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China's Didi, SoftBank target Japan in taxi-hailing push

SHANGHAI/TOKYO (Reuters) - China’s Didi Chuxing and SoftBank Group Corp will roll out a venture in Japan later this year to provide ride-hailing services, amid a global battle to control the technology increasingly central to urban transport.<p>FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past Didi Chuxing's booth at …

Brexit will leave UK worse off in every scenario, leaked report predicts

A leaked UK government forecast reportedly predicts that the British economy will suffer no matter what trade deal is struck with the European Union. …

Great Britain

NASA will reveal a major discovery this week

And it may contain life forms<p><b>UPDATED:</b><p>NASA have announced that they have found seven earth-like planets which orbit one star.<p><b>21 February</b><p>The US space …

National Security Council spokesman quits CIA, writes scathing editorial in Washington Post

<b>(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)</b><p>Edward Price worked loyally for Bush and Obama, but Trump has been too troubling<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>February 21, 2017 12:39pm (UTC)<p>Edward Price, who has worked for the CIA since 2006 and until recently served as spokesman for the National Security Council, is leaving because he was …

Donald Trump

India's richest man is done with giving away 4G services for free to 100 million users

Free data and free voice calls can do you wonders. Just ask Reliance Jio. The new telecom operator from India’s largest industrial house has garnered …

Saudi Arabia, Israel present de facto united front against Iran

MUNICH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and Israel both called on Sunday for a new push against Iran, signaling a growing alignment in their interests, while U.S. lawmakers promised to seek new sanctions on the Shi’ite Muslim power.<p>Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif delivers his speech during …

'Lost' Austrian film predicting rise of nazism restored and relaunched

City Without Jews premiered in Vienna in 1924. Now the original version, lost for 90 years, has been saved from decay<p>It is the end of the first world war, inflation is soaring and the inhabitants of a German-speaking city are starting to turn on each other. Politicians are quick to find a …

3 states just voted to make marijuana completely legal — here's what it does to your body and brain

Marijuana's official designation as a Schedule 1 drug— something with "no accepted medical use" — means it is pretty tough to study.<p>While nearly half of the US has legalized the drug in some form, its national status has made comprehensive research into the drug's potential benefits (as well as its …

Cannabis

3 Things Highly Productive People Always Do

Staying productive is a daily struggle. Though we sometimes experience bouts of efficiency, they're often followed by long periods of difficulty …

Those chats you thought you deleted on WhatsApp? They may not be fully deleted after all

If you use an iOS device, parts of WhatsApp conversations you assumed had been deleted may actually still be stored on your phone, a security …

The Most Popular Book the Year You Were Born

How many have you read? (#7 is a good place to start...)<p>As Anna Quindlen once said, "Books are the plane, and the train and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home." These were the tomes making people laugh, weep and whisper in homes across the country as your story got …

How to fix the Oscars in six steps

The Oscars have always been broken. In fact, their brokenness is such a crucial part of their appeal that if the ceremony became sane overnight, there’d be little point in watching. Trying to second-guess what Hollywood loves about itself is fun, but the warm afterglow comes from knowing …

The lawyers, techies, and comedians who fought Facebook to keep India’s internet free and open

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) floats consultation papers every now and then, but most Indians don’t know about these documents—or just don’t care. Last December, however, one such paper sparked a furious public debate.<p>In the consultation paper (pdf), …

Net Neutrality

What it's like to audition for the Coen Brothers

Scientists Say They've Figured Out Why Exercise on Its Own Won't Make You Lose Weight

This is why diet is so important.<p>Anyone who's spent hours slaving away on the treadmill will know that more exercise doesn't always equal more weight …

Weight Loss

Can't Focus? It Might Be Undiagnosed Adult ADHD

When Cathy Fields was in her late 50s, she noticed she was having trouble following conversations with friends.<p>"I could sense something was wrong with me," she says. "I couldn't focus. I could not follow."<p>Fields was worried she had suffered a stroke or was showing signs of early dementia. Instead …

What Are Gravitational Waves And Why Do They Matter?

If we detect them, it could mean a lot about the universe<p>Physicists have been buzzing (or rather, tweeting) about the possibility that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) experiment finally discovered gravitational waves. LIGO has been searching for these cosmic ripples …

What Is Faraday Future And Why Should We Care?

Secretive startup shows off electric concept car FFZERO1 at CES<p>Faraday Future—a secretive, California-based selectric-vehicle startup that’s been teasing a big reveal for weeks—finally pulled the sheet off its debut concept in Las Vegas Monday night, just ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show. We …

Electric Vehicles

Why Your Obsession With Success Is Making You Miserable

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …

This Professor Calculated The True Cost of Destroying The Death Star

The Star Wars superweapon is an economic catastrophe as well as a planetary one<p>Everyone, from President Obama down to a lowly moisture farmer on Tatooine can agree that planet-destroying weapons are bad news. Barring a few Imperial hold-outs, it’s clear that not only is the Death Star massively …

Economics

Is This Congressman's Oversight An Effort To Hobble Climate Science?

About 600 scientists and engineers, including former employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), have signed on to letters urging the head of that agency, Kathryn Sullivan, to push back against political interference in science.<p>For months, Sullivan has been tangling …

New Alzheimer’s Research Suggests Possible Cause: The Interaction of Proteins in the Brain

<b>Research shows interaction of tau and amyloid-beta in the brain may cause cognitive decline.</b><p>For years, Alzheimer’s researchers have focused on two …

Dementia

How The Brain Tells Real From Fake: From Fine Art To Fine Wine

"If I'm allowed to have a favorite forger, which I know sounds a little bit funny, it would be Eric Hebborn, who's really the prince of art forgers," Noah Charney says. "He's the only one of over sixty that I look at in my book who I think is at the same level as the artists he forged."<p>This week on …

What to Know About the Deadly ISIS vs. al-Qaeda Rivalry

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This Art Exhibit Makes You 'Wonder' — And That's The Whole Point

When you were a little kid, everyday objects could be amazing — twigs, bugs, old tires, there was potential in everything. And it's that sense of awe that the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery is trying to recapture in its new show, Wonder.<p>In the Renwick's newly renovated gallery in Washington, D.C., …

New Gun Safety Accessory Keeps Pistols From Firing In The Wrong Hands

At $199, 'The Guardian' is a small price to pay to stop kids from misusing guns<p>There are times when a gun shouldn’t fire. In the hands of a toddler, say, or really in the hands of anyone except its legal owner, or those entrusted by the owner. Guns are so easy to operate that even a toddler can …

Guns

The Best-Laid (Backup) Plans...

Jihae Shin was a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, preparing to enter the academic job market. She had set her sights on finding a fabulous faculty position, but wasn't sure she was going to get one.<p>The safe thing was to have a backup plan — to apply for a number …

What It's Really Like To 'Walk' In Space

Astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren left the International Space Station on Friday for their second spacewalk in less than two weeks. Their assignment was to configure a vent door on the port side ammonia tank. That meant they were outside the space station, tied only with a tether, floating …

Philanthropreneurship: How to give lots to charity without being stinking rich

Greed is no longer good. These days, the smart money is on companies that also help others. Molly Gunn meets the ‘philanthropreneurs’<p>Have you, like me, always loved the idea of being a philanthropist? Someone as generous as Bill or Melinda Gates, who spend their time choosing charities upon which …

Save the Children