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<b>The Reserve Bank of India cut rates.</b> India's central bank lowered its key interest rate 25 basis points to 6.50%, as expected. The rate cut was the fifth since the beginning of 2015, and it dropped the RBI's main rate to its lowest level since 2011. In addition, the bank held its cash reserve rate …

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Japan begins work on 'world's largest' floating solar farm

The Japanese electronics multinational Kyocera has begun work on what it says will be the world’s biggest floating solar farm.<p>The power plant is being built on a reservoir in Japan’s Chiba prefecture and is anticipated to supply enough electricity for nearly 5,000 households when it is completed in …

Renewable Energy

Why This Doctor Believes Addictions Start In Childhood

Understanding the root causes of addiction can help us to better treat it.<p>What causes drug addiction? One Canadian physician argues that the problem isn't the drugs themselves.<p>Dr. Gabor Maté believes -- based on research and his own experience working at harm reduction clinics in Vancouver's …

Scientists Are Working to Drill a Mile-and-a-Half Hole Into the Earth

Geologists have been trying to drill down into the Earth's mantle for more than 50 years—and they finally may get there in the near future.<p>On the seafloor at a location in the Indian Ocean called the Atlantis Bank, about 800 miles southeast of Madagascar, scientists are working to drill 1.6 miles …

Earth Science

Russian general Igor Sergun dies suddenly after being 'sent to Syria by Vladimir Putin to ask President Assad to step down'

A Russian general has died of unknown causes just weeks after reportedly being sent to Syria to negotiate with President Bashar …

Russia

New dinosaur species may have been found

Five-and-a-half metre plesiosaur skeleton could be a new species, experts say<p>Paleontologists believe they may have discovered a new species of dinosaur after digging up the remains of a 165 million year old sea creature.<p>The five-and-a-half metre plesiosaur skeleton was found in a quarry in …

Paleontology

This Mad Genius Built His Own ‘Star Wars’ Lightsaber And It Runs On Alcohol

From the genius who built a Thor’s hammer that only he could lift, comes a real-life lightsaber, blue light and all, that’s essentially a flamethrower that runs on–you guessed it–alcohol.<p>The video above introduces Allen Pan lighting a cigarette using the lightsaber, so you just know that this …

Many military veterans' PTSD claims 'fabricated or exaggerated'

Almost half of the service personnel assessed by military pyschiatrists had mental health issues that were not clearly linked to their career in the armed forces, or were “Walter Mitty” characters who fabricated their experience, according to a leading expert.<p>Ian Palmer, a former senior military …

Mental Health

TRUMP: If I'm president, 'Christianity will have power' in the US

Last December, the Republican presidential front-runner ignited a national firestorm by proposing to suspend all Muslim immigration and tourist travel into the US.<p>"If I said that about Christians, and if I said 'banned,' I'm telling you I would have had less difficulty," Trump said Saturday. "And …

Mediocrity is for white kids: Debates over Asians and the academic “ethnic divide” are about white entitlement, not oppressive immigrant parents

White parents want schools to ease standards—but Asian parents know their kids <em>have</em> to excel to get ahead<p>In the midst of a national debate about the effects of affirmative action, elections for the Harvard Board of Overseers have reinvigorated a discussion about the school's discriminatory …

This Workout Will Boost Your Energy Like a Boss

Dragging ass lately? Blast through this five-minute pump-you-up plan before you hit the shower.<p>Two in-laws. 54 deadlines. 245 parties. Convinced there's zero percent chance you'll be able to stay sculpted...and sane? We've got the mood-lifting, fat-torching routine you need this time of year.<p>"You …

Workouts

The mathematically proven strategy to win 14 of the most popular games

<i>Originally published May 8</i><p>From Risk to tic-tac-toe, popular games involve tons of strategic decisions, probability and math. So one happy consequence of being a data nerd is that you may have an advantage at something even non-data nerds understand: winning.<p>So how do you win (almost) every game in …

Mathematics

Can you solve it? Professor Povey's perplexing problem

Hello guzzlers,<p>This week’s puzzle is purloined (with permission) from the recently-published prime paperback, <i>Professor Povey’s Perplexing Problems</i>.<p>The book is a collection of pre-university maths and physics conundrums, chosen by Oxford university engineering professor Thomas Povey. He writes that …

