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World's 50 most dangerous cities revealed where murder, kidnappings and shooting are rife

The 50 most dangerous cities in the world, where kidnapping, gun fights and murders are rife on the streets have been revealed.<p>South and Central …

France was the first country to ban supermarkets from throwing away unused food — and the world is taking notice

France is a culinary leader — both at the table and, more recently, in the trash can.<p>In February 2016, France became the first country in the world to prohibit supermarkets from throwing away unused food through unanimously passed legislation.<p>Now, supermarkets of a certain size must donate unused …

Agriculture

Genes linked to homosexuality discovered by scientists

Genes linked to homosexuality have been discovered by scientists in the biggest ever study into the genetic basis for sexual orientation.<p>For the first time, researchers looked at the complete genome - a person’s entire DNA code - for more than 1,000 gay men and compared it to genetic data from a …

Genetics

Iranian Foreign Minister: ‘Arab Affairs Are Iran’s Business’

With possible decertification looming for the Iran deal, Javad Zarif argues that his country has been unfairly maligned.<p>Editor’s Note: <i>Read a response to this essay by the Israeli lawmaker Yair Lapid.</i><p>Iranians live in a troubled and unstable region. We cannot change geography, but our neighborhood …

Middle East

Contributors | The Next Web

All stories in Contributors<p>Improving your emotional intelligence can earn you a raise — here’s how<p>“Would you rather be smart, or kind?” For most of us, this would be a difficult question to answer. Both characteristics are valued highly in our society. Which do you choose? If you’re leaning toward …

Cambridge Analytica

Samsung Internet browser now opened up to pretty much any Android phone

When it comes to Samsung, much of the attention has been on its pair of Galaxy S8 flagships and upcoming Galaxy Note 8, and rightfully so – the phones look to be the most popular choices in the land of Android. What has quietly gone under the radar is Samsung Internet, Samsung’s mobile browser that …

Android News

Advances in pain relief technology welcome to millions of chronic sufferers

Pain is a natural response that’s associated with disease or injury. It’s the body’s way of telling the brain that something is wrong and needs to be fixed. Without pain, you wouldn’t know to remove your hand from a scalding pot of boiling water. But there’s a difference between acute pain and …

British doctors trial simple gut operation that 'cures or controls' diabetes

A simple gut operation that sees a plastic film inserted into the stomach could cure or control diabetes, British doctors have found.<p>Patients taking part in trials at King's College Hospital and University College Hospital in London and City Hospital in Birmingham found their diabetes had …

Why exercising on an empty stomach is the secret to weight loss

You may think you need food to fuel your workouts, but you are wrong.<p>Recently, the advice that suggests loading up on carbohydrates before exercise has been called into question. Yes, consuming carbs before exercise can increase performance in certain fields like sprinting and sports that use power …

Cook Your Salmon in Foil for Tender, Flaky Results

Sometimes cooking a big piece of fish can be intimidating. Is it undercooked? Overcooked? Just right? Luckily there's an almost foolproof method for …

The midlife health checklist: how to maximise your wellbeing in your 40s and beyond

There is no louder wake up call than crossing the threshold into middle age. Turning 40, according to cancer specialist Dr David Agus, is when we begin to question our mortality and take stock of our sedentary, desk-bound lives – and rightly so, given that in our fourth decade we put on weight more …

How do you break your penis?

Erections are fascinating things. Did you know the little blighters even occur in the womb? And that men well into their nineties report fully functioning trouser salutes? Something to look forward to then, along with the free bus pass.<p>They can also lead to all sorts of mishaps – the type of …

Dear men, this is what the women in your life want you to know

I used to be married to a wonderful yet complicated man named Rob. He worked as a science journalist, we had a house and a dog, and one day we planned to have children. He also suffered from depression since he was a child, and developed a formidable opiate addiction as a means, I believe, to …

Mental Health

How to spot a psychopath

We think of psychopaths as killers, alien, outside society. But, says the scientist who has spent his life studying them, you could have one for a colleague, a friend – or a spouse<p>There are a few things we take for granted in social interactions with people. We presume that we see the world in …

An introduction to Python on Android

There are many reasons that you might want to start Android development. Building an app that will make you rich and change the world is only one motivation; others include learning to code, building tools that you can use yourself or even just having fun and impressing others. Programming is a …

Python Programming

Anatomy of a masterpiece: 13 reasons why the 'funniest video of the year' is pure comedy gold

