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Mars was robbed of most of its atmosphere billions of years ago

Two papers published in Science on Friday show that Mars lost much of the atmosphere that……

Mexico could legalize marijuana in five years: former president Vicente Fox

By Gabriel Stargardter SAN CRISTOBAL, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexico could legalize marijuana within the next five years, stripping brutal drug cartels of a major source of income, former President Vicente Fox said on Friday. Fox, who battled the powerful cartels while president between 2000 and 2006, has since become a…

SeaWorld denies film’s claims that keeping killer whales in captivity caused deaths of three people

Marine park owner says film investigation into death of orca trainer in Orlando is ‘inaccurate’ and ‘exploits tragedy’ The US marine park SeaWorld has denied claims made in a new film that its policy of keeping killer whales in captivity led to the deaths of three people. Critically acclaimed documentary…

Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing to be posthumously pardoned for breaking Britain’s defunct anti-gay laws

Alan Turing, the Enigma codebreaker who took his own life after being convicted of gross indecency under anti-homosexuality legislation, is to be given a posthumous pardon. The government signalled on Friday that it is prepared to support a backbench bill that would pardon Turing, who died from cyanide poisoning at…

Original copy of Oskar Schindler’s list available by auction on eBay starting at $3 million

An original copy of the list of Jews Oskar Schindler saved from the Holocaust is up for sale on eBay, with the starting bid set at $3 million dollars, a Los Angeles auctioneer said Friday. The 14-page typewritten list, bearing the names of 801 men, originated with the German industrialist’s…

Rare sighting of western bumblebee in Washington spurs optimism about reversing dangerous population crash

OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – A North American bumblebee species that all but vanished from about half of its natural range has re-emerged in Washington state, delighting scientists who voiced optimism the insect might eventually make a recovery in the Pacific Northwest. Entomologists and bee enthusiasts in recent weeks have photographed…

French farmer developed industrial snail-slime harvesting process to feed cosmetic industry’s appetite for goo

CHAMPAGNOLLES, France (Reuters) – The French have long appreciated snails on a plate with butter and garlic. But one rural snail farmer believes the humble molluscs have more to offer alive than dead. Louis-Marie Guedon says the mucus secreted by snails are full of collagen, glycolic acid, antibiotics and other…

Study finds small financial incentives to residents vastly improves the number end-of-life care discussions with patients

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Offering medical trainees a financial incentive to write hospital patients’ end-of-life wishes in their medical records led to a spike in the proportion of records with such notations, a new study found. Past studies have suggested that, although many elderly people prefer to die at…

Dubai offers emirate’s top dieters $5,400 in gold coins for weight loss

DUBAI – Dubai’s government will pay residents in gold for losing those extra pounds as part of a government campaign to fight growing obesity in the Gulf Arab emirate. he 30-day weight-loss challenge was launched on Friday to coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when the faithful refrain…

UN report slams Facebook for ignoring requests for information about suspect Somali pirates using the site

UN sanctions experts have complained to the UN Security Council that Facebook refuses to answer questions about ship hijackings suspected to be organized on social media sites. In a new report released Friday, the experts — who monitor a UN arms embargo against Somalia as well as sanctions against accused…

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