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These 16 Psychological Tricks Immediately Make You More Likeable

How to use science to get more friends.<p>It's hard to say exactly why you like someone.<p>Maybe it's their goofy smile; maybe it's their razor-sharp wit; …

McCain Comes Out Against GOP Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain announced on Friday that he'll vote against the Graham-Cassidy Republican health care bill, putting the future of the legislation in peril.<p>McCain complained about the process, criticizing the lack of debate and committee time for legislation that would remake the …

Health Care

Speaker Ryan’s fuzzy math on the nation's 'terrible tax system'

<i>“It is a terrible tax system that was written in ’86. … The headlines write themselves: We tax our corporations at 35 percent, and successful small businesses are taxed as high as 44.6 percent. The average tax rate in the industrialized world for businesses is 22.5 percent.”</i><p><b>— House Speaker Paul D.</b> …

Small Business

Atheists Are Nicer Than Christians, But There's a Complicated Twist

Stereotyping much?<p>Atheists are much fairer to Christians than Christians are to atheists, according to a new study that has analysed interactions …

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will crash into Saturn — its final screaming success

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>On Friday, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will nose-dive into Saturn and burn up in the planet's atmosphere. It's the final, suicidal step of a months-long dance through Saturn's rings that has given scientists an unprecedented view of the sixth planet from the sun. It's also …

Astronomy

Hurricane Harvey and the Storms to Come

In the leadup to the historic flood, Texas Republicans abetted Trump’s climate-change delusions.<p>On August 29, 2005, at six-ten in the morning, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the border of Mississippi and Louisiana, just east of New Orleans. Katrina had spent days wobbling over the Gulf of …

Feds on Trump’s shutdown threat: ‘It’s blackmail’

President Trump’s latest threat to shut the government is just the most recent indication that he is unfit and unprepared for the office.<p>The notion that the president of the United States would purposefully imperil services to taxpayers if Congress doesn’t approve $1.6 billion for his Mexico border …

'Good' cholesterol might actually be bad

Traditionally, we have been told by physicians not to worry about "good" cholesterol, which is scientifically known as high-density lipoprotein. New …

Biomedicine

Introducing 'dark DNA' – the phenomenon that could change how we think about evolution

DNA sequencing technology is helping scientists unravel questions that humans have been asking about animals for centuries. By mapping out animal …

When White Nationalists Get DNA Tests That Reveal African Ancestry

An analysis of Stormfront forums shows a sometimes sophisticated understanding of the limits of ancestry tests.<p>The white-nationalist forum Stormfront hosts discussions on a wide range of topics, from politics to guns to <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>. And of particular and enduring interest: genetic ancestry …

Molecular Biology

U.S. tax change proposals anger builders, realtors, charities | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With U.S. Congress members focused during their August recess on finding ways to lower the corporate tax rate, industry groups and other sectors of society are gearing up to fight proposed changes to the personal income tax.<p>FILE PHOTO: U.S. 1040 Individual Income Tax forms …

Did you hear the one about Donald Trump?

Has there ever been a president as humorless as<p>Donald Trump? Doubtful. Trump traffics in bombast, braggadocio and bluntness. He is a master of insults, self-praise, and mangled syntax. But he is no John F. Kennedy or Ronald Reagan — both presidents who were masters of the well-aimed witticism. The …

Staffers say EPA-wrecking Scott Pruitt goes nowhere without an armed guard, even at the office

Until now, Ronald Reagan-appointed Anne Gorsuch Burford was the worst administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in its nearly half-century …

There's even more evidence that one type of exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug that we have

Want an all-natural way to lift your mood, improve your memory, and protect your brain against age-related cognitive decline?<p>Get moving.<p>A wealth of recent research, including a new study published this month in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, suggests that any type of exercise that raises your …

China and Russia have 'responsibility' for North Korea nuclear threat, says US

The United States has accused China and Russia of bearing “unique and special responsibility” for North Korea’s “belligerent” pursuit of nuclear weapons, after Pyongyang tested its latest ballistic missile.<p>North Korea conducted its second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test late on …

North Korea

Elon Musk: The World’s Population is Accelerating Towards Collapse

Musk’s Warning<p>A recent article in <i>New Scientist</i> got the attention of Elon Musk on Twitter this week, prompting him to tweet out the link.<p>Could the …

A Trip from the Sun to Jupiter at the Speed of Light. Bring a Sandwich.

