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What to watch in science this year

Space observatories and probes will be launched. Gene editing is expected to move further into medicine. And immunotherapies for treating cancer need …

Machine Learning

Allegations against Alabama's Roy Moore dividing GOP women

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Standing on the white marble steps of Alabama's Capitol, Kayla Moore surrounded herself with two dozen other women Friday to defend husband Roy Moore against accusations of sexual misconduct that are dividing Republicans, and women in particular.<p>"He will not step down. He …

Roy Moore

Storm’s Impact on Oil Industry Is Felt at Gasoline Pumps

HOUSTON — Ports along the Gulf of Mexico are closed to fuel barges. Part of the biggest pipeline between Texas and New York has stopped flowing. Refineries and gas stations are flooded. Drilling rigs in the biggest shale field in Texas are running low on diesel supplies.<p>As a result, the fallout …

Oil

The August Jobs Numbers Are Weak. Don’t Blame Trump.

The details of the August jobs numbers are disappointing, though hardly catastrophic.<p>The United States economy added fewer jobs than analysts expected (156,000, not 180,000); previous months’ job growth was revised down (by 41,000 positions); the unemployment rate ticked up a bit (to 4.4 percent …

Economics

Car Owners Inundate Insurers With Claims After Hurricane Harvey

Auto insurers were already bracing for another bad year when the downpour started in Texas, producing potentially hundreds of thousands of new claims.<p>“We do know that approximately 100,000 claims have come in” as of Thursday, said Matt Stillwell, manager of governmental and regulatory …

Hurricane Harvey

First Water, Then Red Ink: The Cost of Recovery When Most Are Uninsured

First water, then red ink: The nightmare of Hurricane Harvey’s deluge of Houston could be exacerbated by the cost of recovery.<p>Experts say the unique nature of Harvey’s devastation means affected residents — and FEMA’s already-broke flood insurance plan — will be the ones reaching into their pockets …

Extreme Weather

How psychopaths and sociopaths deceive and trick their therapists

An estimated 1-2% of men and 0.3-0.7% of women in the general population are psychopaths. However, the number of people who have psychopathic traits is probably a lot higher.<p>Psychopathy is a spectrum, and we all fall on it somewhere, according to neuroscientist and psychiatrist Dr Tara Swart. The …

12 Habits Of Genuine People

There’s an enormous amount of research suggesting that emotional intelligence (EQ) is critical to your performance at work. TalentSmart has tested the EQ of more than a million people and found that it explains 58% of success in all types of jobs.<p>People with high EQs make $29,000 more annually than …

A massive new study lays out the map of our genetic intelligence

Your intelligence is partly due to hard work, nutrition, and education. But you can also thank (or blame) your genes for your mental abilities.<p>Decades of work on twin studies suggest that genes account for roughly half of variations in IQ seen across a population. And a meta-analysis published this …

Genetics

‘My déjà vu is so bad I can’t tell what’s real’

When a brain tumour left Pat Long with persistent déjà vu, he began to question the very nature of reality. Here, he tells his story.<p>One drab afternoon a few years ago something very unusual happened to me.<p>I was lounging under a tree in a packed east London park when I experienced a sudden feeling …

Consciousness

There’s a dark side to meditation that no one talks about

We’ve all heard about the benefits of meditation <i>ad nauseam</i>. Those disciplined enough to practice regularly are rewarded with increased control over the brainwaves known as alpha rhythms, which leads to better focus and may help ease pain. In addition to calming the mind and body, meditation can …

Meditation

Homeland secretary: People would 'never leave the house' if they knew what I knew

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Friday that the American public would "never leave the house" if they knew what he knew about terrorist threats.<p>Speaking to "Fox and Friends" hosts, Kelly noted that there were four major terror attacks in the last week, …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Celebrating Christmas With Your Cat

Seasonal fun for your feline friend<p>When you’re a cat owner, there’s nothing better than relaxing with a warm, contented cat purring on your lap - the …

