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Bill Cosby to claim immunity in sex assault case

<b>A key piece of evidence in the sex assault case against Bill Cosby has been called into question, according to reports.</b><p>An email seen by CNN alleges that a prosecutor promised Mr Cosby's deposition in a 2005 civil case would not be used to bring criminal charges.<p>In the deposition, Mr Cosby admitted …

Privacy watchdog attacks snooper's charter over encryption

Information commissioner warns encryption ‘is vital’ for personal security, and attempts to weaken it should not be in new investigatory powers bill<p>The information commissioner’s office has heavily criticised the draft Investigatory Powers bill for attacking individuals’ privacy, particularly in …

Playboy Mansion for sale but Hugh Hefner wants to stay put

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For $200 million, the Playboy Mansion, where risque parties have raged for decades, could be yours.<p>But you might want to think …

Sarcasm wasted on older people who take comments too literally

Adults over 65 are more likely to misinterpret sarcastic comments, according to researchers<p>Older adults are not as good at detecting sarcasm as younger people and it could affect their relationships with friends and family, according to researchers.<p>A team from the University of Aberdeen found …

Pluto gets into the Christmas spirit with new NASA photo

It's even Christmas on Pluto.<p>The little dwarf planet on the outer reaches of our solar system is getting decked out for the holiday in green and …

Poor and uneducated are biologically different to affluent, UCL finds

Scientists at UCL have found that hormone levels of the 'haves' and 'have-nots' are significantly different which could explain health inequalities<p>Poor and uneducated people could be ageing faster, and more vulnerable to disease, because their hormones are out of balance, a new study …

Miss Iraq Pageant Winner Crowned For First Time In More Than 40 Years

Shaima Qassim, a 20-year-old economics student, overcame death threats -- and more than 100 other candidates -- for Saturday's crown.<p>For the first time in more than 40 years, Iraq has crowned a Miss Iraq beauty pageant winner.<p>Shaima Qassim, a 20-year-old economics student from Kirkuk, clinched the …

The first website went online 25 years ago today

If the web were a person, it wouldn't have trouble renting a car from now on: the world's first website, Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web, went online 25 years ago today. The inaugural page wasn't truly public when it went live at CERN on December 20th, 1990 (that wouldn't happen until August …

Apple CEO Tim Cook Mounts Defense of Encryption on '60 Minutes'

And Charlie Rose talks to Jony Ive in Apple's secret design studio.<p>In a “60 Minutes” appearance Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated his support of encryption in the face of renewed criticism from the U.S. intelligence community that these digital locks interfere with the ability to detect threats …

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Coleco announces new cartridge-based console - Technology

In a partnership with Retro Video Game Systems, Coleco has announced a new cartridge-based console system called the COLECO Chameleon.<p>Chameleon comes …

US spacewalkers move stalled rail car outside ISS by thumping a stuck brake handle

Astronauts move a stalled rail car stuck outside the International Space Station by whacking a jammed brake handle<p>Two solid whacks to a stuck brake handle was all it took for a spacewalking American astronaut to fix a stalled rail car outside the International Space Station, Nasa said Monday.<p>"That …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes $517m as box office records tumble

Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box office records with an estimated $517m in worldwide ticket sales up until Sunday, a staggering debut that re-established the celebrated space saga as a global phenomenon under Disney.<p>Star Wars: The Force Awakens review – consider me conquered<p>Read more<p>The …

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How big can black holes grow?

Black holes could grow as large as 50 billion suns, before the ‘food’ that makes them grow crumbles into stars, says new research.<p>In recent decades, …

You're Throwing a Dumpling Party This Weekend

Because 300 dumplings are better than one.<p>Growing up, my grandma's visits to our home meant one thing: All of the dumplings. She'd drop by on a Sunday morning, bags in tow laden with ground pork, tofu, vegetables, and packages of dumpling wrappers. My family would devote the entire afternoon to …

Thigh bone points to unexpectedly long survival of ancient human ancestors

Partial femur found in the Red Deer Cave might show that a pre-modern species of human may have overlapped with modern humans into the ice age<p>A 14,000-year-old fragment of thigh bone found in a cave in China may represent evidence of the unexpected survival of long-vanished human ancestors.<p>If so, …

Facebook Is Killing Photo Syncing, Asks Users To Download Its “Moments” App Instead

Facebook clearly believes it has its next hit app on its hands to follow Messenger with its private photo-sharing service, Moments. The company has now announced it will soon discontinue support for photo syncing, and is instead asking users to download the Moments app through a pop-up notification …

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What Our Reaction to the Planned Parenthood Shooting Says About Us

Friday’s shooting at Planned Parenthood is the ultimate political Rorscharch test. Was the shooter motivated by anti-abortion rhetoric or was he just …

Planned Parenthood

A NASA spacecraft captured a day in the life of Pluto and its largest moon

Experience a day in the life of a dwarf planet and its largest moon.<p>Two new images of Pluto and its biggest moon Charon show the two worlds through …

There's a good reason why the next generation of robots will look like animals

Biomimetics.<p>That's the field dedicated to imitating aspects of nature to better understand, and potentially solve, complex human issues.<p>It's the reason why so many engineers and researchers are creating robot models of animals.<p>Robotic animals can help researchers better understand locomotion, …

Autism's Microbiome

Researchers believe that gut bacteria may be to blame for some of the condition’s physical and emotional symptoms.<p>Around the time that Sam was diagnosed with autism at age 3, he began to throw hour-long crying fits. When he wasn’t plagued by lengthy spells of constipation, the Michigan toddler …

Anonymous leaks identities of 350 alleged Ku Klux Klan members

List of names and social media accounts mentioned alleged FBI informants and those who already publicly identify as members of white supremacist group<p>The hacking collective Anonymous has begun its promised leak of the identities of members of the Ku Klux Klan with a data dump of the names of more …

How To Buy Better Bacon

When the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that eating bacon, along with other processed meats, is now considered a cancer threat on par with smoking, the Internet erupted in a collective gasp. One of the all-time favorite breakfast foods (or dinner foods, or even snack foods, really), was …

A nuclear war between India and Pakistan is a very real possibility

A “pink flamingo” is a term recently coined by Frank Hoffman to describe predictable but ignored events that can yield disastrous results. Hoffman argues that these situations are fully visible, but almost entirely ignored by policymakers. Pink flamingos stand in stark contrast to “black swans“—the …

Geopolitics

Our Prehistoric Cousins Had Demonic Skulls

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>If there’s one conference I can’t bear to miss, it’s the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting. Especially because there’s always at least one image presented during the talks that makes me sit bolt upright in my chair and think “What the hell is <i>that</i>?” A few …

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Do Men Have Hormonal Cycles?

Short answer: Ever heard of man-struation?<p>Men do go through hormonal cycles. That much is established. Their testosterone levels tend to peak first thing in the morning, perhaps in concert with circadian rhythms, and then diminish over the course of the day—though exercise can cause fleeting …

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Millennial Parents Cover Story: This Generation Is Different

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The Tribe That Won’t Stop Killing ISIS

Its members have been massacred on several occasions, but ‘The Family of the Tiger’ fights on.<p>ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan — Forces of the so-called …

“Just Googling it” is bad for your brain

Having the world at our fingertips around the clock takes a lot of the pressure off our minds to remember basic facts. But the ability to find answers on search engines like Google is also killing our memories, a recent report (pdf) by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab shows.<p>When asked a question, …

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