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The American Medical Association condemns CIA torture

Today, the American Medical Association condemned the US's torture of suspected terrorists, after three days of silence on the Senate report. According to the report, doctors, nurses, and psychologists — professionals sworn to help other people — participated in the torture of prisoners. CIA …

Medical Journals

Watch The Navy Destroy A Drone With Lasers

Zap!<p>With a flick of a videogame-like controller, the sailor locks the laser onto the drone in mid-air. Within seconds, there’s a flash of light and sparks, and the drone nosedives straight into the ocean, the latest victim of the U.S. Navy’s new Laser Weapon System (or LaWS). The laser, mounted on …

Google turns to France’s space agency for Project Loon expertise

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Google<p>Google isn’t the only one with a thing for balloons. The company announced a partnership with France’s space …

Watch Jetman Fly In Formation Over Dubai In 4K Video

The future is here, and it’s handing out jetpacks<p>Dubai is an unreal city, where the buildings are gigantic, the police drive lamborghinis, and drones rescue window washers. And, very rarely, home to aerial acrobatics from brave people in jetpacks.<p>Previously, pilot Yves “Jetman” Rossy flew his …

Coming In 2015: The First Spacecraft Encounter With Pluto

What's on the horizon for the New Horizons spacecraft<p>On Saturday, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft awoke from a very long slumber. The space probe – which has been traveling for nearly nine years and has traversed 3 billion miles of space – has spent much of its life in “hibernation” in order to …

Is NASA Going To Let The Hubble Telescope Burn Up?

With no plans for future upgrades, the telescope faces a fiery end<p>Last month, six astronauts convened at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City to discuss the 2009 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. As it approached its 20th birthday, the telescope was in desperate need …

Cheney’s scary pile of garbage: Why his torture defense is even worse than you think

The former VP went on Fox News to defend his beloved torture program with smoothly delivered lies and obfuscations<p>If you’re looking for a spokesman for torture – that is, someone who will happily go in front of a television camera and earnestly defend a policy of deliberately inflicting pain upon a …

Dick Cheney

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2014

Was the music of 2014 heavier than usual, or is it just us? When the staff of NPR Music and our member station partners gather to collect our favorite albums of the year, we don't start out with a theme. We don't intend to come to an absolute consensus. We begin with questions: What do you hold …

2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy removed from coffin

Conservation efforts begin on body of 14-year-old Minirdis, found in 19th century at Nile burial site and brought to the Chicago Field Museum in the 1920s<p>A mummy left its coffin for the first time in 2,300 years this week after several tense moments as scientists lifted the wooden lid.<p>The body, …

Updated: Allen West plagiarism bombshell: Tea Party hero lifted passages from viral Internet post

Media watchdog exposes the former GOP congressman<p>After the New York Times revealed that Montana Democratic Sen. John Walsh had plagiarized his master's thesis for the U.S. Army War College, Allen West brought the knives out.<p>"The case of U.S. Senator John Walsh just goes to further demonstrate the …

Magic Mushrooms Found in Queen Elizabeth's Garden at Buckingham Palace

LONDON — "Shrooms in the queen’s garden" may sound like a trippy 1960s song title, but it's actually a fact.<p>Hallucinogenic mushrooms have been discovered on the grounds of Buckingham Palace in London — which is home to Britain's Queen Elizabeth. Celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh spotted the …

Buckingham Palace

Mighty Sand Dunes Of Saturn's Moon Titan Shaped By Rare High Winds

Scientists have figured out why the shape of Titan’s dunes seems to be all wrong in images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.<p>Saturn’s largest moon is a peculiar place, with a dense atmosphere, rivers and lakes of natural gases like ethane and methane and the only moon in the Solar System to have sand …

2003 CIA cable casts doubt on claim linking Iraq to 9/11

A recently released CIA cable casts heavy doubt on a key claim used by the Bush administration to justify the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.<p>It discounts intelligence that said Mohammed Atta, one of the 9/11 ringleaders, met with an Iraqi official in the Czech Republic a few months before the …

Egypt Ain't The Only Pyramid Show In Town

Tourists fighting the crowds to see the Great Pyramids of Giza may be surprised to learn that 800 miles away in Sudan, exists another trove of …

Hangover severity may be partly genetic

Alcohol researcher Sally Adams investigates recent research suggesting that a tendency to experience horrendous hangovers is partially inherited<p>With the party season ahead, many of us will indulge in the odd tipple at the office Christmas party or enjoy a drink or two with friends and family. But …

New Metal Alloy Has Highest Strength-to-Weight Ratio of Any Metal

A new ‘high-entropy’ metal alloy has been developed, and it’s as light as aluminium and as strong as titanium alloys.<p>An international team of …

Rosetta Offers New Insight Into Where Water On Earth Came From

Different kinds of rocks have different kinds of water<p>Four and a half billion years ago, the Sun and Earth were just being born out of a giant explosion, and the solar system was HOT. All that heat likely boiled away the water on Earth’s surface. So how did our parched planet come to be covered in …

NASA to receive more money than it requested for 2015

Space agency's budget to reach $18 billion next year after House of Representatives passes contentious bill<p>NASA is poised to see an increased budget for 2015, after the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan spending bill late Thursday. Under the so-called "Cromnibus" bill, the federal space …

Could A New Injectable Gel Save Lives On The Battlefield?

"There's always room for injectable hydrogel!"<p>Blood, as the vital and life-sustaining passageway through the body, has a strong incentive to flow as easily as possible -- in all cases except that of injury. With a cut or larger bleeding injury, platelets rush to the opening, part of the body’s …

Nanotech

Grimes Says She's Written a Glam Rock Song, and "Go" Wasn't Intended for Her Album

Grimes, aka Claire Boucher, is busy working on the follow up to 2012's <i>Visions</i>. In a series of tweets, she said she's completed her "first attempt at a glam rock style song"—a song that evokes Queen and David Bowie and could "def b a third single." She also said she's been writing with guitars for …

David Bowie

After North Carolina teen's hanging ruled a suicide, FBI opens inquiry

More than three months after local authorities ruled that a black teenager had committed suicide after he was found hanging from a swing set in a small North Carolina town, the FBI has opened an investigation into the death.<p>The U.S. attorney's office in Raleigh said Friday the FBI and<p>Justice …

North Carolina

Hackers Sent Sony Employees a Terrifying New Message

A hacker group calling itself the “Guardians of Peace,” or #GOP, sent an ominous new warning to Sony Pictures Entertainment employees on Thursday, …

Government Stays Open As Congress Advances Poison-Pill Spending Bill

WASHINGTON -- At least Democrats will have eggnog to wash down the poison pills they swallowed on Thursday as the House narrowly passed a government funding bill that will let Congress go home early for Christmas, and give Wall Street a fresh gift.<p>The House barely passed the inelegantly named …

The Week in Review: Torture Report Debated

A debate over American interrogation techniques reignited this week with the release of the long-awaited terror report. The document, submitted by …