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Science

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…

Here’s how arctic sea ice could shrink even more

Originally published at Climate Central As the sea ice covering the Arctic continues to shrink…

The science of mixing mind-blowing cocktails

A guide from 1948 still contains the best advice about cocktail-making – but modern mixologists…

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

US ‘appalled’ by execution of journalist James Foley

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

Christian group attempts to link Robin Williams’ rehab efforts with ‘ex-gay’ therapy

A senior fellow at the conservative Family Research Council (FRC) invoked comedian Robin Williams’ past…

U.S. News

US snaps back at Egypt’s criticism of Ferguson unrest

A US official on Tuesday snapped back at Egypt after criticism from Cairo over possible…

Patient isolated in Sacramento hospital for Ebola virus testing

A patient who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus has been put in…

Life sentence upheld for US Marine who murdered a Las Vegas prostitute in Hawaii

HONOLULU (Reuters) – The U.S. Marine Corps Pacific commander has approved the life sentence recommended…

Check out Texas Governor Rick Perry’s new mugshot

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential…

Dan Sullivan claims victory over Tea Party’s Joe Miller in Alaska’s GOP Senate primary

By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) – Mainstream Republican Dan Sullivan claimed victory early on…

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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