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MISSING ENZYME IN SKIN TURNS CARDINALS YELLOW

Scientists have discovered the gene that produces the brilliant red color in male birds like the northern cardinal.

The researchers also found an enzyme that they suspect converts a yellow molecule, which the birds obtain by eating seeds, leaves, and fruit, into a red one. This enzyme is active in the eyes of red and yellow birds, where it plays a role in their ability to see color. But in red birds, the enzyme is also active in the skin and feathers.

“In many bird species, the…

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Adicionado por Katie Persse em 27 maio 2016 às 2:31 — Sem Comments

Costs of celebrity college commencement speakers can add up

  BOSTON (AP) — When colleges pick their graduation speakers, many strive to put a celebrity behind the podium. It can bring prestige. It can bring publicity. And it can bring a steep bill.

  This year, for instance, the University of Houston paid $35,000 to book retired astronaut Scott Kelly as the commencement speaker. Rutgers University paid $35,000 for journalist Bill Moyers, who spoke at one division's ceremony after the schoolwide keynote speech from the unpaid President Barack…

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Adicionado por Katie Persse em 23 maio 2016 às 6:26 — Sem Comments

State urges long-term contraception for women on Medicaid

Dominique Entzminger, a physician assistant of family medicine, wears a stethoscope during an examination at the Codman Square Health Center April 5, 2006 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. State lawmakers approved a health care reform bill March 4 that would make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to require all its citizens have some form of health insurance. Governor Mitt Romney is scheduled to sign the bill next week. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images

Texas officials want to sell women on Medicaid on the use of long-term contraception that can help them avoid unwanted pregnancies, especially those struggling with significant health problems that are more likely to lead to premature or low birth-weight babies.The goal, state officials said at a House Public Health Committee meeting Thursday, is to urge women to use long-term contraception, particularly after finishing a pregnancy, to ensure they do not become…

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Adicionado por Katie Persse em 20 maio 2016 às 4:03 — Sem Comments

Malaysian Filmmakers Slam Red Granite as Embezzlement Scandal Grows

Directors and producers in Hollywood should be more concerned [about] whether this is blood money, or corruption money or drug money," says a prominent Malaysian filmmaker.

As mounting allegations of corruption continue to engulf The Wolf of Wall Street producer Red Granite, figures from the Malaysian film industry have a message for the company's Hollywood collaborators: Please, stop.

The morning after Woody Allen's Cafe Societyopened the Cannes…

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Adicionado por Katie Persse em 18 maio 2016 às 3:39 — Sem Comments

men for season 12 of our favorite show.

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Ever since Ben Higgins broke uber sweet JoJo Fletcher's heart on The Bachelor, we've been dying for the now Bachelorette star to get her shot at true love. And finally, the day has come to meet all 26 of JoJo's contending (and might we say sexy?) men for season 12 of our favorite show.

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Photo: Courtesy of ABC NewsThe guys come from a variety of backgrounds, one claiming to be a "hipster" while another happens to be an erectile…

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Adicionado por Katie Persse em 14 maio 2016 às 3:31 — Sem Comments

An estimated 1,000 red crabs wash up in Huntington Beach

Maybe Huntington’s Dog Beach should be re-named Crab Beach?

Little red crab critters washed up along the water line – some dead, some still squirming around and pinching their claws – Wednesday afternoon near Goldenwest Street, up the coast to the Bolsa Chica Wetlands inlet in Huntington Beach.

Lifeguards estimated about 1,000 crabs washed up with the tide.

While they dotted the water line, it was still nowhere near the hundreds of thousands –…

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Adicionado por Katie Persse em 12 maio 2016 às 3:42 — Sem Comments

After Maoist Music and Slogan, Harsh Light Shines on Chinese Show

BEIJING — The brass band strikes up and a squadron of young female singers, known as the 56 Flowers, launches into a rousing anthem to Mao Zedong, whose giant, smiling portrait looms over the stage.“Sailing the seas depends on the helmsman,” the singers and a backup choir warble in the Great Hall of the People, a vast venue usually reserved forChina’s legislature and other official meetings. “Making revolution depends on Mao Zedong Thought.”

The 56 Flowers…

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Adicionado por Katie Persse em 10 maio 2016 às 3:03 — Sem Comments

United Methodist group wants clergy

A United Methodist pastor in Reynoldsburg is calling for the suspensions of three fellow clergy members in the wake of Saturday's same-sex wedding of a minister in violation of church rules.

The Rev. Jeff Greenway, who heads up the Evangelical Fellowship of West Ohio, wrote in a statement on behalf of the group that the public marriage of the Rev. David Meredith is a "clear act of disobedience to the spirit and letter of our covenant."

"These actions are troubling to us as…

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Adicionado por Katie Persse em 9 maio 2016 às 2:33 — Sem Comments

A Russian hacker has 272 million stolen Gmail

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t may be time to update the password for your email. Usernames and passwords for more than 250 million stolen Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, and other accounts are being swapped around in Russia’s criminal underworld, according to Reuters.

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These stolen accounts were discovered by Hold Security, where researchers found a Russian hacker, dubbed as “the Collector,” bragging that he was ready to “give away” these credentials, which totaled 1.17…

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Adicionado por Katie Persse em 5 maio 2016 às 3:11 — Sem Comments

How Wall Street is making lemonade out of earnings lemons

In what has been an otherwise dismal first-quarter earnings season, Wall Street is hanging onto one hope — that the worst may be over.

Corporate profits have been in their worst skid since the financial crisis, on pace for their fourth consecutive quarterly decline as a stronger dollar, an oil bear market and slumping economic growth both in the U.S. and globally eat into top and bottom lines.

Market pros believe, however, that the first three months of 2016 are showing signs…

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Adicionado por Katie Persse em 3 maio 2016 às 3:22 — Sem Comments

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