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Astronomers just saw farther back in time than they ever have before

To look through the lens of a telescope is to peer back in time.<p>The light we view through it has spent hundreds, millions, even billions of years crossing the vastness of space to reach us, carrying with it images of things that happened long ago.<p>On Thursday, astronomers at the Hubble Space …

Universe

Scientists are finding out that some genes thought to be ‘essential’ for human health actually aren't

If they aren't able to code proteins properly, then we simply won't survive — or will be saddled with the symptoms of any number of serious diseases.<p>That's been the conventional thought. But geneticists are beginning to question that idea.<p>They're finding more and more people who are perfectly …

Complaining Is Terrible for You, According to Science | Inc.com

Why do people complain? Not to torture others with their negativity, surely. When most of us indulge in a bit of a moan, the idea is to "vent." By getting our emotions out, we reason, we'll feel better.<p>But science suggests there are a few serious flaws in that reasoning. One, not only does …

Happiness

Ask Ethan: What Makes A Theory A Scientific One?

If you listen closely to the darkest corners of the internet, you’ll often hear people decry well-established scientific facts like evolution, the Big Bang and even gravity as, “just a theory.” Sure, there might be a big difference between a scientific theory like evolution and the story of …

Physics

Eric Holder On Black Lives Matter: "In Them I See A Lot Of The Younger Eric"

In a clip of an upcoming interview provided to BuzzFeed News, former Attorney General Eric Holder said the spirit of the Black Lives Matter movement reminded him of his younger self and was in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King.<p>WASHINGTON — In some of his most expansive comments on the Black …

Andromeda smash-up: distant galaxy is rushing towards Earth at one million mph - with no hope of deviation

Is this a space invasion? It does indeed resemble one. In fact it is a splendid Nasa photograph of a Geminid meteor shower:<p>Such events are caused when fragments of dust often far older than Earth crash into our atmosphere at tens of thousands of miles per hour, each causing a mini-explosion. This …

Scientists get 'gene editing' go-ahead

<b>UK scientists have been given the go-ahead by the fertility regulator to genetically modify human embryos.</b><p>It is the first time a country has considered the DNA-altering technique in embryos and approved it.<p>The research will take place at the Francis Crick Institute in London and aims to provide a …

Ammon Bundy urges protesters to leave refuge

BURNS, Ore. — Oregon militia leader Ammon Bundy is urging his followers at a wildlife refuge near Burns, Ore., to leave, according to a statement released by his attorney.<p>Bundy's lawyer, Mike Arnold, read a statement by Bundy, arrested Tuesday, on the steps of a courthouse in Portland.<p>"Right now, I …

Oregon

5 takeaways from the Democratic forum

In an event that was more stump speech than debate, Hillary Clinton showed she still doesn't have an answer to the inevitable question about her emails.<p>DES MOINES, Iowa — The opportunity presented itself, but no one was willing to plunge in the knife in the final candidate forum before the Feb. 1 …

Dark Energy May Be Distorting Our View of Gravitational Waves

Waves traveling through expanding space-time should look different than waves traveling through static space-time.<p>Dark energy may be distorting long-sought gravitational wave signals from distant sources in the universe, according to a paper posted to the arXiv pre-print server by astrophysicists …

American nightmare: Rich & poor, middle-class no more

America’s once-glorified middle-class is on its way to being relegated to the history books; an artifact of a bygone era when good-paying jobs, …

An oligarchy has broken our democracy. It must be dislodged

Each new election year promises change. We will choose a new president and new representatives in Congress; fresh faces will make their appearances in Washington DC, while old ones disappear. But what about the people who stay in power, one election after another, less exposed to the public eye?<p>The …

Middle-class

Hubris takes them all down: This is why every president makes the same dumb mistakes

We fight on both sides of wars. We think we can identify good terrorists and moderate rebels. We are always wrong<p><b>ISIS: Iraq War 3.0</b><p>The national security sector of the Deep State achieved a zenith of incoherence in June 2014, during the advance toward Baghdad of the insurgent group ISIS. Having …

2016 January 10 - Sun Storm: A Coronal Mass Ejection

<b>Sun Storm: A Coronal Mass Ejection</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, ESA, SOHO Consortium<p><b>Explanation:</b> What's happening to our Sun? Another Coronal Mass Ejection …

I quizzed dozens of Silicon Valley elites about inequality. Here's what they told me.

