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Environmentally-Caused Disease Crisis? Pesticide Damage to DNA Found 'Programmed' Into Future Generations

When Dr. Paul Winchester, a pediatrician, moved to Indiana from Colorado in 2002, he noticed something disturbing—a high number of birth defects.<p>"I …

Birth Defects

Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia

Here's how I got to bottom of the ads-coinciding-with-conversations mystery.<p><i>Note: this article was updated on June 13 to clarify that apps like Facebook don't automatically have access to your data.</i><p>A couple years ago, something strange happened. A friend and I were sitting at a bar, iPhones in …

The NRA May Have More Russian Contributors Than It First Said

The National Rifle Association may have accepted more contributions from Russian donors than it first acknowledged, new documents show.<p>A Russian citizen who works for a U.S.-sanctioned arms manufacturer was arrested earlier this year when he tried to board a flight from Los Angeles to Moscow …

Guns

Sinclair Broadcasting’s Naked Propaganda Has Direct Ties to the White House

The president came to the company’s defense Monday, since they’re a big cheerleader for him.<p>Over the weekend, a montage of local-news anchors went viral. In the video, put out by Deadspin, anchors at stations all owned by the media giant Sinclair Broadcast Group recite word for word a script …

Santorum: Instead of calling for gun laws, kids should take CPR classes

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> CNN commentator and former Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Rick Santorum on Sunday suggested students protesting for gun control legislation would be better served by taking CPR classes and preparing for active shooter scenarios.<p>"How about kids instead of looking to someone else to solve …

Guns

World's largest collection of ocean garbage is twice the size of Texas

The world's largest collection of ocean garbage is growing.<p>The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of plastic, floating trash halfway between Hawaii and California, has grown to more than 600,000 square miles, a study published Thursday found. That's twice the size of Texas.<p>Winds and …

Pollution

Fox News analyst quits, rips network as a “propaganda machine” in letter to colleagues

He signed off: “As our president’s favorite world leader would say, ‘Das vidanya’” — Russian for “goodbye.”<p>A Fox News analyst quit in a scathing letter that accused the network of degenerating into “a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.”<p>Retired Lt. Col. …

Jeff Sessions may have violated his recusal pledge when he fired Andrew McCabe

Making the Justice Department inspector general’s report public would help clear things up.<p>On Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, allegedly for misleading investigators about authorizing a conversation between FBI officials and Wall Street Journal …

Kushner Cos. filed false documents with NYC, report says

When the Kushner Cos. bought three apartment buildings in a gentrifying neighborhood of Queens in 2015, most of the tenants were protected by special rules that prevent developers from pushing them out, raising rents and turning a tidy profit.<p>But that's exactly what the company then run by Jared …

Former FBI agent scorches Fox's Brit Hume for trying to justify Trump's firing of McCabe

Fox News’ gruff and most plausibly reasonable political analyst Brit Hume went to bat for Trump in a tweet on Friday, arguing that the fact that the …

Republicans fear they botched Russia report rollout

GOP lawmakers are on the defensive after challenging the intelligence community’s findings on election meddling.<p>House Republicans are privately venting that they’ve fumbled the release of their own Russia probe report.<p>The blaring headline the GOP wanted from this week’s rollout was clear: After a …

After Alignment With Trump, Some Evangelicals Are Questioning Movement's Leaders

NPR's Sarah McCammon speaks with evangelical writer Michael Gerson about how using evangelicalism as a political force has strayed from its origins.<p>Transcript<p>SARAH MCCAMMON, HOST:<p>About 80 percent of white evangelicals voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election. That was despite Trump's …

Natural wetland in India filters 198 million gallons of wastewater a day with zero chemicals

The East Kolkata Wetlands in India processes almost 198 million gallons of wastewater and sewage produced by the region’s population everyday, …

'The Russian bear came out of hibernation': The US's top intelligence official issues an ominous warning to Congress

<i>Sign up for the latest Russia investigation updates here.</i><p>The Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, painted a stark picture Tuesday of the imminent cyber threat Russia poses to the US.<p>Russia "is likely to continue to pursue even more aggressive attacks, with the intent of degrading our …

Russia

Ethics experts say their 'fear has been realized' as Trump faces one of his most consequential conflicts of interest yet

