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Most U.S. Doctors Now Support Assisted Suicide: Survey

For the first time, most U.S. doctors — 54% — favor assisted suicide, backing the rights of patients with an “incurable illness” to seek “a dignified …

Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness

People who are happy but have little-to-no sense of meaning in their lives have the same gene expression patterns as people who are enduring chronic adversity.<p>For at least the last decade, the happiness craze has been building. In the last three months alone, over 1,000 books on happiness were …

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Garry Davis dies at 91; World Citizen No. 1 and advocate for peace

When a Cold War-era acquaintance of Garry Davis' complained that U.S. passport restrictions kept him from visiting Iron Curtain countries, Davis did just what you would expect of World Citizen No. 1.<p>He took a rubber stamp to the young man's passport and slapped it with an official-sounding …

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Gun suicides up, murders down in US cities, CDC finds

The rate of suicide using guns has gone up in most of the 50 most populous U.S. metropolitan areas, but the murder rate has fallen, according to new statistics released Thursday.<p>The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is reasserting its right to study and report on gun deaths, …

Coke Vending Machine Fosters International Cooperation

“This year, two countries will show that what unites us is stronger than what sets us apart,” asserts the latest ad-installation idea from Coca-Cola. The vehicle for this person-to-person diplomatic venture is the company’s new “touch” vending machine, which allows thirsty people from not always …

Monk by Blood | Japan

Modern-day Japan is a complex nation struggling to combine tradition with the demands of a globalised world.<p>With rare access to a traditional family temple in Japan, Scion Sasaki’s story captures the struggle of a nation as he questions his future dictated by more than 20 generations past.<p>He is …

Fukushima nuclear meltdown cleanup costs could rise more than five times to $58 billion

It's been over two years since the northern coastal region of the main island of Japan was devastated by a powerful tsunami and suffered a subsequent nuclear reactor meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, located 150 miles north of Tokyo. In that time, the Japanese government and …

FYI: Will People Ever Evolve Out of Craving Unhealthy Food?

Maybe, but it's going to take a long time. For the past 200,000 years or so, fatty and sugary foods were hard for humans to come by and well worth gorging on. Fats help maintain body temperature, sugars provide energy, and craving such food is hardwired: Eating fats and sugars activates reward …

7 Most Unhealthy Processed Foods You Need To Avoid

<b>Soda Pop</b> – There is nothing nutritional about sodas; they are empty calories. Moreover, they contain substances that can hurt you. As if sugar wasn’t …

Cheap food is an addiction we must break

The brilliant American writer Wendell Berry once wrote that "eating is an agricultural act". His point was that since we all eat, we're all …

India's Massive Challenge Of Feeding Every Poor Person

We've become familiar with the story of India's economic ascent and the creation of a large middle class. While that story is true, hundreds of millions of Indians have not been lifted out of extreme poverty.<p>India has sought to help its poorest children with its midday meal program, which was in …

Air Pollution Kills More Than 2 Million a Year

India pledges to protect Buddhist shrines after temple blasts

India has reassured Burma and other Buddhist countries it will prevent further attacks on sacred shrines after the temple site where Buddha attained enlightenment was bombed last week.<p>Burma believes Islamic militants may have carried out the attack on the Bodh Gaya site in revenge for violence …

Americans Own Nearly Half of the Privately Owned Guns on Earth

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>How a Deal Came Together to Save the Filibuster<br>• Florida's Problem with Racial Politics Go Far Past …

David Bowie and Tilda Swinton Are Haunted By Celebrities (Just Like Us)

After the abject weirdness of his first video in 10 years last month, Bowie is back with a comparatively restrained effort that’s still plenty …

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Is Silence a Luxury for White People?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>This morning, a story in <i>The New York Times</i> highlighted one of those city problems that is so …

5,000-year-old 'Chinese characters' discovered

Chinese archeologists have unearthed ancient inscriptions dating back around 5,000 years that some believe could represent the earliest known record of Chinese characters.<p>The inscriptions were found on pieces of pottery and rock dug up from the Zhuangqiao excavation site in the eastern province of …

Myanmar jails seven Buddhists for massacre of Muslims

A Myanmar court sentenced seven Buddhists to between three and 15 years in jail for their roles in a massacre at an Islamic boarding school that left dozens of students and teachers dead, while a Muslim convicted in one related killing received a life sentence.<p>In all, 24 Buddhists and five Muslims …

The US Is Super Unhealthy Compared To Wealthy Peer Countries [CHARTS]

Americans may be living longer, but not compared to other rich countries.<p>According to a new report from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington that was just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, America has one of the shortest …

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30,000 California Prisoners Are Refusing Meals

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Over 30,000 California prisoners started refusing meals on Monday morning in what might become the …

U.S. Blew $34 Million on Unused Afghan Facility Now Likely to Be Torn Down

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In May 2010, military commanders decided that a proposed command center in Afghanistan's Helmand …

Highest Public Pay: Coaches In Most States, Med School Chief In Mass.

Support the news<p>I've never been prouder to be from a blue state. And by blue, I mean a state whose highest-paid public employee is not a football …

Kleverbeast Promises Creative Tablet Apps, No Coding Required

Kleverbeast, entering into public beta today, wants to dissolve that barrier with an intuitive in-browser developer and accompanying support system, …

Bomb blasts hit Buddhist sites in India

A series of small blasts hit three Buddhist temples in eastern India, injuring at least two people and drawing condemnation from the prime minister.<p>Senior police officer S.K. Bhardwaj said a gate at one of the shrines was badly damaged in Bodhgaya, a town 130 kilometres (80 miles) south of Patna, …

Federal Poverty Line Doesn't Adequately Reflect Cost Of Living In America, Analysis Finds

Just because the government doesn't define you as poor, doesn't mean you have enough money to live.<p>The federal poverty line for a family of four was $23,283 last year, nearly one-quarter of what it takes to live in New York City and slightly more than one-third of what it takes to live in St. …

Lowfat Milk May Not Be As Healthy As We Thought, Says Harvard Expert

Got milk? Well, you might not really need it, according to the current issue of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Pediatrics. Reduced-fat milk is high in sugar and may be contributing to the obesity epidemic, argues Harvard professor of pediatrics David Ludwig, MD.<p>One cup of …

Vegan lunch: Going meatless in Beijing

<i>Meat consumption in China is soaring, and so are the greenhouse gas emissions that meat production causes. But there is a counter trend – a growing vegan movement in the country's big cities.</i><p>Beijing’s Gingko Tree café fills up fast at lunchtime, with its vegan buffet, and flavorful dishes, offering …

Texas soon to hit grim milestone: 500th execution

The planned execution of a 52-year-old woman has reignited a debate over the use of the death penalty. Texas has killed far more inmates than any other state.<p>HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Texas, the nation's most prolific executioner of criminals, is about to put its 500th inmate to death since the mid-1970s.<p>…

Hear Action Bronson’s Wavy, Prince-Alluding ‘Heel Toe’

“Heel Toe” is a track by Action Bronson and producer Harry Fraud that wasn’t among the seven tracks on their recently released <i>Saaab Stories</i> EP. …

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