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The western model is broken

“So far, the 21st century has been a rotten one for the western model,” according to a new book, The Fourth Revolution, by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge. This seems an extraordinary admission from two editors of the Economist, the flag-bearer of English liberalism, which has long insisted …

Carlos Santana: 'I Am A Reflection Of Your Light'

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Carlos Santana has won 10 Grammys and sold more than 100 million records. He has become one of the world's most celebrated musicians, a destiny that was difficult to imagine during his childhood in a small Mexican town. His father, also a musician, was Santana's …

Hospital network hacked, 4.5 million records stolen

Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals across the United States, announced on Monday that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients.<p>Hackers have gained access to their names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone …

John Kerry Is Fed Up With His Aging Plane After It Breaks Down In Hawaii

Kerry was returning to Washington after visiting Afghanistan, Myanmar, Australia, and the Solomon Islands when his plane broke down at Hawaii's Hickam Air Force Base.<p>He had stopped for a day in Hawaii where he delivered a speech on increased U.S. interests in Asia and the Pacific region.<p>"Finally …

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City children more likely to suffer food allergies

A study in the US finds one in ten children living in major populated cities is allergic to milk, eggs and peanuts, in contrast to rural counterparts<p>Children living in towns and cities are more likely to be allergic to milk, eggs and peanuts than their country cousins, according to a new …

This Pill Can Stop HIV

So why is no one taking it?<p>The drug that could end the HIV pandemic is already here. Branded Truvada, this pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prevents HIV infection by blocking the virus’s ability to replicate. “It’s a big deal,” says Robert Grant, a leading HIV/AIDS investigator at the University of …

A bacterium that destroys tumors' dark heart shows promise

A mutant form of a bacterium that lives in soil and thrives in low-oxygen environments appears to be a precise and aggressive killer of malignant tumors as well as an energetic activator of the body's immune system, according to new research.<p>When scientists injected spores of a weakened form of the …

Parasitic Amoeba Eats People Alive, Bite By Bite

These amoebae eat human cells while they are still alive, and then move on. Terrifying.<p>It used to be thought that the parasite <i>Entamoeba histolytica</i> killed human cells with toxins and only ate them once they were dead--and that during its meals, it would eat cells by engulfing them whole, like other …

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