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When Retirees Should Not Pay Off Their Mortgages

Many homeowners dream of hosting a “mortgage-burning” party as they approach retirement. But paying off the mortgage isn’t always the best strategy.<p>Sometimes, it’s better to keep that money in the bank for other purposes, such as building retirement savings or paying down higher-interest debt. In …

Retirement

Now We Understand How Marijuana Makes Inflammatory Bowel Disease Bearable

No wonder people with IBD often turn to the drug.<p>People who live with inflammatory bowel disease deal with a lot of physical discomfort, and for some …

Immune System

From laboratory in far west, China's surveillance state spreads quietly

BEIJING (Reuters) - Filip Liu, a 31-year-old software developer from Beijing, was traveling in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang when he was pulled to one side by police as he got off a bus.<p>The officers took Liu's iPhone, hooked it up to a handheld device that looked like a laptop and told …

China

The first graphene jacket is here, and it’s magical

And it only costs $695.<p>At $695 a pop, Vollebak’s new graphene jacket isn’t for everyone. But if even half of what its creators promise is true, it could be worth every cent. According to the company, it shares many of the magical properties of graphene–absorbing heat and then warming you up over …

Graphene

Africa is changing China as much as China is changing Africa

Eight years ago I watched the movie “2012,” named after the year the Mayan calendar supposedly ends. In the film an American geologist learns that a solar flare is heating the core of the earth and causing its tectonic plates to shift drastically. Before long, mass earthquakes and tsunamis are …

China

Scientists may have solved one of the biggest problems holding back hydrogen-powered vehicles

One of the biggest obstacles the hydrogen fuel industry is faced with — its transportation and storage — may have been solved by scientists at the CSIRO.<p>With some of the world's biggest car companies, including Toyota, Hyundai and BMW, betting on hydrogen as a future fuel source, the national …

Energy

Growers Are Beaming Over The Success Of Lasers To Stave Off Thieving Birds

During every berry-picking season in the Pacific Northwest, blueberry and raspberry growers fight to prevent birds from gobbling up the crop before harvest. This year, some farmers are trying something new to scare away the thieving birds: lasers.<p>Justin Meduri manages a large blueberry farm and …

Birds

China Uighurs: One million held in political camps, UN told

<b>A UN human rights committee has heard there are credible reports that China is holding a million Uighurs in "counter-extremism centres".</b><p>Gay McDougall, a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, raised the claims at a two-day UN meeting on China.<p>She said she was …

China

Analyzing the Trump effect: Is America having a nervous breakdown?

Think people are losing their minds over President Trump? Maybe it’s not all in your head.<p>The American Psychological Association is holding its …

Mental Health

Everyone in Trump’s Orbit Keeps Getting Indicted

If there’s one thing that binds the Trump universe together, it’s the oppressive stench of shady activity. This applies to those closest to the …

Donald Trump

China is set to open the world's longest sea-crossing bridge

China's Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is set to be the world's longest sea-crossing bridge ever built. After about seven years of construction, the …

China

The Only Thing Fire Scientists Are Sure of: This Will Get Worse

Subtract out the conspiracists and the willfully ignorant and the argument marshaled by skeptics against global warming, roughly restated, assumes …

Climate Change

I asked 3 early retirees how people know they're ready to stop working, and they all said the same thing

Are you ready to retire early?<p>Before you answer "no" because you haven't quite hit your e arly retirem ent savings goal, here's the thing about the <i>right time</i> to retire early: it doesn't exist.<p>At least, that's the common thread among several early retirees I spoke to. In hindsight, many wished they …

Retirement

Sarah Sanders' dishonest defense of Trump and his assault on the free press reaches a new low

$180,000.<p>That’s how much Sarah Sanders earns a year as White House Press Secretary. She joins 23 other White House employees in that top salary bracket.<p>That means this is also how much she is paid to spread lies to the American people and peddle conspiracy theories on behalf of the president of the …

Donald Trump

Canada Envisions Small Nuclear Reactors Producing Power And Hydrogen In Remote Towns

Imagine villages in the Canadian wilderness powered by small nuclear reactors that also provide the fuel for home heating and transportation.<p>Canadian Nuclear Laboratories hopes to prove the viability of small modular reactors by 2026 and use them not only to produce power, but to produce hydrogen …

