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Russian court detains two Greenpeace activists for two months over Arctic drilling protest

A Russian court on Thursday ordered two Greenpeace activists to be detained for two months over a protest on an Arctic oil platform, as the Netherlands called for the activists’ immediate release and threatened legal action against Moscow. The first group from the 26 foreign and four Russian activists accused…

‘UpWorthIt’ parodies Upworthy’s socially-conscious linkbait

Tomorrow’s PandoMonthly guest Chris Hughes is best known for cofounding Facebook, jumpstarting Obama’s online campaign, and taking over the New Republic. What’s less talked-about is his role as an early investor in Upworthy, the socially conscious, social-media-powered beast of a content site that exploded to 30 million monthly uniques last…

The X chromosome is not, in fact, X-shaped

Humans, we know, have 23 pairs of chromosomes in each cell, including one pair of sex chromosomes: females have two X chromosomes, and males have an X and a Y chromosome…  …

Scientists discover 419-million-year-old fish fossil that shows roots of modern jaw

A rendering of Entelognathus primordialis. (Brian Choo/Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology) The next time you and a child make fish faces at each other, take a moment to appreciate Entelognathus primordialis…  …

New California law targets massive online ticket-scalping scheme

Dean Levin still hasn’t gotten over the fact that he missed The Rolling Stone’s “50 and Counting” Tour here in May. “I called Ticketmaster as soon as I heard,” says the unemployed actor, standing in line at Starbucks here. “Sold out.”;  …

Mont Blanc climber finds 50-year-old treasure trove of emeralds, rubies and sapphires worth $332,000

A French climber scaling a glacier off Mont Blanc got more than satisfaction for his efforts when he stumbled across a treasure trove of emeralds, rubies and sapphires that had been buried for decades. The jewels, estimated to be worth up to 246,000 euros ($332,000), lay hidden in a metal…

Home-grown radio brings ‘fresh air’ to Syria’s Aleppo

“Gooood morning, Vietnam,” Wael Adel joked as he prepared to greet his listeners halfway around the world from Fresh Air of Syria radio in the war-battered northern city of Aleppo. “I’ve always wanted to say that, ever since I watched the movie,” said Adel, aged 30, referring to the 1987…

GOP lawmakers consider plan to lift debt ceiling in exchange for Obamacare delay

With five days until a possible U.S. government shutdown, lawmakers were mulling options Thursday for keeping agencies open while potentially postponing a battle over President Barack Obama’s health care law. The Senate expected to approve a stopgap funding bill soon that strips out a provision defunding the controversial health law,…

Panasonic to abandon consumer smartphones

Japanese electronic giant Panasonic said Thursday it will abandon research into new smartphones for retail consumers at home as it struggles to make inroads in a sector dominated by Apple and Samsung. The move comes two months after competitor NEC said it was pulling out of the market citing tough…

Pakistani teen activist Malala pleads to UN: Send books, not guns

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban for championing girls’ education has stood by world leaders at the United Nations and called for books not guns. “Instead of sending weapons, instead of sending tanks to Afghanistan and all these countries which are suffering from terrorism, send books,” she…

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