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How humans became intelligent

<b>From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds.</b> By Daniel Dennett. <i>W.W. Norton; 496 pages; $28.95. Allen Lane; £25.</i><p>HUMAN neurons are distant …

Secrecy over UK drone strike deaths in Syria faces legal challenge

Human rights group appeals against decision not to publish information following the deaths of UK nationals<p>The government’s refusal to release secret advice about the legality of British drone strikes in Syria is to be challenged by a human rights group.<p>Rights Watch UK is appealing against a …

Human Rights

Here's what the US presidential election could mean for Russia's and Iran's oil

More concretely, here's what both candidates' positions on Russia and Iran could mean for those countries' oil sectors.<p>First up, Russia<p>Throughout the election season, Republican nominee Donald Trump has advocated improving relations with Russia, while Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has …

Four nations agree on road map to revive Ukraine peace plan

BERLIN — The leaders of Germany, Russia, France and Ukraine on Wednesday agreed on a road map designed to revive the halting peace plan for Eastern Ukraine at a highly anticipated meeting in Berlin.<p>The agreement included the withdrawal of troops in four additional areas in the conflicted Donbass …

EU wakes to biggest crisis in its history as Merkel ally warns: No special treatment

Britain must begin exit talks “as soon as possible”, European Union leaders said as they battled to shore up the bloc and prevent a contagion of copy-cat referendums pulling it apart.<p>The country is on course for a high-stakes stand-off with Brussels after leaders in a joint statement said “orderly” …

Putin is 'essentially trolling the US' by complimenting Trump, and the Brexit vote explains why

First, the presumptive Republican nominee suggested in December that he'd welcome deeper relations with Russia if he won the White House. Then, the Russian president praised Trump as "very talented" and said that he was an "absolute leader of the presidential race."<p>Trump responded that it was a …

US to increase military presence in eastern Europe

<b>The US is boosting its troop presence in eastern Europe in response to an "aggressive Russia", the military says.</b><p>An extra armoured brigade is being deployed, meaning a total of three will be there on a continuous basis.<p>The BBC's diplomatic correspondent says it is the most significant US …

Obama Promised to End America’s Wars—Has He?

The president’s military record, by the numbers<p>In his recent cover story for <i>The Atlantic</i>, Jeffrey Goldberg notes that when Barack Obama first entered the White House, with George W. Bush’s long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq ongoing, “he was not seeking new dragons to slay.” Just the opposite: He fit …

This Is Your Brain on a Breakup

For most of us, breaking up is almost inevitable at some point in life. A survey of college students at Case Western Reserve University found that …

How to Build Exceptional Relationships: 9 Traits of Your Favorite People

Because no one ever does anything worthwhile alone.<p>Where success is concerned, lots of things matter. Education, experience, connections ... they all matter.<p>But one thing matters more. True success, the kind of success that also leads to happiness, is impossible without building great relationships.<p>…

Self-improvement

How to Train Your Brain for High Performance

Everybody sees the world through the lenses of three sets of beliefs. Making all three more effective increases your mental performance.<p>For the past two decades, my good friend and mentor Gerhard Gschwandtner (if you don't know who he is, you're not in sales) has been investigating the thought …

Self-improvement

Syrian Kurds take strategic dam from 'Islamic State'

An alliance of US-backed Syrian Kurdish and Arab rebels has taken a key dam on the Euphrates River from the so-called "Islamic State." The alliance …

Middle East

Scientists Have Discovered Brain Networks Linked to Intelligence For The First Time

And we may even be able to manipulate them.<p>For the first time ever, scientists have identified clusters of genes in the brain that are believed to be …

Neuroscience

No, Mr. President, staying out of Syria didn’t save lives. It cost them.

By his own estimation, Barack Obama may have finally earned his Nobel Peace Prize. Speaking to a small gathering of journalists last week, the president said that by not sending ground forces to the Middle East over the last few years, he had saved 100 lives per month and many billions of dollars. …

Israel shells Lebanon after cross-border rocket attacks

The Israeli military has fired artillery rounds over the Lebanese border in response to rockets from the other side, Israeli officials said. Tensions …

Middle East

Get to Know Someone in 5 Minutes with this Party Game Personality Test.

