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Higgs boson theorist criticizes Richard Dawkins over anti-religious ‘fundamentalism’

Higgs boson theorist says he agrees with those who find Dawkins’ approach to dealing with believers ‘embarrassing’ As public disagreements go, few can have boasted such heavy-hitting antagonists. On one side is Richard Dawkins, the celebrated biologist who has made a second career demonstrating his epic disdain for religion. On…

Los Angeles gun buyback held early due to Newtown

Los Angeles is holding its annual gun buyback event Wednesday, a few months early in light of the shooting at the elementary school in Newtown, Conn., reported the Los Angeles Times. The city’s mayor wanted people to have the chance to take “concrete action” after the massacre that left 20…

Beijing spends a billion to get China’s music industry rocking

A ‘Music Valley’ is among plans to boost the music industry. But will piracy and tight state control hold back progress? From the top of a hillside in Pinggu village, an hour’s drive from central Beijing, the future of China’s music industry doesn’t look like much – just a vista…

Threats to family force female squash player to leave Pakistan

A young woman from south Waziristan, in Pakistan, developed a passion and skill for squash — but living in a highly conservative culture that forbade women from sports ultimately forced her to leave the country, reported Al Jazeera English. Maria Toorpakai Wazir played against the boys growing up and even…

Good Samaritan repairs Sandy-stricken home of disabled 11-year-old

The Troy family of Long Beach, N.Y., is hoping to move back into their home by the end of the year and potentially even by Christmas — a feat considering that a few weeks ago, that seemed impossible, reported the AP. Their home was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and…

Four firefighters shot, two killed after responding to house fire in Webster, NY

The Webster firefighters who responded to a structure fire in Lake Road early this morning found themselves fired upon by an as-yet-unknown assailant. By the time police secured the scene, two firefighters were dead and two others were hospitalized with gunshot wounds and three structures and a vehicle were engulfed…

North Korean band’s epic performance celebrates Dec. 12 rocket launch

A performance by a North Korean band in honor of the country’s recent rocket launch shows an epic, high-energy celebration of the accomplishment, to say the least. The Moranbong Band performed in celebration of the Dec. 12 launch, which the communist country claims is a weather satellite. The band performed…

Santa dons a snorkel to bring good stingrays their Christmas gifts

This year at the Sunshine Aquarium in Japan, aquarium employees got into the Christmas spirit, as one donned a Santa suit to feed the stingrays to the delight of the visitors and stingrays alike. The unlikely aquatic Santa grinned as he swam among the rays, distributing presents in the form…

‘Frankenfish’ close to full FDA approval

Genetically engineered fish, AquaAdvantage salmon, or “frankfenfish,” depending on your viewpoint, are closer than ever to FDA approval, reported Newsy. The salmon, engineered by the company Aquabounty, grow twice as fast as normal fish and “would be the first approved scientifically engineered animal for human consumption,” reported KTTU. The FDA…

Woman fired for being ‘irresistible’ blasts Iowa Supreme Court ruling

A dental assistant who was fired from her job because her boss claimed she was “irresistible” spoke out on Saturday. Melissa Nelson told CNN she had no idea what changed. She had worked at the position for more than 10 years without incident. Nelson said she “absolutely” wasn’t having an…

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