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The Private Lives of Public Bathrooms

How psychology, gender roles, and design explain the distinctive way we behave in the world's stalls<p>When Oprah Winfrey served on a Chicago jury in 2004, she couldn’t go to the bathroom attached to the jury room unless her fellow jurors sang to drown out the noise. One of the songs they sang was …

Tencent<br />The Secretive, Chinese Tech Giant That Can Rival Facebook and Amazon

In China’s raging tech war, a winner seems ready to emerge. It’s Tencent–a controversial, $139 billion company with nearly a billion users.<p>China’s most powerful Internet company is headquartered in a bland, glassy tower in southern Shenzhen. Unlike Silicon Valley’s funky campuses, there is nothing …

The 8 Selfies You Must Absolutely, Positively Never Take

In 1914, Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova was one of the first young people to take a selfie. At age 13, she stood on a chair and used a camera to take a picture of herself, which she then sent to a friend. Nikolaevna is quoted as saying, "I took this picture of myself looking at …

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Oscar Pistorius South Africa murder trial set for March

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1003000/1003666_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524658133_04a715e922e482cf4a43ee6ddd7e05ea<p><b>A date has been set for the trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius for the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at a hearing</b> …

Wikileaks Just Released A Massive 'Insurance' File That No One Can Open

Anti-secrecy organization Wikileaks just released a treasure trove of files that, at least for now, you can't read.<p>The group, which has been assisting ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden after he leaked top-secret documents to the media, posted links for about 400 gigabytes of files on their Facebook …

Has Voyager 1 Left The Solar System?

The Voyager 1 spacecraft launched in 1977 on a mission to Jupiter and Saturn. It kept on going. Today it's billions of miles from Earth, and scientists have been predicting it will soon leave the solar system.<p>NPR has been on Voyager watch since at least 2003, when longtime science correspondent …

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Egypt condemns European Union threats to halt aid as death toll rises

Egypt has flatly rejected a warning by the European Union that it will "urgently review" its aid to the country against a background of mounting international concern about the deteriorating situation and the huge loss of life in the last few days.<p>Nabil Fahmy, foreign minister in the …

Dozens of Muslim Brotherhood Prisoners Die in Egypt as Unrest Continues

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>36 Muslim Brotherhood prisoners in military control died in Egypt on Sunday in what's bound to …

Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant to become tourist attraction

Despite the land and ocean around Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant being contaminated by dangerous levels of radiation, plans are being drawn up to turn the no-go zone into a tourist attraction.<p>A group of authors, scholars, academics and architects has banded together to put forward a …

In Middle East, Obama misplays hand

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel repeatedly phoned Egyptian General Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, urging a peaceful transition. Sisi refused. President Barack Obama has repeatedly called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to leave. He’s still there. We’ve said we want the Bahraini monarchy to reform. It …

Massive invasion of smelly seaweed a growing concern in tourism-dependent Caribbean

The picture-perfect beaches and turquoise waters that people expect on their visits to the Caribbean are increasingly being fouled by mats of decaying seaweed that attract biting sand fleas and smell like rotten eggs.<p>Clumps of the brownish seaweed known as sargassum have long washed up on Caribbean …

Japanese volcano eruption blankets city in ash

Sakurajima volcano erupts sending mushroom-shaped grey plume shooting upwards and raining down ash on the people in Kagoshima city.<p>The volcano erupted Sunday afternoon coating Kagoshima city in <b>Japan</b> six miles away with a layer of ash.<p>A large amount of volcanic ash fell in the northern and central …

Hunt on for escapees after new Indonesia jailbreak

Indonesian security forces are hunting for 15 inmates who escaped from an overcrowded jail on Sumatra island, in the latest breakout to hit the country's decrepit prison system.<p>Prisoners rampaged through Labuhan Ruku jail on Sunday, setting fire to the building and attacking wardens, angered at a …

Right Brain, Left Brain? Scientists Debunk Popular Theory

Maybe you're "right-brained": creative, artistic, an open-minded thinker who perceives things in subjective terms. Or perhaps you're more of a "left-brained" person, where you're analytical, good at tasks that require attention to detail, and more logically minded.<p>It turns out, though, that this …

Sharp Decline In Chinese Executions Mirrors Global Trend

Executions in China are falling rapidly, in line with a trend worldwide, including in the U.S.<p>NPR reported on the decline in executions on <i>Weekend Edition Sunday</i>. An estimated 3,000 people were put to death in China last year. That number is down from an average of 15,000 a year in the 1990s.<p>The …

35 Hindu pilgrims killed by speeding train in India

An Indian express train ploughed into a crowd of Hindu pilgrims in the country's east on Monday, killing 35 and triggering a riot as angry crowds went on the rampage, officials said.<p>The pilgrims were crossing the tracks at a station in the state of Bihar when the interstate passenger train ran into …

Report: Bloomberg paid for Kelly poll

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been actively trying to find a successor — including paying to poll how well Police Commissioner Ray Kelly would do if he entered the race, according to a new report.<p>Just two months ago, in early June, two Bloomberg advisers said that the mayor acknowledged that …

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg's profile hacked

SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whose company prides itself on benevolent hackathons, has been the target of a hacker.<p>A Palestinian man posted a message on Zuckerberg's page last week after he said repeated attempts were made to report the security hole on the social-networking …

The NSA Searches Ten Times as Much of the Internet as It Said It Does

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The National Security Agency assured Americans last week that it only surveils a tiny percentage of …

Indian Food Inflation Is Getting Out Of Control

In particular, the onion — a staple vegetable whose rising prices have dogged ruling parties in the past — saw a particularly dramatic jump. From Mint:<p>Across cities, onion prices are hovering at anywhere between Rs.50 and Rs.80 a kilo, nearly double last month's levels. <b>The latest wholesale price</b> …

For World Humanitarian Day, U.N. Joins With Kid President, Beyonce

The U.N. observed a moment of silence Monday, the tenth anniversary of the bombing of its headquarters in Baghdad; 22 people died that day, including envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello. The date of the attacks, Aug. 19, is now known as World Humanitarian Day, a time to honor aid workers who often serve …

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9 Awesome Facts About Lemons You Should Know

When we were kids, our introduction to lemons wasn't so friendly. (It went something like this.) But now that we're all grown up, we actually like the tangy flavor it adds to our recipes for chicken, cookies and, most importantly, cocktails.<p>But now our relationship with lemons has moved from the …