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Racist Cops, Abused Women and the Blue Wall of Silence

Yet another video, this one showing an Austin police officer violently throwing an unarmed black woman to the ground, and a second officer then …

Law Enforcement

Musical Talent Is Rooted In The Genes, Study Of Twins Suggests

Practice doesn't always make perfect when it comes to becoming the next Mozart, a new study suggests. Researchers compared pairs of identical twins, and found that no matter how hard one twin had practiced up until that point in their life, the other twin who had practiced much less still had an …

Human Activity Really Is Melting Glaciers, Study Says

Environment<p>Time lapse photography of shrinking glaciers makes a powerful visual case for the impact of human-caused global warming. That's why, for example, it's used in former Vice President Al Gore's slideshow, An Inconvenient Truth, and by GlacierWorks, a nonprofit started by famed mountaineer …

Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2,000 years: report

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Tibetan plateau, whose glaciers supply water to hundreds of millions of people in Asia, were warmer over the past 50 years than at any stage in the past two millennia, a Chinese newspaper said, citing an academic report.<p>Ethnic Tibetan pilgrims walk on a road during Tibetan …

bethere: A new social network to help you have a great night out

If you’re on a night out with friends, keeping tabs of where everyone is and where they’re going can be difficult. That’s where bethere for iPhone comes in.<p>bethere is designed from the ground up to help you socialize with friends better. It lets you share where you’re going to be, and see where …

Beavers Are Mysteriously Back in Britain—but Not Entirely Welcome

The government is concerned about the return of a destructive animal thought extinct.<p>Tom Buckley was overjoyed. Earlier this year the retired environmental scientist proudly documented the first family of beavers living wild in England since the species was hunted to near extinction in Britain …

Mars or bust: the new space race to put humans on the red planet

Two years ago tomorrow, a nuclear-powered rover, the size of an SUV and weighing almost a tonne, was lowered onto the surface of Mars. Touching down ever so gently, Nasa’s Curiosity landed with an almighty roar.<p>It sent a message to the world that a new space race – a race to eventually set foot on …

16-foot Waves Measured in Arctic Ocean Where There Was Once Only Ice

Reduced sea ice allowed the buildup of huge waves in the Beaufort Sea.<p>Sixteen-foot waves are buffeting an area of the Arctic Ocean that until recently was permanently covered in sea ice—another sign of a warming climate, scientists say.<p>Because wave action breaks up sea ice, allowing more sunlight …

Psychology: Why bad news dominates the headlines

Why are newspapers and TV broadcasts filled with disaster, corruption and incompetence? It may be because we’re drawn to depressing stories without realising, says psychologist Tom Stafford.<p>When you read the news, sometimes it can feel like the only things reported are terrible, depressing events. …

Psychology

We’re in the early days of Earth’s sixth great extinction, say biologists

Since 1500, more than 320 land animals have gone extinct. Populations of the remaining species show a 25 percent average decline.<p>An international …

The Science of Lightning

A view into some of the rarer types of lightning<p>When it comes to thunderheads, lightning is the great equalizer. Essentially a giant spark, lightning relieves the charge differentials that build up in storm systems. But it’s also one of the greatest mysteries in atmospheric science. Recently, …

Southern Australia faces water crisis by end of century due to climate change

A predicted 40% decline in rainfall in southern Australia could mean that the West Australian capital, Perth, will have to rely on alternative sources of water in future, a new climate change research paper warns.<p>The study, led by an academic at the US’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric …

The Time-Lapse Video Of Earth Blows All The Other Ones Away

Vincent Brady didn't turn to special effects to create his awe-inspiring video, "Planetary Panorama."<p>To capture the earth as a textured sphere of natural life, hurtling through space, Brady simply put two and two together. On his website, he recounts how in 2012 he was experimenting with panoramas …

Antibiotics are losing effectiveness in every country, says WHO

Antibiotics are losing their power to fight infections in every country in the world, according to new data from the World Health Organisation – a situation that could have "devastating" consequences for public health. It raises the possibility that once-beaten diseases will re-emerge as global …

Powerful Floods Tear Through Florida

Scio: This device tells you the chemical makeup of your food, drinks, and pills

Consumer Physics is unveiling its Scio handheld sensor, which can scan food, pills, or plants and tell you the chemical makeup of the object. It delivers those results wirelessly in real-time to the user’s smartphone.<p>Once the device ships later this year, you’ll be able to use it to decipher the …

Are Electric Cars Cleaner than Gas-Powered Cars?

