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Sorry cat owners, dogs are officially smarter than their feline rivals

Researchers counted the number of cortical neurons in carnivores to determine which species is smarter<p>Cats have well and truly cemented their place …

New Evidence Suggests Ovarian Cancer Might Not Start in The Ovaries

We might have been looking in the wrong place.<p>A new study looking at how ovarian cancer starts has suggested it takes hold in the fallopian tubes, …

Treasury inspector general looking into Steven Mnuchin's request for a military jet for his honeymoon

An inspector general is looking into Treasury Secretary<p>Steven T. Mnuchin’s request for a U.S. military plane for his European honeymoon in August, triggering new questions about his use of government aircraft following a controversial trip with his wife to Kentucky during the solar eclipse.<p>The …

Greek Feta and Cucumber Salad

Slice cucumbers as thinly as you can. A mandoline or vegetable slicer will make quick work of it.<p>Toss together the cucumbers and a large pinch of …

Homemade Kit Kat Bars

Homemade (gluten & dairy-free) Kit Kat Bars<p>Prep time<p>25 mins<p>Total time<p>25 mins<p>Author: Fork & Beans<p>Serves: 20 bar slices<p>Ingredients<p>For Fluffy Chocolate …

Pangolins Roll into the Wildlife Trafficking Spotlight

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>Thousands of pangolins are killed each year in the illegal wildlife trade. Photo courtesy of Tikki Hywood Trust, Zimbabwe.<p><b>An unexpected newcomer has joined the world’s most iconic species — the elephant, rhino, and tiger — under the international wildlife trafficking crisis</b> …

911 calls released following Zimmerman domestic disturbance arrest

George Zimmerman was arrested and charged in connection with threatening his girlfriend with a gun Monday after Florida authorities responded to a disturbance call at the woman’s home.<p>Zimmerman has been charged with felony aggravated assault, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor criminal mischief, …

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates<p>Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her …

Wolverhamton Wolverines Rugby Team Show How To Check For Testicular Cancer (NSFW)

It's not a secret that many gay men adore rugby players -- and now they have one more reason to love them!<p>The United Kingdom’s Wolverhamton Wolverines, an Aussie Rules football club, have taken it upon themselves to make sure that everyone knows how to check for testicular cancer (something all gay …

This Unconventional Cover Of A Guns N' Roses Song Is Beyond Awesome

Vancouver musician Michelle Kwan rocks out with this most holy of covers, showing that nothing is more rock 'n' roll than an ancient Chinese string instrument.<p>You may not have guessed that a guzheng would so delicately capture the essence of Guns N' Roses' harmonious hit "Sweet Child O' Mine." In …

Hope on the Horizon for the Free-Roaming ‘House’ Cat Conundrum?

Changing Planet<p>While populations of wild cat species are disappearing almost everywhere they are found from lions, and leopards to Critically Endangered tiger subspecies, house cats have more than narrowed in on that ubiquitous barking mammal, the dog, as the most popular companion animal in …

Boy Author Raises $400K for Sick Friend

When Dr. David Weinstein heard that a boy named Dylan Siegel was trying to raise money toward the rare liver disease Weinstein studies, he mostly …

Immune System

6 Simple Swaps for Effortless Weight Loss

Cutting calories may seem like the simplest way to shed pounds, but sustainable weight control is far more complicated than simple …

Dennis Rodman in North Korea to Visit His 'Friend' Kim Jong Un

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman landed in Pyongyang, North Korea, today for a five-day visit to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but the trip he …

North Korea

Fukushima radiation set to hit the U.S. by 2014

Fortunately, it should be harmless<p>Unless you were one of the 160,000 thousand people in the near vicinity of the Fukushima disaster who evacuated their homes in 2011, the ongoing nuclear crisis on Japan's shore can seem awfully far away. It's worth remembering, though, that the radioactive waste …

367 Pit Bulls Rescued in Multi-State Dog Fighting Bust

A three-year investigation and multi-state dog fighting bust resulted in the rescue of 367 pit bull terriers in Alabama and Georgia, according to …

Crime

George Zimmerman Will Ask Florida to Reimburse Him for Trial Costs

George Zimmerman wants the state of Florida to reimburse him for the costs of mounting his defense in the Trayvon Martin shooting case.<p>Zimmerman's …

George Zimmerman

President Obama: 'I Have Not Made a Decision' on Syria

President Obama said today he has not made a decision on whether to launch a retaliatory strike against the Syrian government, but emphasized that …

Middle East

Montana Judge Regrets Comments on 30-Day Sentence for Teacher Who Raped Teen

A Montana judge said he regrets controversial comments he made when he sentenced a former teacher to only 30 days in jail for raping a 14-year-girl …

Crime

The Newest Epidemic Among College Kids: 'Sleep Texting' Syndrome

Mittens, to protect herself from her phone. To render her fingers unable to send those unconscious messages that are as embarrassing as they are senseless.<p>Yup: She's a sleep texter.<p>"It's a phenomenon occurring with the younger generation," says Elizabeth Dowdell, a nursing professor at Villanova …

Sleep

US couple facing murder charge in Qatar

An American couple are facing murder charges in Qatar over the death of their young adopted daughter, in a case which lawyers and medical experts in the US say is based on shoddy evidence and poor science.<p>A campaign has been launched in the US over the arrest of Matthew and Grace Huang in January …

Water scarcity threatens profits at food and beverage producers

Food and beverage producers face rising costs that could curtail growth as water shortages and pollution become more severe, a group of investors warned in a new report.<p>Water scarcity is already impacting companies in drought- stricken regions such as California and Brazil, according to the report …

'Asian Girlz' Crams Every Racist Stereotype About Asian Women Into One Awful Video

Day Above Ground, a Los Angeles band that no one had heard of until now, broke some sort of racist stereotypes per second record with its new video …

Tiny House Hotel in Portland

Right in the heart of the Alberta Arts District in Portland, Oregon sits the first tiny house hotel in the U.S. The custom made houses of the Caravan …

How to Make Mead and Drink Like a Viking

Home-brewers have embraced mead, or honey wine, the drink of choice for many ancient cultures. If you want to whip up a batch of your own, follow these steps.<p><b>Mead may be the ancestor of all today's booze</b>. People gathered, ate, and probably fermented honey long before the agricultural developments …

7 Fierce Ways to Get Motivated

Even after writing 8 Practical Ways to Get Motivated, I couldn’t resist sharing 7 more “fierce” ways to help you get motivated.<p>So what’re you waiting …

Reducing Anxiety and Worry the Lady Killer Way | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Wouldn’t it be great if our feelings were like the soldiers on a battlefield?<p>Soldiers are trained to follow orders and are commanded by a superior. …