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‘We have to harden our schools’: Trump makes arming teachers his top safety goal

President Trump aligned ­himself with gun rights advocates on Thursday, signaling that his top priority would be arming hundreds of thousands of teachers across the nation in response to last week’s deadly school shooting in South Florida.<p>On Twitter and at a White House event, Trump argued that …

Guns

Spice: Why some of us like it hot

Spicy food is about more than pleasurable pain. BBC Future investigates why we can’t say no to spice.<p>Human beings around the world delight in fiery foods. Thai, Mexican, Chinese, Indian, Ethiopian – the cuisines that can take the roof off your mouth are numerous and flavourful.<p>Ranking the world's …

The Evolution of the American Tank

From the trenches of France to the desert of Afghanistan, tanks have been the U.S. Army’s armored spearhead for a century.<p>Evolved from slow, lumbering, and malfunctioning origins, the modern Main Battle Tank can cross long distances rapidly and engage targets at ranges unimaginable to soldiers and …

Military

The Surprising Secrets to Living Longer — And Better

Old age demands to be taken very seriously–and it usually gets its way. It’s hard to be cavalier about a time of life defined by loss of vigor, …

Ulysses S. Grant

The case for optimism

The world is better than ever before. And Harvard’s Steven Pinker can prove it.<p>It’s easy to look around and conclude that everything is horrible, that the world is getting less safe and more chaotic.<p>Steven Pinker, a Harvard psychologist and author of <i>Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science,</i> …

Singularity

How Virtual Reality Affects Actual Reality

The technology helps quarterbacks learn plays, first responders recover from PTSD, and everyone get a grip on climate change.<p>Since tech wizard Jaron Lanier made virtual reality popular in the 1990s, many claims have been made about its transformative power. Most of these have proved to be hype and …

Virtual Reality

The best ways to counter the negative effects of aging and live a long time — starting right now

The keys to a long and healthy life are right in front of you.<p>Instead of expensive face creams, a cache of vitamins and supplements, or a hard-to-follow diet, all you need are some research-backed tools to help you stay healthy as you age and fight cognitive decline.<p>These solutions involve simple …

Wellness

5 incredible ways to use your smartphone's camera you never knew until now

Unless you’re a serious photographer, you probably don’t carry a digital camera anymore. There’s no need: A typical smartphone comes with at least one camera, and lenses are sharper and more dynamic than ever. Even pro photojournalists often turn to their Samsung Galaxy, and entire feature films …

Samsung Galaxy

Cape Town: What It's Like to Live Through Water Crisis

Capetonians collect water from the Kalk Bay spring on Feb. 1; at some springs, waits can drag on for hours. Mikhael Subotzky and Johnny Miller for …

Patricia de Lille

We Locked Four Experts in a Room Until They Solved Immigration

Your move, Congress.<p>It’s a problem that has eluded top statesmen for nearly two decades: what to do with the undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as minors—children who grew up in the U.S. going to American schools, living in American cities and towns and otherwise living more or …

Immigration

If You Can't Pass This Simple 10 Second Test, Science Says You're 5 Times More Likely to Die Sooner

And don't worry if you can't pass it today. With a little time and effort, you will.<p>Everyone wants to live a long, healthy life. No one wants their life to be cut unnecessarily short. But is it possible to predict whether you're at greater risk of mortality? According to a Brazilian physician, the …

Workouts

You won’t believe what happens to that Tesla Roadster inside today’s SpaceX launch

Elon Musk isn’t just sending his biggest-rocket-ever into space today. His SpaceX crew has also loaded the Tesla CEO’s very own cherry-red Roadster …

Tesla

A major South African city is about to run out of water, and officials say it will be the worst disaster since 9/11

Cape Town, a coastal South African city of about 4 million people, is about to run out of fresh water.<p>After three years of persistent drought, the government is warning that "Day Zero" — when it will be forced to turn off most faucets — will be May 11. That's when reservoirs and water sources are …

Snorkeling

The good, the bad and the ugly of living in a schoolbus full-time

There’s a new trend in the tiny house movement: living in a schoolbus, otherwise known as a “skoolie.”<p>Derek and Amy Cobia of <b>The Frugal RVer</b> didn’t live in a schoolbus at first….when they sold their home and got rid of their belongings, they bought a large 5th wheel RV with a pick-up truck to go …

RVs

This Startup Wants to Neutralize Your Phone—and Un-change the World

Late last fall, in the gleaming white lobby of Madison Square Garden, uniformed attendants were posted at security stations to make thousands of …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Elon Musk's $0 Salary Encapsulates the Legend of Tesla

For a self-made billionaire, Elon Musk doesn’t seem to know much about making money—at least not for himself. The Tesla CEO's new compensation …

Screen time: Mental health menace or scapegoat?

