• Enter the graphene era

    Carbon acquires superpowers when it takes on the two-dimensional chicken-wire form, graphene. Credit: Chad Hagen True or false? It’s possible to make a sheet of carbon that is a single atom thick. If you’d asked...
  • Labour ‘to help first-time buyers’

    Labour ‘to help first-time buyers’

    First-time buyers would be exempt from stamp duty when buying homes for less than £300,000 under a Labour government, Ed Miliband will say. He will attack the coalition for “the lowest level of housebuilding for...
  • Russell helps Cubs down Reds

    Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Addison Russell’s three-run double led the Chicago Cubs in a 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the finale of a rain-shortened set. Miguel Montero added a solo home run, two...
  • This is what tasting looks like

    This is what tasting looks like

    Multiphoton intravital microscopy image of the tongue, with papillae in yellow and taste buds in blue. S. Lee, S. Yun, M. Choi It is more or less a given that at some point in your...
  • No life-saving surgery ‘for billions’

    The study said a third of all deaths in 2010 were treatable with surgery Two-thirds of the world’s population have no access to safe and affordable surgery, according to a new study in The Lancet...
  • Mickelson withdraws from WGC event for personal reasons

    (Reuters) – Five-times major champion Phil Mickelson has pulled out of this week’s World Golf Championships-Match Play tournament, citing unspecified personal reasons. Mickelson’s withdrawal was announced on Sunday, just three days before the start of...

Headline News

  • Michigan 7th-grader with leukemia offered readmission to school that dismissed her


    DETROIT –  The mother of a Michigan girl dismissed from a Catholic school for not meeting academic and attendance standards during leukemia treatments said Sunday that her daughter has been invited back but will attend a public school for now. Barbara McGrath told The Associated Press St. Joseph Middle School officials informed her that Rose McGrath could return to the Battle Creek school but postponed a meeting to discuss concerns until later this week to allow for “a cooling off period.” Barbara McGrath said that her daughter is attending Lakeview Middle School and that she can’t say whether Rose will return to St. Joseph until she determines if issues can be resolved. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “It sounds like they’re not going to pass her anyway, even if she goes back,” Barbara McGrath said of her 7th-grade daughter, who is in remission but still recovering from treatments for acute lymphoblastic leukemia diagnosed in 2012. “I don’t see …

    April 26, 2015 11:54 pm
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Politics

  • Republican presidential contenders woo evangelical voters


    DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Republican presidential hopefuls in Iowa and elsewhere have recently begun sounding a call to arms to Christian conservatives, describing what they say is an urgent threat to religious liberty. Citing high-profile dust-ups over religious freedom bills in Indiana and Arkansas, the contenders are painting a vivid picture of faith under fire. “In the past month, we have seen religious liberty under assault at an unprecedented level,” Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said on Saturday at a forum sponsored by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition outside Des Moines. In both Indiana and Arkansas, bills aimed at protecting religious liberty were modified after critics, including a number of corporations, asserted the laws would allow discrimination against lesbians and gays. On the campaign trail, Republican hopefuls are blasting the modifications. “Corporate America needs to be careful,” Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said on Saturday. “We’ve got legislation in Louisiana to protect people of …

    April 26, 2015 8:32 pm
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Stocks

  • Corinthian Colleges to close all remaining campuses


    The for-profit Corinthian Colleges network will shutter its remaining 28 campuses effective Monday. The closures include 13 Everest and WyoTech campuses in California, Everest College Phoenix and Everest Online Tempe in Arizona, the Everest Institute in New York, and Heald College, along with its 10 satellite campuses across the U.S., according to a notice on the organization’s website. Corinthian’s network of for-profit schools once included 100 campuses across the country, where about 74,000 students were enrolled. But since last July, the U.S. Department of Education has forced the company to close or sell off its locations over concerns about its high-interest loans and misleading information. Even before the shutdown plan was announced, Corinthian had already spent years in court defending itself against charges it had allegedly preyed on low-income people with expensive loans. Over the past year, things haven’t gotten better for the embattled education company, which faces a slew of lawsuits brought by the …

    April 26, 2015 10:53 pm
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Sports

  • Russell helps Cubs down Reds


    Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Addison Russell’s three-run double led the Chicago Cubs in a 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the finale of a rain-shortened set. Miguel Montero added a solo home run, two RBI and two runs scored for the Cubs, who took both games of the set that saw Saturday’s contest postponed due to rain. Jake Arrieta (3-1) pitched six innings and allowed two runs on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Todd Frazier hit a solo home run and Billy Hamilton drove in the other run for the Reds, who have lost three straight. Anthony DeSclafani (2-1) allowed five runs — one earned — on five hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts over five innings. “It’s not where we want to be offensively,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We’re creating opportunities, but we haven’t been able to cash in on them with any consistency. We’ve got …

    April 26, 2015 11:54 pm
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World News

  • Labour ‘to help first-time buyers’


    First-time buyers would be exempt from stamp duty when buying homes for less than £300,000 under a Labour government, Ed Miliband will say. He will attack the coalition for “the lowest level of housebuilding for almost 100 years and the lowest rate of home ownership for a generation”. His party will also pledge to begin work on one million new homes by 2020. The coalition says its Help to Buy scheme has already helped more than 80,000 people to buy homes. In a speech in Stockton, Teesside, addressing the “modern housing crisis”, Mr Miliband will pledge to help young people on to the housing ladder. “There’s nothing more British than the dream of home ownership and home ownership is out of reach for so many people in our country,” he will say. “It’s the right thing to do to enable people to get back on the housing ladder and that’s what a Labour government will …

