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Trump calls for military spending increase

<b>Philadelphia (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump on Wednesday called for eliminating the sequester on defense spending and increasing military spending to boost troop levels and the number of ships and aircraft.<p>Trump said in a speech to the Union League of Philadelphia that he will ask Congress to reverse cuts to …

Inbred Neanderthals left humans a genetic burden - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

The Neanderthal genome included harmful mutations that made the hominids around 40% less reproductively fit than modern humans, according to …

How the Pentagon punished NSA whistleblowers | Mark Hertsgaard

Long before Edward Snowden went public, John Crane was a top Pentagon official fighting to protect NSA whistleblowers. Instead their lives were ruined – and so was his<p>By now, almost everyone knows what Edward Snowden did. He leaked top-secret documents revealing that the National Security Agency …

What Malcolm X Would Say About Donald Trump

We asked an expert what the black icon might have thought of Trump's plan to build a wall, ban Muslim immigration, and make America great again.<p>Donald Trump will be the Republican Party's 2016 presidential nominee, which means he could well become the most powerful man on Earth. Given his extreme …

Who rules the world? America is no longer the obvious answer

Challenged from all sides, the US is losing its tight grip on international power, <b>Noam Chomsky</b> writes, as world public opinion becomes a ‘second superpower’<p>When we ask “who rules the world?” we commonly adopt the standard convention that the actors in world affairs are states, primarily the great …

Air strikes on Aleppo hospital kill doctors and children

BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) - Air strikes destroyed a hospital and killed dozens of people in rebel-held areas of Aleppo, including children and doctors, in an attack that a U.S. official said appeared to be solely the work of the Syrian government.<p>The city of Aleppo is at the center of a military …

Surprise! NSA data will soon routinely be used for domestic policing that has nothing to do with terrorism

By Radley Balko<p>Opinion writer<p>A while back, we noted a report showing that the “sneak-and-peek” provision of the Patriot Act that was alleged to be used only in national security and terrorism investigations has overwhelmingly been used in narcotics cases. Now the New York Times reports that …

Surveillance

What We Know About Makeup in Ancient Rome

<i>This post is in partnership with History Today. The article below was originally published at HistoryToday.com.</i><p>The Romans set high standards in terms …

Meet the New Gangster Warlords of Latin America

They remind me of the Dirty Dozen. Except there are more than twelve of these guys. And they look more badass.<p>In that classic 1967 war movie, the …

The FBI has been tracking an 'unhinged' anti-Muslim activist Oregon protester for months

There is, however, a glaring exception: Jon Ritzheimer.<p>But unlike his new compatriots in the standoff in eastern Oregon, nobody seems to have known that Ritzheimer — a patriotically tattooed Marine from Arizona with a penchant for posting melodramatic videos online — was passionate about federal …

Rights & Freedoms

How to Be Charming: 2 Secrets Backed by Research

Want to know how to be charming? Ask yourself: What do you want in any friend or partner?<p>Someone who is happy for you, wants the best for you and …

E-cigarettes are no safer than smoking tobacco, scientists warn

Vaping is no safer than smoking, scientists have warned after finding that e-cigarette vapour damages DNA in ways that could lead to cancer.<p>Researchers at the University of California created an extract from the ‘smoke’ of e-cigarettes and used it to treat human cells in a lab.<p>The exposed cells …

Until White America looks at Tamir Rice and sees their own children, there will be no racial justice in the U.S.

<b>This undated photo provided by the family's attorney shows Tamir Rice. (AP Photo/Courtesy Richardson & Kucharski Co., L.P.A.)</b><p>He was 12, playing with a toy gun, in a locale with open-carry laws. Tamir Rice was executed for being a black boy<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>December 29, 2015 3:18pm (UTC)<p>In South …

What Our Reaction to the Planned Parenthood Shooting Says About Us

Friday’s shooting at Planned Parenthood is the ultimate political Rorscharch test. Was the shooter motivated by anti-abortion rhetoric or was he just …

We, the people, remain filled with rage: Race, Yale, p.c. and a nation spinning apart

<b>(Reuters/Rick Wilking)</b><p>The noise machine of conservative media and partisanship gone amok has machine-gunned and closed the American mind<p>Jim Sleeper<p>November 25, 2015 4:00pm (UTC)<p>In the 1980s and ‘90s I witnessed, and in "The Closest of Strangers" I condemned, some of the most counterproductive black …

Civil Rights

Republican debate: did Chris Christie just declare war on China?

New Jersey governor threatens cyber warfare and says he will fly Air Force One over disputed islands<p>Among the most pressing questions following the opening volleys of Republican debate night was this: "Did Chris Christie just declare war on China?"<p>The New Jersey governor may not have qualified for …

Say Hello to the First New U.S. Nuclear Plant in Almost 20 Years

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar 2 reactor just got approval to operate. What does this mean for the future of American nuclear energy?<p>Remember the last time a new nuclear power plant opened up in the U.S.? If not, that’s excusable. It wasn’t in this century. It was Watts Bar in …

Energy

Edward Snowden: 'Inevitably Someone In A High Risk Situation Like Me Is Going To Get Owned'

"There’s nobody good enough to block every attack."<p>I recently interviewed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Awards, an event that recognizes those protecting freedom on the Internet. We chatted by Google Hangout because Snowden remains in Russia, …

Will NSA whistleblower Snowden release proof of alien visitations to Earth?

GETTYUFO hunters hope NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is close to leaking explosive UFO files<p>Hopes have been raised among the "UFO disclosure" …

Inside the ISIS Blueprint for Winning

Back in 2010, ISIS was on the downswing. The terrorist group then published a think tank-like pamphlet on how to get a country of its own.<p>Despite the …

Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …

Extinction

To Catch A Bomb-Maker

This is the story of a little-known FBI forensics lab and how it changed the war on terror<p>The insurgent began with a cordless phone—one of the knockoffs of a Chinese-built Senao so popular in northern Iraq. Hunched over a worktable somewhere near the refinery town of Baiji, about 150 miles north of …

Terrorism

Drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s chief assassin: El Chapo is doing to Mexico what El Patron did to Colombia

Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, aka "Popeye," was the chief assassin for infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar's Medellín cartel.<p>Vásquez is also one of the few surviving members of the cartel's upper ranks, which likely gives him a unique perspective on the havoc that the drug war wreaks on …

Journalism

Homo naledi: New species of human ancestor discovered in South Africa

<b>Rising Star Cave, South Africa (CNN) —</b> When an amateur caver and university geologist arrived at Lee Berger's house one night in late 2013 with a fragment of a fossil jawbone in hand, they broke out the beers and called National Geographic.<p>Berger, a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand …

South Africa

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Body Language

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

Black Holes