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New smartphone app gives sight to the blind

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son’s school report and labels on bottles in the fridge. In seconds, he was listening to audio of the printed words the camera captured, courtesy of a new app on …

Scottish Independence: The Social Media Battle [Infographic]

After months of anticipation, Scots are finally voting on independence from the UK. Emotions have been running high lately, both on and off the campaign trail with a particularly intense social media battle developing over the past few weeks behind the scenes. Indeed, the question of Scottish …

Obesity rates have stabilized, but our waistlines are still growing

Americans may have stopped putting on pounds, but their waistlines are still expanding, according to a new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>The average waist circumference of U.S. adults has increased by about 3% since the end of the last century. In 1999 and 2000, the …

A New 'Radar Gun' May Spot Drivers Who Text Behind The Wheel

It works by detecting the radio waves used to send SMS messages.<p>ComSonics, a company specializing in cable leakage detection, is working on a device that would sense when drivers are texting, the <i>Virginian-Pilot</i> reports. The Virginia newspaper suggests the final product, designed for police to use, …

Elderly with depression, mild cognitive impairment more vulnerable to accelerated brain aging

People who develop depression and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) after age 65 are more likely to have biological and brain imaging markers that …

Caffeine intake associated with lower incidence of tinnitus

New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) finds that higher caffeine intake is associated with lower rates of tinnitus, often described as …

The Psychology Behind Why Kim Kardashian’s Game Is So Addictive

<i>(Kim Kardashian: Hollywood)</i><p>In the world of cable TV, keeping up with the Kardashians is a passive exercise, done easily while painting your toenails …

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30 Fascinating Facts About Fashion Psychology

Do you regard clothing as something that keeps you warm and looking good?<p>Think again.<p>What you wear affects you psychologically. It can profoundly …

Why is FIFA tolerating fans in blackface at the World Cup?

International soccer's governing body FIFA has been typically forceful in policing fan behavior around the World Cup in Brazil. If you promote the wrong brand of beer, carry the wrong water bottle or bring musical instruments (as Nigeria’s official supporters’ club learned during its game with …

South African students in blackface receive backlash, punishment

Two South African students posted a photo of themselves in blackface, prompting a school disciplinary response and reigniting a social media conversation on racism in South Africa. The photo of two women from the University of Pretoria dressed as black domestic workers was deleted from Facebook, …

The Inconvenient Immigration of Chikungunya

Immigration has become a major point of discussion of late. While human manifestations have grabbed most of the headlines, there is another <i>microbial</i> migration happening that has been met with little reaction. This new resident is a virus known as Chikungunya – or CHIKV – and it appears to have …

Public Health

Tech-Savvy Tortoises Learn To Use Touchscreens

Headbutt the shape, get a treat!<p>Tortoises are using their cleverness to do more than just win long distance races against hares–now they’re moving into the field of touchscreen technology.<p>Researchers from the U.K.'s University of Lincoln have successfully trained four red-footed tortoises (native …

Archaeologist happens upon Roman bone fragments – at the end of his road

Mike Heyworth, president of the Council for British Archaeology, was trudging home after a long, hot day in the office when he was startled to find fragments of Roman bone and pottery lying on a heap of soil at the end of his road.<p>The trench dug by a utilities company in York, which had sliced …

India doctors remove 232 teeth from boy's mouth

<b>Doctors in India have extracted 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in a seven-hour operation.</b><p>Ashik Gavai was brought in with a swelling in his right jaw, Dr Sunanda Dhiware, head of Mumbai's JJ Hospital's dental department, told the BBC.<p>The teenager had been suffering for 18 months and …

4 Moves for Insanely Toned Abs (#NoFilter)

Get ready for your bikini closeup on Instagram, all summer long<p>This total-body strength routine works overtime to firm your core by challenging your stability. The result? An effective sweat session we don't mind doing in the heat! Perform three sets on nonconsecutive days three times a week.<p>1. …

Workouts

9-Year-Old South African Boy Marries Elderly Woman

It's not legal, it's not sexual, but it is still disturbing.<p>A woman in her 60s, who is a mother of five, renewed her marriage vows with a 9-year-old boy in a wedding ceremony in South Africa earlier this month.<p>Helen Shabangu wed Sanele Masilela in a second ceremony in as many years on July 12 in …

Scientists call for the decriminalization of sex work

HIV researchers cope with the loss of their colleagues aboard MH17 by forging ahead<p>A prestigious group of HIV researchers made a loud and scientifically supported plea for the decriminalization of sex work at the 20th Annual International AIDS Conference yesterday, during a presentation of a series …

Researchers fully 'delete' HIV from human cells for the first time

So far, HIV has eluded a cure because it installs its genome into human DNA so insidiously that it's impossible for our immune system to clear it out. While current treatments are effective, a lifetime of toxic drugs is required to prevent its recurrence. But researchers from Temple University may …

Adobe Releases Two Experimental iPhone Apps Powered By Photoshop

Fix images and create silly photo mashups with these two new apps.<p>Last month, Adobe announced that it would allow developers to plug their mobile apps into some of Photoshop’s most popular features. Today, Adobe Labs (the experimental arm of Adobe) gives us our first taste of what that looks like …

China seals off 30,000 people after bubonic plague death

And 151 residents have been placed under quarantine<p>Parts of Yumen, a city in northwestern China, have been sealed off after a local died of bubonic plague last week, reports Reuters. The 38-year-old man is said to have contracted the bacterial disease, also known as "the black death," after coming …

The Week in Review: What Defines an American?

In 1993, 12-year-old Jose Antonio Vargas boarded a flight in his native Philippines and landed in the United States, where he’s lived ever since as …

FYI: Do I Really Need My Pinky Toe?

And without it, could I do everything a five-toed human does?<p>Walking, running and skipping with just four toes may be easier than you think.<p>"If you're born without a pinky toe or have an accident and it's removed, you can completely do everything you wanted to do," Dr. Anne Holly Johnson, …

California's death penalty ruled unconstitutional

In ruling California's death penalty unconstitutional, a federal judge said Wednesday the system is so broken it unfairly leaves inmates with uncertain fates -- often for decades.<p>In his decision, Santa Ana-based Judge Cormac J. Carney vacated the 1995 death sentence of Ernest D. Jones, who …

Kabul airport comes under rocket fire

A squad of suicide attackers took over a half-finished building just outside the perimeter of Kabul airport to shower rockets and gunfire on the compound in a pre-dawn attack.<p>The assault shut down the airport of Afghanistan's capital and forced incoming flights to divert to other cities – but began …

Missouri executes former meth dealer for 1995 murders

A former methamphetamine dealer was executed Wednesday for killing three people in remote northern Missouri out of fear that they would report his drug activity to police.<p>John Middleton, 54, died Wednesday night from an injection of pentobarbital, the sixth execution in Missouri this year. Only …

Teen Beaten By Israeli Cops: Scariest Thing That Ever Happened To Me

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Crime

Israeli Ground Troops Briefly Enter Gaza in Raid

Israel sent ground forces into Gaza Saturday in what the military called a raid on a site used to fire rockets into the country. It appears to be the first time ground forces have been used in the five-day offensive that has seen more than 150 Palestinians killed.<p>The military announced the raid on …

Israel

Rich Vietnamese snorting rhino horns are causing a poaching explosion in South Africa

South African rhino poachers have once again outdone themselves. Poachers have killed 558 rhinos this year in South Africa, putting numbers on pace to increase for the eighth consecutive year. The country’s poaching explosion since 2007 is fueled by black-market demand for rhino horns, which can …