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7 Memory Skills That Will Make You Smarter

Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of "Make It Stick: The Science Of Successful Learning."<p>"We need to keep learning and remembering all our lives," they write. "Getting ahead at work takes mastery of job skills and difficult colleagues ... If you're good at …

In China, paleontology is going the way of the dinosaur

This week, Xue Yifan, a senior at Peking University (PKU), posted a photo on her Renren page that quickly went viral: She’s standing alone in front of a massive concrete library, in black rimmed glasses and her graduation hat and gown, looking solemnly into the camera. The caption for the photo …

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Scientists Have A New Theory About The 1-Billion-Year Pause In Evolution

The so-called boring billion refers to the span from 1.7 billion years to 750 million years ago when algae and microbes had the run of Earth. Why boring? The long pause comes after these single-celled creatures mastered photosynthesis, meaning they could absorb energy from the sun instead of …

Parasite Found At Ancient Middle Eastern Burial Site Still Infects Humans Today

The egg of a parasite that still infects people today was found in the burial plot of a child who lived 6,200 years ago in an ancient farming community.<p>"We found the earliest evidence for a parasite [that causes]<i>Schistosomiasis</i> in humans," said study co-author Dr. Piers Mitchell, a biological …

Scottish independence: Ed Miliband offers new 'contract' with Scotland

<b>Ed Miliband has promised new powers for the Scottish Parliament if Labour wins the 2015 UK general election.</b><p>The Labour leader said a Scotland Bill would be included in his government's first Queen's Speech.<p>The bill would contain new powers over income tax, housing benefit and the work programme …

Ugandan granted bail in first gay sex trial since tough new law

One of two men set to go on trial for homosexual acts in Uganda has been granted bail in the first case since the nation adopted tough anti-gay laws.<p>After almost five months without trial, Jackson Mukasa, 26, a market vendor, received bail Wednesday after fulfilling conditions for his release.<p>His …

Edward Snowden had a point, and Westminster might have to concede it

It has been almost a year since Edward Snowden electrified the debate about surveillance by leaking documents that set out some of the capabilities used by British and American intelligence agencies.<p>The response to this in Westminster has been punctuated by periods of indifference, heavy-handedness …

Eurovision showdown: Ukraine and Russia face the music - CNN.com

<b>(CNN)</b> -- At first glance the Eurovision Song Contest may seem like any old talent show. Singers perform live on TV, the public and special juries vote, and at the end of the night a star is born.<p>But don't call this "X Factor" or "American Idol". This is reality TV on steroids.<p>Every year around 40 …

Habitable Planets May Not Look Exactly Like The Earth

When I was a kid we had <i>Star Trek</i> reruns showing twice a day. These were, without a doubt, the most important hours of my day. One thing that came from watching the Enterprise zoom around the galaxy so much was the recognition that there were a whole lot of "class M planets" out there. Back in the …

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Four jailed in Bahrain for duping British boys into sex acts

<b>Four men have been jailed in Bahrain after duping young British boys into sending indecent images of themselves.</b><p>They were charged with offences which included the sexual assault of children and forcing children by threats and blackmail to perform obscene acts.<p>Investigations began in January 2012 …

Saint Who? John XXIII Overshadowed By John Paul II

There's never been much doubt that Pope John Paul II was destined for sainthood. In more than a quarter-century as the head of the Holy See, he left such an indelible mark that at his funeral in 2005, mourners chanted "<i>Santo subito</i> (sainthood now)."<p>That road might have seemed less obvious for the …

Drunk passenger aboard Virgin Australia flight causes hijack alert

A drunk passenger aboard a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane to Bali prompted pilots to issue a hijack alert that disrupted air travel to and from the Indonesian resort island for hours on Friday, Indonesian and Australian authorities reported.<p>Indonesian troops boarded the flight after it …

Not very Christian: Rural communities in uproar as 250 Anglican churches use ancient rules that could leave them facing bills for thousands in repairs

The Church of England has been denounced as “evil” and “unholy” as parishes around the country enforce an archaic law dating to Henry VIII’s reign …

Victorian strangeness: The 3,000-mile drunken escapade

<b>Binge drinking is in decline, according to new research. It was recognised as a problem in Victorian times, as is demonstrated by the 1878 case of a man who drank himself all the way from London to Ohio without noticing, writes Jeremy Clay.</b><p>With his skull pounding, John Wren lay in bed, grieving for …

Is vermouth the next ‘it’ drink?

<b>The bottle:</b> Martini Gran Lusso vermouth, $30<p><b>The back story:</b> Is vermouth the next “it” sip? Certainly, that’s what a number of wine and spirits …

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DNA Particles Could Prevent Olive Oil Counterfeiting

They are also apparently safe to eat.<p>Is your olive oil really 100% olive oil? The question is more important than it probably seems. In recent years, counterfeit oils have become big business; One European Union anti-fraud trafficker said that the profits from counterfeit olive oil are “comparable …

Cornish identity: why Cornwall has always been a separate place

When I first drove down to live in Cornwall more than 20 years ago, I was met by a graffiti message on a railway bridge near Truro: "Go home, English!" I should have taken it personally. I should have politely turned around to head back across the Tamar. I was exactly the sort of incomer who was …

'Kill Jews' Town Highlights Spain's Struggles with Anti-Semitism

It is a case of better late than never: Centuries after thousands of Jews were forced to convert, burned at the stake or expelled, Spain is still grappling with its brutal and deep-seated anti-Semitic past.<p>The 56 residents of Castrillo Matajudios, which is near the northern city of Burgos, are set …

Human bones found under Croydon driveway 'date back to Saxon era'

<b>Human bones found underneath a driveway by workmen in south London date back to the Saxon era, experts have confirmed.</b><p>The Met Police were called to an address in Purley, Croydon, on 16 April after the builders and house owner alerted them to the discovery.<p>Anthropologists analysed the bones and …

Devolution for the North-east? The possibility that Scotland will govern itself has re-invigorated those in the north of England who want more local powers

Scotland has a parliament and soon, possibly, independence; Wales has an assembly, and last week the Cornish were recognised as a national minority. …

There's One Major Flaw With Samsung's New Gear Fit Smartwatch

Samsung has three major new products launching today: The Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone, the Gear 2 smartwatch, and the new Gear Fit fitness tracker/smartwatch.<p>It's the Gear Fit that had the most buzz when Samsung officially announced it in February. Unlike the company's first clunky smartwatch, …

Samsung Galaxy S5 review: a solid improvement, but don't rush to upgrade

When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 and a trio of Gear smartwatches, the company made a big to-do about how it listens to its customers. We know, we know: Every company's supposed to be doing that. But remember, this is <i>Samsung</i> we're talking about. It dominates the Android market by such a wide …

9 machines you should never use—and the alternative exercises you should be doing instead

Let's be clear: Not all machines are created equal.Exercise machines were invented to provide a safe alternative to free weights, but sometimes …

Running Shoe Guide Spring 2014

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