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Spies could activate iPhone cameras and microphones if FBI forces us, says Apple

Governments could demand access to iPhone cameras and microphones to spy on civilians if Apple loses its high-profile battle with the FBI, one of the company’s most senior executives has said.<p>Eddy Cue, Apple’s head of internet software and services, said if the security service wins its court …

Leaked ISIS documents reveal recruits' blood types, obedience levels

<b>(CNN) —</b> What's your first and last name? Your education and work experience? Do you have recommendations?<p>And are you willing to be a suicide attacker or would you prefer to be a fighter for ISIS?<p>Those were among the questions purportedly posed to would-be jihadis on what appears to be a kind of job …

ISIS Used Mustard Gas Against Kurdish Forces in Iraq, U.S. Believes

World<p>U.S. officials believe the terror group ISIS used chemical weapons in Iraq this week, defense and intelligence officials said Thursday.<p>The terror group used mustard gas in an attack against Kurdish fighters, two defense officials and an intelligence official told NBC News. Mustard gas, …

Middle East

'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation' Movie Review

Tom Cruise hit on a tangy idea when he decided to turn the old-school CBS series <i>Mission: Impossible</i> (1966-1973) into a film franchise. As producer as …

Rogue Nation preserves the stand-alone fun of the Mission: Impossible series

Ethan Hunt is a secret agent. He works with a team of high-tech specialists to save the world from terrorists. Often, their work involves dangerous …

Who might lead ISIS if al-Baghdadi dies?

<i>Watch "Blindsided: How ISIS shook the world," a GPS special airing Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.</i><p><b>(CNN) —</b> For weeks, reports have been circulating that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the caliph of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was seriously injured in an airstrike back in March.<p>On Wednesday, …

Al-Qaeda

Nintendo rides are coming to Universal's theme parks

Over the years, Nintendo has crafted a diverse roster of beloved video game characters. They're colorful and instantly recognisable, so inevitably some fans have wondered whether a Disney-style theme park could be built around them. Well, wonder no more. Nintendo announced today that it's teaming …

How ISIS Capitalizes on Lone Wolves to Spread Terror 'At No Cost'

U.S. news<p>ISIS' claim of responsibility for the shooting in Garland, Texas, was proof of its effectiveness at capitalizing on so-called lone wolf attacks — even when it has no hand in planning or paying for them, experts said Tuesday.<p>ISIS provided no evidence to support its claim after the shooting …

Terrorism

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Black Holes

What Saddam Gave ISIS

The infiltration in the winter of 2013 was insidious in the small rural towns circling Aleppo—Tel Rifat, al-Bab, and Marea. The men stood out when …

Caliphates

Scientists Target New Painkillers From Spider Venom

Ingredients in venom could lead to new, nonaddictive treatments for chronic pain<p>Scientists in Australia, home to some of the most poisonous creatures on Earth, have made an important discovery about spider venom that eventually could lead to a new class of painkillers.<p>Spiders use their venom to …

Painkillers

Why knuckle cracking makes a popping sound, and why it might be beneficial

When muscle joints are pulled apart there forms a tiny cavity filled with gas which then collapses, creating a popping noise.<p>The wince-inducing sound of knuckles cracking is caused by a small bubble building up in the fluid of the fingers then ‘popping ‘, scientists believe, and it could even be …

What Divorce Does to Women's Heart Health

Dissolving a marriage is hard on everyone, but researchers say the psychological stress of a divorce can have serious physical effects on the heart, …

The surprising downsides of being clever

Can high intelligence be a burden rather than a boon? David Robson investigates.<p>If ignorance is bliss, does a high IQ equal misery? Popular opinion would have it so. We tend to think of geniuses as being plagued by existential angst, frustration, and loneliness. Think of Virginia Woolf, Alan …

University of Toronto

The Virtue of Being Short

Taller does not mean healthier. It's more likely the opposite.<p>If you've ever had a tall man stand in front of you at a concert, blocking your view, and wished that he would have a heart attack, the odds were against you.<p>Tall men are less likely to develop heart disease than are short men, according …

Albert Einstein

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

How U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.<p>While the White House has said the breach only …

U.S. Dept. of State

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

7 Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

<i>By K. Aleisha Fetters, DETAILS</i><p><i>(photo: Eric Ray Davidson)</i><p>While marathon sweat sessions can certainly kick your metabolism into high gear, there's a faster, better way to rev up your fat-burning potential. Below are seven seriously simple moves that will slash through more calories than minutes.<p>"Your …

ISIS Wants a Truce

After months of being targeted by U.S.-led airstrikes, losing ground in Iraq and suffering defeat in a weeks-long assault to capture the Syrian …

Middle East

Why We Like Food That Makes Noise

The crunch of a chip, the snap of a carrot, or the fizz of a freshly opened beverage may greatly influence just how good we think those foods taste, …

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

Why painful memories linger with us

If we didn’t forget pain, women would never go through childbirth twice – or so says the myth. But the truth is that agonising memories don’t always diminish.<p>If you visit someone with a newborn baby, their description of the pain of childbirth often includes the phrase “never again”. One friend …

Childbirth

ISIS goes global

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the past eight months, ISIS has seeded itself in some dozen countries around the globe. Indicative of this was the announcement on Saturday that the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram had pledged its "allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims," ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.<p>The global …

ISIS spread its reach through Twitter with 46,000 accounts

Designated terrorist groups have reportedly long used social media to communicate. Al Qaeda and the Taliban have been believed to frequent Facebook, and Hamas has been a well-known devotee of Twitter.<p>Now, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is thought to also be quite active on social …