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China Communist party kicks off reform summit

Chinese leaders have begun a four-day meeting to set a reform agenda for the next decade as they try to push more sustainable growth after three decades of breakneck expansion, amid signs of continuing debate on how to implement the reforms.<p>The meeting, held under tight security at a Soviet-era …

Carnivorous giant platypus with sharp teeth once roamed Australia

A giant, carnivorous platypus with fearsome teeth once roamed the waterways of Australia, researchers have discovered.<br>The newly identified species, dubbed <i>Obdurodon tharalkooschild</i>, measured about a metre long, double the size of its modern-day equivalent.<br>Within the distinctive platypus beak, the …

China's smog problem is reportedly impairing the country's surveillance networks

The dense clouds of smog that sometimes blanket cities in China have myriad ramifications: they close businesses and schools, force residents indoors for days at a time, and are a notorious health hazard. They're reportedly also, as the Chinese government is now acutely aware, a danger to national …

China's Panda Diplomacy Has Entered A Lucrative New Phase

China, the only native of home of pandas in the world, has been giving pandas to nations based on beneficial trade agreements and their willingness to depart with crucial natural resources, according to a new study done by Oxford University.<p>This represents a new phase of a longstanding practice, …

Why the GMO Debate Misses the Point

_The escalating rhetoric of the GMO debate has rippled across the biohacker world—especially as DIYers start trying their hand at bioengineering. We’ve been calling for ecologists to step up and give some perspective. They’ve universally balked. So we’re grateful for Sasha Wright. She’s an …

Branch-Like Dendrites Function As Mini-Computers In The Brain

Previously thought to be passive, the branching brain wires actively compute signals.<p>A new paper in <i>Nature</i> suggests that we've been thinking about neurons all wrong. Namely, it suggests that dendrites, the tree-like branches of wiring that extend out from the soma, or cell body, aren't just passive …

Here's The Truth About Your 'Private' Health Insurance — It's Already A Big Government Program

I did not expect to spark mass outrage when I said this on Twitter Monday:<p>But I did get a lot of outrage. So let me explain why health insurance isn't like a toaster or, more to the point, why it isn't like other kinds of insurance.<p>Most insurance products are designed to turn an individual's risk …

Heavy Smog In China Blocked Out Everything But A Giant TV Screen

China's smog has been so bad lately that entire cities were shut down last week because of pollution that can be seen from space.<p>The conditions change quickly, as can be seen by these totally different photos of the same skyscraper taken only 10 days apart in Shenyang in Liaoning province.<p>Monday …

Japan claims China's behaviour over disputed islands jeopardising 'peacetime'

Japanesedefence minister says "intrusions by China in the territorial waters around the Senkaku islands fall in the 'grey zone' between peacetime and an emergency situation."<p>Beijing's behaviour in its row with Tokyo over disputed islands is jeopardising peace, Japan's defence minister said on …

What your Facebook friends list reveals about your love life

Facebook can isolate your spouse or partner based on your network of friends. In a fascinating paper to be published next year, Facebook social scientist Lars Backstrom and Cornell University professor Jon Kleinberg reveal just how much insight can be gleaned from the structure of a network, …

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Rubio narrows immigration focus

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a key congressional Republican advocate of an immigration overhaul, is now calling for reform bills that are less sweeping than the comprehensive legislation he authored this year with a bipartisan group of senators.<p>His spokesman said in a statement Monday that Rubio wants …

Take This State And Shove It: The New Secession Movement

There's a big race right now to become the 51st state.<p>Forget traditional contenders like Puerto Rico. In several existing states, residents of less populous areas are hoping to create new states of their own.<p>Citizens in 11 mostly northeastern Colorado counties are among them. They'll vote on Nov. 5 …

Bird footprints 100 million years old: Oldest ever found in Australia

Two thin-toed footprints pressed into a sandy riverbank more than 100 million years ago are Australia's oldest known bird tracks, researchers say.<p>The prints were found among the fossil-rich cliffs of Dinosaur Cove on the coast of southern Victoria. Researchers think the tracks were left by a …

