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Chess makes a step towards inclusion in Olympic Games

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited South Korea, the host of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, where he met Mr. Choi Moon-soon, the Governor of …

Thirsty birds are dying all over California — thanks, climate change

You know that historic and disastrous drought currently turning California into one big heap of straw? You know how it’s probably being exacerbated …

Creating DNA-based nanostructures without water | Kurzweil

Three different DNA nanostructures assembled at room temperature in water-free glycholine (left) and in 75 percent glycholine-water mixture (center …

7 important ocean trends, and what we can do about them

More than 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. About 97% of it exists in our oceans.<p>But the oceans aren't just full of aquatic creatures …

The information our brains forget so they don't become too 'full'

Not exactly. It turns out that the reality is more cool.<p>Our brain disregards certain memories if they become redundant so that the up to date, …

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Supreme Court nominee list narrowed to 5, Trump says<p>Trump says he's narrowed Supreme Court justice list to 5 names<p>The Briefing Room: Trump mulls …

'Look ... It's My Name on This': Obama Defends the Iran Nuclear Deal

In an interview, the U.S. president ties his legacy to a pact with Tehran, argues ISIS is not winning, warns Saudi Arabia not to pursue a nuclear-weapons program, and anguishes about Israel.<p>On Tuesday afternoon, as President Obama was bringing an occasionally contentious but often illuminating …

The government is not listening to police officers, the Police Federation's chair says

The Government is not listening to police officers and should begin to do so, the chair of the Police Federation has said.<p>Steve White argued that a …

Judge throws out anti-gun regulations in DC. AGAIN.

Seriously: what part of <i>Shall not be infringed</i> was unclear, DC city government?<p>A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction saying the District …

The Civil War never ended: Baltimore, Ferguson and the ghosts of the Confederacy

<b>A re-enactment commemorating the Battle of Gettysburg, Aug. 10, 2003, in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)</b><p>A century and a half later, black America is still living in the shadow of the antebellum South<p>Sarah Anderson<p>May 20, 2015 8:30am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Hundreds of …

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What If Everybody Didn't Have to Work to Get Paid?

Advocates say that a guaranteed basic income can lead to more creative, fulfilling work. The question is how to fund it.<p>Scott Santens has been thinking a lot about fish lately. Specifically, he’s been reflecting on the aphorism, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to …

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Why spring (yawn) makes us (yawn) sleepy

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's safe to say that spring has finally sprung! The days are lighter, the breeze is warmer and we feel sleepier than ever. What gives?<p>We anticipate having boundless energy as we leave our semi-hibernative states that protected us so well from the harsh winter, but many of us fall victim to …

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America's National Parks: Money for Nothing, Sunsets for Free

<i>Mancos Valley Overlook with areas open for leasing below</i><p>Apparently the White House is once again undermining The Constitution and using executive authority without consulting Congress. In February, President Obama designated three new national monuments in Illinois, Colorado and Hawaii and urged …

How pandas may be eating their way to extinction

A giant panda may look like a vegetarian on the outside, but it definitely looks like a carnivore on the inside.<p>A genetic analysis of 121 samples of panda poop finds that the community of microbes living inside these animals' guts is optimized to digest meat. This is despite the fact that giant …

Scientists develop new 'kill switch' to destroy genetically-modified organisms that escape

Genetically modified organisms hold a lot of promise for creating hardier crops and faster growing fish, but even supporters are concerned about invasive organisms running wild. If a faster, better, stronger strain of bacteria escaped the lab, how would we stop it? Now, scientists have come up with …

ISIS seizes key Iraqi city of Ramadi: What happens next?

<b>(CNN) —</b> ISIS forces pushed east Monday from their fresh victory in Ramadi as the Iraqi government rushed reinforcements to shore up defensive lines meant to stop the terror group's advance.<p>Iraqi and U.S. officials promised eventual defeat for the self-proclaimed Islamic State, but the loss of the …

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Los Angeles Votes To Raise Minimum Wage To $15

Los Angeles on Tuesday became the biggest U.S. city to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour.<p>Following a hot debate, the city council voted 14 to 1 to approve a plan to gradually increase the required wage to $15 an hour by July 2020. The current $9-an-hour minimum wage was already slated to …