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Cosmic ‘cold spot’ challenges inflation model of the early Universe

This past spring, the most detailed mapping of the early universe was released to the public. Certain anomalous features of this map have attracted the intense scrutiny of astrophysicist and cosmologists. In particular, there appears to be a massive…  …

Scientists genetically engineer bunnies to glow in the dark by injecting jellyfish genes into embryos

= Scientists have engineered bunnies to glow green.(University of Hawaii Department of Medicine/Vimeo) Earlier this week, a litter of bunnies were born in Istanbul. Scientists were pleased. That’s because two of the bunnies have been successfully genetically…  …

New Jersey’s Cory Booker wins Democratic Senate primary race

By Victoria Cavaliere NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Newark Mayor Cory Booker slid to an easy unofficial victory in New Jersey’s special Democratic primary held on Tuesday in the race to fill an empty U.S. Senate seat that has long been in Democratic hands. If he wins the general election…

Louisiana House Speaker has no plans to repeal unconstitutional sodomy law

Louisiana House Speaker Chuck Kleckley said Monday he didn’t plan on pushing to repeal the state’s defunct anti-sodomy law. At the Press Club of Baton Rouge, Kleckley told the Associated Press he wasn’t going to lead an effort to repeal the law. Louisiana’s crimes against nature law prohibits sexual relations…

BP sues U.S. alleging abuse of power after 2010 Gulf spill

Oil firm BP has filed suit against the US government for banning it from federal contracts after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, documents showed Tuesday. In a suit filed in federal court in Texas, BP said the ban last year by the US Environmental Protection…

Bradley Manning’s supervisor admits Army missed warning signs

By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – Lawyers for Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier convicted of giving classified documents to WikiLeaks, sought to show during a sentencing hearing on Tuesday that the Army ignored his mental health problems and bizarre behavior. Manning’s violent outbursts and his emailing a supervisor…

DNA tests fail to link ‘In Cold Blood’ killers to Florida murders

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, KANSAS (Reuters) – DNA tests failed to prove a suspected link between the 1959 murders of a Kansas family portrayed in the book “In Cold Blood” and a quadruple homicide in Florida later the same year, authorities said on Tuesday. However, the inconclusive testing was…

The war on African poaching: is militarization doomed to fail?

Every two weeks or so, the South African Department of Environmental Affairs publishes a rhino poaching update, a running tally of rhinoceroses illegally killed for lucrative Asian black markets, along with a summary of arrests of poachers and rhino horn couriers. The latest, dated August 7, lists 553 rhinos poached…

U.S. Sentencing Commission expected to recommend lower sentences for drug dealing

Prison terms for all federal drug dealing offences could be cut under a sweeping sentencing review expected to be announced on Thursday that may go much further than the tentative steps toward ending America’s “war on drugs”, begun this week by attorney general Eric Holder. The US Sentencing Commission, the…

White House insists NSA surveillance review will be independent

The White House has moved to dampen controversy over the role of the director of national intelligence James Clapper in a panel reviewing NSA surveillance, insisting that he would neither lead it nor choose the members. Statements by Barack Obama and Clapper on Monday night were widely interpreted as the…

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