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Most cancer types 'just bad luck'

<b>Most types of cancer can be put down to bad luck rather than risk factors such as smoking, a study has suggested.</b><p>A US team were trying to explain why some tissues were millions of times more vulnerable to cancer than others.<p>The results, in the journal Science, showed two thirds of the cancer types …

Cancer

When will man become machine?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/1128000/1128605_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534401253_0a84319a8da315d61427419665af5bbf<p><b>"I think the development of full artificial intelligence [AI] could spell the end of the human race."</b><p>Professor Stephen Hawking's verdict …

Singularity

EU top court rules obesity a 'disability'

Europe's top court has ruled that obese people can be considered as disabled, meaning that they can be covered by an EU law barring discrimination at work.<p>The decision on Thursday followed a question from a Danish court, which was reviewing a complaint of unfair dismissal brought by Karsten …

Genes link birdsong and human speech

Humans and vocal birds like parrots use essentially the same genes to speak.<p>As part of a huge effort to sequence and compare the entire genomes of 48 …

Study offers support for the notion of e-cigarettes as a gateway drug

Do e-cigarettes lure teens into a world of vice that turns them into smokers of regular cigarettes? This is the big fear of anti-smoking activists, and new data from Hawaii suggest they may be right.<p>A survey of 1,941 ninth- and 10th-graders from Oahu found that 29% of them had tried electronic …

Public Health

Keith Wiley's "Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind Uploading" - h+ Media

• authors Ben Goertzel<p>Mind uploading has long been one of the most conceptually vexing transhumanist technology ideas. The promise is amazing: …

Decoding Creativity – It's In the Genes!

What do Beethoven and the violinist who plays in the subway for a few dollars of tips share? What’s common between Vincent Van Gogh and the …

Henri Rousseau’s Heartening Story of Success after a Lifetime of Rejection, Illustrated

<i>“People working in the arts engage in street combat with The Fraud Police on a daily basis,”</i> Amanda Palmer wrote in her fantastic manifesto for the creative life, one of the best books of the year, <i>“because much of our work is new and not readily or conventionally categorized.”</i> Few artists in …

Congress considering plan to allow pension cuts

More than a million retired and current truck drivers, construction workers and other union workerscould see their pension benefits cut if Congress passes a proposal aimed at shoring up some of the nation's biggest pensions.<p>Lawmakers are attempting to tack on the proposal to the government spending …

Billionaire Investor Peter Thiel Chased Off Stage By Angry Protesters At UC Berkeley

Thiel was speaking at an event hosted by the Berkeley Forum, a student organization at UC Berkeley.<p>But after about 20 minutes, protesters came banging on the doors, interrupting the speech multiple times. A sense of panic seemed to be overtaking the surprised audience, but Thiel went on and …

Ancient Computer Even More Ancient Than We Thought

The astonishing Antikythera mechanism is even older than previously suspected, new research suggests. Instead of being "1500 years ahead of its …

Puget Sound

Construction stopped on Denver's VA hospital

DENVER (AP) — The company building Denver's new Veterans Administration hospital is stopping construction after a federal board of appeals ruled …

Japan's looming benefit cuts an unspoken, unsettling election theme

TOKYO (Reuters) - Hiroko Shinohara frets about one issue Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has noticeably avoided on the campaign trail ahead of Sunday’s election: the need to cut Japan’s generous social welfare program that supports millions of people.<p>Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is also leader …

Feathered Fossils Give Scaly Dinosaurs a Makeover

Plumage may have adorned even the earliest dinosaurs, long before flight.<p>Which came first, the feathers or the birds? Feathers first, scientists now say definitively. Yet this feathery revelation doesn't arise from discoveries of ancient birds, but of birds' ancestors—dinosaurs.<p>At a recent Berlin …

Kerry asks Congress not to rule out ground troops against Islamic State

Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Tuesday urged Congress not to rule out the use of U.S. ground troops in setting new rules for the military campaign against the Islamic State militant group.<p>Kerry also urged lawmakers not to try to limit where the fighting occurs, or to define too narrowly the …

