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Massive black hole discovered near heart of the Milky Way

Astronomers find evidence of enormous black hole one hundred thousand times more massive than the sun in a gas cloud near the galaxy’s centre<p>An enormous black hole one hundred thousand times more massive than the sun has been found hiding in a toxic gas cloud wafting around near the heart of the …

Black Holes

Fukushima's Nuclear Waste Will Be Dumped Into the Ocean, Japanese Plant Owner Says

<i>Updated</i> | Toxic waste produced by one of the world's worst nuclear disasters will be dumped into the sea, according to the head of the Japanese …

New Federal Ruling in Video Remote Interpreting Case | Bromberg

In late April 2017, a federal court announced a major decision that has implications for health care providers nationwide.<p>The U.S. Court of Appeals …

Facebook shuts down robots after they invent their own language

<b>Watch: Facebook's Zuckerberg and Tesla's Elon Musk face off about AI (Fox Business)</b><p>Facebook shut down a pair of its artificial intelligence robots …

Trump personally crafted son's misleading account of Russia meeting – report

Donald Trump,Donald Trump Jr,Russia,Trump administration,US news,World news,Europe,Hillary Clinton,Jared Kushner

Why some people turned down a 'medical miracle' and decided to stay deaf

AP/Eckehard Schulz<p>Five years ago, a deaf woman named Sloan Churman decided to film herself at the moment she activated her new cochlear implant — the …

5 Horrifying Tragedies Behind Everyday Routines

Your days are filled with mundane routine: You get up, shower, follow the traffic signals to work, run home on your lunch break to check the mail and …

Natural Gas

Mysterious craters blowing out of Russia could mean trouble for the whole planet

In northern Siberia, rising temperatures are causing mysterious giant craters — and even more dire consequences could be in store, say climate …

Climate Change

Even Fake Law Enforcement Agencies Can Get Weapons of War for ‘Policing’

The GAO was able to acquire $1.2 million in weapons from the Pentagon posing as a fake law enforcement agency.It appears all law enforcement — even a …

Trump Bans Transgender Soldiers in Twitter Decree That Echoes Evangelical Meme

<i>Updated: Thursday, July 27, 11:44 a.m.</i><p>Donald Trump’s Twitter decree banning transgender Americans from serving in the military because of the …

Duterte says he'll bomb schools that teach "children to rebel"

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte voiced his intentions to launch airstrikes against indigenous tribal schools that he claimed teach “subversion and communism” and inspire students to become rebels, setting off a new round of concerns that the Filipino strongman may extend his brutal gaze beyond …

The polygamous town facing genetic disaster

In a remote region of the US, a town is struggling with a chilling health crisis caused by a recessive gene. The reason? Here, polygamy is still practised.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2017” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>“We are to gird up our loins and fulfil this, just …

House science chairman thinks climate change is 'beneficial'

Forget the piles of peer-reviewed research accumulated by scientists over decades, climate change is actually great news for mankind. Or so says Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, the Republican head of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. In a baffling editorial titled "Don't Believe the …

There may be something weird going on with Western men's sperm

The little swimmers that weren't.<p>In Gilaed, the fictional nation at the heart of Margaret Atwood’s "The Handmaid's Tale," children are scarce. A loss of fertility brought about by some nebulous mix of environmental pollutants is to blame. In Gilaed, women are the focus of the infertility. But it's …

The second-largest health insurer in the US might leave more Obamacare markets in 2018

Republicans on Tuesday began a second day of debate on the U.S. Senate floor of a bill that would end Obamacare, but the effort to roll back Democratic President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law faced significant hurdles.<p>The No. 2 U.S. health insurer has pressed lawmakers and government …

Britain to Ban New Diesel and Gas Cars by 2040

LONDON — Scrambling to combat a growing air pollution crisis, Britain announced on Wednesday that sales of new diesel and gas cars would reach the end of the road by 2040, the latest step in Europe’s battle against the damaging environmental impact of the internal combustion engine.<p>Britain’s plans …

U.S. lawmakers reach deal for Senate Russia sanctions vote

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers reached an agreement on Wednesday paving the way for the U.S. Senate to pass a bill as soon as this week to impose new sanctions on Russia and bar President Donald Trump from easing sanctions on Moscow without Congress' approval.<p>Earlier on …

GOP momentum grows for more modest plan to overhaul Obamacare

The Senate rejected a proposal Wednesday that would have repealed major parts of the Affordable Care Act, but Republican leaders were growing more confident about their chances of passing a more modest overhaul of the health-care law later this week.<p>Republicans appeared to be ­coalescing around a …

Health Care

Trump to reinstate US military ban on transgender people

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the US armed forces.<p>The decision reversed a policy initially approved by the Defense Department under President Barack Obama, which was still …

LGBTQI

Trump bans transgender individuals from serving in US military

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump abruptly announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military on Wednesday, blindsiding his defense …

Meet the GOP insider who created white nationalist Richard Spencer

Long before Donald Trump’s election ushered in an era of resurgent white nationalism, a disaffected Republican named William H. Regnery II was …

The Price of John McCain's Republican Loyalty

He has a terminal illness. He's on government healthcare. But he's a Republican.<p>WASHINGTON—It was an ugly day in the United States Senate on Tuesday, as ugly a day as has been seen in that chamber since the death of Strom Thurmond, who used to make a day ugly simply by showing up. The Senate took …

Psychiatry Group Says Members Can Comment on Trump's Mental Health

A leading psychiatry group has told its members they should not feel bound by a longstanding rule against commenting publicly on the mental state of …

Mental Health

Energy-harvesting bracelet could power wearable electronics

(Phys.org)—Researchers have designed a bracelet that harvests biomechanical energy from the wearer's wrist movements, which can then be converted …

Mapping dark matter

About eighty-five percent of the matter in the universe is in the form of dark matter, whose nature remains a mystery. The rest of the matter in the …

Report: North Carolina Church Importing Human Slaves From Brazil

July 24, 2017 by Michael Stone<p>Make America Great Again? A North Carolina church is importing human slaves from Brazil, according to an explosive new …

The Saga of North Carolina’s Contaminated Water

The state’s GOP leadership tried to make the state more business-friendly. Now residents are saying their water isn’t safe to drink.<p>The Trump administration has not been shy about its skepticism of programs designed to protect the environment. Donald Trump has said that environmental regulations …

'Sixty-eight children among dead' of suicide bombing attack in Syria

Blast targeted convoy transporting evacuees from Fua and Kefraya under deal between Assad regime and rebels<p>Nearly 70 children were among those killed when a suicide car bombing tore through buses carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns in Syria, a monitoring group has said.<p>Saturday’s …

Trump officials broadcast president's plan for Syria: wait for global response

HR McMaster, Nikki Haley and Rex Tillerson defend president’s missile strikes, emphasizing Russia’s role in ‘the solution’ and new priority to depose Assad<p>In world capitals, at the United Nations and in military briefings, leaders spent the weekend trying to deduce what doctrine might lie behind …