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By Lorenzo | A variety of stories, both good and bad, about this wonderful world we are trying to share with one another and with all other forms of life.

A slowdown in ocean circulation seems to be happening, and it could signal a coming disaster

<i>The Day After Tomorrow</i> is an awful movie in almost every way. Not only is it filled with over-the-top acting and editing that values noise over …

Global Warming

Vigorous exercise linked to increased risk of developing motor neurone disease, study suggests

Vigorous exercise may be linked to a heightened risk of developing motor neurone disease, a new study suggests.<p>The disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is sometimes known as the ‘Athlete’s curse’ because it affects a disproportionate number of sports people.<p>ALS, which impacts …

Motor Neurone Disease

DuckDuckGo: The private search engine standing up to Google

After years of giving data up laissez-faire, more people are realising the web has made nearly every aspect of their lives visible to advertisers and tech companies in ways they hadn’t imagined.<p>The Cambridge Analytica scandal showed how tech giants have come to flaunt user privacy, as the political …

Privacy

Trump’s revenge: US oil floods Europe, hurting OPEC and Russia

As OPEC’s efforts to balance the oil market bear fruit, U.S. producers are reaping the benefits – and flooding Europe with a record amount of crude. …

Oil

Foreign workers pushed out as Saudi Arabia goes local | Reuters.com

So-called Saudization is taking hold in the kingdom as new reforms try and tackle high unemployment but as Reuters Emily Wither finds out in Riyadh it's hard for local businesses to find the staff.<p>▲ Hide Transcript<p>▶ View Transcript<p>So-called Saudization is taking hold in the kingdom as new reforms …

Saudi Arabia

How Philip K. Dick Redefined What It Means To Be (In)Human

I think, therefore I am human?Fifty years ago, Philip K. Dick’s novel <i>Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?</i> questioned what it means to be human in …

Blade Runner

Which Animal Kills the Most Humans?

Animals fatally maul, sting, trample, and chew about a million humans per year. Pretty nice of them, given the numbers on our side—the average of 750 …

Zoology

Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Earth Day Post Is A Piece Of Wisdom To Keep In Mind Year-Round

Save the planet? Maybe not. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson's Earth Day post told us why "Save Earth" is kind of a pointless rallying call. On …

Extinction

Mysterious holes spotted in Arctic sea ice - and even NASA doesn't know what they are

NASA has been observing the Arctic sea ice for over ten years now - but in a recent expedition, the space agency spotted something it’s never seen …

The Arctic

A 'Major Traffic Accident' in North Korea Has Killed or Injured a Large Number of Chinese Tourists

(BEIJING) — A large number of Chinese tourists have been killed and injured in a “major traffic accident” in North Korea, China’s foreign ministry …

North Korea

For 50 Years, Deep-Water Trawls Likely Caught More Fish Than Anyone Thought

Long before it lands on a restaurant menu, Chilean sea bass takes quite a journey to arrive on land. To catch these deep-sea dwellers, fishers usually drag nets along the ocean floor a quarter of a mile, or more, beneath the ocean's surface — a form of fishing called bottom trawling.<p>The United …

Aquaculture

Canadian lynched in Peru as locals accuse him of murder

<b>Officials in Peru are investigating the lynching of a Canadian man in the remote Amazon region of Peru.</b><p>Police found the body of Sebastian Woodroffe, 41, on Saturday buried near where an indigenous spiritual healer had been killed days previously.<p>Investigators say locals suspected Mr Woodroffe of …

Amazon River

Canadian accused of killing Peruvian medicine woman lynched in Amazon

LIMA (Reuters) - A Canadian man was lynched in the Peruvian Amazon after residents of a remote village accused him of killing an 81-year-old medicine woman a day earlier, a spokesman for the attorney general's office said on Sunday.<p>Olivia Arevalo, a traditional healer of the Shipibo-Conibo tribe, …

Latin America

How Mossad carries out assassinations

Fatal shooting in Malaysia puts spotlight on Israeli spy agency's policy of targeted killings of Palestinian operatives.<p>The killing of 35-year-old Palestinian scientist Fadi al-Batsh in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur has taken the wraps off a covert programme of targeted killings of …

Israel

Trump says North Korea agreed to denuclearize. It hasn't.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday claimed North Korea has agreed to "denuclearization" before his potential meeting with Kim Jong Un. But that's not the case.<p>North Korea said Friday it would suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of …

North Korea

Tourists at iconic French abbey evacuated after threat

MONT-SAINT-MICHEL, France (AP) — French authorities evacuated tourists from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and searched houses Sunday on the famed outcropping in the English Channel for a visitor who apparently threatened to attack security services.<p>The exceptional evacuation of one of France's …

France

Two terrific Scientific American Articles About Climate Change--evidence and logic.

