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Painful Chinese Foot-Binding Was More Than An Erotic Practice, Study Finds

"Our work dispels the view that women were just trying to please men," researcher Laurel Bossen says.<p>Chinese foot-binding is perceived today as unusual, gruesome, an antiquated fetish, an erotic tradition.<p>For decades in China, young girls’ bones were broken and their feet tightly bound in a painful …

Women's News

How the U.S. can hold Erdogan’s brawling guards accountable — and keep it from happening again

<i>This article has been updated.</i><p>On a Tuesday afternoon in May, a brief but violent altercation erupted outside the home of the Turkish ambassador on Washington’s Embassy Row. At least nine people were injured in the fighting. Video taken at the scene would indicate that most of the injured were …

Turkey

7,000 massive methane gas bubbles under the Russian permafrost could explode anytime

Scorching March brings Arctic temperatures up to 20°F warmer than normal.<p>Russian scientists have recently discovered some 7,000 underground methane …

Global Warming

We don’t need to double world food production by 2050 – here’s why

Meeting both production and environmental goals will be a monumental task, especially in the face of new challenges<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>For decades, American agriculture has been a paragon of productivity, churning out record crops at a steady clip. We have …

Beyond Lyme: New Tick-Borne Diseases On The Rise In U.S.

It all started in the shower. Tucker Lane looked down, and there they were.<p>"Two ticks, on my right hip, directly next to each other," he says.<p>At the time, Lane didn't think much about it. He grew up on Cape Cod. Ticks are everywhere there in the summer. "Just another tick bite. Not a big deal," he …

Microbiology

Tensions flare as Serb nationalist train halts at border

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — An elaborately decorated Serbian nationalist train took off Saturday from Belgrade aiming for northern Kosovo but halted at the border in a stunt that triggered a dramatic escalation of tensions between the former wartime foes.<p>Kosovo officials had protested earlier that the …

World News

Japanese people wary of refugees, foreign workers

The Japanese government believes the nation needs to address the problems of a falling birth rate and a rapidly ageing population, but the general …

Japan

More than half the people in the world live in the sphere of influence

Back in 2013, a meme circulated quickly off of a Reddit post that showed the incredible population density of the southeast corner of Asia.<p>You may have seen it: the satellite map showed, quite simply, that “more people live inside this circle, than outside of it”.<p>Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist<p>THE …

Maps

Lands That I Love

Lands That I Love<p>Our streams, woods, grasslands, and lakes are at greater risk than at any time in our history, but the stories of three places—a …

Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun

NORFOLK, Va. — Huge vertical rulers are sprouting beside low spots in the streets here, so people can judge if the tidal floods that increasingly inundate their roads are too deep to drive through.<p>Five hundred miles down the Atlantic Coast, the only road to Tybee Island, Ga., is disappearing …

Climate Change

Burning Across Borders: The Health Toll of Palm Oil Fires

Earlier this month, Indonesian officials sounded the alarm that "haze" from forest fires was making its way towards neighboring Malaysia and …

Indonesia

Aleppo’s humanitarian crisis worsens while Islamic State loses key Syrian city

Fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo for several days has cut off the flow of water to millions of residents as a humanitarian crisis shows signs of spreading from opposition neighborhoods to pro-government districts.<p>Escalating assaults between government soldiers and rebels for control of this …

Syria

Sanctions or Solidarity? China's Korean Dilemma

The spindly legs of half-a-dozen dried frogs are tied together in a knot. Sharing the apothecary’s shelf are small bottles of the derivative “frog …

North Korea

Here’s What a Man Who Studied Every Suicide Attack in the World Says About ISIS’ Motives

Despite the existence of a good deal of research about terrorism, there’s a gap between the common understanding of what leads terrorists to kill and …

The Problem With Reinforced Concrete

By itself, concrete is a very durable construction material. The magnificent Pantheon in Rome, the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome, is in …

A Girl from a Nairobi Slum Issues a Resonant Call for Post-Tribal Unity in Kenya

With an election coming in Kenya next year, tensions are rising over the prospect of a repeat of the wave of violence, largely along ethnic and party lines, triggered by disputed elections in late 2007.<p>An early warning came one week ago, as clashes between police and opposition-party protesters …

Africa

Daring Antarctic rescue mission underway to evacuate sick South Pole crew member

<b>UPDATE: June 22, 2016, 11:06 a.m. EDT</b> The rescue plane has left the South Pole with one patient aboard, and is flying the 10-hour flight back to the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera Base on the Antarctic Peninsula.<p><b>UPDATE: June 21, 2016, 6:07 p.m. EDT</b> After a 10-hour flight through the frigid …

Global Warming

Why they hate us

<b>(CNN) —</b> The next time you hear of a terror attack -- no matter where it is, no matter what the circumstances -- you will likely think to yourself, "It's Muslims again." And you will probably be right.<p>In 2014, about 30,000 people were killed in terror attacks worldwide. The vast majority of those …

Caliphates

Found: Eyeless Catfish That Made It to the U.S. Through Secret Caves

Though no one knows for sure.<p>Mexican blindcats. (Photo: Danté Fenolio)<p>The Mexican blindcat has no eyes, and its skin is so translucent that its …

United States

Dead Zone In Gulf Of Mexico As Large As Connecticut?

The Dead Zone that grows annually in the Gulf of Mexico could stretch to over an area the size of Connecticut, according to new predictions. In all, …

Watch global warming spiral out of control

The temperature spiral that took the world by storm has an update. If you think the heat is on in our current climate, you ain’t seen nothing yet.<p>To …

A controversial theory may explain the real reason humans have allergies

For me, it was hornets.<p>One summer afternoon when I was 12, I ran into an overgrown field near a friend’s house and kicked a hornet nest the size of a football. An angry squadron of insects clamped onto my leg; their stings felt like scorching needles. I swatted the hornets away and ran for help, …

Medicine
Climate Change

Where the Black Flag of ISIS Flies

The announcement laid out a choice for jihadist groups -- pledge loyalty to ISIS or fight against it. Within months, groups from the Middle East, …

1,700 years ago, the mismanagement of a migrant crisis cost Rome its empire

On Aug. 3, 378, a battle was fought in Adrianople, in what was then Thrace and is now the province of Edirne, in Turkey. It was a battle that Saint Ambrose referred to as “the end of all humanity, the end of the world.”<p>The Eastern Roman emperor Flavius Julius Valens Augustus—simply known as Valens, …

History