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Why you don't need God

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was January 2014 and I was sitting on the beach in Malibu looking out at the seemingly endless Pacific Ocean, ebbing and flowing. I had just begun a personal project of challenging my lifelong assumption that God exists.<p>You see, I had been a Seventh-day Adventist pastor for 19 years. I …

Religion

Smile and the world really does smile with you, researchers find

A study in Italy finds if we see someone else smile, or even think about a smile, we reproduce it as well<p>"Smile and the world smiles with you" is part of an old saying, and now scientists have shown just how true it is.<p>If we see someone else smile, or even think about a smile, we reproduce it as …

Emotions

Google could be about to destroy the language barrier

An update to Google's mobile apps will convert your phone into a universal translater that can take your voice and convert it into recognisable audio in 80 languages, allowing you to have a natural conversation with somone even if you can't speak their language<p>Google will launch a live translation …

Language Learning

Live forever: Scientists say they’ll extend life ‘well beyond 120’

Fixing the ‘problem’ of ageing is the mission of Silicon Valley, where billions is pouring into biotech firms working to ‘hack the code’ of life – despite concerns about the social implications<p>In Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley, hedge fund manager Joon Yun is doing a back-of-the-envelope …

Palestinians seek to join International Criminal Court

<b>Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has signed papers to join the International Criminal Court (ICC).</b><p>He signed the Rome Statute, the ICC's founding treaty, at a Ramallah meeting.<p>Membership could see the Palestinians pursue Israel on war crimes charges, and the move was quickly condemned by Israel's …

Why does guilt increase pleasure?

Feelings of guilt can make our temptations feel even more seductive. So could we be healthier and happier if we just embraced a little bit of vice, asks David Robson.<p>This year, my New Year’s Resolutions are going to take a somewhat different form to those of previous Januaries. I’m forgoing my …

Psychology

The real story behind Santa Claus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Don't tell the kids, but we've got Santa Claus all wrong.<p>Countless Christmas songs tell us that Santa is basically the Judge Judy of juveniles. He decides who's been naughty or nice, and doles out presents or punishments accordingly.<p>But historians say Kris Kringle was originally created to …

Has your parent turned into a passive-aggressive helicopter grandparent? Mine, too

US economy grows incredible 5%

Evidence is mounting that the U.S. economy is kicking into high gear.<p>Gross domestic product soared 5% on an annual basis in the third quarter, the government said on Tuesday.<p>To put that in perspective, it's the strongest quarter of growth since 2003.<p>"Other than the first quarter's weather-induced …

ISIS Raped and Sold Yazidi Women and Girls for Sex: Report

Women and girls were raped, forced into sexual slavery and driven to suicide by ISIS militants rampaging through northern Iraq, according to shocking personal testimonies published Tuesday in a report by Amnesty International. ISIS militants abducted “hundreds, possibly thousands” of men and women …

Amnesty International

14 Brilliant Bathroom Design Ideas

We all pay so much attention to keeping the rest of our home beautiful, but when it comes to the bathroom, a pretty shower mat or curtain seems to be …

10 best apps to train your brain

Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.<p>"Stress and anxiety are among the most pressing and far-reaching public health problems we face," says …

The 7 Most Important Fitness Tracker Measurements

How they work and what healthy data looks like<p>In early 2015, Apple will release its first major product since 2010 -- a health tracker dubbed Apple Watch -- that will reportedly log a litany of biometric information using 10 different sensors. The wrist device has the same aesthetic as the Nike …

The Biology Of Altruism: Good Deeds May Be Rooted In The Brain

Four years ago, Angela Stimpson agreed to donate a kidney to a complete stranger.<p>"The only thing I knew about my recipient was that she was a female and she lived in Bakersfield, Calif.," Stimpson says.<p>It was a true act of altruism — Stimpson risked pain and suffering to help another. So why did …

Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

From the self-affirmations of Stuart Smalley on <i>Saturday Night Live</i> to countless videos on YouTube, saying nice things to your reflection in the mirror is a self-help trope that's been around for decades, and seems most often aimed at women. The practice, we're told, can help us like ourselves and …

Egypt regime accused of crimes against humanity over coup crackdown

Lawyers to file complaint at the International Criminal Court, accusing the Cairo regime of a 'systematic campaign of repression' against protesters<p>Egypt regime killed at least 1,120 civilians and committed “crimes against humanity” while crushing protests against last year’s coup, according to …

International Criminal Court

UN Aided 38,000 Syrian Victims Of Gender-Based Violence Last Year

By Tom Miles<p>GENEVA, Jan 8 (Reuters) - More than 38,000 people appealed to the United Nations for help after facing sexual assault or other gender-based violence in Syria in 2013, a figure which may represent the tip of the iceberg after nearly three years of conflict.<p>U.N. humanitarian agencies have …

Israel launches Gaza Strip air strike after fatal border fence shooting

Attack comes after Israeli man was reportedly shot while he was doing maintenance work on the border fence<p>Israel has launched a series of air strikes in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the deadly shooting of an Israeli civilian, killing at least two people, including a young girl, and wounding …

Sun will flip its magnetic field soon, NASA says

The sun is gearing up for a major solar flip, NASA says.<p>In an event that occurs once every 11 years, the magnetic field of the sun will change its polarity in a matter of months, according to new observations by NASA-supported observatories.<p>The flipping of the sun's magnetic field marks the peak of …

Astronomy

Brain-training video games may help reverse cognitive decline in old age

Older people who played a specially designed game improved their multitasking abilities, memory and attention<p>Playing brain-training video gamesmay help reverse the natural decline in cognitive abilitiesamong older people, according to scientists.<p>They found that 60-year-olds who played a …

Saudi Cleric Says Driving Hurts Women's Ovaries

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Women are fighting for the right to drive in Saudi Arabia right now, but one conservative cleric …

King Abdullah

Incredible Underwater Park in Austria

Grner See (Green Lake) is a lake in Styria, Austria known for its shimmering, emerald-green hue and its fluctuating depth throughout the year, at times leaving a park completely submerged in it. Being that the water for the lake is provided mainly by runoff from the surrounding karst mountains, it …

Scuba Diving

Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray

A haul of fossils found in Georgia suggests that half a dozen species of early human ancestor were actually all Homo erectus<p>The spectacular fossilised skull of an ancient human ancestor that died nearly two million years ago has forced scientists to rethink the story of early human …