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What gun-control supporters don't mention: The U.S. rate of gun violence has dropped sharply

<b>To the editor:</b> I am a retired Los Angeles police officer, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Assn. and the owner of several modern sporting rifles, sometimes called "assault rifles." I have a hard time understanding what "gun violence crisis" or "epidemic" we are supposedly experiencing in …

11-Year-Old Has Spent Her Life in Jail, a Serial Killer as a Cellmate

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Meena got chickenpox, measles and the mumps in prison. She was born there, nursed there and weaned there. Now 11 years old, she has spent her entire life in prison and will probably spend the rest of her childhood there as well.<p>The girl has never committed a crime, but her …

Ashraf Ghani

US tourist fears he was hit in Cuba, years before diplomats

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's …

America Is Not the Greatest Country on Earth. It’s No. 28

Every study ranking nations by health or living standards invariably offers Scandinavian social democracies a chance to show their quiet dominance. A …

Public Health

The spy who couldn’t spell: how the biggest heist in the history of US espionage was foiled | Yudhijit Bhattacharjee

Ever since childhood, Brian Regan had been made to feel stupid because of his severe dyslexia. So he thought no one would suspect him of stealing secrets<p>The classrooms and hallways of Farmingdale High in Long Island were deserted on the morning of Saturday 19 August 2001, when a van pulled into the …

Google’s former happiness guru developed a three-second brain exercise for finding joy

Chade-Meng Tan, a former engineer, joined Google in 2000 as employee number 107. Though he played an instrumental role in building Google’s mobile search function, among other technological feats, he’s better known for the mindfulness classes he later led for employees. The role earned him the job …

Can You Predict Your Scores on an Important Personality Test?

The Big Five model is a very big deal to psychologists, and has been for decades. At the moment, it is the most respected, widely studied method for …

Why Each Side of the Partisan Divide Thinks the Other is Living in an Alternate Reality

<i>This article originally appeared on The Conversation.</i><p>To some liberals, Donald Trump’s inauguration portends doom for the republic; to many …

February 3, 1959: The Day the Music Died

On February 3, 1959, a plane crashed shortly after taking off from Clear Lake, Iowa, killing all four people aboard: pilot Roger Peterson and …

Colleges Are Warning Thousands Of Muslim International Students Not To Travel

American colleges are warning thousands of foreign students from the predominantly Muslim countries included in President Trump's immigration ban not to leave the country, fearing they may not be allowed to return.<p>The dean of faculty at Princeton University "strongly advised" international students …

Students

Black humour is sign of high intelligence, study suggests

An appreciation of ‘sick jokes’ equates with high IQ and low aggression<p>Who needs Mensa? If you want to find out if someone has a high IQ, just tell them a string of sick jokes and then gauge their reaction.<p>A new study in the journal <i>Cognitive Processing</i> has found that intelligence plays a key role …

IQ

How to Politely Disagree, According to Science

After an election that was glaringly short on tolerance and compassion, it’s clear we need a new kind of public conversation, where we learn to reach …

The fiery partnership between two great psychologists can help explain why some relationships fall apart

They say that opposites attract. But we all know opposites can also repel. They both complement and combust—and this tension is at the center of Michael Lewis’s new book, <i>The Undoing Project</i>.<p><i>The Undoing Project</i> offers a keen-eyed look at the complex partnership between the great psychologists Daniel …

Girls see themselves as less talented than boys by age of six, scientists find in 'heartbreaking' research

Girls as young as six believe that exceptional talent is a male trait, according to "heartbreaking" research into gender stereotypes.<p>They also shun activities and games for the "really, really smart" from the same age, believing their male counterparts are more likely to exhibit "brilliance", the …

Aides denied entry to Israeli parliament over 'short' dresses

Two women say they were stopped by Knesset guards whom MP accuses of acting as ‘modesty police’<p>Two female political aides working in Israel’s parliament were stopped from entering the assembly in recent days after security guards deemed their dresses insufficiently “modest”.<p>The women were stopped …

Knesset

The Rolling Stones unearth the Chicago blues sound

The blues was a formative influence not only for groups like the Rolling Stones but for rock and roll altogether. Here are the artists being covered …

When a presidential election costs you the person you love the most

Most friendships come and go, but Jacy Topps-Chotas held onto her best friend for 20 years. That is, until the Presidential election got underway.<p>It …

Voting

Australian social project provides free piano lessons for migrant kids

Refugee and migrant children in Australia are being welcomed with an offer of free piano lessons, funded by piano recitals in unexpected spaces. The …

9th planet may solve 'mystery' of our solar system

<b>(NEWSER)</b> – New research may have solved a "deep-rooted mystery" about our solar system and lent credence to the theory that there's a ninth planet chilling beyond Pluto. (Sorry, buddy.) Researchers at Caltech, including Konstantin Batygin and Mike "Pluto Killer" Brown (who first floated the "Planet …

Al Smith dinner: Most memorable lines from Trump, Clinton

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were under the same roof again, less than a day after the heated final presidential debate on Wednesday.<p>But anyone hoping for cooler heads at the Al Smith charity dinner after an acrimonious debate was likely disappointed, as Trump delivered some …

Hillary Clinton

‘It was an ancient form of sex tourism’

Men of antiquity worshipped Aphrodite by having sex with her temple maids at Paphos on Cyprus. Now the site is receiving new recognition, writes Andrea Watson.<p>In 2017, Paphos will enjoy the title of European Capital of Culture<i>.</i> Who would have believed that this holiday resort in Western Cyprus, a …

Who killed conspiracy theorist Max Spiers? Here’s the top theories

It’s almost the perfect conspiracy theory – that world governments or aliens are killing off anyone who gets too close to the truth about …

UFO expert found dead days after texting mum: 'Your boy's in trouble - if anything happens to me, investigate'

A conspiracy theorist texted his mum to say 'If anything happens to me, investigate' just days before his mysterious death.<p>Max Spiers, 39, a father …

This new technology could save the troubled nuclear power industry

Small nuclear reactors, funded by investors like Bill Gates, are emerging in the US as cheaper, safer alternatives to traditional nuclear power plant designs<p>The future of the nuclear industry may happen somewhere on scenic but relatively isolated land that’s about 100 miles southwest of Yellowstone …

Why Is The News About TB So Bad?

Many countries think of TB as a disease of the past and this lack of awareness results in shortfalls in funding and a lack of political will to aggressively combat the disease.<p>But a new WHO report on tuberculosis published this week makes it very clear that TB is a disease of the present. An …