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US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document

A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima.<p>The document, …

'Breaking Bad's' Dean Norris on Nailing His Shocking Scene in One Take and His Plea to the Writers (Video)

The actor reveals the very different way his character's death was initially going to happen and why he requested a final phone call with his …

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 – winning pictures

Australian photographer Mark Gee has beaten more than a thousand amateur and professional photographers from around the planet to win the title Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013. The competition is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich and BBC Sky at Night Magazine. The winners, runners-up …

Amazing Typography Portraits Created with Song Lyrics

<b>Justin Timberlake</b><p>Anyone interested in typography will be in complete awe of these realistic portraits by artist Sean Williams. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, the designer, photographer, and art director certainly has a great eye for conceptual designs. To create the series, entitled <i>Hip Hop Type</i>, …

Electric Zoo music festival cancelled over drug-related health concerns

The last day of a New York City dance music festival featuring high-profile acts including Avicii, David Guetta and Diplo was canceled on Sunday after the deaths of two attendees and the hospitalizations of several others, apparently linked to drugs.<p>The city said it recommended that the Electric …

Obama administration to allow recreational marijuana laws to stand

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration announced Thursday a limited pullback on federal enforcement of marijuana, saying it will not interfere with new state laws that permit recreational use of marijuana.<p>The Justice Department said it will not seek to veto new state laws in Colorado and Washington …

Measles is Killing Off Masses of Dolphins

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>After a sad summer of mysterious dolphin deaths scientists think they have finally figured out the …

FDA looks into fortified snacks

Sugary snacks fortified with vitamins might make consumers feel less guilty, but they’re making the feds increasingly more nervous.<p>The Food and Drug Administration has submitted to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget the required paperwork to launch a study into whether artificially …

Oxford dictionary adds “twerk,” “derp,” “selfie,” “phablet,” and more voguish vocabulary

Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO) is adding a slew of words that only recently came into general usage, many driven by fast-moving trends in technology and culture. Yes, “twerk” is now in the dictionary.<p>The most relevant addition to the dictionary for Quartz readers is probably “phablet,” a …

Linguistics

Broccoli slows arthritis, researchers think

<b>Eating lots of broccoli may slow down and even prevent osteoarthritis, UK researchers believe.</b><p>The University of East Anglia team is starting human trials following on from successful lab studies.<p>Tests on cells and mice showed that a broccoli compound - which humans can also get from Brussels …

Research links children's psychological problems to prolonged screen time

Spending too much time in front of television, DVDs and computer games is taking its toll on children's physical and mental health, according to a government-commissioned report published on Wednesday.<p>Public Health England says there is evidence that children who spend more time watching screens …

Boy, 8, accused of intentionally killing 87-year-old woman in Louisiana

An 8-year-old boy intentionally shot and killed an 87-year-old woman at their home in Slaughter, La., authorities said Friday.<p>Marie Smothers was described only as the boy's "current caregiver." No other information was available on the relationship between the boy and Smothers, who police said was …

Right Brain, Left Brain? Scientists Debunk Popular Theory

Maybe you're "right-brained": creative, artistic, an open-minded thinker who perceives things in subjective terms. Or perhaps you're more of a "left-brained" person, where you're analytical, good at tasks that require attention to detail, and more logically minded.<p>It turns out, though, that this …

The Devil’s Drug: The True Story of Meth in New Mexico

In anticipation of the new season of Breaking Bad, Nick Romeo travels to New Mexico to separate fact from fiction about the meth trade in New Mexico. …

Can Marijuana Improve Your Emotional State?

It’s no secret that marijuana can put a smile on many people’s faces, but research suggests that the drug’s positive effects go beyond just getting …

The Brain

Study Finds No Link Between Hallucinogens And Mental Problems

How risky are psychedelic drugs to mental health? Not nearly as much as you might have imagined.<p>People who had taken LSD, psilocybin (the brain-bending chemical in magic mushrooms) or mescaline at any time in their lives were no more likely than those who hadn't to wind up in mental health …

Autism 'affects male and female brains differently'

<b>Autism affects male and female brains differently, a study has suggested.</b><p>UK experts studied brain scans of 120 men and women, with half of those studied having autism.<p>The differences found in the research, published in journal Brain, show more work is needed to understand how autism affects girls, …

Green turtles swallowing more plastic than ever before, study finds

Green turtles are swallowing plastic at twice the rate they did 25 years ago, according to a new study.<p>The finding is based on data collected across the globe since the late 1980s and analysed by researchers at the University of Queensland.<p>Study leader and PhD candidate Qamar Schuyler says green …