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First Lady Michelle Obama launches new campaign against childhood obesity

First Lady Michelle Obama took her campaign against childhood obesity to a new level Thursday with a $150 million program to encourage more physical activity in American schools. Let’s Move! Active Schools builds upon the Let’s Move! initiative that the mother-of-two and wife of Barack Obama unveiled three years ago…

Facebook buys advertising firm from Microsoft

Facebook agreed Thursday to buy Atlas Advertiser Suite from Microsoft as part of an effort to boost ad revenues at the massive social network. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Atlas is a leader in campaign management and measurement for marketers and agencies. We believe this acquisition will benefit…

Constituents laugh at Republican’s ignorance of trans-vaginal ultrasounds

During a town hall meeting last week, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) claimed to be ignorant of trans-vaginal ultrasounds and their recent involvement in the debate over abortion rights. Duffy was asked whether he supported the Woman’s Right to Know her Unborn Child Act, which would require a woman to receive…

Republican senator defends tax breaks for corporate jet owners

Republican Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas on Thursday defended the so-called “corporate jet loophole,” which provides special tax deductions for the owners of private jets. President Barack Obama has called for the corporate jet tax break and similar deductions, such as those for yacht owners, to be eliminated as part…

Scientists create ‘superbrain’ by connecting thoughts of two rats

Creating a “superbrain” of connected minds, scientists on Thursday said they had enabled a rat to help a fellow rodent while the animals were a continent apart but connected through brain electrodes. With electrodes imbedded in its cortex, a rat in a research institute in Natal, Brazil sent signals via…

Scientists: Legalize horn sales to save endangered rhinoceroses

In order to save the perilously endangered rhinoceros, sales of its horns should be legalized, four leading environmental scientists said Thursday in the influential journal “Science.” “As committed environmentalists we don’t like the idea of a legal trade any more than does the average member of the concerned public,” wrote…

World agriculture suffers from lack of wild bees

Falling numbers of wild bees and other pollinating insects are hurting global agriculture, a study released on Thursday found. Managed populations of pollinators are less effective at fertilizing plants than wild ones, the researchers said, so the dearth of pollinating insects cannot be solved by simply introducing others. “Adding more…

Climate scientists: Carbon dioxide rose along with temperatures that ended the Ice Age

Levels of carbon dioxide rose hand-in-hand with warming at the end of the last Ice Age, according to a study Thursday that deals a blow to climate skeptics. French researchers said they had answered a riddle that has perplexed scientists. The question arises from bubbles of atmospheric air, trapped in…

WikiHouse allows people to build their own homes with 3-D printers

WikiHouse is putting a new spin on old-time barn-raising with a free online resource that lets people put homes together the same way they might a giant jigsaw puzzle. WikiHouse.cc was designed as an open-source construction kit that lets people create and share home designs and then “print” pieces using…

Video of 8-year-old Russian girl going 60 mph goes viral

Police in Russia’s northwestern city of Saint Petersburg have launched a probe after a video of an eight-year-old girl driving 100 kilometres per hour (60mph) through snowy scenery went viral on the Internet. The clip of Karina Mikulchik driving was shot by her mother Yelena, who was sitting in the…

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