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What Happens When a Bad-Tempered, Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire?

One of the few things that Kaiser Wilhelm II, who ruled Germany from 1888 to 1918, had a talent for was causing outrage. A particular specialty was insulting other monarchs. He called the diminutive King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy “the dwarf” in front of the king’s own entourage. He called Prince …

History

Conservative icon David Koch leaving business, politics

NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire conservative icon David Koch is stepping down from the Koch brothers' network of business and political activities.<p>The 78-year-old New York resident is suffering from deteriorating health, according to a letter that older brother Charles Koch sent to company officials …

Koch Brothers

Congressional Candidate In Virginia Admits He’s A Pedophile

Nathan Larson also ran online forums for pedophiles and misogynists.<p>Nathan Larson, a 37-year-old accountant from Charlottesville, Virginia, is running for Congress as an independent candidate in his native state. He is also a pedophile, as he admitted to HuffPost on Thursday, who has bragged in …

Civil Rights

Glasses wearers really are more intelligent - it's in the genes

It may seem merely a cliche born of centuries of educated people straining their eyes in dimly-lit libraries, but new genetic research suggests those who wear glasses really are more intelligent.<p>Researchers at the University of Edinburgh analysed the genetic data of more than 44,480 people.<p>They …

Nature Communications

Gravity energy generator could revolutionise renewables | Reuters.com

Dutch inventor Janjaap Ruijssenaars has built a gravity energy generator that harnesses the force of gravity to produce a new kind of renewable energy. Matthew Stock reports.<p>▲ Hide Transcript<p>▶ View Transcript<p>Dutch inventor Janjaap Ruijssenaars has built a gravity energy generator that harnesses the …

Renewable Energy

"Go For Broke": The Story Behind the Most Decorated Military Unit in U.S. History

In 2011’s <i>Captain America: The First Avenger</i>, Captain Steve Rogers single-handedly frees captured Allied soldiers from a Nazi base. "What, are we …

Civil Rights

China is taking digital control of its people to chilling lengths

Watching Donald Trump trying to deal with China is like watching a clown dancing in front of an elephant. The US president’s entire approach is transactional – the methodology he employed in his allegedly successful career as a property developer. It’s all sticks and carrots, bluff and …

China

Trump grants posthumous pardon to black boxing champ Jack Johnson

President Donald Trump pardoned black boxing champion Jack Johnson on Thursday, posthumously nullifying his conviction by an all-white jury for an interracial relationship more than 100 years ago.<p>"He overcame these difficult circumstances to reach the heights of boxing and the boxing world and …

Donald Trump

The Thing Inside Your Cells That Might Determine How Long You Live

Once there was a mutant worm in an experiment. It lived for 46 days. This was much longer than the oldest normal worm, which lived just 22.<p>Researchers identified the mutated gene that had lengthened the worm’s life, which led to a breakthrough in the study of aging — it seemed to be controlled by …

Biology

A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture

Alan Beam was sitting in his office reviewing lab reports when Theranos CEO and founder Elizabeth Holmes poked her head in and asked him to follow …

Genetic Engineering

From robotic bees to bacteria, the tech that is making for a greener tomorrow

We love when technology gives us new gadgets or entertaining features, but it’s even better when scientists get together and use technology for more …

U.S. Army

For Putin’s 4th Term, More a Coronation Than an Inauguration

MOSCOW — Vladimir V. Putin took the oath of office on Monday for a fourth term as Russia’s president, in a ceremony staged in a gilded Kremlin hall once used to crown czars and replete with pageantry, highlighting his vast accumulation of authority after nearly two decades in power.<p>Mr. Putin, a …

Russia

Why genetic IQ differences between 'races' are unlikely

The idea that there may be genetic differences in intelligence between one population and another has resurfaced recently, notably in the form of a New York Times op-ed by the Harvard geneticist David Reich. In the article, Reich emphasises the arbitrary nature of traditional racial groupings, but …

Mutations

Did another advanced species exist on Earth before humans?

