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To Your Brain, A Runner’s High Looks A Lot Like Smoking Weed

Endorphins have nothing to do with it<p>Intense exercise may not feel good to those unaccustomed to it, but does have at least one great perk: a runner’s high, a feeling of relaxed euphoria, which sets in at the end of long bouts of activity. Scientists recently discovered that this happens because …

Neuroscience

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 …

Osama Bin Laden

Runner Dies at Montreal Marathon

A 34-year-old woman from the United States suffered cardiac arrest during Sunday’s Rock ’n’ Roll Montreal Oasis Marathon, CBC reported. The woman collapsed near the five-mile mark of the half marathon course. Paramedics performed CPR and transported her to a nearby hospital but were unable to …

Marathons

The moment Truman announced the bombing of Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945, US B-29 aircraft the Enola Gay unleashed unprecedented power when it dropped the world's first atomic bomb, "Little Boy" on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.<p>Three days later, the US dropped a second nuclear bomb on the city of Nagasaki.<p>The bombings caused unrivalled destruction and …

History

Women Handle Breakups Differently Than Men, Suggests Study

<i>Academic studies can be fascinating... and totally confusing. So we decided to strip away all of the scientific jargon and break them down for you.</i><p><b>The Background</b> After studying romantic relationships for over 30 years, biological anthropologist Helen Fisher concluded, "We humans are soft-wired to …

Breakups

Father and son posed for a photo in the exact same way for 27 years

Beginning in 1986, a father and his son took the same black and white photo of themselves every year.<p>The photos trace the aging of both men, from the …

After the A-bomb survivors die, who will be Hiroshima's memory keepers?

On a recent afternoon in Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, two men sat on a bench, deep in conversation.<p>The older one sports a narrow-brimmed fedora. He’s probably in his 80s. The younger guy, in a hoodie, looks like he’s barely out of college.<p>“It’s so beautiful here,” the younger guy says. “So hard …

Japan

The truth behind America’s most famous gay-hate murder

Matthew Shepard’s horrific death at the hands of redneck homophobes shocked America and changed its laws. Now a different truth is emerging, but does it matter? Julie Bindel reports<p>The horrific killing of Matthew Shepard in 1998 is widely seen as one of the worst anti-gay hate crimes in American …

Here's What It's Like To Fall In Love When You Have Autism

Some 1 in 68 children, more than ever before (it's unclear why this figure is on the rise), have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) — …

Autism

Man Tries To Shoot Armadillo, Ends Up Shooting Himself

It's all fun and games until the target fights back. Or, at least defends itself with its built-in armor.<p>A Texas man was hospitalized this week after …

Striking Photo Series Explores The Aftermath Of Failed Relationships

In serious relationships as well as casual ones, physical factors play a major role in how we form (and feel) attachments to others. Research shows …

Weight Loss

The birth of a psychopath

<b>(CNN) —</b> After every horrific crime that shocks us, the next question we often ask is, "How could anyone do such a thing?"<p>If the criminal is a psychopath, the answer is very simple. They don't feel empathy or guilt. So instead of asking, "How could they do this horrible thing?" the more pertinent …

Psychology

Kinder, gentler forms of capital punishment are still barbaric

The state of Oklahoma, which developed the nation's first lethal injection protocol for executions, may soon approve what lawmakers say is a new, even more humane way of killing people. Following the advice of a criminal justice professor who is also a former assistant attorney general of Palau — …

Utah's firing squad law reveals crisis at the heart of US capital punishment

Historically, each new execution method is presented as more humane, but with judicial killings having almost ground to a halt, the state is returning to the past<p>The last time anybody was executed by firing squad in the US, in June 2010, the five assigned sharpshooters equipped with Winchester …

European Union

Meet Laurel Kaye, the 21-Year-Old Finalist for the One-Way Mission to Mars

Talk about having guts.<p>Once upon a time, women weren't allowed to even think of becoming an astronaut, but now one New York-area woman could be headed to <i>live</i> on Mars.<p>Laurel Kaye, 21, took countless childhood trips to the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, hoping one day …

Into Bahrain's Jaws of Hell

<i>WARNING - SOME READERS MAY FIND THE IMAGES IN THIS BLOG POST DISTRESSING</i><p>Jaw. In Arabic, it means 'weather', and in Bahrain it is a place name. Taken …

Human Rights

In 1780, America's First Mass Murder Was A Crime Of "Uncommon Horror"

He served under George Washington during the Revolutionary War. But Barnett Davenport made his mark on early America in far less heroic way: he’s …

Why Readers, Scientifically, Are the Best People to Fall in Love With

• shares<p><i>Readers may be a dying breed, but they are inquisitive and soulful — and the best kind of person to fill that hole in your heart.</i><p>——<p>Ever …

I was in the CIA for 25 years — Here's how I explained my job to my kids

"Dad, what do you do?" my 13-year-old daughter Peggy asked about six months after we had settled into our home in North Thailand.<p>She had been observing my strange comings and goings, my home office with its safe, map, and cameras, and my frequent hushed conversations with a variety of visitors. She …

Gung Ho

Blind Stouffville therapy dog an online sensation | Toronto Star

So she made it happen. For the past seven years, Smiley has worked as a St. John’s Ambulance Therapy dog, helping children learning to read and …

Pets

The Independent | News | UK and Worldwide News | Newspaper

The vanishing of Isle de Jean Charles, home to members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe, might take another decade or even five. On the other …

Eddie Redmayne

The death of Queen Elizabeth will be the most disruptive event in Britain in the last 70 years

UPDATE: A new, revised, and expanded version of this story was published on December 27, 2016. Click here to read it »<p>Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of this Realm and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, is not going to live …

Buckingham Palace