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Why Has America Stopped Winning Wars?

Since 1945, the United States has experienced little except military stalemate and loss—precisely because it’s a superpower in a more peaceful world.<p>At 9:44 p.m. on July 27, 1953, Harold Smith had just 16 more minutes of the Korean War to survive before a ceasefire came into effect at 10:00 p.m. …

United States

NSA loses power to collect phone records as parts of Patriot Act expire

Senate fails to meet midnight deadline after opposition by libertarian senator Rand Paul<p>The NSA has temporarily lost its power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans after the US Senate failed to meet a midnight deadline for re-authorising the surveillance programme.<p>A deadlock …

Fatal police shootings in 2015 approaching 400 nationwide

By Kimberly Kindy<p>, Reporter<p>and reported by Julie Tate<p>Jennifer Jenkins<p>Steven Rich<p>, Database editor<p>Keith L. Alexander<p>, Reporter<p>Wesley Lowery<p>, Reporter<p>In an alley in Denver, police gunned down a 17-year-old girl joyriding in a stolen car. In the backwoods of North Carolina, police opened fire on a …

Law Enforcement

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases

The seasons appear to influence when certain genes are active, with those associated with inflammation being more active in the winter, according to new research released Tuesday.<p>A study involving more than 16,000 people found that the activity of about 4,000 of those genes appears to be affected …

Canines and Cancer Detection: The New PET Scan?

In 1989, a 44-year-old woman went to the dermatology clinic at King's College in London. She was concerned about a mole. Well it's more accurate to say that the visit was prompted by her dog's concern. The dog, a cross between a border collie and a doberman, would incessantly sniff this mole. The …

Not Bigger Than Heartbleed But Venom Vulnerability Could Have Opened Door To Cloud Kingdoms

It has a more terrifying name than Heartbleed, but don’t panic, it’s not going to cause as much trouble. The Venom vulnerability, as dubbed by security intelligence firm CrowdStrike after Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation, resided in the virtual floppy drive code used by …

Making Content For The Way People Consume Media Today

Becoming indifferent to platforms, but publishing as usual.<p>Since its founding, BuzzFeed has been obsessed with how digital content is consumed, how it is shared across the web, and how it impacts our readers and viewers. But the answers to these questions are constantly evolving with the industry. …

Millennials leaving church in droves, study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> At its core, Christian life is set of sacred traditions linking generations of sacraments and Sunday school lessons, youth ministry morals and family gatherings sanctified by prayer. An unbroken circle, in the words of an old hymn.<p>In modern America, that circle may not be completely shot, …

Religion

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

The Brain

The Justice Department Is Reviewing Its Secret Cell Phone Tracking Programs

Following requests for transparency from Congress and civil liberties groups, the Justice Department will asses its use of Stingray.<p>The federal government's law enforcement agency has launched a review of its surreptitious use of cell phone surveillance devices, considered by some lawmakers and …

Exclusive: Pentagon Admits Anti-ISIS Strikes Killed Civilians

For months, officials have said a relentless bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria isn’t killing innocents. But now an internal military investigation …

America Received the Wrong Prescription 5 Years Ago

<b>Washington, D.C. -</b> Today, Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03) released the following statement on the fifth anniversary of Obamacare becoming</i> …

The Future of Fashion Is in Their Hands

We ask talented seniors at New York’s F.I.T. about their inspirations, as they present their final collections to the fashion-world elite.<p>Are they …

Google Introduces Its Project Fi Wireless Service

Project Fi is the latest venture introduced by Google that aims to reinvent the wireless<p>Project Fi is the latest venture introduced by Google that …

What happened at Gallipoli?

Photograph: Getty Images<p>A merged image of present day Gallipoli and the same scene on 25 April 1915 Australian soldier lies injured in the foreground as troops move among the dead and wounded on the beach at Anzac …

The New Banksy Film Will Change Your View On Art

Film & TV > OPINION<p>The New Banksy Film Will Change Your View On Art<p>Banksy Does New York<p>Anthony Carew<p>Carew also gives praise to 'Kumiko, The treasure …

20+ Powerful Street Art Pieces That Tell The Uncomfortable Truth

As the world moves to cities, so does art. And just as art can inspire political action and resistance, so too do the walls of the city become …

The Secrets To A Successful Kickoff Meeting

According to Lindstrom, the greatest threat to many kickoff meeting discussion is confirmation bias. Because solutions are not easy to come by, group mentality makes people latch on the first reasonable solution they develop. In discussing this singular solution more and more, their attachment to …

UX Design

Cancer Patient Given 18 Months To Live, Cured By Cannabis Oil

David Hibbitt had cancer and was given only 18 months to live. He had gone through arduous chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions prior to surgery to …

The world as a work of digital art

As curious creatures, we attempt to understand the world around us in many ways and nowadays that usually boils down to big data visualization. Whether we're creating models of large-scale systems or breaking down reality into wireframes and exposing the digital bones beneath, the data-rich …

We’re teaching our kids wrong: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates do not have the answers

<b>(AP/Bebeto Matthews/Dima Gavrysh)</b><p>Our kids worship wealth and celebrities. We’ve lost track of school’s real purpose — exciting the mind<p>Susan Engel<p>April 18, 2015 1:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The End of the Rainbow: How Educating for Happiness (Not Money) Would Transform Our Schools”<p>Between 1848, when …

Bill Gates

Dark Matter May Be Less Mysterious Than We Thought

Unlike ordinary particles, dark matter seems to feel only gravity, not the other forces of nature. But new observations show that might not be true after all<p>Astronomers have been struggling for nearly 80 years to figure out what makes up the mysterious dark matter that pervades the universe. They …

Poor Children May Have Smaller Brains Than Rich Children. Does That Tell Us Anything?

Social scientists have found that by the time children enter kindergarten, there is already a large academic achievement gap between students from …

IQ