Our Milky Way galaxy contains tens of billions of potentially habitable planets, but we have no idea whether we’re alone. For now Earth is the only world known to harbor life, and among all the living things on our planet we assume <i>Homo sapiens</i> is the only species ever to have developed advanced …

Universe

Map Reveals How the World Could Switch to Solar Using a Tiny Amount of Land

An all-renewables future is not as outlandish as it seems.<p>A solar-powered society is not as unreasonable as it may seem. While Tesla CEO Elon Musk …

Japanese engineer builds giant robot to realize 'Gundam' dream

SHINTO, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese engineer Masaaki Nagumo had always dreamed of suiting up as a robot from "Mobile Suit Gundam", his favorite animation series growing up. Now he has made it a reality by creating a giant humanoid inspired by the science fiction franchise.<p>Developed at Sakakibara …

Jared Kushner’s $1.2 billion miracle

Someone is doing Jared Kushner a huge favor. But we don't know who.<p>The 41-story skyscraper at 666 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan was supposed to be Jared …

How to ghost your internet provider with a secret IP address

Two new projects just launched that could hinder internet-service providers’ ability to eavesdrop on their customers, helping internet users protect …

Calling Car Pollution Standards ‘Too High,’ E.P.A. Sets Up Fight With California

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday took steps to challenge California’s decades-old right to set its own air pollution rules, setting up a showdown between the federal government and a state that has emerged as a bulwark against the Trump administration’s policies.<p>The E.P.A. statement …

Trump Administration

North Carolina city releases bodycam videos related to beating of jaywalking suspect

<b>(CNN) —</b> The city of Asheville, North Carolina, released "disturbing, difficult to watch" videos from nine body-worn cameras related to the beating and tasing of a man who was suspected by police of jaywalking, the city said.<p>One video from an officer on the scene shows Asheville police officer …

Justice

Bees on Mars: Nasa funds swarm of robotic insects for exploring Red Planet

A swarm of robotic bees, nimble enough to fly across the surface of Mars and explore the Red Planet’s nooks and crannies, is being funded by Nasa.<p>The cyber-insects, dubbed Marsbees, are the size of bumblebees but have giant wings to generate sufficient lift to hover in the Martian atmosphere, which …

Black Mirror

Most Of 8 Shots Hit Stephon Clark's Back, Independent Family Autopsy Finds

<b>Updated at 6:20 p.m. ET</b><p>Stephon Clark, the 22-year-old black man shot and killed by Sacramento police earlier this month, was shot eight times, at least six in the back, an independent autopsy commissioned by Clark's family found.<p>Family lawyer Benjamin Crump said the findings of the family's autopsy …

Florida shooting survivor Hogg won't accept Ingraham's apology over mocking tweet

Florida shooting survivor David Hogg declined on Friday to accept Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s apology over a tweet mocking him, saying she’s expressing remorse only because a flurry of advertisers dropped her program.<p>Hogg, who called for companies to boycott the talk show host after she derided …

Parkland Shooting

Where the Genocide Museum Is (Mostly) Mum on the Fate of Jews

VILNIUS, Lithuania — During the Holocaust, many Lithuanian Jews were not killed in Nazi death camps, but by their neighbors, usually shot or even beaten to death. In all, 90 percent of an estimated 250,000 Jews perished, wiping out a community that had been part of Lithuanian life for five …

'Ghana First:' US military deal leads thousands to protest

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Rallying behind the slogan of "Ghana First," thousands of people in the West African nation have protested a new defense …

Liberia - the country where citizenship depends on your skin colour

<b>Tony Hage has lived in Liberia for more than 50 years.</b><p>It is where he went to university. Where he met his wife. Where he set up his successful business.<p>He has stayed when so many others have fled the country's years of unrest- determined to see the country he loves and calls home succeed.<p>But Mr …

Why does the gun control issue feel different after Parkland? Just look at Taylor Swift.

As far as political statements go, Taylor Swift's March for Our Lives words weren't anything terribly dramatic.<p>The singer started her Instagram post …

The Great Lie of Conservatism

The philosophical foundation of conservatism is a template for exploitation, argues Drew Magary, and it's time to stop treating it as half our country's guiding principles.<p>They’re all dead now. All the unofficial fathers of modern conservatism: William F. Buckley, Russell Kirk, Milton Friedman, …

Peru’s President Offers Resignation Over Vote-Buying Scandal

LIMA, Peru — After less than two years in office, Peru’s embattled president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, offered his resignation on Wednesday, a day after the release of videos that showed key allies trying to buy the support of opposition lawmakers.<p>Mr. Kuczynski had spent months fighting off attempts …

South America

South Carolina legislator wants to give away guns to teachers

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A South Carolina state representative is giving away three handguns to teachers in the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.<p>South Carolina state Rep. Steven Long, a Republican who represents the Spartanburg and Boiling Springs areas, …

South Carolina