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Obama pledges $90 million to help clear remnants of U.S. bombing in Laos

VIENTIANE, LAOS — Decades after U.S. planes conducted hundreds of thousands of bombing runs over Laos, President Obama acknowledged that secret war and pledged $90 million in additional aid Tuesday to help clear unexploded bombs still strewn across the country.<p>“Given our history here, I believe …

Georgetown University to Offer Admissions Advantage to Slave Descendants

Georgetown will offer an admissions edge to descendants of slaves as part of a comprehensive atonement for the university's historical ties to slavery, its president announced Thursday.<p>Those ties go back nearly two centuries, when the Washington, D.C., school sold 272 slaves and used the proceeds …

Black History

For more proof that men, not skirts, are the reason women are raped, look to Hong Kong

The latest advice from India’s tourism minister about women visitors to the country repeats a tired trope—to stay safe, Mahesh Sharma told foreign women, don’t “wear skirts.” Sharma’s advice is similar to other cringe-worthy reasons that Indian officials have offered for years for sexual attacks, …

Hong Kong

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Galaxy S7 Edge

Unlike last year, a Plus variant of the Galaxy S7 Edge was no longer necessary, with the display size of the device being bumped up to 5.5-inches. Instead, Samsung decided to incorporate the dual curved edge display feature into the Galaxy Note series, with the Galaxy Note 7.<p>Samsung has always …

Artist Leaves Dress In The Dead Sea For 2 Months And It Turns Into Glittering Salt Crystal Masterpiece

For her project titled Salt Bride, Israeli artist Sigalit Landau decided to submerge a black gown in the Dead Sea. The gown spent 2 months in the …

Art

The “racist” Chinese washing powder ad and the truth about Afrophobia in China

Is Afrophobia really on the rise in China?<p>Roughly two months have passed since the Qiaobi detergent advertisement went viral. The advert, in which a Chinese woman shoves a black man into a washing machine only for him to emerge as a shiny, clean, Asian man, prompted Western media to call it “the …

China

NBC's Nail Polish Tweet On Rio Olympics Star Katie Ledecky Becomes Latest Sexism Scandal At Games

'THIS is the most important question you ask an Olympic athlete?'<p>A major US broadcaster that was criticised for focusing on an Olympic swimmer’s nail …

Rio Olympics

Some great leaders had mental illness - it may have helped

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of America's greatest leaders in history have had mental health problems and it may have helped in times of crisis, …

This Galaxy Note 7 feature could be the next big thing for phones

Forget the questionable iris scanner and finger-twirling stylus. One of the most intriguing new features in Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and Notebook 7 Spin laptop is HDR compatibility.<p>High dynamic range video can look even better than conventional high-def and 4K video, with brighter …

Report: Majority of Young Latinos Experience Discrimination

When it comes to discrimination, most young Latinos can understand the trauma firsthand. According to a Pew Research Center study, 65 percent of Hispanic youth say they have been treated unfairly because of their race or ethnicity.<p>Much like African Americans, most Latinos, 58 percent, believe that …

Pew Research Center

Two years and $7 million later, the Benghazi report is finally out | VICE News

After two years and $7 million, Republicans on the House Benghazi Committee have released their long-awaited report on the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya — a report that concludes then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was not directly at fault for the events that led to the deaths …

What It’s Like to Take Opioids for Pain

Read an excerpt from Carlyn Zwarenstein's 'Opium Eater: The New Confessions' about a writer's struggle with opiates to cure her chronic pain.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada</i><p><i>North America is in the grip of an opiate epidemic that now kills more people than car crashes. But despite all</i> …

This Photographer Tracked Down Orphans 23 Years After She First Took Their Pictures

Ceaușescu Decree no. 770 banned women from having abortions in Romania. That resulted in the birth of about 2 million children, who have since been known as "Generation Decree."<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Romania.</i><p>Nicolae Ceaușescu was the first and last president of the Socialist …

