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Why rejection hurts so much — and what you can do to ease the pain

Whether the rejection is large or small, it still hurts, and it's often more painful than we expect.<p>Psychologist Guy Winch is the author of the book 'Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts,' which outlines why we feel so bad when we're rejected and what we …

Self-help

Netflix originals crush everything from Amazon and Hulu

Netflix is winning the streaming battle with competing services including Amazon Video and Hulu when it comes to original shows, a new report shows. …

There are a lot of problems with Trump's 20% border tax idea

On Thursday, President Donald Trump and his administration debuted a series of new economic talking points on trade.<p>Trump, in a speech to Republican lawmakers in Philadelphia, called for a change in the tax code to reduce trade deficits.<p>"We're working on a tax reform bill that will reduce our trade …

Trump lays groundwork to change U.S. role in the world

President Trump began this week to reshape the U.S. role in the world, laying the groundwork, in a series of planned and signed executive actions and statements, for the “America first” foreign policy on which he campaigned.<p>Already, Trump has mandated construction of a border wall with Mexico and a …

Foreign Policy

Theresa May 'faith' in Trident after test 'malfunction'

<b>Theresa May says she has "absolute faith" in the UK's nuclear weapons system despite reports that an unarmed missile went off course during a test.</b><p>The Sunday Times says the missile, fired in June, veered off course, weeks before a crucial Commons vote on Trident's future.<p>When questioned by the BBC, …

How Samsung plans to blow Siri out of the water

S Voice, Samsung’s answer to Siri, has been a poor excuse for a virtual assistant for the last four years. But the South Korean company is working on a brand new version for the Galaxy S8 — and it will have features that blow its competitors out of the water.<p>Samsung’s new assistant is dubbed Bixby, …

Trump Cabinet nominees meet growing ethical questions

Three of Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks came under growing fire Wednesday on ethical issues, potentially jeopardizing their nominations.<p>The most serious concerns surround personal investments by Trump’s health and human services nominee, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), in health-care firms that benefited …

Donald Trump

U.S. Treasury nominee Mnuchin hammered over offshore tax havens

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday he would work to eliminate the need for offshore tax havens, as Democratic senators accused the Wall Street veteran of using such vehicles to shelter hedge fund money from the government.<p>In a confirmation hearing …

Tax Havens

How statistics lost their power – and why we should fear what comes next | William Davies

The ability of statistics to accurately represent the world is declining. In its wake, a new age of big data controlled by private companies is taking over – and putting democracy in peril<p>In theory, statistics should help settle arguments. They ought to provide stable reference points that everyone …

Economic Data

We’ve never seen global sea ice levels this low before

Something very unusual — and unnerving — is happening on this planet of ours. The chart below shows the total extent of floating sea ice in the Earth’s oceans at any given point in time. Normally it waxes and wanes with the seasons.<p>But ever since September, as the red line shows, global sea ice has …

Global Warming

Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank clashes

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says border police shot and killed the "main instigator" of clashes on Monday in which hundreds of Palestinians …

Islamic State launches major offensive to take Syrian city

Islamic State launched a large-scale attack in eastern Syria yesterday, in an attempt to secure another stronghold as it loses territory in neighbouring Iraq.<p>Jihadists stormed and captured parts of Deir Ezzor, tightening the siege around some 150,000 residents in government-controlled areas of the …

Middle East

Paris peace conference agrees on two-state solution in Mideast — but neither Israel nor Palestinians take part

A conference aimed at kick-starting peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians concluded Sunday with more than 70 countries and international organizations pledging their support for a two-state solution as the only way to achieve lasting peace in the region.<p>However, neither Israel nor the …

Israel

Defense secretary: North Korea’s weapons capabilities a 'serious threat'

Ash Carter says US is prepared to shoot down a North Korean missile launch after country said it could test an ICBM at any time from any location<p>North Korea’s nuclear weapons capabilities and ballistic missile defense programs constitute a “serious threat” to the United States, defense secretary …

Scientists Found Two Black Holes Right Near the Milky Way

NASA's x-ray telescope gives us a glimpse into the centers of nearby galaxies.<p>There are two super-massive black holes hidden at the centers of nearby …

Universe

How America's "war on terror" was (unwittingly) designed to last forever

"We've created in the war on terror a perpetual motion machine." —Mark Danner, author of Spiral<p><i>“We cannot use force everywhere that a radical ideology takes root; and in the absence of a strategy that reduces the wellspring of extremism, a perpetual war</i> <i>—</i> <i>through drones or Special Forces or troop</i> …

Geopolitics

US intelligence report: Vladimir Putin 'ordered' operation to get Trump elected

Declassified assessment says Russia ‘had clear preference’ for Trump, who met with US intelligence chiefs on Friday but refused to endorse their findings<p>Russian president Vladimir Putin interfered in the US presidential election to aid Donald Trump, according to a declassified assessment by the …

Russia

U.S. intelligence chiefs call Russia 'major' cyber threat to U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia is a major threat to a wide range of U.S. interests because of its “highly-advanced offensive cyber programme” and sophisticated capabilities, senior U.S. intelligence officials said on Thursday.<p>“Russia is a full-scope cyber actor that poses a major threat to U.S. …

Russia

Obama offers U.S. assistance to Turkey after Istanbul attack

HONOLULU (Reuters) - President Barack Obama expressed condolences on Saturday for the attack at a night club in Istanbul and directed his team to offer U.S. help to Turkish authorities, the White House said.<p>Ambulances line up on a road leading to a nightclub where a gun attack took place during a …

The White House

Putin’s Real Long Game

The world order we know is already over, and Russia is moving fast to grab the advantage. Can Trump figure out the new war in time to win it?<p>A little over a year ago, on a pleasant late fall evening, I was sitting on my front porch with a friend best described as a Ukrainian freedom fighter. He was …

Political Science

North Korea's Leader Hints at Long-Range Missile Test Launch

TOKYO — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hinted Sunday that Pyongyang may ring in the new year with another bang — the test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.<p>In his annual New Year's address, Kim said that after testing what the North claims was its first hydrogen bomb last year, …

China just banned the ivory trade — a major stand against illegal elephant poaching

On Friday, China announced it will shut down the legal ivory trade — banning all ivory commerce by the end of 2017, the <i>New York Times</i>reported. The …

Extinction

Our Government Made A Big Mistake In Failing To Support Israel At The U.N.

When the United States abstained on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 on Israeli settlements, it was more than just a foreign policy error. It sold out a friend. It shows Israel and our allies that the United States can't be trusted. And most of all, it may result in Israel seeking an …

Rabbi Boteach: Obama Has Had 8 Years of Unremitting Hostility Towards Israel

After the U.S. abstained from the United Nations vote condemning Israeli settlements, there have been mounting allegations that the Obama administration actually had a role in advancing the resolution through the U.N. “The Israel Warrior” author Rabbi Shmuley Boteach weighed in on the future of …

Moon exploration: China is landing on the far side of the moon in 2018, and there's a good reason why - IBTimes India

One of the advantages of visiting the far side of the moon is to set up a radio telescope, seeing as it is always shielded from radio transmissions …

5 Reasons This Was an Awesome Year for Space Exploration

On 14 February, 1990, as the spacecraft Voyager 1 was leaving our planetary neighborhood, legendary astronomer and cosmologist, Carl Sagan, suggested …

Space Travel

TEDA � Leading the Way for China�s Industrial Transformation

The electoral college is the worst of both worlds. It’s time for it to go.

It’s important for those who favor the popular election of our presidents to separate their arguments for direct democracy from the outcome of a particular contest.<p>My colleague George F. Will’s recent column in defense of the electoral college offers an excellent opportunity to make a case that has …