Smartphone Thumb Skills Are Altering Our Brains Say Scientists

By Newsroom America Staff at 4:26 pm Eastern

The digital technology we use on a daily basis shapes the sensory processing in our brains, according to scientists, who say the scale was surprising.

Scientists Zero In On How Lung Cancer Spreads

12:49 pm Eastern | SciTech

UK scientists have taken microscopic images revealing that the protein ties tethering cells together are severed in lung cancer cells - meaning they can break loose and spread.read more »

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10 Years After Indian Ocean Tsunami, Asia-Pacific Region Better Prepared

11:25 am Eastern | World

Ten years after the Indian Ocean tsunami hit South and Southeast Asia, countries in the region are better prepared to deal with tragedies, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, while stressing that there is still room for improvement. read more »

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Scientific Report Shows Police Body-Cameras Can Prevent Unacceptable Use-Of-Force

25 Dec 09:00 | SciTech

Researchers have published the first full scientific study of the landmark crime experiment with police body-worn-cameras in California, which have been cited as justification for rolling out this technology. read more »

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MF Global Ordered To Pay $1.2 Billion In Restitution For Unlawful Use Of Customer Funds

24 Dec 15:47 | Business

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has obtained a court order against MF Global requiring it to pay $1.2 billion in restitution to customers for misuse of customer funds. read more »

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Sony's Controversial Comedy "The Interview" Released Online

24 Dec 14:08 | Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has released its controversial comedy "The Interview" online through outlets such as You Tube, Google Play, XBox and a dedicated web site. read more »

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FTC Halts Texas Auto Dealer’s Deceptive Ads

24 Dec 11:14 | U.S. News

An auto dealer in suburban Dallas has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it used deceptive ads to promote the sale and lease of its vehicles, including an ad that claimed consumers could get out of their current loan or lease for $1.read more »

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U.S. Congressman Michael Grimm Pleads Guilty To Fraud

24 Dec 10:40 | US Politics and Govt

United States Congressman Michael Grimm has pleaded guilty at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, to aiding and assisting the preparation of a false tax return. read more »

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Christmas Just Another Day For Those Fighting Ebola In West Africa

24 Dec 09:28 | World

Christmas will be "like any other working day" for humanitarian worker Chris Huddart, who – like thousands across West Africa – is spending the holiday responding to the Ebola outbreak.read more »

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War Causes Extensive Destruction To Syria's Cultural Heritage

24 Dec 08:21 | World

The extensive destruction and damage of Syria’s historical and cultural heritage sites demands increased efforts to protect them from the violence of the country’s continuing conflict, a new report based on exclusive satellite imagery has revealed.read more »

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Study Finds Facebook Popularity Hampers Fundraising Efforts

23 Dec 15:08 | SciTech

People with fewer friends on Facebook raise more money for charity than those with lots of connections, research by an economist at the University of Warwick has found.read more »

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Could Playing Classical Music Improve Kids' Brains?

23 Dec 14:41 | SciTech

A University of Vermont College of Medicine child psychiatry team has found that musical training might help kids focus their attention, control their emotions and diminish their anxiety.read more »

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Deadly Banana Disease Threatens Global Industry

23 Dec 14:00 | World

Without global efforts to respond to a fungal disease affecting banana production, the $36 billion global industry, which provides a source of income or food to some 400 million people around the world, is under threat, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).read more »

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FTC Charges Data Broker With Theft Of Millions Of Dollars From Consumers' Accounts

23 Dec 13:35 | U.S. News

A data broker operation sold the sensitive personal information of hundreds of thousands of consumers – including Social Security and bank account numbers – to scammers who allegedly debited millions from their accounts, the Federal Trade Commission charged in a complaint filed today.read more »

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Tablets And Smart Phones May Harm Your Quality Of Sleep

23 Dec 11:41 | SciTech

You may think your e-reader is helping you get to sleep at night, but it might actually be harming your quality of sleep, according to researchers.read more »

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Russia To Face Liquidity Crisis With 'Unpredictable Consequences'

