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The complicated truth about a cat’s purr

Our cats may purr when we pet and tickle them, but it’s a much more complicated form of communication than we've assumed.<p>We <i>think</i> we know what a cat’s purr means.<p>It is arguably the most recognisable sign of animal contentment: a pleasurable rasp that erupts whenever a cat is tickled or petted, the …

Pets

Amy Adams Explores Her Dark Side

She made her name playing a princess who gets her happy ending. For her next chapter, Amy Adams finds herself in a new light.<p>Amy Adams gets what she calls “the feels”—visceral vibes sparked by a sound, a smell, a setting, a certain something that triggers a memory. New York’s Central Park is loaded …

How Koko forever changed the way we think about gorillas

Koko was 13 years old when she learned her beloved kitten, All Ball, died after being hit by a car.<p>Visibly upset, the western lowland gorilla kept …

The Race to Send Robots to Mine the Ocean Floor

When the 300-foot Maersk Launcher docked in San Diego early Monday morning, it unloaded a cargo of hardened black blobs scooped from the bottom of …

Congress on target for dogfight over military aircraft

<b>House, Senate offer competing plans for F-35, KC-46 and JSTARS</b><p>WASHINGTON — Due to rising F-35 sustainment costs, the U.S. Senate’s annual defense …

Air Force cancels $24 million contract to replace Air Force One’s refrigerators

The U.S. Air Force has decided to terminate a $24 million contract awarded to Boeing to replace refrigerators on Air Force One after news of the upgrade prompted concern among Capitol Hill lawmakers.<p>The Air Force, working with the White House Military Office, reviewed the investment for the …

North Korea vs. America's F-22, F-35 or B-2 Stealth Bomber: Who Wins?

Could Kim take on stealth and win? <i>But air defenses are less of a problem than targeting North Korea’s artillery pieces— which are dug into hardened</i> …

GAO provides more details on Sikorsky's Air Force protest

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) may have ruled against Sikorsky’s protest of the Air Force UH-1N Huey replacement program, but not …

USAF Looks to Create New Command and Control Structure

The Air Force’s command and control structure is not designed to synergistically integrate capabilities across air, space, and cyber domains, but it …

Archaeologists start a new hunt for the fabled Lost Colony of the New World

<b>ROANOKE ISLAND IN NORTH CAROLINA—</b>In 1587, more than 100 men, women, and children settled on Roanoke Island in what is now North Carolina. War with …

'Surprising' methane dunes found on Pluto

Pluto is covered with surprising dunes made of methane ice, which have formed relatively recently despite the frigid dwarf planet's very thin atmosphere, international researchers said Thursday.<p>Pluto's atmosphere has a surface pressure 100,000 times lower than Earth's, which researchers suspected …

This Is Why Physicists Think String Theory Might Be Our 'Theory Of Everything'

It’s one of the most brilliant, controversial and unproven ideas in all of physics: string theory. At the heart of string theory is the thread of an idea that’s run through physics for centuries, that at some fundamental level, all the different forces, particles, interactions and manifestations of …

Quantum Mechanics

Four-day weeks bring smiles in rural schools. But will they work in big cities?

McLOUD, Okla. — In many ways Oliver Prince is your typical, happy fifth-grader. He enjoys recess, gym class and time at school on the computer.<p>But in one key way, he, along with the other 92 students at White Rock School in this tiny, bucolic town 50 miles east of Oklahoma City, are very different: …

Education

How the ‘World’s Most Comfortable Shoe’ Is Challenging Nike and Adidas

Driven by word-of-mouth sales and an eco-focus, San Francisco's Allbirds has sold over a million shoes in two years. But can this Silicon Valley success story last?<p>It’s a random Saturday in May, and I can barely find enough free space inside Allbirds’s Soho store to try on a pair of what the brand …

Shoes

7 Books to Read if You’re a First-time Boss

<b>Email your money conundrums, from the technical to the psychological, to</b> <b>mytwocents@nymag.com</b><p><i>The first time I agreed to manage someone, I thought,</i> She …

