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CNN

Web Wear: A New Coat Is Made From Biotech Spider Silk

Performance clothes will never be the same<p>For the past three weeks, outdoor apparel maker The North Face and materials company Spiber have been touring a gold-colored parka across Japan. The prototype, called the “Moon Parka,” is a first—a coat whose outer shell is spun from synthetic spider …

Scientists say this ridiculously simple strategy can help you learn anything

In other words, instead of reading and rereading a list of vocabulary words, you should read it once and then test yourself repeatedly.<p>The same strategy works for pretty much anything you're hoping to commit to memory, and there's a growing body of research behind it. Psychologists call this …

The Brain

Religion doesn't make kids more generous or altruistic, study finds

Here's a discovery that could make secular parents say hallelujah: Children who grow up in nonreligious homes are <i>more</i> generous and altruistic than children from observant families.<p>A series of experiments involving 1,170 kids from a variety of religious backgrounds found that the non-believers were …

Religion

U.S. to Deploy Special Operations Forces in Syria: Officials

The U.S. will send a small number of U.S. special operations forces into Syria as part of a shift in its strategy against ISIS, White House officials announced Friday.<p>President Barack Obama has authorized a contingent of fewer than 50 commandos to deploy into northern Syria and work with moderate …

National Security

An American Citizen Apologizes to the Iraqi People

"In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight road was lost." - Dante Alighieri, <i>Divine Comedy</i><p>Dear Iraqi people,<p>I write to apologize for the illegal 2003 U.S. invasion of your country.<p>Presidential candidate Jeb Bush has confessed, given what we know …

Martin O'Malley

Google's Project Loon internet balloons to circle Earth

<b>Google believes it is on course to have enough internet-beaming balloons in the stratosphere to form a ring over part of the world next year.</b><p>It told the BBC the move would let it trial a continuous data service to people living below the balloons' path.<p>The declaration coincides with the …

Project Loon

Has Nasa's Kepler Telescope spotted signs of alien life?

Scientists say a swarm of objects around a star look like 'something you would expect an alien civilisation to build'<p>A star with unusual behaviour spotted by the Kepler Telescope could be explained by alien activity, scientists have said.<p>KIC 8462852, a star 1,500 light years away from earth, has …

Telescopes

Scientists find you can reduce peoples' belief in God by directing magnetic energy into the brain

They found the same results when trying to reduce intolerance towards immigrants<p>Scientists from the University of York have found a way of performing mind control<p>By directing magnetic force towards the posterior medial frontal cortex of the brain, they were able to reduce belief in God and decrease …

Magnetism