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Small South Carolina town cannot find a mayor

Little Mountain, S.C., which has 292 people and one stoplight, also has a job opening: mayor. “There is currently no mayor in Little Mountain,” said Ezra Klein, filling in for Rachel Maddow on her MSNBC show Friday night, “which is odd. The mayor manages about a $90,000 budget — not…

Does Facebook make everyone a cyborg?

The Huffington Post starts the weekend by asking on Friday whether or not we are all cyborgs, a reference to a TED talk that claims we indeed are. A cyborg is an organism “to which exogenous components have been added for the purpose of adapting to new environments,” says the…

Author Junot Diaz: Current GOP is ‘a shelter for a lot of messed up and toxic paradigms’

Junot Diaz, an MIT professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, appeared on Bill Moyers on Dec. 28, where the writer discussed among other issues the recent election. “Even the communities who came out to vote, I think, were shocked by their own numbers…

Utah gun trainer defends free lessons for teachers

A Utah gun enthusiast and trainer who’s offering free firearms seminars to teachers told CNN on Friday that guns should be made available in classrooms across America just like fire extinguishers and first aid kits are today. “We’re gonna give folks like Kasey another option rather than jumping in front…

Arpaio plans to use armed volunteer ‘posse’ to patrol local schools

Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio said he plans to send members of his department’s volunteer “posse” to patrol schools as a response to the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. “Everybody else is talking about what their ideas are. They want new laws,” the Maricopa County sheriff told KPNX-TV on…

Snow falls inside Ukrainian subway cars

Public transportation users on one subway train in Ukraine’s capital city, Kiev, were surprised to look up and find that apparently it was snowing inside their subway car. The person who shot the video speculated that perhaps the filters in the train’s air uptake had been removed, allowing outside air…

Baby panda gets last weekly medical exam of 2012

Xiao Liwu, the San Diego Zoo’s 5-month-old giant panda cub had his 19th medical exam this week. The weekly exams measure and weigh the cub and check over physical and neurological function to screen for abnormalities. The cub was born on July 29 of this year and is reportedly healthy…

Gunman shoots three cops inside New Jersey police station

Three New Jersey police were shot Friday morning and a gunman was killed after the suspect, who was already under arrest, somehow managed to get his hands on a gun, according to published reports. The shootings happened inside the Gloucester Township police station early Friday morning. Police have not named…

Light-powered magnetic levitation could create ‘new class’ of solar energy

In a breakthrough that could one day revolutionize transportation and electricity generation, scientists at the University in Kanagawa in Japan demonstrated this month a disc that spins at over 200 rotations per minute when placed over a magnet in direct sunlight, saying the discovery could help create a wholly “new…

Scientists say ‘robot boy’ can be built within nine months

Robotics engineers say that they can build a humanoid robot “boy” that will help with everyday tasks within nine months. According to the Daily Mail, the childlike “Roboy” will have special artificial muscles and tendons, and is designed as a companion and helper for sick and elderly patients. A team…

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