This engaging party trick is based on a cube and it is supposed to reveal the innermost thoughts of anyone you choose to play it with.<p>The test is …

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Robert Reich: The American middle class is in a state of revolt

The former secretary of labor ties the rise of Donald Trump to the elevated mortality rate of working whites<p>Robert Reich<p>December 16, 2015 8:15am (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.<p>The great American middle class has become an anxious class – and it’s in revolt.<p>Before I explain how …

Income Inequality

A Hundred Years Later, “The Birth of a Nation” Hasn’t Gone Away

A hundred years ago, on February 8, 1915, D. W. Griffith released “The Birth of a Nation.” The movie became the fledgling film industry’s first blockbuster. It ran for over three hours at a time when most films were not longer than ten minutes. It had employed eighteen thousand people and used …

The ISIS economy pulls in $80 million A MONTH in revenue for the terror group

In fact, one of the reasons that US, Britain, and other countries are launching a series of air strikes in Syria is to destroy one of the main ways ISIS gets its revenue — oil trucks and fields.<p>According to astonishing new research, ISIS rakes in $80 million (£53 million) per month.<p>Around $1.1 …

11 Signs You're Working With a Psychopath

Business leaders are three times more likely to be psychopaths than the general population. Here's how to tell if you're dealing with one.<p>Think of a psychopath and the image that springs to mind is probably something out of a horror movie--an axe-wielding killer or evil fraudster bilking little old …

Psychology

Thomas Jefferson and the fascinating history of Founding Fathers defending Muslim rights

<i>This post has been updated with President Obama's comments. The Fix originally wrote about Thomas Jefferson and Muslims in December.</i><p>Muslims are at the center of a roiling debate over religious freedom in the United States. But they've actually been a part of that heated conversation from the very …

Religion

Residents Of Crimea Make Do While They're Without Power

Last month, saboteurs blew up the power lines from Urkaine to the Russian-annexed peninsula of Crimea. David Greene talks to Zhenva Novytska, a freelance translator, about how things are going.<p>Transcript<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST:<p>We are reminded this morning how a global political conflict touches real …

Hidden Portrait Found Under 'Mona Lisa' Painting

A hidden portrait underneath the "Mona Lisa" has been discovered by a French scientist, who said he uncovered the image using reflective light …

The 13 Best Winter Cocktails to Get You Through the Cold

From an updated martini to a seasonal riff on the margarita, here's what to drink when the temperature drops.<p>You can sip a martini any time, but there's something particularly pleasurable about a cocktail designed for the colder months. "Everyone's looking to drink seasonally," says bartender …

Russia ratchets up pressure with Syria submarine strikes ahead of talks

Moscow shows off force with Mediterranean launch a day before rebel groups assemble in Riyadh to discuss forming united front against Bashar al-Assad<p>Russian commitment to the war in Syria was emphasised on Tuesday when for the first time it fired a cruise missile from a submarine, saying it had …

It appears Iran is siding with Russia in its dispute with Turkey

Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameni, said it was Tehran's duty to mediate the tensions between Turkey and Russia because "[i]t is not rightful that tensions to be piled up" in the region.<p>All three countries oppose the presence of the IS - also called …

Improve Your Photography Skills with These 9 Photo Composition Tips by Steve McCurry

Looking to up your photography game? Luckily, the Cooperative of Photography has created a fantastic video on photographic composition using tips and images by legendary photojournalist Steve McCurry. Each of the nine pointers is illustrated with examples from McCurry's stunning portfolio. Read on …

8 Ways Confident People Live Differently

Own it. 💃<p>Some people just have that "it factor."<p>They command attention whenever they walk into a room. But the truth is, they weren't born with a confident gene. Instead, their daily behaviors contribute to their self-assured personality.<p>That's good news: It means <i>anyone</i> can adopt the habits …

Zipcar Founder: The Era Of Industrial Capitalism Is Over

PARIS—Workers of the world unite, Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase suggested here Saturday. You have nothing to lose but your excess capacity.<p>“The shared future of our world is no longer industrial capitalism,” she declared before hundreds of delegates and activists and reporters at the Paris Climate …