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Scientist warns that the robot apocalypse really is coming unless steps are taken now

From HAL 9000 to the Terminator — all those Hollywood movies in which artificially intelligent robots end up turning on their human masters might not be too far from the truth. Noted artificial intelligence researcher Steve Omohundro published a paper in the April edition of the Journal of Experimental &…

Oklahoma students know less about evolution after Biology I than they did before taking it

A study published in the latest edition of Evolution: Education and Outreach demonstrated “the average student…completed the Biology I course with increased confidence in their biological evolution knowledge yet with a greater number of biological evolution misconceptions and, therefore, less competency in the subject.” The study, conducted by Tony Yates…

Judge to decide if AL newspaper must ID anonymous commenter in murder case

A circuit court judge in Alabama will rule today on whether the district attorney for Limestone County can force AL.com to identify an anonymous commenter on one of its stories. According to District Attorney Brian Jones, the anonymous commenter on an AL.com story about the Joel Moyers capital murder case…

New Jersey deems woman’s ’8THEIST’ license plate too ‘objectionable’ to buy

A New Jersey woman claims that the state discriminated against her when it refused to allow her purchase a vanity license plate that read “8THEIST.” According to the lawsuit, Shannon Morgan went on to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission’s website and attempted to register the license plate “8THEIST” to…

Texas mother charged with murder after keeping son’s body on ice in Hindu ritual

A mother in a Dallas suburb has been arrested and charged in the death of her 10-year-old son, whose body was found carefully wrapped in a dry bathtub filled with ice packs. Police arrived at the Frisco, Texas home of Pallavi Dhawan only to find her son, Arnav’s body in…

Ground-breaking ‘urban farming’ law sparks renaissance of greenovation in Boston

According to an article published yesterday in Modern Farmer, the signing of Article 89 last December has led to a renaissance in urban farming in Boston. The new ordinance — signed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino on one of his last days in office — allows urban farmers to both…

NC Tea Party candidate scrubs conspiracy website, then plagiarizes his positions on issues

A Republican Senate candidate from North Carolina appears to have plagiarized the “on the issues” section of his campaign site from Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, and his “issue” posts on Facebook are near-direct copies of articles by scholars from the conservative think-tank the Cato Institute. Dr. Greg Brannon,…

Study: People of color breathe air that is 38 percent more polluted than white people’s

A study released by the University of Minnesota this week indicated that people of color are exposed to air that is 38 percent more polluted than the air breathed by white people. In an interview with The Minnesota Post, the study’s lead researcher, Julian Marshall, an associate professor of civil…

Study: Spanking doesn’t work, but average 4-year-old is spanked 936 times per year anyway

New research published in the Journal of Family Psychology indicates not only that parents punish their children more frequently than they admit, but that the form of the punishment — spanking — is an ineffective means of behavioral modification. The study analyzed real-time audio recordings of parents interacting with their…

Oklahoma school district OKs ‘Bible curriculum’ created by Hobby Lobby president

According to the Religion News Service, the “Museum of the Bible Curriculum” created by Hobby Lobby’s President Steve Green (pictured above) will be beta-tested in Oklahoma’s Mustang Public School district beginning in the Fall of 2014. Green hopes the program — which will be overseen by Jerry Pattengale, head of…

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