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Alaska’s huge climate mystery — and its global consequences

In recent years, climate scientists have grown increasingly concerned about a carbon problem in the far north.<p>The fear is that with the higher latitudes of the planet warming extremely rapidly, that heat itself, and some of its consequences — such as raging wildfires in northern forests — could …

Climate Change

Researchers Found A Way To Erase Memories Of Meth In Mice

A major stepping stone for treating addiction<p>The major hurdle in treating addiction is enabling a person to not return to the abused drug or substance. This has proved extremely difficult for researchers and patients alike, as even with the best rehabilitation therapy and the most supportive …

This Hilarious Sick Leave Note From a Doctor is Going Viral on Reddit

If you've ever had to stay home from work with a cold or a stomach upset and then had to scramble for a doctor's note, this Reddit post will strike a …

Watch this documentary short about a tragic crime featured on the hit podcast 'Serial'

At 3:10 p.m. on October 2, 1998, 13-year-old Gregory Witman returned home from school. Seven minutes later, his 15-year-old brother Zachary dialed 911 to report finding Gregory brutally murdered in their laundry room. What followed was five years of appeals, scant evidence, and botched trials that …

Crime

8 iconic locations for black history around the U.S.

Black History Month is the perfect time to pay homage to iconic civil rights leaders of the past.<p>One of the best ways to pay tribute? Go on a road …

What 3-Parent Babies Mean For The Future Of Reproductive Medicine

Bespoke embryos raise ethical questions for lawmakers and bioethicists alike<p>Last week members of the British House of Commons passed a bill legalizing mitochondrial DNA transfers--a process that combines three different sets of DNA to create an embryo. That means one day, it could be possible for …

Black Death DNA found in teeth

<i>Remnants of the genetic makeup of plague bacteria have been found in thousands of victims of the Black Death and the major plague epidemics at the</i> …

Environmental Health

What a Homeland Security Shutdown Would Look Like

Republican efforts to fund the Department of Homeland Security while gutting President Barack Obama’s immigration actions failed to advance in the Senate this week, threatening to partially shutter the agency charged with protecting the country from its most serious threats.<p>Though leaders in both …

Homeland Security

Immortal Technique Reacts To Jay Z's Civil Rights Comments, Preps Nationwide Tour

Immortal Technique is set to embark on a nationwide tour co-headlined by Talib Kweli. The 32-city circuit, The People’s Champions, is set to feature …

The white man who pretended to be black

With the release of the movie Selma, a lot of Americans are asking how far race relations have really come in the United States. On the one hand, the movie depicts the success of the Sixties civil rights crusade – its victory confirmed by <b></b>Barack Obama’s election in 2008.<p>On the other hand, the recent …

8 historic women who pioneered the Civil Rights Movement

When director Ava DuVernay decided to helm the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic <i>Selma</i>, she noticed something missing from the script.<p>"When I first came …

Finance

Apple's New Plan For Healthcare: The Doctor Will Track You Now

An Apple relay will keep your doctor’s fears allayed.<p>That’s the plan, at least, behind the company’s growing health care strategy: To use the Apple HealthKit platform to collect real-time data from iPhones, the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch, and other devices — and connect it to hospitals, …

Medical Technology
Faith

Newly Discovered Networks among Different Diseases Reveal Hidden Connections

From Quanta (Find original story here).<p>Stefan Thurner is a physicist, not a biologist. But not long ago, the Austrian national health insurance …

Atoms

Leader Of Group Funding Supreme Court Case Against Obamacare Compares Health Reform To The Holocaust

The insurance industry’s decision to urge the Supreme Court not to throw much of the nation’s health care system into chaos, according to a key …

Not getting young people to vote is part of the Tory election strategy – we have to do something about it

Young people don’t vote. It’s not a breaking news story; it’s a well established pattern in elections. In 2010, barely four in ten under-25s turned …

United Kingdom

What experts say, and what people hear

EVERY day seems to bring a new story of a politician saying something stupid or evasive about vaccines. Rand Paul frets that they might cause mental …

Public Health
Death Row

Israeli Diplomats Could Lose Jobs Over Tweets Criticizing Netanyahu

In Israel, saying "RT ≠ endorsement" doesn't count.<p>The retweet was cited by Israel's Foreign Ministry as one of the reasons Caspi had been recalled to Jerusalem for questioning.<p>Assaf Moran, an Israeli diplomat based in India, was also recalled for tweets on his private account. The Hebrew-language …

Israel

We Can Predict When People Are Going To Die From Their “DNA Clock”

We can do a lot to shorten or lengthen our time on earth, from what we choose to eat, to where we choose to live. But some part of our longevity is hardwired. It’s dictated by our genes.<p>Scientists have discovered a human “biological clock” based on certain changes to genes, called DNA methylation. …

Ten Mysterious Examples of Rock Art from the Ancient World

Rock paintings and engravings are among the world’s oldest continuously practiced art form and are as diverse as the wide-ranging cultures and …

Study finds genetic mutation behind most common breast cancer

Major research mapping the DNA of 100,000 women found those with certain genetic variations had a sharp increase in their risk of breast cancer<p>Scientists have hailed a significant breakthrough after a major study identified two genetic variations linked to the most common form of breast cancer, …

Watch This Angry Mom Interrupt Her Son’s Terrible Music Video In Hilarious Fashion

The music video game is a tough racket to crack — sometimes you have to fake it ’til you make it. For this aspiring musician, that meant improvising with extremely limited resources. Namely: a beat up car, an oscillating fan, a few extension cords, and the risk that his mom would interrupt filming …

An Elite That Has Lost the Impulse to Police Itself

The DEA secretly instituted a mass surveillance program—and almost no one objected, even after it was revealed.<p>Few in public life are as contemptuous of privacy as Stewart Baker, an attorney whose career has included stints at the NSA and Department of Homeland Security. He is a staunch defender of …

Surveillance