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World’s first study tracks dwarf minke whales

Dwarf minke whales have been tagged and tracked in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in a world-first pilot study which hopes to solve the mystery of where they spend the summer. Scientists at James Cook University in Queensland state are taking part in the project, also involving researchers from Alaska, which…

New Zealand woman drives for 190 miles asleep at the wheel

A New Zealand woman drove for hundreds of kilometres (miles) while asleep at the wheel, sending texts from her mobile phone along the way, police said Wednesday. Police said they received an emergency call just after midnight Wednesday from a friend concerned the woman had gone out in her car…

Cat DNA database created to help solve crimes

Forensic scientists are set to publish Britain’s first database of cat DNA so that it can be used for solving crimes, the University of Leicester said on Wednesday. The database containing 152 samples was originally created to help in a murder investigation of a Hampshire man. Cat hairs found on…

Indian sailors die after being trapped in explosion and fire on submarine

By Kaustubh Kulkarni MUMBAI (Reuters) – Eighteen Indian sailors were trapped and some were killed after an explosion and fire on a diesel-powered submarine berthed at a base in Mumbai on Wednesday, souring a week of naval milestones, including the launch of a locally built aircraft carrier. Defense Minister A.K.…

Former ‘Hollywood Madam’ Heidi Fleiss accused of growing marijuana

By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) – Heidi Fleiss, nicknamed the “Hollywood Madam” in the 1990s after she was accused of running a high-priced Southern California call-girl ring, may face charges after 392 pot plants were found at her Nevada desert home, a county sheriff said on Tuesday. Deputies who went to…

New shark species discovered near South Carolina

A known type of hammerhead shark has been discovered to be a distinct species. It was assumed for many years that the hammerheads in South Carolina waters at  Bull’s Bay north of Charleston,  St. Helena Sound near Beaufort and in the Charleston…  …

Cosmic ‘cold spot’ challenges inflation model of the early Universe

This past spring, the most detailed mapping of the early universe was released to the public. Certain anomalous features of this map have attracted the intense scrutiny of astrophysicist and cosmologists. In particular, there appears to be a massive…  …

Scientists genetically engineer bunnies to glow in the dark by injecting jellyfish genes into embryos

= Scientists have engineered bunnies to glow green.(University of Hawaii Department of Medicine/Vimeo) Earlier this week, a litter of bunnies were born in Istanbul. Scientists were pleased. That’s because two of the bunnies have been successfully genetically…  …

New Jersey’s Cory Booker wins Democratic Senate primary race

By Victoria Cavaliere NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – Newark Mayor Cory Booker slid to an easy unofficial victory in New Jersey’s special Democratic primary held on Tuesday in the race to fill an empty U.S. Senate seat that has long been in Democratic hands. If he wins the general election…

Louisiana House Speaker has no plans to repeal unconstitutional sodomy law

Louisiana House Speaker Chuck Kleckley said Monday he didn’t plan on pushing to repeal the state’s defunct anti-sodomy law. At the Press Club of Baton Rouge, Kleckley told the Associated Press he wasn’t going to lead an effort to repeal the law. Louisiana’s crimes against nature law prohibits sexual relations…

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