2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Obama's gestures during Mandela memorial scrutinized
- No, Obama Didn't Take a Selfie, Learn the English Language
The Internet, having nothing else to do, is very excited about President Obama having taken a selfie at the Nelson Mandela memorial service today. What Urbandictionary says: But the question at hand is whether or not the photo that results from the image at right is 1) a selfie by Obama or 2) a selfie of Obama. It's clear that it's a selfie of Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the woman between Obama and British prime minister David Cameron.
- Octopus in Space: Why the Latest U.S. Spy Rocket Is More Appropriate Than the NRO Knows
- Motorists Stranded for Hours After Fatal 50-Car Car Pile-Up in Pa
- Private Mars Colony Project Unveils 1st Private Robotic Mission to Red Planet
WASHINGTON — An ambitious project that aims to send volunteers on a one-way trip to Mars unveiled plans for the first private unmanned mission to the Red Planet today (Dec. 10), a robotic vanguard to human colonization that will launch in 2018. The non-profit Mars One foundation has inked deals with Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) to draw up mission concept studies for the private robotic flight to Mars. Under the plan, Lockheed Martin will build the Mars One lander, and SSTL will build a communications satellite, the companies' representatives announced at a news conference here today. "We're very excited to have contracted Lockheed Martin and SSTL for our first mission to Mars," Mars One co-founder and CEO Bas Lansdorp said in a statement.
- 3 Foods Linked with Depression
In the study, researchers looked at the eating habits of more than 40,000 women, who didn't have depression at the study's start. It's all too easy to grab a cola on-the-go, but the same study in Brain, Behavior and Immunity study indicated that soft drinks as part of a regular diet may also contribute to depression. Fast Food: People who eat fast food are 51 percent more likely to develop depression than those who don't, according to a 2012 study in the journal Public Health Nutrition. Keep in mind that eating a small portion of any one food is unlikely to raise depression risk, so don't worry if you've just eaten your first heaping bowl of pasta in ages, or had the very occasional fast food burger.
- 5 theories to explain North Korea's big mysterious purge
In what is being called the most dramatic public purge in North Korean history, state-run media on Monday televised images of Jang Song Thaek — leader Kim Jong Un's uncle and a formerly powerful government official — being stripped of his titles and ousted from the ruling party. The ouster was all the more shocking considering that Jang, bolstered by his family ties, was essentially the nation's second-most powerful man and one of Kim's closest advisers. Why did North Korea boot a prominent official in such spectacular fashion? 1. Jang lived a corrupt, "depraved" life
- Afghan president lashes out at US 'threats'
PARIS (AP) — Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai lashed out at the United States, accusing it of making threats in the dispute over an agreement to keep U.S. troops in the country beyond 2014.