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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…

NYC police seek unidentified woman in second subway-push murder

Police are seeking an identified woman who witnesses say pushed a man to his death in front of an elevated train, the second such incident in recent weeks. According to CBS New York, the woman was seen walking up and down the platform mumbling to herself before abruptly shoving the…

Italian priest’s Christmas flyer: Women incite domestic violence with cold dinners

A Catholic priest in Italy has created a firestorm by claiming that women bring violence on themselves by serving cold food and dressing provocatively. Father Piero Corsi of Liguria sparked outrage after members of his congregation posted his Christmas bulletin onto Facebook. The flyer, entitled “Women and femicide – healthy…

Woman arrested for scamming donations by posing as relative of Newtown victim

A woman in the Bronx was arrested Thursday and accused of scamming unsuspecting Facebook users out of donations by pretending to be the aunt of a 6-year-old who was killed in the Sandy Hook elementary massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Nouel Alba, 37, told a reporter for NBC’s “Today” that she…

Police: Homeless woman in Los Angeles was set on fire

Police in Los Angeles said Thursday that a 67-year-old homeless woman who was sleeping on a bench was set on fire, allegedly by a man who purchased rubbing alcohol from a nearby Walgreens and used a knife to threaten a man who witnessed the act. “He went inside to the…

Scientists: Portable device acts as early detector of strokes

Israeli scientists have produced a device that could revolutionize how we detect and treat strokes. A Reuters report said that strokes are the third biggest killer in the western world and early detection and treatment can vastly improve patient outcomes. Dr. Natan Bornstein, vice president of the World Stroke Organization,…

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