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Congress’ Summer Fling With Marijuana

How Congress turned on the DEA and embraced weed.<p>It’s not easy being the DEA these days. After an unprecedented losing streak on Capitol Hill, the once-untouchable Drug Enforcement Administration suffered last week what might be considered the ultimate indignity: A Senate panel, for the first time, …

Cannabis

From hippies to hip-hop heads: 50 years of style tribes – in pictures

Ever since teddy boys started stalking the streets of Britain with their dandy looks, teen scenes have come thick and fast. A new book documents them all: mods and rockers, punks and ravers<p>• Street Culture by Gavin Baddeley is available from Plexus Publishing at £14.99

NYC bans ‘poor doors’ — separate entrances for low-income tenants

<i>40 Riverside Blvd. was at the center of the “poor door” controversy.</i><p>Not long ago in a world much like our own — a world perhaps best dramatized in PBS fare such as “Upstairs Downstairs” and “Downton Abbey” — the elite and the hoi polloi did not walk into buildings via the same entrance. It wasn’t …

Housing

Restaurant Cook Stabs Co-Worker During Argument Over Gumbo Spices

Gumbo is something not many take lightly, and a man was recently killed during an argument over a recipe. According to the <i>Tallahassee Democrat</i>, Caleb Joshua Halley — who formerly donned the Florida State University mascot costume — was stabbed by his co-worker at Buddy's Seafood Market in Panama …

Stephen Hawking and Prince Charles to feature in new Radio 4 line-up

Stephen Hawking will be the new Reith lecturer and Prince Charles will be interviewed from his Romanian farm<p>The <b>Prince of Wales</b> is to give Radio 4 listeners a personal tour of his Transylvanian farm and share his thoughts on what Britain’s can learn from Eastern European communities, as part of new …

Stephen Hawking

If you say something sexist at work, will you lose your job?

As the furore over Sir Tim Hunt's sexist comments and subsequent resignation rumbles on, Rhymer Rigby asks what would happen to the rest of us if we were accused of sexism in the workplace<p>The Tim Hunt affair has thrust sexism at work into the spotlight. The award-winning scientist made headlines at …

'Leap second' to pause clocks at midnight as entire planet gains a second

Markets and tech companies braced for glitches as extra second introduced to allow atomic clocks to stay in sync with the Earth’s gradually slowing rotation<p>‘Leap second’: how are you planning to spend it?<p>Time and tide wait for no man, the saying goes. But at midnight GMT on Tuesday clocks will …

Google Translate is now better with casual conversation

Google claims that its Translate service is used on over 100 billion words a day. However, it hasn’t been as useful in translating casual conversation as with official documents until now.<p>The company says it’s been working with thousands of people in its user community to improve translations. It …

Google Translate

China’s anti-corruption drive might be great for Uber and other ridesharing apps

Uber and like-minded ride-hailing companies serve a range of wealthy customers around the world, including white-collar professionals, high-rolling club kids, and business travelers. But Uber’s biggest competitor in China is tapping into an new, under-served niche—austerity-minded government …

China

Baidu To Invest $3.2 Billion In Its Group-Buying Service Nuomi

China’s Baidu, the company best known for its dominant search engine, said today that it will invest more than $3 billion in its online-to-offline businesses over the next three years.<p><b>Update:</b> Baidu has confirmed that the entire sum will be invested in Nuomi. The service spans various Baidu …

Asia markets hit by Greece fears, Shanghai plunges again

The euro edged down and analysts warned of volatility this week as Greece prepares for a Sunday referendum on creditors' bailout reform proposals, which European chiefs say boils down to a vote on whether the nation wants to stay in the eurozone.<p>Tokyo rose 0.36 percent, Hong Kong added 0.13 …

Stock Markets

How to curb hunger pangs with your mind

There may be a simple way to lose weight using only the power of thought. You just have to know how, says David Robson.<p>Eric Robinson has a surprising tool for weight loss. It’s something we all have, but perhaps don’t use it as much as we’d like: our memory.<p>Dieters often feel that they are waging …

Alternative Medicine

Make Perfect Homemade Granola by Avoiding These Common Mistakes

Avoid these common mistakes to turn out perfect batches of golden-brown homemade granola every time.<p><b>Granola is the blank canvas of breakfast foods.</b> A simple base of oats and nuts plus a little oil or butter and your sweetener (hello, maple syrup) of choice, and you've just paved the way to dozens …

