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If your friends feel like family, there's a good reason for it | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The truism that friends are the family you choose may be more accurate than you might suppose.<p>A study published on Monday found that people are apt to pick friends who are genetically similar to themselves - so much so that friends tend to be as alike at the genetic level as …

Living fossil found in China

The Tadpole Shrimp, a living fossil unchanged for over 200 million years, has been found in flooded parts of north China<p>A living fossil has been discovered in north <b>China</b> after heavy rains created pools of water big enough to allow the creatures to hatch.<p>The unusual animal is known as a Tadpole …

White-Washing Malcolm X: The Atlantic's View in 1965

A psychoanalytic interpretation of the slain civil-rights leader from shortly after his death<p>It has been nearly a half-century—49 years Friday—since three gunmen rushed Malcolm X at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem and killed him. The battle over his legacy, begun before his body was buried and fed …

RAF has fired missiles in Afghanistan using US drones, MoD reveals

British pilots have launched at least 39 missile strikes against suspected Taliban insurgents from American drones based in Afghanistan, according to new figures.<p>The details have emerged from the Ministry of Defence, which has for the first time disclosed how RAF crews using unmanned US aircraft …

Flood alerts rise as storms batter Britain

The British army has been called in to build sandbag barriers against flood water in southeast England as parts of the country experienced the wettest January on record.<p>Flood warnings were spreading to the southeast on Monday after weeks of deluge in the southwest. The UK's Met Office said several …

Kansas Mayor Says Sustainability Is About Community, Not Politics

In Washington, the debate over what to do about climate change is split largely down party lines. But it hasn't always been that way.<p>Republican Sen. John McCain campaigned on the issue in his presidential runs. "Climate change is real," he said in 2007. "The Earth is warming, and it is the result …

Obama issues new policy for selling arms abroad

President Obama issued a policy Wednesday that for the first time expressly states that the United States should not sell military equipment to countries so unstable that they might ultimately turn the weapons against us or our allies.<p>Obama's "presidential directive" is an update of a 1995 policy …

NSA collects millions of text messages daily in 'untargeted' global sweep

The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents.<p>The untargeted collection and storage of SMS messages – including their …

More than 5,800 gas leaks found in Washington, DC - Futurity

Researchers have identified thousands of leaks in the natural gas pipelines under the streets of Washington, DC, some of which could have caused …

FCC Chief Vows to Fight for Net Neutrality

Tom Wheel­er, the chair­man of the Fed­er­al Com­mu­nic­a­tions Com­mis­sion, doesn’t plan to roll over and ac­cept a fed­er­al court rul­ing …

Why the universe may be nothing more than math

If you're not already a physicist, you need to mentally prepare yourself for MIT professor Max Tegmark's explanation of how our entire universe isn't just described by math, but <i>is</i> math. <i>Scientific American</i> published an excerpt from Tegmark's new book, <i>Our Mathematical Universe</i>, which explains that …

Latest NSA Leak Nears Science Fiction Levels

The latest in­tel­li­gence leak from Ed­ward Snowden may be the most sci­ence-fic­tion-like rev­el­a­tion yet: The Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency is …

Cuba leader Raul Castro warns of 'subversive campaign'

<b>Cuban President Raul Castro has warned that Cuba is confronting "ideological and political subversion aimed at toppling its socialist system".</b><p>In a speech commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, Mr Castro said "global power centres" were "subtly introducing neo-liberal and …

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Norman Foster unveils plans for elevated 'SkyCycle' bike routes in London

Plan for 220km network of bike paths suspended above railway lines could see commuters gliding to work over rooftops<p>Gliding through the air on a bike might so far be confined to the fantasy realms of singing nannies and aliens in baskets, but riding over rooftops could one day form part of your …

Just How Many Billions Will Be Spent on Oil and Natural Gas?

While oil and gas spending grew only moderately this year, it is expected to increase significantly next year, as energy companies accelerate …

Fearless Oil & Gas-Related Predictions for 2014

Well, it’s the end of the year 2013, and everyone and his or her brother is busy compiling a Top Ten Something-or-Other (take your pick: movies, songs, celebrity faux pas, football players, baseball players, basketball dunks, Miley Cyrus embarrassments, etc.) list for 2013.<p>Turns out I’m too lazy to …

Briton 'shot dead' in western Libya

A Briton and a New Zealander, both with gunshot wounds, found dead in western Libya near oil complex<p>A Briton and a New Zealander, both with gunshot wounds, were found dead in western Libya on Thursday, while two Americans were arrested in the eastern city of Benghazi.<p>The security situation has …

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NFL Punter Chris Kluwe Says He was Driven Out of Football for Supporting Gay Marriage

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Former Minnesota Viking punter Chris Kluwe has been an outspoken advocate of same-sex marriage over …

Turkey 'coup plot': Military demands retrial

<b>The high command of the Turkish armed forces has demanded a retrial for dozens of military officers convicted of plotting to topple the government.</b><p>A statement from the general staff, quoted by Turkish media, accused the judiciary and police of manipulation and fabricating evidence.<p>The legal …

South Asia

South Sudan rebels 'forcibly recruiting civilians' amid humanitarian crisis

Government accuses rebels as fighting overshadows peace talks in Ethiopia and aid agencies warn of looming catastrophe<p>Aid agencies have warned of a looming humanitarian catastrophe in South Sudan, where fighting continues in spite of the crisis talks currently under way in neighbouring Ethiopia.<p>On …

The 2,000 war veterans lobotomized by their own doctors

In 1945, thousands of soldiers returned to the United States from combat on the Pacific and European fronts of World War II with severe mental trauma. Unable to treat their terrible injuries and illnesses, US Veterans Affairs hospitals lobotomized some 2,000 of them. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> is …

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