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The Latest Science on Protein and Muscle Building

Those protein guidelines you’ve been following? Throw them on the scrap heap along with the PalmPilots, VHS tapes, and Ashton Kutcher trucker hats. …

Nutrition

This Ancient Armored Mud Dragon Could Help Solve an Evolutionary Mystery

It looks like an alien parasite come to invade our brains, but the truly bizarre creature pictured above is a mud dragon—a tiny worm, roughly half …

Hyperloop announces $26 million in new funding for the pneumatic metal tubes of the future

DUBLIN — The dream of rocketing through a metal tube at 800 mph took another big step forward on Thursday with the announcement that Hyperloop has …

NASA Makes Major Discovery About Atmosphere On Mars

Solar wind stripped the red planet of its atmosphere, scientists say.<p>An Earth-like atmosphere on Mars was once violently stripped away by solar wind, according to new findings from NASA's ongoing exploration of the red planet.<p>In a press conference on Thursday, the space agency confirmed that solar …

Magnetism

Venus, Jupiter and Mars cross paths in pre-Halloween spectacle for last time until 2021

The three planets, all pursuing their ordinary orbits around the sun, will be visible until around October 29 but will be best witnessed on October 26 before dawn<p>Early risers are in for a treat this month, and for those rising early on October 26, the treat will be even greater.<p>Venus, Jupiter and …

How Much Can A Human Body Sweat Before It Runs Out?

Drip, drip, drip<p>It all depends on the size, physical fitness and hydration of the person in question, but it's possible to sweat buckets before heatstroke sets in and we pass out. After all, there are about three million sweat glands on the human body (the highest concentration is on our palms), …

Mexico

Mexico detains leader of cartel linked to violent attacks in Jalisco state

Mexican authorities say they have detained a leader of the Jalisco New Generation cartel, an organized crime group that has grown in influence over the last year and has been termed responsible for some of the deadliest attacks on government agents in recent years.<p>Daniel Quintero Riestra was …

Mexico

Mother of Saudi man sentenced to crucifixion begs Obama to intervene

US president urged to rescue Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, sentenced to be beheaded and crucified for allegedly attending anti-government protests<p>The mother of a Saudi protester sentenced to death by beheading and crucifixion has begged Barack Obama to intervene to save her son’s life.<p>In her first …

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Genetics

Mexico Releases Entire Public File On Missing 43 Students Case

After a flood of criticism over its handling of the case, the attorney general's office posted the entire redacted investigation online.<p>The Mexican Attorney General’s Office made public on Sunday the entire redacted file of its investigation into the case of the 43 missing students. <p>The move, …

Historic North Korean Parade Shows Kim Jong Un’s Military Might

PYONGYANG, North Korea — The secretive nation staged the biggest, boisterous military parade in its history, with up to a million people marching past the country’s leader, who warned the United States that he was "driving it into a corner."<p>Dictator Kim Jong Un pledged during Saturday's lavish …

North Korea

Syrian troops advance on insurgents as Putin defends airstrikes

Syrian troops backed by Russian airstrikes advanced against insurgents in the center of the country as President Vladimir Putin defended Moscow's intervention in the conflict, saying it would aid efforts to reach a political settlement.<p>Putin said Moscow's objective was to stabilize the Syrian …

Cinemas must 'drastically improve' or lose audiences, says Christopher Nolan

Interstellar director tells festival audience about the importance of using real film, as opposed to digital technology<p>Cinema chains need to drastically improve the experience they offer to customers or the next generation of moviegoers will stop going, the film director Christopher Nolan has …

Uber faces lawsuit in US over two alleged sexual assaults by drivers

High-profile law firm brings action on behalf of one woman from Boston and another from South Carolina, and says Uber ‘fails to protect female passengers’<p>The law firm that represented the hotel maid who said she was sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a woman from Delhi who said she …

Waze app directions take woman to wrong Brazil address, where she is killed

<b>Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (CNN) —</b> The couple followed their Waze GPS app, thinking it would lead them to a touristy avenue in Niteroi, a large city across the bay from Rio de Janeiro.<p>Instead, it led them to another street of the same name in Niteroi in one of the city's most notorious slum areas. The …

Brazil
Crime

Damaged Torrance Exxon refinery sold; gas prices unlikely to drop soon

ExxonMobil's damaged Torrance plant will be bought by a New Jersey-based oil refining company. The $537.5-million deal, announced Wednesday, will take effect after repairs have been completed early next year.<p>Consumers will see no immediate effect on gasoline prices in the Los Angeles area, where …

Oil

Tesla's new Model X has a 'bioweapon defense mode' button

'This is a real button,' Musk says<p>If you want to survive a biological attack, you might want to look into buying a Tesla. The company just officially unveiled the Model X, and Elon Musk shared a rather unexpected feature during the unveiling: a "bioweapon defense mode" button.<p>"This is a real …

Tesla

Mexico extradites 13 suspects, including reputed drug lords, to the U.S.

Mexico extradited 13 people to the United States on Wednesday, including two top drug lords and several suspects in two high-profile 2011 crimes involving Americans — an attack on immigration agents in San Luis Potosi and the killing of consulate workers in Ciudad Juarez.<p>The move was part of a new …

Mexico

Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …

Paleontology

Charges filed against Willowbrook teen in Darien beating

The DuPage County State's Attorney's Office announced felony aggravated battery charges have been filed in juvenile court against a Willowbrook teenager accused of beating up a 53-year-old Sikh man in Darien on Tuesday.<p>The state's attorney's office reported that at about 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 8, …

Crime

Missouri mom charged after kids found living in crate, cave

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 24-year-old mother is in custody Saturday after her two young children were found barefoot, dirty and living in a wooden shipping crate in an underground cave on the eastern edge of Kansas City, Missouri.<p>Brittany Mugrauer was charged Friday night with two counts of felony …

Crime

Los Angeles grieves for three brothers found stabbed to death outside school

Vigil held at Dolores Huerta Elementary after boys’ bodies were found in car and father, suspected of their murder, was taken to hospital with stab wounds<p>Mourners have mounted a prayer vigil for three young brothers found stabbed to death in a car beside a school – a gruesome case of apparent …

R.E.M. bashes Trump, Cruz for using 'It's the End of the World' at rally

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump has been blaring R.E.M. on the campaign trail, and the band doesn't feel fine about it.<p>The GOP presidential candidate took to the podium Wednesday on the steps of Capitol Hill to slam President Barack Obama's proposed Iran nuclear deal. His walk-up music? R.E.M.'s 1987 hit …

CNN

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Kim Davis Is Not a Patriot

The martyr business in America is booming. It’s a growth industry, like yoga pants, prisons and celebrity nip-slip sites. Caterers, cake-makers, …

Trump can't actually win, can he?

I talked with<p>Republicanwise men last week — sober establishment strategists who have seen many presidential campaigns come and go — to ask them how long the improbable popularity ofDonald Trumpcan last. Reassure me, I said: He can't actually win, right?<p>Their answers surprised me.<p>"It's not …

Government

Baltimore to pay family of Freddie Gray $6.4M

The city of Baltimore announced an agreement Tuesday to pay $6.4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man black man who died in April after suffering a critical injury while in police custody.<p>Gene Ryan, president of the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of …

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Psychology