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We are f***ing sadists: We are not decent, and we are not a democracy

The torture report requires us to look in the mirror — and accurately assess the monster that we see<p>“You’ll comment on the torture report?” a friend in London asked just after the Senate’s revelations came out last week.<p>“No, everybody and his in-laws will be on it within hours. Besides, I do …

Plans for a secure quantum internet take a leap forward

The ability to ‘sculpt’ individual photons is a crucial step towards a secure network of powerful quantum computers<p>Scientists have created a device that can release a single, precisely shaped photon of light, opening the way to a secure “quantum internet” that is incredibly powerful and …

Rosetta Offers New Insight Into Where Water On Earth Came From

Different kinds of rocks have different kinds of water<p>Four and a half billion years ago, the Sun and Earth were just being born out of a giant explosion, and the solar system was HOT. All that heat likely boiled away the water on Earth’s surface. So how did our parched planet come to be covered in …

Astronomy

Life on the Edge review – the weird world of quantum biology explained

Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden’s insights into fundamental tenets of science are fascinating – but not always easy to fathom for the beginner<p>The scent of an orange, a robin on the wing – nothing could be more festive. But if you think such simple delights are born of simple processes, think …

Provincial Russia feels economic squeeze

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1131000/1131190_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524755081_ea31f504e82d38877b9a1685a0e22ed1<p><b>The trees lining the route to Ryazan are covered in frost, as if sprinkled with icing sugar in a Russian fairy tale.</b><p>But the harsh reality in Russia …

Russia

Hackers won't release Sony workers' personal info if they object

Here's an odd twist to the Sony Pictures hack: the attackers are becoming courteous... relatively speaking, of course. The Guardians of Peace are threatening to release yet more of the studio's data as a "Christmas gift," but they're also offering to withhold personal information if employees ask …

A Look Back At How The Ukraine Crisis Erupted And What To Expect In 2015

A year ago, Ukraine was not a place that warranted much attention. It was merely a poor country in a part of the world that featured neither oil nor terrorism. It was, in that sense, a place like many others that students might learn for a geography test or a school report and then promptly …

Oil Prices Go Down, Russia's Gold Buying Goes Up

It's been a rough ride for the Russian economy and it keeps getting worse. Low oil prices helped push the ruble to another record low on Friday. This spate of bad economic news is probably just accelerating an existing trend: Russia's purchase of gold at an astounding rate.<p>Russia's central bank …