Energy

What Trump is doing to America is not normal

<b>(CNN) —</b> You cannot go wrong by expecting the worst from Donald Trump.<p>Within 24 hours, he called on the attorney general to halt the investigation into his campaign's links to Russia, slammed the criminal prosecution of his former campaign manager Paul Manafort as a "hoax," and lied with great …

Donald Trump

What's going on with Donald Trump? Psychologist explains the president’s lies, reversals

Trump's lies and reversals are not due to mental illness but because he reacts to people and situations in the moment, with no thought of future or past.<p>When I saw CNN’s Jake Tapper suddenly blurt out, “What the hell is going on?” in an online video the other day, I thought I’d better speak up.<p>Like …

Donald Trump

Trump opens window into his rage with Mueller attack

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump is giving Americans a glimpse of the fury raging inside him as a pivotal moment nears for special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, and different strands of political and legal vulnerability swirling around the President become ever more threatening.<p>Trump launched …

Donald Trump

4 Signs You Retired Too Early

Here's how to know if you jumped the gun on retirement -- and what to do about it.<p>Many workers dream of retiring early and getting to escape the …

Retirement

Boomers could cause a bust in the housing market

Will baby boomers turn into party poopers when they unload their homes in large numbers starting in the next decade? Could they create an …

Real Estate

Inside the Mind of Donald Trump

He’s grandiose, deceitful and paranoid—but don’t let him drive you crazy.<p>Why is President Donald Trump behaving in ways that seem ever more irrational, impulsive, self-destructive, dangerous and cruel? Many Americans have been shocked by Trump’s behavior, most recently by his taking the side of a …

Psychology

Michael Cohen just dropped a collusion bombshell in the Russia investigation

<b>(CNN) —</b> This may be the most important paragraph of Donald Trump's presidency:<p><i>"Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, claims that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on</i> …

Donald Trump

Much of the US Electric Grid Could Go the Way of the Landline Phone

If you’re old enough to remember landlines, maybe you remember the feedback loop that turned them from must-haves to luxury items. As customers …

Natural Gas

Opinion: Trump cannot keep his corruption hidden forever. Here's what's coming.

Probes into Russia, Trump campaign<p>Two of the biggest stories in Washington right now - President Donald Trump's battle with lawyer Michael Cohen, and a federal judge's decision to let a lawsuit alleging ongoing violations of the Emoluments Clause proceed - are both converging towards one end point. …

Donald Trump

The $3 billion plan to turn Hoover Dam into a giant battery

Hoover Dam helped transform the American West, harnessing the force of the Colorado River — along with millions of cubic feet of concrete and tens of …

Los Angeles

Tight blood pressure control can cut memory loss, study finds

Lowering blood pressure to recommended levels can prevent dementia and the memory and thinking problems that often show up first, researchers reported Wednesday.<p>People whose top blood pressure reading was taken down to 120 were 19 percent less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment, the loss …

Alzheimer's Disease

Google now has its own hardware security keys

Yesterday, Google revealed that it completely cut phishing attacks against more than 85,000 employees by making them use hardware security keys. They're small USB drive-sized devices that handle online logins, and they're proven to be even more secure than other two-factor authentication methods. …

Mobile Devices

Federal judge rejects Trump effort to stop lawsuit alleging he violates Constitution by doing business with foreign governments

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected President Trump’s latest effort to stop a lawsuit that alleges Trump is violating the Constitution by continuing to do business with foreign governments.<p>The ruling, from U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte in Greenbelt, Md., will allow the plaintiffs — the …

Donald Trump

Trump to Seek Repeal of California’s Smog-Fighting Power

The Trump administration will seek to revoke California’s authority to regulate automobile greenhouse gas emissions -- including its mandate for …

Trump Administration

None of Google's 85,000 employees have had their work accounts taken over in a year — and it's because of a simple $20 product anyone can use

One of the most common ways that people get hacked is called phishing or spearphishing.<p>Basically, attackers craft an email that looks just like something you'd normally click on, like a bill or an email telling you to change your password. Unsuspecting people click on the link in the phishing …

Employment