Liam Gardiner

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No, Pentagon says: We're not plotting the military takeover of Texas

Some conspiracy theorists push the idea that a military exercise is a ruse to institute martial law.<p>The Pentagon wants to make it clear: No one is messing with you, Texas.<p>Defense officials are swatting down Internet-fueled rumors about a training exercise planned for this summer in the Southwest …

Government

New Orleans ended veteran homelessness. Let's do it across America

On any given night, 50,000 of our nation’s veterans are without a safe place to sleep. As First Lady Michelle Obama said: “When a Veteran comes home kissing the ground, it is unacceptable that he should ever have to sleep on it.”<p>In New Orleans, we have proven it doesn’t have to be this way by …

Homelessness

Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other

The psychological quirks that make it tricky to get an accurate read on someone's emotions<p>In her new book <i>No One Understands You and What To Do About It</i>, Heidi Grant Halvorson tells readers a story about her friend, Tim. When Tim started a new job as a manager, one of his top priorities was …

What's in the Iran deal?

President Barack Obama said that the framework agreement announced Thursday between Iran and six world powers is a “good deal” that will increase Iran’s nuclear breakout time from around two to three months to more than a year.<p>But, of course, the devil’s in the details. Here they are, according to …

Nuclear Energy

U.S. has bold plan to stall climate change

<b>(CNN) —</b> In baseball, there's a traditional comeback after a tough season: "Wait 'til next year!" For climate change "next year" is now. This year is the time and the United Nations' international climate negotiations in Paris in December are the place to secure strong global agreement to curb …

Climate Change

It's Not Just Ferguson

<b>Guilty of Being Poor</b><p><i>When a community issues arrest warrants for more offenses than it has residents, something's deeply wrong.</i><p>Here's something you might not know about Ferguson, Missouri: In this city of 21,000 people, 16,000 have outstanding arrest warrants. In fact, in 2013 alone, authorities …

Woolly mammoth could roam again as extinct DNA merged with elephant

Harvard University spliced recreated genes from a woolly mammoth into the DNA of an elephant and found they functioned normally<p>A major step forward in bringing back the woolly mammoth has been taken by scientists at Harvard University who have inserted DNA from the extinct mammal into the genetic …

Genetics

White House Science Fair Puts Whiz Kids in a Serious Spotlight

Whether he's shooting off a marshmallow cannon or pedaling a bike-powered water sanitation system, President Barack Obama looks forward to the White House Science Fair as a day to be shocked and awed by school-age whiz kids.<p>"I love this event," Obama told reporters at last year's fair, where he …

High School

Do your genes determine your entire life?

Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis were separated as one-month-olds, adopted by different families and reunited at age 39. When University of …

Genetics

Iraqi forces ramp up offensive to recapture Tikrit

Iraqi forces have continued their offensive to retake the city of Tikrit, seized by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) last June, with troops claiming "gains" in the fighting, security forces told Al Jazeera.<p>Citing state media and security sources, Al Jazeera's Jane Arraf, reporting …

Middle East

To fight peanut allergy, it's better to eat peanuts than avoid them

It seemed like a good idea at the time: With the incidence of peanut allergy climbing among children, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents in 2000 to keep peanuts far away from infants and toddlers who might have a life-threatening reaction to them.<p>But a new study suggests that advice …

Biomedicine

Drone warfare: life on the new frontline

Just a three-hour drive from Washington DC on the scenic Virginia coast, Langley Air Force Base is home to one of the most crucial components of the US armed drone programme. Alongside a couple of squadrons of the F-22 stealth fighter, the inhabitants of a large, nondescript brick building deep …

Military

Kids, Allergies And A Possible Downside To Squeaky Clean Dishes

Could using a dishwashing machine increase the chances your child will develop allergies? That's what some provocative new research suggests — but don't tear out your machine just yet.<p>The study involved 1,029 Swedish children (ages 7 or 8) and found that those whose parents said they mostly wash …

