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15 Great Songs You Probably Didn't Hear in 2013

From 15 of the best albums of the year<p><b>Year in and out,</b> we compile a list of tunes that flew under the radar, mostly from underrated or emerging artists. We call that list "The best songs you probably didn't hear this year." We do that in lieu of an obligatory and trite Top 10 Albums of the Year …

YouTube Reveals Its Top 10 Videos of 2013

There are more than 6 billion hours of videos watched on YouTube each month so it’s certainly a barometer of what may be viral or popular in the mainstream. With that, the Google-owned video site is once again releasing its annual list of the top videos and channels of 2013.<p>Perhaps unsurprisingly, …

Stolen radioactive material found in Mexico cornfield

A shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60 has been safely recovered after sitting in the cornfield where it was found a week ago dumped by thieves in central Mexico, according to the country's nuclear safety director.<p>Juan Eibenschutz, the director general of the National Commission of Nuclear …

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

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Orange Octopus, More Creatures Found Deep in Antarctic Sea

Wildlife<p><b>A sea snail feeding off a dead octopus’ beak is among the 30 new species found during an expedition to Antarctica‘s Amundsen Sea (map), according to the first study to shed light on the sea’s</b> <b>bottom dwellers.</b><p>The newfound sea snail, or limpet, is from a group that specializes in feeding on …

Obama Visits Family of Slain TSA Agent

President Barack Obama met Monday with the family of the TSA agent who was killed in the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this …

Central African Republic 'descending into chaos' - UN

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1025000/1025083_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524736915_a93415cacbe547de365cb22ec1a2b61d<p><b>The Central African Republic (CAR) is descending into "complete chaos", the UN deputy secretary general has warned, calling for urgent action.</b><p>Jan …

Philippines Typhoon Relief Efforts Face Persistent Challenges

Weeks after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines, more than one million people have received food aid, the United Nations estimates. But logistical …

Pope Francis calls for powers to be stripped from Vatican

Pope Francis says "excessive centralisation" complicates the Church, in his first "apostolic exhortation", but avoids controversial issues such as women priests and abortion<p><b>The Pope</b> has outlined his vision for the future of the Catholic Church, call for powers to be stripped from the <b>Vatican</b>, …

Towboat carrying 89,000 gallons of fuel sinks on Mississippi River

<i>By Daniella Silva, NBC News</i><p>A towboat filled with thousands of gallons of diesel fuel struck a submerged object and sank on the Mississippi River on Monday.<p>The Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency and local emergency crews responded, shutting down an eight-mile stretch of the river near …

The Deadline for Fixing Obamacare Is Saturday—Here's What to Watch For

Don't expect a clear victory nor a total disaster for the White House. The reality will be much muddier.<p>The deadline on which Barack Obama has staked his presidency is upon us. The president has pledged that Healthcare.gov will be "working for the vast majority of Americans in a smooth, consistent …

ADHD Affects 11 Percent of U.S. Kids, CDC Reports

New research by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention reports that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects 11 percent of American children, spiking a staggering 43 percent since 2003 and growing by 2 million children since 2007. Researchers, far from being alarmed, are …

How an obscure report from two years ago became a ridiculous claim about Greeks giving themselves AIDS

No, hundreds of Greeks aren’t giving themselves HIV to claim government benefits. This claim made for plenty of eye-catching headlines yesterday and today, but it was soon debunked by cursory internet research.<p>How did we get here? In a web-enabled version of the telephone game, we can trace the …

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Palestinians killed by Israeli forces

Israeli forces have killed three Palestinians in Yatta, south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank.<p>Local sources told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that their bodies were being withheld by the Israelis and ambulances were not allowed to approach the scene.<p>In a statement, the Shin Bet internal security …

Oldest Javelins Predate Modern Humans, Raise Questions on Evolution

The oldest stone-tipped projectile weapons date to 280,000 years, study says.<p><b>The oldest known stone-tipped projectiles have been discovered in Ethiopia. The javelins are roughly 280,000 years old and predate the earliest known fossils of our species, Homo sapiens, by about 80,000 years.</b><p>These …

Zapping Invasive Plants from a Helicopter

Last month, I wrote about an overlooked passage in Rachel Carson’s famous book, <i>Silent Spring</i>. To recap, the excerpt goes like this:<p>“It is not my contention that chemical insecticides must never be used. I do contend that we have put poisonous and biologically potent chemicals indiscriminately into …

See Comet Tails Flap In Solar Wind

Or, giant space sperm swim toward Planet Ova.<p>Last Thursday, NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) captured images of two comets passing through solar wind. At the center is Comet Encke, and emerging later is Comet ISON.<p>STEREO consists of two sun-orbiting observatories, one ahead …

Citizens in Krakow banned from heating their homes with coal

The Polish city is attempting to crack down on its rampant air pollution<p>As winter hits Poland, the city of Krakow is choosing to forgo the country's abundant coal resources in favor of cleaner air.<p>Poland practically runs on coal -- it's how it generates 90 percent of its electricity -- a fact it's …

China’s latest attempt to claim disputed islands could easily backfire

Days after China unexpectedly expanded the airspace where it insists on controlling military air traffic into disputed international waters, the US flew two long-range B-52 bombers through on a “routine training mission,” ignoring China’s new Air Defense Identification Zone.<p>Which raises the …

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Government-Funded Study Reveals Vaccine Weakness

A study completed by scientists at the US Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) may have identified one of the weaknesses in our vaccine defense against pertussis.<p>Study author Jason Warfel and colleagues at the US FDA used baboons to examine how protective the acellular pertussis vaccine really is, …