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What Finland's plan to be tobacco-free can teach the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Finnish government has set an ambitious goal for residents in a bid to benefit their health -- and their bank balances.<p>Officials plan to make the country tobacco-free by 2040, meaning they want less than 2% of their adults to consume tobacco -- in any form -- by that deadline.<p>So that's …

Public Health

Sickening, gruelling or frightful: how doctors measure pain

One night in May, my wife sat up in bed and said, “I’ve got this awful pain just here.” She prodded her abdomen and made a face. “It feels like something’s really wrong.” Woozily noting that it was 2am, I asked what kind of pain it was. “Like something’s biting into me and won’t stop,” she …

McGill University

Scientists find 'oldest human ancestor'

<b>Researchers have discovered the earliest known ancestor of humans - along with a vast range of other species.</b><p>They say that fossilised traces of the 540-million-year-old creature are "exquisitely well preserved".<p>The microscopic sea animal is the earliest known step on the evolutionary path that led …

Paleontology

The 10 Technologies Defining Art Right Now

Art World<p>It's not just all about the latest innovations.<p>,<p>Ways of making and seeing, both new and old, have defined the look and feel of art in 2016 …

Holdfast

Americans are eating way more fat. But it’s not butter.

A new report reveals a lot about how the American diet is shifting.<p>A new report from the US Department of Agriculture tracks how food consumption patterns in the US have changed over the past 40 years by looking at how many fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, dairy, added fats and oils, and added …

8 Clever Ways to Prevent Overeating

Weight loss isn’t just about what you eat; it's also about <i>how much</i> you eat. And overeating is all too common. We’ve all been there before. But with a …

A Reading List Inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins

I used the seven deadly sins–lust, gluttony, envy, greed, sloth, pride, and anger — as the springboard for choosing these stories.<p>1. LUST: “Eileen …

Books

Why do we feel hot and cold as pain?

When we feel something too hot or cold, our senses register pain. But why? And what’s causing it?<p>On the face of things, a hot waffle iron wouldn't seem to have all that much in common with a block of ice. But the two objects share the same capacity to inflict pain. Extreme heat and extreme cold are …

Biology

Inside Scotland's Wild Ship-Burning Viking Party

An all-night rager with enough flames to torch a city.<p>Partying with Vikings is not for the faint of heart. The wind and rain is blistering, paraffin from almost 900 torches burns your eyes, and there's a 10-hour marathon of dancing and drinking. But that's what you do for Up Helly Aa—loosely …

Scotland

The Darkest Town In America

GERLACH, Nev. — Here in the desert, the Earth boils and stars fill the sky. By day, you can see plumes of geothermal steam rising in every direction, …

7 key take-aways from the court’s ruling on Trump’s immigration order

A federal appeals court panel on Thursday ruled to maintain the freeze on President Trump’s controversial immigration order, meaning that previously barred refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries can continue entering the United States.<p>Here are seven big take-aways from their …

Immigration

In a first, Wikipedia has deemed the Daily Mail too “unreliable” to be used as a citation

Even in the age of alternative facts, Wikipedia is taking a hard line against unreliable sources.<p>The volunteer editors of the online encyclopedia’s English edition took the unusual step this week of prohibiting most references to a specific news outlet—British tabloid the Daily Mail, better known …

Journalism

The frantic fight to keep the Oroville Dam crisis from turning into a catastrophe

California officials are frantically trying to rapidly reduce water levels behind<p>Oroville Dam— the nation’s tallest — after issuing evacuation orders for more than 100,000 people who live downstream.<p>Here's an explainer for the current crisis, and how authorities are racing to prevent catastrophic …

Snorkeling

At Mar-a-Lago, Trump tackles crisis diplomacy at close range

<b>(CNN) —</b> The iceberg wedge salads, dripping with blue cheese dressing, had just been served on the terrace of Mar-a-Lago Saturday when the call to President Donald Trump came in: North Korea had launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile, its first challenge to international rules since Trump …

North Korea

150+ Educational Websites For Lifelong Learners

This list keeps being updated with more online educational resources:<p>Take a look at EVERLEARNERS.COM<p>If you are anything like me, you have discovered …

Learning

Crash-test dummies are older and fatter -- just like many Americans

<b>(CNN) —</b> Crash-test dummies need to look like real people to measure injuries in auto accidents -- and for Americans these days, that means looking older and fatter.<p>Engineers at Humanetics, a company that manufactures crash-test dummies, teamed up with University of Michigan trauma surgeon Stewart …

University of Michigan

Space Poop Problem-Solvers Take Home Cash Prizes From NASA

On Wednesday morning, NASA rewarded five members of the public — two doctors, a dentist, an engineer and a product designer — for their creative ideas for how to poop in a spacesuit.<p>Yes, it sounds a little bit funny. But unmet toilet needs could have life or death consequences for an astronaut in …

Space Exploration

Winston Churchill’s essay on alien life found

A newly unearthed article by the great politician reveals that he reasoned like a scientist about the likelihood of extraterrestrials, writes Mario …

The Rise and Fall of a K Street Renegade

Evan Morris, a high-flying corporate lobbyist, is suspected of embezzling millions of dollars in what is shaping up to be a sprawling Washington influence scandal<p>Few outside Washington had ever heard of Evan Morris. Yet in the capital of wheeling and dealing, he was one of its most gifted operators.<p>…

The White House

100,000 National Guardsmen Mobilized to Deport Immigrants? The Anatomy of a News Cycle

Tweet, report, outrage, denial, confirmation, qualification. What to make of the bewildering reports from the early days of the Trump administration.<p>Friday morning, the Associated Press dropped a bombshell report: “Trump administration considers mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops …

Donald Trump