Breakfast

Black Phosphorus: The Birth of a New Wonder Material - MIT Technology Review

In the last few years, two-dimensional crystals have emerged as some of the most exciting new materials to play with. Consequently, materials …

Fling or ring? Men's mating preferences not hard wired: study

NEW YORK (Reuters) - From scientific studies to sitcoms, society portrays men as wired to prefer sexual flings and spurn commitment, and evolution wanted it that way.<p>In a study published on Tuesday, anthropologists present evidence that male promiscuity is not a human universal wired into the brain …

Biology

ME: fear of exercise exacerbates chronic fatigue syndrome, say researchers

Kings College researchers found patients who were able to overcome their fear about exercise showed the greatest improvement in symptoms<p>Fear of exercise exacerbates ME and sufferers need to try and get up out of bed if they want to get better, a major study by King's College has found.<p>Research …

Huygens probe landed on Saturn's moon Titan on this day 10 years ago

Tony Blair was prime minister, Facebook was virtually unheard of outside of the Ivy League, broadband had only just begun to overtake dialup – and a disc-shaped space probe landed on a distant world<p>The world’s media was transfixed by the Philae lander’s successful touchdown on comet …

Can't decide on a wearable? Lumoid lets you try a box full of them

It's increasingly easy to find a decent wearable these days -- the real problem is deciding on the one that fits you the best -- perhaps literally. Now Lumoid, the startup best known for its short-term camera rental service, has got you covered. The company just added a new wearable section to its …

Starter kit for giant mech suit lands on Amazon Japan

If you've ever wanted your very own mech suit, you may now be able to snap one up for just 120 million yen -- if you live in the Kanto region of Japan. Oh, and there are other caveats too.<p>Don't deny it: We have all, at some point, dreamed of climbing into a giant robotic suit and stomping around …

Elon Musk's Road To Mars Runs Through Seattle

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has hinted that 2015 will be the year he unveils more details about how his company plans to expand its ambitions to eventual manned missions to Mars, and on Tuesday we got our first glimpse at that roadmap. Turns out the first stop on SpaceX’s journey to the fourth planet …

Space Travel

Why Google won't fix a security bug in almost a billion Android phones

A day after Google publicized a flaw in Windows 8.1 before Microsoft could do anything about it, news broke about a security vulnerability in Android that the Mountain View company, well, won't fix at all. Rafay Baloch, an independent researcher, and Joe Vennix, an engineer at Rapid7 (a security …

Google app can now translate languages instantly

A major update to Google's Translate app for Android and iOS lets it interpret cross-language conversations on the fly and instantly translate …

Finance

Copper Is Getting Annihilated

And now copper is getting crushed.<p>In overnight trading in New York, the price of copper was down about 6% to below $2.50 a pound, a more-than-four-year low for the commodity.<p>The crash in copper prices is the latest in a global commodities sell-off that has been highlighted by the decline in the …

Stock Markets

Fast Food Chains Go to War Over These Three Menu Items

Chicken nugget deals are cheap at fast food restaurants, and coffee promotions are cheaper still. Competition over breakfast sandwiches is also hot.<p><b>TIME:</b> <b>Continue Reading</b>

McDonald's

Asian shares meander after Wall Street swings, oil prices drop further

Asian shares meandered Wednesday following a volatile session on Wall Street as investors remained edgy over the slump in oil and metal prices.<p>KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 slipped 0.8 percent to 16,951.81 and South Korea's Kospi edged 0.1 percent lower to 1,915.52. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong …

Stock Markets

Fewer People Are Going to the Movies Because Ticket Prices Are Just Too High

People are less likely to go to the movies because they think tickets are overpriced, according to analysts<p>Box office revenues in the U.S. nosedived …

Protests at Colorado church over handling of gay woman's funeral

<b>(CNN) —</b> Family and friends of a gay woman in Colorado have expressed anger at a church's refusal to show a video at her funeral that contained images of the woman kissing her partner.<p>The service Saturday for Vanessa Collier in a Denver suburb was abruptly moved to a funeral home across the street …

Justice