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10 Interesting facts about human brain you may not know

The human brain is the command center for the human nervous system. It receives input from the sensory organs and sends output to the muscles. The …

Gender

Why Did the Genetic Code of All Life on Earth Suddenly Stop Evolving?

Around 3,000 million years ago, something stopped the genetic code from growing.<p>All life on Earth exists thanks to a universal genetic code. This biological rulebook tells our cells how DNA should be translated into life-supporting proteins, without which we couldn't survive.<p>Even though the genetic …

Saudi Arabia — the dangers of a fanciful vision

Saudi Arabia is in a mess. That conclusion seems to be common ground — the view of serious outside analysts and of the country’s own government. The …

Free will illusory, brain tricks us into thinking choices are conscious – Yale study

Will I drink tea or coffee? Should I take an umbrella with me? What if I buy this now even though pay day's in a week? There are so many choices that …

The Middle East after ISIS

Islamic State Militants in al-Raqqa<p><i>This week we begin a two part series on a post-ISIS Middle East. In Part I we look at "The Middle East after ISIS." Next week, in Part II, we examine whether a post-ISIS Middle East can be stabilized and what role, if any, the U.S. and its allies can play.</i><p>By all …

How unconscious memory trips us up

Almost everybody's had the experience: On your day off, you pull out of the driveway —and without thinking — turn the car as if you were headed off to work. Or those times when you drop your car keys in the regular spot at home — and then not remember doing it.<p>Those moments of absentminded action …

NATO/US need to be Doubly Wary of Saudis and Turks Adventurism in Syria

Conventional wisdom in the United States holds that Saudi Arabia and Turkey are right to enter the chaos defining Syria's civil war. After all, this is their region of the world, not ours. Yet the fallout could have dangerous implications for NATO, of which the United States is the dominant …

The enormous power of the unconscious brain

A lot of the things we do in everyday life don’t need to involve our conscious mind. In many cases, the more we use it, the less effective we become.<p>If you don’t think the act of stacking and shuffling a set of cups could boggle your mind, watch the video below. In it, neuroscientist David Eagleman …

Russia can redeploy to Syria 'within hours', warns Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin says he can reverse decision to withdraw from Syria at a moment's notice, in apparent warning against seeking to take advantage of the departure of Russian troops<p>Russia can ramp up its military presence in Syria “in hours” if need be, Vladimir Putin has said in an apparent warning to …

MIT scientists find evidence that Alzheimer’s ‘lost memories’ may one day be recoverable

By Ariana Eunjung Cha<p>Ariana Eunjung Cha<p>National reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Memory loss is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's and heartbreaking for loved ones to watch progress. Gone are the details of a first love or a child's wobbly first steps. The achievements of a distinguished 30-year career. …

Alzheimer's Disease

Syria civil war: UN calls for elections in 18 months

UN envoy de Mistura says vote should be held by September 2017 as opposition says it will attend March 14 peace talks.<p>The UN envoy for Syria has renewed a call for elections in the war-torn country, proposing that a vote should be held in 18 months' time.<p>Staffan de Mistura's call on Friday for …

War

Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think

Rebecca Beris<p>Read full profile<p>In 2011, the Finnish Tourist Board ran a campaign that used silence as a marketing ‘product’. They sought to entice …

Self-Reflection

Revealed: How Hamas exploits Gaza to harm Israel

Aside from siphoning off international aid for its missile and tunnel programs, Hamas has been cynically manipulating the residents in Gaza by …

Israel

There’s no such thing as imperialism-lite, Obama. Libya has shown that once again | Simon Jenkins

The US president thinks Britain’s to blame for not doing enough in 2011. But while David Cameron and Obama make up, chaos continues in the Middle East<p>So Barack Obama thinks Britain in 2011 left Libya in chaos – and besides it does not pull its weight in the world. Britain thinks that a bit rich, …

As hard times hit, Egyptians at last find fault with Sisi

CAIRO (Reuters) - “Your exellency: you are not working,” television presenter Azza al-Henawy said, looking into the camera but addressing the Egyptian president. “Not one single issue has been solved since you took over.”<p>A man carrying a portrait of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and an …

