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GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

On the face of it, the new potato varieties called "Innate" seem attractive. If you peel the brown skin off their white flesh, you won't find many unsightly black spots. And when you fry them, you'll probably get a much smaller dose of a potentially harmful chemical.<p>But here's the catch: Some of …

Cancer Patient Dies After Medical Marijuana Conviction

A cancer patient from Iowa whose conviction for growing medical marijuana made national headlines died from the disease on Monday.<p>Benton Mackenzie, 49, was sentenced to probation in September following his conviction, but his health had rapidly deteriorated during his trial.<p>"I've got a big empty …

Cannabis

Japan reveals record defence budget as tensions with China grow

At US$42bn the budget is another yearly increase but it is still dwarfed by both China and the US<p>Japan has announced its biggest ever defence budget in response to China’s increasing military influence in the region and Beijing’s claims to a group of disputed islands administered by Tokyo.<p>The 4.98 …

China

“Don’t let the terrorists win” garbage returns: How gross history is repeating itself

<b>(AP/Reuters/J. Scott Applewhite/Chuck France/Jason Reed/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>That didn’t take long. Moments after the Hebdo horror, right-wingers are ready to exploit it to push their agenda<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>January 14, 2015 11:58am (UTC)<p>I haven't actually heard anyone say that if we don't all …

Lindsey Graham

Georgia Vet With PTSD Is First Person to Be Executed in 2015

A decorated Vietnam veteran who killed a sheriff's deputy in 1998 was the first person to be executed in the U.S. in 2015 after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his argument that the post-traumatic stress he suffered from combat should make him exempt from capital punishment.<p>Andrew Brannan, …

Apple’s new video camera patent sends GoPro’s shares into a tailspin

Shares of GoPro, the sports camera maker, nosedived Tuesday after Apple was awarded a patent for a potentially competing device.<p>Investors sent …

One U.S. dollar could soon equal one euro

The U.S. dollar is looking pretty mighty these days.<p>Thanks to the resurgent American economy, the greenback has strengthened significantly in recent months against almost every other currency.<p>That's especially true compared with the euro, which is getting slammed by gloomy growth in the …

Evolution: Why do we have lips?

Human beings are unusual in that our mouths are surrounded by hypersensitive, easily-hurt pink tissue – why? Jason G Goldman investigates.<p>They kind of flap around on the front of your face, get dried out and chapped in the winter, and occasionally get caught up between your teeth and mistaken for …

The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

<b>1.</b> The new issue of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was released Wednesday , and it sold out on newsstands within minutes.<p><b>2.</b> Paris is still on high alert as the hunt continues for accomplices of the gunmen in several terrorist attacks on the city last week.<p><b>3.</b> Pope Francis is in Sri …

Pope Francis

The World Is Extremely Close To Eradicating A Human Disease For The 2nd Time In History

That's pretty incredible — but it's a project that has required close to three decades of work, and it isn't finished.<p>On Monday, former US President Jimmy Carter announced at the opening of "Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease," a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History , that <b>there</b> …

Public Health

Pacquiao agrees to fight Mayweather

The fight the world has wanted to see for the better part of six years -- a long-awaited summit meeting between welterweight champions Floyd …

UK shops to receive Charlie Hebdo magazine despite radical cleric calling it an "act of war"

Hundreds of copies of the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo 'survivors' magazine are expected to be brought to the UK when it is published on Wednesday despite claims by radical preacher Anjem Choudary it is "an act of war".<p><b>Hundreds of copies</b> of the 'survivors' edition of the Charlie Hebdo satirical …

Charlie Hebdo

Why Google won't fix a security bug in almost a billion Android phones

A day after Google publicized a flaw in Windows 8.1 before Microsoft could do anything about it, news broke about a security vulnerability in Android that the Mountain View company, well, won't fix at all. Rafay Baloch, an independent researcher, and Joe Vennix, an engineer at Rapid7 (a security …

New ISIS video appears to show child executioner killing alleged Russian spies

A horrifying new video released online on Tuesday appears to show ISIS using a young boy to execute a pair of captives the terror group claims are Russian spies.<p>The slickly-produced video shows two men being interrogated in Russian about their alleged attempt to infiltrate ISIS. One captive, and …