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NASA’s Kepler telescope discovers three new planets in ‘habitable zone’

Scientists on Thursday announced that NASA’s Kepler satellite telescope had found three new planets that may be the best hopes yet of hosting life outside of Earth. According to NPR, Bay Area Environmental Research Institute research scientist Thomas Barclay said that the planet most like Earth orbits Kepler-69, which he…

Rick Perry asks Obama for a ‘quick turnaround’ on federal aid after explosion

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Thursday declared a disaster area and said he planned to request federal funds in response to an explosion at a fertilizer plant in Waco that may have killed as many as 15 people. At a press conference, the governor thanked President Barack Obama for…

Spurned man shoots dancer in face, then kills himself at strip club

A man in California killed himself on Wednesday after shooting an exotic dancer in the face because she would not perform for him. Police in Rialto said that they were called to the Spearmint Rhino Club at around 7:20 p.m. and found two people shot. According to KABC, a man…

Ohio Catholic school fires teacher who came out in her mom’s obituary

A Catholic high school in Ohio may have violated the law when it fired a teacher after her mother’s obituary revealed that she was a lesbian. Carla Hale told The Columbus Dispatch that she worked at Bishop Watterson High School in Clintonville for 19 years until an anonymous parent complained…

Science of light diffusion brings Gollum and other digital characters to life

Watch Visual Effects artist Joe Letteri explain how the science of light diffusion made digital characters more realistic. It was near midnight in the winter of 1998 when computer graphics researcher Henrik Jensen made a discovery about light. While playing with a laser pointer, he…  …

WATCH LIVE: Obama speaks at Boston interfaith service for Marathon bombing victims

Watch live, courtesy of ABC News, below:…

Colbert and actor Alan Cumming perform ‘Oopsie Daisy Homophobe’ song

Wednesday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert and actor Alan Cumming paid tribute to the disastrous Brad Paisley song featuring LL Cool J, “Accidental Racist.” Cumming, who is openly bisexual, but currently married to a man, stood in for Cool J in a performance of the song “Oopsie…

Oklahoma lawmaker: ‘I apologize to the Jews’ for ‘Jew me down’ slur

An Oklahoma lawmaker who was advocating that the state drop a 70-year-old law protecting small businesses from large retails stores apologized on Wednesday after he used the slur “Jew me down” during a debate on the state House floor. Republican state Rep. Dennis Johnson on Wednesday insisted to his colleagues…

Tucson survivor: Senators against background checks have no soul

A woman who survived the 2011 shooting incident that critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and killed six others told Rachel Maddow on Wednesday that she is angered and disgusted with members of the U.S. Senate who filibustered a vote on expanded background checks. Patricia Maisch, the woman who wrested…

Schumer laughs out loud on Senate floor at Cruz’ gun registry conspiracy theory

During a Wednesday debate on the Senate floor, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) could be heard laughing out loud after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) claimed that expanded gun background checks was part of a “push for a federal registry.” After Cruz said that he objected to a bipartisan plan to…

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