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Poll: Rudy Giuliani leads 2012 GOP contenders

WASHINGTON – A new CNN poll shows former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani narrowly leading the field of Republican presidential contenders for 2012. Giuliani won 16 percent of the 473 Republicans surveyed, one point ahead of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney who had 15. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin…

Pro-pot, anti-war Republican Gary Johnson running for president

Former Gov. Gary Johnson (R-NM) announced Thursday morning that he’s running for president in 2012, adding a fresh libertarian perspective to a field of candidates touting their social conservative credentials. The ex-governor is perhaps best known in recent years as an outspoken opponent of the drug war who believes marijuana…

More than 1,000 defy Egyptian army’s order to leave Tahrir Square

CAIRO (Reuters) – More than 1,000 protesters ignored an army order to leave Cairo’s main square on Sunday, extending into a third day their calls for a quick move to civilian rule and a deeper purge of corrupt officials. Barbed wire blocked roads intoTahrir Square, the center of the protests that…

Grassley knocks GOP 2012 field: ‘Only two or three of them are qualified to be president’

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) doesn’t seem to have much faith in his party’s 2012 field. Grassley, a 20-year senator and the top Republican on the powerful finance committee, told Radio Iowa that “only two or three of them are qualified to be president.” Raw Story asked Grassley’s…

Satellite measures gravity’s effect on climate change

PARIS — After nearly two years in space, the European satellite GOCE has collected the raw data needed to map variations in Earth’s gravity field, the European Space Agency has said. The data will help scientists better understand the impact of climate change on sea levels, ice sheets, and ocean…

Republican 2012 candidates have doubts to overcome

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican voters looking for their party’s 2012 challenger to President Barack Obama will choose from a field that has as many perceived weaknesses as strengths. “It’s tough to beat an incumbent, and if you’re going to do it, you’re going to have to do it with someone…

Hong Kong researchers store data in bacteria

A group of students at Hong Kong’s Chinese University are making strides towards storing such vast amounts of information in an unexpected home: the E.coli bacterium better known as a potential source of serious food poisoning. “This means you will be able to keep large datasets for the long term…

US stem cell research breaks new ground in 2010

Two US companies this year broke new ground by winning regulatory approval to start the first experiments using embryonic stem cells on humans suffering from spinal cord injury and blindness. The potent but hotly debated cells can transform into nearly any cell in the human body, opening a path toward…

British eight-year-olds publish study in top science journal

LONDON — A group of British children aged between eight and 10 had their school project on bees published by the prestigious Royal Society in a world scientific first, the society said Wednesday. The pupils from Blackawton primary school in the county of Devon investigated how bumblebees see colors and…

Science of man-made life can proceed: White House

The White House on Thursday said the controversial field of synthetic biology, or manipulating the DNA of organisms to forge new life forms, poses limited risks and should be allowed to proceed. An expert panel convened by President Barack Obama advised vigilance and self-regulation as scientists seek ways to create…

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