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Why Physicists Are Saying Consciousness Is A State Of Matter, Like a Solid, A Liquid Or A Gas

A new way of thinking about consciousness is sweeping through science like wildfire. Now physicists are using it to formulate the problem of …

Consciousness

Goose levels golfer, reasserting dominance over all humankind

<b>(CNN) —</b> Geese are terrifying. Everyone knows this. Their bites hurt like hell and they have no respect for children or the elderly. In fact, they are the second-most terrifying bird behind turkeys (large, tenacious) and ahead of crows (eidetic, vengeful).<p>So this momentous trio of photographs …

Trucking

German state orders crosses mounted at government buildings

BERLIN (AP) — Bavaria's conservative government is ordering Christian crosses to be placed at the entrance of all state administrative buildings.<p>The regional government says the crosses shouldn't be seen as religious symbols, but are meant to reflect the southern German state's "cultural identity …

Europe

Monkey can't sue to copyright protect selfie, court rules

US appeals court questions PETA's motivation in the case, calling a crested macaque monkey "an unwitting pawn."<p>Don't try to monkey with copyright laws.<p>That's the message a US appeals court delivered Monday to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, ruling that monkeys lack standing to sue …

Ethnology

North Korea's Kim to be served Swiss rösti at inter-Korean summit

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be served Swiss rösti with a Korean twist at a summit on Friday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the South's presidential Blue House said on Tuesday.<p>The fried potato dish was chosen as an homage to Kim's childhood spent in Switzerland, …

North Korea

Unstoppable exploit in Nintendo Switch opens door to homebrew and piracy

The Nintendo Switch may soon be a haven for hackers, but not the kind that want your data — the kind that want to run SNES emulators and Linux on their handheld gaming consoles. A flaw in an Nvidia chip used by the Switch, detailed today, lets power users inject code into the system and modify it …

Retrogaming

Company director used laser jammer so he could escape fines while giving police cameras the finger

A company director jammed speed cameras with a laser in order to escape fines whilst sticking his finger up at them, a court has heard.<p>Timothy Hill, 67, fitted a laser jammer to his white Range Rover which meant that his speed came up blank.<p>Hill drove past mobile speed camera vans on the A19 near …

Crime

Video shows British tourist 'snorting cocaine' off drug lord Pablo Escobar’s grave

A British tourist appears to have been filmed snorting cocaine off the gravestone of notorious South American drug lord Pablo Escobar, .<p>The man is …

South America

Is a mind-altering West African plant the answer to addiction?

<i>After suffering from anxiety and depression, freelance writer Stefanie Cohen sought help at an ibogaine clinic similar to the one where banking heir</i> …

Drug Addiction

Switzerland: Duck snapped twice for speeding in 30km zone

A duck or pair of ducks have been caught by the same speed camera flying at more than 20 kilometers per hour over the limit. The feathered felons are …

Switzerland

Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out

The Communist Manifesto foresaw the predatory and polarised global capitalism of the 21st century. But Marx and Engels also showed us that we have the power to create a better world. By Yanis Varoufakis<p>For a manifesto to succeed, it must speak to our hearts like a poem while infecting the mind with …

Downton Abbey

Photos reveal new luxury underwater hotel residence in the Maldives

Scuba Diving

Nazi Germany's Most High-Tech Submarine Found at Bottom of North Sea

Two days before the Allied forces declared victory over Nazi Germany at the end of World War II, a high-tech German submarine set out from Denmark on …

History

North Korea’s nuclear reactor puts 100 million people in ‘mortal danger’ amid fears of Asian Chernobyl

Shortcuts on safety standards, poor maintenance and disdain for operational protocols at North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear power plant are putting 100 million people across north-east Asia in “mortal danger”, according to a new report.<p>Authored by Oleg Shcheka, a professor of physics and chemistry who …

North Korea

Facebook moves billions of international user accounts to California to avoid European privacy law

The social media giant is jittery about the strict new rules imposed by the European Union.<p>In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Mark …

