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    For 4,500 years, Stone Age humans returned to this mysterious cave

    45,000 years ago, in an area that is now part of Ethiopia, humans found a roomy cave at the base of a limestone cliff and turned it into a special kind of workshop. Inside, they built up a cache of over 40 kilograms of reddish stones high in iron oxide. Using a variety of tools, they ground the stones into different colored powders...

  • 2 days ago
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    The Best Thing That Can Happen To Electric Cars Is What Happened To PCs In The 1990s

    At this moment, the idea that we’re on the brink of electric cars becoming cheaper to build than combustion cars is getting a lot of traction, along with the idea that EVs will be as cheap to own as the loud kind of car even sooner. These are important developments, and while it’s potentially good news for consumers, it’s not enough. The ideal model for electric vehicles should be similar to what happened to computers in the 1990s.

  • 2 days ago
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    Fallout 4 is free this weekend on Steam for the first time ever

    Fallout 4 is pretty fantastic, but it's also been out for well over a year and so there must be a reason if you haven't played it by now, right? If that reason happens to be price (which is still hanging in at the $60 mark), then get ready to rub your face in the post-nuclear future, because beginning tomorrow and until May 28, Bethesda is making the game free to play on Steam.

  • 3 days ago
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    The Curious Case of the Disappearing Nuts

    In California, millions of dollars' worth of almonds, walnuts, and pistachios are disappearing. Farmers are perplexed, the cops are confused, and the crooks are getting richer. We sent Peter Vigneron to the Central Valley to take a crack at the crimes.

  • 3 days ago
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    Taiwan's top court rules in favour of same-sex marriage

    The decision paves the way for Taiwan to become the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriages.

  • 6 days ago
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    WATCH: Donald Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia

    I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens, but words do not do justice to the grandeur of this remarkable place and the incredible hospitality you have shown us from the moment we arrived.

  • 11 days ago
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    A self-repairing surface that stays clean and dry

    THE repulsive powers of lotus leaves are the stuff of legend. Water sprayed onto them forms instantly into silvery beads (see picture) and rolls right off again—carrying any dirt on the leaf’s surface with it. The physics behind this impressive and beautiful phenomenon is well understood. Lotus leaves repel water because they are covered with minuscule waxy nodules that stop water molecules bonding with a leaf’s surface tissues, meaning those molecules bond with each other instead. That ar...

  • 12 days ago
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    WannaCry ransomware has links to North Korea, cybersecurity experts say

    Two top security firms have found evidence linking the WannaCry ransomware to the prolific North Korean cybergang known as Lazarus Group. What is WannaCry ransomware and why is it attacking global computers? Kaspersky and Symantec both said on Monday that technical details within an early version of the WannaCry code are similar to code used in a 2015 backdoor created by the government-linked North Korean hackers, who were implicated in the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures...

  • 12 days ago
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    You say you’re pro-life, but then you want to limit health care for my disabled son

    “It’s a good thing he was born to you. Most people would have aborted him.” The him was my 6-month-old son, Jack, nestled into my arms, held at the angle he preferred — one that wouldn’t cause his tracheotomy tube to torque. His one and only eye remained fixed on me, his one and only ear perked, waiting for what I would say.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    The Last Person You’d Expect to Die in Childbirth

    The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world, and 60 percent are preventable. The death of Lauren Bloomstein, a neonatal nurse, in the hospital where she worked illustrates a profound disparity: The health care system focuses on babies but often ignores their mothers.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Why getting rid of grades would help rich students — and hurt poor ones

    Think grade inflation has made grades less meaningful? A consortium of 100 elite prep schools agrees. But rather than impose stricter grading curves, these schools plan to eliminate grades altogether. “People are nonstandard,” says D. Scott Looney, head of Cleveland’s Hawken School and founder and board chair of the new Mastery Transcript Consortium. “They grow and evolve in the world in nonstandard ways. Distilling that down to a simple common number like a GPA shaves off a lot of human...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Scotland is home to small 'tigers', but maybe not for long

    The Sun is rising on a calm and cloudy morning in late February 2017, and Jamie Sneddon and I have an important collection to make. After a short drive along the north-east coast of Scotland – passing open fields, detached bungalows, and blooming bushes of gorse that shine with a radiant yellow under the grey sky – we arrive at the muddy entrance of a farmyard. Many of the locals here in the remote Scottish Highlands are crofters: they nurture and trade certain root vegetables and small numb...

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    Scaling the World’s Most Lethal Mountain, in the Dead of Winter

    The mountain rises glistening from an encasement of glaciers in the far reaches of the Karakoram. Pyramid-shaped, an austere link to eternity, K2 yields only to Everest in height and is deadlier. Its walls are vertiginous no matter the approach. Only the most experienced climbers attempt ascents, and for every four who crawl to its peak, one dies.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Why Are We Still Legitimising Blasphemy? It's Embarrassing, Says Maajid

    Stephen Fry is facing a blasphemy probe in Ireland after a viewer claimed his outspoken comments about God two years ago were blasphemous. Maajid is fuming. Police in Ireland are investigating Stephen Fry after a viewer claimed Fry's branding of God as a "maniac" on a TV show two years ago was blasphemous.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    London terror plots: Anti-terror cops tracking 'two imminent ISIS terror attacks' after foiling knife plot

    Cops have revealed Islamist extremists plan to launch at least two new terror attacks in London in the wake of two foiled attacks in the capital last week. Officers are reportedly staking out suspects involved in the “active” plots – which are believed to be inspired by ISIS or Al Qaeda. Sources told the Sunday Times it is understood the plotters are not connected to the events of Thursday, when armed police swooped on an alleged knifeman in Westminster and also arrested six people in raid...

  • 1 month ago
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    Google is super secretive about its anti-aging research. No one knows why.

    In 2013, Time magazine ran a cover story titled Google vs. Death about Calico, a then-new Google-run health venture focused on understanding aging — and how to beat it. “We should shoot for the things that are really, really important, so 10 or 20 years from now we have those things done,” Google CEO Larry Page told Time. But how exactly would Calico help humans live longer, healthier lives? How would it invest its vast $1.5 billion pool of money? Beyond sharing the company’s ambitious m...

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    The Holocaust: Who are the missing million?

    Giselle Cycowicz (born Friedman) remembers her father, Wolf, as a warm, kind and religious man. "He was a scholar," she says, "he always had a book open, studying Talmud [compendium of Jewish law], but he was also a businessman and he looked after his family." Before the war, the Friedmans lived a happy, comfortable life in Khust, a Czechoslovak town with a large Jewish population on the fringes of Hungary. All that changed after 1939, when pro-Nazi Hungarian troops, and late...

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    NKY judge charged with human trafficking

    A former Campbell County district judge was arrested Friday on sex charges. Tim Nolan, a current member of the Campbell County school board and outspoken supporter of the local Tea Party was in court on three sex charges involving an underage girl. Nolan turned himself in after an investigation that's gone on since at least February resulted in an arrest warrant. The 70-year-old Nolan is charged with one count of human trafficking for allegedly subjecting a minor under the age of 18 to comm...

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    US military considers shooting down North Korea missile tests, sources say

    The US military is considering shooting down North Korean missile tests as a show of strength to Pyongyang, two sources briefed on the planning have told the Guardian. Amid heightened tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, the Pentagon is looking for ways short of war to pressure the country into denuclearization, particularly if Pyongyang goes forward with a sixth nuclear test.