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Obama delivered his strongest rebuke yet of Donald Trump

In an interview with National Public Radio , Obama accused Trump of preying on the fears and anxiety of the blue-collar, working-class men who have fueled his surge to the top of the GOP field.<p>Obama told NPR host Steve Inskeep that because of "economic stresses," like stagnating wages and incomes, …

Donald Trump

Steve Harvey has always been bad news for women: Ruining the Miss Universe pageant is just the tip of the iceberg

<b>Steve Harvey (Reuters/Steve Marcus)</b><p>Harvey’s sexist “Act Like a Lady” garbage has been cluttering up the self-help shelves and shows for way too long<p>Nico Lang<p>December 22, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>If you have a pulse and an Internet connection, you’re probably aware that Steve Harvey committed one of the …

Steve Harvey

Indiegogo Bans Non-Lethal SALT Gun

Safe arms limitation talks<p>The premise behind the SALT gun is right there in the name: it’s a gun that shoots salt, designed as a “Safe ALTernative” to a lethal gun, for people to keep as a home defense weapon that incapacitates but doesn't kill an attacker. Developing such a weapon is tricky, and …

Guns

Britain and Iceland to revive volcano power project

LONDON (Reuters) - Iceland’s volcanoes could heat British homes within 10 years via the world’s longest subsea power cable under plans to be announced by Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday.<p>Cameron and Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson are expected to agree on setting up a …

The Next Higgs Boson: Made In China?

China plans to build a superior collider<p>Super colliders are already massive. The Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland features a circular track over 16 miles long. Today, Chinese state media announced the nation’s plan to construct a super collider <i>twice as large</i>, with construction beginning in …

Plans for 9,000-capacity mosque in east London rejected

Communities secretary dismisses appeals against refusal of planning permission for mosque in Newham<p>Long-running plans to build a controversial mosque in east London to hold services for as many as 9,000 worshippers at a time have been rejected by the communities secretary, Greg Clark.<p>The Department …

East London

Russia just announced that it's sending humans to the moon

They're a little late for the great space race of the 1960s, but the mission is an admirable push for the reignited interest in manned deep-space travel.<p>On Tuesday, at a space and technology conference in Moscow, the head of Roscosmos Energia — Russia's version of NASA — announced: "A manned flight …

Space Science

The Hillary and Katy power alliance: Their savvy blend of pop and politics could be a game-changer for both

<b>(Reuters/Scott Morgan)</b><p>Clinton gets to woo Perry’s cheery fan base, and Katy gets to show off her grown-up political consciousness<p>Annie Zaleski<p>October 28, 2015 11:00pm (UTC)<p>On October 18, Katy Perry wrapped up her nearly 18-month Prismatic world tour with a show in Costa Rica. Less than a week …

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Oxygen Discovery Could Complicate Search for Alien Life

Science & InnovationNo Place Like Home<p>The strange, duck-shaped comet that ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has been orbiting for more than a year just got a bit stranger: Like plants on Earth, the comet is blowing molecular oxygen, O2, into the space around it. Molecular oxygen is thought to be rare in the …

Atoms

Spacecraft Will Sniff Enceladus's Underground Ocean On Wednesday

Could alien life survive on Saturn's moon?<p>By some accounts, Enceladus is the number one place in our solar system to search for life. Sure, it looks icy on the outside, but it's what's on the inside that counts. And what's inside Enceladus is a liquid ocean that may contain more water than all of …

US allows a new nuclear reactor to open for the first time in 20 years

Last week, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the first new operating license for a nuclear power plant in more than 20 years. The license was given to the Tennessee Valley Authority for its Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor located in Spring City, Tennessee, which has been in development limbo for …

Genetically engineering 'ethical' babies is a moral obligation, says Oxford professor

Genetically screening our offspring to make them better people is just 'responsible parenting', claims an eminent Oxford academic.<p>Professor Julian Savulescu said that creating so-called designer babies could be considered a "moral obligation" as it makes them grow up into "ethically better …

