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Check Out Life Spans Around The World — And Likely Years Of Ill Health

It's one of those good news/bad news stories. A study in the medical journal The Lancet found that people around the world — in countries rich, poor and in the middle — are living longer. But here's the rub. You can't count on living those extra years in good health.<p>In the first of what will be an …

Circle Medical Brings A Full Service Medical Practice To You

Circle Medical, launching from this summer’s Y Combinator batch, is a full service medical practice that will come to you.<p>While other doctor-on-demand startups have existed for a while, Circle Medical’s goal is to provide a service that can used as a regular part of your life, not just in …

Physiology

Rich people are the f**king worst: The 1 percent’s vile new war on us all

<b>(Volt Collection via Shutterstock)</b><p>The wealthy and their GOP apologists talk about poor people as the takers. They have it completely backward<p>Sean Illing<p>June 22, 2015 8:04pm (UTC)<p>Rich people rarely tell you how they really feel about poor people. Occasionally, though, you get a glimpse. Earlier this …

Santa Fe

The Irresponsible ‘Killing Cancer’ Talk

Framing every scientific advancement in the cancer world as a “miracle cure” may attract readers, but the false hope it promotes does a disservice to …

Ecocapsules are pint-sized solar and wind-powered micro homes

Ecocapsule is a small, egg-shaped abode that could be the perfect home for someone who wants to let it all go like Elsa and live off the grid. Its roof is decked with 600W solar cells and a built-in 750W wind turbine that store the energy they harness into a high-power battery. The structure's …

9 depressing predictions for the future of America

<b>(Shutterstock/Palmer Kane LLC)</b><p>Each of these national security stories is guaranteed to surface at least once in the decades to come<p>Tom Engelhardt<p>May 21, 2015 8:30am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>It’s commonplace to speak of “the fog of war,” of what can’t be known in the midst …

National Security

Do We Live In A Hologram? It's More Likely Than You Might Think

Everything in our universe might be a lot flatter than it seems, at least, if you do the math.<p>If you’ve got a credit card in your wallet that has one of those little 3D holograms on it — a two-dimensional image that uses some tricks of light to appear three-dimensional — you can get a sense of how …

Physics

Tiny Territories Mingle At MicroCon; Passports Optional

Freedonia won't be sending a representative, but delegates from Molossia, Slabovia and Broslavia will all attend the MicroCon 2015 summit in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday.<p>If you're thinking that your high school geography has suddenly let you down, there's no need to worry: All of these "countries" …

The porn star next door: Dudes crowdsource their crush’s X-rated look-alikes with DoppelBangHer

<b>(LoloStock via Shutterstock)</b><p>Wondering how to discover the porn-star double of “this girl I know”? This encyclopedic hive mind will find her<p>Tracy Clark-Flory<p>April 9, 2015 11:00pm (UTC)<p>It stands to reason that as revenge porn is cracked down upon, certain men will have to find other ingenious avenues …

9 basic concepts Americans fail to grasp

A lack of worldliness is clouding our vision on everything from sex to economics, and the proof is in our policies<p>Alex Henderson<p>March 28, 2015 11:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>To hear the far-right ideologues of Fox News and AM talk radio tell it, life in Europe is hell on …

Small Business

“Woody Allen is a genius. Woody Allen is a predator”: Why Mariel Hemingway’s new revelation matters

<b>Mariel Hemingway and Woody Allen in "Manhattan" (MGM)</b><p>I love “Manhattan,” even though it makes me queasy. Hemingway’s new memoir forces me to confront my blind spot<p>Erin Keane<p>March 26, 2015 8:29pm (UTC)<p>This is my own garbage confession: Woody Allen’s “Manhattan” used to be one of my favorite movies. …

“A new degree of pettiness”: Why is the U.S. really sanctioning Venezuela?

<b>Barack Obama (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)</b><p>While the administration claims Venezuela poses a dire threat to our security, the facts show a different reality<p>Marcy Wheeler<p>March 13, 2015 12:30pm (UTC)<p>A number of reporters seemed shocked on Monday when President Obama's Executive Order imposing …

Venezuela

Do We Really Want To Live Forever?

