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The Woman Who Could Write, But Couldn't Read

A recent stroke left one 40-year-old woman with some unusual symptoms.<p>One morning, a kindergarten teacher was about to take attendance for her class when she realized she couldn't read the paper in her hands. She tried looking over her lesson plans, but like the attendance sheet, they seemed to be …

This headband promises to help you take control of your dreams

Andrew Smiley was sitting inside a huge, ornate dining hall when he began to notice the lights pulsing overhead. That’s weird, he thought. He stood up to get a better look, drawing the eyes of those around him. Suddenly, he knew what was happening, and what to do next: he bolted, diving through a …

Ten Things I Love About Portland

I thought I should write a blog post on 10 things I love about Portland, since I've lived here for almost two decades. Here it goes:<p>10. There are two seasons in Portland: Rain and August.<p>9. Yes, there is a kernel of truth about Portland in <i>Portlandia</i> (TV show).<p>8. Portlanders are genuinely nice, …

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A Scientific Miracle: Theories of Mary's Virgin Birth

<i>Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. - Matthew 1:18</i><p>Merry Christmas, scientists! It's that time of year again when all rational human beings shake our …

One Man. One Cat. Multiplied

We start with a man called Mike and a cat called Ella. Two creatures.<p>Nothing odd about them, except that Mike has a beard and Ella is a touch chunky. Otherwise, they could be any cat and guy. Except ...<p>When you think about it, no one is ordinary. You could put a totally bland cat-and-guy couple in …

Judge orders life support for 13-year-old girl declared brain dead

A judge has ordered an Oakland hospital to keep a girl declared brain dead on life support following what was supposed to be a routine tonsillectomy.<p>At a hearing Friday, both sides in the case agreed to get together and choose a neurologist to further examine 13-year-old Jahi McMath and determine …

Canada's Supreme Court Just Struck Down All Their Country's Anti-Prostitution Laws

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Canada's Supreme Court struck down three of the country's key prostitution laws today, essentially …

What Comes After Antibiotics? 5 Alternatives to Stop Superbugs

"Superbug" bacterial infections that are resistant to common antibiotics are increasing at an alarming rate. But traditional antibiotics aren't the only way to battle dangerous germs. Biomedical scientists are investigating new additions to their arsenal.<p>"Superbug" bacterial infections that are …

NSA officials consider Edward Snowden amnesty in return for documents

National Security Agency officials are considering a controversial amnesty that would return Edward Snowden to the United States, in exchange for the extensive document trove the whistleblower took from the agency.<p>An amnesty, which does not have the support of the State Department, would represent …

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

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November Was Cold, But the Climate Keeps Warming

Global warming is a misnomer. “Warming” makes it sound as if the climate will get hotter at a steady, predictable pace—like a pot of soup heating on …

Milk & Cookie Cliff in House GOP Hands

Milk could hit $8 a gallon if there’s no breakthrough in Farm Bill negotiations, and it won’t just be dairy products spiking in price -- cookies and …

Senate OKs bill on undetectable guns

Congress approved an extension of a 25-year-old gun safety law on Monday, hours before it was slated to expire at midnight.<p>The Senate adopted a House-passed 10-year extension of the Undetectable Firearms Act (UFA), sending the law to President Barack Obama’s desk. The legislation is the most …

How It Works: A Laser-Powered Ear Implant to Boost Hearing

Directly stimulating human cells with light<p>Hearing loss from weapons and explosive devices has been the No. 1 disability in this country's modern military conflicts, saddling thousands of veterans with anything from tinnitus to deafness. Now a new generation of laser-based implants promises to …

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Chinese firm paid U.S. intel adviser

WASHINGTON — A longtime adviser to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence has resigned after the government learned he has worked since 2010 as a paid consultant for Huawei Technologies Ltd., the Chinese technology company the U.S. has condemned as an espionage threat, The Associated Press has …

The Day the Rob Ford Story Stopped Being Funny

Of the four men in the most famous image of Ford hanging out in the drug house, one is dead, two are out on bail and the other remains the Mayor of Toronto<p><i>PLUS: The Definitive Rob Ford Timeline</i><p>It's been fun, I'm not going to lie. During the past three weeks in Toronto, you've never had to wonder …

25 Books That Changed The Course Of History

But what about the lives of an entire generation? Can a book change the future?<p>Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, helped us come up with a list of 25 books that changed the course of history.<p>From the Torah to Orwell's "1984," these 25 …

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Bank of America deems Bitcoin the next big thing

It appears not only people in the tech world believe Bitcoin is the currency of the future -- one of the US' biggest banks also sees legitimacy in the virtual currency.<p>Bank of America published its first research report (PDF) on Bitcoin on Thursday saying that the digital currency could become a …

How Tesla batteries are powering an energy revolution

Those Tesla Motors lithium-ion battery packs aren’t just powering electric luxury sports sedans for the 1% any more.<p>They’ve started appearing in a small number of California homes to store electricity generated by rooftop solar panels, and beginning today SolarCity, the Silicon Valley solar …

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This Alien Hearing Is the Best Thing Congress Has Done in Months

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The House science committee carved out two hours of time on Wednesday to discuss the search for …

North Korean gulags 'expanding', satellite images show

Amnesty International report says beatings and executions common, with testimony from former guards who watched inmates dig their own graves<p><b>North Korea's</b> largest gulag appears to be expanding its population, according to satellite images released by Amnesty International.<p>An Amnesty report included …

Oldest Human DNA Discovered, Muddles Picture of Our Origin

Scientists have decoded the world’s oldest human DNA sequence, beating the previous record by almost 300,000 years, and at the same time confusing …

Google's humanoid robots take on Amazon's courier drones

Online shopping is not the most glamorous aspect of the digital revolution, but it has just become the latest Silicon Valley battleground, with droids racing drones to become the courier of the future.<p>First Amazon promised to eliminate the drudgery of the post office queue with parcels delivered by …

Why 'The Last Of Us' Could Be The Best Video Game Of 2013

I’m so indecisive. 2013 may not have been the very best year for video games, but it sure had some standout performances.<p>Among these is Naughty Dog’s PS3 exclusive <i>The Last of Us</i>. The game is a dark, post-apocalyptic vision of the future. A mysterious spore has infected millions, turning them into …

Self-Sustaining Space Suit in Works

Researchers say a next-generation space suit could monitor astronauts' health and use their body heat to power electronics.<p>Developed at Kansas State University, the space suit would incorporate biosensor technology to keep track of astronauts' vitals, such as breathing rate and muscle activity.<p>The …

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