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Trump staffers reportedly removed top-secret documents from a secure facility

The report, which was based on interviews with 11 current and former US officials, said President Barack Obama's national-security team became so concerned with the incoming administration's handling of classified information that it allowed Trump's team to view some documents only at the White …

National Security

The discovery of alien life may be close. How will religion survive it? | Santhosh Mathew

Encounters with new worlds and new life will present religions with the ultimate theological conundrum. But they will adapt, as they have done before<p>About two decades ago, it was quite uncertain whether stars other than our own sun even hosted their own planets. However, according to Nasa, the …

Paranormal

A New Genetic Testing Bill Could Make One Sci-Fi Dystopia a Reality

Anyone seen Gattaca lately?<p>Amongst several proposed bills currently navigating the House floor is HR 1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act—which, if passed, would impose penalties on employees who refuse to undergo genetic testing as part of wellness programs in their workplace. Right …

Trump Turns to Manufacturing Executives to Help Develop Jobs Plans

WASHINGTON — President Trump, who has repeatedly promised to bring jobs back to the United States, turned to manufacturing executives on Thursday to help him develop measures to do just that, giving powerful business leaders a potentially influential hand in shaping his still-evolving economic …

Europe is trolling the hell out of Trump one hilarious video at a time

It all started when a Dutch satirical show produced a cheeky tourism ad introducing the U.S. President to the "tiny country" and asking Trump (in his …

Europe

Clinton accuses Putin of acting on 'personal beef' in directing email hack

Hillary Clinton says cyber-attack targeting the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta was Vladimir Putin’s way of seeking personal revenge<p>Hillary Clinton has accused the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, of personally directing a cyberattack against her as revenge for a five-year-old …

Cyber-attacks

Trump invites trouble if he keeps businesses: ethics experts

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump says he will step away from managing his business empire while he's in office — but he's not going to sell it off. If he …

Donald Trump

The Real Story Behind the Myth of Area 51

There are no aliens at America's most famous top-secret military base, but what is there is just as interesting.<p>In the middle of the barren Nevada desert, there's a dusty unmarked road that leads to the front gate of Area 51. It's protected by little more than a chain link fence, a boom gate, and …

Paranormal

DNA clue to how humans evolved big brains

<b>Humans may in part owe their big brains to a DNA "typo" in their genetic code, research suggests.</b><p>The mutation was also present in our evolutionary "cousins" - the Neanderthals and Denisovans.<p>However, it is not found in humans' closest living relatives, the chimpanzees.<p>As early humans evolved, they …

Evolution

Edward Snowden points out that David Petraeus “shared information that was far more highly classified than I ever did” | Salon.com

David Petraeus

Hillary Clinton's campaign says it will take part in recount effort despite no 'actionable evidence' of foul play

Hillary Clinton's campaign said Saturday that it will take part in a vote recount in Wisconsin initiated by Jill Stein .<p>Stein, the Green Party's presidential nominee, has so far raised millions of dollars to fund the recount effort.<p>In a post on Medium , Marc Elias, the Clinton campaign's counsel, …

Government

Barack Obama says reality will force Trump to adjust his approach

President Barack Obama has warned Donald Trump he won’t be able to pursue many of his more controversial policies once he is in office.<p>In his final international speech before he leaves the White House in January, Obama said he could not guarantee Trump would not try to implement controversial …

Will the 2016 election change our thinking on cities?

Acting locally in the wake of national upheaval<p>In the past week, one of the most astute post-election explainers was an essay on Cracked using examples from three movies—<i>The Hunger Games, Star Wars, Braveheart</i>—to help explain why the 2016 election was not about Republicans vs. Democrats, but really …

Which ‘wrong thing’ does Trump regret saying, exactly?

DONALD TRUMP, you may have heard, reshuffled his staff and began sending signals that he would be more presidential. That was not a few days ago — it was four months ago.<p>As the candidate closed in on the Republican nomination, Mr. Trump’s new national campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, assured …

RiP Trippers: Last Chance To Save Vaping!

Facebook brings out the worst in people. Here's nine reasons why it's ruining the internet

One of the less remarked-upon aspects the referendum campaign was the constant suffixing of points with “according to a video on Facebook” or “a post on Facebook says”. In fact, over the last two weeks, I started to mentally append “on Facebook” to every rather shallow argument or talking point …

1 million people are now connecting to Facebook without leaving a digital trail

In a Facebook note, software engineer Alec Muffett said the number of Facebook over Tor users over an average 30-day period has about doubled in less than a year, now hitting 1 million.<p>"This growth is a reflection of the choices that people make to use Facebook over Tor, and the value that it …

Mobile Devices

FBI Says a Mysterious Hacking Group Has Had Access to US Govt Files for Years

A confidential FBI alert shows that government hackers are still roaming through US government networks.<p>The feds warned that "a group of malicious cyber actors," whom security experts believe to be the government-sponsored hacking group known as APT6, "have compromised and stolen sensitive …

The Panama Papers Show Us That Every Political System in the World Might Be Rigged

And they're the result of a brilliant international exercise in investigative journalism.<p>MADISON, WISCONSIN—You'll have to forgive me, but it was the weekend, so I didn't manage to get through all 11.5 million files that were leaked regarding who was stashing how much money where around the globe. …

Humans Evolved to Believe In God, This Theory Argues

More than eight in ten people worldwide believe in some form of religion.<p>More than eight in ten people worldwide have some sort of religious belief, according to a Pew Research Center study. Approximately one third of those people are Christian.<p>Even though the percentage of people who identify as …