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Can Europe live without the United States?

French President Macron says White House is undermining transatlantic relations and Europe may have to defend itself.<p>With friends like Donald Trump, who needs enemies?<p>That was the reaction from European Council Chief Donald Tusk when the US president withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and …

Donald Tusk

Bernie Sanders Just Tried to Kill the Superdelegate. Will Democrats Regret It?

Nobody seems to like them, but they’re the last vestiges of America’s oldest political party.<p>The images are filling the screens this week: the clouds of tear gas, the flailing nightsticks, the helmeted police hurling bodies into police vans, all to the near-compulsory strains of Buffalo Springfield …

Government

Why Is Glioblastoma, the Cancer That Killed John McCain, So Hard to Treat?

Understanding the disease is the first step in defeating the enemy.<p>Senator John McCain withstood beatings and torture as a prisoner of war, but he …

Cancer

A new type of neuron lurks in the human brain, and we have no idea what it does

Break out your botanical dictionary. You’re going to need it.<p>The human brain is one of the most complex structures ever to evolve on this planet, but we’re still barely able to understand exactly what sets it apart. We may be a little closer to figuring it out, thanks to a study published Monday in …

Neuroscience

Foreign research funds, Australia’s science minister and gene editing in Japan

The week in science: 24–30 August 2018.<p><b>Wind-mapping satellite takes flight</b> The European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Aeolus satellite soared into space on …

Genetics

Ketamine's Newly Found Link to Opioids Complicates Its Healing Potential

A club drug's path to salvation might have hit a roadblock.<p>Most people know of ketamine as either a recreational drug or a substance used to …

Depression

Great minds may think alike, but all minds look alike

The brain is a complex network containing many billions of neurons. Each neuron is connected to thousands of others via links (synapses) which can be …

Diet has bigger impact on emotional well-being in women than in men

Women may need a more nutrient-rich diet to support a positive emotional well-being, according to new research from Binghamton University, State …

Depressed children six times more likely to have skill deficits, study finds

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that as many as 2 to 3 percent of children ages 6-12 might have major depressive disorder. …

Climate change increasing the prevalence of harmful parasite, warn scientists

A rise in a parasite called liver fluke, which can significantly impact livestock production in farms in the UK and across the world, could now be …

Trump says White House counsel Don McGahn to leave administration

White House counsel Don McGahn will be leaving the White House amid a flurry of ongoing investigations into the president's associates. Mr. Trump …

Donald Trump

U.S. goes to WTO to challenge Russian response to Trump's steel tariffs

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States launched a complaint against Russia at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Wednesday, challenging measures introduced by Russia in response to recent U.S. tariffs on global steel and aluminum exports.<p>Imposed in July, the measures in question featuring extra …

Steel Tariffs

Building Brains: How Pearson Plans To Automate Education With AI

On a balmy summer’s day in San Francisco, Milena Marinova is sitting on the roof terrace of the offices of Pearson, a company in the midst of a radical transformation from publishing powerhouse to digital-education platform, wrapped in a gray shawl and explaining how she plans to build advanced, …

High School

NATO is considering naming its headquarters after Sen. John McCain

NATO, the world's most powerful military alliance, is considering naming its new, billion-dollar headquarters in Brussels in honor of late Sen. John …

Donald Trump

Your Dreams May Come from These Two Genes

Enjoy dreaming? Two key genes may be to thank. A new study in mice finds that these "dream genes" are essential to that phase of slumber that brings …

Sleep

Bloomberg to headline Democratic fundraiser in Pennsylvania

Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg will headline a Democratic Party fundraiser in Pennsylvania in October – as the anti-Trump billionaire mulls a …

Government

Here’s How Trump Can Bring Iran Back to the Table

Maximum financial pressure might be enough to force new nuclear talks.<p>Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said this month that he would …

South Asia

San Juan mayor says the Trump administration killed thousands through neglect during Hurricane Maria

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, said Wednesday that bureaucracy and inefficiency across local and federal government entities are to blame for the deaths of nearly 3,000 on the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which came to light as part of a newly released study …

Caribbean

Khamenei doubtful Europe can save Iran nuclear accord

The supreme leader's comments suggest Iran is impatient with Europe's slow response to save the nuclear accord. Economic troubles are piling pressure …

South Asia

U.S. economic growth revised upward in second quarter for best showing in nearly four years

The U.S. economy grew at a strong 4.2% annual rate in the April-June quarter as growth stayed on track to produce its strongest full-year gain in more than a decade. Strength in business investment offset slightly slower consumer spending.<p>The Commerce Department on Wednesday revised up its growth …

Economy

The link between obesity, the brain, and genetics

Clinicians should consider how the way we think can make us vulnerable to obesity, and how obesity is genetically intertwined with brain structure …

Ketamine's antidepressive effects tied to opioid system in brain, scientists say

Scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered that ketamine works as an antidepressant at least in part by activating the …

Researchers identify new potential biotherapy for Alzheimer's disease

Researchers at the University of Florida have discovered that a modified version of an important immune cell protein could be used to treat …

Cannabis extract helps reset brain function in psychosis

Research from King's College London has found that a single dose of the cannabis extract cannabidiol can help reduce brain function abnormalities …

Macron says Europe can't rely on US for security

<b>Paris (CNN) —</b> French President Emmanuel Macron told France's overseas ambassadors gathered in Paris on Monday that Europe can "no longer rely" upon the US for its security.<p>"It is up to us today to take our responsibilities and guarantee our own security, and thus have European sovereignty," Macron …

France

Most disapprove of Trump's handling of trade negotiations, are worried about impact on US

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump on Monday hailed an agreement between the US and Mexico to change parts of NAFTA, but a new poll has found most Americans disapprove of how he has handled trade negotiations with other countries.<p>Just 39% of American adults approve and 61% disapprove of how Trump has …

Tariffs

Fury in Palestine over US aid cut tactics

US President Donald Trump’s cut of more than $200m in aid for Gaza and the West Bank is the latest in a series of steps Palestinian leaders say aims …

Israel

CNN stands by report that president knew about Trump Tower meeting, as Cohen lawyer recants

CNN is standing by its “scoop” that Michael Cohen had information that President Trump knew in advance about the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russian officials despite the source for a related story walking back the claims.<p>A CNN report from July 27 headlined, “Cohen claims Trump knew …

Donald Trump

Inside the United Nations’ effort to regulate autonomous killer robots

Meet the UN diplomat heading up the coming ‘killer robot’ conference<p>Amandeep Gill has a difficult job, though he won’t admit it himself. As chair of the United Nations’ Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) meetings on lethal autonomous weapons, he has the task of shepherding 125 member states …

United Nations

Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism's Imminent Demise

A climate change-fueled switch away from fossil fuels means the worldwide economy will fundamentally need to change.<p>Capitalism as we know it is over. So suggests a new report commissioned by a group of scientists appointed by the UN Secretary-General. The main reason? We’re transitioning rapidly to …

Economics