Immune System

Rick Perry’s Wrong About Lincoln

Honest Abe loved the federal government.<p>Writing almost 60 years ago, David Donald—who would later emerge as America’s preeminent biographer of Abraham Lincoln—observed that Americans, and especially Republican politicians, exhibit a compulsive desire to “get right” with the nation’s 16th president. …

Bill Of Rights

Thousands attend funeral for Muslim students shot in Chapel Hill

On a soccer field lent for the occasion by North Carolina State University, thousands gathered for the funeral of three Muslim students killed in a brutal attack on Tuesday.<p>Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and her younger sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were killed in the couple’s …

North Carolina

Nigeria's Boko Haram Carries Out First Attack on Neighboring Chad

Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram carried out their first known attack on the neighboring country of Chad early Friday, a lawmaker told NBC News.<p>The attack appears to be the latest example of Boko Haram exporting its campaign of violence beyond Nigeria’s borders and striking nations that have in …

Africa

The Many Causes of America’s Decline in Crime

A new report finds that locking up more offenders isn't making people any safer—and may even be counterproductive.<p>The dramatic rise of incarceration and the precipitous fall in crime have shaped the landscape of American criminal justice over the last two decades. Both have been unprecedented. Many …

AC/DC Announce North American Tour Dates

Trek will feature drummer Chris Slade and kick off August 22nd<p><b>UPDATE</b>: AC/DC have announced that their final two shows for the Rock or Bust tour will …

Rock Music

Hard Liquor, Pet Care and Other Job Creators

The monthly employment reports issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics contain vast troves of industry-level data that is usually almost entirely …

A Navy SEAL Explains 8 Secrets to Grit and Resilience

Sometimes you just want to quit. You know you shouldn’t but nothing seems better than crawling back into bed and hiding under the covers. (I am there …

Military

The contagious thought that could kill you

To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.<p>Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.<p>It’s a consistent phenomenon, but …

Multiple Sclerosis

19 Reasons Why We're Thankful For Jon Stewart On "The Daily Show"

We'll need a million Moments of Zen to emotionally endure this loss.

Comedy

Rise of the robots: how long do we have until they take our jobs?

They have mastered the art of poker, helped write a cookbook and can cope with a basic conversation. The decision by a Japanese bank to staff their frontdesk with a bevy of robots is just the latest in a series of advances and predictions that at times appear to suggest we will all be replaced, …

Artificial Intelligence

Republicans hope latest anti-Obamacare bill will be first to reach president's desk

Republican lawmakers added to their collection of nearly 60 anti-Obamacare bills that have passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday.<p>But this one could have at least a slightly different fate than those that have come before it: it could be the first to reach Barack Obama’s desk – and his veto …

Health Care

Measles debate breaks out

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Two top would-be GOP presidential hopefuls weighing in on whether they think children need to be vaccinated in the wake of a measles outbreak in the U.S., added fuel to a widely settled, fringe debate. And now, measles -- or at least a discussion about its vaccine -- is all over …

Public Health

How Languages and Genes Evolve Together

Researchers have found that geography makes us who we are—genetically and linguistically.<p>As human populations disperse, the separation leads to changes both in genes and in language. So if we look at human DNA and languages over time, we should find that they differ along similar geographic …

The Smell of Success: Meet the Poop-Powered Bus

On top of the traditional diesel models, hybrid, electric and even hydrogen powered buses are now a common sight on the world's roads. But in the south-west of England, one scheme has taken things a step further, and started to fuel buses with food – and human – waste.<p>Manufactured by Scania, the …

Natural Gas

1st Americans used spear-throwers to hunt large animals

Despite a lack of archaeological evidence, the first North Americans have often been depicted hunting with spear-throwers, which are tools that can launch deadly spear points at high speeds. But now, a new analysis of microscopic fractures on Paleo-Indian spear points provides the first empirical …

Anthropology