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‘Come on out and fight!’: an extract from The Lost Boys by Gina Perry

A new book about the 1950s Robbers Cave experiment details how subterfuge and manipulation were used to turn ‘upstanding 11-year-olds’ into ‘brutal savages’<p>• The inside story of the Robbers Cave experiment<p>After the sun had gone down, the boys raced one another from the swimming hole to their …

Extracted

China’s ‘Jack the Ripper’ sentenced to death for 11 grisly murders

A man dubbed China’s ‘Jack the Ripper’ has been sentenced to death for the rape and murder of 11 women and girls.<p>Gao Chengyong, 54, was likened to the notorious killer from Victorian England due to the way he mutilated the bodies of his victims, which included an eight year old girl.<p>He allegedly …

Crime

Stability still elusive as Egypt's Sisi poised for second term

CAIRO (Reuters) - The attack by Islamic State came as Egypt's defense and interior ministers walked toward a helicopter waiting to fly them out of the Sinai peninsula last December. Five army and police sources told Reuters that the militants fired a laser-guided missile at the aircraft, destroying …

Middle East

First picture: The daughter of 'poisoned' Russian spy, fighting for her life in hospital

The first picture of Yulia Skripal, who is fighting for her life in hospital alongside her father Sergei Skripal, can be revealed by The Telegraph.<p>Friends of Ms Skripal confirmed the identity of the daughter of the Russian spy, who police believe was poisoned while out in Salisbury.<p>Sergei Skripal, …

A ‘Grueling and Grotesque’ Biohacking Experiment

In 2016, Josiah Zayner, a former synthetic biology research scientist at NASA, checked himself into a hotel room. Over the course of four days, he performed an extremely risky experiment on himself. The goal: “To completely replace all of the bacteria that are contained within my body.”

Synthetic Biology

13 killed in Mexico after helicopter crashes as officials tour quake area

<b>(CNN) —</b> A military helicopter carrying officials surveying earthquake damage crashed Friday night in the southeastern Mexican state of Oaxaca, killing 13 people, Mexican officials said.<p>The helicopter was attempting to land at an airfield in Santiago Jamiltepec when it crashed in a nearby field on …

Natural Disasters

Is Cape Town Thirsty Enough to Drink Seawater?

Cape Town is withering. If current projections hold, the South African city of 4 million will run out of water on May 11, known as Day Zero. It’s …

Mattis warns Syria against using chemical weapons

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Secretary of Defense James Mattis has warned the Syrian regime against the use of chemical weapons, telling reporters Friday "you have all seen how we reacted to that, so they'd be ill advised to go back to violating the chemical convention."<p>Mattis was referring to the April 2017 …

Middle East

Bomber in ambulance detonates at Afghan checkpoint; 95 dead

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber drove an ambulance into a commercial area by pretending to be carrying a patient to a hospital and then detonated his explosives at a checkpoint near the European Union consulate, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 more in an attack claimed by the …

Afghanistan

DR Congo: Calls for protests as Kabila clings to power one year on

Joseph Kabila was supposed to step down as president of DR Congo in December 19, 2016. On the anniversary of that date, the country is bracing for …

Africa

Why are America's farmers killing themselves in record numbers?

The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans. Former farmer Debbie Weingarten gives an insider’s perspective on farm life – and how to help<p>I wrote about farmers’ suicides – and the reaction has been overwhelming<p>It is dark in the workshop, but what light there is streams in …

Farming

Something very weird is happening on Saturn’s moon Titan

Thanks to the efforts of NASA and its incredibly reliable Cassini spacecraft, we now know more about Saturn and its moons than ever before, but it …

If You Transplant a Human Head, Where Do You Get the Body?

