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The Techno-Militarization Of America

Remember last year? Edward Snowden! NSA! Shock! Horror! Dismay!<p>Looking back I’m amazed we all seemed so surprised. Over the last decade, pretty much every arm of American authority invoked “homeland security” as an excuse to acquire boatloads of new technology, and used it to help expand their …

The NSA's catalog of spy gear shows how it hacks computers

Over the New Year’s holiday the German newspaper Spiegel has published details about the gadgets the NSA uses to spy on people and companies. According to the newspaper the NSA has a special secret unit, called ANT, which specializes in creating tech related devices for eavesdropping and installing …

Gear & Gadgets

China ends reeducation through labour and loosens one child policy

National People's Congress officially allows couples to have a second child if one parent is an only child and scraps reeducation labour system<p>China’s ruling Communist Party announced a set of reforms on Saturday that will loosened its grip on the three-decade-old restrictive birth policy and …

China

Republicans appear to hold edge in Senate races, as party fortunes ebb and flow

Republicans appear to hold a slight edge in the battle next year to control the Senate. But the wild swings in the political fortunes for both parties in the closing months of 2013 made clear the situation could drastically change.<p>“The playing field is currently tilted toward Republicans,” Jennifer …

CLASSIFIED REPORT: Afghanistan Will Fall Into Chaos By 2017

The National Intelligence Estimate also predicts that Afghanistan will quickly fall into chaos if Washington and Kabul fail to sign a security pact to keep an international military contingent there beyond 2014, the newspaper said. The pact must be signed for the United States and its allies to …

National Security

Older People Have More Energy

Older adults appear to wield more control over their emotional experiences, the researchers say. Seniors focus on the task at hand, rather than on how they feel about what they’re doing or what else they could be doing with their life—a common and draining habit of younger adults, says study …

From Toddler to Tycoon | Men's Health

<b>Show Them the Money</b><br>To teach your child that money doesn't appear magically in wallets, talk through your transactions as you make them, says Nathan Dungan, author of Prodigal Sons and Material Girls. And occasionally let the kid hand over the cash.<p><i>Extra Credit</i><br>Have your kids decorate three jars with …

New York Botanical Garden Digitizes Biodiversity History

More than 2 million plants are now online.<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>There's a trove of biodiversity information out there, but much of it is locked in natural history collections. To make all this plant data more accessible, the New York Botanical Garden—one of the four largest herbariums in …

Botanical Gardens

Obama calls on Congress to do more on Guantanamo Bay | Reuters

HONOLULU (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday gave credit to Congress for relaxing restrictions on transferring detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the custody of foreign governments but said lawmakers need to go further.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady …

The lie that won’t die: “We don’t know enough about marijuana!”

Drug warriors insist we still don’t know enough about its possible therapeutic properties. It’s simply not true<p>Speaking recently with the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, UCLA professor and former Washington state "pot czar" Mark Kleiman implied that we as a society are largely ignorant when it comes to the …

Why The US Is Walking Away From The Middle East

Contrary to these accusations however, the Obama policy is none of the above: It is a pragmatic approach that takes into account a progressive decline in the political and economic importance of the Middle East.<p>This policy change is currently making headlines in Syria where the United States, …

Geopolitics

Why There Are No Atheists at the Grand Canyon

Any fool can feel religious around the holidays. When the entire Judeo-Christian world is lit up — literally — with celebrations of faith, family and …

4 ways the Koch brothers’ wealth is incomprehensible

In 2012, David and Charles made enough money in one second to feed one homeless woman for an entire year<p><b>1. Smiles</b><p>Beverly is a middle-aged homeless woman who survives day-by-day on the streets of Chicago. I learned about her from my friend Joe, an advocate for the homeless and a volunteer at a …

How Republicans And Democrats Ended Up Living Apart

These are politically segregated times.<p>Secession movements are active in several states, generally consisting of residents of rural red counties seeking to separate themselves from the more liberal and urban-centered policies of blue-state leaders.<p>And Democrats and Republicans are much less likely …

Watch comet ISON hurtle toward the sun in stunning NASA video

From a camera far out in space, NASA has captured comet ISON's stunning first trip past the earth. The video, which you can watch below, shows comet ISON from November 20th up until November 25th, traveling by both Mercury and Earth on its path toward rounding the sun. The comet will begin rounding …

Can Organisms Evolve The Ability To Evolve?

A new study finds that natural selection selected for flexibility in one bacteria species.<p>Can things evolve to evolve? Okay, so that sounds like a cheesy line from a self-help book, but what I'm talking about here is actual biological evolution. Depending on the situation, evolution is obviously …

Biology

Help Her Feel Sexier

A little confidence goes a long way to increasing her sexual satisfaction<p>Master the art of flattery: The way she feels about her body largely impacts her sexual satisfaction, according to a new Dutch study.<p>Researchers found that women who were comfortable in their skin reported more pleasure, more …

Body Image

The Truth About "The Flush"

What's possibly going on? When an alcohol metabolite called acetaldehyde builds up in your system, it causes your blood vessels to constrict, which weakens blood flow and makes you look like a guy who’s thrown one too many plates on his barbell, explains study coauthor Jong-Sung Kim, M.D., Ph.D., …

How to Be a Stay-at-Home Dad

I’d be lying if I said I was even remotely prepared for my occupation, though. The second time around has its struggles, but I’ve mastered many problems that threw me for a loop as a newbie. If you’ve just been handed a ticket to the same seat I’m in, consider this your program. Here are seven …