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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

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,…

Dandelion taproots yield milky fluid with tire-grade rubber particles

Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer often meets with disbelief when she talks about her…

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

Report: U.S. tried and failed to rescue James Foley from ISIS in Syria earlier this year

U.S. special forces mounted a mission earlier this year to rescue journalist James Wright Foley…

California bill would require listing of parental rights for sperm donors and surrogates

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – A bill aimed at protecting the parental and…

FBI tells healthcare companies that ‘malicious’ hackers are looking to steal their data

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) – The FBI has warned that healthcare industry companies are…

Supreme Court puts same-sex marriage on hold in Virginia

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday prevented gay marriage…

Pat Robertson calls for anti-Obama ‘revolution’ because computers make his doctors slow

Conservative TV preacher Pat Robertson said this week that Americans needed to stage a “revolution”…

World

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…

Ecuadorian President Correa: Britain could end Julian Assange dispute ‘tomorrow’

Guatemala City (AFP) – Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said Tuesday that Britain had the power to resolve the Julian Assange…

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