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Anti-vax parents lose in NY court, face steep fines for not vaccinating
Apr 19, 2019

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By Beth Mole A Brooklyn judge on Thursday rejected the petition from five anonymous anti-vaccine mothers who attempted to block the city’s recent vaccination mandate amid the largest measles outbreak the city has seen in several decades. And the city wasted no time enforcing its upheld order. As the judge made his decision Thursday, city health officials doled out the …


This Tiny Knee Bone Had Nearly Vanished As Humans Evolved. It’s Coming Back
Apr 19, 2019

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By Yasemin Saplakoglu A tiny bone hidden in the tendon of the knee started to disappear over the course of human evolution … or so scientists thought. Now, a new study finds that this so-called fabella (Latin for “little bean”) is making a comeback. The bone, which is a sesamoid bone, or one that’s embedded …


Planet’s ocean-plastics problem detailed in 60-year data set
Apr 19, 2019

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By Matthew Warren Scientists have uncovered the first strong evidence that the amount of plastic polluting the oceans has risen vastly in recent decades — by analysing 60 years of log books for plankton-tracking vessels. Data recorded by instruments known as continuous plankton recorders (CPRs) — which ships have collectively towed millions of kilometres across …


Christian Bigot: If Pete Buttigieg Gets Elected, People Like Me “Will Be Hated”
Apr 19, 2019

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By Hemant Mehta It’s been fascinating listening to anti-LGBTQ Christians flip out over the popularity of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. They act like he would get gay cooties all over the Oval Office if he won the election, while trapping the nation under the spell of his rainbow wand. The latest bigot to speak out is Peter LaBarbera of the group …


You’ve changed my life for the better
Apr 18, 2019

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I just wanted to thank Mr. Dawkins for being outspoken and passionate against the harms of religion, as well as teaching science and the beauty of evolution, especially in America where it is so desperately needed. I want to thank him for helping me crawl out of the dark religious hole I was suffering in …


Most ancient type of molecule in universe detected in space
Apr 18, 2019 · 1 

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By Nicola Davis The most ancient type of molecule in our universe has been detected in space, scientists have revealed, backing up theories of how the early chemistry of the universe developed after the big bang. The positively charged molecule known as helium hydride is believed to have played a starring role in the early …


Pete Buttigieg Faces Anti-Gay Protesters at Iowa Campaign Rallies
Apr 18, 2019 · 2 

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By Jeff Taylor Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg faced down anti-gay hecklers at two different campaign stops in Iowa on Tuesday. The protesters came in from out of state in both cases, and at one event yelled at various points about abortion and the Biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, often invoked as symbols of …


Catholic Agency Sues Michigan Over Adoption Rules Protecting LGBTQ+ People
Apr 18, 2019

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By David G. McAfee The state of Michigan made a reasonable decision in order to reduce discrimination against LGBTQ+ families and, like clockwork, a faith-based institution is there to challenge the order. In this case, a Catholic adoption agency that was sued for discrimination by a same-sex couple is now itself suing the state. St. Vincent Catholic …


Hours After Pigs’ Death, Scientists Restore Brain Cell Activity
Apr 18, 2019 · 1 

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By Rachael Rettner In a radical experiment that has some experts questioning what it means to be “alive,” scientists have restored brain circulation and some cell activity in pigs’ brains hours after the animals died in a slaughterhouse. The results, though done in pigs and not humans, challenge the long-held view that, after death, brain …


The First Known Interstellar Meteor May Have Hit Earth in 2014
Apr 17, 2019 · 1 

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By Charles Q. Choi The first meteor to hit Earth from interstellar space — and the second known interstellar visitor overall — may have just been discovered, a new study finds. Interstellar meteors may be common, and could potentially help life travel from star to star, researchers added. The first known visitor from interstellar space, a cigar-shaped …