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The Nuances of Vitamin D—and How to Get Enough of It

We’ve been interested in the role vitamin D plays in our overall health for a while—particularly as it emerges that so many of us are quite …

Invisibilia: Is Your Personality Fixed, Or Can You Change Who You Are?

<i>Editor's note: This is an excerpt from the latest episode of the Invisibilia podcast and program, which is broadcast on participating public radio stations. This story contains language that some may find offensive.</i><p>This is the story of a prisoner who committed a horrible crime and says he's no …

Psychology

8 weight-loss routines to get your body fat under 10%

Now that you've made some headway in the gym, you want to start honing in on the details, like dropping your body fat percentage. How hard could it …

Exercise

A Protein That Moves From Muscle To Brain May Tie Exercise To Memory

Researchers have identified a substance in muscles that helps explain the connection between a fit body and a sharp mind.<p>When muscles work, they release a protein that appears to generate new cells and connections in a part of the brain that is critical to memory, a team reports Thursday in the …

The Brain

Security News You Might Have Missed: Cell Phone Hijacking and DNC Hack

If you’re like me, you’ve been completely overwhelmed with the news this past week, from Orlando to London and everywhere in between. With that in mind, here’s an abbreviated roundup with security news that may have slipped your radar this week.<p><b>Hacks and Bugs</b><p>It was first reported that Russian …

Security
Time Management

The amazing artificial intelligence we were promised is coming, finally

We have been hearing predictions for decades of a takeover of the world by artificial intelligence. In 1957, Herbert A. Simon predicted that within 10 years a digital computer would be the world’s chess champion. That didn’t happen until 1996. And despite Marvin Minsky’s 1970 prediction that “in …

Artificial Intelligence

The barbell effect of machine learning

If there’s one technology that promises to change the world more than any other over the next several decades, it’s (arguably) machine learning.<p>By enabling computers to learn certain things more efficiently than humans, and discover certain things that humans cannot, machine learning promises to …

The 500-Rep Unloaded Barbell Challenge

Ditch the weight plates to build some serious muscle and burn some serious fat<p>For a strength and fat-blasting workout like no other, grab an unloaded 45-pound barbell.<p>Then perform 50 reps of each exercise in the order shown for a total of 500 reps. Try to complete each movement in as few sets as …

16 Super Effective Productivity Habits to Add to Your Morning Routine

You don't have to wake up at the crack of dawn to start your day off right.<p><i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>I bet I can predict what your morning looks like: You wake up to a generic alarm clock sound, roll out of bed, …

Productivity

Should the CIA Use Drones to Kill ISIS Targets?

As ISIS claims responsibility for its second devastating terror attack against the West in six months, a dispute is playing out in Washington over whether the CIA should be using armed drones to kill the group’s leaders, NBC News has learned.<p>President Obama has ordered that the military, not the …

National Security

13 Google Chrome hacks that will boost your productivity

While there are many websites out there that can suck your time, there are also web extensions and programs people have created to help you focus. With them, you can limit the amount of time you waste on social media, quickly find the site you're looking for, and even improve your writing so you …

Google

Syria conflict: UN suspends peace talks in Geneva

<b>The UN has suspended peace talks aimed at ending Syria's five-year civil war, just days after they began.</b><p>But the organisation's special envoy Staffan de Mistura insisted negotiations had not failed and would resume on 25 February.<p>Each side blamed the other for the collapse of the round.<p>It came as …

Instagram adds multiple account switching for a lucky few iOS users

One of Instagram’s most-requested features could currently reside on your iOS device without you even knowing it. For some Instagram users, multiple account switching seems to finally be a reality.<p>Users are reporting to Latergramme that they are now able to seamlessly switch between two accounts …

Apps

GitHub wants to help you test Ruby pull requests with its new 'Scientist' tool

To rewrite or not to rewrite, that is the question many Ruby developers face. GitHub wants to help you decide if refactoring code is really your best option, which is why it’s introducing Scientist.<p>The tool is pretty straightforward: it uses your legacy code, and compares its performance to new …

