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Even More Evidence the US Is a Kleptocracy, Not a Meritocracy

Inequality is much worse than we're led to believe by a dismissive business media. The numbers are hellish, and they're growing.<p>"Inequality is not a …

A new NASA video shows Pluto in exquisite detail

The New Horizons spacecraft traveled more than 3 billion miles to reach Pluto. Scientists at NASA have used the mission data to create flyovers that are even closer than the actual spacecraft.<p>Video courtesy of NASA<p><b>Follow Tech Insider:</b>On Facebook

Solar System

Senate Republicans one vote away from Obamacare repeal failure

GOP leaders unveiled a new plan to gut the health law, but it immediately ran into near-fatal opposition.<p>Senate Republican leaders are praying that their fragile whip count holds over the weekend, as just one more "no" vote would doom the party's Obamacare repeal effort from even coming up for …

SpaceX Rocket Landings are Now Boring and Thrilling at Once

The company's success has put a lull in excitement, but it's just temporary.<p>Why does SpaceX feel <i>boring</i> these days?<p>OK, maybe not <i>boring</i> but after a …

Laser as bright as a billion Suns alters fundamental physics of light and matter

Physicists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have created the brightest light ever produced on Earth, and it could be the first step towards …

Whose shell is this? Neuroscientists selectively wipe specific snail memories

“It’s <i>Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind</i>, but with snails” sounds like a desperate Friday afternoon pitch meeting at Pixar, where everyone’s a bit …

Extreme Heat Waves Will Change How We Live. We’re Not Ready

Extreme heat struck across the Southwest U.S. this week, sending temperatures in Phoenix soaring to near 120°F and grounding airplanes that were …

One of the biggest icebergs ever is about to break off the Antarctic ice shelf

An ice shelf the size of Bali is days away from breaking off into the Antarctic ocean, scientists have warned.<p>At 5,000 square kilometres – equivalent …

First ever close-up footage of DNA replication will have experts rewriting science textbooks

For the first time, scientists have recorded DNA replication in real time. The scientists extracted DNA from E. coli bacteria, dyed it, and then watched the DNA replicate itself. The footage, alone, is fascinating. But the real shocker comes with what scientists discovered from the footage. They …

Replication

A coalition of the most advanced countries summed up what's wrong with America's healthcare system in 2 points

Beyond Republicans' sweeping attempt to overhaul the system, healthcare has been hotly debated in the US for years.<p>And it's not hard to see why: Americans spend more on healthcare than residents of any other developed nation on the planet, yet lack virtually every possible measure of a clean bill …

Health Care

The Philando Castile jury was stacked with pro-gun, pro-cop, middle-aged white people

<b>FILE - In this July 25, 2016, file photo, a memorial including a photo of Philando Castile adorns the gate to the governor's residence where protesters continue to demonstrate in St. Paul, Minn., against the July 6 shooting death of Castile by St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez during a</b> …

New Evidence Suggests That Our Solar System Has 10 Planets

by Patrick Caughill June 22, 2017 Hard Science 73365<p>Ten Strong<p>The Solar System hasn’t been the same since Pluto was downgraded from a planet to a …

Astronomy

Breakthrough technology makes batteries safe and sustainable

As exploding batteries in mobile phones, computers and headphones continue to make headlines, researchers at Swinburne's Centre for Micro-Photonics …

Melting and cracking – is Antarctica falling apart?

Although fracturing and surface melting on the Larsen C ice shelf might sound like indicators of climate change, these processes are natural<p>Antarctica boasts a great many superlatives: it is the driest continent, the coldest, the remotest, the windiest and the highest on average. Right now, during …

Antarctica

A Higher Minimum Wage Is Not Doing The Bad Things Critics Said It Would Do

Data from Seattle is proving that higher wages aren’t reducing the number of jobs and that paying workers fairly could save companies money and the headache of recruiting efforts.<p>The city of Seattle is in the process of gradually phasing in a $15-per-hour minimum wage: It has now reached $13 for …

OCD linked to inflammation in the brain

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an intrusive condition that remains difficult to treat. This is due, in part, to the causes behind the disorder …

The Brain

Combining vitamin C with antibiotics destroys cancer stem cells

A combination of vitamin C and antibiotics could be key to killing cancer stem cells, a new study finds, paving the way for a strategy that could …

Amazon's and Walmart's latest moves confirm the death of the middle class as we know it

Amazon, whose Prime service claims more than 70% of upper-income households in the US — those earning more than $112,000 a year — is suddenly going after customers on government assistance who earn less than $15,444 a year for a one-person household.<p>The retailer on Tuesday announced it would slash …

Middle-class

I wrote THE BEST presidential briefing on global warming for Donald Trump

Given that no one seems to know what President Trump thinks about the reality of human-caused climate change, perhaps we can agree that it's about …

JRR Tolkien book Beren and Lúthien published after 100 years

<b>A new book by Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien is going on sale - 100 years after it was first conceived.</b><p>Beren and Lúthien has been described as a "very personal story" that the Oxford professor thought up after returning from the Battle of the Somme.<p>It was edited by his son Christopher Tolkien …

Silk implant for patching up perforated eardrums

The human ear is an intricate mechanism full of delicate moving parts, which makes it a fiddly thing to fix if something goes wrong. Chronic middle …

Repairs

A 100-Year-Old Drug Shows Extremely Promising Results For Treating Autism Symptoms

This could be big.<p>A small, but promising clinical trial in the US has shown that a 100-year-old drug called suramin can measurably improve the …

Charter schools vs. traditional public schools: A false choice

For Ezdehar Abu-harab, the North Star Charter Academy in Newark, New Jersey was a godsend. She was horrified at the quality of education her son was receiving in one of Newark's other public elementary schools.<p>"No homework!" she said, incredulous. "They never got homework! It was just about …

Leaks: Mercenaries targeted Standing Rock water protectors with anti-terrorist tactics

Tigerswan, a secretive private mercenary company, was hired by Energy Transfer Partners to run campaigns against Dakota Access Pipeline protesters in …

Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”

A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with …

You Have the Power to Physically Reshape Your Brain

Neuroplasticity is the idea that you can alter your brain in a physical and mental way by changing its stimuli — which can include environment, …

Fast radio bursts: stirrings from a galaxy far, far away

Scientists studying FRBs – energy explosions from distant parts of the universe – are on to something vitally important. But what causes them?<p>In summer 2006, astronomer Duncan Lorimer started work on a seemingly routine piece of scientific research. He and a team of students began examining old …

Japan's Space Agency Will Be Going to the Moons of Mars in 2024

In the coming decades, the world’s largest space agencies hope to mount some exciting missions to the Moon and to Mars. Between NASA, Roscosmos, the …

China's new space telescope will scan Milky Way to unearth secrets that are probably still unknown to NASA - IBTimes India

Compared to existing X-ray satellites, HXMT has a larger detection area, broader energy range and a wider field of view.<p>China will soon come up with …