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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

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…

Comparing Hamas to biblical cult of child-killers is neither accurate nor helpful

By David Tollerton, University of Exeter From debates concerning the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to…

U.S. News

Study: ’50 Shades’ readers more prone to eating disorders, binge drinking, abusive relationships

A study conducted at Michigan State University found that young adult women who have read…

Al Sharpton adapts adversarial style to de Blasio’s New York

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) – It was not the first time the Reverend…

Pentagon broke the law with Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap: GAO report

The Pentagon violated US law when it controversially swapped a soldier held in captivity for…

State Department bans US diplomats from Ice Bucket Challenge

It is the charity stunt that has got everyone from billionaires to pop stars and…

Texas grandfather accused of sexually assaulting 12-year-old special needs softball player

A Texas man is currently being held by authorities after being accused of multiple sexual…

World

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…

Leprosy: Myanmar struggles with ancient scourge

Mawlamyaing (Myanmar) (AFP) – High in the hills of Myanmar’s war-torn borderlands, a clutch of new leprosy cases among communities…

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