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I had my DNA analyzed, and all I got was this lousy story

With too much to account for, direct-to-consumer genetics isn't ready for prime time.<p>It’s a situation many have faced before or will in the future: …

Chemists Expand Nature's Genetic Alphabet

For the first time, scientists have expanded life's genetic alphabet, by inserting two unnatural, man-made "letters" into a bacterium's DNA, and by showing that the cell's machinery can copy them.<p>The advance means that scientists have a new tool for exploring how life encodes information, which …

Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything

Epigenetics is one of the hottest fields in the life sciences. It’s a phenomenon with wide-ranging, powerful effects on many aspects of biology, and enormous potential in human medicine. As such, its ability to fill in some of the gaps in our scientific knowledge is mentioned everywhere from …

25 Creative Lentil Recipes That Go Way Beyond Soup

From soups to salads, here are 23 of our favorite recipes to cook with a pantry staple, lentils.<p><b>One of the most humble pantry items is also one of our favorites</b>: The lentil. From stews and soups to salads and side dishes, they're a real recipe workhorse. Grab a pot and some stock—here are our …

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'60 Minutes' Stumbles On How Health Insurance Works

Sunday night’s interview of Steven Brill by Leslie Stahl on <i>60 Minutes</i> was much anticipated in large part because of Brill’s new book ‒ <i>America’s Bitter Pill</i>.<p>Brill was on the circuit and had appeared on other talk shows (including Jon Stewart’s <i>The Daily Show</i> here) earlier in the week. The challenge …

Airlines Are Giving Customers Exactly What They Want

Airlines are an easy target for ire and mockery. Between the omnipresent jokes about airline food, and persistent complaints about high fares that wilt in the face of sustained consideration, there is no shortage of anti-airline stories in non-aviation publications. Recently, one of those stories …

Jet stream blasts BA plane across Atlantic in record time

Boeing 777 reported at speeds of up to 745mph as it flies from New York to Heathrow in just 5 hours 16 minutes<p>Concorde may have been retired but a British Airways passenger jet approached supersonic speed this week as it rode a surging jet stream from New York to London.<p>The Boeing 777-200 jet …

The 20 Longest Nonstop Flights in the World

Travel<p>By Matt Meltzer Updated On 03/20/2017 at 04:50PM EST<p>@mmeltrez<p>By Matt Meltzer @mmeltrez Updated On 03/20/2017 at 04:50PM EST<p>You know what the …

Tiger Woods' reported former island (yes, island) in Sweden is for sale and it looks incredible (Updated)

To paraphrase Justin Timberlake's Sean Parker portrayal in "The Social Network," just having a sweet house isn't cool anymore. You know what's cool? Having a sweet house on your own private island.<p>But alas, when that private island is in Sweden and you're no longer married to a Swede, you're …

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Is United Airlines as Safe as Its Passengers?

There are few quicker routes to being arrested at the airport than dropping a joke on the security screeners about the bomb you’re carrying in your …

When Nixon Listened to Liberal Moynihan

More power started to be vested in the White House staff in 1969, during Richard Nixon's administration. Today, there are about twice as many …

Oil isn't cheap -- at any price

As world oil prices have slumped below $60 a barrel, tumbling nearly 50% since June to a five-year low, analysts have scrambled to discern the economic and political fallout.<p>The big picture, though, hasn't changed: Oil is not cheap, at any price. What we're charged at the pump for gasoline is just …

AirAsia, MH370 incidents very different

<i>What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and will we ever find it? Watch "Vanished: The Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370" tonight at 9 p.m. ET.</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- An airliner vanishes over the waters of a Southeast Asia ocean. There's no distress call, no wreckage, nothing but water and questions.<p>…

Islamic State: Yazidi girls kill themselves to escape rape

Women and girls from Iraq's Yazidi minority captured by Islamic State militants have been trafficked as sex slaves, forced into marriage and imprisoned<p>Women and girls from Iraq's Yazidi minority endured horrors at the hands of <b>Islamic State</b> group extremists after they were taken as slaves last …

E-books 'damage sleep and health,' doctors warn

<b>If you curl up under the duvet with an e-book for a bedtime read then you are damaging your sleep and maybe your health, US doctors have warned.</b><p>A team from Harvard Medical School compared reading paper books and light-emitting e-readers before sleep.<p>They found it took longer to nod off with a …

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Associated Press News

AP sources: Cops' killer angry at chokehold death

NEW YORK (AP) — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner …

2 NYPD Officers Dead In Brooklyn Shooting

Two New York City police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were shot dead "execution style" in Brooklyn just before 3 p.m. Saturday, police said, by an alleged gang member who posted on social media that he wanted revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.<p>"Quite simply, they …

7 Eating Habits You Should Drop Now

<i>By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD</i><p>In my one-on-one work with clients there is a dual focus: I help them adopt a healthy new eating regimen, but in order for new patterns to stick, we also have to zero in on unhealthy habits that tend to keep them stuck. If you've ever uttered the phrase, "I know what I need …

Airline: 'Emotional support' pig kicked off flight for being disruptive

When US Airways passenger Robert Phelps first saw the woman coming down the aisle of the plane, he thought she had a "really big dog" or a stuffed animal thrown over her shoulder.<p>It was about 6:10 a.m. the day before Thanksgiving, and Phelps was waiting to take off from Connecticut's Bradley …

Not True, Not Funny

Did you read Dan Jenkins’ interview with me in the latest <i>Golf Digest</i>? I hope not. Because it wasn’t me. It was some jerk he created to pretend he was …

My (Fake) Interview With Tiger*

*Or how it plays out in my mind<p><i>Editors' Note: This story first appeared in the December 2014 issue of Golf Digest</i><p>When Tiger Woods returned to golf from his back surgery, the national media saw it as the greatest news flash since D-Day. This energized me so much I immediately tracked down Tiger and …

6 Foods That Cause Inflammation

Some of these will really shock you.<p><i>This article was adapted from the</i> Diabetes Cure <i>and provided by our partners at Rodale News.</i><p>Many things you currently consider to be "foods" are not. Instead, these items are processed, adulterated, refined, diluted, sweetened, salted, or changed in some way. A …

The guy from this crazy photo atop the World Trade Center visits the finished product

Before Friday, Kevin Sabbagh had never seen the World Trade Center in its completion. He'd known it only as a skeleton of a building, with exposed iron and steel. And he'd known it well -- Sabbagh, a fifth-generation ironworker, helped build the World Trade Center from start to finish. (His …

The 8 Best Bedtime Snacks for Weight Loss

Food that helps you sleep like a baby...without making you bloated in the a.m.<p>When it comes to snacking within an hour or two of your bedtime, there's a few things to consider: First, research does link late-night calories to the potential for weight gain. One study found that eating right before …

How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket

From the layout to the little old lady who hands out samples, we explain the psychological tricks the supermarket uses to get you to buy food you don't want<p><i>This is the first part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discusses how supermarkets</i> …

Watch Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson recreate their own famous shots WAY too easily

Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson had a playful competition on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, the site of this week's DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. It served as the latest reminder that Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson are ridiculously good at golf.<p>The …