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Updated 2018-02-25 05:36
Humans Outweigh Climate’s Influence On Fire
May Your Days Be Merry, But Less Bright
A Return To The Moon, An Ancient Bludgeon, And Anesthetized Plants
Chumash firefighters battle wildfires and protect sacred sites in California
Some firefighters in the Chumash Fire department in Santa Ynez double as "cultural specialists" to try and protect indigenous cultural sites.
Somalis face 'slave ship conditions' on failed deportation flight
MC Afrikan Boy's 'Wot It Do?' is a call to action
MC Afrikan Boy, Olushola Ajose, returns with his latest track, "Wot it Do?" It’s a danceable, club-ready track that aims to bring people to the dance floor.
The car bomb and the journalist: the murder that showed the 'Two Maltas'
It was just before three o’clock in the afternoon on Oct. 16 when Malta’s most famous, outspoken blogger got into her car for what was to be the last time. Minutes later, a bomb planted under the driver’s seat flung the vehicle into a field beside the road. Daphne Caruana Galizia, who’d relentlessly attacked corruption in the tiny island nation, was dead.
H&M's statement about sexual harassment allegations in Bangladeshi factories
The company is a big buyer from factories in Bangladesh.
In San Juan, they're going street by street, house by house, turning the lights back on
More than 450 power line workers from the New York area are on the ground in Puerto Rico trying to impose some order on the island's battered electric grid.
Australia reckons with the national tragedy of child sexual abuse
Five years and thousands of interviews later, an Australian government investigation has released its final report on child sexual abuse. The prime minister said it added up to, "a national tragedy."
At a year-end press conference, a handful of journalists try to hold Putin accountable
Vladimir Putin's end-of-year presser lasted nearly four hours, and included a few moments of drama.
In one of his final acts as mayor, Ed Lee stands up for 'comfort women'
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday morning. One of his last acts of mayor was to back a city memorial to the so-called comfort women of World War II, a move that angered its sister city, Osaka.
How creative are you?
Forget the SATs or Common Core. A psychologist created a different kind of standardized test to evaluate students: it measures your creativity.
Gary Marcus: Defining creativity
Creativity is almost always associated with the arts, but Gary Marcus tells us how creativity takes on different forms in all aspects of life.
Gary Marcus: Enhancing creativity
Musicians are famous for their wild and often intoxicated lifestyles, but does a lack of inhibition in the brain actually make you a better musician?
Russia’s influence in the Middle East is growing
The phrase "punching above its weight" is often used regarding Vladimir Putin's Russia. Nowhere is this more evident than in Russia's growing influence in the Middle East. And it seems that's mostly at the expense of the US.
Is the semitruck of the future electric?
Tesla recently unveiled the Tesla Semi, an all-electric truck. USA Today tech reporter Marco della Cava explains why it may not flip the industry just yet.
They got married in Seoul and a week later, China invaded
A US Marine met his future wife at the US Embassy in Seoul just months before the start of the Korean War. Their love story spanned seven decades.
In Estonia, almost everything — from voting to updating medical records — can be done online
Estonia has a population less than half that of Silicon Valley. But the small Baltic nation has managed to put itself on the map as on of the most digitally innovative countries in the world through it's E-Stonia project, which has digitized almost all aspects of citizen life.
Puerto Rico's musicians struggle to make ends meet post-Maria
Months after the island was hit by back-to-back hurricanes, Puerto Rico’s artistic community faces considerable challenges in its path toward recovery.
My voice is my passport — verify me
What if you could synthesize your voice with just one-minute of audio? Forget hypotheticals. You can.
Alabama's deep racial divisions increasingly plague the rest of America
The sense of siege that many angry white voters have felt in Alabama is now more common across the United States.
Scientists pinpoint link between climate change and Hurricane Harvey's record rainfall
Two independent groups of researchers have found that between 15 and 38 percent of Harvey’s rainfall was likely caused by climate change.
