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Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

A high-resolution map of the human brain in utero is providing hints about the origins of brain disorders including schizophrenia and autism.<p>The map shows where genes are turned on and off throughout the entire brain at about the midpoint of pregnancy, a time when critical structures are taking …

23 Photos Taken a Split Second Before Disaster

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Philippines urges action to resolve climate talks deadlock after Typhoon Haiyan

The Philippines government has firmly connected the super typhoon Haiyan with climate change, and urged governments meeting in Poland on Monday to take emergency action to resolve the deadlocked climate talks.<p>"We cannot sit and stay helpless staring at this international climate stalemate. It is …

The giant Industrial & Commercial Bank of China is deemed “too big to fail”—but not just because of its size

China’s biggest bank, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), is indisputably enormous. With $2.95 trillion in assets and a $226.8 billion market capitalization, it is far and away the world’s largest financial institution, and its most profitable. As of this week, it has also taken its place …

What you probably didn’t know about the United Kingdom

The sun has set on the British Empire, but not on the British Commonwealth (though it <i>does</i> set daily on Great Britain). While you can call an Irishman …

Colorado Ski Towns Get Ready For Legal, Recreational Marijuana For The Upcoming Season

Forget the shot-skis, thanks to the passage of Amendment 64, Colorado ski towns are bracing for pot-skis.<p>Ski towns including Aspen, Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs and Telluride appear ready to bank on recreational marijuana shops for their 2014 seasons, when adults age 21 and up can …

Photography Prank Involving a Teleported Subject

Another clever photo prank has appeared, this time with twins. This prank is a little more intricate than some, as it takes three people to pull it …

Interesting Daily Photo: Dust & Helicopters in the Desert, the Kopp-Etchells Effect

Dust accumulating on helicopter blades doesn’t often yield any interesting imagery, but in certain situations the tiny particles atop helicopters in …

Seabed mining could earn Cook Islands 'tens of billions of dollars'

The Cook Islands hopes to transform itself into one of the world's richest countries within a decade by sending robots to the sea floor to collect minerals that it believes are worth tens of billions of dollars.<p>Mark Brown, the Cook Islands' finance minister, said mining the minerals on the bottom …

The cost of a dollar in Syria: three years in jail

Having wrested the initiative back from rebel forces in the civil war that started in March 2011, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is training his guns on a new enemy: the dollar.<p>The prolonged civil war and subsequent Western sanctions that banned imports of Syrian oil wrecked the economy, pushed …

China: After The Credit Crisis Comes The Economic Crisis

China is now experiencing a monumental credit crisis. Loans are basically not available because confidence in repayment has vanished.<p>This is how the last global crisis started in 2007. I warned about it in my 2007 book, <i>Prelude to Meltdown</i>. The warnings were ignored in 2007, and my observations in …

Scientists Are Scary Close To Controlling Our Memories And Brains With Computers

There are already thought-controlled gadgets and smart phone apps. But recently, a group of scientists at MIT took brain-computer interactions to a whole new level.<p>While they weren't able to create memories from scratch, they were able to associate different feelings to neutral memories in mice. In …

Researchers Develop Telescopic Contact Lens, Give Your Eyes 2.8x Optical Zoom

Are you ready for this? An international team of researchers have developed the world’s first telescopic contact lens — a 1.17mm thick pair of …