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Rare Genetic Mutation Causes Entire Family To Feel No Pain

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 11:42

Fifty-two-year-old Letizia Marsili and her mother, two sons, sister, and niece have had low sensitivity to pain since childhood. It's affected their family in a number of ways, including frequent burns from hot drinks and serious injuries from sports, Marsili explained to the BBC. “The members of this family can burn themselves or experience pain-free bone fractures without feeling any pain.

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Cow Escapes Live Nativity Scene Twice and Wanders the Streets of Philadelphia

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 10:44

Stormy was returned after two adventures on snowy downtown streets

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Uber Driver Accused of Raping 16-Year-Old Passenger

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 09:58

Police fear there may be other victims

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Mammoth skeleton sells for nearly 550,000 euros at French auction

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 09:56

The nearly intact skeleton of a woolly mammoth that lived at least 10,000 years ago was sold at auction for more than a half million euros Saturday in the southeastern French city of Lyon. The giant skeleton -- mounted in a forward walking position with its enormous curved tusks with tones of caramel and ivory facing slightly downward -- was bought by the chief executive of a French waterproofing company whose logo is of the prehistoric mammal. "We are going to display it in the lobby of our firm," said Pierre-Etienne Bindschedler, the CEO of Soprema.

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Tribes oppose planned bioterror tests near Oklahoma graves

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 09:48

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government's plan, saying the agency didn't inform them about chemicals it plans to release on grounds the tribes consider sacred because more than 100 children are buried there.

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Police Investigating Possible Link Between Human Remains and 3 Young Boys Missing Since 2010

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 09:44

The boys' father is currently in prison for charges related to the case

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The Vatican Bans Sales of Saints' Body Parts in Updated Relic Rules

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 09:37

The new rules govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be handled

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Mario Batali's Sexual Misconduct Apology Came With a Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 09:14

Many are calling the postscript tone deaf

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Lorenzen Wright's Ex-Wife Has Just Been Charged With His 2010 Murder

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 09:05

Authorities say Sherra Wright, the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, has been charged with first-degree murder in his death

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Third Sea Lion Attack in a Week Prompts Swimming Ban at San Francisco Park

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 08:35

"I haven’t had a single sea lion or wildlife attack like this."

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Female Congressional Candidate Quits Race Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 08:13

Andrea Ramsey is accused of sexually harassing a male subordinate in 2005

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Life on the Moon: NASA Technologist Describes Our Future Lunar Colony

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 08:10

President Donald Trump signed a directive this week that includes an initiative to send astronauts to the moon—and eventually to Mars. A full moon also referred to as a "super moon" rises in the sky behind New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center as a plane passes through it as seen from the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey, June 23, 2013. First we have 2-dimensional structures, and that’s things like landing pads, roads, parking lots, dust-free zones, even thermal areas that retain the heat for the lunar nights.

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Anita Hill to Chair Commission to Combat Sexual Misconduct in Hollywood

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 07:49

The commission will combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry

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'Absolutely Grisly.' A Woman Was Mauled to Death by Her Own Dogs

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 07:44

She was out walking her pit bulls

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Massive California Wildfire Triggers New Wave of Evacuations

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 07:34

The wildfire continues to grow and threaten homes despite armies of fire crews

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Roy Moore: 'Battle Is Not Over' in Senate Race

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 07:00

Moore asked supporters for contributions to his "election integrity fund'

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Romanians Pay Their Respects During King Michael's Funeral

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 06:49

Michael ruled Romania twice before being forced to abdicate in 1947

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The Hidden Danger of Do-It-Yourself Genetic Tests

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 05:20

Biotech firm Orig3n planned to distribute "free" genetic tests at a Baltimore Ravens game as part of a September promotion dubbed "DNA Day." The Ravens ultimately postponed the event, questioning whether Orig3n needed to secure federal approval before distributing the tests. Corporations and governments can easily obtain and identify DNA samples to harm individuals and their relatives. Congress must now establish rigorous protections that protect citizens from genetic discrimination and privacy violations.

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7 words the CDC is reportedly banned from using include 'transgender' and 'science-based'

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 19:46

Here are the words Donald Trump's White House has forbidden the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from including in documents being prepared for next year's budget, according to an unnamed CDC analyst who talked to the Washington Post:  vulnerable entitlement diversity  transgender  fetus evidence-based science-based The analyst learned of the directive at a "meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials," the Post reported.  SEE ALSO: Journalists are being jailed for 'fake news,' and critics blame Trump "The reaction of people in the meeting was 'incredulous,'" the analyst said. "It was very much, 'Are you serious? Are you kidding?' " They weren't told why the words were banned, but you can draw your own conclusions.  Mashable reached out to the CDC for comment, but the agency did not immediately reply.  Here's another puzzling and troubling excerpt from the WaPo story: Well, great, because who wants the agency responsible for stopping epidemics from using science-based solutions? As the Post notes, the CDC is tasked with studying the effects of Zika on fetuses and stopping the spread of HIV in transgender populations, so it looks like officials might have to get creative with their language when writing their reports.  WATCH: Someone shaved Donald Trump into the back of their head and it's frightening AF

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SETI scientists report radio silence from interstellar object but will keep listening

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 19:43

News Brief: The scientists behind the Breakthrough Listen initiative say they haven’t detected any radio signals coming from a strange interstellar object known as ‘Oumuamua, but there are still more observations to be made and analyzed. About 90 trillion bytes of data were collected Wednesday during the first of four planned listening sessions at the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia. The Breakthrough Listen science team at the University of California at Berkeley has put out a call for outside experts to lend a hand with analysis of the data. ‘Oumuamua has sparked interest because it’s a visitor from far beyond our… Read More

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