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Student resorts to carrying papers on campus proving she’s a Muslim so she can wear hijab

A Virginia college student says she carries papers proving she’s a Muslim so she can wear a hijab on campus. Melona Clarke said officials at Hampton University told her she must get a letter from the school chaplain and her mosque so she could get a student identification card. “I…

Pirate Party of Russia offers to host NASA’s website while U.S. government is on shutdown

Russian Pirates Offer To Host NASA’s Website While US Government Is Shutdown (via Techdirt) The government shutdown leading to various government websites being taken offline has been the subject of much mocking. But, for people who rely on those websites, it can be quite a nuisance. So perhaps it’s time…

Maryland partners with Facebook to censor content ‘without societal value’ in new cyberbullying law

We saw Nova Scotia deliver the worst in cyberbullying laws (Canadian edition) earlier this year. Like most bad cyberbullying legislation, this one was prompted by the suicide of a teen. It’s too tempting for legislators to rush into action with no real…  …

Peter Higgs and Francois Englert win Nobel Physics Prize for ‘God particle’ discovery

British scientist Peter Higgs said he was “overwhelmed” after he and his Belgian colleague Francois Englert were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for their work on the Higgs Boson particle. “I am overwhelmed to receive this award and thank the Royal Swedish Academy,” Higgs, 84, said…

Springfield, Missouri to ‘crowdfund’ revitalization of legendary Route 66

It’s a fact: American cities don’t have enough money. More and more we read about cities filing for bankruptcy, or being saddled with budget deficits. These economic woes mean that necessary urban renewal…  …

Prescription drug abuse now more deadly than heroin and cocaine combined

Deaths involving prescription pills have quadrupled between 1999 and 2010, according to a report released Monday by Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit organization in Washington that studies health policy.;  …

‘Female promiscuity’ and ‘extreme mating’ makes some male marsupials kill themselves: study

Sex is such a frenetic and stressful process for some male marsupials that it literally kills them — and female promiscuity partly fuels this “suicidal” behaviour, according to a new Australian-led research. Scientists had wondered for decades why some species of insect-eating marsupials dropped dead after mating, with speculation including…

New malaria vaccine that cuts cases in half in trial could save millions of African children

Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) said on Tuesday it hoped to get the green light for a prototype vaccine against malaria after trials showed it offered children a partial shield against the disease. Results for the Phase III stage of the closely-followed RTS,S vaccine were unveiled at a conference in Durban,…

Aussie PM Abbott could win country’s award for ‘most constant’ sexism

“Vicious” commentary about Australia’s first female leader Julia Gillard dominates entries for the annual “Ernie” awards for sexism with Prime Minister Tony Abbott the “most constant” offender, organisers said Tuesday. There were more than 100 entries for the 2013 gong, which will be decided by the traditional “boo-off” at a…

Anarchist group mars Brazilian teachers’ march

Thousands marched in Rio de Janeiro Monday to support teachers seeking pay hikes before masked anarchists turned to violence, setting fires, breaking into buildings and smashing a City Hall gate. The demonstration took place over several hours and was peaceful at first. But once night fell, violent incidents broke out…

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