China shocks world by genetically engineering human embryos

Critics warned that China was becoming the ‘Wild West’ of genetic research<p>China has been ordered to ‘rein in’ scientists who have edited the DNA of human embryos for the first time, a practice banned in Europe.<p>In a world’s first, researchers at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou confirmed they …

Eugenics need not be a dirty word - instead, it could be lifesaving technology

The UK becomes the only country to legalise 3-parent IVF on Thursday, and we have to stop being afraid of what that means<p>On Thursday, the UK will become the first country in the world that allows “3-person IVF” – the creation of a baby with three parents.<p>While this may sound like something out of a …

Britain's counterterror strategy just got worse | Politics

It's not really clear how the British government manages to do this, but it seems that every time it brings out a new counterterror strategy, it is even more wrong-headed than the last.<p>The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act of February this year, the latest in a series of counterterrorism …

Uber’s carpooling saved China riders 120 trips around the earth in first 100 days

Just over three months ago, Uber launched its carpooling service, UberPool, in its single most important city in the world: Chengdu, the capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan Province. In those first 100 days, Uber said it has saved commuters in the city nearly 4.8 million kilometres — or the …

Israeli Contractor Rafael Shows Off Anti-Drone Laser In Korea

Cheap drones destroyed in pricey ways<p>At a South Korean defense technology expo earlier this week, Israel’s defense manufacturer Rafael showed off its Iron Beam anti-drone laser system. While not yet deployed, the system is likely to become a standard feature of defenses in years to come, as …

Canada's New Hottie Prime Minister Also Has a Stellar Feminist Record

U.S. politicians could learn a lot from Justin Trudeau.<p>Have you heard? Canada has a new prime minister! And he's a hottie!<p>OK now that we've gotten that out of our system―he's also a proud, unabashed, explicit, and declared feminist.<p>And he is now the leader of a G7 nation.<p>"Who is Justin Trudeau?" …

Singaporeans talked most to hydrants and bus stops in urban experiment

Over 15,000 messages were exchanged between pedestrians and inanimate objects during the Hello Lamp Post project

Verizon Adds 1.3 Million Wireless Customers, Narrowly Tops Earnings Estimates

However, the company warned last month that next year's earnings are likely to be flat amid a highly competitive wireless market.<p>Verizon on Tuesday reported third-quarter earnings just ahead of expectations as the company added 1.3 million customers.<p>Excluding certain items, the company said it …

U.S. appeals court upholds core of N.Y., Connecticut gun laws

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday upheld parts of New York and Connecticut gun control laws banning semiautomatic assault rifles and large-capacity magazines, ruling the measures passed after a 2012 school massacre did not violate the Constitution.<p>New Haven police officer …

Guns

The foodie traveller tries ... curry bread in Tokyo, Japan

There are moments when the option of consuming a doughnut filled with curry would be entirely appropriate. In most parts of the world we are denied this option. But not in Japan<p>Mostly when people think about Japanese food it’s sushi or miso that springs to mind. One popular snack that probably …

Japan

Oman tourists asked to respect dress code

Concerns have been raised over whether cultural values are being respected after a man was stopped at the City Centre Muscat mall in the capital because he was wearing shorts.<p>The Times of Oman reported that the man said he had been singled out by security while there were others in the building …

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The Unlikely Origin Story of the Egg McMuffin

Tuesday is the day late-sleeping Egg McMuffin fans have been waiting for: starting Oct. 6, McDonald’s will begin serving breakfast all day, across …

Top five people you see in coffee shops

1 The wi-fi thief<p>The wi-fi thief is looked upon with casual indifference by most fellow coffee-slurpers but hated by the poor, long-suffering …

The Riches and Revelations of Paris

Forty summers ago, <b>Paris</b> changed my life.<p>I’d arrived in June as a fresh college graduate, a romantic dreamer, and wannabe poet, uncertain where my life path was leading. I had a summer internship at Kodak-Pathé, after which I had a fellowship to teach for nine months at Athens College in Greece. And …

October 2015