Douglas Adams said it in <i>Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy</i>, and he wasn’t wrong:<p><i>Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely,</i> …

Stephen Hawking's moving speech at Cambridge University to mark 75th birthday leaves audience in tears

Professor Stephen Hawking moved an audience to tears on Sunday, after he spoke at an event to mark his 75th birthday.<p>The physicist and cosmologist …

Stephen Hawking

Crock Pot Chicken Breasts in Creamy Creole Sauce

These crock pot chicken breasts get their flavor from Creole seasonings and a creamy sauce. Onions, bell pepper, and celery get together with bacon …

Government websites hacked with pro-Islamic State rant

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Government websites, many of them in Ohio, were hacked Sunday with a message that purports to be supportive of the Islamic …

Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage

Arkansas's pesticide regulators have stepped into the middle of an epic battle between weeds and chemicals, which has now morphed into a battle between farmers. Hundreds of farmers say their crops have been damaged by a weedkiller that was sprayed on neighboring fields. Today, the Arkansas Plant …

The word “women” literally never appears in the US Senate’s 142-page health-care bill

Women have babies. If they didn’t, first the economy would collapse, and then the species would die out.<p>But because they do, from their late teens to their early forties, women have higher health-care costs than men of the same age. Carrying and birthing a child is a sometimes difficult, dangerous, …

Health Care

CIA malware codenames are freaking amazing.

America’s Central Intelligence Agency has a bit of a bad reputation. That’s possibly because they’re digital voyeurs; high-tech Peeping Toms that almost certainly have footage of you laying a steaming cable, shot through the telephoto lens of a Predator drone.<p>But in this article, I want to shine a …

Heatwave: taps run dry as householders warned to limit water use as temperatures soar

Water shortages hit homes in the south east leaving households with just a trickle dribbling from taps as Britain looked set to sizzle in the hottest June day for 176 years.<p>The countrywide heatwave entered its fifth day today, making it the longest run of scorching weather since 1995.<p>Affinity …

US south-west swelters under extreme heatwave – in pictures

Dramatic temperatures of nearly 120F (nearly 49C) hit Arizona, Nevada and California amid one of the highest heatwaves recorded in the region. Temperatures are causing problems for workers, air transportation and power grids. Authorities have cautioned that the heat poses a life-threatening risk to …

Weather

The Southwest's Heat Wave Is So Brutal, Planes Can't Even Take Off

Blistering temperatures have left passengers stranded in Phoenix.<p>Temperatures have rocketed to close to 120 degrees Fahrenheit in parts on the Southwest, as part of a sweltering heat wave that is baking Arizona, Nevada, and California. And you know the heat is bad when planes can't even take …

EPA just gave notice to dozens of scientific advisory board members that their time is up

The Environmental Protection Agency has given notice to dozens of scientists that they will not be renewed in their roles in advising the agency, continuing a scientific shake-up that has already triggered resignations and charges from some researchers that the administration is politicizing the …

‘The war after Isis’: has Trump opened the door to conflict with Iran?

US forces have opened fire on Iranian-backed forces in Syria three times in the past month, amid mounting tensions that observers and former officials worry could easily turn into an unplanned, spiralling conflict.<p>The three recent incidents took place at al-Tanf, a remote desert outpost near the …

Middle East

How Neil Gorsuch Could Dramatically Reshape Government

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is openly skeptical of a long-standing judicial doctrine that empowers federal regulators to take action on …

Simple Perfect Enchiladas

For the sauce:<p>In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the canola oil and flour. Whisk together and allow to bubble for 1 minute. Pour in the red …