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‘Troublemaker of the Year’ tells Moyers science studies needed to ‘ensure the survival of the human race’

The 19-year-old activist who was named “Troublemaker of the Year” by … told Bill Moyers on Friday that teaching children humanity’s origins will help the species survive. Rep. Paul Broun’s (R-GA) infamous speech calling evolution and other scientific theories “lies from the pits of hell,” education advocate Zack Kopplin told…

Student researchers discover building blocks of DNA in cosmic cloud

The beginnings of the beginnings of life, the fundamental building blocks of DNA and RNA, have been detected in cosmic clouds near the center of the Milky Way galaxy, student researchers at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) announced Thursday. Using the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia to look…

Former tea party candidate’s sewage rant gets him booted from school board meeting

Carl Paladino was the 2010 Republican candidate for governor of New York, but now the tea party activist is not even welcome at a Buffalo School Board meeting. On Wednesday, the former candidate found himself being escorted from a school board meeting by security guards after he began ranting about…

Watch: ‘BigDog’ robot throws cinder block across a room

A robot known as the “BigDog,” created by Boston Dynamics at the behest of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), demonstrated a new capability in a video published Thursday featuring the pack-mule creation lifting a cinder block and using its whole body to throw it, like a human athlete…

NRA president: Gun owners will do ‘whatever’s necessary’ to ‘get rid of’ anti-gun lawmakers

National Rifle Association (NRA) President David Keene on Thursday promised that gun owners would do “whatever’s necessary” to “get rid of those in public office” that they viewed as working to erode the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Speaking at a rally of about 7,000 people protesting New York…

Injured ‘Sheriff Joe’ releases hospital bed videos

After falling and breaking his arm while walking through downtown Phoenix on Thursday, Sheriff Joe Arpaio released a pair of videos of himself in a hospital bed, talking about his determination to return to work. According to Talking Points Memo, the 80-year-old sheriff spoke to a woman off camera about…

Maddow tells ‘Daily Show’: Sotomayor and Scalia brawled over Voting Rights Act

Appearing on Thursday night’s episode of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” MSNBC progressive news host Rachel Maddow recounted her trip to the Supreme Court earlier in the week to watch the justices debate the Voting Rights Act, on the same day that a statue of Rosa Parks was being…

Watch live: Press conference on man eaten by Florida sinkhole

Authorities hold a news conference to discuss the latest in the sinkhole in Florida that swallowed a man. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on March 1. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Sean Hannity suggests Keith Ellison is the ‘equivalent’ of the KKK

Sean Hannity on Thursday responded to Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MI)’s accusation that he was a “shill” for the Republican Party by linking the Muslim Congressman to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who he called “a racist and an anti-Semite.” On Tuesday, Ellison had appeared on Hannity’s show and blasted…

Woodward backs off White House ‘threat’ claim: ‘I haven’t used that language’

Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward on Thursday seemed to back off the claim that White House economic adviser Gene Sperling threatened him by suggesting that he would “regret” his reporting on the sequester. In an op-ed published last week, Woodward had accused President Barack Obama of “moving the goal posts”…

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