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Parents ‘horrified’ as six-year-old daughter has five teeth removed during leg surgery

A six-year-old girl’s parents say they are ‘horrified’ after their daughter had five teeth removed during surgery on her legs.<p>Philip Morrison and …

Chips and white bread trigger cravings in the brain

Foods like white bread and potatoes trigger the parts of the brain that are linked to addiction, a new study has found.<p>It may explain why it can be so hard to stop nibbling on breadsticks and chips.<p>Researchers used scanning technology to watch brain activity in volunteers during the four hour …

Google takes aim at adult-theme Blogger pages, threatens takedown

The company says that after June 30, if a Blogger site has adult content and ad-monetization, it will be taken down.<p>Adult-themed Blogger sites might soon be in for some trouble with the platform's owner, Google.<p>Blogger Violet Blue on Thursday tweeted a notice Google sent out to bloggers warning …

Internet

Snapchat: the self-destructing message app that's a phenomenon

In any other messaging app, you'd think it was a bug in the software. Moments after you send or receive a photograph or video clip on Snapchat, it …

Food Stamps Might Get Removed From House Farm Bill

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in the House of Representatives might move to separate nutrition assistance from agriculture subsidies, a move that would split the trillion dollar legislation known as the farm bill.<p>For decades, urban and rural lawmakers have relied on each other to pass five-year farm …

French Bulldog Farts, Scares Itself (VIDEO)

This French bulldog is afraid of its own farts. If you've ever had one of these dogs, you'd be afraid, too.<p>(via Reddit)

These are the 33 Best Burgers in the Entire Country

We're going to cut right to the chase: according to our team of local editors all over the country, these are the best burgers in the USA. And, like the melting pot that is our nation, all of them are different -- some are char-grilled, or griddled, or even smoked. Some are packed with suet or beef …

Six Words: 'Black Babies Cost Less To Adopt'

<i>NPR</i> <i>continues a series of conversations about</i><i>The Race Card Project,</i> <i>where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words. Every so often NPR Host/Special Correspondent Michele Norris will dip into those six-word stories to explore issues surrounding race</i> …

New Bugs In Florida Stymie Researchers, Threaten Crops

With its pleasant climate, Florida has become home to more exotic and invasive species of plants and animals than any other state in the continental U.S. Some invasive species have been brought in deliberately, such as the Burmese python or the Cuban brown snail. But the majority of species are …

Three-person IVF: UK government backs mitochondrial transfer

The government is to push ahead with plans that would allow doctors to prevent major childhood diseases by creating IVF babies that have genetic …

Dehydration Myths: 7 Things You Should Know About Staying Hydrated

Every single cell in the human body needs water to function properly. We need water to regulate our temperature, to cushion and protect joints and organs and to help digestion move smoothly. Most of us drink at least some water every day, but now that it's summer and the mercury is rising, it's …

White House petition backs direct sales of Tesla cars

None of Tesla's all-electric vehicles are sold in car dealerships, which could be a problem in states that are looking to ban auto manufacturers from selling directly to customers.<p>A Tesla fan is asking the White House for help. He wants the federal government to stop states from requiring that cars …

Tesla

Daughter bills her dad for computer help

Tired of your parents treating you like their own personal IT department?<p>If your family is anything like mine, you're constantly fielding calls on anything tech-related. And if you're on your best behaviour, you take a deep breath before explaining patiently for the fourth or fifth time how to …

Is the U.S. Turning Into a Nation of Temps? Depends on Where You Live

Mouse cloned from drop of blood

<b>Scientists in Japan have cloned a mouse from a single drop of blood.</b><p>Circulating blood cells collected from the tail of a donor mouse were used to produce the clone, a team at the Riken BioResource Center reports in the journal Biology of Reproduction.<p>The female mouse lived a normal lifespan and …

Body oils – put to the lizard leg test

<b>E:</b> M, M! I have done an experiment! <b><br>M:</b> Oh crap. Here we go again. <b><br>E:</b> I have been doing a comparative test of body oils. <b><br>M:</b> Ah, the oil. So slick. So …

US DEA undertakes 'largest ever' synthetic drug crackdown

US law enforcement agencies served hundreds of search and arrest warrants on Wednesday in what officials described as the largest ever crackdown on …

The 7 Worst Weight-Loss Diets

Dieting never seems to go out of style. It's such an American pastime that more than 55 percent of us embark on at least one weight-loss effort a …

Dogs dressed as their owners - in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2013/jun/27/dogs-dressed-as-owners-in-pictures<p>720<p>Swiss photographer Sebastian Magnani has spliced …

The 'surreal' Google Glass experience

Members of the public test Google Glass in London, describing the experience as "surreal" and "weird".<p>Google Glass, spectacle frames that allow users to record video conversations and read messages via a panel over the right eye, have not yet gone on sale but a few Londoners were able to try them …

Google Glass

How the Supreme Court’s decision about prostitution helps combat sex trafficking

The justices ruled that the legislation, which withheld funds from organizations that did not explicitly oppose prostitution, violated free speech. …

NGOs

Panel report on trafficking

<b>New Delhi, June 26:</b> The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) today submitted its inquiry report into the deaths of two …

NGOs

Watch 6 Wondrous Clouds Float Inside Museum Walls

Like a magician, Berndnaut Smilde conjures up miniature indoor clouds.<p>Anyone who has tried drawing or painting clouds knows that they’re incredibly difficult to reproduce in pictorial form. Well, that can’t actually be tougher than making them, right? In the last few years, artist Berndnaut Smilde …

Brain-eating amoebas thrive in US lakes as global warming heats waterways

These deadly invaders from the deep are showing up in surprising locations<p>It’s a fatal infection without an effective treatment, and one that strikes in a decidedly gruesome manner: An amoebic organism lurking in water is inadvertently inhaled during a swim on a hot summer’s day. From there, it …

How Meditation Works

Mindfulness meditation is having a moment in the West, and with it some compelling reasons to understand and try it.<p>NicoleAbalde/Flickr<p><i>Mindfulness meditation</i>. Chances are that you've either heard or seen (or rolled your eyes at) these words in recent months, as studies, celebrity endorsements, and …

Immigration consternation

A POLL conducted in the first half of May by Ipsos-MORI on behalf of <i>The Economist</i> shows that the public’s concern about crime has fallen to its …

Sioux Falls Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Sex Trafficking

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Sioux Falls man (formerly of Chicago) was sentenced on May 30, 2013 by U.S. District Judge …