Scientists have found a new strain of the deadliest toxin. (Photo: iStock)

Deadliest Known Toxin Found—but No Antidote

John Johnson, Newser Staff It sounds like a sci-fi thriller plot, except this is very much fact instead of fiction: Scientists in California have found a new strain of botulinum toxin—the deadliest toxin known to man—but they still haven’t come up with an antidote, reports New Scientist. MORE: Jurassic Park-esque Find: Blood-Filled Mosquito Fossil As […]

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Student Punished for Driving Drunk Friend Home

Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff (Newser) – Erin Cox was just trying to be a good friend when, two weeks ago, she drove to a party to pick up a girl who had called Cox asking for a ride because she had been drinking. But just after Cox got there, the police arrived. According to CBS […]

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Researchers have revised the age of the moon. (Photo: iStock)

Moon Maybe Not as Old as Previously Thought

Ruth Brown, Newser Staff No wonder the moon has such a youthful complexion (well, it vaguely resembles a teenager’s spotty face)—new research suggests it isn’t quite as old as previously thought. The standard theory was that the moon formed some 4.56 billion years ago, after another planet slammed into Earth. MORE: Scientists Find Gene to […]

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Latest Viral Obituary: Mom Was ‘Violent, Evil’

Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff “Viral obituaries” are quite trendy these days, and they’re usually heartwarming—or at least hilarious—but not so in this latest case. Gawker spotted the obituary for Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick in the Reno Gazette-Journal, and though the paper removed it, Gawker has the full text. Whoever wrote it says Johnson-Reddick, who died recently […]

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Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Visits Stephen Colbert

Rep. John Lewis, a congressman from Georgia and an icon of the American Civil Rights movement, sat down with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday for a wide-ranging interview. Colbert noted Lewis is the only living speaker from the historic 1963 March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I have a Dream” speech. Lewis will participate in […]

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The excavation at the top of Dorstone Hill in Herefordshire.   (Photo: Newser/University of Manchester)

Ancient ‘Halls of the Dead’ Unearthed

Ruth Brown, Newser Staff Archaeologists have unearthed two ancient buildings in England thought to be 6,000 years old—that’s 1,000 years older than Stonehenge. The remains of the 320-foot-long wooden long houses were found under burial mounds in Herefordshire. MORE: Saudi Blogger Sentenced to 600 Lashes They are believed to have been deliberately, symbolically burned down—probably […]

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316 U.S. Cities Doomed to Watery Fate

Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Study: Another 1,100 cities could share same future It’s already too late to cut greenhouse-gas emissions enough to prevent 316 American cities from eventually being partially submerged by rising seas, and the number whose fate is being “locked in” is constantly rising, a chilling new study finds. MORE: Girl, 12, Battles […]

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