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Study: DNA accounts for only half the material in a chromosome

DNA shows only half of material in chromosomeOnly half of each chromosome is made up of DNA material. An unexplained sheath accounts for most of the rest of the material inside a chromosome.

Until now, scientists assumed the vast majority of a chromosome was made up of DNA. Chromosomes are the slight structures inside each cell that hold an individual's genetic material.


Dakota Access Pipeline: Protesters clash with police

Dakota pipeline protesters

Protesters clashed with law enforcement officials near the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline, with at least one person arrested as protesters sought to push past a bridge on a state highway that had been blockaded since late October.

The Morton County Sheriff's Office estimated that 400 protesters were trying to cross the bridge on state highway 1806 in what they called "an ongoing riot".

The Backwater Bridge has been closed since late October, when activists clashed with police in riot gear and set two trucks on fire, prompting authorities to forcibly shut down a protesters encampment nearby.


Deaths as suicide bomber attacks Shia mosque in Kabul

Doaens dead at Kabul mosqueA suicide bomber has blown himself up inside a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least 27 people and wounding dozens of others.

The explosion happened at the Baqer-ul-uloom mosque in the Darul Aman area as people gathered to mark the end of an important religious period.

Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi told Al Jazeera 27 people were killed and many others wounded, and the death toll was likely to rise.


NY governor creates anti-hate-crime initiative

Gov. Cuomo of NYNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched an initiative to combat hate crimes and protect civil rights, saying the divisive US presidential campaign had prompted a wave of disturbing incidents across the state and the country.

In a speech at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City on Sunday, Cuomo said that he would form a hate-crimes unit of the state police, propose legislation increasing protections against discrimination for public school pupils and establish a private-public legal defence fund for impoverished immigrants.


Bloody Sunday: Four police officers shot across nation

Black Sunday - 4 cops shotA manhunt was underway Monday for the unidentified man who fatally shot a San Antonio police officer at a traffic stop, one of four officers shot across the nation in separate attacks Sunday.

Three police officers were wounded and two suspects killed in shootings in St. Louis and Gladstone, Mo., and Sanibel, Fla.


Officer shot, killed outside SAPD Headquarters

San Antonio police officer killedAn officer who was shot at the downtown SAPD headquarters Sunday morning has died, police Chief William McManus said.

"This is everyone's worst nightmare," McManus told reporters.  The fallen officer is a 20-year veteran of the force. His name has not been released.


A moment of truth amid the fake news for Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg. “For election day influence, Twitter ruled social media,” fumed the New York Times. “Donald Trump won Twitter, and that was a giveaway that he might win the presidency,” claimed Business Insider. And “Donald Trump won because of Facebook,” wrote Max Read in New York magazine.

Twitter was castigated mainly because it was Trump’s favoured channel and his tweeting provided a masterclass in how to exploit it. Facebook was in the dock, though, for a different reason: it was claimed that fake news stories that had spread virally on the service had inflicted real damage on the Clinton campaign. Among these were stories that the pope had endorsed Trump, that Hillary Clinton had bought illegal arms worth $137m and that the Clintons had purchased a $200m house in the Maldives. (There was probably worse stuff, but I didn’t have the stomach to do the necessary trawl.)


'They are scared': teachers grapple with fear and bullying after Trump victory

US teachers are scared after election of TrumpAs students filed into Spanish class at a high school outside Seattle on Tuesday, their teacher, Antonio, stood at the door greeting them.  One girl – “one of my LGBTQ kids”, Antonio called her – seemed unhappy.

He assured her they would talk about it in class. But just two minutes later, with students still arriving, Antonio turned around to find another classmate consoling the girl, who had “exploded in tears”. She missed class and went to the school counsellor. 

“She has a transgender boyfriend and they are scared,” said Antonio, who asked for his full name not to be published.  Her fear? Donald Trump.


McCain to Trump: ‘We Will Not Torture’

John McCainRepublican Sen. John McCain issued a fiery warning to President-elect Donald Trump on the subject of torture Saturday.

“I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do. We will not waterboard,” McCain told an audience at the annual Halifax International Security Forum. “We will not torture people … It doesn’t work.”


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