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Hundreds of unexplained sea turtle deaths in Central America alarm scientists

Hundreds of sea turtles are washing up dead on the beaches of Central America and scientists don’t know why. One hypothesis is that the killer is a potent neurotoxin that can be produced by algae during red tides, which are large accumulations of algae that turn sea water red or…

Egypt recovers 90 ancient artifacts on auction in Jerusalem

Egypt said Sunday that it has recovered 90 ancient artefacts that were put on sale by a Jerusalem auction house, and has asked Israel to find other antiquities and return them to Cairo. The ministry of antiquities said it had asked Israeli authorities to intervene after “spotting in recent weeks…

Protester hospitalized after nailing his testicles to Red Square cobblestone to protest Russian ‘police state’

A Russian performance artist was hospitalised Sunday after stripping naked and nailing his testicles to a Red Square cobblestone in protest against the Kremlin’s crackdown on political rights. A video of the graphic action, available on Russian websites, showed artist Pyotr Pavlensky sitting naked outside Lenin’s Mausoleum being covered with…

What is Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle?

How the sun shines and why the vacuum of space is not actually empty The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour…

Two dead, 22 injured in Texas birthday party shooting: reports

At least two people were killed and 22 hurt in a shooting at a house party packed with young adults near Houston, Texas, police told US media Sunday. Police are looking for two suspects in connection with the shooting late Saturday in Cypress, a suburb of Houston, Christina Garza at…

Two men shot at New York’s Bryant Park ice rink

Two men were shot Saturday night at about 11 pm in Bryant Park, a popular destination in midtown Manhattan that features an ice rink. Video footage shows a victim being lifted into an ambulance while still wearing skates. One victim was injured in the leg, the other in the torso.…

Typhoon Haiyan: at least 10,000 reported dead in Philippine province

Kate Hodal, The Observer At least 10,000 people are thought to have died in the central Philippine province of Leyte after Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall, lashed the area, swallowing coastal towns, a senior police official said early on Sunday morning. About 70-80% of…

Maine sued by Big Pharma because it won’t stop foreign drug imports

The pharmacies suing Maine to keep people from importing Canadian mail-order drugs carefully avoid using the word “profits” in their lawsuit. Big Pharma notes that some of its members have been injured, but no specific claim of damage is made. Instead the complaint argues that Maine’s new law explicitly authorizing…

Gonzaga students face expulsion for using gun in off-campus housing to fend off intruder

Facing public ire over the threatened expulsion of two Gonzaga University students who used a legally-owned hand gun to fend off an alleged attacker, the school intends to reexamine its strict policies about weapons in university-owned off-campus housing, the college president said in a statement Saturday. “There have been calls…

Iran nuclear talks fail; new talks in 10 days

French objections scuttled talks Saturday between European powers, the United States and Iran over Iran’s nuclear enrichment activities, according to media reports. While the talks in Geneva have been the longest top level negotiations in decades between the United States and Iran, the major world powers could not come to…

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