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Grace Millane and the rise of the ’50 Shades’ defense in murder trials

Grace Millane and the rise of the ’50 Shades’ defense in murder trials

British backpacker Grace Millane was strangled to death, crammed into a suitcase and buried in a New Zealand woodland after a Tinder date in December 2018. On Thursday her killer, a 28-year-old man, was sentenced to life imprisonment with minimum 17 year non-parole period. The Courts of New Zealand said in a statement: “Overall, the…

As election looms, Netanyahu announces new construction in East Jerusalem

As election looms, Netanyahu announces new construction in East Jerusalem

With eleven days to go until Israel’s election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced plans to build thousands of new homes in a part of Jerusalem that the international community holds as the capital of a future Palestinian state. The announcement immediately drew verbal fire from Palestinians, who called the planned construction “land theft” and…

A year on this exoplanet only takes 18 hours. And it might be doomed

A year on this exoplanet only takes 18 hours. And it might be doomed

Every 18 hours, a newly discovered exoplanet found 2,000 light-years away from Earth completes an orbit around its star — and potentially takes another step closer to being ripped apart. The exoplanet, known as NGTS-10b, is considered to be a “hot Jupiter” — a type of gas giant exoplanet that is 20% bigger than Jupiter…

Climate change could kill all of Earth’s coral reefs by 2100, scientists warn

Climate change could kill all of Earth’s coral reefs by 2100, scientists warn

Climate change could destroy almost all of Earth’s coral reef habitats by 2100, according to new research. About 70-90% of all existing coral reefs are expected to disappear in the next 20 years due to warming oceans, acidic water and pollution, said scientists from the University of Hawaii Manoa, who presented their findings Monday at…

Interpreting Trump’s pardons

Interpreting Trump’s pardons

Tell Trump he’s got power and he’ll use it. Washington sages thought that the crushing pressures, ingrained customs and the implied morality of his office would force Donald Trump to conform to traditional notions of presidential behavior. But the US President’s latest flurry of decrees shows that was a bad bet. American presidents can pretty…

This violinist played her instrument as surgeons removed a brain tumor

This violinist played her instrument as surgeons removed a brain tumor

Dagmar Turner wasn’t just showing off when she played the violin during her brain surgery at King’s College Hospital in London. Surgeons asked the 53-year-old to play her instrument to ensure that the professional violinist’s musical abilities were not damaged during a tumor removal. The tumor, in her right frontal lobe, was dangerously close to…

The world’s top climate negotiator is feeling optimistic. She says you should too

The world’s top climate negotiator is feeling optimistic. She says you should too

At first glance, Christiana Figueres doesn’t have that many reasons to be optimistic. The Costa Rican diplomat played a pivotal role in negotiating the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015. But while the deal was widely praised as a landmark achievement, it has since begun to crumble. The United States left the pact under President Donald…

Medieval ‘Black Death’ mass grave uncovered in the English countryside

Medieval ‘Black Death’ mass grave uncovered in the English countryside

The sweeping scourge of the Black Death in 14th century England was so great it forced city-dwelling victims out to countryside hospitals, based on the tragic findings in a mass grave in Lincolnshire, England. The remains of 48 people, including 21 children, were found at a previously unknown Black Death mass grave site at Thornton…

Skeleton found in cave could reveal Neanderthal death rites

Skeleton found in cave could reveal Neanderthal death rites

Around 70,000 years ago, a Neanderthal was laid to rest in Shanidar Cave. Excavations in recent years have slowly revealed its entire upper body, including a lower back, the clenched bones of a right hand and the left hand almost acting as a pillow beneath the skull. It’s the first discovery of its kind in…

Did dinosaur blood run hot or cold? Their eggshells may hold a clue

Did dinosaur blood run hot or cold? Their eggshells may hold a clue

The image of cold-blooded, scaly, reptilian dinosaurs imprinted in our imaginations by movies like “Jurassic Park” may be inaccurate. We already know that many dinosaurs were feathered like birds and brightly colored. They may also have sounded like them too — making a cooing sound similar to a dove rather than roaring. Now, research from…

The world is bracing for what another four years of Trump could look like

The world is bracing for what another four years of Trump could look like

What will a second Donald Trump presidential term look like — if it happens? That was the thought in many delegates’ minds as they gathered over the weekend in the southern German city of Munich for a security conference. The official theme at the conference was “Westlessness,” an intentional gripe at the impact of Trump’s…

Amid looming coronavirus crisis, progress made in fight against Ebola

Amid looming coronavirus crisis, progress made in fight against Ebola

As China and the world try to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, the fight against another deadly disease, Ebola, has reached an encouraging “milestone,” the World Health Organization said Friday. Four countries in Africa, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Ghana and Zambia, have licensed an Ebola vaccine to “cement hard-fought progress”…

In these ‘very dark times,’ Jane Goodall explains why she is still hopeful

In these ‘very dark times,’ Jane Goodall explains why she is still hopeful

Jane Goodall will be turning 86 this year, but she shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, there’s a renewed sense of urgency to her activism. Her days are packed with meetings with world leaders, visiting conservation projects, supporting her Roots & Shoots movement and sharing her message with anyone who will listen. She…