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Ice-free Arctic was responsible for super-warm Pliocene Epoch, research finds

A year-round, ice-free Arctic Ocean could help to explain why the Earth is known to have been significantly warmer during the Pliocene Epoch than the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at the time would have otherwise suggested, according……

How can radiation therapy cause heart disease?

RADIATION therapy is a powerful tool for improving the survival rate of those diagnosed with certain forms of cancer. But the dozens of doses of high-energy radiation involved carry a risk, as healthy cells are zapped along with cancerous ones. Many…  …

How Estonia became a leader in technology

WHEN Estonia regained its independence in 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, less than half its population had a telephone line and its only independent link to the outside world was a Finnish mobile phone concealed in the foreign minister…   [Scenic summer aerial panorama of Tallinn, Estonia via Shutterstock.com]…

Chris Christie dismisses Rand Paul’s invitation to bury hatchet over beers

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to call a truce over beers with Gov. Chris Christie, but the governor said tonight he isn’t having it. The senator from Kentucky today invited Christie to “patch things up,” after the Republicans — both possible…  …

Lou Reed doesn’t like it when his music is pirated

Lou Reed has taken a stand (sort of) against music piracy, which puts him at odds with many of his fans. Earlier today David Lowery, a singer/songwriter and guitarist for the bands Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker…  …

Why the bird brain is actually a dinosaur brain

A new paper published in Nature suggests that Archaeopteryx’s flight-ready brain case was not unique but was found in non-avian dinosaurs, a find suggesting that the bird brain was actually received from the dinosaurs.(Thierry…  …

NASA turns 55. What’s next for the space agency?

Fifty-six years ago, civilian pilots and military rocket scientists had little in common. And then, on October 7, 1957, came Sputnik.;  …

John Oliver destroys San Diego’s revolting pervert in chief Bob Filner

Anthony Weiner’s everlasting gobstopper of sexting scandals pales in comparison to the misdeeds of San Diego’s mayor, The Daily Show host John Oliver illustrated on Wednesday night. Oliver prefaced his attack on Mayor Bob Filner by warning his viewers to apologize to their skin, “because it is not just going…

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