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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer shows X-wings, Falcon, more | Hero Complex – movies, comics, pop culture – Los Angeles Times

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Arrests across nation as protesters target Black Friday

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. — One of the St. Louis area's most popular shopping malls was closed for more than an hour on Black Friday when people protesting the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case marched into the Galleria and lay down on the third floor.<p>It was one of several protests around …

Justice sent home after heart stent implanted

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court spokeswoman says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been released from the hospital after having a heart stent implanted to clear a blocked artery.<p>Spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says the 81-year-old jurist was sent home Thursday and is expected to be at work when the court …

GOP hopes new class of black Republicans signals trend, data suggests otherwise

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Election Night 2014 was more than a landslide win for congressional Republicans -- it was a historic moment for black Republicans in particular.<p>Come January, newly elected representatives Mia Love of Utah and Will Hurd from Texas along with Sen. Tim Scott -- who won election to …

Dissecting the Fed's 'For a Considerable Period' Phrasing

When interest rates eventually move higher it will represent a seismic shift in U.S. monetary policy away from years of stimulus initiated in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and toward a return to normalcy.<p>But before that happens the Federal Reserve has to figure out how to rid itself of a …

Veto Threat Puts Tax Break Package Back At Square One

House and Senate negotiators who thought they were close to a deal renewing expired tax breaks have a new factor to worry about: a veto threat from a White House unhappy about helping businesses but not the working poor.<p>The veto threat comes with Congress on Thanksgiving recess and planning only a …

Can Your Job Help Your Brain Age More Gracefully?

A new study looks at whether retired surgeons have better memory skills than retired painters.<p>For the most part, I've never felt self-conscious about my memory skills until I heard of the world of memory championships. With intense training and special techniques, memory champions can memorize and …

Major victory for the bees: Ontario moves to restrict neonicotinoids

The Canadian province plans to phase out 80 percent of the bee-killing pesticides by 2017<p>Canada just took a major step toward protecting the environment. It's not often you hear that. But not only have our neighbors to the north just joined Twitter, Ontario has officially become the first …

Horses Help Heal Veterans' Invisible Wounds

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Why Millennials &%#@! Love Science

Today's young adults see new discoveries both as a source of awe and a means for innovation.<p>The wildly successful web publication "I F*cking Love Science" currently has over 18 million likes on Facebook. For context, <i>Popular Science</i> has 2.8 million likes, and <i>Scientific American</i> magazine has about 2 …

Science: This is the catchiest song of all time

The Spice Girls released their first single, Wannabe, in 1996 but its legacy clearly lives on. Researchers at Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, England, and the University of Amsterdam named it the catchiest song of all time in a test of how quickly people can name a tune.<p>The …

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Bridgmanite: World's most abundant mineral finally named

A team of geologists in the U.S. has finally found an analyzable sample of the most abundant mineral in the world allowing them to give it a name: …

10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing

Many ideas have left the world of science and made their way into everyday language — and unfortunately, they are almost always used incorrectly. We …

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Are seals mutilating and killing porpoises? Scientists investigate

A gruesome series of killings has left porpoises stranded on the shores along the North Sea, and scientists now think they have a culprit: gray seals.<p>Turns out those adorable gray seals aren't so cuddly after all. The findings, described in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, reveal a …

NASA is tracking a gargantuan iceberg, escaped from Antarctica

After six months of winter darkness in Antarctica, NASA has re-acquired satellite images of the huge iceberg B31.<p>Winter has lifted from Antarctica’s …

Is it true that Jupiter protects Earth?

Jupiter’s gravity slings long-period comets out of harm’s way, while nudging some asteroids closer to Earth. And, in 1770, Jupiter took aim on Earth …

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How Dogs Understand What We Say

Scientists — and anyone who lives with a canine — know that dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices. They listen for whether our tone is friendly or mean, how the pitch goes up or down and even the rhythms in our speech.<p>But what about the meaning of the words we say?<p>Sure, a few …