    April 26, 2015 11:54 pm
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Technology

  • This is what tasting looks like


    Multiphoton intravital microscopy image of the tongue, with papillae in yellow and taste buds in blue. S. Lee, S. Yun, M. Choi It is more or less a given that at some point in your life, you have encountered the taste map — a map of the tongue predicated on the idea that different regions of your tongue taste different flavours. It’s not true; the 1901 theory was debunked pretty solidly in 1974, and has continued to be debunked since. But the exact relationship between the taste cells within the taste bud and how we perceive taste still remained something of a mystery, said Professor Seok-Hyun Yun from Harvard Medical School. For the first time, a global team including Professor Yun, biomedical engineer Dr Steve Lee of the Australian National University’s Research School of Engineering and Assistant Professor Myunghwan Choi, from the Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea, have conducted live imaging of the tongue while …

    April 26, 2015 11:53 pm
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Science

  • Enter the graphene era


    Carbon acquires superpowers when it takes on the two-dimensional chicken-wire form, graphene. Credit: Chad Hagen True or false? It’s possible to make a sheet of carbon that is a single atom thick. If you’d asked that question before 2004, most scientists would have laughed you out of the room. It seemed as fanciful as the story of Flatland – a two-dimensional world vividly imagined by satirist Edwin Abbott in 1884. 2004 was the year maverick scientist Andre Geim and his student Kostya Novoselov introduced graphene to the world. Two-dimensional carbon is not only possible, it is promising to usher in a new industrial age. Two hundred times stronger than steel, a thousand times more conductive than copper, tougher than diamond, flexible, stretchable and see-through as well – its list of properties sounds even more remarkable than what is portrayed in Flatland. Many are forecasting a coming graphene age that will succeed that of steam, steel …

    April 27, 2015 12:14 am
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Health

  • More U.S. Newborns Enduring Drug Withdrawal: Study


    SUNDAY, April 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The number of U.S. infants admitted to neonatal intensive care units to treat symptoms of drug withdrawal has nearly quadrupled since 2004, researchers report. Neonatal abstinence syndrome — a drug-withdrawal syndrome that often occurs after exposure to prescription narcotic painkillers during pregnancy — affected only seven babies for every 1,000 admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in 2004. By 2013, that number had jumped to 27 infants for every 1,000 babies in the NICU, the study revealed. The Baylor University Medical Center researchers also found that the percentage of days spent in a NICU attributed to drug withdrawal went from 0.6 percent to 4 percent over that decade. And eight neonatal centers reported that more than 20 percent of NICU days were spent caring for these infants in 2013. The findings were published online April 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine, to coincide with …

    April 26, 2015 8:32 pm
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Entertainment

  • Tyga dedicated his newest tattoo to his girlfriend, Kylie Jenner (PHOTO)


    More: Kardashians’ reactions to Bruce Jenner’s transition changes our opinion of them The reality star and “Rack City” rapper have had a close friendship for years. They’ve denied frequent rumors that their relationship had blossomed into something more. But thanks to a new photo making the rounds on social media, it’s looking more and more like the two are much more than friends. In the photo, posted to Instagram by a number of fans and gossip sites, you can clearly see a new tattoo on the inside of Tyga’s right elbow: “Kylie” in large, flowing black script. Image: kardashiandollx / Instagram We’ll just be here waiting for whatever story they’ll come up with to explain this one. More: Kylie Jenner shares TMI pic alluding to some private piercings (PHOTOS) Even though the two appear to be dating, it’s no secret that they have actually been close friends for a long time — Tyga has lived next …

    April 26, 2015 11:13 pm
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Editorial

  • ‘Remembering Everyone Deployed’ Fridays: Let’s wear red America


     (Courtesy Mansfield University)  (Courtesy Mansfield University) The events of September 11, 2001 undoubtedly changed the lives of Americans across the country. But the rubble of the Twin Towers has long been cleared, Freedom Tower now in their place, and most Americans have returned largely to the same lives they led before the attacks. Men and women of the United States military haven’t had this option. These men and women continue to volunteer to fight an enemy thousands of miles from home. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The relatively normal lives we take for granted is a testament to the incredible job they’ve done to protect our quality of life. But we owe it to each of them to better understand the struggles they face not only in combat, but when they return home. Wearing a specific colored shirt might seem like a trivial act, but the meaning behind it is significant. It translates to mean that as you …

    April 26, 2015 4:27 am
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Odd News

  • Argentine side train with dust masks as volcano spews ash


    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An amateur side set to meet league champions Racing Club in the last 64 of the Argentine Cup are wearing dust marks to train near an Andean volcano spewing ash. “We’re playing against the Argentine champions, we’re taking it very seriously and anxiously await the match,” coach Gustavo Coronel of regional side Independiente of Neuquen, a province in the southwest of Argentina, told TyC Sports on Friday. Across the nearby Andes mountains in neighboring Chile, the 2,000-metre Cabulco volcano erupted on Wednesday and has been spewing clouds of ash since Thursday. The venue and date of the match have not been confirmed. The ash has reached Buenos Aires in the east with flights into and out of Ezeiza international airport suspended or rerouted while those at Neuquen and the Andean ski resorts of Bariloche and Chapelco have been closed. (Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Ken Ferris)

    April 24, 2015 11:57 pm
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