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The Return of the Vaccine Wars

The controversy over vaccines is as old as vaccination itself<p>The controversy over vaccines is as old as vaccination itself. When Edward Jenner, a brilliant English country doctor, discovered the vaccine for smallpox in 1796, he faced as much criticism as praise. Ministers thundered against …

Public Health

What’s life like for a man who tastes words?

In the world of synaesthesia, words can be tasty and tastes can have physical shapes – but neuroscientists aren’t quite sure why.<p>James Wannerton says his favourite people to listen to are Americans who speak quickly. “A well-elocuted UK accent I'd have difficulty listening to,” says the IT …

Consciousness

Tunisians protest against terrorism in Tunis

An anti-terrorism protest has drawn large crowds in Tunis.<p>Chanting “Free Tunisia, out with terrorism”, the rally took place under a heavy police presence.<p>It comes shortly after Islamist militants linked to Al-Qaeda killed four soldiers on Wednesday. Both Nidaa Tunis and the Islamist party Ennahda …

Prince William: Diplomatic Duke treads carefully on historic China visit

The Duke of Cambridge is preparing embark on an historic tour of the Far East, which will see him travel across China - the first visit to the country by a senior royal since's the Queen's 1986 trip<p>From the moment the Duke of Cambridge’s plane touches down at Beijing International Airport at around …

China
Argentina

Obama policy to bring Syrian refugees into US raises concern among Republicans, intelligence community

An Obama administration plan to allow Syrian refuges into the United States is raising concerns within the intelligence community and on Capitol Hill -- with one GOP House leader calling it a “federally sanctioned welcome party” to potential terrorists.<p>The State Department has defended the plan to …

Dozens of boys abducted from South Sudan displacement camp, UNICEF says

Dozens of South Sudanese boys, some as young as 13, were recently abducted by an armed group in South Sudan as they prepared for school exams, UNICEF reported Saturday.<p>UNICEF did not say what group had seized the boys from a displacement camp, but the abductions reportedly took place in an area …

Weather

Former Yemen president flees capital after release from house arrest

Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who resigned last month under pressure from Shia militia, leaves Sanaa after weeks under effective house arrest<p><b>Yemeni</b> President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who resigned last month under pressure from Shia militia, left Sanaa on Saturday after weeks under …

South Asia
Russia
Africa

Carter: U.S. reconsidering Afghan drawdown

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama may change the United States' plan to withdraw virtually all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, his new defense secretary said Saturday during a visit to the central Asian nation -- an indication that the White House is considering extending the U.S. …

Ashraf Ghani
Russia

Cholesterol in food not a concern, new report says

<b>(CNN) —</b> For more than a week, speculation has been running rampant. Here's how it all started.<p>On February 10, The Washington Post published a headline that got a good amount of attention: "The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol."<p>Every five years, the …

Nutrition

American Airlines apologizes for leaving thousands of bags at Miami airport

Here's another argument for only traveling with a carry-on bag: American Airlines failed to load passenger luggage on a number of flights departing …

Blizzard announces team-based shooter Overwatch

Upcoming multiplayer FPS is World of Warcraft developer’s first new series in 17 years<p>Blizzard Entertainment, the studio behind the hugely successful World of Warcraft, announced its first foray into the first-person shooter market with Overwatch, a squad-based multiplayer game. The game is set in …

BlizzCon 2014: StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void Is Basically Battlestar Galactica

Blizzard’s conclusion to StarCraft II tells a bleak story with a lovable lead.<p>In learning about the plight of the Protoss, its goals, its religious …

Dragon Age: The Last Court is out and it's free

<i>Dragon Age: The Last Court</i>, a narrative-centric digital card game set in the Dragon Age universe, is now available for free.<p>Developed by <i>Fallen London</i> developer Failbetter Games, players can access <i>The Last Court</i> via EA's <i>Dragon Age Keep</i> customization service. The <i>Keep</i> is currently in open beta, …

Far Cry 4 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, 360) review: Taking open-world games to dizzy new heights - CNET

<b>The Good</b> Far Cry 4 offers an amazing environment to traverse and explore. It features ultra-satisfying first-person-shooter gameplay along with new vehicles and equipment. And yes, you can ride elephants.<p><b>The Bad</b> The main character is underwhelming and it has a nearly identical game structure to Far …

Ubisoft

'Dragon Age: Inquisition' And The Problem With Roleplaying Games

I quite like <i>Dragon Age: Inquisition</i>.<p>Like <i>Origins</i> before it, the game is one you can just sink into for many long hours, following your quest and embarking on various adventures. The combat isn’t as inspiring as a truly turn-based game like <i>Divinity: Original Sin</i> or a true action game like <i>Dark Souls</i>, …

Trillion-Dollar Baby: Can Apple Go Where No Stock Has Gone Before?

Is Wall Street finally get on board with the world’s most valuable company again? Over the past several weeks, at least five analysts have upgraded price targets on Apple. (Details here, here and here.) In the meantime, the company has seen its shares reach an all-time high of $117.57 before …

Workflow pushes the limits of how powerful iOS can be

Best mobile games of November 2014

Red Dead Redemption

The 6 mobile games that will help get you through Thanksgiving

Ignore your family with these helpful games<p>Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year, a chance to spend a few days with family and friends and enjoy an amazing meal. But there's also a lot of downtime, whether it's due to travelling across the country or hiding to avoid your uncle droning on about …

Top Anticipated Mobile Games Titled with Hot MMORPGs

The second one is <b>Dragon's Call II (نداءالتنين٢)</b> and it is now available to download on Wakti Store. If you’ve ever played 2D MMORPG Dragon's Call, …

'Earn to Die 2' Review - Web Game Crossover Hit gets an iOS Update

Author Andrew Fretz<p>Posted On2014-11-28 14:00:41<p>Watch App<p>I like the cut of Not Doppler's jib. Their stable of 2D games are all solidly entertaining …

SimCity BuildIt now available worldwide for iPhone and iPad

Much like the previous games in the SimCity series, this new entry in the franchise allows folks to create their dream city while also dealing with …

Award-winning board game Galaxy Trucker lands on iPhone in new Pocket edition

Galaxy Trucker, the award-winning board game developed by the renowned Czech game designer Vlaaďa Chvátil, has just successfully docked on …

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