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Blueprint for a Better Human Body

People who wear and design prosthetics are rethinking the form of our species.<p>When Elizabeth Wright smacks her right leg on a table, she says “ow.” That’s only interesting if you know one more thing: that her right leg is made out of carbon fiber and metal. It’s also part of her. “It is my right …

The Ghosts Of Laprak

LAPRAK, Nepal — It was a quiet Saturday in Laprak. With the village’s only school closed, some kids were playing on yellow terraced wheat fields. As afternoon neared, clouds hovered over the hills, halfway blocking the view of Buddha Himal, a sacred mountain in the Himalayan range in the western …

Natural Disasters

June 2015

Here Are The Premiere Dates For 2015's Summer TV

Set your DVRs for the return of Orange Is the New Black and Hannibal and the debut of Scream and Sense8.<p>Just because some of your regular-season favorites are signing off, that doesn't mean television is lacking this summer. With the slew of season finales also comes the kickoff of brand-new shows …

TV

'Pitch Perfect 2': EW review

No one really expected a low-budget musical comedy about college singing groups to become one of 2012’s biggest box office success stories. But …

Box Office

'Mad Max' kicks a post-apocalyptic extravaganza into overdrive

"Mad Max: Fury Road" will leave you speechless, which couldn't be more appropriate. Words are not really the point when it comes to dealing with this barn-burner of a post-apocalyptic extravaganza in which sizzling, unsettling images are the order of the day.<p>As directed by George Miller in a …

Mad Max

Long-Range Iris Scanning Is Here

An engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon says he’s invented technology that can identify someone from across the room with the precision of a fingerprint.<p>An officer pulls someone over on the side of the highway. The cop sits in the car a moment, runs the plates—they’re fine—and gets out of the …

Who were the victims of the Amtrak derailment?

<b>(CNN) —</b> A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman. A Wells Fargo executive. An Associated Press video software architect. A chief executive of a small tech company.<p>They are among the seven people who died in Tuesday night's derailment of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 in Philadelphia.<p>Amtrak's Northeast …

Nurse Confessions: Don’t Get Sick in July

A secret look inside how America’s health care system actually works.<p>Welcome to the land of health care’s 1 percent. During the four years I spent interviewing and following nurses for my book, I was continually astonished by the red carpet some hospitals rolled out for certain classes of patients. …

Vatican causes stir with treaty recognizing Palestine as a state

By William Booth and<p>William Booth<p>London bureau chief<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Michelle Boorstein<p>Michelle Boorstein<p>Religion reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>JERUSALEM — The Vatican announced a treaty Wednesday that reaffirms Palestinian statehood, a step that immediately drew Israeli criticism and stirred alarm that …

Pope Francis

A Brief History Of AOL

Verizon just bought one of the last big tech veterans from the pre-dotcom era. Here’s a timeline of its history stretching back to… 1983??<p>Verizon announced today that it is buying AOL for $4.4 billion, probably to help Verizon better stream video online, especially to mobile devices, says <i>The</i> …

Millennials leaving church in droves, study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> At its core, Christian life is set of sacred traditions linking generations of sacraments and Sunday school lessons, youth ministry morals and family gatherings sanctified by prayer. An unbroken circle, in the words of an old hymn.<p>In modern America, that circle may not be completely shot, …

Pew Research Center

How Germs Might Shape the Future of Architecture

Design-minded scientists are harnessing the power of bacteria to move toward healthier buildings.<p>We know that buildings can make us sick. Take, for example, cases of lead poisoning, mold exposure, or the aptly namedSick Building Syndrome. But can they also make us healthier? Scientists are trying …

Why shaking hands is still a big deal

Researchers find the gesture creates better cooperation and trust between humans - even when it is carried out by a robot<p>Shaking hands before negotiations results in a better deal for both parties - even when one is represented by a robot, a study has found.<p>The act of shaking hands at the start of …

Who might lead ISIS if al-Baghdadi dies?

<i>Watch "Blindsided: How ISIS shook the world," a GPS special airing Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.</i><p><b>(CNN) —</b> For weeks, reports have been circulating that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the caliph of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was seriously injured in an airstrike back in March.<p>On Wednesday, …

Al-Qaeda

Almost everything we think we know about Osama bin Laden’s death is a lie, reports Sy Hersh

Osama bin Laden’s death at the hands of US Navy SEALs was nothing at all like the official accounts given by the United States government and military, according to a controversial article in the London Review of Books by veteran investigative journalist Seymour M. Hersh:<p>Rather than hiding in …

What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Neuroscience

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GOP Crowd Applauds Calling Immigrants Rats and Roaches

During a focus group led by GOP pollster Frank Luntz at the South Carolina Freedom Summit, the mother-in-law of Citizens United president David Bossie compared immigrants to rats and roaches, to the delight of the audience. Bossie is the organizer of the summit, one in a series of cattle calls for …

New Atheism’s fatal arrogance: The glaring intellectual laziness of Bill Maher & Richard Dawkins

<b>(HBO/Janet Van Ham/Reuters/Chris Keane/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>For all their eloquence, New Atheists show little interest in understanding how believers really think or feel<p>Sean Illing<p>May 9, 2015 2:30pm (UTC)<p>Atheism has a storied history in the West. From the irreverent Voltaire to the iconoclastic …

What’s Your Favorite Beginning of a Game?

Welcome back to GameSpot Q&A, a weekly section where we ask our staff and readers an interesting discussion question about video games. Look at this as a forum where you and others can discuss and compare your opinions of this beloved hobby of ours. So don't hesitate to let us know what your answer …

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson review – ‘one of the sharpest thinkers of her generation’

A study of the small, miraculous domestic dramas by an electrifying writer, eager to challenge society’s norms<p>Let’s start with an introduction. Maggie Nelson is one of the most electrifying writers at work in America today, among the sharpest and most supple thinkers of her generation. Born in …

The Unkillable Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger boards an elevator beside a mural of Arnold Schwarzenegger, ascends to a third-floor hallway lined with pictures of Arnold …