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12 Things to Add to 2018 For a Healthier, Happier Year

In the New Year, there are some things you should cut back on to be healthier, but also so many things you should add in. The best part? They're so simple — and many of them cost absolutely nothing. Try adding more of each of these to your day-to-day in 2018 to make this year so much better than …

FBI and Homeland Security detail Russian hacking campaign in new report

Experts say report is too little too late and comes after several others from private sector detailing alleged exploits of groups Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear<p>Obama orders sanctions on Russia after election campaign hacking<p>The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FBI have released an analysis of …

Homeland Security

Russia, brushing off Obama, looks to friendlier Donald Trump

HONOLULU (AP) — Stung by new punishments, Russia is looking straight past President Barack Obama to Donald Trump in hopes the president-elect will …

Russia

Here Are 19 of The Most Incredible Nature Photos of 2016

Thank you, Planet Earth.<p>When we take a moment to step back and look, the world is stunningly beautiful.<p>There's beauty in the flashing movements of …

Nature

Hacked email appears to show DOJ official tipping Clinton campaign about review

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> An email released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday appears to show a senior Justice Department official sending information about the State Department's review of Hillary Clinton's emails to her presidential campaign -- a move that comes as the Justice Department is under increased …

Government

Reality check: Bill Clinton on Obamacare

<b>(CNN) —</b> There have been many criticisms of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. But this one came from an unexpected direction.<p>"You've got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care, and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes …

Health Care

Clinton clinches Democratic nomination

But the Sanders campaign decried the media's 'rush to judgment.'<p>LONG BEACH, Calif. — Hillary Clinton became the presumptive Democratic nominee in a surprise development on Monday, making her the first woman ever to win a major party’s presidential nomination one day before she was expected to cross …

Government

UnitedHealth to exit California's Obamacare market

UnitedHealth Group is leaving California's insurance exchange at the end of this year, state officials confirmed Tuesday.<p>The nation's largest health insurer announced in April it was dropping out of all but a handful of 34 health insurance marketplaces it participated in. But the company had not …

Health Care

Reddit probably got subpoena'd by the FBI or NSA

When companies receive National Security Letters (NSLs) from the FBI or a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) request from the NSA, they also get a gag order barring them from telling anyone. There <i>is</i> one way that websites can inform users that they've been subpoena'd without breaking the …

North Korea Jams GPS Signals to Fishing Boats: South

North Korea is jamming GPS navigation systems near its border with South Korea, affecting hundreds of fishing boats but not causing any danger, officials in Seoul said Friday.<p>About 280 South Korean vessels experienced problems with their GPS navigation systems and many were forced to return to …

North Korea

FBI Releases Video of Oregon Occupier "LaVoy" Finicum's Fatal Shooting

The FBI on Thursday released video showing the fatal shooting of an Arizona rancher who was killed as authorities arrested leaders of an armed group occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge.<p>The video, taken from an aircraft, appears to show Robert "LaVoy" Finicum reaching into a front shirt pocket …

Oregon

Snowden files reveal US and UK spied on feeds from Israeli drones and jets

A joint UK-US intelligence programme has been spying on electronic feeds – including video – from Israel’s military drones and jet fighters going back to 1998.<p>In a potentially embarrassing disclosure for Israel, which prides itself on its technical capabilities, a new release from material held by …

Surveillance

Apple Opposes UK Surveillance Bill Over Encryption Concerns

Apple has submitted a formal statement to the bill committee working on a new complex and controversial surveillance law in the U.K., The Guardian reports. The submission was just released, and Apple is staying on course when it comes to privacy, saying that government backdoors could be used by …

Artificial intelligence: Elon Musk backs open project 'to benefit humanity'

Non-profit research company OpenAI to seek ‘a good outcome for all over its own self-interest’, say Tesla boss and others donating a combined $1bn<p>Some of the most prominent executives in the technology industry including the Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk are backing a non-profit artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Forget Wi-Fi: You may soon access the internet via ordinary light bulbs

Light-speed internet may be upon us. A technology called “Li-Fi” uses light waves from ordinary LED light bulbs to deliver internet connectivity that that is cheaper, more secure and 100 times faster that broadband internet.<p>Velmini—a tech company in Tallinn, Estonia—is the first to test visible …

Wi-Fi

Loneliness May Warp Our Genes, And Our Immune Systems

Loneliness has been linked to everything from heart disease to Alzheimer's disease. Depression is common among the lonely. Cancers tear through their bodies more rapidly, and viruses hit them harder and more frequently. In the short term, it feels like the loneliness will kill you. A study suggests …

Psychology

Can you be too clean?

We take long showers, change clothes every day and wash our hands regularly. Is this doing us more harm than good?<p>What’s your routine? Do you shower every morning, or skip a few days? Do you change the bedsheets weekly, or only when they get smelly? How about your towels: New ones – like clockwork …

Microbiology

“Just Googling it” is bad for your brain

Having the world at our fingertips around the clock takes a lot of the pressure off our minds to remember basic facts. But the ability to find answers on search engines like Google is also killing our memories, a recent report (pdf) by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab shows.<p>When asked a question, …

Engines

How Sound Shaped The Evolution Of Your Brain

Acoustic biologists who have learned to tune their ears to the sounds of life know there's a lot more to animal communication than just, "Hey, here I am!" or "I need a mate."<p>From insects to elephants to people, we animals all use sound to function and converse in social groups — especially when the …

Forestry

Men need parental leave just as much as women and kids do

Letting parents take time off to care for newborns is good for the economy and for women, but it’s also good for men and children, and we must note that<p>In America, advocates for introducing paid parental leave often frame it as a national economic priority. And they’re right about the benefits: …

Paid Leave

How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election

Google has the ability to drive millions of votes to a candidate with no one the wiser.<p>America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one—except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers—would know how this was …

SEO

Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.<p>That physical link was long thought absent, …

Neuroscience

Jewelbots Teaches Teen Girls to Code

According to the documentary <i>Code: Debugging the Gender Gap</i>, by the year 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs in "computing-related fields." As we wrote back in April, less than 29 percent will be filled by Americans, and of those Americans, less than 3 percent will be women.<p>Jewelbots, a wearable …

The simple idea that could transform US criminal justice

Judge Victoria Pratt looks defendants in the eye, asks them to write essays about their goals, and applauds them for complying – and she is getting results<p>Municipal court in the US works like this: the accused stands with his attorney in front of the bench, looking up at the judge on high. The …

Crime

What the WikiLeaks documents reveal about US spying on French leaders

Francois Hollande apparently held secret meetings with Germany's opposition and Nicolas Sarkozy believed he was the one who could lead the push to resolve the financial crisis in 2008, according to WikiLeaks documents<p>Documents published online by WikiLeaks show that the US wiretapped three French …

Europe

Surplus food for the homeless is just an app away

On-demand smartphone apps are known for addressing the whims and desires of the comfortable. It turns out they can also serve the greater good.<p>"Imagine a football stadium filled to its brim. That's how much food goes wasted every single day in America."<p>Komal Ahmad, CEO of Feeding Forward