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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,…

Matt Taibbi: Libor scandal biggest ‘Wall Street-related story of this year’

On the Current TV show Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer, Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi said that the underreported Libor scandal was the “the biggest story, Wall Street-related story, of this year.” “There’s been a whole spate of market manipulation-type cases that have popped up in the last year, not…

Physics professor: Past decade ‘hottest ten years ever recorded’

This past year’s seemingly endless stream of catastrophic storms wasn’t just a media narrative, according to Michio Kaku, a physics professor at the City University of New York. On CBS This Morning on Thursday, Kaku discussed 2012′s “wacky weather” and how global warming, which creates more energy circulating on the…

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…

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