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Ancient Synagogue Predating Second Temple Ruin Found

Two archaeological discoveries made in the Galilee over the summer tell a story that differs from the standard description of the devastation in the …

Edward Snowden co-designs an iPhone case that alerts user to surveillance activity

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has co-designed a new iPhone case that would show when the device is transmitting information.<p>Mr Snowden and co-designer Andrew “Bunnie” Huang, a well known hardware hacker who holds a PhD in electrical engineering from MIT, have presented the mock up of the case via …

'Planet of the Apes': Scientists believe modern humans lived among other ancient human species

Modern humans were likely to have been just one human species among many in a real-life version of Planet of the Apes.<p>Evolutionary scientists believe …

The New Gene-Editing Technique That Reveals Cancer’s Weaknesses

CRISPR can finally tell us which human genes are essential—and which matter specifically to cancer cells.<p>Humans have between 20,000 and 25,000 genes, but which of these really matter? Which are essential, and which are merely optional add-ons?<p>It’s crazy to me that we still don't know, even though …

Genetics

Does birth order have an effect on IQ?

First-borns are responsible, middle children are people pleasers and the youngest are attention seekers, we often hear. But scientists have failed to …

This robot uses artificial brain cells to navigate like a human

The behavior and interplay of two types of neurons in the brain helps give humans and other animals an uncanny ability to navigate by building a …

Artificial Intelligence

Ancient teeth found in China reveal early human migration out of Africa

The "game-changing" discovery of 47 ancient teeth in a cave in southern China shows that Homo Sapiens reached Asia at least 80,000 years ago<p>A trove of 47 ancient teeth discovered in a cave in southern China is prompting a dramatic re-think of the accepted “Out of Africa” history of man’s migration …

Anthropology

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe seeks help from West as growth slows across Africa

After furiously spitting fire at the West for decades, Robert Mugabe abruptly changed his tone this week. With his economy in tatters and unemployment soaring, the Zimbabwean autocrat now wants help from Western creditors and investors.<p>"My government values re-engagement of the Western world in the …

Soviet WWII plane, Jewish tombstones found in Polish rivers

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — As river levels in Poland fall to record lows amid a prolonged drought, Jewish tombstones and a Soviet fighter plane with the …

What is the Magna Carta and why there is a Google Doodle?

On the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta we ask what actually is it, and what does it mean?<p>The Magna Carta was granted 800 years ago. A series of events are taking place on the anniversary to mark the occasion, including a flotilla of boats sailing down the Thames and a royal appearance in …

Magna Carta

Phil Hansen - portrait of Nikola Tesla using electricity

Vania de souza coelho<p>May 18, 2015<p>Weighing in on the DC thing, I also have a negative slant toward it's use here. However, I always got the feeling …

Prince Harry: Bring back UK compulsory national service

<b>(CNN) —</b> After a weeklong trip to New Zealand, Britain's Prince Harry was full of praise for the armed forces and the disciplinary effect his 10-year service had on him. And he is calling for compulsory military service to be reinstated in the UK.<p>The prince, who will hang up his army boots next …

This Is What Happens In The Brain During An Out-Of-Body Experience

By: Tanya Lewis<p>Published: April 30, 2015 03:00pm ET on LiveScience.<p>What happens in the brain when a person has an out-of-body experience? A team of scientists may now have an answer.<p>In a new study, researchers using a brain scanner and some fancy camera work gave study participants the illusion …

Stuck In A Loop

It's a vicious cycle. I'm trapped in this invisible prison and what we can do is make it as positive as we can.

Bye Boxfish

What the Hell Is the Purpose of Hell?

Whether hell is other people, a place, or just a bad date, it’s deeply ingrained in society’s collective consciousness. But why?<p>Whether hell is an …

Before I die, some words for my baby daughter

In residency there’s a saying: the days are long but the years are short. In neurosurgical training, the day usually began a little before 6am and lasted until the operating was done – which depended, in part, on how quick you were in the operating room.<p>A resident’s surgical skill is judged by …

Medicine

23 Of The Most Beautiful Terry Pratchett Quotes To Remember Him By

We shall all wear midnight.<p>1. "They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance." — <i>Equal Rites</i><p>2. "In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this."<p>3. "It's useful to go out of this world and see it from the perspective …

The Provocative History of French Weekly Newspaper Charlie Hebdo

The motivation behind the attack that has left at least 12 people dead at the office of French satirical weekly <i>Charlie Hebdo</i> on Wednesday appears to …

New York-born London mayor Boris Johnson refuses to pay US tax bill

Boris Johnson has revealed that he is refusing to pay a tax demand issued to him by US authorities – despite previously lambasting the US embassy in London over its failure to pay the congestion charge.<p>The mayor of London, who was born in New York and holds a US passport as well as a British one, …

UK drops security claim blocking Pakistani’s lawsuit over ‘torture’

The UK government has abandoned its long-standing claim that relations with Washington would suffer if a Pakistani citizen who claims he was tortured by British and American troops was allowed to sue for damages in court.<p>Yunus Rahmatullah says he was tortured over a 10-year period after being …

Edge of a Volcano

Photographer Denis Budkov has made a series of images of great beauty during an expedition to the volcanic complex Plosky Tolbatchik. Located in the …

The three majestic natural bridges of Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah invite you to ponder the power of water in a landscape usually defined by its absence. View them from an overlook, or hit the trails and experience their grandeur from below. Declared a National Monument in 1908, the bridges are named "Kachina," "Owachomo" and "Sipapu" in honor of the Native Americans that once made this area their home. This is also home to some of the darkest night skies in the United States. Photo: Manish Mamtani