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Mar 1, 2015

List grows of Putin critics who met violent deaths

Boris Nemtsov joins a string of prominent Kremlin opponents murdered or found dead in unexplained circumstances. They include: Feb. 27, 2015: leading opposition figure and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov, 55, is gunned down at around 23:15 on a bridge adjacent to the ...

West's call to rebuild Ukraine faces reality check

Mar 1, 2015

West's call to rebuild Ukraine faces reality check

Western powers are preparing what they say may be their most potent weapon against Moscow’s interference in Ukraine — a multibillion dollar aid package to rebuild a near-bankrupt state and realize the European dream cherished by many Ukrainians. There is just one problem: foreign ...

'Jihadi John' contemplated suicide in 2010: report

Mar 1, 2015

'Jihadi John' contemplated suicide in 2010: report

The London man believed to be Islamic State group executioner “Jihadi John” told a journalist four years ago that surveillance by British security services had left him contemplating suicide, reports said Saturday. Mohammed Emwazi, named by media and experts as the militant thought to ...

UV exposure damages skin after sunset

Feb 28, 2015

UV exposure damages skin after sunset

Significant ultraviolet radiation damage to skin can still occur hours after its exposure to sunlight, scientific researches have determined. Exposure to sunlight or tanning lamps can damage DNA in melanocytes, the cells that pigment skin by producing melanin which gives skin its color, and ...

Feb 28, 2015

Animal body sizes tend to increase in over time

by Will Dunham

Renowned 19th-century American paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope proposed “Cope’s Rule,” hypothesizing that animal lineages tend to increase in body size over time. The dinosaur fossils he dug up in the American West seemed to bear this out. However, Cope was not infallible. In a ...

Leonard Nimoy leaves legacy beyond science fiction

Feb 28, 2015

Leonard Nimoy leaves legacy beyond science fiction

Leonard Nimoy didn’t just leave a lasting impression on the science-fiction world, he also left his mark on science itself. Seth Shostak, who researches the possibility of extraterrestrial life as the senior astronomer at SETI Research, recalled that Nimoy was regularly willing to lend ...

Feb 28, 2015

Canada worried as a growing number of youths join jihad

Concerned about a growing number of Canadian youths traveling overseas to join jihadis, and lacking an immediate alternative, political leaders have asked parents to keep a more watchful eye on their children for signs of extremism. “These situations are disastrous,” Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard ...

Ukraine war to be Putin's undoing, Khodorkovsky says

Feb 28, 2015

Ukraine war to be Putin's undoing, Khodorkovsky says

Exiled Russian former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky warned Friday that President Vladimir Putin’s policies on the Ukraine conflict will bring Moscow to ruin, much as the Afghan war helped bankrupt the Soviet Union. A year after annexing Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, Russia finds itself isolated and ...