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7 Reasons to Visit Hong Kong Now

Hong Kong has flourished for more than 150 years as a gateway between East and West. As one of the world’s most expensive, fast-paced, and elegant …

Is the World Food Program behaving like 50 Cent?

So, not all that long ago, we raged a little on the silly things people do when they put huge effort into helping others, but couldn’t be bothered to …

What the ACA and government shutdown mean to this traveler

I’m living in Peru. I’m 31 years old, and I’m an American. More to the point, I’m a Texan. I also happen to be violently ill from a stomach bug as …

Remarkable Series of Then and Now Composite Photographs of NYC with Interactive Slider

NYC Grid has quite an entrancing photo series that can have you staring for hours. For the uninitiated, NYC Grid is “an exploration and documentation …

Google Palestine Site Defaced to Display Political Message

Google’s localized Palestine site has been defaced by hackers. The Hackteach group is taking credit for the breach.<p>A message posted to the site reads:<p>uncle google we say hi from palestine to remember you that the country in google map not called israel. its called Palestine<p>“It's both terrifyingly …

New findings about the human genome bring us closer to schizophrenia treatment

An international team of doctors from the University of North Carolina, MIT, Harvard, and the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm have taken a major step toward pinpointing the genetic causes of schizophrenia. The mental illness affecting some 24 million people worldwide has so far proven incurable, …

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Boy dies of bubonic plague in Kyrgyzstan

<b>A 15-year-old herder has died in Kyrgyzstan of bubonic plague - the first case in the country in 30 years - officials say.</b><p>The teenager appears to have been bitten by an infected flea.<p>The authorities have sought to calm fears of an epidemic and have quarantined more than 100 people.<p>Bubonic plague, …

All 25,000 students who took University of Liberia admission test fail

Not a single new student will be admitted into the University of Liberia this year after nearly 25,000 candidates failed the school’s admission exam.<p>A university official said students who took the $25 exam did not have a basic understanding of English, the BBC reports, and it was the first time …

Baby talk: newborns recall words heard in the womb, research shows

Don't save the baby talk until you've got a newborn to coo at: new research offers provocative evidence that an unborn fetus can not only hear sounds from the outside world, but is actually capable of recalling specific words in the days following birth.<p>In a study out of the University of Helsinki …

Manning explains gender change

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, who was previously known as Bradley Manning, decided to announce that she wanted to live as a woman the day after sentencing because a military prison said publicly it would not provide hormone treatment, her attorney said Monday.<p>Attorney David Coombs told The Associated …

The Astonishing Decline of Homelessness in America

... and why this quiet trend is about to reverse itself<p>Despite a housing crisis, a great recession, rising income inequality, and elevated poverty, there is some good news among the most vulnerable segment of American society. America’s homeless population – an estimated 633,000 people – has …

U.N. warns U.S. against illegal spying on diplomats

United Nations officials on Monday reacted to the latest leaks about U.S. National Security Agency spying with a reminder to the Obama administration of its legal obligation to respect the "inviolability" of diplomatic missions on U.S. soil.<p>The German news magazine Der Spiegel reported over the …

Surveillance

One Year on Mars: The Curiosity Rover

Later tonight NASA will mark the one year anniversary of the safe landing of its Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars. In the days (or sols, as they are called on Mars) since its complex sky-crane touchdown, Curiosity has made discoveries that show the existence of favorable conditions for …

Costa Rica pushes to close public zoos, return some caged animals to the wild

Costa Rica's two public zoos may be closing next year as officials attempt to build a new, cage-free environment. Environment Minister Rene Castro says that due to "a change of environmental conscience" in Costa Rica, the Simon Bolivar Zoo will become a botanical garden with no captive animals. …

China to ditch its one-child policy as ageing crisis looms

China's new leaders are close to abandoning the country's one-child policy, belatedly moving to avert an ageing crunch as the work force goes into sharp decline.<p>The official news agency Xinhua reported that the Family Planning Commission is studying proposals to lift the ban on a second child, if …

Ariel Castro sentenced to life without parole

Ariel Castro, the former Cleveland school bus driver who pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and abuse of three young women that went undetected for more than a decade, was sentenced Thursday to life imprisonment, plus 1,000 years, with no chance of parole.<p>Castro's sentence — which was expected under …

Edward Snowden asylum: US 'disappointed' by Russian decision

The White House expressed anger and dismay on Thursday after Russia granted temporary asylum to the American whistleblower Edward Snowden and allowed him to leave the Moscow airport where he had been holed up for over a month.<p>White House spokesman Jay Carney said the US was "extremely disappointed" …