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Ukraine tense as Russia launches military drills, activists die in clashes

Tensions in Ukraine escalated sharply Thursday, with Russia embarking on new military drills near the border after Ukrainian forces said they killed five pro-Russian militants.<p>Ukraine's Interior Ministry said Ukrainian forces killed the militants during operations to take down pro-Russian …

Obama warns North Korea on nuclear test: South Korean media

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama warned North Korea on Friday against conducting another nuclear test, saying that it would draw a firm international response.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama talks to the media before he bids farewell to Japan's Emperor Akihito at the Okura Hotel in Tokyo …

NYPD Twitter campaign backfires, thousands of negative tweets

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York Police Department campaign to burnish its image via social media instead produced a flood of pictures of apparent police brutality and tweets critical of the force being shared at a rate of thousands an hour.<p>A pedestrian walks past a line of New York Police …

Footage Shows Ghostly Figure Sweep Across Soccer Stadium (VIDEO)

Is it a ghost? A shadow? A really fast-moving person?<p>TV cameras caught a shadowy human-like figure speeding across the screen during Thursday's soccer match at Hernando Siles Stadium in La Paz, Bolivia, on Thursday April 17.<p>People in the crowd don't seem to notice the figure.<p>The Heavy reports that …

Sri Lanka deports British tourist for her Buddha tattoo

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka on Thursday deported a British tourist for having a tattoo of Buddha on her arm which a court said was an insult to the island’s main religion.<p>Legally, there is no ban on a Buddha tattoo in Sri Lanka, but the predominantly Buddhist nation is very sensitive about its …

Uruguay to allow pot users to buy up to 20 joints a week

MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguayans will be able buy up to 10 grams of pot a week, enough to roll 20 joints, under new rules governing the recently legalized marijuana trade in the country, a government source said on Thursday.<p>Marijuana plants are seen in an indoor cultivation in Montevideo December …

Releasing 1.5 Million Balloons Into The Air Is A Bad Idea

With the best of intentions, Tom Holowach set out to create a massive spectacle.<p>As Gizmodo reports, Holowach was the mastermind behind Cleveland, Ohio's Balloon Fest on September 27, 1986.<p>Holowach explained his role in a Q&A this week:<p>I was the Project Manager for this event. I worked on it for 6 …

Thief Steals $18,000 Of Axe Shower Gel, Axe Is Totally Cool With That

Step 1: Manufacture a shower gel that promises "unrelenting female attention and/or late nights."<p>Step 2: Break the news that a thief stole $18,000 worth of Axe Shower Gel in Indiana, obviously because he or she wanted to smell sexy.<p>Step 3: Profit.<p>Representatives of Axe Shower Gel couldn't be …

Halo around the sun over Normandy, France

We get many messages throughout each year from people who’ve just spotted a halo, or ring, around the sun or moon.<p>This is a classic solar halo, what …

Educated brains recover better after injury

Better-educated people appear more likely to fully recover from traumatic brain injury, suggesting that “cognitive reserve” may help their brains to …

Environment: News & features

Asteroids cause dozens of nuclear-scale blasts in Earth's atmosphere

Asteroids caused 26 nuclear-scale explosions in the Earth's atmosphere between 2000 and 2013, a new report reveals.<p>Some were more powerful – in one case, dozens of times stronger – than the atom bomb blast that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945 with an energy yield equivalent to 16 kilotons of TNT.<p>Most …

Q&A: How a Stowaway Survived a Plane Trip in a Wheel Well

An aerospace physiologist describes how a five-hour trip in extreme cold, at very high altitudes, affects the body.<p>Even those who study the effects of altitude on the human body have been stunned by the story of a 15-year-old boy who hitched a ride Sunday from San Jose, California, to Maui, Hawaii, …

More brains don’t always lead to better decisions

We tend to think that a group decision is more likely to be accurate when there are more brains involved—but that might not be true in all situations.<p>…

Extra sleep may help us feel better faster

When we get sick, it feels natural to try to speed up our recovery by getting some extra shuteye. New research with fruit flies suggests it’s a good …

Ancient flying reptile from China fills evolutionary gap

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It was the start of something big - really big.<p>The fragmentary remains of the Kryptodrakon progenitor found in the famed "dinosaur death pits" area of the Shishugou Formation in northwest China are seen in an undated illustration courtesy of Brian Andres. REUTERS/Illustration …

New FCC rules could destroy net neutrality

"The great revolution in the internet is how it empowers individuals to both consume and create... and to do so requires an accessible and open internet. And we will fight to preserve that capability." — FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, January 16th, 2014.<p><b>Stories of the day:</b><p>It's time for the FCC to stand …

Here's Why The FDA Is Regulating E-Cigarettes

After years of almost no regulations, the FDA wants to put (some) restrictions on vaping.<p>Early today, the FDA—after years of saber-rattling—proposed new rules to regulate e-cigarettes. You may have heard something about this, since people in both camps are losing it.<p>**Ah, so the FDA is really …

Milky Way's Structure Mapped In Unprecedented Detail

Astronomers are one step closer to solving a longstanding mystery — just what our Milky Way galaxy looks like.<p>It may seem odd that a comprehensive understanding of the Milky Way's structure has so far eluded researchers. But it's tough to get a broad view of the galaxy from within.<p>"We are fairly …

NASA Chief Outlines Path to Mars

The past couple of decades have seen the space exploration community shift its attention from Earth's moon to the red planet, with NASA sending multiple rovers to Mars and scientists considering what it would take to put humans on the Martian surface. If you believe the keynote address NASA's chief …

Affirmative Action Isn’t Oppressive, but the Roberts Court Wants to End It Anyway

By upholding Michigan’s ban on race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court chips away at the idea that diversity is good for all and …

FCC Will Allow Internet ‘Fast Lanes’

The Fed­er­al Com­mu­nic­a­tions Com­mis­sion plans to move ahead with reg­u­la­tions that would al­low In­ter­net ser­vice pro­viders to charge …