Jamie Lee Batchler

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Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds

Radical action is needed to combat increasing rate of environmental damage to water sources, land, biodiversity and marine life, report shows<p>Degradation of the world’s natural resources by humans is rapidly outpacing the planet’s ability to absorb the damage, meaning the rate of deterioration is …

Developed Countries

Is Marijuana Addictive?

The facts, as best as science knows them.<p>First, the bad news.<p>Yes, marijuana addiction exists, and it might have a lot to do with our genes. According to <i>Time</i>, researchers have singled out specific genes associated with pot addiction, giving us an important biological clue to understanding the …

Rare Sumatran rhino, once believed to be extinct, dies just weeks after being discovered

A rare Sumatran rhinoceros has died in Indonesia, less than a month after its discovery and capture were hailed as an enormous conservation success for a species long believed to be extinct in the region.<p>The female rhino died from a leg infection, Indonesian environment officials told Agence …

Mississippi law opens a new front in the battle over gay rights

As the state-by-state battle over gay rights rolls on, Mississippi's governor has signed a "religious freedom" law that may go further than any other state in clearing the way for businesses and government workers to deny basic services to LGBT couples.<p>The Mississippi law, signed Tuesday by Gov. …

LGBTQI

Bernie Sanders Calls Hillary Clinton's Emails 'A Very Serious Issue'

Just because he called them her "damn emails" doesn't mean he doesn't think they're important.<p>Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is still steering clear of directly attacking opponent Hillary Clinton over her email controversy, but said Sunday it's a "serious issue" -- and that his …

Dogs can read human emotions, study finds

New research shows dogs can form abstract mental representations of negative and positive emotions and recognise how their owner is feeling<p>Dogs really are man’s best friend, it seems, as researchers have shown they can recognise emotions in humans by combining information from different senses.<p>They …

25 Adorable Presidential Pet Photos That Will Melt Your Heart

It's the land of the cute and the home of the cuddly.

Attention, Pizza Lovers: Your Pizza Box Is Probably Toxic

The FDA banned chemicals that hold your beloved cheese-and-pepperoni.<p>"There is no longer a reasonable certainty" that specific chemicals found in most pizza boxes are safe for human use, according to the Food and Drug Administration.<p>As such, the FDA is banning three "food contact substances" …

Donald Trump must be destroyed

<b>(CNN) —</b> With less than a month until the Iowa caucuses, followed immediately by New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary, it's time the conservative base and Republican establishment destroy Donald J. Trump -- before it's too late for the party, the conservative cause, and the nation.<p>To save our …

Study: Religious Kids Are Jerks

A study published in the journal Current Biology testing the behavior of Christian, Muslim, and atheist children has found that religious kids are …

President Obama Runs Out of F*cks to Give, Impersonates Republican Candidates

Get popcorn.<p>It doesn't matter how hard you shake it, the big bag of fcks to give is completely empty now.<p>"Have you noticed that every one of these candidates says, 'Obama's weak. Putin's kicking sand in his face. When I talk to Putin, he's going to straighten out,'" Obama said, impersonating a …

The struggles of Bernie Sanders

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Bernie Sanders had a summer to remember, but as his campaign downshifts from the buzz of giant rallies to focus on the nuts and bolts of the campaign, it is struggling with that adjustment.<p>November also brings the harsh reality of dropping poll numbers, especially as Hillary …

Ohio votes down legalizing pot for medical, recreational use

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio voters rejected a ballot proposal Tuesday that would have legalized both recreational and medical marijuana in a single …

Africa's lion population forecast to drop by half

Just 20,000 lions remain in Africa and the big cats have already become extinct in some parts of the continent, according to a new indepth study<p>Lion populations in Africa are likely to shrink by half over the next two decades unless a concerted effort is made to conserve them, a study has found.<p>The …

Sanders open to states legalizing marijuana

<b>Fairfax, Virginia (CNN) —</b> Bernie Sanders, one might say, is feeling the burn.<p>The Vermont senator on Wednesday announced his support for reforms that would allow states to legalize marijuana.<p>He stopped short of calling for nationwide legalization, instead saying the federal government should remove …

Climate Change Means Spring Could Come Three Weeks Earlier Across U.S.

