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The Iran Paradox

Roughly 2,500 years ago, the first great Persian Empire, led by Cyrus the Great, was founded. Over the next several centuries, it grew to dominate a …

Iran Will Never Abandon Assad's State, Worst Humanitarian Tragedy

Syria is one of the worst catastrophic humanitarian tragedies of our generation. Iran's role in Syria has significantly impacted the direction, magnitude and longevity of the conflict. Nearly half a million people have been killed including thousands of children in Aleppo and other cities, and …

After US strikes Yemen, Houthis deny firing on ships

Yemeni rebels deny targeting a US ship in the Red Sea. The United States has supported the Saudi-led coalition, which has left much of the country in …

Israel intensifying crackdown on Gaza smuggling attempts

An Israeli defense body says it is increasing its efforts to crack down on attempts to smuggle items to the Gaza Strip that Israel prohibits on security grounds.<p>COGAT said on Thursday that it banned used auto parts for four-by-four vehicles from entering the Palestinian territory after several …

U.S. Carries Out Strikes Against Yemen's Rebels

The U.S. launched missiles at three radar installations in rebel-controlled areas of Yemen late Wednesday. It's the first time that the U.S. has carried out strikes against the Houthi rebels during the conflict in Yemen.<p>This comes after missiles were fired from Yemen's coast at U.S. Navy destroyer …

Renewed bombing kills over 150 in rebel-held Aleppo this week - rescue workers | Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Renewed bombing of rebel-held eastern Aleppo has killed more than 150 people this week, rescue workers said on Thursday, as the Syrian government steps up its Russian-backed offensive to take the whole city.<p>Air strikes against rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo had tapered off …

Who Are Yemen's Houthis and What Do They Want?

U.S. missile attacks on targets in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen on Thursday marked a new stage in the country's civil war and raised the prospect of deeper American involvement in the protracted conflict.<p>It also throws a spotlight on a conflict that has dragged on for almost two years and …

Syrian National Coalition affiliated gangs attack Sheikh Maqsoud

ALEPPO - ANF Gang groups affiliated to the Syrian National Coalition which includes ENKS attacked Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood of Aleppo with mortars …

Should we axe the United Nations?

The best test of any institution, large or small, is to ask whether we could get along perfectly well without it. In the case of the United Nations, …

Humans changed a life-giving nutrient into a deadly pollutant

Nitrogen is absolutely crucial to life — an indispensable ingredient of DNA, proteins and essentially all living tissue — yet it also can choke the life out of aquatic ecosystems, destroy trees and sicken people when it shows up in excess at the wrong place, at the wrong time, in the wrong form. …

The New Wave of Campus Protest: What's Behind the Oxy Occupation?

Students around the country are in revolt. So the pundits are pontificating. Much of it is hogwash, but there have been a few thoughtful analyses of what's happening on American campuses. One of the best is a column in Sunday's <i>New York Times</i>, "Why Are Student Protesters So Fearful?" by Todd Gitlin, …

The Most Overpriced Items On The Menu, According To Chefs

By: Matt Meltzer<p><i>Credit: Andrew Zimmer/Thrillist (Edited)</i><p>Spaghetti and meatballs. The wedge salad. A bottle of wine. You don't have to be a well-heeled foodie to know that you're overpaying for certain items on a restaurant's menu -- you just need to have bought groceries. Like once, ever. Truth be …

Turkey has always been a democracy in danger

Saturday's bomb attacks in Ankara have struck at the very heart of Turkey. Now, shortly before parliamentary elections, the country's democracy is on …

Hubble's Other Telescope And The Day It Rocked Our World

The Hubble Space Telescope this week celebrates 25 years in Earth's orbit. In that time the telescope has studied distant galaxies, star nurseries, planets in our solar system and planets orbiting other stars.<p>But, even with all that, you could argue that the astronomer for whom the telescope is …

The Woman Who Woke Up in the Future

Naomi Jacobs went to bed a 32-year-old woman and woke up believing she was a teenager again. After temporarily losing 17 years of memories from a rare form of amnesia, Jacobs wrote a memoir about piecing her life back together.<p>Naomi Jacobs was a 32-year-old single mother living in Manchester, …

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

ISIS Wants a Truce

In the new edition of its magazine, ISIS floats the idea of a truce. Is the group flagging—or is this just another trick?<p>After months of being …

Preparing for 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton embracing Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rather than keeping him at arm's length, Hillary Rodham Clinton is embracing President Barack Obama — sometimes even …

What is a Dyson sphere?

Are some advanced civilizations in our galaxy now collecting all of the energy emitted by their stars? If so, we would call their energy-collecting …

How a technical concept 'travels' the brain - Futurity

Seeing how learning a technical concept involves different brain regions might one day improve how we teach them.

Why the Earth Will Never Be Invaded

Why haven't the Borg invaded the Earth yet? I have watched every episode of <i>Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager,</i> and <i>Enterprise</i>, and myriad movies where the Earth is invaded by aliens. I love science fiction. But it is only fiction and will remain so.<p>Many people, …

4 Reasons Why Design Is Taking Over Silicon Valley

VC design partner John Maeda says that the most successful tech companies of the future will really be design companies. Here’s why.<p>Are the fortunes of design on the rise in Silicon Valley? A resounding yes, says John Maeda, design partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. …

Some States Stay Silent On Lawsuit Over Obama's Immigration Actions

WASHINGTON -- After President Barack Obama announced wide-reaching executive actions on immigration last November, officials from 26 states joined a lawsuit to block them. Another 12, plus the District of Columbia, signed on to a brief in support of the president.<p>Another dozen haven't gotten …

Birth of a shadow doctrine: How a small group of lawyers launched a war against international law

From torture to drone strikes, international law is under attack in the U.S. Here’s how it all began<p>When the hijacked airplanes hit the World Trade Towers on 9/11, John Yoo was working in his Justice Department office in Washington, D.C. At the time, he was assigned to one of the most crucial legal …

Oil Prices Changing the Face Of Global Geopolitics

In a documentary that aired recently on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s popular The Fifth Estate program, an allegory of Vladimir Putin was …

You Asked: Why Am I Cold All the Time?

Getty Images (4)<p>Getty Images (5); Gif by Mia Tramz for TIME<p>Getty Images; Tara Johnson for TIME<p>Getty Images (1); Gif by Mia Tramz for TIME<p>Getty Images …

7 Steps to Reverse Obesity and Diabetes

What disease affects EVERY other American and one in four kids? Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. Type 2 diabetes in America has tripled since the 1980s, and researchers estimate one in three Americans will have diabetes by mid-century. More than one-third of American adults are obese. And one in …