An FCC vote to dismantle net neutrality is expected this week. Here’s what that means.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai refers to the planned repeal as “restoring internet freedom.”
Putting an end to 'chain migration' could have a negative economic impact
In response to Monday's attack, President Donald Trump has reiterated his call to end “chain migration.”
Saudi Arabia lifts ban on movie theaters and this director says it's about time
Saudi Arabia closed its movie theaters in 1982 at the urging of ultraconservative religious clerics. Cinemas in the country are slated to reopen in March 2018.
For over 90 years, this Holocaust survivor's art has kept him alive
At 93, Kalman Aron still paints everyday in his apartment in Beverly Hills. If he didn't paint, he says he would "die of boredom."
The Keystone XL pipeline gets a victory, but with a question mark
The final official step to realizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline was a Nebraska commission’s approval of the pipeline route, which it has now given. But the route is not the one the company preferred.
Can kids recognize fake news? Sort of.
The University of Salford and the BBC Newsround studied kids ages 9 to 14 in the UK to see if they could recognize fake news.
In Germany, miners and others prepare for a soft exit from hard coal
Germany is shutting down the last of its underground coal mines next year, and the the way it's handling the end of this once-dominant industry could be a model for the US and other countries.
Poland's government fines a US-owned TV broadcaster
Poland's media regulator hit TVN24, a private, US-owned news station, with a $400,000 fine Monday over its coverage of an anti-government protest last year.
Why German pilots won't fly Afghan refugees back to Afghanistan
German media recently reported that some pilots have refused to fly Afghan refugees whose asylum applications have been rejected back to Afghanistan. But is their action out of sympathy?
Foreign experiments with trickle-down tax cuts: A rare proposition for a robust economy
Where have trickled-down policies been tried abroad? What were the results?
First-ever bitcoin futures trading is now underway
Bitcoin futures trading began on the Chicago Board Options Exchange on Sunday.
Unless Congress acts, nearly 9 million US children could soon be without health care
At the end of September, Congress allowed the deadline for refunding CHIP to expire. Replenishing funds for the program should be a slam dunk in Congress — there is usually bipartisan support for this program that helps kids — but CHIP still doesn’t have a funding plan, and the program is running on fumes.
How hate and debate came to a Connecticut mosque
Two years after a neighbor shot at their mosque, a leader at the Baitul Aman Mosque in Meriden has found an unlikely companion to show people true Islam: a local 76-year-old who is convinced organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood are plotting to impose Islamic law on America.
Putin orders 'significant part' of Russian forces in Syria to withdraw
President Vladimir Putin ordered "a significant part" of Russia's military contingent in Syria to start withdrawing on Monday, saying Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State in just over two years.
Is the public ready for Meat 2.0?
New 'burgers' made from plant-based and genetically modified ingredients aim to replace traditional meat burgers, without sacrificing taste.
Another way to look at the fossil record? By examining coal.
If you’re like most people, you probably think of coal as a chunk of black fossil fuel. Geologist Jen O’Keefe sees it differently.
For the future of self-driving technology, look to ... bats?
Scientists still aren’t sure how bats avoid colliding with one another in swarms. Solving the mysteries of their “biological sonar” could give us clues for our own technology.
May Your Holiday Cheer Be Bright (But Not Overloaded)
The Best Science Books Of 2017
The Recipe for California’s Wildfires? A Wet Winter And A Sweltering Summer
Invasion Of The Jellyfish
The Battle Of Coastal Restoration In Louisiana
A Golden Age For Children’s Science Books
Dusting Off Voyager 1’s Thrusters
How good is H&M’s clothing recycling program?
The world's biggest fashion retailer wants you to help them “close the loop” by donating your unwanted clothes. But only a small percentage of those cast-offs become new clothes.
Microbes In Space! (But They’re Ours)
A Narwhal’s Slow, Anxious Heart