Oxford University

You Can’t Do Squat About Spotify’s Eerie New Privacy Policy (UPDATED)

Author: Gordon Gottsegen. Gordon Gottsegen Security<p>Date of Publication: 08.20.15.<p>Time of Publication: 4:56 pm. 4:56 pm<p><i>Editors’ note: On Friday,</i> …

Privacy

Cannabis discovered in tobacco pipes found in William Shakespeare's garden

Forensic testing of 400-year-old pipes suggest playwright might have smoked more than just tobacco<p>South African scientists have discovered that 400-year-old tobacco pipes excavated from the garden of William Shakespeare contained cannabis, suggesting the playwright might have written some of his …

Want your children to keep fit? Let them play computer games

A study suggests that video games - often blamed for youngsters' lack of exercise - may in fact provide moderate or intense physical activity<p>Active computer games may actually be a better source of physical activity for kids than playing outside, according to new research.<p>The study, published in …

PC Gaming

What's Next for Baltimore

A citywide curfew that went into effect late Tuesday until early Wednesday brought calm to Baltimore in the wake of riots that spotlighted deep …

The Avengers’ Black Widow Problem: How Marvel Slut-Shamed Their Most Badass Superheroine

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Scarlett Johansson’s badass agent Natasha Romanoff is once again used to service the storyline of a male hero.<p>The thing …

Bank of the Underworld

Liberty Reserve was like PayPal for the unbanked. Was it also a global money-laundering operation?<p>In the fall of 2011, the U.S. Secret Service orchestrated a sting operation. The target was a Vietnamese man named Hieu Minh Ngo. Investigators believed he was a big-time identity thief who sold …

The great American voting scam: How political insiders are gaining the power to steal our elections

If you thought the 2000 election debacle was bad, just wait until we have online voting<p>BRAD BLOG reader "Plumb Bob" left this comment recently, following our short piece on concerns about the results of last week's Mayoral race in Chicago:<p>This alleged rigging of a lottery drawing reported today: …

Why China should make cutting coal power its No. 1 goal

by Mark L. Clifford<p>In the fight to limit global warming, no country matters more than China – a massive coal-dependent country, which is responsible …

Why Politicians Need Science

Remember: Before the triumph of science, we burned witches at the stake and thought that kings ruled by divine right.<p>Sen. Ted Cruz, who recently announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential ticket, thinks, like many conservatives, global warming isn’t happening. As he said on Seth …

Labyrinth of tunnels of Turkish ancient underground city revealed

Experts say the network of tunnels in Turkey's Nevşehir province is likely to be the largest and most complex underground city in the world<p>Deep underground in the central Anatolian province of Nevşehir, the contours of an ancient city are taking shape, two years after it was discovered by …

The Dutch “Surveillance Kings of Europe” Are About to Get Even Nosier

The Netherlands is considering a new law that would give its spooks unprecedented access to global data, including yours and mine.<p>AMSTERDAM — When …

The Shrinks Who Only See CIA Officers

Some U.S. intelligence analysts spend days scouring ISIS beheading videos and jihadists’ porn. When it gets to be too much, there’s a cadre of …

Focus in Ferguson shifts to election of City Council members

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Small-community municipal elections don't typically merit much attention, but Tuesday's City Council race in Ferguson has …

CDC Alert: Drug-Resistant Foodborne Illness Spreads in US

Figuring out how to talk about antibiotic resistance—which you’ll be seeing discussed here a lot, since it’s the topic of my last book, an important part of my next book, and a central topic in my past blogging—is a difficult balancing act. On the one hand, antibiotic resistance is a true global …

Public Health

Memories likely can’t be erased: Research offers new clues to how we remember

A new study challenges more than a century of neuroscience and could radically change the way we treat PTSD<p>As intangible as they may seem, memories have a firm biological basis. According to textbook neuroscience, they form when neighboring brain cells send chemical communications across the …

Yemen burns as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula watches with glee

The Yemen civil war is one of the most disturbing and baffling of all the Middle East's conflicts<p>When the jets from the Saudi-led coalition bombing <b>Yemen</b> swooped in, they hit the gas tanker with pinpoint accuracy.<p>It blew up, obliterating its contents, its driver, and everything around …