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Pentagon Relaxes Uniform Rules To Allow Religious Headgear

The Department of Defense has released new regulations that relax prohibitions on the wearing of religious headgear, as well as beards, tattoos or piercings with religious significance, while service members are in uniform.<p>"The military departments will accommodate individual expressions of …

U.S. Pulls Embassy Out of the Vatican

America has long had two embassies in Italy: One for the country, the other for the Holy See. Barbie Latza Nadeau on why soon there will be only …

America’s angriest white men: Up close with racism, rage and Southern supremacy

Up close with small-town white rage, with bitter, scary men who feel left behind by economic and cultural change<p>Who are the white supremacists? There has been no formal survey, for obvious reasons, but there are several noticeable patterns. Geographically, they come from America’s heartland—small …

Study: White racism linked with opposition to gun control

Research suggests high score on common measure of racial resentment increases odds person rejects gun reform<p>As we digest the news of yet another high-profile gun crime, the conversation inevitably comes back to the question of why stricter gun-control laws are so difficult to pass in this …

Surreal Photo Manipulations by Caras Ionut | Colossal

<p>Photo artist Caras Ionut lives in the world of Photoshop where he digitally assembles surreal landscapes and portraits using largely his own …

Shake: Hilarious High-Speed Photographs of Dogs Shaking by Carli Davidson | Colossal

<p>Published just today, Shake is a new book of photos from Portland-based photographer Carli Davidson who used a high speed camera to capture …

Anoushka Shankar And Norah Jones: Half-Sisters Collaborate At Last

Anoushka Shankar began playing sitar with her famous father, the late Ravi Shankar, when she was 4. But until recently, she'd never entered a studio with her other famous relative, half-sister Norah Jones.<p>When the two met up in New York recently to work on a new song together, a spooky thing …

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

The Hyperrealistic Sculptures of Ron Mueck

London-based sculptor Ron Mueck, formerly a model maker and puppeteer for children's television and films, has been creating fine art sculptures since 1996. Using resin, fiberglass, silicone, and many other materials, Mueck constructs hyperrealistic likenesses of human beings, while playing with …

Lonely planet found wandering a mere 80 light years from Earth

Astronomers say discovery of 12m-year-old free-floating planet will provide view into inner workings of gas giants like Jupiter<p>Astronomers have found a planet, a mere 80 light years from Earth, that is wandering the heavens alone. The free-floating planet, named PSO J318.5-22, is a gas giant with …

Best cure for a hangover? Sprite, scientists claim

For years people have argued over what they believe is the essential remedy after a heavy night - from a strong coffee to a hair of the dog.<p>But now it has been revealed that revellers who go for the healthy option and console themselves with a herbal tea could actually be making their hangover …

Alcohol

Anti-Counterfeiting Measures Around The Globe [Infographic]

How does the new $100 (USD) stack up against everywhere else?<p>The $100 bill is the most widely circulated U.S. denomination abroad and, because it's almost universally accepted, the most counterfeited one outside our borders. A new Benjamin goes into circulation today with security updates: a ribbon …

The Higgs boson particle – digested

The secret of life and the universe, explained by our science editor<p>In the aftermath of the big bang that flung the universe into existence 13.82bn years ago, the forces of nature were one. But as the universe expanded and cooled, they separated out into the four seen today. The electromagnetic …

'Head orgasms', meditation and near-death experiences

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response or 'head orgasm' is a strange, pleasurable and potentially useful neurological condition that is achieving mainstream recognition<p>When I was nine I was frogmarched to the opticians for my first sight test. It was after copying down the fact that "Marco Pob was a …

If You Can Smell This, You May Not Have Alzheimer's

A new diagnostic test involves a dollop of peanut butter.<p>You may not have heard of "the peanut butter test," but it could become a fantastically low-cost and non-invasive way to test for Alzheimer's. After all, what's less invasive than asking someone to smell some delicious peanut butter?<p>"The …

Alzheimer's Disease

Science Explains Why You Love A Slow Caress

People just need to be petted to know who they are.<p>Being touched pleasantly may contribute to our sense of ownership over our bodies, according to new research from University College London and the University of Hertfordshire.<p>The study of 49 right-handed women used the rubber hand illusion, a …

University College London

Why Scientists Held Back Details On A Unique Botulinum Toxin

Scientists have discovered the first new form of botulinum toxin in over 40 years, but they're taking the unusual step of keeping key details about it secret.<p>That's because botulinum toxin is one of the most poisonous substances known. It causes botulism, and the newly identified form of it can't …

Mesmerizing Translucent Waves from 19th Century Paintings

The late 19th century Armenian-Russian painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky created some truly spectacular paintings of seascapes that capture the beautiful, shimmering essence of the tumultuous waters. The marine artist gained recognition for his impeccable ability to recreate the expressive …

Art