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Obesity Was Rising as Ghana Embraced Fast Food. Then Came KFC.

ACCRA, Ghana — After finishing high school a decade ago, Daniel Awaitey enrolled in computer courses, dropped out to work in a hotel, then settled into a well-paying job in the booming oil sector here.<p>He has an apartment, a car, a smartphone and a long-distance girlfriend he met on a dating …

Africa

Trump's long list of disagreements with G20 nations

<b>(CNN) —</b> US President Donald Trump's policies and statements have ruffled the feathers of many world leaders since he took office.<p>On Friday, leaders from the world's biggest economies will meet at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, where many of those public spats could be rekindled.<p>German …

Intellectual Property

This beautiful Swiss town won't let you share Insta pics because it doesn't want people to get FOMO

The stunning and quaint town of Bergün has banned photography within its limits. And for good reason. Because of its awe-spiring scenery and …

Uncertainty looms as Vermont becomes 1st state to label GMOs

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined other Vermont leaders Friday to celebrate the state's newly …

Agriculture

Dogs and cats rescued ahead of China dog meat festival

Dozens of dogs and cats have been rescued from a slaughterhouse in China ahead of a controversial festival which celebrates the eating of dog meat.<p>A total of 34 animals – including 21 dogs, eight puppies, and five cats and kittens - were rescued from “squalid conditions” at a slaughter facility in …

China

Working together? Male and female brains just aren't in sync

When men and women work together, their brains may not take the same approach to cooperating, a new study suggests.<p>In the new study, the areas of the brain that lit up were synchronized when two guys worked together to do a task, and when two women did, although the areas were different in men and …

Surprisingly efficient snail brains could help make robots smarter

How snails think about eating could inform future robot decision-making designs. University of Sussex researchers have discovered that the creatures use just two brain cells for complex decisions: one cell told the snail if it was hungry, while another told it if food was near. Scientists attached …

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play: Hermione, Ron, Rose first look photo

Yesterday, you met the Potters. Today, say hello to the Granger-Weasleys.<p>Ron, Hermione, and their daughter, Rose, are the stars of a brand new first …

All scientific papers to be free by 2020 under EU proposals

All publicly funded scientific papers published in Europe could be made free to access by 2020, under a “life-changing” reform ordered by the European Union’s science chief, Carlos Moedas.<p>The Competitiveness Council, a gathering of ministers of science, innovation, trade and industry, agreed on the …

European Union

This Sad Harry Potter Theory Might Finally Explain One of Hogwart's Biggest Mysteries

Well, if this latest Harry Potter fan theory is correct, there's yet another horrible thing that "he who shall not be named" a.k.a. Lord Voldemort ruined at Hogwarts.<p>So, about three years after the first book, <i>Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone</i>, was released, J.K. Rowling revealed during a live …

Cryptic crossword solvers aren't interested in words and are usually scientists, research finds

People who regularly solve cryptic crosswords are usually scientists who are more interested in equations than words, it has been claimed.<p>Enthusiasts who spend an average of an hour a day on the puzzles are more likely to have a science degree, a study of 800 people found.<p>Cryptic crossword solvers …

Crossword Puzzles

This Paleo "Oatmeal" Recipe Is So Tasty, You'll Probably Want to Have It For Dessert

<i>Whether you're tired of your boring oatmeal or looking for a delicious Paleo alternative, this healthy recipe from PaleoHacks packs as many nutrients and as much energy into your morning as a traditional breakfast does.</i><p>This recipe is my version of an "oats" breakfast, complete with fresh berries …

Google is worried the EU's right to be forgotten policy could be 'open to abuse' worldwide

The Commission on Informatics and Liberty (CNIL) has deemed that that the EU's "right to be forgotten" policy regarding search engine results should apply globally, a claim Google attests on the grounds that it could be abused by "less open and democratic countries".<p>A ruling passed down by the …

