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7 Online Classes That Will Make You Smarter and More Interesting | Inc.com

Since massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, exploded on the higher education scene, they've increased the breadth and access of classes in a variety of disciplines.<p>Websites like Coursera and edX have leveled the playing field, allowing curious students from around the world to explore …

Education

No raise for 65 million on Social Security

Some 65 million retirees and other Social Security recipients got some lousy news on Thursday.<p>For the first time in five years, there will be no annual raise in their Social Security benefits in 2016.<p>The reason? A decline in inflation caused by falling gas prices.<p>The amount of money that Social …

Retirement

Israeli-Palestinian violence: What you need to know

<b>Jerusalem (CNN) —</b> Over the past few weeks, violence in the decades long Israeli-Palestinian conflict has flared up.<p>Bloodshed is not unusual in this part of the Middle East but this particular wave of aggression -- stabbings as well as a shooting and driving into crowds -- is very different from …

Israel

CNN/Facebook Democratic debate winners and losers

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The field of Democratic presidential hopefuls faced off in their first debate, hosted by CNN and Facebook, on Tuesday night.<p>For more than two hours, the candidates tried to make their best impressions before a national audience discovering many of them for the first time.<p>Here's …

Government

The Tribe That Won’t Stop Killing ISIS

Its members have been massacred on several occasions, but ‘The Family of the Tiger’ fights on.<p>ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan — Forces of the so-called …

Middle East

DNA At the Fringes: Twins, Chimerism, and Synthetic DNA

DNA tests are thought to be conclusive proof—of crime, of family relation—but in some cases, our genetic material acts in mysterious ways.<p>Plenty of …

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5 cases to watch as Supreme Court term begins

Judges may take up cases on abortion and immigration.<p>After a year in which liberals scored impressive, high-profile Supreme Court victories, conservatives could be in line for wins on some of this term's most contentious issues, as the justices consider cases that could gut public sector labor …

Obama Administration

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

Want Super Soft Hair? Then This Oil Is a Must Have!

Looking back over the past two months of growing my man bun, I am glad I decided to embark on this hair-raising (okay, <i>lengthening</i>) journey. Throughout these eight-plus weeks, I’ve learned <i>way</i> more than I ever knew about hair care, products and my own locks. I’ve tried a variety of leave-in …

Homo naledi, a new species of human, discovered in a cave in South Africa

Scientists find fossils of our ancient relative, who had surprisingly human-like features, in a remote cave near Johannesburg<p>Early humans buried their dead in caves, scientists have found, after discovering a new species hidden in a burial chamber.<p>At least 15 skeletons of the species - named Homo …

Humanity

The Mothers of All Disasters

Massive hurricanes striking Miami or Houston. Earthquakes leveling Los Angeles or Seattle. Deadly epidemics. Meet the “maximums of maximums” that keep emergency planners up at night.<p>For years before Hurricane Katrina, storm experts warned that a big hurricane would inundate the Big Easy. Reporters …

How to Buy a Slave Girl From ISIS

Thousands of Yazidi women have been enslaved by ISIS. Does paying their captors for their freedom fund the terrorist organization?<p>ERBIL, Iraq — In a …

Islam

Indonesian politician bans dating after dark

Young couples barred from seeing each other after 9pm at night and could be forced to marry if they flout the new rules<p>The path of young love has never been an easy one. But dating just became much more challenging for Indonesian teenagers in West Java.<p>Young couples have been banned from seeing …

10 Deathbed Regrets You Can Avoid by Making Changes Now

<b>“While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.” ~Leonardo Da Vinci</b><p>It’s terrifying, isn’t it?<p>There you are—days, …

In Alaska, John Kerry warns of bleak future filled with 'climate refugees'

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Speaking at a State Department conference on Arctic climate change in Anchorage on Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry warned …

Strength is Sexy

What's sexy today? How do you achieve strength? Do you have courage? I see strength in the news today and boy is it sexy. Use this blog entry to heat up your love life. I'm talking about having an aha moment around the courage to have straight talk, people. Let me explain. In recent news, Tennis …

Old mark of slavery is being used on sex trafficking victims

<b>(CNN) —</b> When Adriana walks into a room, people take notice. Her neon pink dress and pearls could not even come close to her electric persona.<p>"Before we begin. I want to know -- what do you want from me?" Adriana asked before our interview.<p>We explained we wanted to hear her story if she wanted to …

Time I

What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an estimated $3.5 billion …

Public Health

Climbing On Mount Denali

Way into a woman's heart also through her stomach

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you really want to get lucky in love, forget about taking her to a movie or a bar; you may be better off taking her out for dinner first.<p>That's what new research -- the first of its kind -- suggests from scientists who worked with Drexel University. The study recently ran in the journal …

Superfoods

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Artist stunningly colorizes old photos with a whimsical twist

Accomplished photographer and digital artist Jane Long does not simply colorize old photographs, she creates new works of art using old scenes.<p>Her …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

<b>1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1678)</b><p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.<p><b>2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)</b><p>By the end of the 19th century, no book in English literary history had …

Literature

Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.<p>That physical link was long thought absent, …

Neuroscience

For fat loss, low-fat diets beat low-carb diets handily, new research finds

It is a central dogma of the low-carb lifestyle: that while avoiding carbohydrates will force the human body into fat-burning mode, any diet that fails to suppress insulin will trap body fat in place and thwart a dieter's hope of shifting to a leaner, healthier body type.<p>But researchers from the …

Low Fat

Gloom, doom and Crater Lake

Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon is famous for its deep, pure and blue lake -- and justifiably so, at least on blue-sky days.<p>But it was mostly stormy when I got up there in late May, so I saw a lot of <i>crater noi</i><i>r</i>: mist-shrouded slopes, dripping trees, low temperatures and ominous shadows …

National Parks