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Scientists discover ancient Mayan city hidden under Guatemalan jungle

Aerial laser mapping detects thousands of hidden structures in Peten region, suggesting its population was millions more than previously thought<p>Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defence works and …

Archaeology

Americans are fed up with giving one another gifts for the holidays

New research finds that one in three of us wish we could bypass gift-giving altogether in order to save money. Here’s how to do that without pissing …

Sugar Was Linked to Heart Disease 50 Years Ago, But the Industry Covered It Up

Sugar has detrimental effects on our health, and not just because sweet foods tend to have a lot of calories. Plenty of research has shown that the …

We took a scientific look at whether weed or alcohol is worse for you — and there appears to be a winner

It's a tough call, but based on the science, there appears to be a clear answer.<p>Keep in mind that there are dozens of factors to account for, including how the substances affect your heart, brain, and behavior, and how likely you are to get hooked.<p>Time is important, too — while some effects are …

Cannabis

Is asprin the wonder-drug that could help kick cancer into touch? Experts think it could be

Taking aspirin may help against a number of cancers, a new study suggests.<p>A trial involving more than 600,000 people found that long-term aspirin use …

The advertising industry has been living a lie

Did you catch that bombshell story posted by BuzzFeed the other day about the super sophisticated online advertising fraud operation?<p>I noticed right away that it was remarkably similar to a piece I'd written for Adweek in 2013.<p>It's not that BuzzFeed plagiarized anything. In fact, their reporting …

Selling

The Case for Letting Fevers Run Their Course

Numerous studies over the past few years have shown that taking fever reducers hurts your body’s ability to recover from an illness.<p>Fever isn’t an …

All blue-eyed people have a single ancestor in common

New research shows that all blue-eyed people share a common ancestor. This person lived more than 6,000 years ago and carried a genetic mutation that has now spread across the world.<p>The exact cause remains to be determined, but scientists do know that eye color began to change long before recorded …

Evolution

Amazon just made a huge change to its $12 billion cloud computing juggernaut

No longer would programmers have to buy, build, and maintain their own servers. Now, developers could pay Amazon by the hour to access exactly the amount of supercomputing power they needed. It totally changed the economics of building software, making it possible for a new breed of companies like …

Cloud Computing

How Much Brain Damage Is Acceptable? None, Says The Smartest Player In The NFL

The smartest player in the NFL just quit.<p>Not because he was unable to play, and certainly not because of his age – he’s only 26. No, Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel decided to retire in July because the risk of permanent, irreversible brain damage was just not worth it.<p>Urschel is a …

The Brain

Plastic Fibers Are Found in 83% of the World's Tap Water, a New Study Reveals

Virtually all the world’s tap water is contaminated by microscopic plastic fibers, a new study claims, raising fresh concerns about the implications …

Pollution

New heroin vaccine helps users quit by blocking its effects

In other words, it prevents the user from feeling anything, undercutting the purpose of taking the drug at all.<p>A single shot would work for weeks at a time, with the best formulation blocking the effects for at least eight months if given every three months. The researchers even think the vaccine …

Drug Addiction

This common drug stops muscle growth, study says

Gym-goers trying to bulk up should avoid taking ibuprofen, a study has found.<p>Experts say long-term regular use of the anti-inflammatory drug can …

Muscle

Smoking Marijuana Can Reduce Risk Of Stroke, Study Finds

Smoking marijuana can reduce the risk of a stroke to a large extent, a new study has found. The findings of the study have been published in the …

The 'mother of all bubbles' keeps gold in focus

But first, a few comments about last week. I recently returned from the Oxford Club's Private Wealth Seminar, held at the historic Grand Hotel on Michigan's Mackinac Island. The hotel, which some of you might remember as the setting for the 1980 film "Somewhere in Time," starring Christopher Reeve …

Stock Markets

185 studies reveal men's sperm count has plunged worldwide over the last 40 years

