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Escaping ISIS: How French teen got free of terrorist recruiters

<b>Paris (CNN) —</b> Most 15-year-old French girls spend their time on social media chatting with friends about schoolmates, music and movies. But Joanna was different.<p>While her contemporaries "liked" one another's posts on Facebook and Instagram, or nattered on Snapchat and WhatsApp, Joanna was using the …

Islam

Despite What You've Read, Our Bodies Don't Contain 10 Times More Bacteria Cells Than Human Cells

The famous 10:1 ratio has been debunked.<p>If you’ve ever read anything about the colonies of bacteria that live on and inside you, you’ll no doubt have …

Tardigrades — the microscopic, oddly cute toughest animals on Earth — explained

Six facts about the toughest animal on Earth.<p>Paul Bartels gets a rush every time he discovers a new species of tardigrade, the <b>phylum</b> of microscopic animals best known for being both strangely cute and able to survive the <b>vacuum of space</b>.<p>”The first paper I wrote describing a new species, there was a …

Ashley Olsen autopsy: U.S. woman in Italy was strangled, maybe with rope

An autopsy has determined that an American woman whose naked body was found last week in her Florence apartment was strangled with an object such as a rope or cord, an Italian prosecutor said Tuesday.<p>Prosecutor Giuseppe Creazzo cautioned that more lab results are needed to pinpoint the time of …

Marie-Antoinette's torrid affair with Swedish count revealed in decoded letters

French experts unravel mystery content of Marie-Antoinette’s secret love letters to a Swedish count thanks to cutting-edge imagery technology<p>Newly decoded letters penned by Marie-Antoinette suggest France’s last queen had a torrid affair with a Swedish count, amid claims that two of the children …

Obama chides Republicans for lack of alternatives on Islamic State | Reuters

HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said his administration is open to some “legitimate criticism” for failing to adequately explain its strategy to counter Islamic State, though he chided Republican presidential candidates for criticizing his policy without offering an …

Pew Research Center

A radically simple idea may open the door to a new world of antibiotics

“Everyone thought the solution would be high-tech,” said Epstein. But the one that he and his colleagues have found is remarkably straightforward. …

E.coli has developed resistance to last-line of antibiotics, warn scientists

Dangerous bacteria like E.coli have developed resistance to our last line of antibiotics, scientists have warned<p>Bacteria like E.Coli have mutated to be resistant to our last-line of antibiotics and untreateable bugs may already be circulating in Britain, scientists have warned.<p>Health experts have …

Morbidly Beautiful Pictures Reveal The Horror Of Surgery In The Victorian Era

How to slice a human body. WARNING: Graphic images, obviously.<p><i>Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Surgery</i> is a book that sums up every terror about surgery and medicine you ever had.<p>A follow-up to the award-winning <i>The Sick Rose</i>, Richard Barnett's latest …

Physiology

Enjoy the sweet catharsis of seeing subway cars dumped into the ocean

Ever wonder what would happen if you followed your subway <i>all the way</i> to the end of the line?<p>In the early 2000s, decommissioned NYC subway cars were …

Michelle Pfeiffer

Rooftop aquaponic 'Farmlab' uses tilapia fish to grow edible plants

Urban farming has been gaining popularity these days in NYC, but a Brooklyn-based company is taking the verdant practice to new heights–literally. …

Aquaponics

The science of vision: How do our eyes see?