23 Dec 10:16 | World

Russia soon has to face a financial liquidity crisis with unpredictable consequences, according to an analyst with New Zealand-based brokerage firm Innovative Securities, who said a long term recession in Russia would not help Europe either.read more »

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Officials Urge Renewed Engagement With North Korea On Human Rights

23 Dec 09:12 | World

Despite a grim litany of human rights abuses committed against its own people and ongoing provocations to global peace and security, North Korea has shown signs of compliance with human rights mechanisms prompting hopes it may one day yield to the call for full accountability and reform, two senior officials said.read more »

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Ebola Epidemic Continues To Spread: CDC

23 Dec 08:43 | World

After more than a year of Ebola transmission in Guinea and more than 7 months of transmission in Liberia and Sierra Leone, there is still much to be done to stop the world’s first Ebola epidemic, CDC director Tom Frieden said following his second visit to the three affected nations.read more »

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Trial Confirms Ebola Vaccine Candidate Safe

23 Dec 07:15 | SciTech

wo experimental DNA vaccines to prevent Ebola virus and the closely related Marburg virus are safe, and generated a similar immune response in healthy Ugandan adults as reported in healthy US adults earlier this year, according to health officials.read more »

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Gas Prices Break Record With Longest Streak of Daily Declines: AAA

22 Dec 22:24 | U.S. News

The steady decline in gas prices this autumn is now longer than any period AAA has previously tracked, according to AA spokesperson Michael Green.read more »

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Alstom To Pay $772 Million Criminal Penalty To Resolve Foreign Bribery Charges

22 Dec 16:30 | U.S. News

A French power and transportation company, Alstom S.A., has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a $772 million fine to resolve charges related to a widespread scheme involving tens of millions of dollars in bribes in countries around the world, including Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Bahamas.read more »

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Internet Down In North Korea: Dyn Research

22 Dec 15:23 | World

Dyn Research, which reports issues that impact the performance of the Internet, said North Korea lost its access to the Internet on Monday and "wouldn't be surprised" if it was under attack.read more »

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Army Completes Investigation Into Disappearance And Capture Of Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl

22 Dec 14:50 | U.S. News

The U.S. Army said it had completed its investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the disappearance and capture of Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl from Combat Outpost Mest-Lalak in Paktika Province, Afghanistan in 2009. read more »

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Fast-food Consumption Linked To Lower Test Score Gains In 8th Graders

22 Dec 14:21 | SciTech

The amount of fast food children eat may be linked to how well they do in school, a new nationwide study suggests.read more »

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Madonna Tops Charts After Hurried Release Of Six Songs

22 Dec 15:31 | Entertainment

Pop icon Madonna is currently #1 in 36 countries around the world with the release of six songs from her forthcoming album Rebel Heart, hurriedly put out after she claims her music was stolen and illegally released. read more »

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Six Dead After Rubbish Truck Hits Crowd In Glasgow

22 Dec 13:31 | World

Six people have died in Glasgow after a city council rubbish truck hit pedestrians outside the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) before continuing to travel towards George Square where it crashed.read more »

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Singer Joe Cocker Dies Aged 70

22 Dec 13:40 | Entertainment

Singer Joe Cocker has died aged 70 from an undisclosed illness, according to his agent Barrie Marshall. read more »

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Researchers say 'Be Skeptical' Of What You Hear On TV Medical Talks Shows

22 Dec 12:16 | Entertainment

Researchers who studied two of the most popular televised medical talk shows say their bottom line conclusion is to "be skeptical" of what you hear on these shows.read more »

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Investment Adviser Convicted Of Stealing Client Funds

22 Dec 11:38 | Business

A Pennsylvania woman has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Boston to orchestrating a multi-million dollar investment fraud scheme that harmed scores of victims.read more »

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IMF Lending 'Undermined Healthcare Provision' In Ebola-Stricken West Africa

22 Dec 10:32 | World

Researchers from Cambridge University's Department of Sociology have examined the links between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and concluded economic policy reforms have undermined the capacity of health systems in these nations.read more »