According to an analysis of 185 academic studies, sperm counts around the world have been declining steadily over the last four decades, such that today's counts are roughly half of what they were 40 years ago, the BBC reports.<p>Between 1973 and 2011, sperm counts declined 59.3% "with no evidence of …

Fertility

Antidepressants linked to murders and murderous thoughts

Antidepressants have been linked to 28 reports of murder and 32 cases of murderous thoughts, in cases referred to the UK medicines regulator over the past 30 years, a BBC investigation has discovered.<p>The pills, known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) which includes common drugs …

'Coco nuts'? The argument against coconut oil has gone too far

"It turns out the research is waaaaay deeper and more conflicting than most people know, and even than most researchers know," explains Kamal Patel, …

Holistic Medicine

For a More Creative Brain, Take Breaks on Purpose

Your brain needs downtime to remain creative and generate its most innovative ideas.<p>A growing body of evidence shows that taking regular breaks from …

Creativity

Man Jailed for 90 Days After Police Thought Drywall in His Car Was Cocaine

A Florida man was jailed for 90 days after police officers in a traffic stop accused him of having cocaine in his car when in fact it was actually …

Crime

Mexico just legalized medical marijuana

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed a decree this week legalizing medical marijuana. The measure also classified the psychoactive ingredient in the drug as “therapeutic.”<p>The new policy isn't exactly opening the door for medical marijuana dispensaries on every corner.<p>Instead it calls on the …

Cannabis

'Pretty grim. Not shocking': Murders spike in Mexico, and May was the deadliest month in decades

MEXICO CITY (AP) — May was Mexico's bloodiest month in at least 20 years and homicides are up sharply in 2017 compared with last year, new government crime statistics show.<p>Statistics published Tuesday by the Interior Department said 2,186 people were murdered last month.<p>The previous monthly high …

Mexico

Nearly 25% of city-dwelling Americans aren’t connected to broadband internet

The digital divide is, unfortunately, alive and well in the US.<p>It's already understood that rural Americans have a harder time accessing the internet — and have to deal with slower speeds where it is available — than those living in cities. But, while things are improving, urban-dwelling Americans …

Net Neutrality

Life Skills: How to Make Booze in the Middle of Nowhere

How many times have you found yourself in the same old situation? You’re out in the Angolan wilderness, transecting a river in the hopes of creating …

Alcohol

Computer printers have been quietly embedding tracking codes in documents for decades

In 2004, when color printers were still somewhat novel, PCWorld magazine published an article headlined: “Government Uses Color Laser Printer Technology to Track Documents.”<p>It was one of the first news reports on a quiet practice that had been going on for 20 years. It revealed that color printers …

Surveillance

US sends third aircraft carrier to the Pacific as massive armada looms near North Korea

The USS Nimitz, the US Navy's oldest operating aircraft carrier just departed San Diego to head into the Pacific, where the USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan carriers are already keeping watch over a defiant North Korea.<p>The Nimitz will sail with the guided-missile destroyers USS Kidd and USS …

Military

AI can predict if you'll die soon by examining your organs

When not stealing blue collar jobs, robots are becoming Dr. House, diagnosing maladies like breast and skin cancer with aplomb. Scientists at the University of Adelaide have pushed it to a morbid new level, however, with an AI system that can tell if you're going to die. By analyzing CT scans from …

Artificial Intelligence

Climate Change Is Claiming yet Another Victim

Bad Timing<p>The impact of climate change has reached a new location: American backyards.<p>The arrival of migratory birds at northern breeding grounds …

Climate Change

Russia says U.S. missile strike on Syria was a threat to its forces | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu complained on Wednesday that a U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base earlier this month had posed a threat to Russian troops and was forcing Moscow to take extra measures to protect them.<p>FILE PHOTO: Battle damage assessment image of …

Middle East

76-Year-Old Man Raises More Than $28,000 to Feed Stray, Feral Cats in His Community

Willie Ortiz just wants to help homeless cats — now thanks to a whopping $28,000 raised online, he’ll be doing that for a very long time.<p>“I was …