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Rhino-Horse Wandered Ancient India

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A portly hooved animal about the size of a wild pig just might help solve a 55-million-year-old mystery of evolution and continental drift. The mammal, which likely weighed 45-75 pounds, probably occupied a branch of the evolutionary tree right beside a broad group that has since radiated out into the modern rhinoceros, horse and hippopotamus, according to a study published online last week in the journal Nature Communications. Cambaytherium thewissi, …

Scientists Are Building a Better Battery

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Berkeley, Calif. — Imagine an electric car with the range of a Tesla Model S — 265 miles — but at one-fifth the $70,000 price of the luxury sedan. Or a battery able to provide many times more energy than today’s technology at significantly lower prices, meaning longer-lasting and less expensive power for cellphones, laptops and the home. Those are among the goals …

PBS Launches New Math Series for Kids in ‘Odd Squad’

Monday, November 24, 2014

Consider this math problem: PBS leaves the train station headed west under a full head of steam to find a new series to teach math to youngsters. Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman leave a train station at top speed headed east with an idea for a show that features an agency run by kids who use math to deal with oddities in their …

Student Punished for Preaching Sues District

Friday, November 21, 2014

Seattle — A proselytizing student at Cascade High School in Everett, Wash., has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against Everett Public Schools, alleging administrators impinged on his First Amendment rights by suspending him for repeatedly handing out Christian tracts and preaching to other students on campus and during …

About to Turn 3, ‘Lilyhammer’ Might Just Be the Future of TV

Friday, November 21, 2014

E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt is not one of the first people I ever thought of in connection with the future of TV. But with the third season of his Netflix series, Lilyhammer, about to drop today, I am here to tell you he has become …

Mayor Bans Arab Workers

Friday, November 21, 2014

Jerusalem — The mayor of a southern Israeli city sparked a national uproar Thursday by barring Israeli Arab construction workers from jobs in local preschools, citing security concerns after a rash of attacks by Palestinian assailants elsewhere in …

Soaring Generic Drug Prices Draw Senate Scrutiny

Friday, November 21, 2014

Washington — Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers. A Senate panel …

NSA Chief: Critical U.S. Data Stolen

Friday, November 21, 2014

Washington — Several foreign countries, including China, have infiltrated the computers of critical industries in the United States to steal information that could be used in the planning of a destructive attack, the director of the National Security Agency said Thursday. That was one of the cyberthreats outlined …

Gunman at FSU Shot 3 in Library

Friday, November 21, 2014

Tallahasee, Fla. — The gunman who opened fire on the campus of Florida State University shortly after midnight Thursday, wounding three people before he was killed by police, was an alumnus who feared he was being targeted by the government, police said at a Thursday afternoon news conference. …

FDA OKs New Version of Painkiller

Friday, November 21, 2014

Washington — The Food and Drug Administration, which last year faced widespread criticism for approving a powerful painkiller that critics said would be easy to misuse, on Thursday OK’d a new form of the drug that will be hard to crush, break or dissolve — tactics used by …

Marchers Demand Answers About Missing Students

Friday, November 21, 2014

A woman holds up a sign that reads in Spanish “We Want Peace” during a massive march in Mexico City on Thursday. Protesters marched to demand authorities find 43 missing college students, trying to step up pressure on …

Immigration Poses Test for GOP Leaders

Friday, November 21, 2014

Washington — Just two weeks ago, Republicans handed President Obama a humiliating defeat at the polls, winning full control of Congress. But already, GOP leaders fear that the conservative uproar over the president’s immigration actions will doom any …

Actions Create Questions For Colleges

Friday, November 21, 2014

Washington — New federal measures to halt deportation of many illegal immigrants will spotlight a question of growing urgency for colleges: How should they handle applications from undocumented students for admissions and financial aid? The issue emerged in President Obama’s first term amid a national debate about the …