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U.S. Home Values Gain $1.7 Trillion In Value In 2014: Zillow

22 Dec 09:27 | Business

The total value of all the homes in the United States is expected to end 2014 at $27.5 trillion, a 6.7 percent increase from last year and the third consecutive overall increase, according to Zillow. read more »

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Study Supports Theory 'That Men Are Idiots'

22 Dec 08:22 | SciTech

Researchers in north east England decided to test "male idiot theory" (MIT) that many of the gender differences in risk seeking behaviour may be explained by the observation that men are idiots and idiots do stupid things.read more »

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Oil Price Volatility To Push US Shale Industry Into 'Next Phase Of Consolidation'

21 Dec 14:48 | U.S. News

Declining oil prices are impacting short term exploration and production (E&P) capital expenditures (CAPEX) and profitability, and will provide impetus to shift toward smart CAPEX and innovative operational expenditure (OPEX), according to new Frost & Sullivan research.read more »

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Oldest Horned Dinosaur Species In North America Found In Montana

21 Dec 15:09 | U.S. News

Scientists have named the first definite horned dinosaur species from the Early Cretaceous in North America that has been discovered in Montana.read more »

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Santa Swamped By Millions Of Letters

21 Dec 09:16 | World

With Christmas just a few days away, Santa and his helpers have been busy receiving stacks of letters from children around the world, according to the Universal Postal Union (UPU), which estimates the total this year will climb above 7 million.read more »

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Staples Says Cybercriminals Compromise More Than 1 Million Customer Cards

20 Dec 15:32 | Business

Office supply retailer Staples said cyber criminals have compromised more than 1 million customer cards through breaches at 115 of 1,400 U.S. stores. read more »

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Civilian Casualties Up Nearly 20 Per Cent In Afghanistan In 2014

20 Dec 14:42 | World

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan increased by nearly 20 per cent in 2014 compared to the previous year and are expected to rise to a figure over 10,000 by end of December for the first time since the UN mission in the country began keeping record in 2008.read more »

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American Nurse Exposed To Ebola Released From Hospital

20 Dec 14:21 | U.S. News

An American nurse admitted to the NIH Clinical Center's special clinical studies unit for observation after being exposed to Ebola has been discharged.read more »

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Ebola Spread Slows In Guinea But 'Much Remains To Be Done'

20 Dec 14:11 | World

Cautioning that much remains to be done to wipe out Ebola in Guinea, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said joint national, regional and global efforts have “significantly” slowed the spread of the deadly virus, giving hope to thousands of people and providing space for communities to look ahead to socio-economic recovery.read more »

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Utility Company Sentenced In Wyoming For Killing Protected Birds At Wind Projects

19 Dec 15:18 | U.S. News

PacifiCorp Energy, a subsidiary of PacifiCorp, based in Portland, Oregon, has pleaded guilty in Wyoming to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) in connection with the deaths of protected birds, including golden eagles, at two of the company’s wind projects in Wyoming. read more »

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T-Mobile to Pay At Least $90 Million To Settle FTC Mobile Cramming Case

19 Dec 16:22 | Business

T-Mobile has agreed to fully refund its customers for unwanted third-party charges it placed on their phone bills, a practice known as mobile cramming, paying at least $90 million to settle a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit filed earlier this year.read more »

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Updated: U.S. Government Blames North Korea For Sony Cyber Attack

19 Dec 13:21 | U.S. News

The FBI said it now had enough information to conclude that the North Korean government was responsible for a cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, but President Barack Obama said it made a mistake in canceling the release of the movie "The Interview" due to threats.read more »

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NOAA Establishes 'Tipping Points' For Sea Level Rise Related Flooding

19 Dec 12:39 | U.S. News

By 2050, a majority of U.S. coastal areas are likely to be threatened by 30 or more days of flooding each year due to dramatically accelerating impacts from sea level rise, according to a new NOAA study.read more »

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Former Police Officer Indicted For Multiple Incidents of Assault

