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Tree rings reveal El Niño linked to climate change

Tree rings reveal El Niño tied to recent global warming (via The Christian Science Monitor) Every seven years – or sometimes every two years, or maybe four years – El Niño turns a bucket of rainfall over eastern South America, sending floodwaters cascading over coastal Ecuador and typhoons spiraling into…

Researchers find star system with 3 ‘Super Earths’

Four habitable planets orbiting three tiny suns? New first in planet-hunting. (via The Christian Science Monitor) Three, perhaps even four potentially habitable planets are orbiting a star in a triple-star system some 22 light-years from Earth, a team of astronomers announced Tuesday. It’s the first time researchers have found so…

Researchers: ‘Parrot Dinosaur’ learned to walk upright like human child

'Parrot dinosaur' walked on all fours, then graduated to two (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) A baby in a dinosaur costume can do a laudable imitation of how a young dinosaur might have behaved. New research suggests that Psittacosaurus, the ‘parrot dinosaur,’ walked on four feet – and then…

Original 1976 Apple computer expected to fetch more than $500,000 at auction

Want an original 1976 Apple-1 computer? It'll cost you, a lot. (via The Christian Science Monitor) Beginning next Wednesday, June 24 – and ending on July 9 – Christies will hold an online auction titled ”First Bytes: Iconic Technology from the Twentieth Century.” According to Christies, among the Apple products up…

50 years after Supreme Court banned school-sponsored prayer, students still pray

School prayer: 50 years after the ban, God and faith more present than ever (via The Christian Science Monitor) At the adolescent-unfriendly hour of 7:10 on this rainy spring morning in tiny Loachapoka, Ala., classes won’t start for another half hour in the public school. But already the science lab…

Chemical blasts spur questions about Southern petrochemical corridor

Donaldsonville explosion: With Southern industrial boom come dangers (via The Christian Science Monitor) Back-to-back explosions at chemical plants only miles apart along the Mississippi River have given pause to those who live in the shadows of America’s dirtiest industries. On Thursday, an explosion at a chemical plant in Geismar, La.,…

Congressional tax panel heads: IRS needs ‘significant restructuring’

IRS shakeup needed after scandal, chairmen of Congress' tax-writing panels say (via The Christian Science Monitor) The Internal Revenue Service may need to be restructured after the agency was found improperly targeting conservative groups seeking non-profit status, the chairmen of the two congressional tax-writing committees say. “There does need to…

Israel instilling cyber-security in high schoolers

Israel accelerates cybersecurity know-how as early as 10th grade (via The Christian Science Monitor) Amid a rapid rise in cyber attacks on Israel, the state is accelerating efforts to recruit and develop the cyber expertise it needs to keep pace with emerging threats in the Middle East and beyond. With double…

Bible sales outpacing ’50 Shades of Grey’ in Norway

Norway's hot new title? The Bible, now outselling 'Fifty Shades of Grey' (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Actors rehearse a scene from ‘Bibelen,’ a six-hour play based on a nontraditional interpretation of the Bible that is currently playing at the Oslo theater Det Norske Teatret in…

IRS surrenders line-dancing video amid growing criticism

The tax man danceth? Line dance video complicates IRS defense (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View This still image shows a scene from a video the IRS provided to Congress featuring its employees – this one showing them dancing on a stage – produced to be…

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