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Spanish town goes green by turning sewage into clean energy

By Tracy Rucinski CHICLANA DE LA FRONTERA, Spain (Reuters) – A Spanish resort town with sprawling golf courses and tree-lined beaches has added another green site to its attractions: the world’s first plant to convert sewage into clean energy. The facility in Chiclana de la Frontera on the southwest tip…

Pope Francis sets up special review of Vatican bank

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has set up a special commission to review the activities of the scandal-plagued Vatican bank to ensure that it operated in “harmony” with the mission of the Catholic Church, the Vatican said on Wednesday. The appointment of the five-member panel, which includes four prelates…

Ohio Governor John Kasich warns fellow Republicans on the moral consequences of blocking Medicaid expansion

By David Morgan (Reuters) – Ohio’s Republican governor, John Kasich, is no fan of President Barack Obama’s health reform law. But he has become an unlikely proponent of one element of Obamacare – expansion of Medicaid healthcare coverage for the poor – and he has a warning for his fellow…

British inventor of the World Wide Web scolds ‘insidious’ Western governments over spying

LONDON (Reuters) – The British inventor of the World Wide Web accused Western governments of hypocrisy in spying on the Internet while lecturing repressive leaders across the world for doing exactly the same. Tim Berners-Lee, a London-born computer scientist who invented the Web in 1989 as the Berlin Wall crumbled,…

Ancient, cow-sized knobby lizard discovered in Africa

Even by paleontology standards, this newly discovered lizard was unusual-looking, an outcast in the ancient Earth’s nearly empty deserts. The cow-sized animal, called Bunostegos, or “knobby roof” for the quantity of huge bulbs that dot its face,…  …

‘Don’t touch my junk DNA!’ says gene signal sequence

Almost all of the human genome is made of noncoding, or “junk” DNA, that is, DNA that usually doesn’t get copied and encoded into proteins.  So when copying DNA, how do cells tell the diference between actual genes and non-coding DNA?  DNA replication…  …

McDonalds has served its last halal McChicken sandwich in the U.S.

McDonald’s, the largest fast food chain to offer menu alternatives designated for observant Muslims, is removing the items from its menu, suggesting that preparing food exclusively to suit individual religious tastes is problematic for restaurants…  …

Democrat Edward Markey wins Massachusetts seat in Senate

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) – Veteran Representative Edward Markey of Massachusetts on Tuesday won the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry and helped Democrats maintain their majority in the chamber. Markey claimed victory in a post on his official campaign Twitter page, saying: “Thank you Massachusetts! I am…

‘Overly attached girlfriend’ worried about purity? Attachment styles predict moral concerns

You can predict a person’s “moral compass” based on their insecurities about attachments to others, new research published in Social Psychological and Personality Science has found. “To our knowledge, these are the first studies to demonstrate that attachment style contributes to variation in moral concerns and judgment and that this…

Astronomers find three potentially habitable planets orbiting nearby star

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – A neighbor star has at least six planets in orbit, including three circling at the right distance for water to exist, a condition believed to be necessary for life, scientists said on Tuesday. Previously, the star known as Gliese 667C was found…

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