Two years ago, the controversial Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero made a brazen announcement: In December 2017, for the first time in history, he …

Singularity

Watch NASA Test Its New Supersonic Parachute at 1300 Miles Per Hour

NASA’s latest Mars rover is headed for the Red Planet in 2020, and the space agency is working hard to make sure its $2.1 billion project will land …

Researchers identify exoplanet with the same atmospheric ingredients as the Earth- Technology News, Firstpost

Flakka, drug that makes people bark and strip, wreaks havoc in Midwest, South

Otherwise normal folks suddenly running naked, screaming through the streets and breaking into homes?<p>That kind of bizarre and sometimes dangerous behavior has taken place in recent years in the South and Midwest – with the most recent headline-grabbing case in Missouri. Police trace it all to a …

Drug Addiction

Police knew 'madman' had guns before killing rampage

RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. (AP) — Police on Wednesday called the deadly shooting rampage in California a clear case of "a madman on the loose" while defending their decision not to arrest the man for previously violating a court order prohibiting him from having guns.<p>At a tense news conference, …

Crime

5 killed in California shooting rampage, including gunman's wife

The death toll in a shooting rampage in northern California rose to five today as authorities gave chilling new insight into the suspected killer's …

Northern California

Here's what's happening in Zimbabwe

Tanks rolled into Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, on Tuesday, as tensions escalated between the military and President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party. In a statement read on the state broadcaster, ZBC, an army official reported early Wednesday morning that Robert Mugabe and his family are “safe” and …

Africa

The ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya is visible from space

In just months, more than 600,000 members of Myanmar’s ethnic Muslim minority, the Rohingya, have fled persecution into neighboring Bangladesh. When that many people move on earth, you can see it from space.<p>The imagery below comes from Planet, a satellite imaging company that photographs the entire …

North Africa

Prosecutors Describe Driver’s Plan to Kill in Manhattan Terror Attack

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday filed charges accusing the driver in the Manhattan truck attack of carrying out a long-planned plot, spurred by Islamic State propaganda videos, to kill people celebrating Halloween.<p>The charges, filed just over 24 hours after the deadliest terror attack on New York …

Crime

Trucks, SUVs drive U.S. October new vehicle sales | Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) - Major automakers posted mixed U.S. new vehicle sales in October on Wednesday, though America’s love affair with high-margin pickup trucks and SUVs remained in full bloom as larger, pricier vehicles fared better than passenger cars.<p>Auto industry publication WardsAuto put the …

General Motors

Mysterious object seen speeding past sun could be 'visitor from another star system'

If its origins are confirmed, the asteroid or comet, named A/2017 U1, will be the first object known to come from elsewhere in the galaxy, say astronomers<p>A mysterious object detected hurtling past our sun could be the first space rock traced back to a different solar system, according to …

Astronomy

She was missing for 42 years. But even she can't tell police where she's been.

The phone call that would eventually unfreeze a 42-year-old cold case came in on Sept. 15. It was an inquiry between law enforcement agencies. Typical. Routine. Nothing hinting at the surprise lying ahead.<p>Yan Salomon, a senior investigator with the New York State Police, dialed up the detective …

Crime

Stephen Paddock’s Missing Hard Drive Complicates Las Vegas Case

LOS ANGELES — Determining a motive for the man who committed one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern history continues to be an exasperating task for investigators. They have interviewed many of Stephen Paddock’s relatives and friends, and examined his travel, financial and health history. …

Mass Shootings

IBM has just achieved an 'impossible' step in quantum computing

The company has simulated a quantum computer with 56 qubits on a classical computer<p>In the race to build a working quantum computer, IBM has just …

Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious

Computer scientists are finding ways to code curiosity into intelligent machines.<p>You probably can’t remember what it feels like to play Super Mario …

Machine Learning

Killers meant to 'send a message,' sheriff says of 1983 slaying

<b>Griffin, Georgia (CNN) —</b> Timothy Coggins was stabbed multiple times, likely in the field where hunters found his body in Sunny Side, Georgia, on October 9, 1983, investigators at the time told the local newspaper.<p>The state crime lab determined that both of Coggins' lungs were punctured, …

Crime

China Moves To Limit Fuel, Textile Trade With North Korea

China is imposing new limits on trade with North Korea after the isolated country's latest nuclear test.<p>China's Ministry of Commerce said Saturday it would limit refined petroleum exports starting Oct. 1 and ban the import of North Korean textiles immediately. It would ban exports of liquefied …

North Korea

Scientists Can Finally Explain Why The Boomerang Nebula Is Colder Than Space Itself

The coldest object in the known Universe.<p>Some 5,000 light-years from Earth, there's a bizarre and mysterious nebula that clocks an average …

Universe