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Low-energy laser makes leap toward practicality

Semiconductor-based device runs on electricity
Categories: Science News

Insight into nesting behavior of dinosaurs: Both moms and dads helped with incubation, study finds

Science Daily: Evolution News - Wed, 05/15/2013 - 12:15
A recent study into the incubation behavior of modern birds is shedding new light on the type of parental care carried out by their long-extinct ancestors.
Categories: Science News

Evolution shapes new rules for ant behavior, research finds

Science Daily: Evolution News - Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:16
Biologist Deborah M. Gordon's decades-long study of collective behavior in harvester ant colonies has provided a rare real-time look at natural selection at work.
Categories: Science News

Untangling the tree of life

Science Daily: Evolution News - Wed, 05/15/2013 - 06:48
Phylogeneticists examined the reasons why large-scale tree-of-life studies are producing contradictory results and have proposed a suite of novel techniques to resolve the conflicts.
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New Video Shows Ugandan Humanists Rescuing Child Prostitutes

The Ugandan Humanist Effort to Save Women (UHESWO) has produced its first video as part of a programme to create documentaries that raise awareness of Humanist projects. The 13 minute documentary shows the work of UHESWO in helping child prostitutes build a better life.

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Categories: Freethought

Lawmakers irate at reporter who took pictures of collapsed speaker

Knoxville News Sentinel blog report: Bureau chief Tom Humphrey writes about flap at Tennessee House.
Categories: First Amendment

6th Circuit: Ex-trooper can't reclaim job after running for mayor

By David L. Hudson Jr. Court rejects First Amendment claim, saying Jimmy Sain's political beliefs weren't at issue.
Categories: First Amendment

Va. strip clubs ask 4th Circuit to toss hard-liquor ban

Attorney tells three-judge panel that state has provided no evidence that mixing distilled spirits with erotic performances leads to 'adverse secondary effects.'
Categories: First Amendment

TV station sues after Guam police seize document

Authorities execute search warrant day after KUAM reports that police officer allegedly failed polygraph test required for trainees. 
Categories: First Amendment

Freedom of Conscience and Religious Persecution in Africa

Leo Igwe, IHEU’s representative for West Africa, spoke about Freedom of Conscience and Religious Persecution in Africa at the 47th session of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights meeting in Bajul, the Gambia, on 13 May 2010. Below is his statement in full:

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Categories: Freethought

ACLU sues Pa. police over profanity citations

Group files lawsuits on behalf of two residents, finds authorities wrongly charged hundreds of people with disorderly conduct for swearing.
Categories: First Amendment

LimeWire loses copyright case in fight with labels

Recording industry chairman says federal judge's ruling is 'an extraordinary victory' against one of the largest remaining U.S. file-sharing services.
Categories: First Amendment

IHEU Brings Kenyan Humanists Together

IHEU has given its first grant from a new fund for developing membership organisations. International Representative for East Africa, Deo Ssekitooleko, brought together Humanist leaders in Kenya for a meeting to try to resolve some of the conflict between Humanist groups there.

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Categories: Freethought

Kagan's thin record spurs hunt for clues

First Amendment expert says Court nominee's scholarship 'suggests a general acceptance' of free-speech law, but it's 'hard to predict' how she'd vote.
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N.J. high court: Accurate reporting on lawsuit not libelous

Justices overturn ruling that newspaper wasn't covered by fair-report privilege when it published allegations made in federal bankruptcy court complaint.
Categories: First Amendment

Ariz. governor signs bill targeting ethnic studies

Measure prohibits classes that advocate ethnic solidarity, that are designed primarily for students of a particular race or that promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group.
Categories: First Amendment

Disputed Mojave cross stolen

Theft comes less than two weeks after Supreme Court allows monument to remain standing while legal battle continues over its presence on federal land.
Categories: First Amendment

Federal judge voids some Minn. campaign-spending rules

Siding with state Chamber of Commerce, court declares restrictions on independent expenditures by corporations on behalf of political candidates unconstitutional.
Categories: First Amendment

Court dismisses challenge to Ore. workplace-meetings law

Federal lawsuit had claimed law, which bars employers from firing workers who refuse to attend meetings to discuss politics, religion or union organizing, violates free speech.
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Meal prayer at Ga. senior center stopped, then restored

Officials disagree over where notion originated that oral prayers should be halted at center, where meals are federally subsidized.
Categories: First Amendment
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