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Have smartphones destroyed a generation?" Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, asked in an adapted excerpt of her controversial book, "iGen."<p>In the book, she argues that those born after 1995 are on the "brink of a mental-health crisis" -- and she believes …

Psychology

Inside Amazon’s surveillance-powered no-checkout convenience store

By now many have heard of Amazon’s most audacious attempt to shake up the retail world, the cashless, cashierless Go store. Walk in, grab what you want, and walk out. I got a chance to do just that recently, as well as pick the brain of one of its chief architects.<p>My intention going in was to try …

Board game nights are having a moment. Here’s how to join in.

Growing up, everyone in my family received a board game for Christmas. We’d spend the lazy days that followed jumping in and out of mysterious worlds, word puzzles and intricate versions of charades. But as we grew up and moved out, the fading stacks of cardboard began collecting dust, and Netflix …

Getting high on virtual reality

It’s a chilly November evening, but inside Apiary Studios in East London, things are heating up as the venue gradually fills with people. The …

The Strange History of One of the Internet's First Viral Videos

You’ve seen the video. Everyone on the internet has. A man sits in a cubicle and pounds his keyboard in frustration. A few seconds later, the Angry …

What It Took to Save a North Korean Defector's Life

A soldier fled across the border and was shot by his comrades. The South Korean trauma surgeon who helped stabilize him describes his recovery.<p>SEOUL, South Korea—In late November, a 24-year-old North Korean soldier dashed across the demilitarized zone separating North from South Korea. He barely …

North Korea

50 Years Later, It Feels Familiar: How America Fractured in 1968

It was a year when liberals reeled, a war dragged on and protests raged. Back then, the evening network news and the printed newspaper told the stories of the day. But what would it have been like to experience it all with modern news alerts?

United States

LG Display's crazy 65-inch OLED TV can roll up like a poster

It's the world's first big-screen TV that can be rolled up to hide away when not in use.<p>When you roll your future TV out of sight into a little box, thank LG Display.<p>The leader in big-screen OLED manufacturing, not satisfied to debut the first 88-inch 8K OLED TV, will show off another world's first …

North and South Korea agree to hold talks on easing military tensions

<b>Seoul, South Korea (CNN) —</b> North Korea has agreed to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea and to hold talks with Seoul to ease military tensions, in the most significant thaw in relations between the neighboring states in years.<p>Officials from the two nations met face to …

North Korea

8 “anti-resolutions” to make this January so that you’re happier in the new year

Author Sarah Knight is a personal hero of mine. While the wider world dove into <i>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up</i> and extolled the virtues of …

17 Retailers on the 2018 Death Watch

2017 was a year of reckoning and the new year may be even worse.<p>The past year has been a bleak one for many retailers. Over 20 retail chains -- …

New York City on pace to record lowest murder tally in decades

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Despite enduring its deadliest terror attack since 9/11, New York City is on pace to record its lowest murder total in decades.<p>The homicide drop mirrors an across-the-board reduction in major crimes over 2016, statistics released by the police department show.<p>There have been 284 …

CNN

Retail's toughest year: A record for store closings

The traditional retail industry just capped one of its most difficult years with a successful holiday shopping season.<p>The question is, will that be enough to save stores on the brink?<p>Experts say don't count on it.<p>Shoppers have made it clear they want to do more of their shopping online and on their …

eCommerce

The Best Robot Vacuums

After running more than 90 cleaning cycles with 14 of the most promising robot vacuums in 2017, we think the EcoVacs Deebot N79 is the best choice for most people who want a basic, affordable bot that can actually keep their floors tidy.<p>If the price of the EcoVacs Deebot N79 jumps, or if the robot …

Robotics