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U.S. tests nuclear power system to sustain astronauts on Mars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Initial tests in Nevada on a compact nuclear power system designed to sustain a long-duration NASA human mission on the inhospitable surface of Mars have been successful and a full-power run is scheduled for March, officials said on Thursday.<p>National Aeronautics and Space …

Energy

Ryan hits Democrats for holding the military 'hostage' over immigration

House Speaker Paul Ryan jabbed at Democrats on Thursday for tying a two-year deal to boost defense spending to immigration talks.<p>Speaking on military readiness at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Wisconsin Republican predicted a budget cap deal is "very close," but complained …

Politics

House approves spending bill, shifting shutdown drama to Senate

The House on Thursday night approved a stopgap measure to keep the government open less than 36 hours before a possible shutdown, shifting the drama …

Donald Trump

Scientists just created a new type of battery inspired by electric eels

Electric eels inspired an international team of researchers to develop soft power cells that could one day run pacemakers, health monitors, or one …

Batteries

7 SEO Trends for 2018 That Will Make You Question Everything

Another year has come and gone, and 2018 is upon us. As usual, the big question for us—SEO experts, digital marketers, and brand experts—is what will …

SEO

Nigeria's Buhari doesn't know if he will seek re-election -radio inter

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday he does not know if he will seek re-election in 2019.<p>Buhari said in a radio interview that the decision to run was personal and also for Nigerians too.<p>Reporting by Paul Carsten; Writing by Chijioke Ohuocha; Editing by Kevin …

Muhammadu Buhari

Scientists create new molecule to combat pain

Researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas have created an RNA-mimicking molecule that blocks the series of pain sensitization reactions that …

Pain

US military presence in Syria ‘aggression against national sovereignty’

BEIRUT: The Syrian government said on Thursday that a US military presence in Syria represented an “aggression” against Syrian sovereignty, and vowed …

Syria

Trump administration to announce 'new conscience and religious freedom' HHS division

The Trump administration will announce Thursday a new division within the Department of Health and Human Services devoted to "conscience and …

Rights & Freedoms

America Quietly Starts Nation-Building in Parts of Syria

The U.S. has escalated its presence in the country, and has signaled no timetable for when it will end.<p>Announcing his new Afghanistan strategy in August, President Donald Trump insisted “we are not nation-building again.” The pledge—made while increasing indefinitely the American commitment to the …

Foreign Policy

Is a war brewing between Russia and Ukraine over Moscow's actions in Donbas?

Kiev adopted a law labelling Moscow as an "aggressor" state in Donetsk and Luhansk provinces.<p>Ukraine's parliament has adopted a new law, labelling …

Ukraine

Manchester United transfer news and rumours: David De Gea new contract, Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the move

Manchester United are reportedly hopeful of tying <b>David de Gea</b> down to a new long-term contract having opened negotiations with the goalkeeper.<p>The …

Soccer

CES 2018: What did we learn about the future of VR?

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 showcased a range of gadgets and gizmos, with a heavy focus on artificial intelligence, internet of things …

Virtual Reality

The regime in Syria is closing in on a rebel stronghold

IN THE spring of 2015 the rebel takeover of Idlib province in north-western Syria seemed to signal the beginning of the end for President Bashar …

Syria

Clubbable, but in the Worst Way

LONDON — Well, it’s official. He isn’t crazy. “I’ve found no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought processes,” Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, the rear admiral who conducted President Trump’s physical, said this week.<p>That comes as no surprise to me. Because if …

Opinion

Temple stadium moves forward, despite neighborhood opposition

<i>This story originally appeared on PlanPhilly.</i><p>—<p>Temple University announced today that it is taking the next step forward on a controversial 35,000 …

Housing

Ukraine's Parliament Passes Contentious Donbas 'Reintegration' Bill

Ukraine's parliament has passed a bill governing state policy on areas in the east that are held by Russia-backed separatists.

Ukraine

Record year for commercial construction in Sioux Falls

Commercial construction climbed to another record-breaking year in Sioux Falls.<p>Building permits issued in 2017 for commercial projects reached $739 …

Business

Rep. Rob Bishop introduces medical marijuana research bill

Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, introduced Thursday a House version of bipartisan legislation to make it easier for researchers to study medicinal uses for …

Cannabis

The demise of the two-state solution deprives Netanyahu's Israel of its political Iron Dome

Supporters of the two-state solution could soon resemble the toiter or dead Hasidim, the disdainful term once used to describe disciples of Rabbi …

Israel

Apple Readies Likely Huge Capital Return Program, and Rivals May Soon Follow

Over the last couple of years, Apple (AAPL) has gotten pretty PR-savvy about how it frames its U.S. investments. When you're based out of the U.S., …

Stocks

Top U.S. Energy Regulator Will Ensure Utilities Pass on Tax Cut

Sweeping U.S. tax cuts could pave the way for “sizable deductions” in electricity rates and the nation’s main energy regulator will make sure utility …

Business

Donald Trump, The Huddled Masses Yearning To Breathe Free Made America Great

President Trump’s recently reported vulgar slur on the places of origin of certain people long residing in the United States in the wake of national disasters under Temporary Protected Status may have the unexpected consequence of making their protection permanent. One hopes so.<p>In the aftermath of …

Opinion

The president of the National Urban League discusses the state of black America

Marc Morial, 60, is president of the National Urban League. He served two terms as mayor of New Orleans, was a Louisiana state senator and is a former president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.<p><b>The National Urban League issues an annual report on the “State of Black America.” Is right now a good</b> …

Lifestyle

Dark horses primed for 'New Legends' phase of ELeague Major

The ELeague Major "New Legends" phase begins Jan. 19 in Atlanta, with nine new teams rising to the occasion from the "New Challenger" stage to take …

Overwatch League

Questionable Sino-Mongolian toponymy

News article from Xinhua (1/16/18, by Quan Xiaoshu, Qu Ting, Cao Pengyuan):<p>It starts:<p>The ruins of an ancient tripartite-city, known as Sanlian City, …

China

EA LLA KOTO EYE NGOBENI

FREE State Stars want Thela Ngobeni back in their stable to tighten their last line of defence.<p>Ea Lla Koto coach Luc Eymael confirmed that he is busy …

News (South Africa)

Here's What's In Fortnite: Battle Royale's Big New Map Update

In just a few months, <i>Fortnite: Battle Royale</i> went from being a somewhat controversial <i>PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds</i> imitator to being one of the biggest games in the world a style all of its own, and today Epic Games gave it its biggest update yet. Update 2.2.0 is now live on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, …

Pokémon

Constellation's Futurist Framework (PESTEL); The Economic Outlook Pre @Davos #WEF18

<b>Expect US tax plan to drive greater investment in the United States (2018).</b> Constellation estimates between $353B to $417B of overseas cash to be …

Economics

Jewish activists And Rabbis Protest On Capitol Hill In Support Of Dreamers

According to <i>Algeimeiner,</i> the demonstration was organized by coalition of US Jewish advocacy organizations, among them the Anti-Defamation League, the …

Immigration