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Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.<p>That physical link was long thought absent, …

Global stocks sinks as Chinese currency weakens further

NEW YORK (AP) — A second day of declines in China's currency is sending global stocks lower as traders worry about weakness in the world's …

Top 10 Underappreciated Parks

From vast wilderness to varied history, from swamp to desert, these places should be more famous.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything—National Parks</i><p>Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon deserve the appreciation they receive, but the National Park System includes nearly 400 units, …

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A Tough Weekend for the Black Lives Matter Movement

Gunshots in Ferguson overshadowed a day of protest, even as activists at a Bernie Sanders event in Seattle alienated potential allies.<p>A year after an officer-involved shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement, protestors keep pressing their cause with urgency, as …

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Photographer Turns Mundane Water Droplets into Works of Art

Water droplets can be annoying for most people, but for a tiny fraction of individuals out there, they can be a source creative fulfillment. People …

Bizarre Buddhist Statue X-Ray Reveals Mummified Monk and 25 More Fascinating Random Facts

When researchers at the Netherland's Meander Medical Center placed a 1,000-year-old Chinese Buddha statue inside a CT scanner they discovered a …

What We Can Learn from Programming a Computer to Be Autistic

A new neuro-simulation framework offers insights into the physiological roots of autism and maybe even schizophrenia and aging.<p>Neuroscientists from Baylor University have successfully programmed an artificial neural network to exhibit autistic behavior. In doing so, they've shown how a theorized</i> …

20 Amazing Facts About The Human Brain That Will Blow Your Mind

The human body is one interesting machine. There’s so much more to it than meets the eye. And, the brain is one such complex organ that will …

6 Ways to Find Your Inner Genius

I'm reading Walter Isaacson's latest book, <i>The Innovators</i>. It took me three weeks to get past page 20. Reading the early chapters took on epic proportion as every night I plowed through two or three pages trying to understand what in the world these innovators were trying to accomplish. I couldn't …

10 Daily Routines For Honing Your Creativity

If your daily routine doesn’t get your creative juices flowing, consider adapting these habits of famously creative thinkers.<p>Creativity can be as elusive as it is rewarding. Inspiration usually lies just beyond the intellect’s reach, sparking our best work and sneaking away when we need it …

NASA just posted a supertrack of Earth sounds it recorded for aliens in 1977

Watch out, Beyonce. NASA just dropped a sick track out of nowhere — and it's got a sweet and sentimental 1970s vibe.<p>The track, of course, comes from the famous Golden Record, a copy of which is aboard each of two of NASA's most famous spacecraft. Back in the summer of 1977, the space agency …

Ancient Egyptian Mummy Has Sophisticated Pattern Woven Around Head

While visiting the Louvre, Redditor sbay captured and shared the astonishing intricacies of a mummy's head wrapping. Unlike the image of a mummy we're used to (with a winding wrap), this well-preserved man had his skull carefully encased in strips of linen with a sophisticated, interwoven square …

Putin is cracking down on dissent and the first victim is the US-based democracy group

In a statement issued Tuesday, Prosecutor General Yury Yakovlevich Chayka's office declared, "Given the general orientation of the Fund, the prosecutor's office concluded that it is a threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation, defense and security."<p>The …

The fight against ISIS has already cost the US over $3 billion

Turkey's government agreed last week to allow the U.S. to launch both manned and unmanned military strikes against ISIS inside Turkey, a major breakthrough for the U.S. and its allies that have been constrained in launching fighter jets from aircraft carriers in the Gulf. Now U.S.-led forces can …

Is this America’s worst mistake?

The US has welcomed Turkey as a new partner in the fight against IS in Syria but some commentators are worried whether there is an ulterior motive to …

Los Angeles just passed a major gun control law

The ordinance prohibits Los Angeles residents from possessing a handgun or rifle magazine that fits more than 10 rounds.<p>Residents would have 60 days after the law takes effect to remove, sell or transfer such magazines from city limits in compliance with state law, or surrender them to the LAPD.<p>The …

The New Sandra Bland Conspiracy Theory Is Dangerous and Embarrassing

And it's certainly not helping the situation.<p>Yesterday, authority-hating hacktivist group Anonymous released a YouTube video arguing that Sandra Bland didn't commit suicide, as the official story goes, but that she was killed by police in Waller County, Texas. When and how the alleged injustice …

Prominent Scientist Says Consciousness Is Key to a ‘Theory of Everything’

Dr. Robert Lanza, who was selected by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people last year, believes science must recognize the …

North Korea Says 'No Americans Will Be Left Alive' if the US Invades

Kim Jong-un ramped up the saber rattling on the 62nd anniversary of the end of the Korean War.<p><b>Read:</b> <b>'I Realized I'd Been Brainwashed': The North Korean Defector Living in London</b><p>Yesterday marked the 62nd anniversary of the end of the Korean War—or, as it's known in North Korea, The Day of Victory in …

Why is Russia sending bombers close to U.S. airspace?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two Russian bombers intercepted by U.S. fighter jets off the California coast on July Fourth could be seen as having raised a metaphorical middle finger to the United States.<p>"Good morning, American pilots. We are here to greet you on your Fourth of July Independence Day," they said, …

Obama paid a high price to get Turkey to fight ISIS

The Obama administration has long tried to persuade the Islamic government of RecipTayip Erdoğan to get into the fray, but the vital question still needs to be asked: Is this "game-changer," as one U.S. official calls it, a good thing or a bad thing?<p>There's no simple answer, but on balance, this …

Humans are endangering the most abundant animal on the planet

Barely longer than your thumb, weighing under an ounce and nearly translucent, delicate crustaceans known as krill are vital to ocean ecosystems around the world. In the waters that encircle Antarctica, krill are an essential food source for penguins, baleen and blue whales (which can eat as much …

Letter from Kenya: Dreaming of Obama

The Kenyan-American president inspires the land of his father to extremes of devotion.<p>NAIROBI — The woman danced on the sidewalk by herself, singing, her right hand clutching a flag with President Barack Obama’s picture and the day’s newspaper with him on the front page. Her left hand moved to her …

7 Life Hacks to Be Productive Instead of Just Busy

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When your nose is constantly to the grindstone, sometimes it is hard to eat your meals on time, much less get perspective on anything else that is going on. As entrepreneurs, we often have periods when we are frenetically trying to …

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? …

Jeezy Brings Out Outkast, Kanye, Usher, Bun B, T.I., More at Atlanta Concert

On Saturday, Jeezy celebrated the tenth anniversary of his <i>Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101</i> LP with a show in Atlanta. As Rap-Up reports, he brought out a ton of guests: Andre 3000 did "I Do" (Big Boi also showed up, but didn't perform), Kanye West did "Put On", Usher did "Love In This Club", Bun B …