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US and South Korea will 'pay the price' for missile system, China paper says

The US and South Korea are destined to “pay the price” for their decision to deploy an advanced missile defence system which will inevitably prompt a “counter attack”, China’s top newspaper said on Saturday.<p>Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high this year, beginning with North Korea’s fourth …

China

Earth Just Passed the Point of No Return for Carbon Dioxide

It’s official: You will never again see a world with fewer than 400 parts per million concentrations of carbon dioxide.<p>The news comes out of the …

Scientists just discovered a major new source of greenhouse gases

Oh, the irony.<p>Just yesterday, Earth crossed a major (and very scary) threshold, with scientists announcing that levels of atmospheric CO2 have …

Gases

Gene editing: Ethical issues 'should be discussed'

<b>Ethical questions around a new gene editing technology need to be considered now - even though its use may be some way off, experts say.</b><p>The Nuffield Council for Bioethics was looking into CRISPR - a biological system for altering DNA.<p>Scientists believe CRISPR could have radical effects on areas as …

Life Sciences

Ancient global cooling gave rise to modern ecosystems

Up to now, these events have generally been explained by separate tectonic events -- the uplift of mountain ranges or the alteration of ocean basins …

Climate Change

Army of 6,000 foreign and Syrian fighters plan attack on east Aleppo

As the most intensive air bombardment of the war has rained down on opposition-held east Aleppo this week, an army of some 6,000 pro-government fighters has gathered on its outskirts for what they plan will be an imminent, decisive advance.<p>Among those poised to attack are hundreds of Syrian troops …

Aleppo

This is what climate change is doing to Iran

One of Iran's best known lakes is disappearing. These photos show what's left behind as the waters recede.<p>Lake Urmia, in the mountains of northwestern Iran, was once a source of national pride and one of the country’s top tourism destinations. It’s emerging now as something else entirely: Iran’s …

Iran

I graduated from Harvard and MIT — here's the single best tip I can give you to ace a college application

I’ve heard again and again schools like Harvard and MIT only care about grades and test scores. Of course they matter a lot, but students with great grades and test scores get waitlisted, or even rejected, at these schools every year.<p>What’s the real difference between those high achieving students …

College & University

Strange reptile fossil puzzles scientists

<b>A 200-million-year-old reptile is rewriting the rulebooks on how four-legged animals conquered the world.</b><p>Newly discovered fossils suggest <i>Drepanosaurus</i> had huge hooked claws to dig insects from bark, much like today's anteaters in the forests of Central and South America.<p>Scientists say the creature …

Puzzles

Study Gives New Insights Into Crohn’s Disease

A visitor walks inside of what is considered as Europe's biggest model of an intestine set up in the eastern town of Dresden, Germany, May 5, …

Health

Taking a 3500km motorbike trip through Vietnam look spretty cool

Blog<p>Taking a 3500km motorbike trip through Vietnam look spretty cool<p>Jacob Laukaitis wanted to motorbike all across Vietnam for a very long time, so …

Social media 'outstrips TV' as news source for young people

<b>Social media has overtaken television as young people's main source of news, according to a report.</b><p>Of the 18-to-24-year-olds surveyed, 28% cited social media as their main news source, compared with 24% for TV.<p>The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism research also suggests 51% of people …

Social Media

First commercial Zika test approved by FDA

The United States Food and Drug Administration won emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first commercial test to detect Zika infection. The …

A Crazy New Species of Beaked Whale Has Been Discovered in the Pacific

Did you know that beaked whales are a thing, and that they’re more than just giant, weird-looking dolphin clones?<p>On Tuesday, a team of scientists …

Oceans

Silicon Valley comes up against the Great Firewall of China

Mark Zuckerberg is one of the world’s most high-profile Sinophiles. The Facebook founder speaks fluent Mandarin, in which he regularly addresses Chinese audiences in speeches and online videos. His own Facebook profile has photos of him beaming while walking the Great Wall, jogging through …

China

24 Hours in Rome: An Insider’s Guide

The drive into Rome from Fiumicino Airport quickly (or not so quickly, depending on traffic) goes from uninteresting to spellbinding. Such is the power of this some-2,770-year-old city, where ruins innumerable still stand among telephone poles and Vespa tracks, and where imposing umbrella pines …