From ally to enemy: New U.S. State Dept.-designated terrorists fight in extremist group supported by CIA in ’80s

<b>President Reagan meeting with Afghan militants in the Oval Office in February 1983 (U.S. Government's Ronald Reagan Presidential Library)</b><p>The CIA and US allies funneled weapons to the Afghan extremist group Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin — an ally turned enemy<p>Ben Norton<p>March 11, 2016 3:38pm (UTC)<p>The U.S. …

U.S. Dept. of State

David Cameron was distracted during Libya crisis, says Obama

US president criticises Europe over failure to prevent ‘mess’ after Gaddafi and warns special relationship comes with conditions<p>David Cameron was distracted by domestic priorities as Libya descended into a “mess”, Barack Obama has suggested.<p>Related: Obama's criticism of David Cameron borne out by …

After five years of civil war, it’s time to bid farewell to Syria

Approximately five years have elapsed since the popular protest against Bashar Assad’s regime began in Syria — a protest that spiraled into a …

Anti-Hamas Egyptian delayed from leading Arab League

Qatar has delayed the appointment of a veteran Egyptian diplomat as the next head of the Arab League over his "hostile positions" towards the Gulf …

Arab League

Germany: Files listing Islamic State fighters are authentic

We are witnessing the decline of Saudi Arabia as a major power

The monarchy’s influence has waned with plummeting oil prices. What that means for the future of the Middle East<p>Vijay Prashad<p>March 11, 2016 6:22pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Five years ago, when the Arab Spring seemed at its most hopeful point, a Saudi diplomat told me, …

Australian government to strip extremists' children of citizenship

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government will be able to strip the children of extremists fighting overseas of Australian citizenship under controversial legislation introduced into parliament on Wednesday.<p>Details of the so-called Allegiance to Australia bill were unveiled as the mother-in-law …

The west’s betrayal of Egypt will reap a bitter harvest | Amr Darrag

The international community’s silence on the treatment of Mohamed Morsi and many others by the Sisi regime is both tragic and dangerous<p>Related: Egyptian court confirms Morsi death sentence over jailbreak during uprising<p>When the former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to 20 years in …

Human Rights

WikiLeaks says it's leaking over 500,000 Saudi documents

ISTANBUL (AP) — WikiLeaks is in the process of publishing more than 500,000 Saudi diplomatic documents to the Internet, the transparency website said …

Iran and the Afghan Taliban Teaming Up Against ISIS

LONDON — A bloody clash between the Afghan Taliban and followers of the so-called Islamic State late last month in western Afghanistan has exposed …

Pakistan

Al Qaeda reportedly executes 2 accused spies in Yemen after U.S. attack

The retribution was gruesome — and not long in coming.<p>A day after Al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen confirmed the death of a former senior lieutenant of Osama bin Laden in an apparent U.S. drone strike, online images surfaced of two accused "spies," purportedly in advance of their executions, and two …

Taliban Warns ISIS to Stay Out of Afghanistan

World<p>KABUL — The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday warned ISIS militants to stay out of Afghanistan in a rare open letter to the extremists that have conquered swathes of the Middle East.<p>The Islamic Emirate — the Taliban's name for Afghanistan — only allows the struggle "against foreign invaders to be …

Afghanistan

Why Iranians are lapping up Shah memorabilia

In Tehran, memories of the Shah’s brutality are fading and selling imperial wares is becoming less dangerous. But what’s really behind the increasing fondness for the pre-1979 era?<p>Near the grand bazaar in Tehran, over the entrance to the complex housing the ministries of foreign affairs and …

Saddam's former army is the secret to ISIS success

In that year, the self-appointed caliph has expanded his turf from eastern Syria and western Iraq to include adherents in pockets of war-racked Libya and Egypt's lawless Sinai peninsula.<p>He has set his sights on Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam, and his Islamic State has launched an online magazine …

Iran nuclear talks are going nowhere and may miss the June deadline for a deal

Iran and the powers — the US, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany — are trying to reach a settlement by June 30 under which Iran would curb its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.<p>The US has said it stands by the end-June deadline for the deal, meant to assuage …