Sheryl Sandberg

2018 has been deadlier for schoolchildren than deployed service members

By Philip Bump<p>National correspondent<p><i>This article has been corrected.</i><p>The school shooting near Houston on Friday bolstered a stunning statistic: More people have been killed at schools this year than have been killed while deployed as members of the military.<p>Data for military casualties are difficult …

Military

Meghan Markle is rewriting the princess story

<b>(CNN) —</b> In New York, the bookstores have front of store displays: Meghan, An American Princess.<p>Although we expect Meghan to be titled duchess after her marriage, she is still, strictly speaking, a princess.<p>And as well as being American, she is also an intelligent, successful, self-made woman, a …

Royal Family

The 8 Best True Wireless Earphones of 2018

This definitive guide to the best true wireless earphones of 2018 explores everything you need to know before buying your next pair of true wireless …

Consumer Tech

Opera VPN iOS App Will Be Permanently Discontinued at the End of April

Just under two years after launching on the iOS App Store, Opera this week announced that its free "Opera VPN" app will be permanently discontinued as of April 30, 2018. Opera's virtual private network app masks the user's true IP address and allows them to bypass firewalls, block tracking cookies, …

iOS Apps

Allegiant Air: The budget airline flying under the radar

Allegiant Air is a small, ultra-low-cost carrier based in Las Vegas, that happens to be one of the country's most profitable airlines. But, according …

Aviation

Defending the world’s hottest pepper, a grower explains how to safely eat it

By Lindsey Bever<p>, Reporter<p>A farmer is defending <b></b>a chile pepper dubbed the hottest on Earth that reportedly landed a man in a hospital with “thunderclap headaches.”<p>Salvatore Genovese, who runs a seven-acre farm in Bedfordshire, England, recently told Sky News that the small but potent Carolina Reaper …

Cleveland Clinic

Ancient Saudi Ruins to Open Up to Tourism: Pictures

Saudi Arabia

Newly-discovered human organ may help explain how cancer spreads

A newly discovered network of fluid-filled channels in the human body may be a previously-unknown organ, and it seems to help transport cancer cells …

Omnisexual, gynosexual, demisexual: What’s behind the surge in sexual identities?

In 1976, the French philosopher Michel Foucault made the meticulously researched case that sexuality is a social construct used as a form of control. In the 40 years since, society has been busy constructing sexualities. Alongside the traditional orientations of heterosexual, homosexual, and …

Sexuality

Why You Shouldn't Eat a Slug (In Case You Need Reasons)

Hint: A brain-infesting worm carried by gastropods is spreading around the world.<p>Sam Ballard was 19 years old when friends at a party dared him to swallow a slug. Within days, the Australian teen developed a rare form of meningitis and fell into a coma that lasted more than a year. Even after …

How Did Astronaut DNA Become 'Fake News'?

For a brief moment, NASA found itself at the center of a digital misinformation campaign.<p>“After year in space, astronaut Scott Kelly no longer has same DNA as identical twin,” the headline of a story on the <i>Today</i> show’s website, published Thursday, declared. Seven percent of his DNA, the story says, …

Genetics

The 25 Best Productivity Apps For 2018

From wrangling words to shooting photos, these productivity powerhouses will help you get more done in less time.<p>Sometimes the best way to escape from a productive rut is to switch up your tools. Whether it’s a simple word processor, a smarter to-do list, or a more efficient way to transcribe …

Apps

Why do dieters succeed or fail? The answers have little to do with food.

We asked participants in a big diet study about being on a low-fat or low-carb diet. Their responses surprised us.<p>As a longtime health reporter, I see new diet studies just about every week, and I’ve noticed a few patterns emerge from the data. In even the most rigorous scientific experiments, …

Holistic Medicine

This Is What Record-Low Unemployment Looks Like in America

What will happen when the U.S. unemployment rate falls below 4 percent, which is expected to occur by this summer? One way to tell is to look at …

Electric clocks in Europe have been running slow for over a month

Have you noticed your clocks are lagging? It’s not an anomaly in the spacetime continuum, fortunately.<p>The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSOE), the body that sets up the internal energy market and ensures its optimal functioning, put out a statement explaining …