Privacy

Work starts on new pipeline bringing Azeri gas to Italy

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Construction work is starting on a new pipeline project bringing Azeri gas through northern Greece and Albania to Italy, …

Europe

18 incredible European destinations that haven't been discovered by tourists

Some of these places are difficult to access, while others remain local secrets.<p>We've put together a list of 18 European destinations that you can enjoy without hordes of travelers, from one of France's most majestic villages to a breathtaking hiking trail in Sweden.<p><i>Sarah Schmalbruch wrote an</i> …

Photos of the Friends Cast Before They Were Famous

It's really hard to believe that the last time an original episode of <i>Friends</i> aired was on May 6, 2004. Yes, it's been <i>12 years</i> since a latte was had at Central Perk. Luckily, we haven't had to miss the gang too much because, well, Netflix.<p>We also still obsessively keep up with what the main cast …

Our DNA is 99.9% the same as the person next to us — and we're surprisingly similar to a lot of other living things

Our bodies have 3 billion genetic building blocks, or base pairs, that make us who we are.<p>And of those 3 billion base pairs, only a tiny amount are unique to us, making us about 99.9% genetically similar to the next human.<p>A recent TED talk by physicist and entrepreneur Riccardo Sabatini …

Genetics

The Year’s Most Beautiful (And Bizarre) Bird Photography

Since 1905, the National Audubon Society has dedicated itself to the appreciation of birds in all their fine feathered splendor. The annual Audubon Photography Awards haven’t been around for nearly as long–just seven years–but the content is in many ways the purest expression of the Society’s …

Julia Roberts was paid $3 million for 4 days of work on her latest movie

The actress, who only worked on the film for four days, was paid $3 million for her supporting role, according to Variety.<p>When Roberts was one of the biggest stars on the planet, in romantic comedies like "Notting Hill" and "Runaway Bride," she became the first woman to get paid $20 million for a …

J.K. Rowling: Remus Lupin 'had to die' during Battle of Hogwarts

Monday marks the anniversary of the fictional Battle of Hogwarts, the gruesome events described in <i>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows</i> that ended the …

Estonia wants to become a 'country as a service' and already has 10,000 virtual residents

But its most radical project is e-residency — letting people from around the world become digital residents of Estonia online.<p>"The question is how can we increase the customer base in Estonia because if you want to be a richer country you need more customers and we don't get those customers," Taavi …

Why You Have Revelations in the Shower

And why you always will.<p>We're geniuses in the shower. Groundbreaking ideas (or just like, really cool thoughts) come to us mid-scrub. We are not, unfortunately, geniuses in front of our computers at the office. According to Science of Us, that's because our brain doesn't use the same thought …

Genius

Theoretical tiger chases statistical sheep to probe immune system behavior

Studying the way that solitary hunters such as tigers, bears or sea turtles chase down their prey turns out to be very useful in understanding the …

Immune System

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Cities Are the Front Lines for Action on Climate Change

When it comes to confronting the challenge of climate change, cities are on the front lines.<p>From rising seas submerging coastal property to …

Here's How Long Sex Lasts on Average, According to Science

This will come as a relief to some of your, uh, friends.<p>3.6K<p>SHARES<p>Let's make on thing clear up front: good sex lasts as long as it needs to, …

Plant gases can counteract Arctic climate change

Plant gasses possibly dampen the temperature rise in Greenland. Plants emit compounds to deter pests or attract pollinators, and as a side effect …

Climate Change

There’s a reason some birds don’t seem to fly south for winter anymore

The birds and the bees are telling humans about much more than sex, a new study released Thursday says.<p>They are a harbinger of climate change, with …

Humans changed a life-giving nutrient into a deadly pollutant

Nitrogen is absolutely crucial to life — an indispensable ingredient of DNA, proteins and essentially all living tissue — yet it also can choke the life out of aquatic ecosystems, destroy trees and sicken people when it shows up in excess at the wrong place, at the wrong time, in the wrong form. …