How 'Dirty' Words Got Dirty

Want to know who the original Dick is? We sure did.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>When I was in elementary school, the first thing I did with new dictionaries was find the bad words, circle them, and draw helpful illustrations in the margins for the next kid. This was before …

iPhone and iPad apps will be able to shoot RAW photos with iOS 10

Good news, iPhone-toting photo lovers: RAW photo shooting support is coming to iOS 10.<p><i>(Wondering what the heck a “RAW” photo is? It’s any file type that stores an image in its rawest form, sans compression and pre-processing. The upside: you’ve got a lot more data to work with, allowing for a much</i> …

Mobile Photography

Teens having less sex and are drinking and using drugs less often, study finds

The troubles with kids these days ... are not as common as they used to be. U.S. teens are having a lot less sex, they are drinking and using drugs less often, and they aren't smoking as much, according to a government survey of risky youth behaviors.<p>"I think you can call this the cautious …

Public Health

For harbor porpoises, the ocean is a 24-hour buffet

Harbor porpoises are the world’s smallest cetaceans. The marine mammals, which look something like a small, beakless dolphin, live in colder waters …

Porpoises

A hack will kill someone within 10 years, and it may have already happened

Where once hacks only affected computers, they now bring down everything from cars to power grids and thermostats to secretive nuclear enrichment programs.<p>So how long until a hack doesn't just cause a nuisance or monetary losses but actually <i>kills</i> someone?<p>One well-respected security expert thinks …

Pope slams culture of 'perfect' people shunning the disabled

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis scathingly decried the pursuit for perfect bodies on Sunday, saying such obsession leads to society hiding away the …

Facebook: Install Moments or we'll delete your synced photos

<b>Update (June 27, 2016) :</b> <i>Facebook previously said that it will allow users to retrieve their synced photos until July 7, but today, it’s begun notifying users that has ended its Photo Syncing service. As such, you’ll no longer be able to use Facebook for backing up photos; if you rely on the social</i> …

This Case Lets Your iPhone Run Android

Tech accessory firm Tendigi has managed to develop an iPhone case that lets the Apple-built handset run Google’s Android operating system. It’s the …

Batteries

Simple blood test could stop doctors using 'trial and error' to prescribe antidepressants, scientists claim

A simple blood test could stop doctors using “trial and error” to prescribe antidepressants, scientists have claimed.<p>Researchers at King’s College London developed the test so experts can accurately predict whether people suffering from depression will respond to specific medication.<p>Around half of …

What You Need to Know About the Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug That Just Arrived in the US | VICE News

<b>This story is part of a partnership between MedPage Today</b> <i>and VICE News.</i><p>A bacteria strain that is resistant to what doctors consider the antibiotic of last resort has been reported in a patient for the first time in the United States, prompting concern among public health officials who fear the …

96-Year-Old Dr. Henry Heimlich Saved a Choking Woman With His Own Maneuver | VICE News

Dr. Henry Heimlich, the 96-year-old Cincinnati surgeon credited with inventing the lifesaving technique named for him, used it for the first time this week to save a fellow senior center resident who was choking on a hamburger, a center spokesman said on Friday.<p>Heimlich, who in multiple national …

Video: Zookeepers Killed a Critically Endangered Gorilla After He Grabbed a Four-Year Old at the Zoo | VICE News

A western lowland male gorilla in the Cincinnati Zoo was killed by keepers on Saturday after he dragged around a four-year-old boy who fell into the animal's enclosure, a zoo official said.<p>The boy crawled through a barrier and fell about 12 feet into a moat surrounding the habitat, where Harambe, a …

Here’s Why You’re Going to End Up Just Like Your Parents

We asked some experts if you can avoid becoming joyless buzzkills with the right approach.<p>Aside from saying, "I'm cutting you off financially to teach you the value of money," the greatest weapon in your parents' tool kit is the fear-inducing "You're going to be just like me someday" line. Of …

Psychology

Magic Mushrooms Could Be the Future of Antidepressants

We spoke to Dr. Mark Bolstridge, a clinical psychiatrist searching for alternative and unusual treatments for depression.<p>The active ingredient in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, has been used in a clinical trial as an antidepressant. Photo via Wikipedia<p>The science of antidepressants, is not, as it …

Magic Mushrooms