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2 health insurance mega-mergers are underway. Now Obama’s trying to stop them.

The Obama administration wants to block two health insurance mega-mergers.<p>The Department of Justice announced Thursday that it would file lawsuits against the proposed merger of Cigna and Anthem, and of Humana and Aetna.<p>Right now there are five major health insurers in the United States — and if …

Zika found in common house mosquitoes in Brazil

<b>(CNN) —</b> Researchers in Brazil announced Thursday the "presence of the Zika virus" in Culex mosquitoes (the common house mosquito) in the eastern city of Recife. The findings were released with a word of caution: "The obtained data will require additional studies in order to assess the potential …

Public Health

Leonardo DiCaprio: 'We Are the Last Generation That Has a Chance to Stop Climate Change'

Leonardo DiCaprio's eponymous foundation held its star-studded third annual fundraising gala in St. Tropez, France last night, setting a new …

Hillary Clinton Prepares for Vice Presidential Pick

The 125,000 red, white and blue balloons have dropped and are deflating in unceremonious heaps on the ground as the Republicans wrapped up their …

Obama Administration Offers Electric Vehicle Charging Loan Guarantees

The White House on Thursday said it was expanding a federal loan guarantee program to include companies building electric vehicle (EV) charging …

Britain's Economy Wilting Fast After Brexit Vote, May Prompt More Spending

Britain's economy is shrinking, the broadest survey of business confidence since last month's historic vote to quit the European Union showed on Friday, piling pressure on new Prime Minister Theresa May's government to soften the impact.<p>Philip Hammond, the new finance minister, had already hinted …

United Kingdom

Middle East Sets New Temperature Record, and It's Blistering

Temperatures Thursday reached an incredible 54°C (129.2°F) in Mitribah, Kuwait, setting the record for the warmest temperature ever recorded outside …

'Corn sweat' heat domes are becoming more common due to global warming

The heat wave currently baking the midsection of the country has turned portions of at least 21 states into a sauna, with unusually high humidity …

Researchers discover molecule for potential Alzheimer's vaccine

A team of researchers have discovered a new molecule that they say may be a major step towards the creation of an Alzheimer’s vaccine.<p>The molecule, known as monophosphoryl lipid A (MPL), has shown evidence of stimulating the brain’s natural immune defense against the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, …

Union Of Trump And GOP Cemented On Final Night Of Convention

It has been said that "to cleave" is the only verb in English that connotes one specific action and its direct opposite. To cleave sometimes means to hold together, and it can also mean to split apart.<p>That's why Cleveland was the perfect city to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Because …

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Cheap and clean: Australian company creates hydrogen with near-zero emissions

An Australian company is using “cheap as dirt” iron ore to convert methane in natural gas into hydrogen. Importantly, their process generates near-zero emissions, as the carbon content of the gas is captured in the form of high-quality graphite.<p>As a clean-burning fuel, hydrogen could play a key …

Energy

How ancient sequoias may hold a key to reversing climate change

The massive, ancient trees were once thought to be vulnerable to drought and fire. But now, scientists are attempting to clone and replant them all …

‘Earthquake’ Off Florida Coast Was Actually Explosion Set Off By Navy

Looking for a great career? Or know another veteran, service member, or military spouse who is? Get started at Hirepurpose.<p>Saturday’s undersea …

Military

Visualizing Hyperdensity

The most dense neighborhood in Manhattan is surprisingly low-key.

Manhattan

Huge oil producer goes big on clean energy

As well as being a big player in fossil fuels, Norway is now making waves when it comes to clean energy. The government has said that 98 percent of …

Renewable Energy

Trump says US will be safer, richer if he is president

CLEVELAND (AP) — Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president Thursday, promising anxious Americans that they will be safer and …

United States

Without a Climate Plan, Republicans Struggle as Voters Shift

The 2016 elections are heating up. And so is the planet. According to NASA, there is a 99 percent chance that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, surpassing the current record set in 2015.<p>And yet for the first time in the age of modern climate science, a presidential nominee believes climate …

A Victory For Voting Rights in Texas

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down the state’s strict voter-ID law.<p>A U.S. federal appeals court struck down Texas’s voter-ID law on racial-discrimination grounds Wednesday, handing a major victory to voting-rights activists ahead of the 2016 election.<p>The Fifth Circuit Court of …

African farmers say they can feed the world, and we might soon need them to

Cairo<p>Food exhibitions in the Mediterranean region tend to attract a familiar cast of characters. There are the Gulf Arab agribusinesses, looking to expand their reach, and the large-scale European farming and logistics companies, who are turning out in ever-greater numbers as they seek out new …

Africa

3 Major Trends That Will Forever Change the Way We Work

The workplace is changing--rapidly. By staying ahead of these trends, you can make sure your business remains the leader of the pack.<p>While the "future of work" may feel like a phrase related to a far more advanced or revolutionary description of the modern workplace, the reality is that workers …

Rehab Hospitals May Harm A Third Of Patients, Report Finds

Patients may go to rehabilitation hospitals to recover from a stroke, injury or recent surgery. But sometimes the care makes things worse.<p>In a government report published Thursday, 29 percent of patients in rehab facilities suffered a medication error, bedsore, infection or some other type of harm …

Physiology

Global warming hits close to home: Human-induced climate change is getting personal, even in America

Climate change feels like too big a situation for my behavior to impact, but too critical to ignore<p><i>This article originally appeared on Capital & Main.</i><p>Activists wanting to solve the crisis of human-caused climate change face a serious dilemma. The threat appears neither close enough to get our …

Donald Trump can't bring back all those lost coal mining jobs

On the second night of the Republican National Convention, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia went onstage and railed against Hillary Clinton's "anti-coal agenda." Her kicker: "I weep for the fabric of my state."<p>Capito is right that West Virginia’s coal industry is collapsing and mining …

These Are the Most and Least Stressed Cities in the United States

Not to stress you out, but where you live might have a big effect on your stress levels.<p>Stress—and all of the negative health effects that come with it—is an unavoidable part of life. (If you know someone whose life is 100 percent stress-free, we would <i>love</i> to meet them.) It's caused by all kinds of …

In Germany, May seeks to reassure on Brexit, warned over 'limbo' | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May sought to reassure Germany on Wednesday over Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, stressing her desire to deepen ties with neighboring countries in her first foreign visit as leader.<p>But while Angela Merkel agreed with May that Britain needed time …

North Africa

Plagiarism at its worst: What we can learn from Melania Trump’s copycat RNC speech

The strikingly similar rhetoric of two very different presidential candidates’ wives tells us a lot about Americans<p><i>This piece originally appeared on BillMoyers.com.</i><p>In all the uproar about Melania Trump’s plagiarism of Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic convention speech — a gaffe worthy of note, of …

The Future Is Now: Making Babies

There are countless science fiction stories, movies, and shows that play on the idea of harvested human beings. Remember the scene in <i>The Matrix</i> where …

California Breaks Solar Record, Generates Enough Electricity for 6 Million Homes

California has hit a new solar generation record, thanks to this week's triple-digit heat wave. SF Gate calculated that on Tuesday, the Golden …

Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president of the United States

The man who wasn’t really a Republican bested 16 Republican candidates. The man who has put four businesses into bankruptcy and says his net worth fluctuates based on his feelings ran as a billionaire business success story.<p>The man who sold steaks, and real estate diplomas, and ties, and casinos, …

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