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Judge refuses to dismiss suit against Feds who arrested former Marine for his controversial Facebook posts

Almost exactly a year ago, former Marine Brandon Raub was taken from his home by federal agents and involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward, all because of some controversial postings to his Facebook account, including some 9/11 conspiracy-related…  …

WordPress removes interview with British ‘straight pride’ group

Campaign group for ‘heterosexual equal rights’ uses US copyright law to issue a takedown notice. WordPress has removed an interview with the “homophobic” campaign Straight Pride UK after the group used US copyright law to issue a takedown notice. In an interview posted on his WordPress blog, student Oliver Hotham…

Authorities worried testicle-eating killer fish found in Swedish waters pose threat to skinny-dippers

A relative of the piranha, the pacu, was found in Swedish waters near Oresund Sound last week. It was about ten inches long, but this type of fish can grow to about four times that length. Why a South American fish would be in Swedish waters is not…  …

Researchers develop ‘early warning system’ for Alzheimer’s Disease – advance may lead to cure

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a hybrid nanoparticle-antibody probe that functions as an “early warning system” for detecting Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Neuroscientist William Klein and nanotechnologist Vinayak Dravid combined…  …

Berkeley scientists announce graphene breakthrough that will lead to ‘the next generation of high-efficiency solar cells’

A team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has just announced a new breakthrough in the field of graphene research, leading to the next generation of high-efficiency solar cells, computers and other advanced technologies. Graphene, a new material…  …

Study details ‘severe’ brutality against women in Papua New Guinea

Women in poverty-stricken Papua New Guinea suffer “severe brutality” with violence, including savage attacks involving knives, axes and whips, occurring in two-thirds of all families, a new study revealed on Tuesday. Based on interviews in Central Province’s Rigo district, the report by Australian charity ChildFund detailed extreme acts of violence…

Hackers attack Tibetan government-in-exile’s website

Hackers have attacked the Tibetan government-in-exile’s Chinese-language website with an unidentified virus, making the portal inaccessible, an official spokesman told AFP Tuesday. “Our office cannot access the website and we are trying to figure out what kind of virus is responsible for the problem,” Tashi Phuntsok, spokesman for the exiled…

Singapore firm launches in-flight Muslim prayer app

A Singapore-based company has launched an iPhone app alerting Muslims when to pray and in which direction they should face even when they’re 35,000 feet in the air. Travellers input the flight details and are provided with prayer times during their journey, as well as the direction of the Muslim…

Australian lawmaker knocked for remark on party mate’s ‘sex appeal’

Australia’s opposition leader, accused last year of misogyny in a blistering speech by then-prime minister Julia Gillard, was under fire Tuesday after touting the “sex appeal” of an election candidate. Tony Abbott, currently the frontrunner to become next prime minister in September 7 polls, made the remark while campaigning with…

Footage of disabled cows stir questions about growth drugs

By P.J. Huffstutter and Lisa Baertlein (Reuters) – At a beef industry conference in Denver last week, the animal health auditor for meat producer JBS USA presented a video showing short clips of cows struggling to walk and displaying other signs of distress. The animals appeared to step gingerly, as…

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