US city of Portland sues Uber

The suit also asked the court to order the service to stop operating in Portland until it is in compliance with city rules.<p>"Uber is subject to and in violation of the city of Portland's Private for Hire Transportation Regulations and Administrative Rules," the suit said.<p>Uber is the most prominent …

Regulation

Here's Obama's Hilarious Segment From Last Night's 'Colbert Report'

President Barack Obama appeared on "The Colbert Report" on Monday night and took over a segment on the show.<p>He told host Stephen Colbert: "You've taken plenty of shots at my job; I'm going to take a shot at yours."<p>Obama read the prompter for Colbert's "The Word" segment (which Obama changed to "The …

Comedy

Nomadic Adventures of a Man and His Dog Highlight Their Bond

There are few bonds greater than the love between a dog and its owner. John Stortz is an illustrator and traveler who takes his gorgeous canine called Wolf on adventures around the United States. The duo visits beautiful locales like ghost towns in Nevada, Death Valley in California, and the …

Take a walk on the wild side in the Cotswolds

Ready for a nice country walk for 100 miles or so?<p>The famous Cotswolds Way in Britain is 102 miles, actually, through rolling fields, past villages that couldn’t evoke Old England any more than if you were on a film set. Think thatched roofs, winding country lanes, ancient stone cottages, huge …

Top 10 Adventure Trips

What Will Life Be Like Inside A Computer?

Many scientists believe that we will soon be able to preserve our consciousness indefinitely. There are a number of scenarios by which this might be …

Dick Cheney is in Obama’s head: Why U.S. foreign policy is broken

<b>Barack Obama, Dick Cheney (Reuters/Joshua Roberts/photo montage by Salon)</b><p>The American national security machinery seems incapable of handling the single threat it was built to destroy<p>Tom Engelhardt<p>December 7, 2014 8:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>Let’s play a game, the kind …

10 hottest housing markets for 2015

Even though the housing market has been steadily recovering for a few years now, one thing has been keeping it from making a real comeback: first-time homebuyers.<p>But that will soon change, according to Realtor.com.<p>As the jobs picture improves, Millennials are going to be returning to the housing …

Michael Brown and Eric Garner: The Limits of Analytics

The title may seem strange coming from a pollster, especially one who deals daily in the world of data. The name of the company where I work together with my son is called Zogby Analytics and I am a great believer in capturing tons of statistical and behavioral information to find trend lines, …

World-First Artificial Enzymes Suggest Life Doesn't Need DNA or RNA

For the first time, scientists have built artificial enzymes using lab-grown genetic material called XNA. The experiment bolsters the idea that life …

In A Face-To-Face GMO Debate, The "For" Side Wins

Will the debate sway you?<p>Last night, about 450 people packed into New York City's Kaufman Center to hear a genetics professor and Monsanto's chief technology officer debate against researchers who are against the use of any genetic engineering technology. Among the audience members were writers for …

Agriculture

Locked Away for Years, Skeleton's Secrets Rewrite Prehistory of North America

People came to the New World thousands of years earlier and by different means of locomotion than expected, says the Sherlock Holmes of old bones.<p>In the summer of 1996, while wading in the shallows of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington, two students stumbled onto a skeleton. Dated to …

Missing Mexican students "were incinerated"

Mounting evidence that missing Mexican students were incinerated, according to Mexican authorities but Argentine forensic experts sound note of caution<p>Mexico has said that mounting evidence and initial DNA tests confirmed that 43 trainee teachers abducted by corrupt police 10 weeks ago were …

Saudi-born US naval engineer allegedly gave undercover agent info on how to sink carrier

A Naval engineer is facing charges that he gave an FBI undercover agent posing as an Egyptian intelligence officer secret documents about the new Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier while discussing how to sink the vessel with a missile.<p>Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, 35, of Yorktown, Va., was arrested Friday on …

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