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Kofi Annan, Who Redefined the U.N., Dies at 80

Kofi Annan, the soft-spoken and patrician diplomat from Ghana who became the seventh secretary general of the United Nations, projecting himself and his organization as the world’s conscience and moral arbiter despite bloody debacles that stained his record as a peacekeeper, died on Saturday in …

United Nations

Blue Light Is Causing The Human Eye to Attack Itself

Not good.<p>Excessive exposure to blue light isn't great for our eyes, contributing to a slow loss of vision over the course of a lifetime.<p>Scientists …

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

The Bleeding Edge: behind the terrifying new Netflix documentary

A terrifying new documentary carries a stark warning that a nightmare has been lurking in the medical industry for decades and it might be in your body.<p>The Bleeding Edge, which premieres on Netflix, examines the $400bn medical device industry responsible for products such as hip implants and …

Contraception

Chemicals in Food May Harm Children, Pediatricians’ Group Says

A major pediatricians’ group is urging families to limit the use of plastic food containers, cut down on processed meat during pregnancy and consume more whole fruits and vegetables rather than processed food. Such measures would lower children’s exposures to chemicals in food and food packaging …

Processed Food

Earth's resources consumed in ever greater destructive volumes

Humanity is devouring our planet’s resources in increasingly destructive volumes, according to a new study that reveals we have consumed a year’s worth of carbon, food, water, fibre, land and timber in a record 212 days.<p>As a result, the Earth Overshoot Day – which marks the point at which …

Climate Change

85% of Tampons Contain Monsanto's 'Cancer Causing' Glyphosate

Glyphosate, a widely popular herbicide that has been linked to cancer by the World Health Organization's cancer research arm, was detected in 85 …

My Great-Grandfather, the Nigerian Slave-Trader

My parents’ home, in Umujieze, Nigeria, stands on a hilly plot that has been in our family for more than a hundred years. Traditionally, the Igbo people bury their dead among the living, and the ideal resting place for a man and his wives is on the premises of their home. My grandfather Erasmus, …

Black History

The inconvenient truth about cancer and mobile phones

Neutralising the safety issue has opened the door to the biggest prize of all: the Internet of Things<p>On 28 March this year, the scientific peer review of a landmark United States government study concluded that there is “clear evidence” that radiation from mobile phones causes cancer, specifically, …

Public Health

For The First Time, Scientists Achieve 'Liquid Light' at Room Temperature

A Frankenstein mash-up of light and matter.<p>In June 2017, physicists achieved 'liquid light' at room temperature for the first time ever, making this …

Gudrun Burwitz, Ever-Loyal Daughter of Himmler, Is Dead at 88

“Do you know how many people your father cremated at Dachau?” a British officer asked young Gudrun Himmler during a postwar interrogation in 1945. “Or how many he gassed at Oranienburg? Of course you do. You’re Herr Himmler’s daughter, after all.”<p>She sat silently, according to an account in the …

World History

'I was shocked it was so easy': ​meet the professor who says facial recognition ​​can tell if you're gay

Progress makes people uncomfortable. When the first monkeys walked, other monkeys probably said, 'This is outrageous!'<p>Kosinski received emails from people confused about their sexuality who hoped he'd run their photo through his algorithm<p>If you basically accept we’re just computers, then computers …

Artificial Intelligence

The photographer who captured the inhumanity of apartheid’s divide has died

The photographer who captured the inhumanity of apartheid in the faces of South Africans has died.<p>Goodman Gallery/Mikhael Subotzky<p>David Goldblatt died on June 25 at the age of 88, the Goodman Gallery said in a statement. The documentary photographer was born in in 1930 in Randfontein, a mining town …

South Africa

The Inca Left Behind a Strange, 3D Code That Scientists Still Can't Figure Out

They communicated in multiple dimensions.<p>The Inca Empire (1400-1532 CE) is one of few ancient civilisations that speaks to us in multiple dimensions. …