In people’s obsession with fighting aging, are fancy drugs the answer? Or could the key be much more basic?<p>On any given day, the <i>New York Times</i>’ …

The World's Most Sophisticated Malware Ever Infects Hard Drive Firmware

High-tech "Equation group" is likely connected to NSA<p>There's a new malware king on the block. Security researchers at Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs have uncovered a sophisticated suite of software packages that stem from what it calls the "Equation" group, a single cluster of unidentified hackers …

Kaspersky Lab

Noam Chomsky: America paved the way for ISIS

<b>(AP/Hatem Moussa)</b><p>The famed linguist and philosopher on the conflict in Iraq, Israel and the myriad dangers of U.S. foreign policy<p>Noam Chomsky<p>February 16, 2015 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Jacobin.<p>Jacobin is happy to feature an interview with journalist David Barsamian and …

Middle East

Ukraine is the new Iraq: Why history is repeating itself in Eastern Europe

<b>(Reuters/Junko Kimura-Matsumoto/Maxim Shipenkov/AP/Dmitry Lovetsky/Photo collage by Salon)</b><p>No, America isn’t sending troops — yet — but the battle over whether to arm Ukraine is eerily reminiscent of 2003<p>Stephan Richter<p>February 16, 2015 3:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on The …

Geopolitics

Hollywood’s political ignorance: What Cosby, “Selma” & Hebdo reveal about white liberal consciousness

<b>George Clooney at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, Jan. 11, 2015. (AP/Paul Drinkwater)</b><p>The causes celebrities feel comfortable backing — and those they do not — speak volumes. And it’s not pretty<p>Brittney Cooper<p>January 14, 2015 11:15pm (UTC)<p>Race and gender politics at this year’s Golden Globes …

Black Lives Matter

Hardline Australia, confused Scandinavia and tense Russia: the global immigration picture

Few issues excite politicians’ and voters’ passions as much as immigration. For decades now, the world has been on the move: last year, according to the United Nations Population Fund, the number of people living outside their country of origin reached 232 million – 50% more than in 1990.<p>That may …

North Koreans are needed to do the dangerous jobs, says Malaysia

Malaysia has defended the use of North Korean labourers in its mining industry, saying they are particularly good workers because of their dedication, strength and bravery.<p>After a North Korean was among those killed in a mine explosion at the weekend, Malaysia’s deputy home minister, Datuk Seri Wan …

“There’s been class warfare going on for the last 20 years, and my class has won”

<b>Billionaire Warren Buffett (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)</b><p>New research out of Oxfam proves Warren Buffet was right — and suggests income inequality is only getting worse<p>Allison Jackson<p>November 23, 2014 8:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.<p>“There’s been class warfare going on for the …

From Reagan to Obama: How America has created an infrastructure for permanent war

<b>Ronald Reagan (AP)</b><p>The U.S. has military bases across the Middle East. Is it any wonder we ricochet from one conflict to another?<p>David Vine<p>November 14, 2014 12:15pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>With the launch of a new U.S.-led war in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State …

Why income inequality is America’s biggest (and most difficult) problem

<b>Donald Trump (Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid)</b><p>It’s time to take take America’s wealthiest down a peg — but how?<p>Sean McElwee<p>October 26, 2014 10:58am (UTC)<p>Bold prediction: Rising inequality of income and wealth will be the most important political battleground over the next few decades.<p>Just take a look at …

A guide to Middle East politics in 2014

It’s complicated – and extremely violent – in the Middle East these days. Iraq is in a state of war again after Sunni jihadis conquered swaths of territory. US troops – though now only “advisers” – are back in Shia-ruled Baghdad. In Syria, next door, the conflict rages on – bleeding into Iraq …

Second MERS case confirmed in Netherlands

A second case of the potentially deadly MERS virus has been identified in the Netherlands, a spokeswoman for the country's National Public Health Institute told CNN. It comes one day after authorities confirmed the first case.<p>The cases in the Netherlands involve two family members who had traveled …

Feds Lurch Closer to Rewriting Rules of Internet

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday in favor of a preliminary proposal that could allow Internet "fast lanes."<p>Under the proposed rules, Internet providers would be allowed to charge companies like Netflix in exchange for delivering content to customers at faster speeds.<p>The proposed …

Associated Press News

Climate Change And Violence Linked, Breakthrough Study Finds

Shifts in climate change are strongly linked to human violence around the world, according to a comprehensive new study released Thursday by the University of California, Berkeley and Princeton University.<p>The research, which was published in Science, examined 60 previous studies from all major …