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How ISIS’s ‘Attack America’ Plan Is Working

The terrorist group’s sophisticated social-media campaign is reaching its audience in the United States. What it does next has law enforcement …

Insurers worry self-driving cars could put a dent in their business

A world of robot cars may still be a long way off but that hasn’t stopped some big insurance companies from worrying about them. And not for the reasons you might think.<p>That three insurance companies and an auto parts manufacturer mentioned driverless cars in their annual reports to the Securities …

Insurance Industry

8-Year-Old Feeds Crows and They Leave Her Small "Thank You" Gifts in Return

In 2011, Gabi Mann was a four-year-old in Seattle with a habit of dropping her food. A chicken nugget might fall off her lap while she's getting out of the car, and Gabi wouldn't pick it up. Instead, the crows rushed to the forgotten morsel and hoped for another bite. Gabi eventually noticed this …

Birds

A Data Nerd’s Guide To Winning Texas Hold ‘Em

Know when to hold ’em, and know when to fold ’em.<p>Do you suck at the mental math of Texas Hold ‘Em? Here’s an interactive cheat sheet that you might want to play around with before your next game. Chris Beaumont, a former software engineer at Harvard’s Center for Astrophysics, has put together a …

Eco-Friendly Burial Pods Will Turn Your Loved Ones into Trees

Instead of the typical coffin burial, Italian designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel developed an eco-friendly alternative. It's called <i>Capsula Mundi</i>, and it uses egg-shaped pods that hold a deceased human body for burial. Each capsule will turn into nutrients for a tree that will grow out of the …

Green Living

Is the world ready for GM animals?

<b>The use of genetically engineered animals could revolutionise whole areas of public health and agriculture, according to advocates. But is the world ready for modified mosquitoes and GM salmon?</b><p>Back in the 1950s, two American scientists came up with a revolutionary idea to eliminate a longstanding …

Public Health

Are humans getting cleverer?

<b>IQ is rising in many parts of the world. What's behind the change and does it really mean people are cleverer than their grandparents?</b><p>It is not unusual for parents to comment that their children are brainier than they are. In doing so, they hide a boastful remark about their offspring behind a …

The Brain

20 Apps You Won't Be Able to Live Without

Photo: Getty Images<p><b>1. KillSwitch:</b> This app discretely removes all traces of your ex from your Facebook profile.<p><b>2. Sleep Cycle:</b> This alarm clock analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you when you are in the lightest sleep phase so you feel refreshed instead of groggy.<p><b>3. CardMunch:</b> This app quickly …

Miley Cyrus Has Abandoned Twerking in Favor of the Nae Nae

It's important to change it up every so often.<p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ06TMk5IWc<p>During an appearance on Australian morning show <i>Sunrise</i>, Miley Cyrus made a very important announcement about the state of twerking in the world today. Miley, you see, is in Australia finishing up her "Bangerz" …

Ebola Is Coming. A Travel Ban Won't Stop Outbreaks

Ebola has officially gone global.<p>The World Health Organization recently confirmed that a Spanish nurse was the first case of transmission outside Africa. Now it seems the first patient diagnosed in the United States transmitted the disease before he died.<p>More outbreaks are on their way.<p>While …

New viruses 'killing amphibians' in Spain

<b>A deadly new disease has emerged that is wiping out amphibians, scientists report.</b><p>A number of viruses have been found in northern Spain that are killing frog, toad and newt species. Infected animals can suffer from ulcers on their skin and die from internal bleeding.<p>Researchers fear the strains, …

This Is How Technology Is Affecting Your Relationship

It is now an uncontested fact that technology is pervasive throughout our lives. But how often do we assess its presence in our relationships, recognizing how, exactly, it has impacted the way we interact with those closest to us?<p>Historically, we are going where no human has gone before, hooked up …

17 Household Items That Work Just as Well as Weights

Home workout, here you come.<p><i>Find awesome workouts you can do at home with very little equipment at CosmoBody, the new fitness and lifestyle video channel.</i><p>There's nothing more annoying than doing an online workout or DVD and discovering you don't have the fitness props you need. The next time this …

This Couple Got Stuck Together When They Had Sex in the Sea

And someone actually had to HELP THEM TO THE HOSPITAL.<p>Everyone thinks sand in your butt is the worst thing that can happen when you have sex on a beach, but one Italian couple proved that's definitely not the case.<p>According to the Local, the couple was happily frolicking around an isolated beach at …

Ebola Drug Makers Could Be Immune From Liability Under 2005 Law

If the Department of Health and Human Services declares a public health emergency, manufacturers could benefit from a liability waiver, even if potential risks were known before the drugs were used.<p>WASHINGTON — Vaccine manufacturers scrambling to get Ebola-related products to market could enjoy …

Public Health

This Cosplayer Tried To Cram Every Johnny Depp Role Into One Costume. Did He Succeed?

