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FOIA Request Shows Thousands Have Been Held Inside Secret US Prison, Homan Square

After filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department (CPD), <i>The Guardian</i> has discovered over 3,600 people …

Criminal Justice

Top Chicago restaurants headed to the United Center this fall

Bulls and Hawks fans are about to get a big upgrade in their gametime dining options.<p>The United Center announced today that reimagined concession stands will greet fans this fall, featuring dishes from Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, Leghorn Chicken, Lillie's Q, LQ …

This 12-Year-Old Has a Higher IQ Than Einstein And Stephen Hawking

But that doesn't necessarily make her smarter.<p>Twelve-year-old Nicole Barr, who lives in Essex in the UK, has scored 162 on an IQ test - beating …

Long-skulled 'alien skeleton' discovered by archaeologists at Russia's Stonehenge

Archaeologists digging in 'Russia's Stonehenge' have discovered the remains of a skeleton with an unusual cone-shaped head. The bones were discovered …

Archaeology

Mysterious 'Stonehenge' Monolith Found Off Sicily's Coast

This suggests ancient people were surprisingly sophisticated.<p>In deep water off the coast of Sicily, scientists have found a large and very mysterious monolith that is believed to have been hewn from rock some 10,000 years ago.<p>"Considering its shape and length, it can be called a Stonehenge-type …

Ancient Ancestors Had More DNA Than We Do Now: Have we Devolved?

Adding to the number of unsolved mysteries regarding the ancient origins of humanity and the biology of our species, scientists have discovered that …

Biotech Company Is Developing Transplantable Pig Organs For Humans

Pigs are good for more than just bacon<p>Every year, around 8,000 people die waiting for an organ transplant. There just doesn't seem to be enough human organs available for those who need them. Biotech company United Therapeutics has been investigating ways to grow pig organs to be used in humans, …

Fish Could Be Evolving to Evade Capture From Trawlers, Suggests Study

Fish may be evolving to evade capture from the nets on commercial fishing trawlers, according to new research.<p>The study by the University of Glasgow …

Science Proves Reading To Kids Really Does Change Their Brains

MRIs provide hard proof.<p>Pediatricians often recommend parents routinely read aloud to their young children.<p>Now, for the first time, researchers have hard evidence that doing so activates the parts of preschoolers' brains that help with mental imagery and understanding narrative -- both of which are …

A revolutionary tool is helping us unlock the secrets of DNA

But in the meantime, this tool, called CRISPR, is helping us do something else — something that's essential if we want to really re-write the genetic code. <b>It's helping us understand what genes actually do, both in humans and in animals.</b><p>The big misunderstanding of the age of genetics is that people …

Genetics

Science Has Officially Found a Hangover Cure

A new study proves that this drink works better than anything else.<p>Everyone has a theory about the best way to cure, or even prevent, the dreaded hangover. There's padding your belly with greasy pizza, taking ibuprofen before bed, chugging gallons of coffee in the morning, and the bold …

Alcohol

Here's what happened when scientists erased memories of using meth in mice

This has proved extremely difficult for researchers and patients alike, as even with the best rehabilitation therapy and the most supportive friends and families, many addicts of psychostimulant drugs —methamphetamine, cocaine, and MDMA — relapse soon after therapy ends, often because the memory of …

Drug Addiction

Scientists think they've discovered why we remember some dreams more vividly than others

This is known as rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep, and it describes the portion of our sleep when we experience a storm of brain activity and eye movements while the rest of our body is paralyzed.<p>Now, scientists have found evidence that these rapid eye jerks resemble our eye movements when we are …

The Brain

Four B.C. whale deaths in a week baffle scientists

Print<p>Related<p>The discovery of four dead humpback whales in B.C. waters in a single week, just as Alaska is experiencing a surge of whale deaths, has …

Cognition

By 2100, Earth Will Have an Entirely Different Ocean

A complete guide to the hotter, higher, trashier, fish-free oceans of the near future.<p>The ocean is in the midst of a radical, manmade change. It can seem kind of crazy that one of the most immense properties on Earth—the ocean washes over 71 percent of the planet—could be completely transformed by …

Climate Change

The real culprit in the Animas River spill

<b>(CNN) —</b> Last Wednesday, the United States experienced one of its worst hardrock-mining-related disasters in decades, and I wish I could say that I was surprised.<p>A gold mine that has been inactive since 1920 spilled 3 million gallons of toxic mining waste into the Animas River in Colorado after …

Pollution

Massive Explosion in Warehouse in China

Fire Fighting

Has Nefertiti's tomb finally been found?

<b>(CNN) —</b> A British archaeologist has been given the go-ahead by Egyptian authorities to search Tutankhamun's tomb for the final resting place of Nefertiti.<p>Nicholas Reeves, along with Mamdouh Eldamaty, the country's Minister of Antiquities, and a group of experts will enter the boy king's burial …

Archaeology

Navajo Nation Spars With EPA Over Animas River Disaster Compensation

<b>Correction appended, Aug. 13 2015</b><p>Navajo Nation president Russell Begaye has ordered Navajo citizens not to use an “offending” damage-claims …