A Woman Dedicated to Saving Lives Loses Hers in Gaza Violence

KHUZAA, Gaza Strip — She had become a fixture at the weekly protests along the fence dividing the Gaza Strip from Israel, a young woman in a white paramedic’s uniform rushing into harm’s way to help treat the wounded.<p>As a volunteer emergency medical worker, she said she wanted to prove that women …

Israel

Why the extraordinary story of the last slave in America has finally come to light

“We stand as living monuments,” wrote the historian Len Garrison, of the black British descendants of slavery and empire. “For those who are afraid of who they must be, are but slaves in a trance.” For Garrison, the idea of the African diaspora as “living monuments” was to some extent figurative. …

Black History

Scientists grow synthetic mouse embryos from stem cells

Whether naturally or through IVF, conception usually requires an egg and a sperm to get things started. But now, researchers from the Netherlands …

This revolution in our understanding of depression will be life-transforming | Edward Bullmore

The discovery of genes that are linked to the crippling condition throws up exciting new possibilities for its successful treatment<p>Depression runs in families, we know. But it is only very recently, and after considerable controversy and frustration, that we are beginning to know how and why. The …

Depression

The Baking Soda Cure

The three trillion-dollar income stream produced by the medical industrial complex is about to come demolished by a home remedy – baking soda. Buy …

Immune System

David Buckel, prominent New York LGBT lawyer, dies after setting himself on fire

Buckel, known for case about murdered transgender man portrayed in Boys Don’t Cry, alluded to fossil fuel protest to New York Times<p>A prominent gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate has burned himself to death in New York on Saturday, reportedly using fossil fuel in a protest against …

Fossil Fuels

Is This Tissue a New Organ? Maybe. A Conduit for Cancer? It Seems Likely.

Researchers have made new discoveries about the in-between spaces in the human body, and some say it’s time to rewrite the anatomy books.<p>A study published in Scientific Reports this week described a fluid-filled, 3-D latticework of collagen and elastin connective tissue that can be found all over …

The legacy of Thomas Carsey

Looking back on the contributions of a leading parties scholar.<p>Early on the morning of February 22, many of us learned the news of Tom Carsey’s passing after a difficult battle with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. This post is meant to honor Tom’s many contributions to political …

LSD Study Reveals Unprecedented "Harmonic" Reorganization of Brain

The drug appears to hit a "reset" button in the brain.<p>Ongoing neuroscience research on psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin is increasingly …

Can’t get new lungs? Try refurbished ones instead. - MIT Technology Review

Harald Ott, a surgeon at Harvard Medical School, thinks that his lab’s unusual methods might someday solve the organ-transplant crisis. On average, …

Stem Cells

7 myths about healthy food people still believe

Whether it’s conflicting studies or confusing labels, it’s becoming harder and harder to achieve a so-called “balanced” diet.<p>“Nutrition is constantly …

Malaria parasites killed quickly by blue dye

According to the World Health Organization, malaria is responsible for approximately 445,000 deaths every year. That number may be due to drop, …

How fruit juice affects the gut

It was previously believed that fructose, which is the sugar found in fruit and fruit juice, is processed by the liver. However, a new study suggests …

Stansfield Turner, the spy chief who led major CIA reform, dies at 94

Stansfield A. Turner, who served as CIA director under President Jimmy Carter and oversaw reforms at the agency after the Senate uncovered CIA surveillance aimed at American citizens, has died. He was 94.<p>Turner died Thursday at his home in Seattle, his secretary, Pat Moynihan, confirmed to the …

Christine Beshar, Trailblazing Lawyer, Dies at 88

Christine Beshar, one of the first women to be named partner in a Wall Street law firm, where she established a pioneering child-care service for its employees, died on Jan. 11 at her home in Manhattan. She was 88.<p>Her death was confirmed by her son, Peter.<p>Mrs. Beshar, who specialized in trust and …

Another Vision of Black Elk

Nicholas Black Elk, a holy man of the Oglala Sioux, came into the world in Wyoming before it was Wyoming, and died in the village of Manderson, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in South Dakota, in 1950. At his death, he was thought to be about eighty-four years old. The Encyclopedia of the …