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How Modern Family Almost Saved Osama bin Laden

On May 1, 2011, President Obama spoke at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. His poker face onstage hid a very big secret—the biggest he’d ever …

Your Autumn Guide To Apples [Infographic]

Apples are weird. Here are their weird names.<p>The Baldwin. The Northern Spy. Apples are almost always named after old, moneyed English people and books they would read. And now that fall is here, it's basically <i>Downton Abbey</i>.<p>Sean Seidell, an information designer who previously taught us about …

How Imagination Works

A small new study images the brain's "mental workspace."<p>Look at these shapes for a few seconds. Then close your eyes, and try to imagine how they look. Try to take the mental image of one of them and break the shape into pieces in your mind, or combine it with another shape to make something …

Autumnal Equinox 2013: First Day of Fall is Sunday

The first day of fall is today, Sunday, which is marked by the Autumnal Equinox 2013.<p>The equinox is the precise instant when the sun is located in …

Over 1,500 Americans have died from taking too much acetaminophen in the past decade

One of America's best-known pain relievers has a lesser-known dark side. Over the past decade, more than 1,500 Americans have died from taking too much acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, reports <i>ProPublica</i>. Though tens of millions of people reportedly use it weekly without adverse …

How Nicolas Fontaine Is Saving The Internet From Itself

Fontaine, an optical engineer at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, has devised a clever way to avoid a data bottleneck.<p><i>Each year,</i> Popular Science_ seeks out the brightest young scientists and engineers and names them the Brilliant Ten. Like the 110 honorees before them, the members of this year's class …

How dare God disagree with Richard Dawkins

Charles Moore reviews An Appetite for Wonder by Richard Dawkins (Bantam Press)<p>John Henry Newman wrote the greatest spiritual autobiography in English, his Apologia. In it, he recalls that, when young, he lived under the ''detestable doctrine’’ of predestination. He believed he was saved, which made …

Scientists set to prepare strongest warning that warming man-made

OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists meet on Monday to prepare the strongest warning yet that climate change is man-made and will cause more heatwaves, droughts and floods this century unless governments take action.<p>A truck engine is tested for pollution exiting its exhaust pipe as California Air Resources …

Climate Change

Science Weekly podcast: life beyond Earth – the search for habitable worlds

This week on Science Weekly with <b>Alok Jha</b> we meet leading astrophysicist Dr Athena Coustenis to discuss her work searching for life elsewhere in the universe.<p>Athena, who is director of research at the Paris-Meudon Observatory in France, recently co-wrote the book Life Beyond Earth with her colleague …

EPA Gives Coal-State Democrats A Chance To Sound Republican

For Democrats running in coal-producing states like Kentucky and West Virginia, the Environmental Protection Agency's new limits on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants provide a carboniferous chance to demonstrate independence from President Obama.<p>Those Democrats will probably …

The American dream has become a burden for most

The final chapter of America's Promise, a high-school textbook on American history, ends with a rallying cry to national mythology. "The history of the United States is one of challenges faced, problems resolved, and crises overcome," it states. "Throughout their history Americans have remained an …

Merkel closes in on a super majority

The German chancellor is celebrating a third term in office<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>September 22, 2013 7:48pm (UTC)<p>Not only is German Chancellor Angela Merkel set to win her third term in office after today's elections, exit polls suggest her conservative party may have achieved an absolute majority -- a …

Hillary Clinton admits to 'wrestling' with run for president in 2016

Hillary Clinton has acknowledged that she is "wrestling" with the idea of running for president again, but said that she remains "pragmatic and realistic" as she considers her prospects for 2016.<p>In her first major interview since leaving the Obama administration eight months ago, the former …

Obama Begs Nation Not To Let Mass Shootings “Become The New Normal”

Gun violence can be prevented, the president says, acknowledging the people to stop it probably won’t be in Congress.<p>WASHINGTON — After five speeches after mass shootings during his term in office, President Obama said Sunday he's worried Americans are coming to believe that death at the hands of …

Hillary Clinton's Foundation Problem

"Transactionalism" at the Clinton Global Initiative, the New Republic reports. But who got favors from Bill, Doug, and Teneo?<p>Hillary Clinton's announcement in May that she would be joining her husband's foundation seemed, to outsiders, like the most natural thing in the world: a high-minded, …

Obama to Navy Yard Victim Families 'Once more Our Hearts are Broken'

President Obama spoke to the families of the victims of the Navy Yard shooting Sunday, once again taking on the role of "comforter-in-chief" in …

The Challenge of Using Old Film Cameras for Street Photography

Phillip Bloom has been making films for 25 years, and wherever he goes for his work, he likes to take along his still cameras and walk about the city …

Emmy Winners and Nominees 2013: The Complete List

UPDATED: "Modern Family" wins outstanding comedy and "Breaking Bad" takes outstanding drama. HBO's "Behind the Candelabra" takes best miniseries or …

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Greece resumes talks with its creditors

Debt-beleaguered nation works on final hurdles to get OK for next bailout installment.<p>ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece resumed talks with its creditors to review progress in stabilizing the indebted country's finances.<p>Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras met for more than four hours Sunday with …

AG reader photo: Sea Star, TAS

<b>QUEENDSLANDER LEIGH DE WIT</b> was delighted to see this eight-armed sea star (<i>Patiriella calcar</i>) edging its way across shellfish encrusted rocks on the …

Watch This Weird, Gelatinous Material Heal Itself

A Jell-O-ey new solution to a major problem in materials science<p>This is a neat trick. After slicing a tube of gelatinous material in half with a razor, researchers stick the two pieces back together again. After they've sat together for two hours at room temperature, the pieces are impossible to …

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