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Federal judge rules key provisions of controversial Texas abortion law unconstitutional

In a stunning move, a federal judge Monday ruled that abortion restrictions authorized by Texas lawmakers in July are unconstitutional, and will not be implemented as scheduled on Tuesday, according to court documents obtained by NBC News.<p>U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel decided Monday that the …

Unlikely Multiple Sclerosis Pill On Track To Become Blockbuster

There aren't very many drugs that are also, essentially, industrial chemicals available in railroad-car volumes, pharmaceutical chemist Derek Lowe noted on his blog, In The Pipeline, this spring.<p>But there are a few. One is lithium carbonate, a staple of glassmaking and ceramic glazes and also the …

Navy stealth destroyer Zumwalt nears final construction phase

The Navy's stealthy Zumwalt destroyer went into the water on Monday, with shipbuilders moving the warship into the Kennebec River before it moves dockside for final construction.<p>The Zumwalt, the largest destroyer ever built for the Navy, looks like no other U.S. warship, with an angular profile and …

Swaddling babies can cause them hip problems, doctors warn

The practice of swaddling babies, which has become fashionable as a way to calm them, risks causing them hip problems as they grow, doctors warn.<p>Parents have been turning to the old-fashioned practice in order to settle their babies and help them sleep better. Swaddling, which involves wrapping the …

Detroit's finances 'shocking,' city manager testifies

<b>DETROIT</b> — Detroit's emergency manager painted a picture of a city in dire financial straits in testimony on Monday, with budgets so strained that bumpers were falling off police cars, as he laid out the city's case of why a municipal bankruptcy filing was the only way back to health.<p>And in a rare …

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World Bank: it’s easier to do business in Russia than China | Financial Times

Print this page<p>The World Bank’s annual ease of doing business indicators were published on Tuesday – and they make a pleasant read for Russian policy …

New to nature No 114: Hydrophylita emporos

About 800 species of parasitic wasps of the family <i>Trichogrammatidae</i> have been named to date but, as with most species-rich groups of small-sized insects, there are no doubt many yet to come. If you are not an entomologist and the name sounds familiar it may be because species of the genus</i> …

The Wellcome Trust 2013 winning entry: where did syphilis come from?

Last month, Katherine Wright was awarded the Wellcome Trust science writing prize at a ceremony at the Observer's offices at Kings Place, London. Wright, who is studying for a DPhil in structural biology at Oxford University, was judged the winner of category A "for professional scientists of …

A Gift-Wrapped Edible Present Equals Longer Sex (For Spiders)

He who comes bearing gifts spends more time with the ladies, at least in the world of spiders.<p>Aroused arachnids who remember to bring a “nuptial gift” — not just any gift, but an edible one, all nice and wrapped up in silk — get to mate longer with females. Literally, their copulation lasts 10 …

US bugged Merkel's phone from 2002 until 2013, report claims

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1023000/1023076_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524667678_a6b65beb439b96444f68726b4d5b1264<p><b>The US has been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone since 2002, according to a report in Der Spiegel magazine.</b><p>The German …

How to understand “The battle for power on the internet”

I still remember the moment I first discovered the World Wide Web. It was in 1994 or 1995, at a row of desks that held the handful of computer terminals then available in the university library of the London School of Economics. On the Windows 3.1 desktop (so old there wasn’t even a Start button) I …

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Market Awaits 'Unprecedented' Reforms In China

Next month, China’s leaders will outline at the Communist Party’s Third Plenum precisely how they plan on slowly cracking the door open on the economy.<p>“We expect some positive reform info from Communist Party leaders,” said Marc Tommasi, head of international investment strategy for Manning & …

The Digital TV Endgame: 10-Year Transition to All Things IP

While Internet TV is already technically feasible, commercial challenges are keeping it from becoming a mass-market reality. Services like Hulu, …

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