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A Radical New Hypothesis Claims to Have a Simple Explanation For Dark Energy

What if the Universe had leaked energy?<p>For decades, scientists have puzzled over the fact that our Universe is expanding. Logically, gravity should …

This Anxiety-Inducing Video Shows More Than 100 Years of Climate Change in 20 Seconds

Gulp.<p>NASA and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed this week that 2016 really was the hottest year on record... …

The new American exceptionalism: How the Russian connection to the 2016 election signals the destruction of our nation’s ideals

Our nation has a long history of fighting over what American exceptionalism means. It’s about to get even uglier<p>Amid a new slate of disturbing and unsubstantiated reports about the connections between President-elect Donald Trump and Russia it is easy to become distracted by lurid allegations about …

Friend zone: why we all long to belong

We all need to feel understood, recognised and affirmed by our friends, family and romantic partners. We all need to find our tribe.<p>Research has shown that among the benefits that come with being in a relationship or group, a sense of belonging clocks in as the most important driver of meaning. …

Psychology

The two fundamental story plots that teach kids to build resilience

In every culture that anthropologists have ever studied, people tell stories.<p>Families most frequently tell stories around the time of vacations, family reunions, (sadly) funerals, Thanksgiving and, of course, the family-oriented winter holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.<p>Stories are told …

The Continued Unravelling of the Middle East: A Deep Dive into History

<i>Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announcing the creation of the Islamic State, June 30, 2014</i><p>The political constellation of the Middle East has been, until recently, relatively durable for the better part of three-quarters of a century. Except for the division of the British mandate of Palestine between Israel …

Another day, another dead wildlife ranger. Where is the outrage?

As we sat by the campfire, Gervais, a ranger from the forests of Malawi, slowly pulled back his hair to expose a 20cm scar left by a machete attack that nearly killed him. Poachers, he told me.<p>I was at an international rangers’ conference, held 13 years ago in a national park on the southern tip of …

Wildlife

The BBC is in trouble for making 'humiliating and intrusive' jokes about the Queen's sex life on her 90th birthday

Comedian Russell Kane was asked to explain why there is nothing funny about the fact that the Queen "must have had sex at least four times" on the programme, which aired at 6.30 p.m. GMT (1.30 p.m. ET) on 21 April.<p>Kane's observations included the line: "Four times we have to think of republicanism …

Mum Announces Pregnancy With Hilarious 'Apology' Note To Youngest Child: 'We Lied, You Aren't Our Last'

'You have until June 2017 to get used to the idea.'<p>A mum blogger announced she was pregnant with her fourth child by posting a photo of a comical …

Homo Sapiens review – extraordinary vision of a post-human world

If the spirit of Stanley Kubrick lives in any current film-maker, it is surely the Austrian director Nikolaus Geyrhalter, whose 2008 documentary Our Daily Bread was a chilling study of mechanised food production and animal slaughter. Now he has created a visually extraordinary film composed simply …

Film Festivals

Burnt out? Try this.

We’ve all been there. You didn’t get enough sleep last night. The train is delayed and you miss your first meeting. Your boss, visibly annoyed, …

Time Management Tips for New College Students

Ross Rosenberg, M.Ed., LCPC, CADC, CSAT<p>Greta Nielsen, MA, LCPC, NCC, MBSR-T<p>Most likely college will be the first time in your life you will have the flexibility and independence to set your own schedule. As much as you may be reveling in your new-found freedom, you will soon discover that managing …

Inside India's Space Race Against Central Plumbing

The emerging country has higher chances of exploratory missions over sanitation.<p><b>By Shyama V. Ramani, United Nations University</b><p>In 2013, India became …

India

Shiites are participating in the world’s largest pilgrimage today. Here’s how they view the world.

