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5 takeaways from CNN's GOP town hall

<b>(CNN) —</b> Marco Rubio showed why he spooks Democrats, while Ted Cruz tried to put a scare into Donald Trump during CNN's town hall Wednesday night.<p>The first three candidates to participate in the two-night event moderated by Anderson Cooper showcased their different styles of conservatism.<p>Ben Carson …

Republicans

The countries that don’t exist

There really is a secret world of hidden independent nations, with their own populations, governments – and football leagues. In fact, you’ve almost certainly visited one without realising.<p>When I first see Nick Middleton, he is surrounded by globes and atlases showing the most exotic places on the …

Rocky Mountains

HR Meets Data: How Your Boss Will Monitor You To Create The Quantified Workplace

New employee trackers are letting companies tweak office layouts, policies, and org charts to get the most out of their workers. But at what cost?<p>Imagine if, a few years from now, you’re in a meeting. (Even in science fiction, we spend most of our time in meetings.) Everyone’s phones are on the …

How mindfulness plays havoc with memory

The practice can disrupt the brain’s ability to tell the difference between real and false memories, scientists find<p>Mindfulness, the form of meditation embraced by business leaders, celebrities and the NHS, might not be so beneficial for the mind after all, according to research.<p>The practice, which …

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Psychology

The Resurrection of America's Slums

After falling in the 1990s, the number of poor people living in high-poverty areas has been growing fast.<p>Half a century after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty, the number of Americans living in slums is rising at an extraordinary pace.<p>The number of people living in high-poverty …

Scientists scan the brain to see how stress undermines your diet

If you're trying to lose weight, kick off your diet by relaxing. Stress tinkers with your brain chemistry in ways that make it hard to make healthful food choices and maintain self-control, a new study finds.<p>Study volunteers who endured a somewhat stressful experience were 24% more likely to choose …

Republican presidential debate: 8 takeaways

<b>(CNN) —</b> The top 10 candidates for the Republican presidential nomination only had a few minutes each on Thursday to capture the attention of voters tuning in to the first big-league Republican presidential debate.<p>Donald Trump may have grabbed the most headlines from the night, but the prime-time …

Government
Journalism

Chilean miners: Where are they now?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Shift leader Luis Urzua checked the time.<p>It was about 1:40 p.m. He had just felt a rumble in the Earth, and over the clanging and clamoring of mining equipment, Urzua heard a noise.<p>Despite the unnerving rumble, he continued working at the San José Mine in Chile's Atacama Desert. He and a …

Mining

Why is Russia sending bombers close to U.S. airspace?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two Russian bombers intercepted by U.S. fighter jets off the California coast on July Fourth could be seen as having raised a metaphorical middle finger to the United States.<p>"Good morning, American pilots. We are here to greet you on your Fourth of July Independence Day," they said, …

Military

What are the limits of human vision?

From spotting galaxies millions of light years away to perceiving invisible colours, Adam Hadhazy explains why your eyes can do incredible things.<p>Take a look around the room – what do you see? All those colours, the walls, the windows – everything seems so self-evident, just so there. It's weird to …

Universe

Why China’s stock market bubble was always bound to burst

Over the past few weeks, punters in China underwent a near-death experience when their country’s two stock exchanges entered freefall. The rapidly inflating bubble that had driven share prices to dizzying heights had suddenly burst. By this spring, the stock markets in Shanghai, with 831 listed …

Stock Markets

Pluto mission: NASA's New Horizons 'phones home' after blackout

<b>Laurel, Maryland (CNN) —</b> NASA has re-established contact with its New Horizons spacecraft after a planned communications blackout as the probe completes humankind's first flyby of Pluto.<p>Mission managers who were packed into the New Horizons "mission control" room anxiously waiting to hear from the …

Solar System

The 10 most affordable cities in the world

Of all the cities in the world, your dollar will go the furthest in Mumbai, India.<p>It's currently the cheapest city to live in, according to the Economist's World Cost of Living Index.<p>The index, which is calculated every other year, compares countries based on the cost of things like food, drink, …

Oil prices to dive again, report says

Get ready for a new oil low.<p>The bottom may still lie ahead, as the market remains "massively oversupplied," the International Energy Agency said Friday.<p>The report noted that Iraqi oil output was more than 4 million barrels a day -- an all-time high.<p>The IEA, which monitors energy market trends for …

Oil

Confederate Battle Doesn't End in South Carolina as Petitions Spread Across Country

As South Carolina prepares to remove the Confederate flag from the state Capitol on Friday, politicians and regular citizens across the country are clamoring to eliminate similar iconography.<p>South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday signed into law a measure to take down the Confederate battle …

The curious truth about belly button fluff

Some people have belly buttons devoid of fluff – while others must clean lint out of theirs every day. Jason G Goldman discovers why the fuzz is strong with some…<p>There are two crucial things you need to know about the lint that forms inside of belly buttons. The first is that it's referred to more …

Habitats
Journalism

The Silent Monkey Victims Of The War On Terror

Thousands of animals have been exposed to deadly pathogens, chemicals, and radiation so that scientists can develop medicines to protect Americans from weapons of mass destruction. Was all this suffering really necessary?

Heroin Deaths Quadruple Across U.S.

Heroin use has dramatically increased across the U.S., spreading to groups it hadn't previously reached, and deaths from overdose have soared, according to a new federal report released Tuesday.<p>Heroin deaths nearly quadrupled in the decade between 2002 and 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and …

Medicine

Who Owns Your Steps?

Millions of people are logging fitness workouts with wearables. Now a growing number of them are trying to free their data from their devices.<p>Kendra Albert has painstakingly logged a few million steps on wearable fitness trackers over the last four years. But the only proof of her hard-won progress …

Battle of Waterloo: 200th anniversary events taking place

The Battle of Waterloo was an epic turning point in European history which put an end to Napoleon's ambitions to rule much of Europe.<p>It re-shaped Britain's relationship with the continent.<p>Newsnight's diplomatic editor Mark Urban has been to Waterloo and elsewhere, to reflect on that important event …

The Waterloo Myth: Where Was Napoleon Actually Defeated?

It wasn't in the town that his iconic last battle is named for.<p>History, they say, is written by the victors. And sometimes everyday expressions are too.<p>Two hundred years ago today, Anglo-allied forces commanded by the Duke of Wellington and Prussian forces led by Gebhard von Blücher decisively …

The Cold War Never Really Ended

For the first time in a decade, Russia spent a higher portion of its GDP on defense than the U.S. in 2013.<p>To those who lived through it, the night of November 9, 1989, seemed to mark a new epoch in human history. The Berlin Wall was suddenly undefended, in a single delirious moment that promised to …