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The Silent Monkey Victims Of The War On Terror

They are the unsung heroes of the war on terror — or its hidden innocent victims, depending on your point of view.<p>They have been deliberately infected with deadly bacteria and viruses, including plague, anthrax, Ebola, and smallpox. Some have been dosed with nerve agents. Others have been lethally …

Monkeys

Heroin Deaths Quadruple Across U.S.

Health news<p>Heroin use has dramatically increased across the U.S., spreading to groups it hadn't previously reached, and deaths from overdose have soared, according to a new federal report released Tuesday.<p>Heroin deaths nearly quadrupled in the decade between 2002 and 2013, the Centers for Disease …

Painkillers

The people who need very little sleep

Is it true that some people need only a few hours of sleep? Helen Thomson talks to a woman whose genes might hint at how we all could survive on less shuteye.<p>What would you do if you had 60 days of extra free time a year? Ask Abby Ross, a retired psychologist from Miami, Florida, a “short-sleeper”. …

University of California

The Senate's experiment with cannabis

Hardliners on Judiciary open up to research on medical pot<p>Obamacare. Gay weddings. Now pot?<p>As progressives celebrate a couple of big wins in Washington – the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act and legalizing same-sex marriage – another issue has remained firmly stuck at the national …

Obama Administration

15 July 4th Burger Recipes, Because You’re Gonna Be Eating Burgers

There's no shortage of main dishes to serve at your holiday cookout, but it just doesn't feel like July 4th to me without a burger. And I'm not talking about a store-bought hockey puck of a patty—the Fourth calls for a burger done right, ground by hand at home, grilled, and topped with everything …

Burgers

The myth of universal beauty

Would you have been beautiful in another era? David Robson discovers that attractiveness is more malleable and subjective than we might imagine.<p>The plus-sized comedian Dawn French would be unlikely to describe herself as a sex symbol, but was she simply born at the wrong time? “If I had been around …

Social Media

The simple idea that could transform US criminal justice

Municipal court in the US works like this: the accused stands with his attorney in front of the bench, looking up at the judge on high. The accused is effectively invisible, a bystander to the back-and-forth between judge, prosecutor and defence attorney, who speak in jargon that ordinary people do …

New Jersey

Are you damaging your hearing without realising it?

Many of us use earphones throughout the day to drown out noise in our commutes and at work. But is it prematurely damaging our hearing? Molly Crain investigates.<p>It starts gradually. The guitars in your favourite song no longer seem to sound loud enough, so you crank up the volume. You struggle to …

Headphones

The strange expertise of burglars

How do you break into a house without breaking a sweat? David Robson delves into the “flow state” of professional robbers – and finds how to beat them.<p>At first, it feels almost too easy. Against the gentle rustling of leaves, I walk through the back gate, across the lawn, and open the door, all of …

Credit Cards

The Pope’s Moral Case for Taking On Climate Change

Francis’s first encyclical is a cry to save the environment—and make a priority of theology over politics.<p>“The majority of people living on our planet profess to be believers.” It is a statement of fact, an intellectual premise, a gentle claim of territory. In his new encyclical on environmental …

Christianity

The birth of a psychopath

<b>(CNN) —</b> After every horrific crime that shocks us, the next question we often ask is, "How could anyone do such a thing?"<p>If the criminal is a psychopath, the answer is very simple. They don't feel empathy or guilt. So instead of asking, "How could they do this horrible thing?" the more pertinent …

Siblings

Long-term study shows why bullying is a public health problem

Bullying may be responsible for nearly 30% of cases of depression among adults, a new study suggests.<p>By tracking 2,668 people from early childhood through adulthood, researchers found that 13-year-olds who were frequent targets of bullies were three times more likely than their non-victimized peers …

Why is the U.S. bringing down the hammer on FIFA?

<b>(CNN) —</b> In recent years, FIFA has made news not just for enforcing rules on the soccer field, but also for allegedly breaking them off it.<p>The body that governs soccer, the most popular sport in the world, is a multibillion-dollar behemoth.<p>Great power, yes. Great responsibility? Not so much, critics …

James Comey

How Much Alcohol Is Too Much? A New Study Has Answers

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

Research

What Is Your DNA Worth?

“Success in sight: The eyes have it!” Thus the scientific journal <i>Gene Therapy</i> greeted the news, in 2008, that an experimental treatment was restoring vision to 12 people born with a congenital disorder that slowly left them blind. Healthy genes were injected to replace the faulty mutations in the …

Genetics

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. …

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

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

New Parents Spend Less Time Looking After Kids Than They Think

According to a new study, couples who have recently become parents believe they spend more hours in childcare than they actually do. And couples who …

Workload

The cult of healthy eating has more in common with religion than science

Food seems simple to study.<p>If we can put a man on the moon, transplant a heart, and manipulate DNA, then surely we can unpack the relationship between eating vegetables and living longer. There’s no obvious difficulty in figuring out if wine decreases risk of heart disease, or if eating red meat …

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Black Holes

Jet Lag Is Worse on Mars

A Martian day is 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth—a seemingly small difference that adds up quickly.<p>What would you do with an extra 40 minutes in a day?<p>Not 40 minutes shaved off some regular daily activity to devote to something else, but an extra 40 minutes actually tacked on to the 24 hours …

'Big Brain' Gene Found in Humans, But Not in Chimps

Science News<p>A single gene may have helped pave the way for the rise of human intelligence by dramatically increasing the number of neurons found in a key brain region.<p>This gene seems to be uniquely human: It is found in modern-day humans, Neanderthals and another branch of extinct humans called …

Chimpanzees

Sleep a lot? You might have a heightened risk of stroke, study says

There's no way to diagnose a stroke before it happens, but researchers say they've identified a clue to help doctors predict who's at risk – the amount of sleep they get at night.<p>Older adults who said they slept more than eight hours were 46% more likely to suffer strokes in the next decade than …

Just A Bit Of DNA Helps Explain Humans' Big Brains

Scientists studying the difference between human and chimpanzee DNA have found one stretch of human DNA that can make the brains of mice grow significantly bigger.<p>"It's likely to be one of many DNA regions that's critical for controlling how the human brain develops," says Debra Silver, a …

9 Fast Recipes to Rescue Your Valentine's Day

If you haven't planned for Valentine's Day, don’t worry. From beautiful French toast to rich, chocolatey molten cake, here are nine fast recipes to …

How Real Are Facebook Friendships?

An artist set out to find the answer—by tracking down and photographing every one of her social-media connections.<p>Editor of the <i>New York Times Book Review</i> Pamela Paul’s recent column “How to Be Liked By Everyone Online” describes how social media “has upended social and psychological norms” by …