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Aids activists held after naked protest in John Boehner’s office

Three female Aids activists have been arrested after taking off their clothes in the lobby of the speaker of the US House of Representatives,John Boehner.

Female soldiers challenge military over policy barring women from combat

Four US servicewomen are challenging a longstanding policy barring women from thousands of ground combat positions, citing the changing nature of warfare and fairness for career soldiers.

Obama fails first climate test by rejecting EU aviation carbon regime

Barack Obama has signed a law excluding US airlines from the European Union’s carbon trading scheme, delivering a blow to campaigners’ hopes for stronger climate action during the president’s second term.

What We Know About Elon Musk’s Proposed Mars Colony

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has caused quite the commotion in recent days with his proposal to create a human colony on Mars, first unveiled in some detail during a November 16 talk at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, UK.

Large Hadron Collider May Have Produced New Matter

The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator and the “Big Bang machine” that was used to discover what appears to be the long-sought Higgs boson particle (as announced July 4), may have another surprise up its sleeve this year: The LHC looks to have produced a new type of matter, according to a new analysis of particle collision data by scientists at the LHC’s Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) collaboration, including researchers at MIT and Rice University.

As Colleges Retool Aid, Can Entry Stay Need-Blind?

With money coming in more slowly than the financial aid given out, schools say they are nearing the breaking point, and even the most selective elite universities are rethinking their generosity.

Analysis: Euro zone debt forgiveness lies ahead in Greek mire

(Reuters) – Within minutes of euro zone finance ministers reaching a deal to cut Greece’s debt late on Monday, commentators on Twitter were dismissing it as another exercise in “kicking the can down the road”.

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