Privacy

Marine Le Pen's niece to open training school for far-right leaders

The niece of the Front National leader, Marine Le Pen, is opening a finishing school to train the future luminaries of France’s far right.<p>Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, one of the populist party’s two MPs in France’s previous parliament, withdrew from electoral politics following her aunt’s heavy defeat …

Europe

Prehistoric humans may have practiced brain surgery on animals

New analysis published Thursday of a 5,000-year-old cow skull with holes drilled into it suggest Neolithic people practiced brain surgery on animals before trying it on humans.<p>The analysis, by France-based scientists Fernando Ramirez Rozzi and Alain Froment, of a near complete cow skull excavated …

Anthropology

Bremen migration officer investigated for granting asylum in exchange for bribes

A German migration official is suspected of having granted asylum to some 1,200 migrants in exchange for bribes. Germany's migration agency been …

North Africa

Run The Jewels Reveal The Surprising Way Rock Music Influenced Their Sound

Killer Mike and El-P don’t need to recite their hip-hop credentials. The two members of Run The Jewels have been a fixture in rap’s underground in both Atlanta and New York City for decades, and have spent the last five years or so basking in the spotlight, while blowing people’s minds with some of …

Rap & Hip-Hop

100-Strong Cluster of Unknown Octopus Species and Eggs Baffles Scientists

"When I first saw the photos, I was like, 'No, they shouldn't be there!''<p>When scientists set out in subsea vehicles to explore the Dorado Outcrop, …

Zoology

Canadian Woman Who Instagrammed Her Cocaine-Smuggling Cruise Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison

A Canadian woman was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison after attempting to smuggle millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Australia on …

Crime

Toddler accidentally shoots pregnant mom after dad leaves loaded gun in car

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — Police say a 3-year-old girl accidentally shot and wounded her pregnant mother in a car parked outside a northwestern Indiana …

Thrifting

Watch: Chaos in Nigerian Senate as 'hoodlums' steal mace in packed chamber

Three men have been filmed bursting into a packed Senate in Nigeria and stealing a symbolic mace.<p>Officials tackled the group of men as they entered the chamber on Wednesday morning, but one of them managed to evade capture and snatch the staff as confused lawmakers looked on. The thief then …

Africa

First Listen: Okkervil River, 'In The Rainbow Rain'

Like many musicians, Okkervil River's Will Sheff responded to the end of 2016's contentious election season by hunkering down to write songs. It'd only been a few months since Okkervil River had released <i>Away</i>, a somber and mournful reflection on hard transitions, from the passing of Sheff's beloved …

NPR

A Robot Does the Impossible: Assembling an Ikea Chair Without Having a Meltdown

And just like that, humanity draws one step closer to the singularity, the moment when the machines grow so advanced that humans become obsolete: A …

Robotics

Sorry, rock fans. Hip-hop is the only genre that matters right now.

<i>Marc Weingarten is a former contributing writer for Vibe, Rolling Stone and Spin, and the author of “Thirsty: William Mulholland, California Water and the Real Chinatown.”</i><p>No one who has heard Kendrick Lamar’s stunning album “Damn” could be at all surprised that it is the first nonclassical or jazz …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Mysterious Insect Fossil Gap Explained

Insects are everywhere—in the air, on the ground, in the ground, and sometimes in your house and food. Yet there are none whatsoever in the known …

Paleontology

Star Trek: Discovery's Version of the Enterprise Had to Be Modified for Legal Reasons

The finale of <i>Star Trek: Discovery</i> gave us a short glimpse at the most legendary ship in the entire Starfleet: the Enterprise, ten years before the …

Science Fiction

Russia's response? Warships loaded with tanks and military supplies spotted 'leaving Turkey for Syria'

Russian warships loaded with tanks have been spotted leaving Turkish waters headed for Syria.<p>It comes as the world awaits Vladimir Putin's response …

Middle East

Police 'revolution' after dealer caught by WhatsApp photo

<b>A pioneering fingerprint technique used to convict a drugs gang from a WhatsApp message "is the future" of how police approach evidence to catch criminals.</b><p>An image of a man holding ecstasy tablets in his palm was found on the mobile of someone arrested in Bridgend.<p>It was sent to South Wales …

Wales