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In weird Brazilian cave insects, male-female sex organs reversed

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – This may be the role reversal to end all…

Cloning breakthrough: Scientists create patient-specific stem cells from adults’ skin tissue

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) – Scientists have moved a step closer to the…

Study: People of color breathe air that is 38 percent more polluted than white people’s

A study released by the University of Minnesota this week indicated that people of color…

Scientists unscramble great sperm-egg secret, opening new avenues in fertility, contraception

Scientists said they had made the long-sought discovery of how sperm latches onto an egg…

Tech News

FBI facial-recognition program uses low-resolution photos and employment mugshots

The FBI’s Facial Recognition Database Combines Lo-Res Photos With Zero Civil Liberties Considerations (via Techdirt)…

Google, IBM worries could raise questions about other tech-sector companies

Disappointing results from Google Inc and IBM may unnerve investors shaken by a strong recent…

Media

Tom Lehrer, culture and copyright after death

Tom Lehrer, Culture And Copyright After Death (via Techdirt) If you don’t know who Tom…

Computer-generated Japanese pop star Hatsune Miku to join Lady Gaga tour

Hatsune Miku, a computer-generated Japanese pop star who performs as a hologram, is to support…

U.S. News

California sees Obamacare surge as open enrollment ends for 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thanks to a final April surge, California’s Obamacare marketplace enrolled a…

Hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser confesses to illegal campaign contributions scheme

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) – A prominent hotel executive in New York pleaded…

Ex-BP employee accused of insider trading sold $1 million in stock after Gulf oil spill: SEC

Regulators Thursday charged a former BP employee who worked on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill…

New Hampshire lawmakers fail to abolish capital punishment after deadlocked vote

BOSTON (Reuters) – New Hampshire’s Senate failed to repeal the death penalty on Thursday, in…

Texas mother charged with murder after keeping son’s body on ice in Hindu ritual

A mother in a Dallas suburb has been arrested and charged in the death of…

World

Pentagon chief: U.S. will send ‘non-lethal’ military aid to Ukraine

The United States will send helmets, medical supplies and other non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine amid fears of another Russian…

John Kerry slams ‘grotesque’ anti-Jewish pamphlets in eastern Ukraine city

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday notices were sent to Jews in a Ukrainian city asking them…

Iranian murderer set to hang gets a slap in the face from the victim’s mother instead

An Iranian mother spared the life of her son’s convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he…

115 Nigeria schoolgirls still missing after kidnap: principal

A Nigerian school principal on Thursday denied military reports that most of the girls kidnapped from her school by Islamist…

Vladimir Putin tells Edward Snowden: Russia doesn’t carry out NSA-style mass surveillance

President Vladimir Putin has told the National Security Agency whistleblower, Edward Snowden, that Russia is not carrying out mass surveillance…

Egypt’s gay community fears government crackdown

Egypt’s gay community fears it is the latest target of the country’s authoritarian government, after a series of recent raids…

Japanese ‘zentai’ fetishists seek liberation in full body suits

By day, she is a mild-mannered office clerk, whose modest make-up and conservative hairstyle make her blend in to any…

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