Men And Women Literally See Things Differently

The brains of men and women interpret visual cues in different ways, biologists find.<p>If you thought men and women tend to see things differently, you were right in a surprisingly literal sense.<p>As it turns out, this colloquial observation has a real basis in brain differences. New research finds …

The Brain

US airstrikes killed 64 civilians in Iraq and Syria over 10-month period

Pentagon releases details of casualties between November 2015 and September 2016, included in total of 119 civilian deaths in US strikes since 2014<p>Sixty-four civilians were killed and eight injured in 24 US airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria between 20 November 2015 and 10 …

Middle East

Vigils and protests swell across U.S. in wake of Trump victory

Vigils and protests against Donald Trump spread from coast to coast early Thursday as crowds burned effigies of the president-elect, blocked highways and warned of wider backlash — underscoring the difficult task Trump faces in uniting a fractured country.<p>Despite Hillary Clinton and President Obama …

Donald Trump

6 Ways to Train Your Brain to Literally Get Smarter | Inc.com

In today's world, brain is worth more than brawn, and even ancient tricks can help. We live in a digital age surrounded by smart devices and connectivity, where everyone is trying to get smarter, faster. Plus, we're not just competing with humans anymore, thank you AI.<p>We have easy access to all …

The Brain

The United States and Russia are prepping for doomsday

The other day, a little present arrived in the mail. It was book, or rather a pair of doorstops. Titled "Doomed to Cooperate," the massive two-volume set is about 1,000 pages of essays, interviews, and vignettes from more than 100 participants in the remarkable period of cooperation between the …

Lightning strike kills more than 300 reindeer in Norway

Ex Mossad chief: Israel's biggest threat is potential civil war, not Iran

"If a society crosses a certain line in its division and hatred, then it is a real possibility to see a phenomenon like a civil war."<p>><p>Mossad chief …

Israel

Goddess name inscribed in lost language on ancient tablet

An ancient tablet recently unearthed in Tuscany has revealed its first secret: the engraved name of a goddess linked to fertility.<p>The 500-pound stone slab, or stele, was unearthed earlier this year at Poggio Colla, a sixth century B.C. site built by the Etruscans. The stele bears a long inscription …

Kitten Abandoned in Box All Alone, Finds Her Way into 20 People's Hearts

An orphaned kitten was found in a box, desperately looking for a mother's love. The kind woman, who rescued her, took the kitten to work to bottle …

Cute Animals

Five Dog Breeds That Bite but Are Never Reported

Five Dog Breeds That Bite but Are Never Reported<p>Updated on January 8, 2018<p>Since this is an article about dog bites that are never reported, it cannot …

Meet the world's most unusual pets that make a real change from cats and dogs

Lions, leopards, crocodiles and emus - when it comes to these pets it really is a case of don’t try this at home.<p>For some people aren’t satisfied …

Cat 25 Years Old Has the Cutest Raspy 'Old Man' Meow

This cat is about 25 years old and always looks for love and pets. His meow is getting a bit raspy over the years but this sweet kitty is happier …

Pets

North Korea executes officials with anti-aircraft gun in new purge – report

North Korea’s purge of senior officials who are deemed a threat to Kim Jong-un’s leadership of the country has continued with the public executions of two senior officials, according to South Korean media, possibly to generate fear among members of the elite after recent high-level defections.<p>The …

North Korea

Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff makes impassioned speech in an effort to remain as president

BRASILIA — A defiant Dilma Rousseff on Monday delivered what may be her last speech as president of Brazil, appealing to senators not to vote for her ouster in a controversial impeachment trial that was postponed until the Rio Olympics concluded.<p>Rousseff began her Senate testimony with an emotional …

3 detained in Serbia for trying to smuggle 64 Afghans

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's defense ministry says three people have been detained for attempting to smuggle 64 migrants from Afghanistan, …

North Africa