Millions of Shiite Muslims traveled from across the Muslim world to walk in procession to the shrine of Imam Hussein in Karbala, Iraq, today for the world’s largest, yet largely unknown, annual pilgrimage. This <i>ziyara</i>, or visit, to the shrine in southern Iraq is known as the Arbaeen<i>.</i> It marks the …

The Pentagon Uses Plant DNA to Catch Counterfeit Parts

An innovative marking system spots the fakes.<p>A V-22 Osprey, laden with eighteen Marine infantrymen, speeds towards a landing zone under enemy fire. Dodging anti-aircraft tracers, the pilot pushes the aircraft to the limit. Until suddenly the Osprey falls from the sky.<p>This time, the killer isn't the …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Carbon Dioxide Can Be Turned Into Rock In Two Years, Hundreds Faster Than Expected

The study is a boon to carbon capture and storage advocates.<p>Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is one of the few things which unites environmentalists …

Donald Trump faces storm over claims he asked Argentine president for help with office project

Donald Trump was on Monday night facing a growing row over his business interests after claims that he had asked the Argentine president for help with a building project.<p>The Trump team denied as "not true" a report that he and President Mauricio Macri had discussed construction of an office tower …

This astronaut's video from the International Space Station shows us the first 360-degree view of Earth EVER

If we do say so ourselves, the view of Earth from the International Space Station is pretty dang spectacular.<p>That’s why most astronauts and …

Space

Girl, 14, who died of cancer cryogenically frozen after telling judge she wanted to be brought back to life 'in hundreds of years'

A 14-year-old girl who died of cancer has been cryogenically frozen in the hope that she can be “woken up” and cured in the future after winning a landmark court case in her final days.<p>The girl’s divorced parents had disagreed over whether her wish to be frozen should be followed, so the girl, who …

Our boys need to be rescued, and it’ll take a new kind of role model

Boys are bad, aren’t they? Cheeky little monsters, by all accounts; rule-breakers, mischief-makers and lovable rogues who drive their parents mad. And no, that’s not my view. It’s just the potted version of an afternoon clothes shopping for my son, which turned out to be a depressing lesson in how …

Education

Scotland and England fans clash before World Cup qualifier

Scuffles have broken out in Trafalgar Square on Armistice Day as thousands of football fans descended on London before the England v Scotland World Cup qualifier.<p>Gordon Strachan says Scotland’s pride is on the line in ‘huge’ England match<p>Read more<p>Blood pouring from one fan’s leg covered a saltire …

Anti-Social Behaviour

Katie Hopkins' appearance on Late Late Show draws hundreds of complaints

Katie Hopkins' appearance as a guest on Irish talk show the Late Late Show on Friday evening sparked a furious response on social media, with broadcaster RTÉ receiving in excess of 1,000 complaints about the booking.<p>Hopkins, the Daily Mail columnist and professional controversialist who first rose …

'Half a million' protesters rally in Seoul to demand resignation of South Korean president over scandal of friend who meddled in state affairs

South Korean President Park Geun-hye faced mounting calls to step down as a record number of people at a massive rally on Saturday criticised her as unfit to rule over allegations she allowed a friend to meddle in state affairs and wield influence.<p>The protest rally in downtown Seoul drew more than …

Smoking leaves genetic 'signatures' far from lungs

Scientists are learning more about the effect of smoking on genes, including the DNA in organs that don't come into contact with tobacco fumes. …

What US Special Forces are doing on the ground in Syria and Iraq

<b>A US military base in the Middle East (CNN) —</b> US Special Operations Forces are playing an important role on the ground in the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, according to a senior American defense official.<p>In Syria, the number of Special Operations Forces is often in flux, but up to 300 are …

Our Galactic Arm May Have a Longer Reach Than We Thought

The sun's galactic neighborhood just became a bit more significant. New research reveals that the sun's branch of the Milky Way may be several times …

Physicists Apply Brakes to Accelerating Expansion of the Universe

New research could permanently upend the standard model of cosmology as we know it.<p>The notion that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate …

Physics

This is the only way America can win the new Cold War with Russia

Recent allegations by the U.S. that Russia is trying to interfere in its presidential election underline a grim but unavoidable point: Whether …

U.N. Syria toxic gas inquiry extended 18 days to allow more talks | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Monday extended for 18 days the mandate of an international inquiry charged with laying blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria as Western states on the 15-member council attempt to negotiate a longer renewal.<p>The year-long inquiry by the …