19 Dec 11:31 | U.S. News

The Justice Department says a federal grand jury in Shreveport, Louisiana, has returned an indictment against former Homer Police Department Officer Willie Fred Knowles, 64, charging him with violating people's civil rights.read more »

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Report On Human Rights In North Korea Referred To Security Council

19 Dec 10:14 | World

Condemning "ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights" in North Korea, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution to send a report probing such violations to the Security Council.read more »

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Medicines Used In Ebola Fight Lost In Fire

19 Dec 09:14 | World

A fire has engulfed a warehouse in Guinea that contained medicines and laboratory materials used for the fight against Ebola, causing no casualties but "a regrettable loss" in supplies, which the UN mission there vowed to quickly replace. read more »

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Expert Group On Arbitrary Detention Welcomes The Release Of Detainees In Cuba, US

19 Dec 08:12 | U.S. News

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has welcomed the recent release of a number of detainees in Cuba and the United States, some of whose cases have been followed by the expert group.read more »

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'Multiple' ISIL Leaders Killed In Air Strikes

19 Dec 01:23 | U.S. News

The Pentagon has confirmed that since mid-November, targeted coalition airstrikes have killed multiple senior and mid-level leaders within the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).read more »

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Internet Addiction Affects 6 Percent Of People Worldwide: Study

18 Dec 16:26 | SciTech

A new study has found the prevalence of Internet addiction ranged from a low of 2.6% in Northern and Western Europe to a high of 10.9% in the Middle East. read more »

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Mastermind Of $56 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme And Doctor Plead Guilty

18 Dec 15:39 | U.S. News

The organizer of a $56 million Medicare fraud conspiracy and an accomplice physician have pleaded guilty in federal court in Louisiana to health care fraud charges.read more »

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U.S. Citizen Charged In Connection with Uganda Cyber Counterfeiting Scheme

18 Dec 14:33 | U.S. News

A criminal complaint filed in Pittsburgh charges a U.S. citizen with leading an international counterfeit currency operation headquartered in the Republic of Uganda. read more »

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Mortgage Rates Hit 19-Month Low

18 Dec 13:15 | Business

Mortgage rates moved lower for a sixth consecutive week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate falling to 3.94 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

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Asteroid That Wiped Out Dinosaurs May Have Nearly Made Mammals Extinct Too

18 Dec 12:09 | SciTech

The extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is thought to have paved the way for mammals to dominate, but a new study shows that many mammals died off alongside the dinosaurs.read more »

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CEO Of U.S. Broker-Dealer Pleads Guilty To Massive International Bribery Scheme

18 Dec 10:35 | Business

The former chief executive officer and former managing director of a U.S. broker-dealer has pleaded guilty to bribery charges arising from their scheme to pay bribes to an official in Venezuela’s state economic development bank.read more »

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Fourteen Indicted In Connection With Nationwide Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

18 Dec 09:48 | U.S. News

A 131-count criminal indictment has been unsealed in Boston in connection with the 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak, with two pharmacists charged with 25 acts of second-degree murder. read more »

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World Bank Safeguards 'Go Out Of Their Way' To Avoid References To Human Rights

18 Dec 08:38 | World

Human rights advocates have urged the World Bank to recognize the central importance of human rights to its draft environmental and social policies, also known as safeguard policies, which apply to its investment project financing.read more »

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Defendant In FTC Landline Phone Cramming Case Settles Charges

17 Dec 14:12 | U.S. News

One of the defendants behind a massive landline cramming operation that placed more than $70 million in unauthorized charges on consumers’ phone bills has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges against him.read more »

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American Nurse Tests Negative For Ebola So Far

17 Dec 15:10 | U.S. News

An American nurse admitted to the NIH Clinical Center's special clinical studies unit a week ago for observation for Ebola has not yet tested positive for the virus disease. read more »

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United States And Cuba To Re-Establish Diplomatic Ties

17 Dec 13:00 | U.S. News

President Obama has announced a new policy to cut loose what he said was "the anchor of failed policies of the past" and to chart a new course in U.S. relations with Cuba that will engage and empower the Cuban people. read more »

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Is A Nintendo A Safe Christmas Present?

