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Fizzy drinks can change your brain, warn scientists

Research on rats indicates that protein levels in the brain can be altered by consuming too many sugary soft drinks<p>Fans of fizzy pop have been urged to think before they drink after research suggested sugary beverages could “profoundly” change the brain.<p>Drinking a sweet drink over a long period can …

Diabetes

Pipeline explosion forces evacuation of Texas town

No injuries were reported, but 200 students were moved to a nearby town as a precaution.<p>A pipeline explosion Thursday near the small, central Texas town of Milford has prompted authorities to evacuate residents and 200 schoolchildren.<p>There were no immediate reports of injuries, KWTX-TV reports. …

Typhoon Haiyan: US carrier boosts Philippines relief effort

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Natural Disasters

Adventures of a Serial Trespasser

Bradley Garrett, a photographer and researcher with a background in anthropology and archeology, has spent the past five years of his life exploring hidden and forgotten parts of cities all over the world. Sneaking into sewers and bunkers, through metro tunnels and up skyscrapers, Garrett calls his …

Pentagon appoints new envoy to help close Guantánamo Bay prison

The Pentagon has appointed a new envoy for the arduous and controversial task of finally closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, five months after the position was announced.<p>Paul Lewis, a lawyer on the Democratic staff of the House armed services committee, will be the special envoy for …

Hornetgeddon! Authorities swat deadly swarm of giant bugs

ANKANG, SHAANXI PROVINCE, China – A winged menace has killed 42 people and injured at least 1,600 since July, striking fear across this heavily industrialized area of central China.<p>Now local officials in Shaanxi province are declaring an uneasy stalemate with the virulent population of Asian …

Atheism starts its megachurch: Is it a religion now?

The non-religious Assembly is perhaps the fastest growing church in the world — and it’s coming to a mall near you<p>Organized Atheism is now a franchise.<p>Yesterday, The Sunday Assembly—the London-based “Atheist Church” that has, since its January launch, been stealing headlines the world …

How Music Can Improve Memory

In his classic book Memory in Oral Traditions, cognitive scientist David Rubin notes, “Oral traditions depend on human memory for their preservation. …

Are Acid Flashbacks A Myth?

Flashbacks do occur, but very rarely.<p>Reports of drug-induced flashbacks have existed since the 1950s. Though the term "flashback" wasn't used specifically until 1969, as early as 1954 scientists noticed LSD users complaining of a reoccurrence of an LSD-like state long after the drug's effects …

China just detained a teen for having 500 retweets

As of last week, posting a message that the Chinese government deems inaccurate on social media platforms can get you three years in the slammer, provided it gets 500 retweets (or their equivalent) or 5,000 views. At least, that’s what the law said (link in Chinese). But would the new policy, part …

Social Media

Spilled and spoiled: Exploring two worlds of food waste

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Sustainability

Fukushima Operator Dumps 1,000 Tons Of Polluted Water In Sea

The operator of the leaking Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday that it dumped more than 1,000 tons of polluted water into the sea after a typhoon raked the facility.<p>Typhoon Man-yi smashed into Japan on Monday, bringing with it heavy rain that caused flooding in some parts of the country, …

Edward Snowden 'living incognito in Russia'

Edward Snowden is living under guard at a secret location in Russia, but is able to travel around the country freely without being recognised, according to the Russian lawyer of the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor.<p>"We believe the danger remains quite high and, as I see it, it is …

Anti-military protests continue in Egypt

One person has died and 12 others including four policemen were injured when gunshots were fired as clashes erupted during protests in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria.<p>Eighteen anti-coup protesters were also arrested in Alexandria and a further 11 in Mahalla city as supporters and opponents of …

Inside the Volcano

One of the amazing experiences you can have in Iceland is to actually go inside of a volcano. During this excursion, you go 120 meters down into a …

Iceland

Coronal Holes: The (Rarely Round) Gaps In The Sun's Atmosphere

There's a hole in the sun's corona. But don't worry — that happens from time to time.<p>"A coronal hole is just a big, dark blotch that we see on the sun in our images," says Dean Pesnell, project scientist for NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. "We can only see them from space, because when we look …

How couples ‘click’ in just four minutes - Futurity

STANFORD (US) —When trying to make a love connection in just under five minutes, speed …

A Quick Primer On America's Spaceports

Everything you need to know about U.S. portals to space<p>Going to space is getting easier all the time. For anyone willing to trade giant piles of ephemeral cash for a few short minutes outside the atmosphere, here is a handy map of all American spaceports, released in February by the Federal …

John Kerry gives Syria week to hand over chemical weapons or face attack

The US secretary of state has said that President Bashar al-Assad has one week to hand over his entire stock of chemical weapons to avoid a military attack. But John Kerry added that he had no expectation that the Syrian leader would comply.<p>Kerry also said he had no doubt that Assad was responsible …

Obama Might Nominate Another Woman Amid Fed Sexism Controversy

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>President Obama might try to solve his Janet Yellen problem by nominating another woman to the …

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