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Adam Smith's story about the Scottish wine industry 241 years ago tells you why Trump's trade war will fail

The intent of the tax was to boost domestic makers of wool, silk, and linen, and to protect British merchants selling salted fish and cattle. It was a blanket tax, and it covered wine as well.<p>The Scottish economist Adam Smith wrote about the tariffs in Wealth of Nations, his keystone analysis of …

An Arab thinker invented economic theory 400 years before Adam Smith did

When students study economics they learn, early on, that Adam Smith is the “father of modern economics.” This idea is one of the most basic facts of western economics—but it doesn’t stack up.<p>A recent article in evonomics highlights the overlooked work of 14th century North African scholar Ibn …

Economics

You're Genetically More Like Your Dad Than Your Mom

Happy Father's Day!<p>When a baby is born, three cliché things are done immediately: announcing its gender to the world; counting the kiddo’s fingers …

Genetics

Is the Universe Conscious?

Some of the world's most renowned scientists are questioning whether the cosmos has an inner life similar to our own.<p>For centuries, modern science has been shrinking the gap between humans and the rest of the universe, from Isaac Newton showing that one set of laws applies equally to falling apples …

Albert Einstein

Why Mixed-Race Americans Will Not Save The Country

Americans like to fantasize that a mixed-race future will free them from the clutches of racism.<p>But this illusion is incompatible with an America in which the presidential election was won by the candidate who ran a "Make America Great Again" campaign, which many critics have pointed out was widely …

Doctors No Longer Rush to Cut the Umbilical Cord

For generations, obstetricians have been quick to cut the umbilical cord of newborns. That’s changing, and most expectant parents should anticipate at least a short delay before the cord is cut.<p>In January, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists became the latest major medical …

500 years ago, China destroyed its world-dominating navy because its political elite was afraid of free trade

But by 1525, all of China's "Treasure Fleet" ships had been destroyed — burned in their docks or left to rot by the government. China had been poised to circumnavigate the globe decades before the Europeans did, but instead the Ming Dynasty retracted into itself and entered a 200-year-long …

Human-Pig Hybrid Created in the Lab—Here Are the Facts

Scientists hope the chimera embryos represent key steps toward life-saving lab-grown organs.<p>In a remarkable—if likely controversial—feat, scientists announced today that they have created the first successful human-animal hybrids. The project proves that human cells can be introduced into a …

Immune System

People who swear more may be more honest? Get the F*ck out of here

If you’re one of those people who can’t stop swearing, I have some great f*cking news and some bad f*cking news.<p>The good news first: A study …

All References to Climate Change Have Been Deleted From the White House Website

Donald Trump immediately deleted Barack Obama's lengthy climate change information page.<p>At 11:59 AM Eastern, the official White House website had a lengthy information page about the threat of climate change and the steps the federal government had taken to fight it. At noon, at the instant Donald …

A theory from two Harvard professors explains why American voters prefer incompetence

Do voters want competence from their elected officials?<p>In an intriguing new paper (pdf), a pair of Harvard business professors argue that a certain segment of voters—primarily lower educated and rural—will choose incompetent candidates over competent ones<i>,</i> in order to protect themselves from …

Voting

Indian firm makes carbon capture breakthrough

A breakthrough in the race to make useful products out of planet-heating CO2 emissions has been made in southern India.<p>A plant at the industrial port of Tuticorin is capturing CO2 from its own coal-powered boiler and using it to make baking soda.<p>Crucially, the technology is running without subsidy, …

Unexpected Risks Found In Replacing DNA To Prevent Inherited Disorders

In September, reproductive endocrinologist John Zhang and his team at the New Hope Fertility Center in New York City captured the world's attention when they announced the birth of a child to a mother carrying a fatal genetic defect.<p>Using a technique called mitochondrial replacement therapy, the …

Genetics

Masturbation, penis size, rough sex: What Indians ask doctors online since no one will tell them at home

