Channan Petrides, 22, forgoes heart, lung transplants to finish bucket list
2015-07-02 02:54:52 UTC
Channan Petrides, 22, is terminally ill and made the difficult but reasoned decision to turn down a chance to receive a new heart and lungs so that she could pursue the items on her bucket list. She has incurable cystic fibrosis and had been on a ...
Up to 105,000 gallons of petroleum gushed into the Pacific: Santa Barbara
2015-05-22 17:57:07 UTC
Cleanup crews labored through a third day to scoop up patches of crude oil from a pipeline spill that closed two California state beaches and fouled offshore waters, shattering an environmental balance that U.S. Coast Guard officials said on Thurs...
Italian Alps: The bear population has risen to 47
2015-06-10 04:16:02 UTC
If you came across a brown bear, chances are you would be just fine. Though they can be unpredictable, they tend to avoid humans and only attack when taken by surprise or if they feel threatened.
For hundreds of years brown bears roamed the Alps ...
Anorexia Crackdown: France bans super-skinny models
2015-04-03 18:32:13 UTC
(Reuters) - France will ban excessively thin fashion models and expose modeling agents and the fashion houses that hire them to possible fines and even jail, under a new law passed on Friday.
The move by France, with its fashion and luxury indu...
San Francisco church doused homeless people with water to deter sheltering
2015-03-20 10:04:15 UTC
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed – Proverbs 19:17
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me – Matthew 25:35
A fascinating story of the return of the wolf to Germany
2015-03-11 07:19:32 UTC
Berlin — New sightings confirm that wolves are making a rapid comeback across Europe. But the most surprising success story is in Germany, which lacks the infrastructure for wildlife protection despite its strong tradition of environmentalism.
Parents who praise children too much may encourage narcissism
2015-03-10 08:20:13 UTC
Children who are told they are special by their parents are more likely to become narcissists, according to a study that aimed to uncover the origins of extreme selfishness.
The research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a...
Obama Selma Speech: ‘We Know the March Is Not Over Yet’
2015-03-08 02:30:20 UTC
SELMA, Alabama — As a new generation struggles over race and power in America, President Obama and a host of political figures from both parties came here on Saturday, to the site of one of the most searing days of the civil rights era, to reflect...
Best Documentary Oscar for Snowden Film 'Citizenfour'
2015-02-23 08:06:57 UTC
Academy Awards: Citizenfour, A Laura Poitras’ film chronicling the living history of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's unprecedented heist of U.S. government secrets, won Hollywood’s highest accolade by snatching the Oscar for Best Documentary. A...
Why is all the news bad?
2014-07-29 16:13:50 UTC
<strong>Why are newspapers and TV broadcasts filled with disaster, corruption and incompetence? It may be because we’re drawn to depressing stories without realising, says psychologist Tom Stafford.</strong>
When you read the news, sometimes it...
Germany's super-shy super-rich
2014-07-29 16:21:22 UTC
Nobody could accuse the richest people in Germany of flaunting their wealth, quite the opposite.
With the death of Karl Albrecht, there was no announcement for nearly a week, and not until the small, private funeral was over. He and his brother...
JK Rowling: Crime thriller will run longer than Harry Potter
2014-07-22 06:19:26 UTC
JK Rowling has said she plans to pen many more crime thrillers, and to create a series that will run for even longer than her seven hugely successful Harry Potter books, which over a decade have proved to be one of the bestselling book series in h...
Why is Rumi the best-selling poet in the US?
2014-07-19 16:29:37 UTC
<strong>This 807-year-old Persian mystic and dervish has a massive following in the US and around the world. Jane Ciabattari explains his enduring influence.</strong>
The ecstatic poems of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi mas...
Bacteria in our guts can influence the working of the mind
2014-06-18 06:20:59 UTC
The bacteria in our guts can influence the working of the mind, says Frank Swain. So could they be upgraded to enhance brainpower?
I have some startling news: you are not human. At least, by some counts. While you are indeed made up of billions...
Michelle Obama salutes Maya Angelou's example to all women
2014-06-07 23:54:03 UTC
In a moving tribute to a woman she called “one of the greatest spirits our world has ever known”, first lady Michelle Obama on Saturday thanked the writer Maya Angelou for empowering young black women like herself with her clever, sassy words.
Young Iranians arrested for being 'Happy'
2014-05-31 18:50:03 UTC
It is not the first time the question of Iran's social mores has hit the headlines. Six young Tehranis got into trouble after their contribution to an internet phenomenon – a lip-synched dance to an innocent pop song, Happy – went viral on YouTube...
Ageing: The girls who never grow older
2014-07-28 07:12:56 UTC
A handful of girls seem to defy one of the biggest certainties in life: ageing. Virginia Hughes reports on the families wrestling with a condition they can’t explain, and the scientist who believes that these children could hold the key to immorta...
Rape victims should not have to suffer in silence
2014-05-16 20:33:55 UTC
<h3>Rape victims shouldn't have to suffer in silence and keep their rapists' secrets</h3>Less than a month after students at New York's Columbia University filed a complaint with the federal government alleging the school mishandled sexual assault...
Call To Action: 'Arrogance' of ignoring need for sleep
2014-05-16 20:26:48 UTC
Scientists from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Manchester and Surrey universities warn cutting sleep is leading to "serious health problems".
They say people and governments need to take the problem seriously.
Cancer, heart disease, type-2 diab...
Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society takes off
2014-05-09 04:21:52 UTC
New York book club inspired by 'good books and sunny days and enjoying both as nearly in the altogether as the law allows'
Posted by Alison Flood, a writer on guardian.co.uk/books and former news editor of The Bookseller:
I am not a member o...
Robin Williams' 'Villa of Smiles,' officially hitting market
2014-04-26 17:16:09 UTC
Robin Williams' "Villa of Smiles" estate in Napa Valley hit the Multiple Listing Service
Williams commissioned the Italianate estate about 10 years ago from Gast Architects, and is now offering it at $29.9 million -- a big price cut from about ...
Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies aged 87
2014-04-18 06:10:50 UTC
<h3>Colombian Nobel prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico aged 87. Best-known for his masterpiece 'One Hundred Years of Solitude,' he is credited with putting magic realism on the literary map.</h3>Sources close to his fam...
A skirmish between Apple and a French publisher
2014-05-09 10:37:04 UTC
I wonder how many fewer copies French author Bénédicte Martin's book La femme would have sold had her publishers opted for a subtler, more abstract cover design. The image they chose to illustrate her disquisition of "Woman 2013" is a striking chi...
US undocumented Latinos living in fear
2014-04-10 05:58:53 UTC
The rainforests around Forks, a small town in Washington state, have long attracted hunters and fishermen, but beginning in 2008, this lush, remote landscape acquired a new breed of pursuer and prey.
That year, Border Patrol agents started targ...
Try thinking of yourself as a pea, instead of a human
2014-04-10 05:42:06 UTC
For those concerned about climate change, the ultra-conservative Heartland Institute offers up a calming solution: try thinking of yourself as a pea, instead of a human. Peas in a lab sprouted faster with extreme concentrations of carbon dioxide, ...