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8 Mysterious Van Gogh Theories That Haunt Us To This Day

Today is the birthday of one of the art world's most beloved outsiders, the iconic post-Impressionist whose melancholic spirit and rapturous paintings forever colored our notion of the "tortured artist." Yes, we're talking about Vincent van Gogh, a man whose life is as widely renowned as it is …

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

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The Heart of the Obamacare Case

Beyond the technicalities of guns to the head and standing, a profound issue lies at the heart of the King v. Burwell case that the U.S. Supreme …

Manning back for 18th season after signing reworked deal

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — If the Denver Broncos' 2015 season goes the way he hopes, Peyton Manning will earn back every penny of the $4 million pay cut …

Scientists have found a way to see through opaque material using light

Practical applications are still a long way off<p>Scientists at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have found a way to see through opaque barriers, <i>Nature</i> reports. This is done by recording wavelengths from visible light, which can pass through solid material like paint or skin. Researchers …

The contagious thought that could kill you

To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.<p>Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.<p>It’s a consistent phenomenon, but …

Medicine

Modeling Suspects' Faces Using DNA From Crime Scenes

But can it work well enough to generate reliable leads?<p>This winter, a biotechnology company began offering a whole new service to police departments. Virginia-based Parabon NanoLabs' Snapshot service allows police to send Parabon NanoLabs DNA samples taken from crime scenes. From that DNA, the …

Facebook Will Start Showing Mobile AMBER Alerts To Help Find Missing Kids

Your phone probably already receives AMBER alerts when a kid goes missing in your area. Most smartphones are configured to allow it right out of the box.<p>But Facebook thinks they can help make the system better — and starting today, they’re going to try.<p>Beginning this morning, Facebook will begin …

Blood test could pick up Alzheimer's Disease 10 years before symptoms appear

The test developed by researchers at the National Institute on Aging, distinguishes between patients and healthy elderly with 100 percent accuracy<p>A new blood test for Alzheimer’s could detect the disease as many as 10 years before clinical diagnosis is possible - far sooner than other tests in …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

10 Energy Breakthroughs of 2014 That Could Change Your Life

Hoverboards aside, 10 technologies debuted to save energy—and the planet.<p><b>From a new kind of light bulb to a carbon-removing power plant, a dazzling array of new technologies debuted this year that promise to save energy and help fight global warming.</b><p>They're not just gee-whiz hoverboards—levitating …

Clean-Eating Recipes That Will Get You Through January

The word <i>detox</i> tends to bring to mind scary-intense juice cleanses or a gluten-dairy-meat-grain-sugar-caffeine-free diet that will make you run away …

Recipes

Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind

It was only after his failed attempts in multiple Dutch schools, selling art throughout Europe, and a brief foray preaching the bible to coal miners …

Russia Wants a ’100% Guarantee’ That Ukraine Won’t Join NATO

A top adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the Kremlin wants “a 100% guarantee” that Ukraine will be prevented from joining …

NSA surveillance bill defeated in Senate

Legislation to keep most Americans' phone records out of government hands was defeated in the Senate, dooming for now prospects of national security reforms that supporters said would protect the privacy of law-abiding citizens.<p>A motion failed Tuesday to get the necessary 60 votes needed to cut off …

10 Maps That Explain the Next Election

What pollsters will be watching for in 2016.<p>The recent midterm election could be read as the belly-flop conclusion of the Obama era: What was thought to be a transformative period in American politics—a brief spark of minority- and youth-driven enthusiasm that created the promise of a post-racial …

Democrats Block Keystone Bill, Landrieu's Plea Rejected

Mary Landrieu begged her fellow Democrats to back legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline, looking for a lifeline in her long-shot bid to keep …

The Keystone Pipeline Debate