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Dasani, 11, has spent a quarter of her life in a shelter. She’s one of New York’s 22,000 homeless kids. This is her story

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Obamacare, where the liberal dream crashes and burns

On Wednesday afternoon, a bunch of twentysomethings were summoned to the White House to hear an infomercial from Barack Obama himself. He was pitching health insurance.<p>"The product is good. It's affordable," the President told them. "… We're going to keep working through any glitches, problems that …

Rare Video Captures Tiger Making Its Kill

Wildlife<p><b>By K. Ullas Karanth, Director for Science-Asia at the Wildlife Conservation Society</b><p>Tigers are the largest of all living wildcats. Over the course of two million years, nature fine-tuned them as master predators through a trial-and-error process we call Darwinian evolution. Hunting alone, a …

Hubble senses water on five planets, bodes well for finding new Earths

There’s water in them thar planets – five massive “hot Jupiters” spied by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.<p>But if you just thought "Life?!" think again. Despite the presence of water molecules in their atmospheres, none of these five planets is suitable to life as we know it. They are all gas giants, …

New Approach to Male Contraceptive Shows Promise in Mice - D-brief

By Breanna Draxler | December 3, 2013 12:43 pm<p>One tiny sperm is enough to make a baby, so coming up with a male contraceptive is tricky. It has to be …

Rep. Kennedy joins immigration fast

Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) — whose great-uncle’s cause to overhaul the nation’s immigration system has gone unfulfilled — joined a prominent fasting effort on Tuesday that is aimed at urging the Republican-led House to take up immigration reform.<p>Since Nov. 12, several immigration activists have …

Watch out for climate 'surprises,' scientists warn

The long, slow process of climate change may trigger "surprise" shifts that could threaten human communities in years or decades, researchers from the National Academy of Sciences warned Tuesday.<p>In a 200-page report, the scientists call for an early-warning system that would watch bellwethers like …

Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.<p>Maps of neural circuitry showed that on average women's brains were highly connected across the left and right hemispheres, in …

Five Arab states top the most corrupt list

Five Arab countries are ranked among the top 10 most corrupt nations, according to Transparency International's newly released annual Corruption Perceptions Index, as instability in the region has profound effects on governance.<p>The list, published on Tuesday, ranks countries on an index score that …

This Is What Detroit Could Look Like In 2033 ... And Beyond

If you've never been to Detroit and only know what you see in the news, a story about the city's future could seem confusing.<p>Detroit is bankrupt. Blocks once filled by families are all but dormant, and major roads remain lined with shuttered buildings that used to be shops, restaurants, bars and …

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

<i>Editors’ Note: Following the huge popularity of this post, article source Amy Morin has authored a guest post on exercises to increase mental strength here and Cheryl Conner has interviewed Amy in a Forbes video chat about this article here.</i><p>For all the time executives spend concerned about physical …

Dogs Watch Human Interactions To Assess Quality Of Treats

Evidence that pet dogs gather intel by watching people talking with each other<p>Ever get that feeling you're being watched? Well, if you're a dog-owner, you may have a point. Dogs are able to watch people's interactions with one another to determine who holds yummier treats, according to a new …

Samsung releases JAY Z Magna Carta app for select Galaxy devices in preparation for July 4th album release

Samsung announced last week that it would be partnering with hip-hop legend Jay Z to give away one million copies of his new album, ‘Magna Carta Holy …

Your Guide to Ouzo

Tasting of anise with subtle hints of cardamom and clove, the fiery national tipple of Greece known as ouzo is meant to be sipped <i>siga</i> (slowly) with a bit of food and in the company of friends.<p>While some drink ouzo straight up, most add a splash of water, turning it cloudy. Greeks traditionally …

Rise of jellyfish reveals sickness of world's oceans

The rise of jellyfish populations in many of the world's oceans may be more than just an inconvenience for swimmers who want to take a dip.<p>The rapid …

Duolingo launches for Android to help you learn a language or five

Duolingo has been around for just under a year, and offers user on mobile and the web an opportunity to learn one of six languages — English, French, …

Samsung announces a few new Galaxy S4 colours, nothing specific for Canada yet

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 surpassed 10 million in “global channel sales” earlier this week. This milestone made it the fastest selling Android in history, …

This Concept Shows Off ‘iWatch’ Maps Integration with the iPhone [PICS]

Netherlands designer Martin Hajek has been busy designing iWatch concepts and recently uploaded images of how he thinks a smart watch from Apple …

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Google Chrome Beta 28 released for Android, brings in-house translation and speed boost

A day after bringing its native version to parity with the beta — and all the nice new features that come with it — Google has once again iterated …

Judge’s “Tentative View” is Against Apple in E-Book Case

US District Judge Denise Cote said the US Justice Department has evidence that Apple conspired with publishers to raise book prices, <i>Reuters</i> …

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Alarm as CO2 passes threshold

The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passed a symbolic milestone last week, reaching levels that haven’t prevailed on the Earth since long before human civilization began.<p>The long-expected announcement Friday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — that CO 2 …

Sen. Mike Duffy letter suggests he was tipped off by fellow Conservative investigating Senate expenses

OTTAWA — An independent audit into dubious housing allowance claims by three senators did little Thursday to silence allegations of improper spending …

Gmail for Android update imminent, promises new interface

Gmail for Android has been rumoured to receive a redesign for some time, and some thought that it would even arrive during Google I/O last week. …