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Italy's Donnie Brasco Finds the Government Can't Protect Him from The Mafia

Gianfranco Franciosi is one of the best motorboat mechanics in Europe and could fit a couple of engines onto a boat and make it travel at 90 miles …

Joe Biden changes story on Osama bin Laden raid

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Vice President Joe Biden offered an account Tuesday of the decision to launch the raid that killed Osama bin Laden that differed from some of his previous retellings -- and from Hillary Clinton's.<p>His remarks come as he considers facing off against the former secretary of state in …

Getting Ready to Move to Mars

Scientists are hard at work preparing to create humanity’s second home.<p>One day, when earth is destroyed by war or rising seas or a wayward asteroid, humanity will be extinguished—and along with it reality television, baseball stadiums, and thousands of recipes for guacamole, with and without …

Space Exploration

The rise and fall of logical positivism

The rise and fall of logical positivism is the most spectacular story of 20th century philosophy. Logical positivism was wildly successful, and some …

Sociology

Liberal Theory of Justice Doesn't Support Abortion

I wonder what John Rawls would think of the market for fetal livers. The great liberal philosopher isn't quite a household name, but his...

'600 Million' Samsung Mobiles Vulnerable To Keyboard Cracking Attack

Given everything that’s occurred over the last two years, Android phone owners would be forgiven for thinking major manufacturers had their backs when it came to security, especially encryption. But a serious issue affecting a default keyboard in as many as 600 million Samsung mobiles highlights …

Why Are China's Leftists Embracing Confucius?

When Jennifer Pan and Yiqing Xu posted their new paper, "China's Ideological Spectrum," recently, it marked the first time that anyone has provided large-scale empirical data on the ideological shifts and trends within the Chinese population. China scholars have, of course, lavished attention on …

That Dog Won't Hunt: Cops Can't Keep You Waiting for K-9s, Supreme Court Says

U.S. news<p>Cops can't continue to hold a suspect without probable cause even for the few minutes they might need to wait for a drug-sniffing dog to show up, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.<p>Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote for the 6-3 majority that if a traffic stop is otherwise completed, holding on …

United States

Why Physics Needs Philosophy - The Nature of Reality — The Nature of Reality | PBS

<i>How can we understand the world in which we find ourselves? How does the universe behave? What is the nature of reality?….Traditionally these are</i> …

Ukraine to rewrite Soviet history with controversial 'decommunisation' laws

In Kiev, a Soviet memorial to the second world war stands at one end of Shevchenko boulevard, which is named after the poet who formulated Ukrainian language and literature as distinct from Russia’s.<p>The boulevard passes monuments to Mykhailo Hrushevsky, a founder of the short-lived Ukrainian …

On ‘Model Minorities’

David Shih, a professor in the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has written an excellent post on the idea of a ‘model …

In 2017, Norway will be first country to shut down FM radio

The Ministry of Culture has finalized a transition date<p>Norway will shut down FM radio in the country beginning in 2017, Radio.no reports. The Norwegian Ministry of Culture finalized a shift date this week, making it the first country to do away with FM radio entirely. The country plans to …

The Imperialistic, Elitist, and Foolish Scientism of Neo-Atheism

I’ll confess, I grow weary of neo-atheism. There is this constant mantra of “<i>if we are to be smart and open-minded, then we must be scientistic.”</i> …

How WWI made wristwatches happen

In any case, the ladies’ wristwatch, often called a “bracelet watch”, a “montre bracelet”, or a “wristlet”, existed for at least a century, if not …

Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

Mars once had an ocean bigger than the Arctic

The question about water on Mars has shifted from "was there?" to "how much?" According to the latest research from NASA, the answer is "a lot."<p>After conducting a ground-based analysis of the water in the Red Planet's atmosphere, a team led by Geronimo Villanueva of NASA's Goddard Space Flight …

Obamacare Faces Toughest Test in Supreme Court Challenge

Health Care<p>The Supreme Court is preparing to hear a challenge to Barack Obama’s signature healthcare policy that could deal it a crippling blow, if not a fatal one.<p>The case comes before the justices on Wednesday, nearly three years after the Supreme Court saved Obamacare during a legal battle at …

Health Care

Indian workers awarded millions after US firm found guilty of trafficking

A New Orleans jury on Wednesday awarded $14m to five Indian men who were lured to the United States and forced to work under inhumane conditions after Hurricane Katrina by a ship repair firm and its codefendants.<p>After a four-week trial, the US District Court jury ruled that Alabama-based Signal …

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Meet a newly discovered aquatic species, the ruby seadragon

Seadragons are fantastically adorned creatures. With bodies similar to seahorses, they have wild appendages that look like ocean vegetation and, indeed, serve to camouflage the colorful creatures amid the kelp and seawood formations they live in off the coast of south and east Australia.<p>Until very …

Divers find 'priceless' hoard of gold coins off Israel's Mediterranean coast

Scuba divers have discovered the largest trove of gold coins ever found off Israel’s Mediterranean coast – about 2,000 pieces dating back more than 1,000 years, the country’s antiquities authority said on Tuesday.<p>“The largest treasure of gold coins discovered in Israel was found in recent weeks on …

See the submarine NASA wants to send to Saturn's moon Titan

I think we can now officially say that NASA's real-life mission concepts have met, if not exceeded, the wildest dreams of Jules Verne and the other early futurists. Verne saw us flying around the world, traveling to the center of the Earth (not a great idea, it turns out) and to the moon, but I bet …

New particle in physics may be found this year

The Large Hadron Collider, built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), has undergone major upgrades this year will begin its second, three-year run.<p>CERN says that after a two-year break for upgrades, the LHC will be twice as powerful this time.<p>The collider is already credited …

Google's co-founders are about to sell $4.4 billion worth of shares

It's basically an extension of a plan that was previously in place but expired at the end of January.<p>As of January 30, 2015, Brin and Page held approximately 44.6 million shares of Google Class B stock and another 44.6 million shares of Class C stock.<p>Under the new trading plan just filed, they will …

Hackers make off with at least $300 million in bank heists

A group of cybercriminals used malicious software to steal at least $300 million from banks and other financial institutions around the world, which could prove to be one of the biggest bank thefts ever, according a report Saturday in The New York Times.<p>Kaspersky Lab, a Russia-based cybersecurity …

5 Ways MIT Is Reinventing Your Power Cord

Inspired by a water hose, MIT’s Tangible Media Group has come up with a way to make cords and cables part of your gadget’s UI.<p>Bending your lamp cord to turn off the light? Pinching your headphone cable to mute your music? A new project out of MIT is looking to change the way you look at cords by …

Laser-Controlled And See-Through Brains Get Biomedical Prize

In addition to being scientifically important, Karl Deisseroth's research makes for some really cool-looking pictures<p>The scientist who figured out how to make organs see-through and how to control brain cells with laser light is getting a shiny new award today. Psychiatrist Karl Deisseroth, a</i> …

Alibaba Invests $590 Million in Meizu, a Smartphone Maker You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

The Chinese phone maker is little known outside its home turf, but sold 1.5 million phones last month alone.<p>Alibaba said Sunday that it is investing $590 million for an undisclosed stake in Meizu, a fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker.<p>While not necessarily on the global radar yet, Meizu has been …

Smart body panels will let you know when someone dents your car

Ever come back to your car to find that someone dinged it while you were away? You might have a better chance at catching the culprit in the future. Germany's Hella is developing a smart body panel that uses a grid of foil-like pressure-sensitive electronic sensors (plus special algorithms) to …

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