It's a video so thoroughly perfect that, had Oscar Wilde lived to see it, one suspects he would have rethought his belief that life imitates art.<p>This morning, on BBC News, a very serious interview with professor Robert Kelly about South Korea was interrupted by the antics of his young daughter. And …

This Simple Tweak Is One Of The Best Ways To Protect Your Windows Computer

A lot of Windows users take an additive approach when it comes to security. Think you need to increase your protection? Install another piece of software. There are some great apps out there, like RansomFree, but you can actually make your Windows PC a lot more secure simply by changing one little …

Malware

The Universe Is as Spooky as Einstein Thought

In a brilliant new experiment, physicists have confirmed one of the most mysterious laws of the cosmos.<p>There might be no getting around what Albert Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.” With an experiment described this week in <i>Physical Review Letters</i>—a feat that involved harnessing …

Quantum Mechanics

Collateral damage on the Homefront: We must hold George W. Bush accountable for his crimes as Trump takes power

Trump is a terror, but we can’t forget the politicians who allowed his rise<p>While much of the country was trying to figure out how Donald Trump had become president-elect, CodePink was convening an event with the potential to change the culture that created a Trump-sized hole in the White House. …

Veterans

21 Easter eggs hidden within your Google search bar

It's also pretty nerdy. Or at least, that's the impression it gives off whenever it adds to the enormous collection of Easter eggs snuck within its services.<p>Google's search engine, in particular, holds many of these in-jokes. If you're not familiar with them, though, we've rounded up a handful of …

Robots

The Best Way to Make Every Kind of Chocolate Chip Cookie

If you’re going to treat yourself to homemade chocolate chip cookies, they’d better be damn good. But trying a new chocolate chip cookie recipe can …

Dessert

China is at the forefront of manipulating DNA to create a new class of superhumans

Would you want to alter your future children’s genes to make them smarter, stronger, or better looking? As the state of science brings prospects like these closer to reality, an international debate has been raging over the ethics of enhancing human capacities with biotechnologies such as so-called …

Molecular Biology

Butterscotch pie, always second fiddle, is a secret crowd pleaser

Recently, over wedges of homemade pie, my sisters shared that they love butterscotch. Turns out the nieces do too. Then, my father, a self-confessed chocoholic, capitulated. We spoke of butterscotch sundaes, candies, warm sauce, boxed pudding and restaurant desserts layered in fancy glasses. Mom …

The US and China are racing to develop the next game-changing offensive weapon

"Air speed makes them much more survivable and hard to shoot down. If you can put enough fuel in them that gets them a good long range. You are going roughly a mile a second so if you put in 1,000 seconds of fuel you can go 1,000 miles - so that gives you lots of standoff capability," Air Force …

Aviation

If ISIS Loses Mosul, What Then?

Militants were largely driven from the city during the Iraq War, but they came back. Here's why this time is different.<p>On October 17, 18,000 Iraqi Security Forces, 10,000 Kurds, several thousand policemen, and an array of Sunni and Shia militia fighters, along with their American advisors, began a …

Middle East

Booby traps, burnt-out cars and rubble: All that remains of the Iraqi villages destroyed by Isil

Black graffiti scrawled in Arabic on the wall of the first house reads: “Entrance to the Village of Three Martyrs, Islamic State".<p>Previous residents had known their hometown, outside Mosul, by another name: Badana Gawra, meaning “Big Chest” in the local Kurdish dialect.<p>When Isil took Badana during …

Peshmerga

15 Delicious Camping Breakfast Recipes You Will Want to Eat When Camping

Having a leisurely breakfast when camping is a very civilised way to start the day.<br>If you have the time (and desire) to have something apart from …

Eggs

How Isis crippled al-Qaida

The inside story of the coup that has brought the world’s most feared terrorist network to the brink of collapse<p>On 5 February, Jordanian officials confirmed that the intellectual godfather of al-Qaida, Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, had been released from prison. Though he is little known in the west, …

Islam

South Carolina officer charged with murder after shooting man in back

Video shows white police officer Michael Slager shooting 50-year-old black man Walter Scott in the back at least eight times as he ran away<p>Warning: video contains graphic footage<p>A white police officer in South Carolina has been charged with the murder of a 50-year-old black man shot eight times in …

Justice

Alan Barnes mugging: drug addict who attacked frail pensioner is jailed for 4 years

Drug addict Richard Gatiss is sentenced for breaking 4ft 6in Alan Barnes's collar bone when he shoved him over outside his home in January<p>A drug addict whose sickening attack on a disabled pensioner caused outrage around the world has been jailed for four years for trying to mug him.<p>The plight of …

Crime