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Airlines Are Giving Customers Exactly What They Want

Airlines are an easy target for ire and mockery. Between the omnipresent jokes about airline food, and persistent complaints about high fares that wilt in the face of sustained consideration, there is no shortage of anti-airline stories in non-aviation publications. Recently, one of those stories …

Flying

Can the umbrella be improved?

<b>Umbrellas have been around for more than 3,000 years, but young designers are trying to reinvent them.</b><p>They get lost. They poke people in the eye. They misbehave on windy days.<p>But umbrellas are one of the design classics of the modern world. From Mary Poppins to the Mikado to burlesque dancing …

Asia

Disney Conquers Physics, Uses 3D Printing To Create Impossible Spinning Tops

Have you ever been sitting around bored and found yourself trying to get some random household object — a battery, a pen, whatever — to spin around like a top?<p>Disney has taken that idea to a pretty grand extreme. Combining the power of 3D printing and some damned clever physics work, they’ve worked …

Russia spotted editing Wikipedia page about downed Malaysia Airlines jet

A Twitter bot that keeps watch on Wikipedia pages edited by those inside the Russian government spotted major changes to an entry about yesterday's crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which killed all 298 people on board. <i>The Telegraph</i> reports that a Russian language page about Boeing 777 …

Here's How to Stop Facebook From Snooping in Your Web History

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>This week, Facebook announced it was expanding its evil empire adding targeted advertising based on …

When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …

King Juan Carlos: 'I don't want my son to grow old waiting like Prince Charles'

Spanish monarch reportedly expressed a desire to hand the throne to heir while Prince Felipe was still a young man to stop him "withering" like Prince Charles<p>King Juan Carlos told courtiers that he wanted to abdicate in favour of his son because he did not want his heir to “grow old waiting for the …

UN panel slams Vatican on priest sex-abuse scandal

GENEVA (AP) — In a report that could expose the Catholic Church to new legal arguments by clerical sex abuse victims, a U.N. committee found Friday that the Vatican does exercise worldwide control over its bishops and priests and must comply with the U.N.'s anti-torture treaty.<p>The U.N. Committee …

The Vatican Defrocked 848 Priests For Child Abuse in the Past 10 Years

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>For the first time, the Vatican has revealed a statistical picture of the internal fallout from the …

Nearly 120 People Overdose on Synthetic Marijuana in 5-Day Period

Almost 120 people in a five-day period in Texas overdosed on a synthetic drug that mimics the effects of marijuana.<p>Police believe the drug on which …

Cannabis

Pope meets ex-sex slaves, denounces trafficking

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis denounced human trafficking as a crime against humanity Thursday after meeting with four women who were trafficked and forced into prostitution.<p>Francis attended a Vatican conference of church workers, charity representatives and police chiefs from 20 nations, …

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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Wails, sobs: Rwanda marks 20 years since genocide

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Displaying both pride and pain, Rwandans on Monday marked the 20th anniversary of a devastating 100-day genocide that saw packed churches set on fire and machete-wielding attackers chop down whole families from a demonized minority.<p>Bloodcurdling screams and sorrowful wails …

The Bugs In Your Stomach Define You As Much–If Not More–Than Your Genes

At TED, microbial ecologist Rob Knight discussed the secret ecosystem of microbes within our bodies, and its potential to shape behavior and cause–or cure–disease.<p>Every creature on earth has their own microbial community. This internal ecology determines how we digest food and resist disease and …

What Happens To Your Body When You Get Drunk And Stoned At The Same Time?

The science of the spins<p>The intoxicating effects of alcohol and of marijuana have been widely studied, but their combined effect—getting "cross-faded"—is woefully underexplored scientific territory. Here's a look at what we know about how pot and booze together affect the brain.<p>First, the basics: …

Venice votes on splitting from Rome

<b>Voting has begun in Venice and the surrounding region on whether to break away from Italy.</b><p>Recent opinion polls suggest that two-thirds of the four million electorate favour splitting from Rome, but the vote will not be legally binding.<p>The online poll was organised by local activists and parties, …

Italy

SLW Headlines

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WhatsApp: Your Data Is Safe With Us, Even From Facebook

WhatsApp, the standalone messaging app that Facebook purchased last month for $16 billion, is not in the business of data collecting.<p>The company, …

Aaron Carter: Hilary Duff was the love of my life

Aaron Carter is still carrying a torch for former flame Hilary Duff.<p>The singer took to Twitter to share his feelings for his ex, whom he dated during the early 2000s before an alleged love triangle with Lindsay Lohan broke them up.<p>"Don't be that stupid d----- that loses the love of your life …

Gillibrand: Senate 'Failed' Military Sex Assault Victims

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., had harsh words for her colleagues on Thursday, who she accused of having "failed" the victims of military sexual assault.<p>"Despite earning the support of the majority of the Senate, we fell five votes short of overcoming the 60-vote filibuster threshold," Gillibrand …

Kirsten Gillibrand

Gays in Uganda 'At Risk' After Tabloid Publishes List

Gay individuals and those who were said to be gay in a Uganda tabloid report today could be "at risk in their local community," according to a human …

Oleksandr Turchynov, Baptist Pastor, Named As Ukraine's Acting President

After months of violent protests, Ukraine had a whirlwind weekend that set the country on a course that could dramatically change its future in the coming years.<p>The parliament voted to impeach President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled from Kiev after two of the bloodiest days in Ukraine's recent …

Ibrahim Mehlib, Egypt's Outgoing Housing Minister, Named Prime Minister

CAIRO, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Egypt's outgoing housing minister Ibrahim Mahlab told state-run Al-Ahram newspaper on Tuesday that he had been asked to form a new government, Al-Ahram reported on its website.<p>The choice of defence minister may hold clues as to when army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah …