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Fantastic Voyage Finds a Carnival of Creatures in the Ocean’s Microcosm

The sunlit upper layer of the world's oceans is teeming with tiny creatures that seem to have jumped off the pages of a Dr. Seuss tale, with exquisite see-through bodies, bulging eyes and an array of glowing colors. These mysterious sea characters may form the bulk of ocean life, new data from a …

Biology

ISIS Killed 17 on First Day in Syrian City of Palmyra, Monitors Say

ISIS militants executed 17 people, some by beheading, in their first day in control of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, a monitoring group said Thursday.<p>The monitoring group, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported that the 17 included members of the Syrian security …

Palmyra

See the Best Advice Given to 2015 Graduates in Under 3 Minutes

Commencement speeches are chock full of inspiring words, delivered to students as they prepared for life in the real world. This year’s speeches were …

Michelle Obama

Biologists Eyeing Extent of Damage After California Oil Spill

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California

Sen. Rand Paul Stages 'Filibuster' To Protest Patriot Act

<b>Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET</b><p>Protesting the soon-to-expire Patriot Act, presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul held the floor of the Senate for nearly 11 hours late Wednesday in a filibuster-like speech railing against the law and the government's continued surveillance of Americans' phone records.<p>"I …

Surveillance

Is The War On Fat Harming Our Children?

America's ongoing war on fat, which aims to save this country — and especially its young people — from a costly and damaging epidemic of obesity, turns out to be dangerous all on its own: It exacts a severe psychological and physical toll on the very individuals it purports to help, according to an …

Weight Loss

Muddled Messages In America's Past

Do you ever feel like communication — in this Age of Communication — is more confused and confusing than ever? Does anybody even read whole messages anymore — beyond the subject line or the first screen? Do you get tangled up in threads and bewildered by attachments? Do txt msgs n-furi-8 u?<p>Here's …

Divorce

When Is A Filibuster Not Really a Filibuster? When It Looks Like A Filibuster

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a Republican, held the floor of the Senate for 10 1/2 hours Wednesday afternoon and evening, airing his objections to the NSA bulk collection of telephone records in the U.S.<p>Many of the accounts of this lengthy performance referred to it as a filibuster, or a …

Rand Paul

White House Ban On Militarized Gear For Police May Mean Little

When riots erupted last fall on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., police in riot gear fanned out armed with assault rifles and armored vehicles made for the battlefield.<p>Analysts said at the time it was just another symptom of the continued militarization of local police forces.<p>This week, the White …

Law Enforcement

Will Your Job Be Done By A Machine?

Machines can do some surprising things. But what you really want to know is this: Will your job be around in the future?<p>We have the "definitive" guide.<p>What job is hardest for a robot to do? Mental health and substance abuse social workers (found under community and social services). This job has a …

Employment

Bulk Collection Debate Highlights Need To Revise Patriot Act

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Kim Zetter, a senior staff reporter at <i>Wired</i> magazine, who says the debate in Congress over the NSA's bulk collection program shows the Patriot Act needs to be revised.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>The Patriot Act, the USA Freedom Act, bulk collection of phone records …

Surveillance

'Be Guardians, Not Warriors': Training A New Generation Of Police

NPR's Robert Siegel reports from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York on how policing is being taught during this year filled with news of tensions between police and civilians.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, …

Law Enforcement

Wounded Turtle Gets Titanium 3D-Printed Jaw

Btech Innovation's digital fabrication technologies have saved this animal's life<p>Testing technologies on animals is often a cruel affair. But in this …

3D Printing
Travel Photography

Revealed: The NSA's plan to 'hijack' Android app stores

The NSA hatched a plan that would allow the agency to infect smartphones with malware by hijacking the Google Play and Samsung and the Samsung App …

Surveillance

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Ed Sheeran

David Letterman Hosts His Final Broadcast

New York City

When Virtual Crimes Get Prosecuted In Real Life

A dungeon dive into Diablo’s in-game crime spree<p>At what point do video game items stop being trinkets and start counting as property? With the launch of Diablo III, a wildly popular online role-playing game, players looking to trade with others sometimes found themselves asking that very question …

Brain-Powered Prosthetics Get Closer To Becoming An Everyday Reality

A friend growing up had a combination of prosthetic legs that replaced the limbs he’d been born without pretty admirably, using a combination of hydraulics and mechanical joints, but without any real smarts and so with considerably limitations (he drove using steering wheel-mounted controls rather …

Prosthetics

The 25 Unknown Travel Photographers You Should Be Following Right Now

If you’re super into iPhone photography like we are, you’re most likely familiar with VSCO‘s app—a photo-editing tool whose filters have a cult-like …

Tracing the Evolution of the Swimsuit from 1890 to Today

From bloomers to bikinis in just under two minutes.<p>A video made by Breathless Resorts & Spas shows how bathing suit styles have developed over time, and it's amazing to see the distinctive trends of each era.<p>The conservative 1890s were all about the baggy bloomers, and women even sewed weights into …

Swimwear

Dating site hackers expose details of millions of users

Adult FriendFinder users’ sexual preferences and personal details compromised after hacker posted data on to forum on dark web<p>Personal information relating to almost four million users of a worldwide online dating website has been leaked by hackers, according to Channel 4 News. Details of users’ …

Personal Information

Resurrected Large Hadron Collider Smashes Protons, And Speed Records

And this was only a test...<p>The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has hosted a number of major scientific achievements, not the least of which was the thrilling discovery of the elusive Higgs boson particle.<p>Now, the massive particle accelerator has done it again, smashing protons together at …

U.S. publicly challenges China's moves in disputed islands

The U.S. military has begun to carefully but publicly challenge Chinese island-building on disputed reefs and shoals in the South China Sea, creating fresh tension in a potential global tinderbox as both countries shift forces into the area.<p>In the latest incident, a Chinese military dispatcher …