Inequality is perhaps my favorite interview topic in Silicon Valley: It's fascinating to watch ordinarily confident titans of industry squirm in their seats before offering a conspicuously measured response. But occasionally a leader in the community breaks an unspoken rule by being brutally honest …

First Date Conversation: 5 Things Research Says You Should Talk About

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The 16 best countries in Europe if you want to get a job

On the world stage, Europe is a pretty good place to be if you want a job, but within Europe, rates of employment vary massively from country to country.<p>That's why salary comparison website Glassdoor has compiled a ranking of the best countries in Europe for getting a job as part of its Economic …

They’d be killed if they were black: The racial double standard at the heart of the new Bundy family standoff

Armed white men seize a federal building. The government stands down carefully. But a 12-year-old with a toy gun?<p>At least 150 armed white men have seized control of a federal building outside of Burns, Oregon. They are led by a cadre which includes Ammon and Ryan Bundy. They are the sons of Cliven …

The Loneliest Galaxy In The Universe

One hundred years ago, Einstein put forth his theory of General Relativity, replacing Newton’s concepts of absolute space and time with a dynamic fabric — spacetime — that would not only curve dependent on the matter-and-energy present within, but would expand or contract depending on some global …

Santa Cruz

Here's what the next big Middle Eastern crisis could look like

One of the region's most dangerous frontlines has remained quiet through it all.<p>Even with repeated Israeli strikes on their weapons supply routes and stockpiles inside of Syria, open warfare hasn't broken out between the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah and Israel.<p>Even amid a regional meltdown, …

White America’s toxic ignorance: Abigail Fisher, Antonin Scalia and the real privilege that goes unspoken

If affirmative action gives unearned opportunities to one racial group, it is whites who have benefited the most<p>Is Justice Antonin Scalia auditioning for a job as Donald Trump’s ghostwriter?<p>His recent comments on Fisher v. the University of Texas, a landmark SCOTUS case about the future of …

Extremism ends in civil war: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and a right-wing insurgency the GOP can no longer control

The last time a U.S. political party put forth a radical like this was 1860. There are really frightening parallels<p>The rise of dictators-in-waiting Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz has left political observers bewildered. How did the establishment wing of a dominant American political party end up …

Filmmakers Disguise a Bible as a Koran and Head Out on the Street. What They Do Next Has Some So Shocked That They Spout Expletives.

Two Dutch filmmakers recently took to the streets to conduct a social experiment in an effort to measure public reaction to — and shed light on — what they deem to be “shocking verses” in the Judeo-Christian scriptures.<p>“Muslims have been accused of following a religion that has no place in our …

Smartphones to die out 'within five years', says new study

According to a new study of 100,000 consumers, mobile technology is expected to be replaced by artificial intelligence<p>Many consumers believe smartphones will cease to exist within five years, according to new research carried out by researchers on behalf of Ericsson.<p>The company's ConsumerLab …

Why Does Evolution Want Infidelity to Hurt So Much?

Evolutionary psychology has made attempts to understand why humans hate cheaters so much, but no one has come up with an ironclad explanation.<p>At a superficial level, sexual jealousy is arguably one of the most counterproductive emotions we have evolved to experience. Think of all the hours we …

Why Men and Women Can't Be 'Just Friends'

Turn your vicious circles into virtuous ones.<p>Here's a peek through the keyhole into the way narcissists think.<p>Criticism often reveals more about the …

Just let the Republicans win: Maybe things need to get really bad before America wakes up

A GOP victory would bring disaster. Perhaps that’s necessary to destroy their credibility — and wake up Democrats<p><i>"The Democratic Leadership Council, the organization that produced such figures as Bill Clinton…has long been pushing the party to forget blue-collar voters and concentrate instead on</i> …

Bill Maher and Thomas Piketty unite: Income inequality, Islamic extremism and a liberal war on terror

The economist has a liberal answer to Maher’s thorny questions: A leftist fight on terror tackles inequality<p>Thomas Piketty, the French economist who made headlines last year when he published “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” has penned a brief but controversial essay (for the French newspaper …

Everyone loves an a**hole: Science explains our attraction to creeps and deviants

Always falling for the wrong guy or gal? New research suggests it may actually be a part of the human condition<p>Karl Gruber<p>November 29, 2015 6:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Are you a nice, well-rounded person, yet can’t seem to hit it off with the opposite …

13 science-backed signs you're smarter than average

Without administering an impromptu IQ test, there are certain clues you can use to gauge a person's relative intelligence.<p>We combed through decades of scientific research and highlighted 13 surprising signs of braininess.<p>Keep in mind, however, that "intelligence" is often measured through tests …