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Weather

WHO Approves World's First-Ever Dengue Vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday endorsed the world’s first-ever vaccine for dengue fever, a potentially deadly mosquito-borne virus …

Public Health

El Chapo, Episode III: The Farce Awakens

How can we describe this most recent episode in the saga of El Chapo? If history repeats itself as farce, what comes next? Perhaps the right word is <i>gringada,</i> a derogatory Mexican term applied to Hollywood movies that seem typically formulaic, sentimental, nationalistic and patriotic, usually …

Why String Theory?

I recently got a copy of Joseph Conlon’s new book Why String Theory? and was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s quite good. Conlon is a lively, …

Quantum Mechanics

Biblical King's seal discovered in dump site

<b>(CNN) —</b> A dump site is the last place you would expect to find an 8th century B.C. seal for a papyrus document signed by one of the kings of Judah.<p>Perhaps that's why it has taken 2,700 years for the piece of clay inscribed with King Hezekiah's seal to be discovered in Jerusalem.<p>It is believed to be …

Archaeology

The Future Of Gene Editing Is Being Decided Right Now

How will CRISPR shape our future?<p>Today, hundreds of scientists are gathered in Washington, D.C. for the international summit on genome editing. The three-day conference will discuss the ethical and appropriate use of all genome-editing technologies, but it will likely pay close attention to the …

Genetics

Obama on War and Peace

President Obama was in a reflective mood when he met with a group of journalists at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, a few hours after he delivered a combative speech defending the Iran deal. He is, in private meetings, a congenial stoic, even as he chews Nicorette gum to stay ahead of an …

Elizabeth Alexander on What Poetry Does for the Human Soul

“…and are we not of interest to each other?”<p><b>Elizabeth Alexander</b> is among the most entrancing and spiritually invigorating poets of our time, and only the fourth poet in history to read at a U.S. presidential inauguration. Her recent memoir, <i>The Light of the World</i>, is one of the most breathtaking …

Literature
Afghanistan

A Zen Master Explains Death and the Life-Force to a Child and Outlines the Three Essential Principles of Zen Mind

“Zen practice … requires great faith, great courage, and great questioning.”<p>If death is so enormous a mystery that we remain unable to wrap our grownup minds around it, despite comfort from our great poets and consolation from our great philosophers, how are tiny humans to make sense of it all? …

Some first results from the new, higher-energy Large Hadron Collider

On 3 June this year, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN began delivering particle collisions at an energy 63% higher than previously achieved. This week in Vienna, first physics results were presented. Here are some highlights<p>The European Physical Society High Energy Physics conference is taking …

Physics
South Asia

Iran nuclear: Media ordered to be positive about deal

<b>The Iranian authorities have ordered the media not to criticise the recent nuclear agreement with world powers, it has emerged.</b><p>A top secret document sent to newspaper editors has surfaced on the internet.<p>Issued by the ministry in charge of the press, the two-page document faxed to media …

South Asia

Robert Graves on Love and Lust

“Love is really a recognition of truth, a recognition of another person’s integrity and truth.”<p>Poet, novelist, mythologist, essayist, and translator <b>Robert Graves</b> (July 24, 1895–December 7, 1985) is among the most influential artists of the past century — a piercing mind carried on the wings of a …

Literature

Do You Have A Mellow Music Brain Or An Intense One?

Cognitive style linked to preference in pop music<p>You truly believe that Kanye is the best musician on the planet. Is it simply a matter of taste, or is something else going on?<p>Although there’s no doubt that music preferences change over time and are shaped by social factors like what our friends …

Psychology

What Is the Point of the Female Orgasm?

A new study examines "orgasmability" to determine whether it serves a purpose or is just an evolutionary accident<p>There may be few questions of human sexuality more rancorous than those about the female orgasm. Scientists agree that women probably started having orgasms as a by-product of men having …

Africa

Poll: Most of American Jews think Congress should approve Iran deal

Most American Jews want Congress to approve the deal reached between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program, a poll released on Thursday …

Israel

Today in History for July 24th

Jeb Bush defends Medicare comments

<b>(CNN) —</b> At a town hall Thursday, Jeb Bush refused to back down to criticism from Democrats, and one animated local voter, who charged him with "attacking the seniors" over his push for entitlement reform.<p>The woman told Bush she was very concerned about news reports alleging that Bush's policies …

Government