Heather Cintron

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Boko Haram: 200,000 Christians at Risk of Massacre in Nigeria

Boko Haram forces appear poised to attack Maiduguri, a city of 2 million in northeast Nigeria –- meaning that 200,000 Christians could be at risk of slaughter by the Islamist terror group, say U.S. intelligence officials and experts on Nigeria.<p>"An attack on Madiguri is very likely," said J. Peter …

Boko Haram

Iran's supreme leader wrote letter to Obama, report says

Iran’s supreme leader reportedly sent a secret letter to President Obama responding to his calls to improve relations between the two countries.<p>The Wall Street Journal reports Iran’s top political figure Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wrote to Obama in recent weeks responding to the president raising the …

Parents of American ISIS Hostage Kayla Mueller Plead for Response from Terror Group

The parents of an American woman held hostage by ISIS revealed they had privately communicated with the terror group before it claimed she was killed …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Grizzly Bears Are Waking Up Early This Year, and Climate Change Could Make That a Bad Habit

What could wake a hibernating bear? An abnormally warm winter, apparently.<p>Yellowstone National Park’s 150 grizzly bears are on the move, according to …

Perfection

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Farc invites Miss Universe to assist in negotiation of peace deal with Colombia

Whoever wears the Miss Universe crown can expect to be invited to star-studded cocktail parties, balls, charity events and galas. The newly crowned Miss Universe, however, has been given a different kind of invitation.<p>Leftist Farc rebels, from Pauline Vega’s native Colombia, want her to visit them …

South America

Jindal: From Rhodes Scholar to Dangerous Demagogue

A few weeks back, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal delivered a speech to the Henry Jackson Society in London focusing on the dangers "radical Islam" poses to the world's "freedom loving people". Far from a serious discussion, the speech amounted to little more than a dangerous mix of trite …

Religion

I Didn’t Vaccinate My Child—And I Regret It

How I finally discovered that vaccinating your kids is the right thing to do.<p>When I first told my mother that my partner and I would be taking our …

Public Health

Joss Whedon Had More To Say About Superhero Sexism and His Love Of The X-Men

Last week we reported on some harsh comments made by Joss Whedon about the current state of superhero movies. The Avengers director called superhero flicks “intractably sexist” and, in a surprising statement, said Fox actually had the rights to all the best female superhero characters.<p>Thing is, …

The Super Bowl was a win for feminism

Less sexism! More equality! This year’s game was a surprising — and welcome — change<p>In a shocking twist – more shocking, even, than the adorable Nationwide kid who was DEAD ALL ALONG -- Sunday's Super Bowl turned out to the least offensive to women that football's biggest night has been in years. …

‘Three-parent’ babies explained: what are the concerns and are they justified?

Britain will be on the path to becoming the first country in the world to permit the creation of “three-parent” babies if MPs vote in favour of changing the law on Tuesday.<p>The procedure replaces a small amount of faulty DNA in a mother’s egg with healthy DNA from a second woman, so that the baby …

Genetics

Surreal Bright Blue Algae Glows Brightly on Hong Kong's Shores

Along the shores of Hong Kong, a mystical blue plant is blooming and glowing in cosmic blue hues. Scientists attribute the phenomenon to Noctiluca scintillans, a plant also known as “sea sparkle.” Don't be fooled by the bubbly name: Sea sparkle is an aggressive reproducer that behaves like algae …

Hong Kong

Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say

Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say<p>How the language police are perverting liberalism.<p>Photographs by Bobby Doherty<p><b>Around 2 a.m. on December 12,</b> four students …

Feminism

The Fallacy of 'Giving Up'

The importance of talking with a doctor about values and priorities in life—at any age<p>At 30 years old, a person's brain weighs about three pounds. In its capaciousness it wears the skull like a well-tailored suit. So notes Harvard professor and surgeon Atul Gawande in his most recent book <i>Being</i> …

This is a True Color Photo of Saturn and its Moon

The image above may seem like some kind of artist rendering, but it’s an actual true color photograph showing Saturn, its rings, and one of its …