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Scorecard For A Departing President: Assessing Obama's Successes And Shortcomings

President Obama will address the nation for what's likely to be the last time Tuesday night. He says the prime-time address from his adopted hometown of Chicago will be a chance to celebrate the successes of the past eight years and to offer some thoughts on where the nation goes from here.<p>The …

Democratic Party

Fact-checking John Kerry’s speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

<i>“It’s important to note that every United States administration, Republican and Democratic, has opposed settlements as contrary to the prospects for peace.”</i><p><b>— Secretary of State John F. Kerry, remarks on Middle East peace, Dec. 28. 2016</b><p>Fact-checking the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a bit of a …

Israel

Obama's legacy: the promises, shortcomings and fights to come

A verdict on the president’s major achievements across eight pivotal years in the White House, from a panel of Guardian US writers<p>In Chicago’s Grant Park, after winning the presidential election on 4 November 2008, Barack Obama looked out at the faces of some of the estimated 240,000 people who had …

Why Did Obama Pander to the UN’s Stunning Anti-Israel Bias?

There are horrific injustices all over the world, including and especially in the Muslim world, but those are ignored by an institution obsessed with …

Israel

How to Make Better Predictions When You Don’t Have Enough Data

When Donald Trump first declared his candidacy for President of the United States, most analysts predicted that he has an incredibly small chance of becoming the Republican nominee. Probably the most prominent of these was Nate Silver from FiveThirtyEight. He estimated that Trump had a 2% chance of …

10 Books Elon Musk – “Tesla Founder and Billionaire” wants you to read

Share12<p>Tweet<p>Share23<p>+11<p>Shares 36<p>Elon Musk is now considered Earth’s most future-oriented person. He is an American entrepreneur, inventor and …

Elon Musk

Why Obama — and every president since Carter — failed to transform the Middle East

“We are not a people to whom and nation to which limits don’t apply.” —Andrew Bacevich<p>What are America’s strategic objectives in the Middle East? How consistently have they been defined and pursued over the past three decades? What are the metrics of success? Are we better off today than we were 15 …

Kerry to Israel: A State Cannot Be Both Jewish and Democratic

Our secretary of state might want to review the constitutions of Iraq and Afghanistan before lecturing Israel.<p>Our ineffable secretary of state, John …

Israel

Mideast Diplomats: Trump is Better Than Obama

At a high-level conference in Morocco, Arab diplomats say they would rather have a U.S. administration that spouts anti-Muslim rhetoric to get …

Middle East

How Google's search algorithm spreads false information with a rightwing bias

Search and autocomplete algorithms prioritize sites with rightwing bias, and far-right groups trick it to boost propaganda and misinformation in search rankings<p>Google’s search algorithm appears to be systematically promoting information that is either false or slanted with an extreme rightwing bias …

Donald Trump and the Overinflated Presidency

The president-elect will inherit an executive branch whose power has ballooned far beyond its constitutional bounds.<p>In an interview in early December, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said that President-elect Donald Trump is committed to respecting the constitutional prerogatives of Congress. “We’ve …

Donald Trump

They may save us yet: Scientists found a way to turn our carbon emissions into rock

Earlier this year, a project in Iceland reported an apparent breakthrough in the safe underground storage of the principal greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide — an option likely to be necessary if we’re to solve our global warming problem.<p>The Carbfix project, run by a leading Icelandic producer of …

Earth Science

Venezuela seizes Christmas toys to distribute to poor

<b>Venezuelan authorities have arrested two toy company executives and seized almost four million toys, which they say they will distribute to the poor.</b><p>Officials accused the company of hoarding toys and hiking prices in the run-up to Christmas.<p>Last week, the government issued an order to retailers to …

Nutella

U of T researchers discover how the liver prevents nanoparticles from reaching cancer cells

Brazil

Forget solar panels, optical ‘rectenna’ converts light directly to electricity

From Georgia Tech, a news release that we missed when it first came out, but still well worth talking about.<p><b>First Optical Rectenna – Combined</b> …

Emerging nanomedicine approaches fighting tumor metastasis: animal models, metastasis-targeted drug delivery, phototherapy, and immunotherapy

<i>Chem. Soc. Rev.</i>, 2016, <b>45</b>,6250-6269<b><br>DOI</b>: 10.1039/C6CS00458J, Review ArticleChao Liang, Ligeng Xu, Guosheng Song, Zhuang Liu<br>Nanomedicine approaches may …

Nanotech

Cornell Dots Surprise by Killing Tumor Cells

Cornell dots, or C dots for short, are tiny silica particles that fluoresce under certain conditions. They have shown promise as a way of tagging …

Breakups

Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol

The process is cheap, efficient, and scalable, meaning it could soon be used to remove large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.<p>Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help …

Ethanol

Russia Is Building Fallout Shelters to Prepare for a Potential Nuclear Strike

Is this self-defense, an implied threat to the West, an excuse for political repression, or all of the above?<p>MOSCOW — Managers of the Zenit Arena, a …

Russia

Silkworms Spin Super-Silk after Eating Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene

Silk—the stuff of lustrous, glamorous clothing—is very strong. Researchers now report a clever way to make the gossamer threads even stronger and …

Nanotech

War Drums Beat: US Air Force Preps for War, Drops Two Fake Nuclear Bombs

Amid swiftly escalating tensions between Russia and the United States over the deteriorating situation in Syria and the South China Sea, the Pentagon …

War

Russia suspends nuclear agreement, ends uranium research pact with United States

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia further curtailed its cooperation with the United States in nuclear energy on Wednesday, suspending a research agreement and terminating one on uranium conversion, two days after the Kremlin shelved a plutonium pact with Washington.<p>The Russian government said that as …

Nuclear Energy

Why we should pity attention-seeking narcissists

There are some surprising and unpleasant downsides to thinking you are the centre of the universe.<p>We can probably all recognise those attention-seeking people in our lives – and increasingly it seems in politics and pop culture – who have a hugely inflated sense of their own importance and …

Psychology

Scientists Explain All Your Dumb Hiring Decisions

You’ve definitely heard of cognitive bias by now, but you might still be surprised how deep it can run.<p>You probably don’t need a reminder of how much bad hires can hurt–but here’s one anyway: Some research suggests that each bad hire leaves employers with a monetized loss of over $50,000 in …

Grace-to-You

Should a human-pig chimera be treated as a person?

There is a well-documented organ shortage throughout the world. For example, 3,000 kidney transplants were made last year in the United Kingdom, but …

Biotechnology

Algorithmia colorizes your black and white photos, but they have much to improve

Photo colarization is a thing. We want to look at color photos, but we only had black and white film a few decades ago, so there is a gap to fulfill. …