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Melinda Gates Wishes Donald Trump Would Stop Peddling Garbage Science On Vaccines

"Your job is to be educated and to inform people properly."<p>Philanthropist Melinda Gates blasted Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump this week for his assertions that childhood vaccinations can lead to autism, calling them “ridiculous” and “misinformed.”<p>During the annual World Economic …

Litvinenko case: UK inquiry says Putin probably approved ex-spy's killing

<b>London (CNN) —</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin probably approved the operation by Russian agents to kill former FSB spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, a detailed UK inquiry has concluded.<p>Retired High Court Judge Robert Owen, who conducted the inquiry, wrote that he was "sure" that two former …

Russia

The Only Useless Emotion

We are born with clean slates. A fresh perspective on the world just waiting to embrace our surroundings and be molded by what we see, taste, touch, and hear. We are born with curiosity, potential, love, and a desire for self-preservation. One thing we are not born with? Shame. However, from the …

9 Philosophical Thought Experiments That Will Keep You Up at Night

Sometimes, the best way to illustrate a complicated philosophical concept is by framing it as a story or situation. Here are nine such thought …

Do you see a square? Research says this simple test can predict your political beliefs

Your idea of a perfect square may predict your support for same-sex marriage, says a new study.<p>Research published in Nov. 2015 in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology shows that what people think constitutes a shape correlates to their political leanings.<p>In a series of studies involving …

Psychology

'Zoolander 2' Is Pissing People Off And It’s Not Even In Theaters Yet

Screenwriter Justin Theroux responded to criticism of the movie.<p>"Zoolander 2" doesn't hit theaters until February, but thousands of people are already calling for a boycott of the film.<p>Last month, a petition launched on Care2 asking for people to boycott the comedy starring Ben Stiller and Owen …

Movies

Set To Take Over Tech: 70% Of Iran's Science And Engineering Students Are Women

70% of of Iran’s science and engineering students are women, and in a small, but promising community of startups, they’re being encouraged to play an even bigger role.<p>The common myth about women in Iran is that they are seen, but not heard, that they’re not permitted to drive, that they are …

Hassan Rouhani

Angela Merkel named Time's Person of the Year – the first woman since 1986

German chancellor awarded honor for leading Europe through debt crisis and standing firm in support of aid to refugees: ‘No one was tested more than her’<p>Time magazine has named German chancellor Angela Merkel its Person of the Year, citing her resolve in leading Europe through this summer’s Greek …

Europe

White House Says Trump's Muslim Ban 'Disqualifies Him From Serving as President'

Donald Trump’s statement that he would ban Muslims from entering the U.S. “disqualifies him from serving as president,” White House Press Secretary …

10 Ways to Feel Confident Doing Things That Scare You

<b>“With confidence, you have won before you have started.” ~Marcus Garvey</b><p>It’s not a great feeling.<p>Whether it’s meeting new people, speaking in front of …

Why is real sex in films such a turn-off?

“I was very hands off when we were shooting,” said the French director Gaspar Noé, when asked recently how he’d gone about choreographing the sex scenes in his latest film, Love. Probably wise, that. More hands on was the last thing anyone needed, frankly, because in pursuit of a more rounded …

How to talk to anyone: the experts' guide

<b>How to talk to… children and teenagers, by family therapist Karen Holford</b><p>Children often don’t have the words to say what they’re feeling, and they don’t always understand what we’re looking for when we ask them questions. So if you ask, “How was your day?” and you’re met with a grunt or a shrug, …

Siblings

Artist Paints Ephemeral Portraits on Vintage Paper Using Coffee as a Medium

Michael Aaron Williams is globally recognized for his statement street art that aims to provoke dialogue and stimulate social commentary. However, the Tennessee native has also become renowned for his detailed coffee paintings that capture the ephemeral nature of his subjects. Intimate and fragile, …

Art

Chronic Depression and Codependency

Dysthymia, or chronic depression, is a common symptom of codependency; however, many codependents aren’t aware that they’re depressed. Because the …

The Verge Review of Animals: the capybara

Super-sized rodents from Brazil<p><i>This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we’ve written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight.</i><p>New Yorkers are a soft bunch. Yeah, I said it: …

A high school heroine has South Koreans fighting over history textbooks

One of the most fondly remembered historical figures in South Korea was not a ruler or military commander but a diminutive high school girl who took on an empire.<p>In 1919, at the age of 18, Yu Gwan-sun organized a peaceful demonstration against Japanese colonial rule. Thousands gathered to publicly …

North Korea

Adoption Law Prevents Pennsylvania Same-Sex Couple From Getting Married

Grey Villet—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>Grey Villet—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>Grey Villet—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty …

Authors Retract Study That Says Sadness Affects Color Perception

In September, we reported on a charming little study that found people who feel blue after watching sad videos have a harder time perceiving colors on the blue-yellow axis.<p>Now the researchers may be feeling blue themselves. On Thursday they retracted their study, saying that errors in how they …

Psychology

Robin Williams’ Lewy Body Dementia diagnosis: It should finally crush the "sad clown" myth that haunted him.

When someone famous dies, the rest of the world scrambles to make the death feel meaningful by building a narrative around it. And when Robin …

Religion doesn't make kids more generous or altruistic, study finds

Here's a discovery that could make secular parents say hallelujah: Children who grow up in nonreligious homes are <i>more</i> generous and altruistic than children from observant families.<p>A series of experiments involving 1,170 kids from a variety of religious backgrounds found that the non-believers were …

Religion

Kansas teacher won't resign after parents complain over anti-bullying film

A Kansas schoolteacher says he has changed his mind about resigning after showing a graphic anti-bullying short film about to his history class, which led to vociferous complaints from parents.<p>The Wichita Eagle reported that Tom Leahy, a teacher at Conway Springs Middle School, was expected to hand …

Middle School

Rise Of The Bias Busters: How Unconscious Bias Became Silicon Valley's Newest Target

Jon Bischke couldn’t have timed it better. He was traveling in New York City to pitch the newest product to come out of his startup, Entelo: a service that scrapes the web to help companies find a diverse set of job candidates, released just three days earlier. When he stepped out of his hotel room …

Silicon Valley

5 Psychological Negotiation Methods That Allowed Me to Close Huge Deals

I don't exactly consider myself a master deal-closer. However, over the course of my career in startups, acquisitions, and business, I've been involved in quite a few.<p>The world of negotiation isn't at all what I thought it would be -- the closed-door conference room tensions, sharp words, underhand …

A 'huge milestone': approval of cancer-hunting virus signals new treatment era

A new cancer treatment strategy is on the horizon that experts say could be a game-changer and spare patients the extreme side effects of existing options such as chemotherapy.<p>Chemotherapy and other current cancer treatments are brutal, scorched-earth affairs that work because cancer cells are …

Immunotherapy

5 Freaky Facts About Nightmares

Science demystifies your creepiest nighttime visions.<p>Edgar Allan Poe was known for his bone-chillingly terrifying stories.<p>Many of these tales were influenced by the horrific nightmares that plagued him for most of his life. Poe explored the mysteries of these chilling dreamscapes in poems like …

What Is An Emotional Affair And What To Do About It

Research shows that heterosexual men are much less likely to get upset about emotional affairs than they are about affairs where physical/sexual …

8 Ways to Tailgate Like the Foodie You Are

<i>It's tailgating season, finally! Who doesn't love crisp Friday nights under the lights, especially if there's lots of great tailgating food involved? We've got 8 recipes guaranteed to stack your party menu for a win. Let's get cookin'!</i><p>It's called Crack Dip because it's completely, totally …

The DEADPOOL Movie Will Explore Colossus in More Depth