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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

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…

Boeing one step closer to completing its space taxi

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co has completed a key review of its…

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

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…

Federal Reserve chair: US jobs market ‘yet to fully recover’

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the US jobs market has not yet…

PA woman convicted of downloading child pornography in attempt to frame husband

A woman in Clymer, Pennsylvania was convicted of downloading child pornography in a misguided attempt…

‘You don’t execute a 9-year-old boy’: Chicago police investigating killing of child

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago police are investigating the killing of a 9-year-old…

Westboro Baptists to picket Michael Brown’s funeral — blame death on gay NFL player

Members of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church have announced that it plans to protest the…

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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