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Ice-free Arctic was responsible for super-warm Pliocene Epoch, research finds

A year-round, ice-free Arctic Ocean could help to explain why the Earth is known to have been significantly warmer during the Pliocene Epoch than the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at the time would have otherwise suggested, according……

Chris Christie dismisses Rand Paul’s invitation to bury hatchet over beers

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to call a truce over beers with Gov. Chris Christie, but the governor said tonight he isn’t having it. The senator from Kentucky today invited Christie to “patch things up,” after the Republicans — both possible…  …

Lou Reed doesn’t like it when his music is pirated

Lou Reed has taken a stand (sort of) against music piracy, which puts him at odds with many of his fans. Earlier today David Lowery, a singer/songwriter and guitarist for the bands Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker…  …

Why the bird brain is actually a dinosaur brain

A new paper published in Nature suggests that Archaeopteryx’s flight-ready brain case was not unique but was found in non-avian dinosaurs, a find suggesting that the bird brain was actually received from the dinosaurs.(Thierry…  …

NASA turns 55. What’s next for the space agency?

Fifty-six years ago, civilian pilots and military rocket scientists had little in common. And then, on October 7, 1957, came Sputnik.;  …

Energy drink makers tell Senate panel they’re being ‘victimized’

The multi-billion-dollar global energy drink industry joined forces on Capitol Hill to fight off growing claims that their caffeine-rich products are hazardous to young people’s health. Senior executives from Monster Beverage, Red Bull and Rockstar told the US Senate’s Commerce Committee that they do not pitch their drinks at children,…

Left-leaning party in Uruguay hopes to legalize marijuana

Uruguay’s lower house is to vote on a controversial bill which for the first time would put a government in charge of production and distribution of legal marijuana. If approved, the bill, unveiled in June 2012 as part of a series of measures to combat rising violence, will head to…

Soldier at Colorado army base accused of sex with 14-year-old girl

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) – A 19-year-old soldier stationed at a U.S. Army base in Colorado accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl he met on the Internet has been arrested amid an ongoing probe of sexual misconduct at the post, police said on Wednesday Mark Vincent Petrosky,…

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to finally have a director

By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Wednesday confirmed a director for the federal agency that regulates firearms, fulfilling one of the demands President Barack Obama made after the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting. After a delay while lawmakers awaited the return of a colleague who was flying in…

Mexico to detain ‘Queen of the Pacific’ over drug trafficking

Mexico will detain Sandra Avila Beltran, known as the “Queen of the Pacific” for her links to the drug trade, after the United States deports her, an official said Wednesday. The government official, who requested anonymity, said Avila Beltran faces an investigation into a scheme to launder money through real…

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