Software Development

Google Chrome will now save you from shady fake download buttons

Google announced today that its Safe Browsing service in Chrome now flags websites that use social engineering content like fake download buttons, fraudulent updates, and ads designed to mimic the branding on a page in an effort to spread malware.<p>These types of social engineering ads can be common …

Google

Arabs, Kurds retake northern Iraq village from Islamic State

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Sunni Muslim Arab fighters backed by Kurdish forces and U.S.-led air strikes retook a village in northern Iraq on Wednesday in an example of effective military cooperation on the ground between them against Islamic State insurgents.<p>The offensive in the Makhmour district …

Middle East

NATO report: A 2013 Russian aerial exercise was actually a 'simulated nuclear attack' on Sweden

The aircraft followed a flight path that deviated from typical Russian air force routes in the region. While Russian planes often fly between "mainland" Russia and the Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, these aircraft made a detour that suggested they were carrying out a simulated attack of some …

Military

What actors are actually smoking and snorting in movies

While depictions of smoking might now be banned by a lot of TV networks, puffing on a cigarette remains too cinematic for many filmmakers to resist, …

Documentary Claims Diddy Was Behind Tupac's Murder

A former LAPD investigator alleges that Suge Knight then retaliated by having Biggie Smalls killed.<p>The Los Angeles Police Department has solved the murders of rappers Christopher "Biggie Smalls" Wallace and Tupac Shakur, according to a documentary featuring retired LAPD detective Greg Kading, who …

Spacewalkers collect experiment, toss flash drive overboard

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking Russians gathered seeds and spores that have been stuck outside the International Space Station for months if not years and gave a ceremonial send-off Wednesday to a flash drive containing special messages for their motherland.<p>Cosmonaut Sergey Volkov waited …

Space Exploration

The Internet Makes Us Stupid and Here's Why

I hate to admit it. But reading this column will make you stupider. No, it’s not that what I have to say is particularly obtuse. It’s that you’re …

New NASA Spacecraft Will Be Propelled By Light

Solar sails could travel to the outermost regions of the solar system faster than ever before.<p>In 1418, European sailing vessels left their ports to explore the Atlantic Ocean, initiating a great Age of Discovery.<p>In 2018, a small space probe will unfurl a sail and begin a journey to a distant …

Wasil Ahmad: the 10-year-old 'hero' murdered by the Taliban

Child soldier became a kind of grim celebrity in Afghanistan after he reportedly helped break a Taliban siege last summer<p>Wasil Ahmad was on his way to primary school when the Taliban gunned him down this week, taking revenge for the 10-year-old’s role fighting in a government militia in southern …

Afghanistan

Google begins rolling out free internet to public housing in Fiber cities

After making preliminary moves to do this last year, Google has officially announced that it will be bringing gigabit internet to public housing properties in all cities that offer Google Fiber — for free. The company is starting today with a property called West Bluff in Kansas City, its …

Google removes Samsung's first Android ad blocker from the Play Store

For violating developer guidelines<p>Just days after it shot to the top of the Play Store, Android's newest ad blocker has been removed for violating developer guidelines. Called Adblock Fast, the plug-in from startup Rocketship Apps worked within Samsung's mobile browser thanks to a partnership with …

Digital Advertising

New special forces solar drones to spy for weeks at 70,000ft

The Ministry of Defence will buy at least two Zephyr 8 aircraft in a £10.6m contract with Airbus<p>British special forces are to test new high altitude surveillance drones that can stay aloft for weeks on end to spy on targets, the Defence Secretary has said.<p>The new aircraft flies so high and for so …

Haunting drone footage shows the utter devastation of what used to be one of Syria's largest cities

Chilling drone footage shows the terrible impact the devastating Syrian civil war has had on the city of Homs.<p>Located in western Syria, Homs was a stronghold for groups opposed to the Assad regime and years of fierce fighting has left the city in ruins.<p>The footage was uploaded to YouTube on …

Middle East