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6 Famous Thought Experiments Explained in 1 Minute Each

Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”<p>The Open University, an online educational institute, took …

Facebook Announces Searchable Hashtags, Promises More Features For Following Public Conversations

Facebook just announced that it is indeed launching ability to follow conversations via hashtags, as was reported in March.<p>To be clear, there was nothing stopping you from including hashtags in your Facebook content before — it’s just that they didn’t have any real functionality. In its blog post …

No Decisions Yet On The Most-Anticipated Supreme Court Cases

There's no big news again today from the U.S. Supreme Court — which is sort-of big news in itself because it means we're still waiting for the justices' decisions on these major cases:<p>— <i>Fisher v. University of Texas</i>, a key test of affirmative action in higher education.<p>— <i>Shelby County v. Holder</i>, in …

U.S. Congress reopens debate over replacing dollar bills with coins

A bipartisan group of senators is reviving an old idea: ditching the U.S. dollar bill.<p>The idea was re-introduced in Congress on Thursday, with a coalition arguing it’s time the U.S. caught up with the rest of the world.<p>If you’ve spent any time traveling abroad recently, you’ve likely noticed the …

Personal Finance

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms …

Michael Jackson daughter Paris 'tries to kill herself'

Paris is a prolific user of Twitter<p><b>Paris Jackson, the daughter of late pop legend Michael Jackson, is in hospital after attempting to kill herself, a publicist has confirmed.</b><p>Paris, 15, is "doing good" and recovering, said Angel Howansky, her grandfather's publicist.<p>Emergency officials said they …

Michael Jackson

Irish documentary looks to Thorium as a fuel of the future

Two Irish film-makers have set out to discover why a growing number of environmentalists are changing their minds about nuclear power.<p>They believe …

European Union prepares to adopt 24th official language as costs mount, calls for English rise

The Treaty of Rome in 1957 founded what is now the European Union, and was supposed to be the beginning of the end of nationalism in Europe.<p>But over a half-century later, walking through any of the EU buildings in Brussels, it feels like nationalism never went away.<p>Officially, deputies and …

Language

Medical marijuana users can drive drugged, rule Michigan courts

In Michigan, you can smoke marijuana and still drive a car. That's what the Michigan Supreme Court ruled this Tuesday, albeit on a technicality. Though Michigan has a zero-tolerance policy for driving "under the influence" of marijuana, it also has a law on the books that exempts <i>medical</i> marijuana …

Associated Press News

Sweden riots spread beyond Stockholm despite extra police

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/981000/981122_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524619322_11a70926146e43f0a414b76e53e522d8<p><b>There has been a sixth night of rioting in Sweden's capital, Stockholm, despite police reinforcements being deployed.</b><p>Cars were set alight in poor …

Extremism

PayPal was no friend in need

<b>My son took out a £1,300 car insurance policy – or so he thought – with the insurer MMA. I encouraged him to play safe and use my PayPal account for</b> …

Insects May Be The Taste Of The Next Generation, Report Says

A report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says insects offer a huge potential for improving the world's food security. Peter Menzel, co-author of <i>Man Eating Bugs</i>, describes some insect-based cuisine and the western aversion to creepy-crawly snacks.<p>Transcript<p>IRA FLATOW, HOST:<p>What's on …

New Jersey

Obama War Powers Under 2001 Law 'Astoundingly Disturbing,' Senators Say

WASHINGTON -- The war authorization that Congress passed after 9/11 will be needed for at least 10 to 20 more years, and can be used to put the United States military on the ground anywhere, from Syria to the Congo to Boston, military officials argued Thursday.<p>The revelations came during a hearing …

CeCe Bruce, Steak 'N Shake Waitress, Gets Huge $446 Tip On $6 Meal From 'Regular' In Indianapolis

CeCe Bruce said she's known for years that it pays to be nice. But she never realized just how much it could pay off until this week, when one of her regular customers rewarded her with a huge tip.<p>A part-time student at Martin University in Indianapolis, Ind., Bruce has worked as a waitress at a …

Venezuela hopes to wipe out toilet paper shortage by importing 50m rolls

First milk, butter, coffee and cornmeal ran short. Now Venezuela is running out of the most basic of necessities – toilet paper.<p>Blaming political …

Half Of All Jobs Created In The Past 3 Years Were Low-Paying: Study

You might think the job market is awful, but that's only because you're hung up on trivialities like "money." If you can just learn to do without a living wage, the job market suddenly looks much better.<p>Roughly half of the jobs created in the United States in the past three years have been …

There's A Way To Give Everyone In America An Income That Conservatives And Liberals Can Both Love

Really!<p>Writing in Wonkblog over the weekend, Mike Konczal explains the economics of a Universal Basic Income (UBI).<p>The idea is, every person gets a check from the government every year. If you're not working, you get a check. If you're working, you get a check.<p>This annual check would ensure some …

Basic Income

Saudi Death Toll Reaches 15 Since Coronavirus Outbreak in 2012

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health said the number of deaths from the coronavirus infection has reached 15, with 24 confirmed cases since September …

Associated Press News

The Future of Wireless Power

We live in a wireless world. Cell phones, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2G, 3G, 4G — the always on, always connected world of digital devices is driven by the magic of wireless. But all our devices, from smart phones to laptops, still rely on cords and plugs for charging. Everyone’s had their cell phone become …

Samsung next gen 5G wireless service hits 1 Gbps in testing

Samsung Electronics has announced that it has been testing next-generation 5G wireless service in one of its in-house testing centers. Samsung …

Kid President Sends Heartfelt Mother's Day Salute to Moms

Kid President, the youthful powerhouse in a power suit who knows how to give one heck of a motivational pep talk, has taken his inspirational talents …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Houses In California Are Mysteriously Sinking Into The Ground

In this photo taken Monday, May 6, 2013 Robin and Scott Spivey walk past the wreckage of their Tudor-style dream home they had to abandon when the ground gave way causing it to drop 10 feet below the street in Lakeport, Calif. Officials believe that water that has bubbled to the surface is playing …

Jerry Brown

Engineer argues Egyptian pyramid decay is due to centuries of expansion

For centuries, Egypt's pyramids have been a point worldwide fascination. Scholars have long asked, how did the egyptians build them at all, much less so beautifully? But, when structural engineer Peter James looked at the pyramids, he asked why they were falling apart. The longstanding explanation …

Scientists call for action to tackle CO2 levels

<b>Scientists are calling on world leaders to take action on climate change after carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere broke through a symbolic threshold.</b><p>Daily CO2 readings at a US government agency lab on Hawaii have topped 400 parts per million for the first time.<p>Sir Brian Hoskins, the head of …

Climate Change

Dyslexic girls have different brain anatomy from dyslexic boys

The study found less gray matter volume in parts of male brains used to process language. It found less gray matter volume in parts of females brains …

Humanity