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Homer Simpson almost discovered the Higgs boson before any scientist

Some may refer to <i>The Simpsons</i> as "genius" but nobody expected this.<p>A new book titled <i>The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets</i> claims that …

Selma Prepares to Mark 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday

Selma

UC Irvine reverses American flag ban

The Star-Spangled Banner will once again wave at the University of California, Irvine, after student government leaders nixed a bid to ban the American flag from a campus lobby.<p>Members of the executive cabinet of the Associated Students of UC Irvine met Saturday in an emergency session to reverse …

Will Clinton let email issue mushroom into a major problem?

It's impossible to know whether Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a private email account to conduct business as secretary of State is a serious scandal or merely a tempest in a teapot. Impossible, because Clinton and her aides have ducked the most important questions.<p>Yes, secretaries of State are …

Michigan gym reportedly bans woman over gender identity complaint

A Michigan gym reportedly canceled a woman’s membership after she refused to stop telling other members that “a man” was using the women’s locker room.<p>Yvette Cormier told MLive.com that the incident occurred at a Planet Fitness on Feb. 28 when she walked into the woman’s locker room and was …

How Technology Is Changing Our View of Ancient Languages

0<p>SHARES<p>For a scholar of ancient languages, Gregory Crane has blazed a very contemporary career path. Crane received his Ph.D. in classical philology …

Humanities

Texting Makes Kids Smarter, Claims Language Professor

Having been condemned as a surefire way to make children dumb, texting is considered by many people not to be the best way for kids to …

Text Messaging

Don’t Stop Daydreaming: Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on …

8 movies to stream on international women’s day

on netflix<p>This Sunday is International Women's Day. We like to celebrate women every single day, though, so we're going to observe this holiday by watching (or re-watching) movies. Specifically, movies about strong women, being played by strong women. So fire up your Netflix account, check out one …

Ban on American flag at UC Irvine reversed

A five-member executive cabinet overseeing<p>UC Irvine's student government on Saturday vetoed a decision to ban the display of all flags, including the American flag.<p>"We fundamentally disagree with the actions taken by ASUCI Legislative Council and their passage of [the ban] as counter to the ideals …

MH370 search zone will have been covered by end of May, says Australia

The search in the priority zone where Malaysia Airlines flight 370 is thought to have gone down exactly one year ago is likely to be completed by the end of May, the Australian government has said.<p>Sunday marks a grim milestone of one year since the plane went missing, along with all of the 239 crew …

Airplanes

Iraq investigating IS attack on another ancient site

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants continued their campaign targeting cultural heritage sites in territories they control in northern Iraq, looting and damaging the ancient city of Hatra just one day after bulldozing the historic city of Nimrud, according to Iraqi government officials and local …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Fifty years after Selma's 'Bloody Sunday', the battle for equality rages on

Much has changed since white police charged black activists on the Edmund W. Pettus bridge - but much has stayed the same, writes Peter Foster in Selma<p>For 16-year-old Jasmyn Bowie, a schoolgirl who dreams one day of becoming a chemical engineer, the battle for equal rights that played out in her …

Black History

GOP lawmakers contend House road funding plan protects schools; educators disagree

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – West Michigan school administrators aren't buying area lawmakers contention that a road funding bill that phases out sales tax …

Cop Fights to Keep His Secret Mercenary Army

300 residents. 100 reservist cops who paid handsomely for their badges. One embattled police chief, trying to hide the names of his pay-for-play …

Why It's So Hard For Americans To Talk About Science

Talking about science is a lot harder than it should be. We talk all the time about things we don’t fully understand: the polar vortex, how footballs can get underinflated during games, why the Kardashians still get so much attention. We’re not experts in these areas, but we’re happy to weigh in …

Science

Public school has students ‘bowing to the sun god’

A legal case over a public school in California that has students “bowing to the sun god” is looming in an appeals court, where a team of lawyers …

Man's death leads to discovery of new virus in Kansas, CDC reports - CNN.com

<b>(CNN) —</b> The CDC has discovered a new virus that may have contributed to a Kansas man's death, the agency announced Friday.<p>Named the Bourbon virus after the county where the patient lived, the virus is likely spread by tick or insect bites, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.<p>A …

Public Health

'Schoolgirls have already crossed Syrian border', say sources

Turkish intelligence sources fear three British teenage runaway "jihadi brides" have already been smuggled into Isil territory despite a desperate search for them<p>Three teenage British “jihadi brides” who ran away from home to join fighters from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are feared to …

Oscars 2015: our final predictions on who will win the big prizes

The Oscars kick off this evening – and you can follow the action with us from 2pm PT, 5pm ET and 10pm GMT. Here’s our final predictions in the key categories<p>Follow our live coverage of the Oscars 2015<p>This is the big one. After all the huffing and puffing, red-carpet showboating and shameless …

Stranger Things

Cholesterol in food not a concern, new report says

<b>(CNN) —</b> For more than a week, speculation has been running rampant. Here's how it all started.<p>On February 10, The Washington Post published a headline that got a good amount of attention: "The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol."<p>Every five years, the …

Secretary of Agriculture

Being connected is more of a good thing than it is a bad thing

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Photo by Ivelin Radkov/Shutterstock<p>As smartphones and social platforms become more and more ubiquitous, debate …

IBM: Thanksgiving Online Sales Up 14%, One-Third Of Sales On Mobile Led By iOS

Black Friday is traditionally thought of as the first day of holiday shopping in the U.S., but with more buying options (and promotions) becoming available online, many are now starting their shopping a day earlier, on Thanksgiving. As a bellwether for how e-commerce companies will fare in the …