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WashPost: NSA is Collecting Your Friends Lists

According to the Washington Post‘s latest documents provided by ex-contractor Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency routinely “harvests” the contact lists from email accounts, social media accounts, and instant messengers, some of which belong to American citizens. This is the first revelation of any kind of metadata surveillance that intercepts address books and “buddy lists.” The data is intercepted as …

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Malala: Better Off Without A Nobel?

When Malala Yousafzai was passed over for a Nobel Prize, an ABCNews story noted Irish betting magnate Paddy Power’s odds for her as an 8/15 favorite mere days before the prize would go to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Other betting favorites included transgender Wikileaker Chelsea Manning (25/1) and U2 frontman Bono (100/1), but ABC’s piece did …

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F-35 Fighter Helmets Now Made in Israel

The New Hampshire Union Leader reported this week that New Hampshire’s largest manufacturing employer, BAE Systems, was dealt a financial blow by the Pentagon’s F-35 contract. The Pentagon announced earlier this week that manufacturing for the pilot’s helmet of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would be performed exclusively by Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, IA and Elbit Systems in Israel. …

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Arizona and Kansas Exploit Supreme Court Loophole

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law that required voters to present proof of their United States citizenship in order to vote in local as well as federal elections. The New York Times reports that Arizona has agreed to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling, even though the state has planned to join Kansas in the …

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Study: First Cave Painters Were Mostly Female

Like many disciplines, archaeology suffers from an overtly masculine bias in the literature; however, a recent study of ancient cave art could overturn at least some of that bias. National Geographic reported this week that Pennsylvania State University archaeologist Dean Snow traveled to eight sites famous for cave paintings in France and Spain. After analyzing the hand stencils and comparing …

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Archaeologists Uncover Skeletal Victims of Ancient Raid

NBC News reports that Swedish archaeologists have discovered a terrifying scene that is being called the “Swedish Pompeii.” An island off the Swedish coast named Ă–land held the remains of a 5th century fort, and after discovering the foundations of a house, the scientists discovered a horrific scene. Five people, all unearthed from the same ruined house, had been suddenly …

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Foster Farms Recall Would Be A Good Business Decision

It’s been two days since three Foster Farms plants in California were discovered to be the source of the drug-resistant salmonella outbreak, which turns out to be the second outbreak to hit Foster Farms this year. In that time, Foster Farms has issued no recalls, but plenty of press statements about the safety of their chicken. Less than 12 hours …

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Sprite for Hangovers: The Ultimate Cure?

From hot coffee to cold showers, humans have anxiously sought the mystical remedy that is the perfect hangover cure. However, thanks to a Chinese food study that was published in the September 2013 issue of Food and Function, that painful, drunken search has finally come to an end… in the form of a 12-pack of Sprite from the nearest store. …

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KHSAA: No Post-Game Handshakes in High School Sports

The Lexington Herald Leader reported yesterday that the Kentucky High School Athletic Association has issued a new directive instructing teams not to make their players participate in post-game handshake lines, the reasoning being that too many altercations have taken place. Affected sports include baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and wrestling. “Unfortunately, the adrenaline and effort required to participate in the sport …

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ATF: Man Can’t Publish Book About Our Screw-Ups

In 2012, former-ATF-agent-turned-whistleblower John Dodson revealed that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms was supplying guns to the Mexican drug cartels via a “gunwalking” sting called Operation: Fast and Furious. Now, Fox News has reported that John Dodson’s book is being blocked by the ATF under the justification that it will have bad effects on agent morale. Agent Dodson …

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Biologist Discovers New Species of Tick… Up Nose

ScienceDaily reported that American biologist Tony Goldberg regularly travels to Kibale National Park in western Uganda to watch how infectious diseases travel throughout the wilds, but something he did not anticipate was finding an undiscovered species of tick up his nose. A Wisconsin native and familiar with his local tick population, he’d never heard of anyone having a tick in …

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Higgs Boson Team Wins Nobel Prize for Physics

LiveScience and Reuters both report that Peter Higgs of Britain and Francois Englert of Belgium have been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for physics yesterday. Their prediction of the Higgs boson’s existence helps to explain how the stars and planets formed from elementary matter. LiveScience managing editor Jeanna Bryner said that early Nobel forecasts were predicting the win for Higgs …

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