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How hawkmoths jam sonar signals from bats

In the dark caves and jungles of the world, there’s an epic 65-million-year evolutionary battle going on between bats and moths. Moths are obviously the underdogs. But scientists are learning that moths have found ingenious ways to counter the weapons…  …

Privacy group to file Supreme Court petition against NSA surveillance program

The Domestic Surveillance Project division of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) announced Thursday that it plans to file a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court (FISC) ruling which authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect metadata on domestic phone calls. According…

No risk of pandemic yet from MERS virus: scientists

The new MERS coronavirus that has claimed dozens of lives in the Middle East does not yet have the ability to trigger a pandemic, but vigilance is needed in case it mutates, French scientists said on Friday. “Our analysis suggests that MERS-CoV does not yet have pandemic potential,” they reported…

Border vigilante and accused child molester Chris Simcox pleads not guilty

Once prominent border security activist Christopher Allen Simcox, co-founder of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, plead not guilty on Wednesday to six felony charges related to child molestation. According to the Phoenix New Times, a probable cause statement filed by detectives in the case cited evidence that Simcox molested three…

British official urges U.S. to press corruption charges against Murdoch

A prominent Labour MP has said US authorities should press corporate corruption charges against Rupert Murdoch’s global empire after he admitted in a secretly recorded meeting with staff on the Sun that payments to police were part of “the culture of Fleet Street”. Chris Bryant, who has been compensated for…

Lock of Mick Jagger’s hair sells for $6,000 at auction

LONDON (Reuters) – An anonymous buyer snapped up a lock of Mick Jagger’s hair for 4,000 pounds ($6,000) after bidders pushed the price to double its pre-sale estimate, auction house Bonhams said. The clump of hair was sold by the Rolling Stone’s former girlfriend Chrissie Shrimpton, who is also the…

Internet sites join July 4 protest against surveillance

(Reuters) – The online community rallied on Thursday in support of live protests against the U.S. government’s surveillance of internet activity, a practice recently exposed by a former contractor for the National Security Agency. Websites such as Reddit and Mozilla supported a campaign in cities across the United States to…

U.S. airlines delay flights to Mexico City as volcano spews ash

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Four U.S. airlines temporarily suspended flights to and from Mexico City on Thursday after a volcano 50 miles from the capital spewed ash, a spokesman for the city’s international airport said. Three to eight flights on American Airlines, U.S. Airways, Delta Air Lines and Alaska Air…

NOM’s July 4th message: Are you LGBT or are you American?

The anti-LGBT group the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) sent a fundraising email to supporters late Wednesday asserting that Americans must choose between supporting LGBT rights and or supporting their country. According to Metro Weekly’s Poliglot blog, the email offerred a choice of an LGBT rights rainbow flag or a…

Sen. Ted Cruz sings ‘Amazing Grace’ to tune of ‘Gilligan’s Island’ theme

This, ladies and gentlemen, is only reason No. 437 why it is highly unlikely that Ted Cruz will ever be president. Happy Fourth of July from Raw Story! No matter how bad you expect this video to be, it’s much, much worse. Watch the video, embedded via The Washington Examiner:…

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