Spring flowers may arrive as much as three weeks faster over the next century as climate change drives an earlier end to winters in areas of the United States, researchers say in a new report.<p>Warmer weather sooner in the year might have consequences for farmers as well as wildlife, said the …

Climate Change

Domino's sales are rocketing because customers don't like to speak to humans when ordering a pizza

Sales are shooting up across the whole of Europe as more and more people use its app and website to order pizza and avoid speaking on the phone.<p>"We are delighted by this performance as our UK business goes from strength to strength, reflecting the success of our strategic and marketing …

Poll: Trump ahead of Carson; Clinton still front-runner

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump remains at the front of the Republican presidential field, with Ben Carson close behind, a new CBS News poll of the national GOP electorate shows.<p>2016 election candidates<p>Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, remains 19 percentage points ahead of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in …

Government

How Bernie Sanders turned himself into a serious presidential contender

<b>(CNN) —</b> Bernie Sanders faces the biggest test of his decades-long career this week.<p>The committed Democratic socialist and sometimes self-styled radical has consistently argued that his brand of populist politics can win elections. In Vermont, his rumpled persona and righteously indignant approach …

Sanders to Clinton: The American people 'are sick and tired about hearing about your damn emails'

Tweets from https://twitter.com/politico/lists/debate-night-w-politico<p>Tweets from https://twitter.com/politico/lists/2016-candidates<p>In the most dramatic moment yet of the first Democratic presidential debate, a shouting Bernie Sanders told Hillary Clinton the American people "are sick and tired …

Government

Nestlé Is Illegally Bottling Water Amid California's Drought, Lawsuit Says

Three activist groups have filed a suit against the U.S. Forest Service, alleging the agency allowed Nestlé to divert water without a permit for its Arrowhead brand.<p>A lawsuit was filed Tuesday against the U.S. Forest Service, alleging the agency allowed Nestlé to pump millions of gallons of water …

Salon’s Richard Dawkins peace summit: “I am against all religion … I think I’d call myself a lover of truth. I’m intolerant of bullsh*t”

<b>(AP/Fiona Hanson)</b><p>Exclusive: We talk with sparring partner Richard Dawkins about New Atheism, Twitter & why he sees Ahmed as a fraud<p>Michael Schulson<p>October 12, 2015 4:13pm (UTC)<p>A while back, I was having some beers with the founder of a small atheist publishing house. I’d recently savaged one of his …

6 Sleep Habits Of Productive People

For starters: They don’t need alarm clocks, stick to their bedtimes, and don’t sleep with their smartphones.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 habits to adopt to be better at your job in 2016. See the full list here.</i><p>You may feel super productive by pulling all nighters, but you’re …

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12 Commandments Of Happy, Long-Lasting Relationships

<i>By Charles J. Orlando</i><p>When it comes to creating successful relationships, you need certain critical traits in place. Traits not just merely "present," but existing in a real and genuine way that emanates from each partner through their own want (not because someone is complaining). The moment "give …

Sea level rise will swallow Miami, New Orleans: study

But making extreme carbon cuts and moving to renewable energy could save millions of people living in iconic coastal areas of the United States, said the findings in the October 12 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal.<p>Scientists have already …

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Flexible phone concept bends to control apps

This phone has a bendable screen, and it isn't just for show: it's equipped with a bending sensor and can actually be used as a form of input, like a stylus or your fingers on touchscreen displays. Our colleagues at <i>Engadget Chinese</i> got a chance to check the concept out at Touch Taiwan 2015, where …

100 Best Motivational Quotes to Inspire Anyone

Motivational and inspirational quotes can pick you up on a bad day and inspire you to even greater heights.<p>Need a little inspiration? Need a quick burst of self motivation?<p>Here you go:<p>"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." Henry David Thoreau<br>• "If you are not willing …

Motivation

10 Healthy Foods That May Help You Sleep Better (Infographic)

2 min read<p>Looking to sleep better longer? Desperate for a cure for insomnia? Avoid caffeine six hours before your bedtime. Do your body good and sip a warm cup of milk instead, like the old wive’s tale suggests.<p>Actually, almost any dairy food will generally entice Mr. Sandman to gently nudge your …

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