There are cosplayers who dress as superheroes, and then there are cosplayers who <i>are</i> superheroes. The guy in this photo is a prime example of the latter. His attempt to cram every Johnny Depp role into a single costume is nothing short of impressive.<p><i>Edward Scissorhands</i>, <i>Fear and Loathing in Las …

6 Ways to Thicken and Lengthen Your Hair

Photo: Courtesy of Vionnet<p>ELLE's annual roundup of age-defying breakthroughs will have you looking better than your #flashbackfriday from head to toe, but here, we're focusing on hair products particularly. Because as too many of us know, it's not just your skin that can age you, and it's not just …

The 9 Best Boredom Snacks to Satisfy Every Craving

Because mindless eating isn't *the best,* but totally we do it anyway.<p>No, boredom eating is <i>not</i> the best practice—any nutritionist will tell you that mindlessly snacking is a one-way ticket to a wider waistline. But sometimes the afternoon munchies come a'knocking—and when they do, it's often not …

Beautiful Kaleidoscopic Photos of Abandoned Buildings in 360 Degrees

German photographer Sven Fennema captures his architectural subjects in a full 360 degrees. He travels to abandoned places in Europe like churches, cemeteries, and even cooling towers to show all sides and angles of them. Sometimes, these locations are well kept, while other times we see that …

Abandoned Buildings

Parents’ Ebola Panic Is Taking Over My Clinic

You do not have Ebola. Let me say it again: You do not have Ebola.<p>“I promise you this is not Ebola.”<p>On the one hand, I had figured I’d probably find …

8 Ways to Get Prettier in Your Sleep

Do the term "beauty sleep" justice by following these skin and hair tips from dermatologists.<p>You might think you're off the clock when it comes to your beauty routine while you sleep, but your slumber hours play an important role in how you look. "Beauty sleep is essential for repairing the skin," …

Cloning Cows From Steaks (and Other Ways of Building Better Cattle)

Can animal geneticists breed—or clone—a cow that will taste great and have a smaller environmental hoofprint too?<p>The clones were so glad to see us, out on the frozen pasture, that they almost wouldn't let us out of the pickup. I had to shove one aside with the door to get out. Kelly Jones had …

New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

Government regulators have approved a new generation of genetically engineered corn and soybeans. They're the latest weapon in an arms race between farmers and weeds, and the government's green light is provoking angry opposition from environmentalists.<p>The actual decision, at first glance, seems …

Amber Vinson, Dallas Ebola Patient, Says CDC Gave Her Green Light To Fly

A Dallas nurse who took a commercial flight from Cleveland hours before reporting symptoms of Ebola says that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention told her it was okay to fly.<p>Amber Vinson helped treat Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died in Dallas of the Ebola virus earlier this …

Obama: 'Much more aggressive' Ebola response

President Barack Obama said Wednesday his administration will respond to new Ebola cases "in a much more aggressive way," taking charge of the issue after a second Texas health care worker was diagnosed with the disease.<p>Obama scrapped plans to attend Democratic fund-raisers in New Jersey and …

Nurses' union slams Texas hospital for lack of Ebola protocol

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Texas hospital where two health care workers contracted Ebola while caring for a patient had guidelines that were "constantly changing" and didn't have protocols on how to deal with the deadly virus," a nurses' union claims.<p>"The protocols that should have been in place in Dallas were …

When should we worry about food safety?

Food processing decisions are all about compromise.<p>Apples contain formaldehyde and formaldehyde is carcinogenic. However, at the levels present, and especially given the benefits most people would enjoy from a diet with more fruit and vegetables, no one worries about it.<p>When you pasteurize milk you …

13 Jaw-Dropping Photos of This Woman Chasing Storms

Photographer Nicolaus Wegner captures his wife in front of the most powerful backdrops.<p>Wyoming photographer Nicolaus Wegner shoots juxtapositional nature images, contrasting his — well, I'll just say it — totally hot wife Daow against a background of menacing storms. The result is stunning.<p>"I'm a …

Ebola in Sierra Leone: ‘we feel like a pariah nation’

Sluggish courtrooms, swamped clinics and parents forgoing food are becoming the norm as Ebola opens cracks in Sierra Leonean society<p>Ebola outbreak response: a breakdown of the key funding pledges<p>On Monday, AdvocAid, an NGO that works with women and children in detention in Sierra Leone, was called …

Christian Right-Wingers Love Porn: New Studies Suggest the Bible Belt Has A Kinky Side

They preach abstinence and shame the adult industry, but findings conclude that the more Christian and conservative you are, the more you’re into …