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UNITED STATES

Second prison officer arrested

A second prison worker was arrested and charged on Wednesday over the escape of two convicted killers weeks ago from a maximum-security New York State jail. Richard Matt, 49, and David Sweat, 35, used power tools to cut their way out of their cells at the Clinton Correctional Facility before dawn on June 6. Corrections officer Gene Palmer, 57, was charged with promoting prison contraband, two counts of tampering with evidence and one count of official misconduct, New York State Police Major Charles Guess said in a statement. Palmer allegedly helped smuggle tools and other banned items hidden in frozen hamburger meat, said Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie, according to ABC News.

UNITED STATES

Gay couples’ kids fine: study

Scientists agree that children raised by same-sex couples are no worse off than children raised by parents of the opposite sex, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Oregon professor. The new research, which looked at 19,000 studies and articles related to same-sex parenting from 1977 to 2013, was released last week, and comes as the US Supreme Court is set to rule by the end of this month on whether same-sex marriage is legal. “Consensus is overwhelming in terms of there being no difference in children who are raised by same-sex or different-sex parents,” University of Oregon sociology professor Ryan Light said on Tuesday. The studies showed some disagreement among scientists on the outcome of same-sex parenting in the 1980s, but it largely subsided in the 1990s, and a clear consensus had formed by 2000 that there is no difference between same-sex and different-sex parenting in the psychological, behavioral or educational outcomes of children, Light said.

UNITED KINGDOM

Fossil worm had eyes, teeth

Nature has produced many oddities, but an ancient creature resembling a prickly sea worm is one of the few to have left scientists so baffled they were unable to distinguish its head from its the rear. The organism, called hallucigenia sparsa, was once one of the world’s most common creatures, but its unearthly appearance has led it to be regarded as an evolutionary misfit — not least because this basic anatomical question has remained unresolved. Now the discovery of a pair of simple eyes and a ring of needle-like teeth, has finally confirmed which way around the animal faced. The worm, which was around 35mm long, lived in the oceans about 505 million years ago during the Cambrian explosion when most major animal groups first appear in the fossil record. Early descriptions in the 1970s suggested that it walked on its spikes with a row of waving tentacles on its back. However, scientists later concluded that they had the creature upside down and it is now clear that they also had front and back confused. Researchers in England and Canada reported the new results in the journal Nature on Wednesday.

UNITED KINGDOM

The history of twerking

Twerking has been admitted to the venerable Oxford English Dictionary — and lexicographers said its origins go back almost 200 years. The dictionary now describes twerking as dancing “in a sexually provocative manner, using thrusting movements of the bottom and hips while in a low, squatting stance.” It had previously listed the word, but then to refer to a twisting or jerking movement or twitch. Researchers found it had been used with that meaning already in 1820.

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