patrick Harran, of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will face trial on three counts of violating health and …

Bacteria help trace how alcohol binds to brain - Futurity

U. TEXAS – AUSTIN (US) — Bacteria that grows only on rocks in the Swiss …

Alcohol

SOPA author Lamar Smith wants congressional guidelines to replace peer review for federal science research

Draft bill requires National Science Foundation to certify each funded project promotes 'national health, prosperity, welfare, and defense'<p>Texas congressman Lamar Smith, SOPA author and new chair of the US House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, wants to overhaul how …

Why people believe in conspiracy theories

An expert explains the psychology of conspiratorial thinking<p>We've written before about the historical and social aspects of conspiracy theories, but wanted to learn more about the psychology of people who believe, for instance, that the Boston Marathon bombing was a government "false flag" …

Astronomers solve mystery of water on Jupiter

The water first surfaced after the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with the planet in 1994<p>The mystery as to why Jupiter's atmosphere contains water has been solved.<p>Astronomers claim that the water was delivered by comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which collided with the planet in 1994.<p>A European Space …

DOJ issues new medical exam guidelines for sexual assault cases

The revisions reflect a new focus on the sexual assault victim’s mental and emotional health<p>In an effort to establish national standards for comprehensive medical care when victims of sexual assault seek help, the Department of Justice has issued new guidelines for medical examinations in cases of …

Watch: Jon Stewart Lambastes Constitution-Obsessed Fox News for Turning on the Constitution

On last night’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart seamlessly blasted Fox News’ sudden turnaround against the U.S. Constitution in the wake of the Boston …

Why Aren’t Mentally Ill Americans Invited To This Week’s Hearing On Their Own Privacy Rights?

This Friday, House Republican Tim Murphy is holding a hearing on whether the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) “helps or …

Researchers Retract Study Saying Hormone Grows Insulin-Producing Cells

<i>Editors' note: The study this story covers have retracted their work, saying that they made errors in conducting the experiment that invalidate the results. The study prompted controversy when it was published in 2013, and study author Douglas Melton collaborated with some of those critics to</i> …

Palin Denied Costs in 'Lemonade Lawsuit'

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled against Sarah Palin, denying her request to be compensated for more than $22,000 in attorney fees she spent in a case against her that was dismissed last year. Juneau activist Chip Thoma had filed suit against Palin for acting to silence him from complaining about …

Judge Insisted On Miranda Rights For Boston Suspect And FBI 'Was Not Happy'

The FBI knew Judge Marianne Bowler was planning on reading the Miranda rights but "was not happy about it," House intelligence committee Chairman Mike Rogers said in a hearing Wednesday.<p>"They believed they needed more time. This is not a good way to stop another bomb from going off," Rogers said, …

Minnesota bill would institute universal civil unions, leave marriage to churches

In the ongoing debate about equal rights for gay families, a Minnesota lawmaker takes a different approach<p>While Minnesota state lawmakers consider a measure to legalize gay marriage and an alternative civil unions bill for gay couples, Democratic state Rep. Kim Norton has signed on to a third …

CISPA 'Dead For Now': 'Privacy Killer' Bill Hits A Wall In The Senate

The bill, which has stirred up internet privacy watchdogs and sites like Reddit, followed closely in the footsteps of the last unsuccessfully proposed privacy bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect I.P. Act (PIPA). SOPA and PIPA met their end last year after Senate Majority Leader …

Body Is ID'd As Missing Student Falsely Linked To Bombings

A body pulled out of the water earlier this week in Providence, R.I., has now been identified as that of 22-year-old Sunil Tripathi, a Brown University student who had been missing since March 15.<p>Tripathi's death is national news because of the way his name mistakenly — and irresponsibly — got …

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Biggest myths from the Boston Marathon bombing

From “false flag” paranoia to alleged Saudi ties, the worst fear-mongering to come out of the Boston tragedy<p>The still-emerging facts of the Boston Marathon bombing case are harrowing enough, but that didn't stop conspiracy theorists, detective-wannabes on the Internet and too-quick-to-the-draw …

Glenn Beck Comes Up With Most Absurd Conspiracy Theory About Boston

Prefacing his comments by insisting he knows "how foreign affairs work," Glenn Beck on April 18 announced that his website, The Blaze, was breaking …

Boston Bombing Suspect Won’t Be Considered An Enemy Combatant

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Monday that Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will not be considered an “enemy combatant” and …

How The West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Slipped Through The Regulatory Cracks

Authorities still haven’t determined what caused the explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas on Wednesday night, although the Chemical Safety …