The structure of the human eye is so complex that it’s hard to believe that it’s not the product of intelligent design, but by looking at the eyes of …

A 20-year-old is planning a 62-mile floating wall to make the ocean 'self-cleaning'

Three years ago, Boyan Slat was a precocious 18-year-old on a TEDx stage in the Netherlands, eloquently introducing people to his radical idea to clean up the ocean. He would build a network of floating walls that would work with the oceans' currents to catch the millions — maybe even trillions— of …

7 Sophisticated Cocktail Recipes Every Stylish Man Needs to Know

After a certain age, cocktails that are equal parts soft drink and bottom-rung alcohol just don’t make the cut. Most guys have an eye-opening moment …

Medical Journals

12 Theories of How We Became Human, and Why They’re All Wrong

Killers? Hippies? Toolmakers? Chefs? Scientists have trouble agreeing on the essence of humanity—and when and how we acquired it.<p>What a piece of work is man! Everyone agrees on that much. But what exactly is it about <i>Homo sapiens</i> that makes us unique among animals, let alone apes, and when and how …

What Nazi Propaganda Can Teach Us about ISIS

In 1924, Adolf Hitler described propaganda as "a terrible weapon in the hands of an expert." For two decades, the Nazis showed the world what a devastating weapon it could be. They won over millions of Germans to their extremist goals in a democracy by branding their movement with powerful symbols …

What might we do with the genomics of the entire planet? – Dawn Field

In case you weren’t paying attention, a lot has been happening in the science of genomics over the past few years. It is, for example, now possible …

Syrian refugees: Which countries welcome them, which ones don't

<b>(CNN) —</b> The expanding Syrian refugee crisis highlights the differences among countries that welcome desperate migrants and those that don't.<p>Some 4.1 million Syrians are fleeing a homeland riven by more than four years of civil war. Some countries have taken in so many migrants it's caused a …

Refugees

Everything You Need For A Well-Stocked Bar Cart

Chris Bowman and Benjamin Harrison, co-founders of the podcast Let's Drink About It, let us in our their strategy for stocking (but not cluttering) the perfect bar cart.<p>The Food52 office bar cart is actually two, shimmied up behind an open lounge.<p>The best way to amass a comprehensive liquor …

Autopsies reveal Alzheimer's could be transmitted between humans

Alzheimer's disease may be transmissible in humans, due to an infectious protein that could potentially be spread during medical surgery and blood …

2 climbers crawled through a suffocatingly tiny cave and discovered a new human ancestor that could be 'one of the greatest fossil discoveries of the past half century'

A couple of cavers stumbled across the remains of at least 15 individuals in South Africa's Cave of Stars. The species, which is named Homo naledi ("naledi" means "star" in the South African language Sotho)<i>,</i> had a small brain, yet remarkably humanlike features. And the bones appear to have been …

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Wildfires

Researchers use solar power to make carbon fiber out of thin air

They also claim this will reverse climate change. Will it work?<p>Carbon capture is an idea that's been around for a while, but it's always seemed like a bit of an afterthought, a way to slightly slow the pace at which we're pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. But what if we could do at a …

Russia declares war on cheese, cracks down on "dairy mafia"

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> Police in Russia say they have smashed a major smuggling ring, arresting a gang suspected of trafficking in dangerous contraband at gunpoint. The goods in question aren't drugs or weapons, though, but cheese.<p>Some 470 tons of the stuff, to be precise, worth an estimated $30 million …

Russia

How To Really Get Things Done?

50 Contemporary Sunrooms With Charming Spaces

Depending on where you live in the northern hemisphere, you might have anywhere between a few good days to weeks before the warmth of summer slowly …

Chicago's most historic taverns: Our list

It is, of course, a place to get a drink but a tavern can be many things. On one level it's the sum of the collective conversations that have taken place within its walls and of the characters who have inhabited, however briefly, its bar stools and tables.<p>There are roughly 1,000 taverns in the …

16 Campaigns that Reveal the REAL Cost of Food

There is no such thing as cheap food.<p>Industrial agriculture is externalizing the environmental and health costs associated with food production. Worldwide, 75 billion tons of soil is lost every year, costing approximately US$400 billion per year, or about US$70 per person, per year, according to …

Are You Paying Too Much for Common Repairs?

Congratulations on buying your first house. Now, you have to learn how to keep it in good repair.<p>Most repairs are simple, inexpensive, and …