17 Dec 12:41 | Entertainment

Following reports of Nintendo related injuries and other problems, ranging from mild to life threatening, a team of Dutch researchers decided to gather all reported cases of Nintendo related problems to see whether a Nintendo is safe to give as a Christmas presentread more »

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Rover Finds Active, Ancient Organic Chemistry On Mars

17 Dec 12:29 | SciTech

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory's drill.read more »

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More Than Half Of All Children In The US Will Likely Live With An Unmarried Mother

17 Dec 11:26 | U.S. News

More than half of all American children will likely live with an unmarried mother at some point before they reach age 18, according to a report issued by Princeton University and Harvard University.read more »

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Global Intellectual Property Filings See Boost In 2013

17 Dec 10:20 | Business

Despite an uneven global economic recovery, international patent requests continued to surge in 2013, extending the run of strong annual increases in intellectual property (IP) filings to a fourth consecutive year. read more »

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Former Mayor of Martin Sentenced To 90 Months For Civil Rights Offenses, Fraud, Vote Buying

17 Dec 09:15 | U.S. News

The former Mayor of Martin, Ky., has been sentenced to 90 months in federal prison for various crimes including civil rights offenses and identity theft.read more »

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Minnesota Woman Sentenced In Forced Labor Case

17 Dec 08:09 | U.S. News

Minnesota woman Tieu Tran, 59, has been sentenced to serve one year and one day in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to one count of forced labor trafficking. read more »

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Taliban Attack On Pakistan School An Act Of ‘Horror And Rank Cowardice'

16 Dec 16:26 | World

The Taliban has stormed a military-run school in northwest Pakistan, reportedly going from classroom to classroom killing about 130 people, with most of them children.read more »

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People Trust Typical-Looking Faces Most: Study

16 Dec 14:39 | SciTech

Being "average" is often considered a bad thing, but new research suggests that averageness wins when people assess the trustworthiness of a face. read more »

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11 Trillion Gallons Needed To Replenish California Drought Losses: NASA

16 Dec 12:52 | SciTech

It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) -- around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir -- to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.read more »

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Jeb Bush To 'Actively Explore' Running For President

16 Dec 13:06 | US Politics and Govt

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said he has "decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States." read more »

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Research Finds Copyright Confusion Has 'Chilling Effects' In Online Creative Publishing

16 Dec 10:01 | SciTech

In the age of web publishing, it has become increasingly confusing for content creators to figure out how to protect their original works or to use other content legally, such as for remixes or parodies, on major websites for user-generated content, including YouTube and DeviantArt, according to new research.read more »

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How To Send Everyone Home A Winner After Christmas Cracker Pulling

24 Dec 08:32 | SciTech

According to experts' statistical analyses, if you're expecting 10 guests for dinner on Christmas day, 15 crackers--those festive cardboard tubes filled with a one-size-fits-no-one paper hat, a small toy, and a groan-inducing joke--should be enough to send everyone home happy.read more »

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Future Of Israeli-Palestinian Peace 'More Uncertain Than Ever'

16 Dec 09:20 | World

The quest for peace between Israel and the Palestinians has reached a "dramatic" crossroads, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, told the Security Council in his briefing on the situation, warning that the region’s future remains “more uncertain than ever.”read more »

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Warning Of 'Life-Threatening' Conditions For Ukraine's Civilians

16 Dec 08:31 | World

As the conflict in eastern Ukraine heads into its tenth month, continued fighting and bitter cold temperatures are placing more than five million people at risk, the top United Nations human rights official warned.read more »

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'Critical Gaps' Remain In Early Warning 10 Years After Indian Ocean Tsunami

16 Dec 07:31 | World

A decade after the Indian Ocean tsunami struck, the Asia-Pacific region remains highly disaster prone and critical gaps remain in early warning, especially in reaching the most vulnerable people and remote communities, said officials.read more »

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