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Syria chlorine gas attack evidence of 'fresh war crime'

An alleged chlorine gas attack by the Syrian government in a rebel-held town is evidence of new war crimes, right body Amnesty International has said.<p>The London-based human rights organisation said on Tuesday that the alleged chlorine gas attack in Idlib that activists said killed an entire family, …

Middle East

US scientists can soon run experiments on stronger marijuana

But the drug still won't be as strong as the stuff you can get elsewhere<p>Scientists who study medical marijuana will soon have access to a wider variety of strains. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) — the federal "dealer" that supplies the drug to scientists — has received numerous …

Cannabis

Colombia: is the end in sight to the world’s longest war?

Since 1948, a four-sided civil war has raged in Colombia, bringing misery and displacement to millions. Now, with talks under way involving leftwing group Farc, there’s the best chance of peace in decades<p>On the frayed, far south-western outskirts of Bogotá, the largest, poorest and most violent …

South America

The woman who faces the wrath of North Korea

After her epic escape, Park Yeon-mi devoted herself to revealing the brutal truth about North Korea – but the regime is determined to discredit her and other defectors<p>What does a nuclear power with the fifth largest army in the world have to fear from a pint-sized university student in a pink …

North Korea

Elon Musk says he's going to 'end' one of Tesla owners' biggest problems this week

Range anxiety is a common fear among electric car owners that their car won't be able to last until the next charge.<p>Drivers end up playing it safe and recharging before they hit the upper limit of their battery's range, or simply choosing to take gas-powered cars on longer journeys instead of their …

Tesla

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North Korea introduces 'mandatory military service for women'

High school graduates will be forced to serve in the country’s armed forces until the age of 23, sources inside the country tell Daily NK<p>North Korea is making military service mandatory for young women in a bid to strengthen the nation’s armed forces, sources inside the secretive state have told …

North Korea

Israel and Hezbollah on brink of serious clash after soldier deaths

Binyamin Netanyahu says attackers will pay the ‘full price’ as fears grow of escalating confrontation on the border with Lebanon<p>Israel and the Lebanese group Hezbollah stepped to the brink of their most serious confrontation since they fought a brutal month-long war in Lebanon in 2006 after …

Middle East

The female suicide bomber Isis wants freed in return for Japanese hostage

Kidnappers of Kenji Goto say they will exchange him for Sajida al-Rishawi, who has been held in a Jordanian jail since 2005<p>The woman who Isis wants released from a Jordanian jail, in return for Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, has family ties with Iraq’s most violent militant groups.<p>Sajida al-Rishawi, …

Death Row

How Paleontologists Uncovered the World’s Biggest Rhino

Standing 16 feet tall at the shoulder and weighing 20 tons, <i>Paraceratherium</i> was one of the largest mammals to ever walk the Earth. That may seem pretty puny by dinosaurian standards, but, at the American Museum of Natural History and other institutions that house reconstructions of the 34-23 million …

Are Physics to Blame for NFL Patriots Deflated Footballs?

This is the first time, ever in my life, where I have heard science being highlighted within a pre-Super Bowl football game press conference. As a scientist, I was extremely happy and puzzled at the same time. And surprisingly, the data in this situation left me questioning how people can use …

NFL

President Maduro Suggested The Very Thing That Could Set Venezuela Off

But last week, according to Bloomberg, President Nicolas Maduro suggested that the country may have to take one measure that has put hundreds of thousands of bodies in the street protesting in the past — raising gas prices.<p>The oil rich, cash poor country has always given Venezuelans a major break …

Venezuela

Bones From Era of Alexander the Great Raise More Questions Than Answers

Analysis of human remains may take years to sort out who was buried in massive Greek tomb.<p>Media reports and the blogosphere are fueling speculation that the remains of a woman found in a massive tomb in northern Greece may belong to Alexander the Great’s mother, Olympias, who was executed when she …

How Men And Women Process Emotions Differently

Are women "wired" to be more emotional? Not exactly -- but new research provides more evidence that the male and female brain may have very different ways of processing emotion.<p>Previous research has shown that women generally experience higher levels of emotional stimulation than men. Now, a new …

Gender

The cost of being unhealthy

<b>We eat too much, drink too much and don't get enough exercise. It's that simple. And if you think that doesn't apply to you, you're probably wrong.</b><p>There are seven established factors that raise the risk of ill health. They cover everything from smoking to low fruit and vegetable consumption.<p>An …

Radiation Therapy

DIY PC: How To Source Cheap And Compatible Parts For Your Next Build

Welcome once again to DIY PC, a regular feature customized for PC builders and PC gamers. Ordinarily we examine the week’s hardware news, but this time around we’re going to focus on one thing: finding the most affordable and compatible parts for your next build.<p>For people pondering their first …

Computer Hardware
Space Travel

Football Physics And The Science Of Deflategate

Does the ideal gas law explain 11 deflated footballs?<p>News reports say that 11 of the 12 game balls used by the New England Patriots in their AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts were deflated, showing about 2 pounds per square inch (psi) less pressure than the 13 psi required by the …

NFL

The choking problem of Asia’s air pollution

A haze periodically drifts over parts of Asia. What is it, and can anything be done? Mike Ives reports.<p>At the age of 13, Tan Yi Han could not see the edge of his schoolyard. It was 1998 in Singapore, the wealthy city-state known for its tidy streets and clean, green image. But for much of that …

Pollution

Rare Picture: Hippo Seen Eating Hippo—and More Cannibals

Though it's rare, animals will eat their own kind when resources are scarce.<p>There’s a new meaning to hungry, hungry hippos: Scientists have documented one of the first instances of cannibalism in the hippopotamus.<p>In 2014, while on safari in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, conservation …

After criticism from Microsoft, Google reveals more Windows security problems

Google's done it again.<p>Early this week, Microsoft was publicly displeased with Google for revealing a Windows security hole that would allow hackers …

Everything You Need To Know Before Buying And Playing 'Elite: Dangerous'

To say I’m hooked on Elite: Dangerous would be an understatement. I’m sinking an average of 30 hours per week into the game. I’ve programmed a space-themed Spotify playlist for those long voyages between star systems. When those songs aren’t blaring out of my cockpit speakers, I’m streaming in …

Trucking

Astronomers Spy "Bullet" Galaxy Blasting Through Other Galaxies

A speedy space collision rips gas from a fast-moving galaxy.<p><b>What's New</b><p>A distant galaxy pierced another group of galaxies like a bullet, astronomers report, in a cosmic collision some 1.4 billion light-years away.<p>Observations from Europe's XMM-Newton X-ray space telescope reveal that the bullet …