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Putin claims west is provoking Russia into new cold war as ‘spies’ deported

Russian president denies fanning tensions and says Nato expansion in Europe has been ‘geopolitical game changer’<p>Vladimir Putin has suggested to a German interviewer that the west is provoking Russia into a new cold war. The airing of the interview, which was recorded by the German channel ARD in …

Scientists close in on diabetes cure with production of insulin-producing cells

Stem cell researchers at Harvard University have devised a method for creating large quantities of human insulin-producing beta cells, which could …

Activists say Kurds halt ISIS advance in Kobani as bombing in Iraq kills 58

Islamic State militants are claiming responsibility for a triple suicide bombing that killed at least 58 people in Iraq Sunday, as activists say Kurdish fighters have been able to halt the advance of the extremist group in the Syrian border town of Kobani.<p>The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for …

Russia: 17,000 troops to leave near Ukraine

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered 17,600 troops near the Ukrainian border to return to their bases, state-run media reported.<p>The reason? The Russian troops' training exercises in the southern Rostov region have ended, according to the RIA Novosti news agency.<p>But many did …

America's Rooftop Solar Panels Are Probably Facing The Wrong Direction

But they make more money this way.<p>The direction of your rooftop solar panels benefits your wallet more than the environment, according to multiple energy officials interviewed by The New York Times.<p>Virtually all homes point their solar panels south, where they can best capture rays from the sun …

Comet Siding Spring near M6

Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring near the star cluster M6 on October 9, 2014.<p>Rolando Ligustri in Italy caught Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring passing …

Emotions Linger After Forgotten Events In Alzheimer's Patients

A new study suggests that people with Alzheimer's can hold on to happy or sad feelings, even if they forget what triggered them. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with the study's author, Edmarie Guzman-Velez.<p>Transcript<p>ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:<p>A new study suggests people with Alzheimer's may keep feeling happy or …

Giant Blast of X-Rays Traced to Dead Star

Ultraluminous x-rays found spurting from dead stars may overturn the idea that only actively feeding black holes have the power to fire up these displays.<p>Astronomers have pinned down the origins of an especially spectacular fountain of x-rays from a distant galaxy. The surprising source of all …

The Greatest Space Hack Ever

How duct tape and tube socks saved three astronauts<p>In NASA’s 56 years of operation, it has put men on the moon and robots on Mars. But one of its greatest achievements is less well known: the hack that saved the lives of three stranded astronauts in 1970.<p>When an oxygen tank exploded as Apollo 13 …

Faecal capsules 'may help stop gut infection'

<b>Capsules containing frozen faecal material may help clear up C. difficile infections, research suggests.</b><p>Twenty people were given the therapy, using material from volunteers, in an attempt to treat serious diarrhoea caused by Clostridium difficile bugs.<p>The work builds on previous studies showing …

Medicine

Hip-hop therapy is new route to mental health, say psychiatrists

Pharrell Williams song Happy highlighted for possible use in helping patients to tackle their own problems<p>From its roots in rap, graffiti, DJing and breakdancing in the Bronx borough of New York in the 1970s, hip-hop has grown to become a global cultural and commercial powerhouse. But now UK …

Space tourists will change the world, says Sir Richard Branson's head of mission

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Kathleen Parker: Democrats Need 'Culture Wars' More Than Republicans

Republicans

U.S. Doesn't Yet Need Ground Troops Against ISIS, General Says

The U.S. hasn't yet reached the point where it requires ground troops to battle the Islamic State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."<p>"Yeah, there will be circumstances when the answer to that question will likely be yes," said Dempsey. "But I haven't …

Kerry Pledges $212M in U.S. Aid to Gaza

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has pledged $212 million in new aid to help rebuild Gaza after the region accumulated heavy damage during this …

Israel

Iowa Senate race tightens in latest poll

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa's blitzkrieg U.S. Senate race is now a 1-point contest: Republican Joni Ernst is at 47 percent, and Democrat Bruce Braley is right at her heels at 46 percent with likely voters, a new Iowa Poll shows.<p>As armies of Democratic activists go door to door urging Iowans to fill out …