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How science is using the genetics of disease to make drugs better

By Mark Lawler, Queen’s University Belfast Personalised medicine is the ability to tailor therapy to…

New study highlights precarious state of the world’s primary forests

An estimated 95 percent of the primary forests that existed prior to the advent of…

39 kilotons a year: Mysterious source of ozone-depleting chemical banned since 2009 baffles NASA

A chemical used in dry cleaning and fire extinguishers may have been phased out in…

Medically-assisted ‘suicide tourism’ to Switzerland on the rise

A total of 172 “suicide tourists” travelled to Switzerland in 2012, double the 2009 number,…

Tech News

US brings new charges against alleged creator of Silk Road underground online drug market

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors have brought a trio of new…

iPhone 6 launch could be delayed by supply shortage for screens

Suppliers to Apple Inc are scrambling to get enough screens ready for the new iPhone…

Media

HBO executive defends sex and violence in Game of Thrones: I’m not the boob police

A top HBO executive has defended the often extreme scenes of sex, violence and rape…

Islamic State captors sent rambling email to James Foley’s family before killing him

Journalist James Foley’s jihadist captors sent his family a taunting and rambling email threatening to…

U.S. News

Rick Perry’s indictment to curb his gun-toting ways: No more concealed carry

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – A felony indictment for abuse of power will…

Utah teen arrested for threat to bomb school and gun down all first responders

A 16-year-old Utah teen has been taken into custody by Saratoga Springs police and the…

CA cops caught using police database to spy on potential mates on online dating sites

Two veteran police officers in Fairfield, California are being investigated for using confidential law enforcement…

New York couple who tried to enslave Amish girls used dog to lure their victims: sheriff

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York couple accused of kidnapping two Amish girls lured…

A justified shooting? Poll exposes racial divide over Ferguson teen’s killing

Black and white Americans have sharply divided opinions over the fatal shooting of black teenager…

World

Egyptian cleric: Men allowed to spy on women in the shower if they have ‘pure intentions’

Men can spy on women in the shower, an extremist cleric has argued in Egypt, prompting outrage from other Islamic…

Threat from Islamic State ‘beyond anything we have seen’: Pentagon chief

The Islamic State poses a greater danger than a conventional “terrorist group” and is pursuing a vision that could radically…

Russia targets McDonald’s in expanding East-West trade war

Russian authorities launched nationwide inspections of McDonald’s restaurants Thursday after shutting three wildly-popular Moscow locations on apparent government orders aimed…

Paris relives the joy of liberation, 70 years on

“Paris! Paris outraged! Paris broken! Paris martyred! But Paris liberated! Liberated by itself. Liberated by its people…” The words of…

Lucky koala ‘Sir Chompsalot’ caught by firefighters after falling out of tree

A lucky koala was recovering Friday after being caught by firefighters when it fell unconscious from a tree before being…

UN rights chief slams Syria ‘paralysis’ as death toll tops 191,000

More than 191,000 people have died in Syria, United Nations rights chief Navi Pillay said Friday, hitting out at “international…

German cop faces murder charges for stabbing fellow cannibalism fetishist dead

Berlin (AFP) – A German police officer will go on trial Friday accused of murdering a willing victim he met…

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