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Christian consumers campaign against halaal

Vicky Abraham<p>The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) Commission has …

Police Obtain Warrants To Find Out Which Google Users Were Present At Crime Scenes

Police in North Carolina are securing search warrants to access Google's data on who was at, or near, the scene of the crime.<p>In Raleigh, North …

The key to Leonardo da Vinci's genius is a practice that anyone can learn

In late 2017, <i>Salvator Mundi</i>, one of Leonardo da Vinci's paintings, sold for $450.3 million.<p>For a child born out of wedlock in the 15th century, that's quite an accomplishment. And yet, many would argue that this isn't even close to being his greatest contribution to humanity.<p>When the word</i> …

False news spreads faster than truth online thanks to human nature

The rapidity with which falsity travels has been proverbial for centuries: “Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it,” wrote Swift in 1710. Yet empirical verification of this common wisdom has been scarce — to our chagrin these past few years as lies in seven-league boots outpace a …

Why is Israel scattering millions of flies around Gaza?

Every week, 33 million flies are scattered from airplanes onto orchards and agricultural farmland surrounding Gaza.<p>><br>• ><p>Hundreds of Mediterranean flies …

Pest Control

Globally Top-Respected Experts on Middle East Warn Syrian War May Produce WW III

Abdel Bari Atwan, the retired editor-in-chief (1989-2013) of the pan-Arab newspaper <i>Al Quds Al Arabi</i> and author of widely respected books on the …

Middle East

Syria: You Own It, You Fix It, So Just Rent It

Two weeks ago, standing on the Syria-Israel border in the Golan Heights, I wrote a column positing that this frontier was the “second most dangerous” war zone in the world today — after the Korean Peninsula. Your honor, I’d like to revise and amend that column.<p>Having watched the opening ceremony of …

Middle East

Tapes Reveal Egyptian Leaders’ Tacit Acceptance of Jerusalem Move

As President Trump moved last month to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, an Egyptian intelligence officer quietly placed phone calls to the hosts of several influential talk shows in Egypt.<p>“Like all our Arab brothers,” Egypt would denounce the decision in public, the officer, Capt. …

Donald Trump

Former Facebook executive: social media is ripping society apart

A former Facebook executive has said he feels “tremendous guilt” over his work on “tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works”, joining a growing chorus of critics of the social media giant.<p>Chamath Palihapitiya, who was vice-president for user growth at Facebook before he …

Social Media

Tech Giants, Once Seen as Saviors, Are Now Viewed as Threats

SAN FRANCISCO — At the start of this decade, the Arab Spring blossomed with the help of social media. That is the sort of story the tech industry loves to tell about itself: It is bringing freedom, enlightenment and a better future for all mankind.<p>Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, proclaimed …

Social Media

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. <b>Paul Lewis</b> reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention<p>Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned …

Social Media

Are solar eclipses proof of God?

On Monday something will happen in the U.S. that should startle — or at least perplex — anyone who gives it any thought. I am referring to the full solar eclipse you may already be anticipating. To be clear, thinking about what is about to happen has little to do with the sheer visceral experience …

Einstein's unique way of thinking contributed to his genius — here's how

Robbert Dijkgraaf is a theoretical physicist and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is also the co-author of "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge."<p>In this video, he explains how Albert Einstein saw the world in a different way from how most scientists see it. …

Read the full transcript of President Obama's farewell speech

Here is an unedited transcript of President Obama's prepared remarks during his farewell address in Chicago, as provided by the White House.<p>---<p>It's good to be home. My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we've received over the past few weeks. But tonight …

Political Science

If Vladimir Putin intervened to help Donald Trump, that’s an outrage. But then so is the long US record of foreign interference<p>As I write, president-elect Donald Trump – soon to become the most powerful individual on Earth – is having a tantrum on his Twitter feed. Losing the popular vote can have …

Russia

30 years ago, Trump proposed allying with the USSR against France and Pakistan

Way back in 1987, journalist Ron Rosenbaum interviewed real estate developer and casino mogul Donald Trump on a somewhat unusual topic — nuclear weapons.<p>Rosenbaum has long been interested in the issue (he even wrote a book, <i>How The End Begins: The Road to Nuclear World War III</i>), but Trump at the …

The FBI missed a trick to hack the San Bernardino iPhone

The FBI told Congress it couldn't hack the San Bernardino shooter's phone without Apple's aid, but a researcher has proved that claim was inaccurate. "The process does not require any expensive and sophisticated equipment," wrote University of Cambridge researcher Sergei Skorobogatov. "All needed …

University of Cambridge

Earth - We might live in a computer program, but it may not matter

<i>This story is part of BBC Earth's "Best of 2016" list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>Are you real? What about me?<p>These used to be questions that only philosophers worried about. Scientists just got on with figuring out how the world is, and why. But some of the current best …

Scientists Developed a Way to Make DMT Trips Last Longer Than Ever

The new model still needs to be tested, but it could be a game-changer for one of the more intensely hallucinogenic psychedelics there is.<p><i>This piece was published in partnership with the Influence.</i><p>Known in drug lore as "the businessman's trip" for its lunch-break-size 15-minute duration, DMT …

Science Unlocks The Secret To Why Introverts Prefer Alone Time To Socializing

There can be many causes of introversion, but if your brain is wired to be an introvert, it's safe to say that you can't help wanting to be alone!

Black Lives Matter Releases Policy Agenda

It has been nearly two years since the killing of Michael Brown Jr. by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, touched off outrage and a national movement to save black lives from state violence. Now, just days ahead of the anniversary of Brown’s death, a coalition of organizations that grew from …

Prone To Depression? Scientists Say It's Due To Your Creativity

Creativity may be linked to mental illness:read here to discover the links to depression and how they might not be the reasons you think.

Ingenious Lightbulb Hack Can Cause Seizures, Spy On 'Air-Gapped' Networks

It’s now a given: the Internet of Things is horribly broken.<p>Connected lightbulbs, though one of the few possibly-justifiable products in the gross melange that is the IoT market, are sometimes contributors to that rank unsecurity. And now researchers have shown just how evil attacks on lightbulbs …

Hacking

The return of eugenics

Researchers don’t like the word – but they're running ahead with the idea, and Britain is at the forefront<p>The only way of cutting off the constant stream of idiots and imbeciles and feeble-minded persons who help to fill our prisons and workhouses, reformatories, and asylums is to prevent those who …

11 Secrets Hidden in Famous Works of Art

Among Michelangelo’s venerable ceiling murals inside the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel is arguably the most iconic depiction of man’s relationship to God. …

Can a Plant Remember? This One Seems to—Here’s the Evidence

There’s this plant I’ve heard about that had a really bad afternoon a few years ago. It was in its pot bothering nobody and then, suddenly, it fell. Not once, but 56 times. (I’ll explain in a minute.) But it’s a plant. Things happen to plants, and as far as I know, they go on as before. They don’t …

Botany

Fresh images from Nasa’s probe reveal sparkly patches on dwarf planet likely to be water vapour emanating from subsurface ice<p>When Nasa’s Dawn spacecraft reached the largest object in the asteroid belt earlier this year, mission scientists were baffled to find that the alien terrain gleamed with …

Astronomy

Searching for Eureka: IBM’s path back to greatness, and how it could change the world

<i>Things IBM invented or that wouldn’t exist without it:</i><p>Punch cards<br>The US Social Security System<br>The hard drive<br>SABRE global travel reservation system<br>Barcodes<br>The Apollo Program’s computers to land the first humans on the moon<br>The mainframe computer<br>The magnetic strip on credit cards<br>The personal …