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Australian lawmaker knocked for remark on party mate’s ‘sex appeal’

Australia’s opposition leader, accused last year of misogyny in a blistering speech by then-prime minister Julia Gillard, was under fire Tuesday after touting the “sex appeal” of an election candidate. Tony Abbott, currently the frontrunner to become next prime minister in September 7 polls, made the remark while campaigning with…

Footage of disabled cows stir questions about growth drugs

By P.J. Huffstutter and Lisa Baertlein (Reuters) – At a beef industry conference in Denver last week, the animal health auditor for meat producer JBS USA presented a video showing short clips of cows struggling to walk and displaying other signs of distress. The animals appeared to step gingerly, as…

Green, for her pleasure: French sex toys begin to go eco-friendly

The French have long prided themselves on their sexual prowess, but a new breed of entrepeneur offering goods and services from ethically-sourced condoms to recycling services for worn out vibrators wants to take the eco-conscious to new heights of organic ecstasy. When he launched the first 100 percent organic “erotic…

Elon Musk is more important to society than Steve Jobs ever was

At South By Southwest in March, Google[x]’s “Captain of Moonshots” told an audience that Elon Musk is a “national treasure.” ;  …

John Oliver: You do not pair a penis with red wine

Monday night on The Daily Show, host John Oliver proved that Australia’s presidential elections were just as much of a gaffe-filled fun-fest as America’s presidential elections. Why venture into Australian politics? Oliver hoped the demonstration would make Americans cut down the current election season from four years to one month.…

California Redditors hope to make the Hyperloop a reality

Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk unveiled a futuristic transportation system called the Hyperloop on Monday. Within hours, users of the social news website Reddit started a campaign to make the Hyperloop a reality in California. Musk was inspired to develop the Hyperloop concept because of his disappointment in California’s planned…

Ohio Attorney General rejects ballot measure to legalize marijuana

A ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in Ohio was rejected on Monday by the state’s attorney general, who said the petition was not “fair and truthful.” The group Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis collected enough signatures to submit the ballot measure to Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine’s office for approval.…

Watch: Pathogens in the clouds and other disease facts with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Disease expert Laurie Garrett recently sat down with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice to answer some questions about pathogens. The deadliest plague in recorded human history, vaccinations and pathogens spread via clouds were among the topics covered in the “lightening round” on Star Talk Radio. Watch video,…

Disappointed Star Wars fans rage against Disney chief executive

Hell hath no fury like a room full of disappointed Star Wars acolytes: a Disney boss at a high profile convention in California has been booed after admitting he had nothing new to tell fans about JJ Abrams’ forthcoming Episode VII. Speaking at the annual D23 event in Anaheim, during…

Consistently wrong: Larry Summers’ record should rule him out of the Fed chairmanship

As a general rule in life – and certainly, in applying for a job – your record counts. If you’ve had a history of alienating people, being consistently wrong on the biggest issues in your field and screwing up – say, by helping set the stage (pdf) for the worst…

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