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Chomsky: The U.S. behaves nothing like a democracy

<b>(AP/Nader Daoud)</b><p>The MIT professor lays out how the majority of U.S. policies are opposed to what wide swaths of the public want<p>Noam Chomsky<p>August 17, 2013 12:30pm (UTC)<p>The following is a transcript of a recent speech delivered Noam Chomsky in Bonn, Germany, at DW Global Media Forum, Bonn, Germany. …

Five Stories You'll Care About in Politics Next Week

Anthony Weiner is running out of voting blocs to insult. We might not need the NSA so long as the McConnell campaign has oppo researchers. …

Autism 'affects male and female brains differently'

<b>Autism affects male and female brains differently, a study has suggested.</b><p>UK experts studied brain scans of 120 men and women, with half of those studied having autism.<p>The differences found in the research, published in journal Brain, show more work is needed to understand how autism affects girls, …

17 Examples Of Kobe Bryant's Insane Work Ethic

And there's one reason why — his insane work ethic.<p>Even after going down with a devastating Achilles injury at the end of the 2012-2013 season, Kobe kept working, and now he says he's way ahead of schedule on his recovery. In fact, he says he "shattered" the timetable for recovery from his surgery, …

American consumers are being asked to save the global economy—again

Growth is slowing sharply in emerging markets like China, India and Brazil. Europe is still ensnared in a recession. Japan is only now taking baby steps forward after a decades-long duel with deflation. When it comes to growth, the US’s consumer-driven economy now stands out as the world’s best bet.<p>…

Google reportedly choosing Asus to make new Nexus 10 tablet

Perhaps in a nod to the Google(s goog) partnership on the Nexus 7 tablet, Asus is reportedly getting the chance to also make a new Nexus 10 slate. …

Robot surgeons will worm into your brain to bust deadly blood clots

Vanderbilt University professors have developed a steerable robotic needle that can perform surgery on parts of the human brain that were previously considered too dangerous for physical intervention. Specifically aimed at relieving the effects of cranial blood clots, which have a 40 percent …

A new way of thinking about how the brain works

My book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>, is out now, and is available at a discount price from Amazon and the <i>Guardian</i> bookshop. (And here's a lovely review by Vaughan Bell, who calls it "a concise, solid grounding in neuroscience… remarkably lucid… balanced and entertaining".) When I …

Rand Paul’s week of delusion

<b>Rand Paul (Reuters/Yuri Gripas)</b><p>The 2016 hopeful can’t decide if he’s a brave truth-teller or just another bobbing and weaving politician<p>Joan Walsh<p>August 9, 2013 5:13pm (UTC)<p>If nothing else, I usually give Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul credit for boldness. But in a publicity barrage this week, the man …

Shrinking US deficit update, and a new debt ceiling projection

2013-08-09T17:06:33.000Z<p>By: Cardiff Garcia<p>From a note this morning by economists at Barclays:<p>The US federal budget deficit has been improving at a …