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Young People Surprised By Risky Synthetic Drugs They Considered Safe

My 14-year-old patient grabbed my hand and told me that he was going to die.<p>Just seconds before, the nurse had wheeled him into the resuscitation room. His blood pressure and heart rate were more than twice the normal levels. He was pale, clammy and gasping for breath.<p>The nurses and doctors with me …

There's a worrisome problem with electric cars that no one's talking about

What you might not know is that all-electric cars suffer far greater in winter time — in terms of fuel efficiency — compared to gasoline and diesel guzzlers.<p>But there is a way to lengthen the life of your battery during these frigid times.<p>Let's first compare the numbers:<p>When temperatures drop below …

Austria to reduce its cap on refugees entering the country

The Austrian chancellor says his country will accept a maximum of 37,500 asylum-seekers this year<p>Austria has announced a limit on the number of asylum-seekers it will accept, as Europe struggles to bring the refugee crisis under control.<p>The move is a sign of the growing concern in European capitals …

Asylum Seekers

Tesla says those exotic falcon-wing doors on the Model X SUV were almost a disaster

But according to a lawsuit the automaker filed Wednesday, the doors weren't working just a few months before the Model X was revealed.<p>In the complaint, filed in the Northern District of California, Tesla accuses a parts supplier of misrepresenting its ability to engineer the doors.<p>Tesla is seeking …

By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans, study says

There is a lot of plastic in the world’s oceans.<p>It coagulates into great floating “garbage patches” that cover large swaths of the Pacific. It washes up on urban beaches and remote islands, tossed about in the waves and transported across incredible distances before arriving, unwanted, back on …

Pollution

A New Ninth Planet May Have Been Detected, Scientists Say

Sad that Pluto isn't a planet anymore? Don't worry, Caltech researchers may have discovered a new planet lurking in the outer reaches of our solar system.<p>They're calling it "Planet Nine" for now. The planet, if it exists, has a mass 10 times that of Earth and takes between 10,000 and 20,000 years …

Time for transgender rights opponents to give up the fight

Ever since California's law to protect the rights of transgender students went into effect two years ago, opponents have tried to whip up fear and confusion about what they see as the scary new bathroom rules, under which they say that any child of any gender may wander into any old restroom …

Extinct species may get a second chance

How to Clone a Mammoth<i><br>Beth Shapiro</i><i><br>Princeton Univ., $24.95</i><p>First, the bad news: Scientists are probably never going to resurrect authentic mammoths …

The Earthquake That Brought an Empire to Its Knees

In the 18th century, the Portuguese empire was enjoying the wealth of its second Golden Age. Mother Nature, however, had other plans.<p>It was a …

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Where to go on a cruise in 2016

1. Barbados for independence<p>Holidaymakers normally visit Barbados for its beaches and swanky hotels, but next November you can take part in the festivities marking 50 years of independence. The island was ruled by Britain for more than 300 years and retains a quirky British charm, but the annual …

Special Report: Gravity’s Century

In 1915, the universe was small and static. Space was smooth. Gravity pulled things to the ground. At least that’s the way it was in the minds of all …

Divers Captured Amazing Rare Video of a Giant Squid Near Japan's Coast

It's reportedly 13 feet long.<p>Humans have been around for a long time—thousands and thousands of years—but it wasn't until recently that we had definitive proof of a fellow beast's existence: the mysterious giant squid was photographed for the first time in 2004, and filmed for the first time in …

Christmas Eve

Jewish Extremists’ Attacks Rattle Christians in Holy Land

Nazareth, Israel<p>Assaults on churches by right-wing Jews, a new phenomenon, raise concern about movement’s increasingly aggressive tactics.<p>Father Matthias Karl hoped to begin rebuilding his shattered church complex on the shores of the Sea of Galilee after Christmas.<p>But following an arson attack six …

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The Eight Best Extinct Species Discovered in 2015

From “Hellboy” to “Hallucigenia on steroids,” it’s been an awesome year for paleontologists.<p>2015 was an exceptionally productive year for paleontology. Brontosaurus made a comeback. Paleontologists further decoded the coloration patterns of long extinct animals. <i>Jurassic World</i> brought dinosaurs back …