Rome

Scientists Are Figuring Out How To Change Blood Types

All thanks to a little enzyme<p>At some point in your life, you’ve probably been asked to donate blood. If your blood is type O, you may have been asked to donate even more, because your blood type is the most useful and is less common. The difference between blood types may seem small--people with …

Science

New insights into tau immunotherapies for Alzheimer’s disease - On Biology

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the leading cause of dementia affecting the elderly in the United States, with as many as 5 million Americans currently …

Biology

Single clothes wash may release 700,000 microplastic fibres, study finds

Each cycle of a washing machine could release more than 700,000 microscopic plastic fibres into the environment, according to a study.<p>A team at Plymouth University in the UK spent 12 months analysing what happened when a number of synthetic materials were washed at different temperatures in …

Plastic

How Beijing Can Gracefully Win The South China Sea Dispute

China fumed in July when a world arbitration court said the Communist leadership lacked a legal basis to claim 95% of a resource-rich, strategically valuable sea off its south coast. The international tribunal of the world’s Permanent Court of Arbitration had no jurisdiction to decide sovereignty …

China

D-day landings put at risk by double-agent's homesick wife

The success of the D-day landings was imperilled by the marital problems of the double agent at the heart of Britain’s elaborate wartime deception operations, newly declassified MI5 files have shown.<p>Juan Pujol García, a Spaniard who was working for MI5 under the codename Garbo, had tricked his …

World War II

Syria war: The toy smuggler bringing bags of joy to children

<b>For the girls, it is Barbie dolls. The boys love footballs, cars and teddy bears.</b><p>Rami Adham knows exactly what brings the biggest smiles to the faces of Syrian children.<p>The Finnish-Syrian father-of-six has become known as the "Aleppo toy smuggler".<p>He says the feeling of handing out toys to children …

The Latest: Turkey: Kurds should not join anti-IS operations

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria's conflict (all times local):<p>2:05 p.m.<p>Turkey's foreign minister says the international coalition needs a strategy to defeat the Islamic State group without the involvement of Kurdish rebels, which Turkey deems a terrorist group.<p>In a televized news conference …

Germany

US: ISIS did not use mustard agent in base attack

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The American-led military coalition against ISIS said Tuesday that a final laboratory test of the weapon ISIS fired at a US-Iraqi base in northern Iraq last week did not contain a mustard agent as earlier believed.<p>Col. John Dorrian, a spokesperson for the anti-ISIS coalition, …

Mustard

Elon Musk Describes the 4 Things Needed for “Planet Hopping”

Elon Musk presented his plan for how mankind can travel to Mars and colonize the nearby planet, but he also has an idea for how we can easily zip …

Saudi Arabia is showing signs of financial strain

Hundreds of foreign hospital workers in Saudi Arabia, unpaid for seven months, were on strike this week and were blocking a highway in Eastern …

Christian Vieler Captures Hilarious Portraits of Dogs Catching Treats

<b>Christian Vieler</b> is a talented 46-year-old animal and pet photographer and journalist based in Waltrop, Germany. Christan has been shooting amusing …

Battle for besieged Syrian city of Aleppo intensifies

BEIRUT (AP) — With international diplomacy in tatters and the U.S. focused on its election, the Syrian government and its Russian allies are seizing the moment to wage an all-out campaign to recapture Aleppo, unleashing the most destructive bombing of the past five years and pushing into the center …

Aleppo

New battery design could bring life to all-electric, commercial airplanes

Have you seen an all-electric commercial airplane before? Neither have we or anyone. But Luke Workman, a highly regarded battery designer, thinks that he has an idea that will make that become a reality in the not so distant future. He hopes to accomplish this through optimizing existing battery …

Batteries

How water bears can survive massive amounts of radiation — Quartz

Some of the hardiest organisms on the planet are so small you can’t see them without a microscope.<p>Tardigrades, or water bears, are microscopic creatures that can survive when most other earthly animals can’t. Space? Sure. Under extreme pressure (paywall)? Easy. After being frozen for years, like …

Biology