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Study: Music Changes The Teen Brain

Inside the choir room at a Chicago charter school, 41 students sing through several warm ups. The exercise is a basic scale, but it’s sung in a …

College Prep

How to Predict Gentrification: Look for Falling Crime

Everyone has theories for why well-educated, higher-income professionals are moving back into parts of cities shunned by their parents’ generation.<p>Perhaps their living preferences have shifted. Or the demands of the labor market have, and young adults with less leisure time are loath to waste it …

Breakthrough technology turns coal plant CO2 into baking powder

When it comes to mitigating the impact of modern civilization on our planet’s environment, many scientists and engineers have been focused on ways to …

Fossil Fuels

American teens are getting hooked on fiction by text message

<b>Ella:</b> RU there? I’m in trouble<b><br>Ella:</b> Pls answer me.<b><br>Ella:</b> Pls, pls, pls, pls, pls<p><b>Jacob:</b> I’m here. Whats up? U OK?<p><b>Ella:</b> No. I’m in serious trouble.<p><b>Jacob:</b> Why? Where RU?<p><b>Ella:</b> IDK. I think I’ve been kidnapped.<p>This dialog is popping up on half a million devices in the US, and it’s not spam. The texts are …

Apps

Sleep deprivation costs British economy £40billion a year, scientists find

Lack of sleep is costing the UK economy billions and increasing the risk of death for large numbers of tired Britons, according to a new report.<p>Scientists evaluated the economic cost of poor sleep in five countries: the UK, US, Canada, Germany and Japan.<p>They found that the effect of sleep …

Sleep

One village solved Bangladesh’s unreliable energy grid problem with “swarm electrification”

In Bangladesh, daily power outages are simply expected.<p>Cities like Dhaka and Chittagong experience around two to three hours of “load shedding” every day when residents are deliberately cut off from electricity in a bid to conserve power. And load shedding happens even more often in rural …

Renewable Energy

In drawn-out battle of Mosul, limits of Iraqi military show

BAGHDAD (AP) — When Iraq's top generals finalized the plan to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group, they gave themselves six months to finish …

Middle East

U.S. Airlines Still Plan to Fly to Cuba Despite Doubts from Donald Trump

U.S. airlines are proceeding with plans to launch new flights to Cuba this week despite doubts that President-elect Donald Trump has raised about the …

The Pakistan army chief who waged war on Islamist militants is stepping down. His successor will deal with Trump

His stern, mustachioed face stares out from posters pasted to the backs of transport trucks. He's the most discussed personality on political talk shows. A Twitter hashtag credits him with improving everything from national security to Pakistan's performance in cricket.<p>Gen. Raheel<p>Sharif, Pakistan’s …

What a Legal Recreational Drug Market Would Look Like in the UK

We spoke to a load of experts to understand how legalizing weed, psychedelics, cocaine, pills, and ketamine would actually work.<p><i>This post originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>It's been an eventful month for British drug policy. A couple of weeks ago, the <i>British Medical Journal</i> came out in support of the …

The Next Attorney General Is Coming for Your Weed

Yes, you are freaking out, man.<p>Barring a revolt in the Senate or the sweet relief of an earthbound meteor, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III will soon be Attorney General of the United States. Sessions, an Alabama senator who despite his name is not the last living Civil War general, has garnered …

U.S., Iran clash over Tehran's testing of limit in nuclear deal

VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States and Iran on Thursday clashed openly at the U.N. atomic watchdog for the first time since they signed a landmark nuclear deal last year, differing over Tehran’s repeated testing of one of the deal’s less strictly defined limits.<p>An Iranian flag flutters in front …

Cheap Android phones send owners' text messages and location data to China

Owners of cheap smartphones could have been the victims of an unprecedented privacy intrusion after security researchers found that some low-cost Android devices have been regularly sending personal information, including the contents of messages and location, to China.<p>One of the most extensive …

Judge closes hearing on South Carolina church shooter's competency

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge said on Wednesday he will hold a closed-door hearing next week on whether accused white supremacist Dylann Roof is mentally competent to stand trial for the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners in South Carolina last year.<p>Police lead suspected shooter …

Citizens across the world are suing their governments over climate change

Did you know it's possible to take legal action to fight global warming? European citizens have been doing just that. And now, youths in the US won …

Climate Change

London Proposes A Special City Visa To Keep EU Workers And Avoid Brexit Disaster

“Our city would collapse without migrants,” London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) policy director Sean McKee told London’s <i>Evening Standard</i>. …

Great Britain

Meet Weed Liquor, Your Favorite Post-Legalization Drink

The spread of legalized weed across the United States has created an opportunity for sobriety’s worst nightmare to surface: The divine marriage of …

Artificial Intelligence Robots: Why Human Baby Brains Are Smarter Than AI

Machines are capable of understanding speech, recognizing faces and driving cars safely, making recent technological advancements seem impressively …

U.K. promises to shut down all coal power plants by 2025

But activists are saying that isn’t soon enough<p>For centuries, coal was the backbone of British energy production. But with clean energy alternatives becoming more affordable, the U.K. is already well on its way to phasing out the high-polluting power source in favor of renewables like wind and …

Military Leaders Urge Trump to Take Climate Change Seriously

Global warming poses "immediate risks to national security."<p>A group of non-partisan military leaders and security experts have sent President-elect …

Scientists Invent Concrete That Could Stop an EMP

Just in case you still want to use your iPad after a nuclear war.<p>A new concrete formulation designed to keep winter surfaces ice-free also has the unexpected benefit of protecting electronics from electromagnetic attack. Developed by scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the concrete …

Denver is first city in America to allow pot in bars and restaurants

Denver has approved a first-in-the-nation law allowing people to use marijuana in bars and restaurants.<p>Denver voters weighed in on Proposition 300 as eight other states legalized marijuana for medical or recreational purposes last week.<p>The city measure allows bars and restaurants to apply to allow …

Cannabis

Ten Empowering Lessons We Can Learn From Women In Literature

Image Credit: Levy Bittencourt<p>It was Singles' Day on 11th November - a reason for many Chinese people to celebrate their individual status. Here are …

This $86,000 solar-powered tiny house rotates to face the sun

A team of students at Santa Clara University may have found a more efficient way to harvest the sun's energy. They designed and built a solar-powered tiny home on a revolving platform that moves with the sun.<p>By rotating to face the sun, the house's solar panels are able to soak up about 30% more …

Santa Clara University

'Islamic State' reportedly training terrorists to enter Europe as asylum seekers

Germany's spy agency has warned that the "Islamic State" (IS) is infiltrating refugee groups to get into Europe. Officials and analysts are now …

Entertainment - MarketWatch.com

This daughter is concerned her mother is being taken for all she is worth.<p>7:18 p.m. July 1, 2018<p>This man wants to know how they should split their …

Brexit means Brits may work longer and have fewer rights

Michael Farrelly, an employment lawyer at Excello Law, told Business Insider in an interview that since Britain voted to leave the European Union on June 23, it has created a period of uncertainty where previously "progressive" employment policies were being created to in keep with EU standards.<p>But …

Great Britain

Iraq troops slow Mosul advance as they clear neighborhoods

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi troops fired at positions held by the Islamic State group in and around the northern city of Mosul on Thursday but did not …

Africa leads outcry over setback for feminism after Trump victory

Liberia’s president one of many who fear Donald Trump’s victory will hinder fight for gender equality<p>Liberia’s president has said Hillary Clinton’s defeat was a missed opportunity for women around the world, as fears grew that Donald Trump’s victory in the US election would damage women’s lives and …