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Martin Laine

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



Supreme Court to decide if 1st Amendment protects campaign lies

The U.S. Supreme Court will take up a case next week challenging an Ohio law banning individuals or groups from making false statements about a candidate.
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Low-methane kangaroo gas may be key to bovine emissions problem

Kangaroos and cows share a similar diet – mostly grasses and other vegetation. Yet, kangaroos give off a relatively low-methane gas whereas cows and other livestock are a major source of the greenhouse gas.
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Swedish military mounted secret raid on German-owned sub shipyard

Even as a tentative agreement has been reached to sell a German-owned shipyard to a Swedish company, reports are surfacing of a secretive raid by Swedish military forces to remove some of the technological equipment.
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Plumbing problem surprise: A moose in the well

Over the weekend, a Hartland, Conn., family’s tap water stopped flowing, so on Monday they called a plumber. When he went out to check their well, he discovered the problem: a moose was trapped inside.
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Thousands more Norwegian farm salmon escape in latest incident

More than 47,000 farm-raised salmon have escaped their cages in northern Norway, the fifth such escape in two months. Environmentalists are warning that the country’s growing aquaculture industry could destroy native wild salmon stocks.
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Study finds excessive CO2 makes ocean fish fearless

A joint Australian and American research team has found fish exposed to high levels of carbon dioxide experience a change in behavior, making them bolder. Instead of fleeing from predators, they seem to be attracted to them.
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Swedish, German firms reach tentative pact in submarine dispute

After months of tension over the future of Sweden’s Kockums shipyards, a memorandum of understanding has been reached between the German owner and a prospective Swedish buyer. If approved, the deal would put the historic shipyards back in Swedish hands.
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Last of the Occupy Wall Street trials begins in NYC

The trial of an Occupy Wall Street activist accused of assaulting a police officer two years ago begins in earnest Monday, after a surprisingly lengthy jury selection and opening arguments by both sides last week.
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Move over ADHD – is Sluggish Cognitive Tempo the next big thing?

That slow-moving, daydreaming kid who keeps forgetting to put his name on his papers might not just be overtired from staying up too late playing video games. He might be suffering from something researchers are calling Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT).
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Burger King opening in Crimea? — Maybe not

Reports that fast-food giant Burger King plans to fill the void left by McDonald’s pullout from Crimea last week are at best premature.
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Dashcam captures nightmare head-on crash

Anyone who’s ever wondered what it must be like to come face-to-face with a cement truck only needs to watch a video filmed by a Texas driver’s dashboard camera.
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Russians step up spying in Sweden, war plans in the works?

Sweden’s security agency is warning that Russia has drastically stepped up its espionage efforts in that country, raising disturbing suspicions of a future attack.
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Brown to announce Senate run, but this time in NH

Having lost his re-election bid as the senator from Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown will announce he’s running again, this time from neighboring New Hampshire.
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Runaway Swedish Wallaby returns home

A pet wallaby that ran — or maybe hopped — away from its home near Vaxsjo, Sweden, five days ago, has returned, tired and hungry, but otherwise unharmed.
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Report: U.S. colleges spending more on sports, less on academics

Forget the image of college campuses as enclaves of instruction and research. Figures show rapidly increasing spending on athletic programs, along with swelling the ranks of administrators and their salaries.
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Bipartisan bills would lift restrictions on US raw milk sales

Responding to the rising thirst for raw, unpasteurized milk, 20 legislators from both parties have signed onto legislation that would curtail some of the federal government’s authority to stop the sale of raw milk to consumers.
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Hospital's sudden closing panics residents, lays off hundreds

The abrupt closing of the only hospital in the rural northwestern corner of Massachusetts left residents in a panic, staff facing sudden unemployment, and sent local and state officials scrambling to restore medical services to the region.
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Proposed Finnish diamond mine would be Europe’s first

A Finnish mining company has filed the necessary papers seeking government approval to open a diamond mine in that country. If approved, it would become the first diamond mine on the European continent
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Norway's gov't steps in to mediate Utoya memorial controversy

Ever since plans for a memorial to the victims of the 2011 Utoya massacre were unveiled a month ago, opposition has grown. Prompting the culture minister to call an emergency meeting for today, inviting all interested parties.
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Microscopic villain may be culprit in ancient mass extinction

Something killed off 90 percent of the Earth’s living species 250 million years ago. The prevailing theory has been that increased volcanic activity caused drastic changes in the Earth’s climate and the species could not adapt fast enough.
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