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Hot and getting hotter: See how urban heat islands are cooking US cities

Originally published at Climate Central Cities are almost always hotter than the surrounding rural area…

Octopus inspires new adaptive camouflage material

The octopus’s ability to camouflage itself has inspired a new kind of thin, flexible fabric…

The psychology of comedy: Where humor and psychosis overlap

“Many people say that comics are psychopaths,” says the standup Jason Byrne, who should know what he’s…

‘Jaws of an earth monster’ among treasures discovered at newly unearthed Mayan cities

Archaeologists have unearthed two ancient Mayan cities hidden for centuries in thick vegetation in the…

Tech News

New app allows you to shop in a way that reflects your politics

Everyone is talking about the new study by Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluding that…

Despite lip service, Silicon Valley venture capital still a man’s world

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – When she started her child-support tracking business SupportPay,…

Media

Shakira hit song ‘Loca’ a copy of 1998 song written by Dominican musician: judge

Colombian pop star Shakira’s 2010 hit song “Loca” is an illegal copy of a tune…

US ‘appalled’ by execution of journalist James Foley

US intelligence was attempting Tuesday to authenticate a video purporting to show an Islamic State…

U.S. News

Tea Partier: Obama brought back racism, made cops too afraid to shoot blacks

A conservative commentator and occasional political candidate said the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, demonstrated…

Obama unlikely to deepen Iraq military involvement, say U.S. officials

Despite outrage at home and abroad over the grisly beheading of an American journalist, President…

Oklahoma Catholic bishop sues Satanist group for stealing wafers to use in ‘black mass’

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Oklahoma’s Catholic Archbishop filed a lawsuit on Wednesday…

WATCH LIVE: Protests continue in Ferguson despite rainy weather conditions

Demonstrations appeared to be continuing in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday night despite rainfall pelting the…

Georgia aquarium sues federal officials in bid to import 18 beluga whales from Russia

By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) – A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking…

World

Pakistani lawmakers meet with protestors pushing to force PM Sharif from office

Islamabad (AFP) – Pakistani ministers and opposition politicians met anti-government protesters on Wednesday, but talks ended for the day with…

German minister accuses Qatar of funding Islamic State fighters

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Development Minister Gerd Mueller accused Qatar on Wednesday of financing Islamic State militants who have seized…

Islamic State jihadists are ‘worse than Saddam,’ Iraqi Kurd commander says

Jihadists targeting minorities are “worse than Saddam”, a Kurdish commander says, standing near a sand barrier at a front line…

Hamas leader Mohammed Deif ‘deserves to die’: Israeli minister

An Israeli cabinet minister on Wednesday justified an air strike on Gaza that killed the wife and child of Hamas…

Afghanistan orders US reporter Matthew Rosenberg to leave over election story

Afghanistan on Wednesday ordered a New York Times correspondent to leave the country after he wrote an article saying government…

Sierra Leone’s 365 Ebola deaths traced back to one healer

It has laid waste to the tribal chiefdoms of Sierra Leone, leaving hundreds dead, but the Ebola crisis began with…

Conflict between Israel and Palestinians spurs economic battles in West Bank shops

Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – In Gaza, Israelis and Palestinians are battling it out with rockets and air strikes. But…

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