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Imaginary friends help kids become better problem solvers, study finds

Play dates with an imaginary friend could help children become better problem solvers down the road. According to <i>The Wall Street Journal,</i> researchers have found that children who keep imaginary friends eventually develop better internalized thinking, which separately has been found to help children …

12 People Who Should Not Have Won The Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize, the latest winner of which will be announced tomorrow morning, is probably first among these equals.<p>According to Alfred Nobel's will, the Peace Prize is to be given to individuals and institutions that "have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for …

NFL Concussion Expert Rich Ellenbogen: 'I Really Don’t Care Who's To Blame. We Just Have To Move The Science Forward'

Ellenbogen, the co-chair of the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine committee and a neurological surgery professor at the University of Washington, talks to us about the NFL's efforts to make football safer, the future of concussion research, and the technology that will get us there.<p>Every year, millions of …

Documentary: For years, NFL ignored concussion evidence

While the National Football League has implemented numerous safety reforms to related to player concussions, a documentary claims the league for years ignored and refuted mounting evidence<p>Although the NFL admitted no guilt when it agreed in August to pay more than $765 million to settle …

Deadly brain-eating amoeba found in Louisiana water system, CDC confirms

A rare amoeba that caused the August death of a child in south Louisiana has been found in five locations in a north Louisiana water system, state health regulators said Tuesday.<p>The state Department of Health and Hospitals said in a news release that the federal Centers for Disease Control and …

Neuroscientist uses MRI scans to show that dogs have emotions similar to humans

Man’s best friend may have more in common with his or her human owners than previously thought.<p>For the past two years, neuroscientist Gregory Berns of Emory University has been conducting a series of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans on canines – including his pet terrier Callie – and he says …

Aircraft noise may increase risk of heart disease, say researchers

People who live close to an airport and are exposed to constant loud aircraft noise may face an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, according to studies from the UK and the US published on Tuesday night.<p>The continual barrage of noise from planes taking off and landing may cause actual harm to …

Pentagon names envoy for Guantanamo closure

The Pentagon has named Paul Lewis as its special envoy for closing the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.<p>Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the appointment on Tuesday.<p>It was part of President Barack Obama's renewed push to close the prison, which remains open despite his 2009 pledge …

Australian unemployment will rise to 6% next year, says IMF

Australia's unemployment rate is expected to rise in 2014 as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) downgrades growth prospects for the nation.<p>The treasurer, Joe Hockey, on Wednesday confirmed figures released overnight in the IMF's World Economic Outlook, outlining future risks for Australia and …

Proposed Treatment To Fix Genetic Diseases Raises Ethical Issues

The federal government is considering whether to allow scientists to take a controversial step: make changes in some of the genetic material in a woman's egg that would be passed down through generations.<p>Mark Sauer of the Columbia University Medical Center, a member of one of two teams of U.S. …

A Teach for America Alum On How Testing Is Hurting Our Kids

Teaching for two years in Harlem, Jonathan Sheehan saw how standardized testing is destroying education.<p>“Mr. Sheehan, A and B are <i>both</i> right!” one of …

Security Insiders: Government Shutdowns Hurt U.S. Credibility Abroad

A strong ma­jor­ity of <i>Na­tion­al Journ­al’s</i> Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity In­siders agree with De­fense Sec­ret­ary Chuck Hagel, who says gov­ern­ment …

5 depressing ways the 1 percent is strangling the US economy

Once the backbone of our society, the middle class has been broken — and we have the country’s richest to thank<p>The middle class, once the backbone of a strong American society, has been broken, beaten down, pushed further and further toward poverty levels. Here are five well-documented ways that …

A Global Slaughter of Christians, but America’s Churches Stay Silent

Christians are being slaughtered from Pakistan to Nairobi. Do America’s churches care? By Kirsten Powers.<p>Christians in the Middle East and Africa are …

America’s creeping police state

<b>(AP)</b><p>We’re already under full-time surveillance. Can the executive branch’s ever-growing authoritarianism be stopped?<p>Fred Branfman<p>September 27, 2013 12:20pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Alternet.<p>For those alarmed by the steady growth of lawless, violent and authoritarian U.S. Executive …

Why we live in 3D

Why Are People So Distrustful of Big Government?

The NSA revelations don't come in a vacuum: There's a long history of abuses carried out in the name of national security.<p>Reuters<p>NSA surveillance poses a particularly thorny challenge to conservative War on Terror hawks, who are forced to confront the tension between two things they believe: 1) The …

IRS Poll Finds More Americans Think White House Ordered Tea Party Targeting

More Americans now think that senior White House officials ordered the Internal Revenue Service to target tea party groups, despite no evidence so far that they did.<p>A CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday found that 47 percent believe that the White House directed the targeting, and 49 …

Cocaine: Just a Commodity?

It's a burning hot and sweaty morning in the jungle in El Chapare and I've traveled five hours from my hometown Cochabamba. We're harvesting the coca leaf and as sweat streams off my face, I pick a leaf and drop it in my sack; I do this leaf after leaf until the branch is empty and move to the next …

Poll: 47 percent think IRS targeting orders came from the White House

That number marks a ten point increase from last month<p>Jillian Rayfield<p>June 18, 2013 1:38pm (UTC)<p>A new poll by CNN/Opinion Research finds that 47 percent of Americans believe that orders for the IRS to target conservatives and Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status came down from the White …

MSN | Outlook, Office, Skype, Bing, Breaking News, and Latest Videos

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iPads Still Completely Dominate U.S. Tablet Usage

<i>Mobile Insights is a daily newsletter from BI Intelligence delivered first thing every morning exclusively to BI Intelligence subscribers. Sign up for a free trial of BI Intelligence today.</i><p><b>BII iPads Account For More Than 80 Percent Of Tablet Use (Chitika)</b><br>The iPad family accounted for 81% of tablet …

The Obamacare Scorecard

(This is Part 3 of a series on our ongoing -- and worsening -- national healthcare crisis.)<p>As major provisions in the Affordable Care Act are rolled out, we'll need an unbiased way of tracking its effectiveness -- a scorecard for "Obamacare," as it's now universally called. What's the best way to …

MSN | Outlook, Office, Skype, Bing, Breaking News, and Latest Videos

Portals Navigation<p>Outlook.com<br>• Microsoft Store<br>• Skype<br>• Rewards<br>• Office<br>• eBay Sponsored<br>• OneDrive<br>• Maps<br>• Facebook<br>• OneNote<br>• Twitter<p>Get your mail here<p>See your recent emails<br>• Send a quick email<br>• Manage your calendar with easy access<p>Sign in with any Microsoft account: Outlook, Hotmail, MSN, Live<p>What is a Microsoft …