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The U.S. Is Not A Democracy But An Oligarchy, Study Concludes

WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) — Oligarchy is a form of government in which power is vested in a dominant class and a small group exercises control over the general population. A new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities concluded that the U.S. government represents not the interests of the majority of citizens but those of […]

Former N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg To Spend $50M Promoting Gun Control

NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said gun control advocates need to make opponents “afraid” as he announced funding for a new group. Bloomberg said Tuesday he will donate $50 million to Every Town for Gun Safety. He described the group as a counter to the National Rifle Association. […]

Denver Woman Fatally Shot After 13 Minutes On 911 Call

DENVER (UPI) — Kristine Kirk spent the last 13 minutes of her life terrified and frantically telling a 911 dispatcher that her husband was hallucinating, that he “was talking about the end of the world,” that her three small children were scared, that there was a gun in the house and “he wanted her to […]

Judge: North Dakota ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Abortion Law UnConstitutional

BISMARCK, N.D. (UPI) — North Dakota’s ban on abortions once a fetus has a detectable heartbeat contradicts U.S. Supreme Court rulings, a Federal judge said Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland’s decision is certain to be appealed. Last year, he blocked the State from enforcing the law, the strictest of new limits on abortion passed […]

Physicists Discover New Type Of Particle Using Large Hadron Collider

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (UPI) — A new and exotic atomic particle — one that doesn’t mesh with traditional particle physics models — has been discovered by researchers at Syracuse University. The discovery was made as part of the Large Hadron Collider beauty Collaboration, a multinational research project aimed at finding and studying new quantum forces and […]

Biologists Detail Four New Deep-Sea ‘killer Sponges’

MONTEREY, Calif. (UPI) — Carnivorous sponges are the venus flytraps of the ocean floor; they’re also exceedingly rare. Scientists have only discovered seven since the first was observed 20 years ago. But now, marine biologists have found and studied in great depth four new species found off the California coast, from the Pacific Northwest to […]

Food Texture Affects Calorie Perception And Portion Control

TAMPA, Fla. (UPI) — Previous research has revealed color, taste and smell all affect the way humans eat and enjoy food. But what role does texture play in our consumption habits? According to a new study led by Dipayan Biswas, a marketing professor at the University of South Florida, consumers perceive harder or more rough-textured […]

Across Cultures, Acting Extroverted And Outgoing Linked To Happier People

PULLMAN, Wash. (UPI) — Across cultures, people who act extroverted — energy, positive emotions, assertiveness, sociability and stimulation seeking and talkativeness — feel happier. Timothy Church, a professor and associate dean of research in the College of Education at Washington State University, and his team used a “Big Five” personality trait survey to measure behavior […]

Children With Autism Bond With The Family Dog

COLUMBIA, Mo. (UPI) — Man’s best friend may indeed be the best friend of a child with autism providing a child who has trouble interacting with people companionship and unconditional love. Gretchen Carlisle, a research fellow at the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, interviewed 70 parents […]

Mozilla Appoints CMO Chris Beard As Interim CEO

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (UPI) — Mozilla appointed Chris Beard to the board of directors and as its new acting CEO, following the controversy surrounding the the ouster of Brendan Eich. Beard has been at Mozilla for years and has been involved in multiple roles, including overseeing products, innovation and most recently as the chief marketing […]

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