Here's how many more years we have before the sun dies — and what will happen when it does

An example of a powerful flare erupting on the Sun (from May 5, 2015). The NASA satellite SDO is one of many assets used to monitor solar activity. NASA/GSFC/SDO via Slate The Sun has always been the center of our cosmological systems. But with the advent of modern astronomy, humans have become …

The Magdala Stone May Be A Portal To Early Religion

The Magdala Stone, a stunning archaeological find from an excavated synagogue in Israel that dates back to the time of Jesus, sits at the intersection of Jewish and Christian history.<p>Since its 2009 discovery, the stone — a carved block decorated with symbols including a seven-branch menorah (rare …

Why The New York Daily News Headline About God Is Right -- And Wrong

Praying is what some of the terrified victims reported doing as they tried to find safety during this week's tragic shooting in San Bernardino. It's what many of us are doing right now to express empathy and compassion for the victims' families and friends. As a Christian minister, my faith teaches …

‘Star Wars’ and the Fear of a Black Planet

Some fans have voiced their displeasure at the diversity of the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it serves as a cultural corrective to the …

Coke pulls offensive Christmas ad but faces backlash from indigenous rights group

Coca-Cola is under fire for an advertisement unveiled in Mexico, focusing on the indigenous Mixe community, that some believe struck a racist, …

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Curiosity Rover Snaps Stunning Mountain Vista on Mars (Photo)

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has beamed home a gorgeous postcard of the mountainous Red Planet landscape it's exploring.<p>The car-size Curiosity rover …

Brother and sister swap genders, live 'life the way they should be’

Mom Beth McGarrity has revealed how her son and daughter both told her they wanted to swap gender, within weeks of each other.<p>The Sun reports that Beth and her husband Russ — who moved to Cincinnati when kids Russie and Aly were tiny — noticed their children were different from a young age.<p>At five, …

Astronomers saw a black hole wake up after 26 years and do something extremely violent

Such events are very rare, but astronomers managed to record incredible footage of the aftermath this summer.<p>The black hole is part of star system called V404 Cygni. The black hole is about 12 times more massive than the sun and is nearly 46 quadrillion miles away from Earth. Over at least the last …

Here's how Albert Einstein destroyed the myth of the planet Vulcan

From the mid-1800s through the early 1900s, many scientists were convinced that a mysterious planet "Vulcan" lurked between Mercury and the sun.<p>Einstein eventually proved them all wrong.<p>National Geographic interviewed Tom Levenson, author of "The Hunt For Vulcan: … And How Albert Einstein Destroyed …

Common Core Mystery Math: When 30 Equals 65 and Students Still Fail

On the June 2015 New York State Common Core aligned Algebra exam a raw score of 30 correct out of 86 questions (35%) equaled a passing score of 65% and performance level 3 or meets standard. But of course 35% only equals 65% in mystery math when you use the magical algorithm. Welcome to Hogwarts …

There’s an awful cost to getting a PhD that no one talks about

One night during the third year of my PhD program, I sat on my bed with a packet of tranquilizers and a bottle of vodka. I popped a few pills in my mouth and swigged out of the bottle, feeling them burn down my throat. Moments later, I realized I was making a terrible mistake. I stopped, trembling …

The government just proposed a sea change to American diets — and one industry is furious

As part of the new recommendations, reported by The New York Times, the FDA also wants to change nutrition labels to differentiate between two kinds of sugar in food and drinks:<p>That which is <b>naturally occurring</b> (like the kind in a super-sweet peach or honey-crisp apple)<br>• That which is <b>added in the</b> …

This Gender-Neutral Word Could Replace 'Mr.' and 'Ms.'

On Tuesday, Dictionary.com added a new batch of words ranging from the eyebrow-licious <i>on fleek</i> to the Apple-propelled <i>digital wallet</i>. Like every group …

San Francisco is the latest city to recognize teachers don't earn enough to live there

Heidi Avelina Smith has lived in her rent-controlled, one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco’s Mission district for 15 years, and she’s been teaching near the community for a decade.<p>If she moved to the city today, there’s no way she would be able to afford a place. And that’s a problem.<p>“It’s hard …