Ethics experts fear that the week-long standoff at a Panamanian hotel between ownership and the Trump Organization just presented one of the most consequential conflicts of interest yet for President Donald Trump.<p>The dispute broke out into the open last week when Orestes Fintiklis, the majority …

Donald Trump

Scott Pruitt says he's doing God's work by ignoring climate change and repealing Clean Power Act

The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) has the heartwarming story of how EPA chief Scott Pruitt was spoken to by the Almighty Himself, in deciding …

This Is the Worst Roommate Story You’ll Ever Read

<b>Alex Miller’s spare room</b> had been on Craigslist for two weeks when, last March, she got the call she’d been waiting for. The man at the other end …

The Father Of The Internet Sees His Invention Reflected Back Through A 'Black Mirror'

In 1984, two men were thinking a lot about the Internet. One of them invented it. The other is an artist who would see its impact on society with uncanny prescience.<p>First is the man often called "the father of the Internet," Vint Cerf. Between the early 1970s and early '80s, he led a team of …

Black Mirror

Curious Kids: Where do my recycled items go?

<i>This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like an expert to answer.</i> …

A White House Budget Fit for the King of Debt

As a guide to policy, the White House’s budget for 2019, which was released on Monday, isn’t worth much. In the federal government, Congress holds the purse strings, and these days it has largely abandoned the annual budgeting process for irregular spending agreements between the two parties, the …

Donald Trump

Military Refuses to Participate in Trump’s Parade, Citing Bone Spurs

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The Pentagon has turned down Donald J. Trump’s request for a grand military parade in Washington, D.C., citing a sudden outbreak of bone spurs that would prevent men and women in uniform from participating.<p>Harland Dorrinson, a Pentagon spokesman, said that, within …

Donald Trump

“He Wants a Killer”: Post-Bannon, Post-Nunes, Post-Kelly Friction, a Frustrated Trump Searches for a West Wing Reset

He pines for old campaign hands Jason Miller, Corey Lewandowski, and David Bossie—but will Ivanka have the final say?<p>After the much-hyped Nunes memo failed to deliver the narrative reset that the White House hoped for, <b>Donald Trump</b> is discussing a shake-up to his West Wing, three sources familiar …

Donald Trump

Trump plan calls for new nuclear weapons

The Trump administration on Friday called for the development of two new types of nuclear weapons to better deter potential adversaries, in a reassessment of the current arsenal that critics slammed as increasing the likelihood of nuclear conflict.<p>The Pentagon's Nuclear Posture Review, the first …

Trump responds to school shootings in a strikingly Trumpian way

In Benton, Ky., this week, two teenagers were shot and killed at a high school, in an incident that left another 18 people injured. As the <i>New York</i> …

Trump’s latest interview shows he’s not really the president

He’s holding the office but not doing the job.<p>President Donald Trump’s first non-Fox television interview in a long time, conducted with CNBC’s Joe Kernen from Davos, Switzerland, is in many respects weirdly devoid of substance. And much of the substance that’s there consists of misstatements of …

Alan Alda Wants Us To Have Better Conversations

Fighting miscommunication might seem an ironic choice for an actor whose comedy career was built on all the funny consequences of people misunderstanding each other.<p>But Alan Alda has made it his mission to help scientists — and the rest of us — communicate better.<p>It all started when he was hosting …

Nuclear war became more likely this week | Robert Andersen and Martin J Sherwin

The Trump administration’s nuclear policy review loosens constraints on the use of nuclear weapons. We should all be worried<p>Too bad the book flying off the shelves isn’t the other one about “fire and fury”, The Doomsday Machine, Daniel Ellsberg’s startling volume about his life as a nuclear war …

Trump's wealth comes from money laundering, and it's gotten worse since he entered the White House

More than one-fifth of Donald Trump’s US condominiums have been purchased since the 1980s in secretive, all-cash transactions that enable buyers to …

'This Is As Dirty As It Gets': Judge Jeanine is Issuing a Warning to Hillary Clinton About What's to Come

Judge Jeanine Pirro had more than a few words to say about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the first episode of “Justice With Judge …

15 of the best science podcasts that will make you smarter

Podcasts are more popular every year, which means there's a wealth of audio storytelling to listen to — and many options to choose from.<p>We're here to help.<p>Whether you need something to listen to on your commute or just want a brain-boost while you pick up around the house, you can always trust a …

Science