Syrian Government Accused of New Deadly Gas Attacks on Opposition

Several alleged gas attacks on Syrian opposition groups this month have raised fears that forces loyal to embattled President Bashar Assad are …

60% Of China's Underground Water Is Too Polluted To Drink

Water quality measured in 203 cities across the country last year rated "very poor" or "relatively poor" in an annual survey released by the Ministry of Land and Resources, the official Xinhua news agency said late Tuesday.<p>Water rated "relatively" poor quality cannot be used for drinking without …

Tap Water

In Afghanistan, childhood is often a full-time job

In Afghanistan, childhood is often a<br>full-time job<p>It's estimated that at least a quarter of Afghan children work, despite labor laws that forbid it.<p>Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan<p>Sami Rahimi sleeps fitfully on a bread rack above the bakery's cold concrete floor. He rises at 5 a.m., sweeps up, …

Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?

<b>Many Western nations have experienced significant declines in crime in recent decades, but could the removal of lead from petrol explain that?</b><p>Working away in his laboratory in 1921, Thomas Midgley wanted to fuel a brighter tomorrow. He created tetraethyl lead - a compound that would make car …

Obama trip stirs emotions over TPP

President Barack Obama’s abilities as negotiator-in-chief for the United States will be put to the test this week on a trip to Asia that could set the stage for the conclusion of a huge new free-trade agreement. But the deal faces even more hurdles at home because of opposition from fellow …

Reaganomics killed America’s middle class

<b>Ronald Reagan (AP/Doug Mills)</b><p>This country’s fate was sealed when our government slashed taxes on the rich back in 1980<p>Thom Hartmann<p>April 19, 2014 2:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>There's nothing "normal" about having a middle class. Having a middle class is a choice that a …

Brendan Eich Resigns As Mozilla CEO Following Criticism Of His Support For Prop 8

Recent Mozilla CEO pick Brendan Eich is no longer CEO, according to a new blog post from Mozilla itself (via Re/code). The post, penned by Mozilla’s Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker, explains that the company felt it didn’t “move fast enough” to properly address the issues the community had with …

Petition Demanding Removal Of Condoleezza Rice From Dropbox Board Pops Up Online, On Twitter

Internet activists are at it again. Following yesterday’s news regarding the appointment of Condoleezza Rice, former United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, to the board of cloud storage and syncing service Dropbox, a petition has sprung up online, demanding that users tell …

Rio Celeste Waterfall Is Quite Possibly The Bluest Waterfall On Earth

It may look like Photoshop, but it's not.<p>This is the waterfall at Rio Celeste, a river in Costa Rica's Tenorio Volcano National Park. The water is actually this dazzling blue color because of volcanic minerals below the surface-- it's the real-life version of an effect usually only achieved with …

Japanese Girl Shreds Guitar, Gender Stereotypes, With Face-Melting Metal Solo

Just because she's nearly the same size as her instrument doesn't mean this Japanese girl's metal solo won't melt your face clean off.<p>Known on YouTube only as Li-sa-x, the 8-year-old shared this video last December in which she covers "Scarified" by Racer X. Despite her diminutive stature, she …

Obama more worried about NYC nuke

President Barack Obama dismissed Tuesday a 2012 assertion by Mitt Romney that Russia is the U.S.’s No. 1 foe, saying he is more concerned about a nuclear weapon going off in New York.<p>“Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors, not out of strength, but out of …