Even before Saurabh Arora got his online healthcare platform off the ground, the former Facebook data scientist had an inkling of what Indians might want to ask doctors—especially if they could send questions via a smartphone app and in complete privacy.<p>The low-hanging fruits, as Arora described …

Sexual Health

Study finds millions of China's 'missing girls' actually exist

<b>(CNN) —</b> It sounds like the plot of a mystery novel.<p>A controversial one-child policy that resulted in as many as 60 million "missing girls" in China, the most populous country on Earth.<p>But in a new study, researchers suggest that around 25 million of these girls aren't actually missing, but went …

China

25+ Hilarious Conversations Between Obama And Biden Are The Best Medicine After This Election

Donald Trump and Mike Pence will soon be moving into the White House, but as you can see from these hilarious imaginary conversations between Barack …

Joe Biden

Canadians left with worthless wads of cash after Indian government scraps rupee bills

TORONTO – A number of Canadian residents have suddenly found themselves with worthless wads of cash after the Indian government abruptly scrapped its …

Young mother bumps into Bill and Hillary Clinton on post-defeat walk

A distressed Hillary Clinton voter had a happy moment this week when she ran into the defeated Democratic nominee while on a walk through the woods near Clinton's New York home.<p>Margot Gerster wrote on Facebook that she was "heartbroken" about Clinton's defeat by Republican nominee Donald Trump in …

Indian diamond tycoon gives away hundreds of cars, apartments to employees as Diwali gift

Amid all the job cuts across the world, here comes an announcement that will help your spirit stay afloat. A businessman in India is giving away …

When an investment banker and an MIT graduate lived like India’s poor on $0.39 a day

Tushar, the son of a police officer in Haryana, studied at the University of Pennsylvania and worked for three years as an investment banker in the United States and Singapore. Matt migrated as a teenager to the United States with his parents, and studied at MIT.<p>At different points, both of them …

University of Pennsylvania

Why a Professor With Remarkable Election Prediction Record Is Literally Putting Money on a Trump Victory

A New York professor with an impressive track record of predicting outcomes of presidential elections is literally putting his money on a Donald …

How Snakes Lost Their Legs

Snakes used to wander the Earth on legs about 150 million years ago, before they shifted from strut to slither.<p>Now, two scientists have pinpointed the genetic process that caused snakes to lose their legs. What's more, they say the "molecular machinery" for leg development still persists in snakes …

Biology

A New Book Reveals Hitler's Dependent Drug Use During the War

The Nazis were getting high on their own supply.<p>The Nazis were all on drugs! The sensationalist but German writer Norman Ohler's absorbing new non-fiction book, <i>Blitzed</i>, makes the convincing argument that the Nazis' use of chemical stimulants, from the infantry all the way up to the Führer himself, …

Woman Wants To Be World’s Fattest Loses Weight Sex | Article

A woman from Nevada named Patty Sanchez was part of a “Feeder Fetish” relationship for years. A feeder is someone who enjoys having their significant …

How virtual reality is changing the game in healthcare

UK hospitals are turning to simulation and the virtual world to train healthcare professionals in medical procedures<p>In a small operating theatre underneath Hammersmith hospital, a team of cardiologists are in a race against time. They’re performing an angioplasty, a delicate and dextrous procedure …

Virtual Reality

Here's How Your Body Knows You Found the Perfect Sexual Partner

It's all about your immune system, apparently.<p>One of the real secrets of white-hot attraction to someone isn't terribly sexy, according to a recent study published in <i>Nature</i>: It's a part of your genetic coding.<p>All humans have their own unique human leukocyte antigen (HLA) complex, which helps the …

Virus stole poison genes from black widow spider

<b>In a very unusual case of genetic theft, a virus has been caught with a gene that codes for the poison of black widow spiders.</b><p>The chunks of arachnid DNA were probably stolen by the virus to help it punch through animal cells.<p>But its target is not the animal itself - the "WO" virus only infects …