Some of the corporate liars on climate change and their Republican buddies get away with this because the evidence so far is often somewhat garbled. …

National Science Foundation

Sanskrit most suitable for machine learning, AI: Ram Nath Kovind

“The tradition of Sanskrit language, literature and science has been the most effective chapter in the glorious journey of our intellectual growth,” …

Machine Learning

The Rohingya Crisis Is Becoming Islam’s Genocide; What Are We Doing About It?

The UN investigates. The Holocaust museum has even rescinded a prize it once gave to Aung San Suu Kyi. Yet, we still risk letting this unfathomable …

Human Rights

A Cassandra Cry Against Pope Francis

Ross Douthat's views on the pope are intensely unpopular. But has he identified a fundamental tension in the Church?<p>Across every continent, in every country, Catholics “find themselves divided against one another,” writes the <i>New York Times</i> columnist Ross Douthat in his new book, <i>To Change the …

Christianity

Homeopathy is quackery plain and simple, whatever the royal family says

Why do some GPs persist in prescribing watered-down, inactive substances?<p>Anyone who doubts the power of homeopathy may want, its practitioners point out, to account for an extraordinary longitudinal study involving multiple generations of one exceptionally long-lived British family of homeopathy …

Homeopathy

The world’s top wind turbine can power your home in one spin

Wind turbines are getting bigger. Last week, the world’s most powerful wind turbine rose out of the sea off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland. It’s the …

Hydroelectric Power

Prostate cancer breakthrough as UK team develops more accurate test

Ultrasound technique overcomes problems with current methods to diagnose the most common cancer in men<p>Scientists have announced the development of a highly accurate and reliable technique for diagnosing prostate cancer. The Dundee University-based team say they have used an ultrasound process …

Cancer

Huawei’s upcoming AI assistant is a Black Mirror episode in real life

• Huawei is looking to provide emotional interactions through its AI assistant.<br>• The company’s team is inspired by the movie <i>Her</i> and envisions that soon enough, we won’t even need to touch our smartphones to use them.<br>• While Huawei’s vision sounds ambitious and exciting, its plans to essentially replace …

Black Mirror

Amnesty International Names Kaepernick Its Ambassador Of Conscience

Amnesty International has given Colin Kaepernick its top human rights award for his public opposition to racial injustice. The former San Franciso 49ers quarterback is Amnesty's 2018 Ambassador of Conscience<p>Teri Schultz reports for our Newscast unit that the "take a knee" campaign that won …

Amnesty International

Your legal pot buying data could get you banned from the U.S., lawyers warn

When Canadians are able to buy legal recreational marijuana sometime this year, we are going to start generating a lot of consumer data.<p>Some of it …

Canada

Watch how quickly humans are changing the planet in these animations of NASA satellite images

From rising sea levels to an increase in wildfires.<p>A new website, EarthTime, aims to shows how humans have dramatically changed the planet — such as how glaciers are melting and where refugees are migrating — through time-lapse satellite photos.<p>The site’s interactive maps use images taken by NASA …

Time-lapse Photography

Gunfire Heard At Saudi Royal Palace In Riyadh As Rumors Of Attempted Coup Mount

It isn't clear what exactly is going on at this time, but rapid and prolonged gunfire was heard near the royal palace.<p>B.alotaby/wikicommons<p>Tyler …

Foreign Policy

Natalie Portman Is Biggest Canary In Israel’s Coal Mine

Natalie Portman’s decision to withdraw from the Jerusalem ceremony to mark her acceptance of the $2 million Genesis Prize is, not to put too fine a …

Israel