Scientists Are Creating New, Incurable Diseases in Labs

Scientists Are Creating New, Incurable Diseases in Labs

Is that reasonable? Swine flu, or H1N1, had been dead for 20 years when it suddenly re-emerged in 1977 with a curious twist. The new strain was genetically similar to one from the 1950s, almost as though it had been sitting frozen in a lab since then. Indeed, it eventually became clear that the late-70s flu outbreak was likely the result of a lowly lab worker’s snafu.

Lab accidents like that…

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North Korea Revealed in Photos Captured on #GoogleGlass

North Korea Revealed in Photos Captured on #GoogleGlass

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While Google Glass user Kenny Zhu was in North Korea this past April, he took advantage of the small and comparatively inconspicuous size of the device on his head to snap what appear to be the first images taken in North Korea using the wearable tech.

The images themselves aren’t too far out of the ordinary from other photos we’ve seen out of DPRK, but this first-person view gives…

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#Oregon #gay #marriage ban struck down by federal judge; same-sex marriages begin

#Oregon #gay #marriage ban struck down by federal judge; same-sex marriages begin

Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriages was struck down Monday by U.S. District Judge Michael McShane, who ruled that the prohibition violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians.

Jubilant couples who anticipated a favorable decision from the judge began the rush to officially wed at locations around the state. McShane ordered that his ruling take immediate effect.

“Because…

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@theweek: Inside India’s religious divide

@theweek: Inside India’s religious divide

Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist, is set to become India’s next prime minister. Why is the Muslim minority so worried? Meet India's next prime minister. Meet India’s next prime minister. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

What is Modi’s background?
Brash and charismatic, Modi, 63, is the most powerful person in Gujarat state, where he has built a cult of personality. As a young man, he joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh…

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Climate Change Will Force Us to Abandon Coastal Cities. We Better Start Preparing Right Now

Climate Change Will Force Us to Abandon Coastal Cities. We Better Start Preparing Right Now

On Monday, the New York Times reported on two new climate change studies that came to the same, terrifying conclusion: “The heat-trapping gases could destabilize other parts of Antarctica as well as the Greenland ice sheet, potentially causing enough sea-level rise that many of the world’s coastal cities would eventually have to be abandoned.”

Abandoned.

While actual abandonment would not…

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Sombras de la Tierra (la historia sobre cómo recuperamos nuestro planeta)

Sombras de la Tierra (la historia sobre cómo recuperamos nuestro planeta)

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“Hombres e invasores”

Yo no recordaba cuando habían llegado a la Tierra. Simplemente era demasiado pequeño para poder hacerlo. Sin embargo, antes de marcharse, mi hermano mayor supo contarme qué pasó ese día. Y para eso, todavía conservaba su reloj, el que nuestro padre le había obsequiado por su cumpleaños número 18, en la fecha exacta a esa hora ese minuto y los segundos exactos en…

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The impossible anatomy of godzilla

The impossible anatomy of godzilla

We asked scientists to help us understand what’s happening under that impenetrable hide.
This summer Godzilla is back in theaters, and he’s big. Since his first awakening, the radioactive, fire-spewing kaiju has grown 200 feet and put on more than 150,000 tons. Godzilla is now 30 stories tall and weighs as much as a cruise ship. No actual animal could take the pressure of being so massive: It…

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AT&T poised to acquire DirecTV

AT&T poised to acquire DirecTV

AT&T is poised to acquire America’s biggest satellite television provider, DirecTV, in a deal worth almost $50 billion.

The boards of the two companies were meeting on Sunday to approve the plan, according to a person with direct knowledge of the meetings. The deal could be announced as soon as Sunday afternoon.

The combination of AT&T (TFortune 500) andDirecTV (DTVFortune 500) would continue…

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“World’s Biggest Dinosaur” Discovered

“World’s Biggest Dinosaur” Discovered

A farmer in Chubut, Argentina made an incredible dinosaur discovery about three years ago. While working out in his fields, he stumbled across some fossilized dinosaur remains. Paleontologists from the nearby Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio excavated the area and found about 150 incredibly well-preserved bones from seven individuals of a species that is likely the largest to ever walk the…

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