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The Netherlands Fights Drug Scare With Information, Not Panic

A spate of deaths attributed to dangerous drugs in Amsterdam has prompted a major effort by Dutch authorities to prevent further tragedy.<p>But rather than cracking down on the people buying the drugs, the Netherlands is focusing on keeping drug users safe and tracking down the dodgy dealer.<p>Three …

The strange, cool job of picking the Rockefeller Christmas tree

The long and illustrious legacy of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan simply wouldn’t be possible without one little-known but vital person: the Rock’s head gardener.<p>In addition to maintaining the grounds around Rockefeller Center, each year the head gardener is …

Christmas Trees

7 Facts About The Brain That Will Change The Way You See The World

There are hundreds of surprising, perspective-shifting insights about the nature of reality that come from neuroscience.<p>Every bizarre neurological syndrome, every visual illusion, and every clever psychological experiment reveals something entirely unexpected about our experience of the world that …

The Brain

Mall Santa turns away autistic girl and her pit bull service dog

One mall Santa might be getting some coal in his stocking this year.<p>Last week, Santa Claus and a helper elf from The Shops at Mission Viejo in California turned away a 7-year-old girl with autism and her service dog, a pit bull named Pup-Cake.<p>According to the Orange County Register, Abcde Santos, …

As Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution folds, what’s next for Asia’s World City?

Not with a tank, but with a truncheon — that’s how Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrations are ending after a seven-week standoff with the local …

Pufferfish Don't Hold Their Breaths To Stay Puffed, Scientists Find

Very Important Science<p>How does the pufferfish stay inflated? Not by holding its breath, a pair of Australian marine scientists discovered. Previously, scientists thought pufferfish stopped taking in oxygen through their gills while they were inflated. Instead, the fish supposedly took in more …

The Big Risk In Britain's Hardline On Prosecuting Women For False Rape Claims

After hundreds of hours reviewing the case of a woman jailed for lying about rape, Prof Lisa Avalos became convinced she was telling the truth.<p>"I …

Yes, Muhammad is the No1 baby name in this country. So what?

A number of papers seem to have got themselves into a sufficient pickle over whether or not Muhammad is the most popular name in this country that Hacked Off has decided it’s a good opportunity to take a pop at the press. The Muhammad story cropped up this week because of a survey from a …

Is the traditional nativity play worth saving?

As growing numbers of schools drop this festive staple, Victoria Lambert and Toby Young argue for and against it<p><b>YES, says Victoria Lambert</b><p>December 14, 1972, rural Somerset, and 30 small children are crammed into a freezing sacristy, wearing an assortment of tea towels and curtains. Some have beards …

Russia facing allegations of systematic doping

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia faced explosive allegations of corruption and systematic doping on Wednesday, including the reported admission of drug use by an …

The secret of New York City’s mythic bagel-making water

There are essentially two elements—calcium and magnesium—in very specific proportions that make the water in the New York metro area unique.<p>Fortunately, the ratio of those two ingredients to other minerals also happen to be ideal for baking crispy-on-outside-chewy-on-the-inside New York-style …

Water

You can now get a 7-inch 3G Android phablet for just $54 in China

No, that's not a bulk purchasing price. According to the folks at Beijing chip designer NuFront, some Chinese retailers are now selling 7-inch 3G phablets -- powered by NuFront's TL7689 chipset -- to consumers for as low as CN¥330 or about $54 per piece (the prices pictured above are for …