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Martin Laine

Digital Journalist based in Lunenburg, MA, United States. Joined on Nov 11, 2009
Expertise in Books, Education, Environment & green living, Board games, Science & space,   see all» Government, Politics


Suspect arraigned in case of missing NH teen

A suspect was arraigned on kidnapping charges in Conway (NH) District Court Tuesday in the case of Abigail Hernandez who vanished on her way home from school nine months ago, and then unexpectedly returned home a week ago Sunday.
In the Media by Martin Laine

U.S. gov't surveillance undermining journalists, lawyers

Though its official mission is to thwart terrorist threats, the massive U.S. surveillance program is having a chilling effect on journalists and their sources, and lawyers and their clients, according to a report issued Monday.
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Forget the handshake — The fist-bump is healthier

There was a time when you could take the measure of a man’s character by the firmness of his handshake. But that ancient form of greeting may soon be a thing of the past, pushed aside by the new kid on the block, the fist-bump.
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Putin’s daughter reportedly flees Netherlands home

Faced with rising public anger over Russia’s role in the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s eldest daughter Maria and her Dutch boyfriend have apparently fled their penthouse apartment near Amsterdam.
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Biologists warn earth facing 6th mass extinction

A group of biologists is warning that the growing loss of species may mean that the planet is in the early stages of a sixth mass extinction. Another group of scientists say extreme and controversial methods may be needed to slow the rate of extinction.
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The strange case of Abigail Hernandez

Nine months ago, 14-year-old Abigail Hernandez was walking home from school when she vanished. Now, just as suddenly, she reappeared at home Sunday, apparently wearing the same clothes she was wearing when she disappeared.
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Ikea set to raise U.S. minimum pay to 'living wage' levels

Ikea, the Swedish home furnishings giant, will announce today that the minimum starting wage for its U.S. workers will rise an average of 17 percent to $10.76 per hour.
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U.S. tobacco companies making deadlier, more addictive cigarettes

Earlier this year the U.S. Surgeon-General reported that cigarettes are deadlier and more addictive than ever, and now a report issued Tuesday outlines how tobacco companies have made design changes and put in more additives to achieve that.
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New report says pesticide threat goes far beyond birds, bees

More than 50 years after Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring sounded the alarm on the dangers of pesticides and their effect on birds, a new report shows the problem is worldwide, and threatens a broad range of species.
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What makes a soccer ball curve?

Watching Jermaine Jones’ picture-perfect goal in the US vs. Portugal World Cup game, as the ball curved perfectly into the far back corner of the net, raises the question — how does that happen?
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Study shows rats regret bad choices, too

Apparently it’s not just humans who can look back and regret a bad decision. New research shows rats may experience something similar after being given a series of choices.
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Anesthesia in young children not as harmless as once thought

Because there are no serious immediate side effects, the use of general anesthesia in very young children has long been considered harmless. A new study shows side effects emerge only years later, as short-term memory difficulties and behavioral problems.
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This World Cup was for national teams without a country

Even as nationalistic fervor builds for the teams competing in the FIFA World Cup which begins this week, another, more obscure World Cup ended Sunday.
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Mass. student punished for writing pro-democracy notes

An American exchange student in China got into a bit of hot water when he wrote some pro-democracy phrases in another student’s notebook.
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Lowly milkweed may be key to saving the Monarch

It may not be a startlingly beautiful plant, nor is it of much use to modern man, but the once-ubiquitous milkweed is critical to the life-cycle of the Monarch butterfly. New research suggests it may be even more important than previously thought.
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Swedish student’s idea may make cash, debit cards obsolete

Imagine a debit card that can never be lost of stolen, and will always be right there when you need it. Imagine no more — just such a card is already in use.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 2 comments

Elk makes surprise visit to Swedish woodworking class

Students in a junior high woodworking class got the surprise of their lives when an elk came crashing through a classroom window.
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Desmond Tutu says stopping Keystone 'most important struggle'

Calling oilsands “filth,” South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu said the proposed Keystone XL pipeline must be stopped, and likened opposition to the fossil fuel industry to the fight against apartheid.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 3 comments

NSA, GCHQ collecting photos, Snowden papers show

In the latest example of the continued erosion of personal privacy, both the US and UK spy agencies have been collecting millions of images for use in their facial recognition programs.
In the Media by Martin Laine - 1 comment

Kawasaki Disease – an ill wind that blows nobody any good?

A new study suggests that the cause of Kawasaki Disease, which affects thousands of children every year, may be carried along by winds from a farming region of China.
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