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Austrian Teenage IS Girls 'Want To Return Home' After Marrying Jihadists And Falling Pregnant

Two teenage girls who fled their Austrian homes to join Islamic State (IS) have told their families they want to come home after marrying jihadists …

Google makes us all dumber: The neuroscience of search engines

As search engines get better, we become lazier. We’re hooked on easy answers and undervalue asking good questions<p>In 1964, Pablo Picasso was asked by an interviewer about the new electronic calculating machines, soon to become known as computers. He replied, “But they are useless. They can only give …

Precrastination: Worse than Procrastination?

When just doing something wastes more time than not doing anything.<p>Do you park in the first spot you see, even if it means a longer, grocery-laden walk back from the store later? When unloading the dishwasher, do you quickly shove all the Tupperware into a random cabinet, thereby getting the …

President Obama gives his vision of US leadership to UN

<b>President Barack Obama has laid out a broad vision of American leadership in a changing world, in a UN speech.</b><p>He told the UN General Assembly the world needs a new blueprint to deal with the terror, conflict, climate and health challenges it faces.<p>The president said the Ebola outbreak, Islamist …

Barack Obama

Spain abortion: Rajoy scraps tighter law

<b>Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has dropped plans to limit abortion to cases of rape or where the mother's health is at serious risk.</b><p>The proposals had drawn widespread opposition and prompted dissent in Mr Rajoy's Popular Party, despite being part of its election programme in 2011.<p>The government will …

Europe

Law enforcement is annoyed at the new levels of smartphone encryption

Recently, Apple and Google announced that additional security procedures would be put in place to make it more difficult for law enforcement to retrieve data off a person’s passcode protected smartphone. According to the Wall Street Journal, this has raised alarms inside law enforcement agencies …

Privacy

UN climate summit: China pledges emissions action

<b>China has pledged for the first time to take firm action on climate change, telling a UN summit that its emissions, the world's highest, would soon peak.</b><p>Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli also said China would make its economy much more carbon efficient by 2020.<p>US President Barack Obama said climate change …

Climate

Scotland's Other Winners: Teenage Voters

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Mother of murdered young man calls for end to knife crime

Dean Mayley, 24, was murdered earlier this year by teenagers demanding he hand over his mobile phone<p>The mother of a young man with learning difficulties who was murdered for the sake of his mobile phone has called for an end to knife crime as her son's teenage killers faced life behind bars.<p>Dean …

Child firing Uzi at Ariz. shooting range accidentally kills instructor, police say

A shooting instructor is dead, the victim of a gun-range accident. A 9-year-old girl is surely traumatized. And plenty of people, including many gun enthusiasts, are asking: Why give a child a submachine gun to shoot?<p>The deadly incident occurred Monday morning at a gun range in Arizona that caters …

Most smartphone users download zero apps per month

Mobile apps have skyrocketed in popularity and utility since Apple introduced the iPhone App Store in the summer of 2008. Apps now represent 52% of time spent with digital media in the US, according to comScore, up from 40% in early 2013. Apple boasted 75 <i>billion</i> all-time App Store downloads at its …

Mobile

Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain

<i>This week, NPR Ed is focusing on questions about why people play and how play relates to learning.</i><p>When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground.<p>"The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your …

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …

EmDrive Is an Engine That Breaks the Laws of Physics and Could Take Us to Mars

An experimental engine is gaining acceptance among scientists, and could introduce a new era of space travel — it only had to break a law of physics …

Revealed: Whitehall plans to share your private data

Driving licences, criminal records and energy use data could be shared under radical plans to link government databases<p>Details of the financial history, qualifications and property wealth of millions of Britons could be shared across Whitehall for the first time without their consent, the Telegraph …

Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm?

Let me guess how you feel about your urine: Get that smelly stuff away from me as fast as possible?<p>A small group of environmentalists in Vermont isn't as squeamish. Instead of flushing their pee down the drain, they're collecting it with special toilets that separate No. 1 and No. 2.<p>Then they're …