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Very best & very worst of the news this week.

By Rich_Maloof Jan 11, 2013 5:00PM

Every week, the Daily Dose reviews the news to select three very best and three very worst stories to come across our desk.

 — The Very Best —

The Supreme Court dismissed a case that sought to block funding of embryonic stem cell research. It’s unclear whether the two scientists behind the legal challenge were motivated by ethics or by the desire to steer more funding toward their own research on adult stem cells. The study of stem cells holds unique promise for curing diseases, but an ongoing ethical debate has hindered scientific progress.

Video still of a giant squid, near the Ogasawara islands, Japan, in July 2012 (© NHK/NEP/Discovery Channel/Reuters)• What’s 50 feet long, haunted the nightmares of seafarers for centuries, and looks an awful lot like it belongs on the set of Alien? It’s Architeuthis, the giant squid. The world’s largest invertebrate had never been filmed living in its natural habitat, but Japanese squid whisperer Tsunemi Kubodera captured live footage of a giant squid from a submersible on a deep-sea dive about 620 miles south of Tokyo. The video will be aired later this month on Discovery Channel.  

A conservative coalition rallies support as clouds gather.

By Rich_Maloof Jan 10, 2013 6:42PM
“Americans love their guns and their Second Amendment right to bear arms. On Jan. 19, 2013, gun owners and tea party activists across the country will demonstrate their passions…Chick-fil-A style!”

So reads the flyer from a conservative coalition calling for the first national Gun Appreciation Day. Activists are urged to demonstrate their support for gun ownership next Saturday by “turning out en masse at gun stores, ranges, and shows from coast to coast.”

Photo: Rich Legg/Getty Images

 

In the wake of Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings, city leaders want to do something immediate to get guns off the street.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Jan 9, 2013 6:44PM

In an effort to remove illegal guns from city streets, Seattle is hosting its first gun buyback since 1992 on Saturday, Jan. 26. Seattle and King County leaders said they've raised $100,000 to launch the program. Anyone who turns in weapons will receive up to a $100 gift card in exchange for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and a $200 gift card in exchange for assault weapons, reports The Seattle Times.

 

Astronauts were confined for 18 months in a space-travel experiment.

By Rich_Maloof Jan 8, 2013 5:56PM

It took NASA about eight years and $2.5 billion to plan and successfully execute the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity, a stunning feat of robotic engineering, physics, and rocket science that will be remembered as a breakthrough in human history. About 20 minutes later, people started asking when they could go. You know, to get a good look at the place, and maybe get in early on the real estate.

Photo: The six members of the Mars500 crew emerge from isolation on November 4 after spending almost one-and-a-half-years locked away from the world (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

 

More than 162,000 pounds of ‘donated’ snow will be trucked from the mountains.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Jan 7, 2013 7:59PM

Crazy or awesome? A group of Seattle professionals is taking winter fun to the extreme with plans to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest snowball fight, reports KPLU.org. The record is currently held by the city of Taebaek City in the Republic of Korea.

Photo: Geri Lavrov/Getty Images

 

Goodbye to a 112th session no one will miss.

By Rich_Maloof Jan 7, 2013 7:21PM

With the pounding of a gavel, the 113th Congress came into session last Thursday, officially bringing the welcome end to a 112th session that has been vilified as a dysfunctional, ineffective, do-nothing Congress. But that’s only because it was dysfunctional, ineffective, and did nothing.

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports increase in cyclist and pedestrian fatalities

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Jan 4, 2013 6:57PM

If you live in Los Angeles or New York, you may want to pay extra close attention on the road. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these cities have the highest rates of pedestrian and cyclist deaths.

Photo: Ola Dusegard/Getty Images

A new study from NHTSA indicates that total fatalities decreased by 1.9 percent from 2010, but cyclist and pedestrian deaths increased. This mixed report shows alarming numbers: 8.7 percent increase in cyclist fatalities and three percent increase in pedestrian fatalities in 2011.

 

Highs and lows of the week ending Jan 4.

By Rich_Maloof Jan 4, 2013 5:00PM

Every week, the Daily Dose reviews the news to select three very best and three very worst stories to come across our desk.

— The Very Best —

• A group of strangers in Columbus, Ohio, were lined up on a cold night at a food truck when some homophobe turned to two men huddled together and told them to “cut the gay s**t out.” Everyone in earshot came to the couple’s defense and berated the bigot, including the guys working the truck, who leaned out the window and said they wouldn’t serve the man, until the man got out of line and walked away. Way to go, customers of Mikey’s Late Night Slice PizzAssault Truck.

• Congress was able to clear a fiscal cliff bill, averting crisis at the 11th hour. Make that the 13th hour. Is it a perfect solution? No. Is it better than facing the tax increases, spending cuts, and crippling secondary effects that would be active right now had a deal not been struck? We vote yay.

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

 
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