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Snowstorm brings Jerusalem to a grinding halt

A snowstorm of rare intensity has blanketed Jerusalem and parts of the occupied West Bank, choking off the city and stranding hundreds of vehicles on impassable roads.<p>Israeli authorities on Friday said at least 50 centimetres of snow had fallen since the previous day, and forecasters predicted the …

15 Natural Beauty DIYs for Under $15

How much money have you shelled out on facial masks, bubble bath, trips to the spa, and “miracle skin rejuvenation” products? Too much? It’s okay, we’re here to curb that spending habit and help you ramp up your inner kitchen witch. We’ve rounded up collection of 15 natural beauty tutorials that …

Skin Care

Heart experts debate who should take statins

Two professors say a flawed formula may overestimate people's risk of heart disease.<p>People who are wondering whether they should take cholesterol-lowering medications may be scratching their heads today, more confused than ever.<p>Last week the American Heart Association and the American College of …

Why Americans and Europeans may soon start dying of infections like it’s 1905 again

Antibiotics aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do anymore. You know, kill infections. Since Alexander Fleming invented penicillin 75 years ago, nearly all bacteria have mutated into strains impervious to antibiotics. Those souped up bacteria now kill hundreds of thousands of people, at a …

Microbiology

FCC Chairman Wants Carriers to Start Unlocking Phones Pronto

Federal Communications Commission Chair Tom Wheeler told the cellphone industry on Thursday that it is time to take action to ensure consumers can …

Supreme Court to hear case on separating church and state

WASHINGTON — When Susan Galloway, who is Jewish, and Linda Stephens, an atheist, complained about the Christian prayers at town board meetings in Greece, N.Y., they were told they could "leave the room or just not listen," Galloway said.<p>"We felt like outcasts," Galloway said. "We are not …

Wititudes

Don't Be a 'One-Trick Pony' in Life

As we begin to grow older and we're no longer exposed to new ideas, people, experiences or lessons through things like attending school, we start to get a little stale.<p>Maybe it's that we've settled into a regular form of exercise... <i>you've been running for years.</i><p>We resort to the same tried and true …

Positive Thinking

Wititudes

Wititudes

The New Science of Old Whiskey

Bourbon makers attempt to perfect a 2,000-year-old invention.<p>In April 2006, a tornado struck Warehouse C at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. In the aftermath, the building looked like a diorama: part of the roof and one wall had been artfully removed to reveal the 25,000 barrels …

Sorry, Grand Canyon! Here's a 200,000-Mile-Long Gulf on the Surface of the Sun

You've seen the sun erupt. But you've never seen the sun erupt quite like this.<p>"Coronal mass ejection" is an unfortunate term: It does little to convey the awesomeness of what it's describing. Which is, basically, an enormous protrusion of magnetic filament from the swirling surface of the sun. A …

Report: American Education Isn't Mediocre—It's Deeply Unequal

Students in Massachusetts are doing great compared to their international peers, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Students in Alabama, Mississippi, and D.C., however, are languishing.<p>It’s so common to see studies about the United States’s lackluster academic performance …

Do we finally know which Marvel hero will be the next to get a movie?

Reviewers mostly agree on <i>Thor: The Dark World</i>'s weak point... and everyone wonders, will Joss Whedon be back for <i>Avengers 3</i>? There are a lot of fanboy …

Canada’s Sweetest Secret

Ask a Canadian about his favorite dessert and “<b>Nanaimo bar</b>” (pronounced nuh-NYE-mo) is the likely reply. Named for the harbor town on Vancouver Island, the no-bake treat has sweetened the collective Canadian memory for decades.<p>The three-layer dessert — a textured crust (chocolate, coconut, almonds, …