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The genesis of 'Rogue One,' the first 'Star Wars' you might not want to take your kid to

For nearly 40 years, the "Star Wars" franchise has been targeted at all ages, from the youngest padawans to the most grizzled Jedi masters. Speaking to The Times in 1977, shortly before the release of "A New Hope," George Lucas said he thought of the film — which was initially rated G until its …

Star Wars

Autism linked to vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy, researchers find

The important role vitamin D plays in early life is back in the spotlight after Australian researchers noticed a link between a deficiency during pregnancy and autism.<p>The study found pregnant women with low vitamin D levels at 20 weeks’ gestation were more likely to have a child with autistic …

Autism

How Many Hours Do You Sleep? - Fan Questions | StarTalk

Sleep Helps Process Traumatic Experiences

<i>Summary: A new study reveals sleep could be used as an early prevention strategy against PTSD.</i><p>Source: University of Zurich.<p><b>If we sleep in the first</b> …

Here's one more surprising way that sex benefits your health

Sex is known to help with all sorts of things, from better sleep to improved moods – but what if we told you getting freaky also helped you <i>remember</i> …

This park's trees are decorated with sexy condom ornaments for an important reason

If you live in Texas and take a stroll around one particular public park, you may notice some ~interesting~ holiday decorations. That’s because …

Freezing “to death?” – Adjective/Verb+死+了

It has been very cold in Beijing recently, and out on the streets, you might hear some Chinese people saying: “冷死了(lěng sǐ le, I’m freezing).” “死 …

Sports Cars

Chinese Characters about Body Parts

As in many other languages, Chinese has multiple words that each have multiple meanings, also known as polysemy. These polysemantic words convey …

Standalone

India’s Botched War on Cash

India is in the throes of an unprecedented social experiment in enforced digital disruption, and the world has much to learn from it.<p>Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a surprise in early November, demonetizing 500 and 1,000 rupee bank notes. Modi’s war on cash is not without international …

Swiss reject plan to speed up exit from nuclear energy

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss voters rejected a plan to accelerate the country's exit from nuclear energy in a referendum Sunday, turning down an initiative …

Nuclear Energy

Man who 'dissolved' in boiling Yellowstone pool 'was looking for hot soak'

A 23-year-old man who was scalded to death after falling into a boiling Yellowstone National Park hot spring in June was trying to test the temperature of the bubbling pool for a soak when he slipped in, according to a report on the incident.<p>Colin Nathaniel Scott was seen by his sister, Sable, …

National Parks

Associated Press News

Novel drugs for depression

IT STARTED out as LY110141. Its inventor, Eli Lilly, was not sure what to do with it. Eventually the company found that it seemed to make depressed …

Alibaba’s Jack Ma Just Predicted the Next 30 Years of Technological Change

Alibaba Group executive chairman Jack Ma predicted three more decades of rapid technological change across industries in his latest letter to …

No, Most Black People Don’t Live in Poverty—or Inner Cities

In his debates and speeches, Trump implies that African Americans are concentrated in urban cores. They’re not.<p>During the second presidential debate, Donald Trump was asked whether he could be a president to “all the people in the United States.” He had a very specific answer: “I would be a …

Facebook debuts enterprise tool Workplace for ads-free chat

Scrolling down your Facebook News Feed while at the office can distract you from work and bring down your productivity. Aware of this drawback, Facebook has launched Workplace, a collaborative enterprise tool designed to provide an environment for productive discussion.<p>Workplace evolved from months …

The Workplace

90 minutes of fire: Trump, Clinton trade charges, insults

ST. LOUIS (AP) — In a bitter debate filled with tension and insult, Hillary Clinton declared that Donald Trump's vulgar comments about women reveal …

Donald Trump

German government raises 2016, cuts 2017 growth outlook

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Friday raised its economic growth forecast for this year slightly to 1.8 percent but snipped next year's …

Economy

Why Americans and the British Spell English Words Differently

Have you ever wondered why Americans and Brits spell English differently? How are colour and color the same word? Centre and center? What’s up with …

Verizon Pushes For $1 Billion Discount on Yahoo Deal

Verizon Communications is pressing for a $1 billion discount off its pending $4.8 billion agreement to buy Yahoo, the <i>New York Post</i> reported, citing …

Iranian writer faces long jail term for fictional novel about stoning

Iranian judges have sentenced a young female writer to six years in prison for writing an unpublished story about the practice of stoning in the country.<p>Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, a writer and human rights activist, is due to begin serving six years in prison on charges including “insulting Islamic …

Middle East

Nazi-era coins, photos, Hitler's book found in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Nazi-era newspapers, coins, documents and copies of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" have been found in a "time capsule" that was buried …

World History

Powell: Trump is 'an international pariah'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Leaked emails from former Secretary of State Colin Powell show him strongly criticizing Donald Trump, labeling him a "national disgrace and an international pariah."<p>He also called the birther movement, which the Republican presidential nominee helped lead, "racist."<p>"That's what …

Government

The Perfect Amount of Time to Work Each Day

The 8-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. Let go of this relic and try a new, more productive approach.<p>The eight-hour workday was created during the industrial revolution in an effort to cut down on the number of hours of manual labor that workers were forced to endure on …

'The Orgasm Is Deeper with Marijuana' – People Talk About Having Sex On Booze and Weed

After a study was carried out into the effect of both substances on people's sex lives, we thought we'd do some of our own qualitative research.<p>Last last month, a study that examined how weed and booze affects sex was published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour. Researchers drew on a sample of 24 …

Cannabis

The year 2050: robot sex, talking pets – and immortality

<b>Name:</b> The year 2050.<p><b>Age</b>: -34.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Whatever your augmented-reality contact lenses show you. In general: shiny.<p><b>How do you know all this stuff about 2050? Do you have a special guessing machine?</b> Yes. I call it Dr Ian Pearson.<p><b>One of the lesser-known Time Lords?</b> No. A futurologist, which means …

Singularity

How changing one tiny habit allowed me to build my wealth

In my teens and early 20s, social anxiety was wrecking my life.<p>I couldn't go out and feel comfortable around people without drinking, so I drank.<p>Now, alcohol can lead to a lot of cool stuff, but for me it was a crutch and I needed help.<p>So one day I drove to Barnes and Noble (this was before Amazon …

Inside 'No Man's Sky,' the Most Innovative Game in Years

<i>No Man’s Sky</i> is wildly ambitious, utterly vast and a huge challenge to the video game industry’s status quo<p>There is a man, and that man wants to sell …

17 signs you're intelligent — even if doesn't feel like it

Stupid people tend to overestimate their competence, while smart people tend to sell themselves short. As Shakespeare put it in "As You Like It": "The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool."<p>That conventional wisdom is backed up by a Cornell University study …