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6 Simple Soups Perfect for Autumn

The fall days are getting shorter and cooler. Warm up with these simple and delicious soups, all ready in 50 minutes -- or less!<p><b>1. Indian Spiced Red Lentil & Chicken Soup</b><p>Made with a rotisserie chicken and canned coconut milk, this easy version of Mulligatawny soup is a one-pot supper that you can …

Cooking

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

Record 17,000 join 'Pinstripe Nazi' anti-Islam march in Germany

A record 17,000 people have joined the latest in a string of demonstrations against Islam in Dresden, eastern Germany, celebrating the rise of their far-right populist movement by singing Christmas carols.<p>The march on Monday night was organised by Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the …

First amphibian ichthyosaur fossil found

An ancient marine reptile with seal-like flippers may have been adapted to life on the land as well as in the sea, scientists believe.<p>The 250-million-year-old creature is the first amphibious ichthyosaur known.<p>Its relatives were dolphin-like creatures that swam in the oceans at the time of the …

Branson's ambitious space-travel project plagued by problems and delays

It launched amid much fanfare, but Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic commercial space-travel programme has been plagued with problems and delays. After a string of failures, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield last year said that the difficulties of aerospace engineering meant it was inevitable that …

Ozone hole layer remains size of North America, Nasa data shows

Antarctic hole in protective layer of gas stands around same level as 2010, 2012 and 2013, but scientists say recovery is on track<p>The Antarctic ozone hole, which was expected to reduce in size swiftly when manmade chlorine emissions were outlawed 27 years ago, is stubbornly remaining the size of …

Stephen Hawking: God particle could wipe out the universe

Stephen Hawking seems to have turned into the man with the sandwich board that says: "The end is nigh."<p>Not only has he warned us that aliens might destroy us, but he's also been worrying that artificial intelligence might do the same.<p>Now he's perceiving a threat that might not merely put an end to …

A brief history of psychedelic psychiatry | Mo Costandi

In the 1950s a group of pioneering psychiatrists showed that hallucinogenic drugs had therapeutic potential, but the research was halted as part of the backlash against the hippy counterculture.<p>On 5th May, 1953, the novelist Aldous Huxley dissolved four-tenths of a gram of mescaline in a glass of …

Kazakhstan authorities on high alert after radioactive container goes missing

Authorities in Kazakhstan are on high alert after a container holding the radioactive substance caesium-137 disappeared in the west of the country, police said on Tuesday.<p>A police spokesman for the Mangistau region said the material – commonly used for military and medical purposes – appeared to …

Iran's YouTube Message to Obama: Don't Bully Us

Iran’s foreign minister posted a defiant YouTube message on Wednesday, just as high-stakes talks over Iran’s nuclear program are resuming amid dim …

Isis captures more Iraqi towns and border crossings

Jihadist fighters in Iraq seized three border crossings into Syria and Jordan and four nearby towns over the weekend, giving the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) control over much of the country's western frontier and directly threatening the country's main power supply.<p>Isis can now add …

Kerry arrives in Egypt for talks with Sisi

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Cairo to meet Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, in what is the highest-level American outreach to the new leader since he took office.<p>Kerry's visit on Sunday was part of American attempts to thaw relations with Egypt that cooled over concerns …

5 Applications For Graphene, The 'Wonder Material,' That Could Change The Way We Live

Graphene, the pure carbon material that's just one atom thick and nearly transparent when laid out in sheets, manages to be roughly 200 times stronger than steel, even though it's 60,000 times thinner than Saran Wrap.<p>Graphene is also an excellent conductor of energy, can be synthesized from unique …

Nanotech

How an Armenian and a Belarusian Died for a Ukrainian Revolution

A closer look at Euromaidan's first victims<p>The first day of Ukraine's new laws restricting public demonstrations erupted in chaos and bloodshed on January 22 as the country's two-month-old Euromaidan protest claimed its first victims, two men killed by gunfire amid clashes between demonstrators and …

Syrian government and rebels agree to face-to-face talks in Geneva

The first direct negotiations between the Syrian government and rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad are to be held on Saturday after the sides refused to sit down together on the first day of a negotiation process billed by the international community as the only way to end the …

How to Eat Cheese Fondue the Proper Swiss/French Way

Like most things Swiss and/or French, the classic cold-weather dish operates under its own code of politesse<p>Like all reasonable human beings, we interpret snowy weather as Mother Nature's subliminal message to do one simple thing: <b>eat cheese fondue</b>. But before you dive into a big gooey pot of, say, …

Bill Gates Talks to TIME About the Three Myths of Global Aid

It’s easy to get fed up when you’re trying to save the world. Progress can be slow, setbacks are constant and few people appreciate exactly what …

Associated Press News

Apple awarded stocking full of patents, including heart monitor

The US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple 23 patents, including one for an embedded heart-rate monitor that might just be of interest to those on the watch for all things iWatch.<p>The most notable of the bunch -- which range from Apple Store display stands to data storage management …