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Robotic explorer rockets to the moon in successful launch

NASA’s newest robotic explorer rocketed into space late on Friday in a mission to look for dust rising from the surface of the moon. The Virginia launch dazzled sky watchers along the East Coast of the US. An unmanned Minotaur 5 rocket blasted off from the Virginia coast on Friday…

Hundreds gather in Taiwan to support same sex marriage bill

More than 1,200 Taiwanese people joined a mock “wedding banquet” on Saturday aiming to drum up support for a same-sex marriage bill due to be sent to parliament soon, organisers said. Participants sat around tables decorated with red cloths printed with the Chinese character for “wedding”, as they had dinner…

Gulf urges intervention to ‘rescue’ Syrians

The Gulf Cooperation Council urged the international community Saturday to intervene immediately to “rescue” the Syrian people from their government’s “oppression”. “The genocide, and grave human rights violations, faced by the Syrian people necessitate an immediate intervention by the international community,” GCC secretary general Abdullatif al-Zayani said. The intervention would…

Obama says he learns what NSA is doing from the press, then goes to NSA for details

Ewan MacAskill calls out a rather astounding statement by President Obama during his most recent press conference in St. Petersburg at the G20 summit. The very last question, which I believe is asked by AFP reporter Tangi Quemener, asks President Obama…  …

Syrian chemical weapons attack a war crime and strong response is essential, says EU

European Union foreign chief Catherine Ashton says strong response is essential to make clear there is no impunity The European Union has called a chemical weapons attack in Damascus a crime against humanity and says it was probably carried out by the Syrian government. Following a meeting with the US…

Indian lawmakers ban ‘dehumanizing’ caste-based, human waste scavenging

Indian lawmakers have passed a long-awaited bill to ban manual scavenging — the clearing of human waste from toilets — by workers seen as the “ultimate untouchables” under the country’s ancient Hindu caste-hierarchy. Already illegal under a largely ineffective 1993 law, the Congress-led government promised to have another go at…

Bacteria from slim people could help treat obesity, study finds

Experiments show microbes from thin or fat people’s intestines can cause mice to lose or gain weight Bugs that lurk in the guts of slim people could be turned into radical new therapies to treat obesity, according to a new study. The claim follows a series of experiments which found…

TSA expands $85 fee program for less invasive airport screenings

You’ve likely heard the phrase “freedom isn’t free” before, probably in the context of honoring our service men and women, paying taxes, voting, or paying for audio clips of the movie Braveheart. It’s one of those phrases that’s been used so often that…  …

Real adventure that inspired ‘Moby-Dick’ lures film directors

Two versions of shipwreck and cannibalism story behind Melville’s classic are being made The story that charts the obsessive, ill-fated hunt for a great white whale has resounded down the generations since the publication in 1851 of Herman Melville’s novel, Moby-Dick: or, The Whale. Now the lure of the enormous…

New research pins some extreme weather events on climate change

A new paper released on Thursday reported that climate change compounded Hurricane Sandy’s flooding, the damage from which is seen here. The paper also said that climate change worsened the U.S. heat waves, the shrinkage of Arctic sea ice, drought in…  …

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