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  • No Proof That 'Brain Training' Games Work, Some Experts Say

    Sixty-nine scientists from around the world issued a statement this week, saying that there's no compelling scientific evidence supporting the claims that playing brain games may actually help people enhance their mental powers or overcome the effects of aging on the brain. The scientists didn't…

    LiveScience.com
  • This Family Doesn't Sweat: Here's Why

    People with a rare disorder called anhidrosis cannot produce sweat, and now a new study finds that the condition may be caused by a mutation in a single gene. Researchers studied a Pakistani family with several children who could not sweat. The researchers' analysis of the family members' genomes…

    LiveScience.com
  • Adult support of bullied LGB youths tied to fewer suicide attempts

    By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bullied lesbian, gay and bisexual high school students are less likely to fight and attempt suicide when they feel connected to an adult at school, suggests a new study. Helping these lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) kids develop meaningful connections…

    Reuters
  • Lantern gets early funding for mental health therapy app

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Lantern, a technology startup that offers online and mobile coaching programs to support mental health, has won early backing for its service. Executives at the 2-year-old startup said on Friday it has raised $4.4 million from investors led by Silicon Valley-based venture…

    Reuters
  • A conversation with the U.S. Energy Secretary on energy innovation and the Valley’s role

    A year and a half after taking the lead at the Department of Energy, Ernie Moniz reflects on changes to the loan programs, and how the government and Silicon Valley can fund energy innovation.

    Gigaom
  • Ebola in NYC Is 'No Cause for Alarm,' Mayor Says

    A New York City doctor who recently returned from Guinea in West Africa became the first person in the city to test positive for Ebola, on Thursday Oct. 23, but authorities are emphasizing that there is no cause for alarm. "We are fully prepared to handle Ebola," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio…

    LiveScience.com
  • WHO says Ebola vaccine plans accelerating as trials advance

    By Stephanie Nebehay and Kate Kelland GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - Trials of Ebola vaccines could begin in West Africa in December, a month earlier than expected, and hundreds of thousands of doses should be available for use by the middle of next year, the World Health Organization said on Friday.…

    Reuters
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    Is Fusion Energy Close To Becoming A Reality? - DNews

    Lockheed Martin claims to have a fusion reactor built in the next 5 years. How would this technology work, and what would this mean for the world? Trace explains.

    DNews
  • A 3D slice of the universe 10.8 billion years ago

    Mapping out the ancient universe is a major astronomical goal, but there's a huge challenge: the galaxies there are so dim, scientists can't make out any of the dark parts. But researchers from the Max ...

    Engadget
  • First private mission to the moon blasts off aboard a Chinese rocket

    A Chinese Long March rocket has blasted off for a lunar flyby today, bringing with it a spacecraft for what claims to be the first privately funded mission to the moon. This spacecraft (attached to the ...

    Engadget
  • Charles Munger, Warren Buffett’s Longtime Business Partner, Makes $65 Million Gift

    The gift — the largest in the school’s history — will go toward building a 61-bed residence for visitors to the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, which brings together physicists for weeks at a ...

    The New York Times
  • Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary Exhibit Opens at NYC Museum

    Astronaut Mike Massimino is sitting on the floor, completely fixated on the video showing him and his former space shuttle crewmates training underwater to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. To me, it is very, very personal," Massimino says. Eric Boehm, the curator at the Intrepid Sea, Air and…

    SPACE.com
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    Woman Discovers House Was Stolen in Real Estate Rip-Off

    Part 1: Police say Shannon Lee and Qiana Johnson gained control of at least 6 houses in the alleged scam.

    ABC News Videos
  • Most U.S. farmers worried about data privacy -farm bureau survey

    The American Farm Bureau Federation said in the survey of 3,380 farmers from late July to September that more than 82 percent of farmers are unsure how companies selling data-mining tools aimed at boosting yields and efficiency plan to use their data. Despite the unease, more than half of farmers…

    Reuters
  • Rendering Reveals: Say Hello to the New bKL-Designed Tower for Lakeshore East

    Earlier this month we learned that Lakeshore East's infamous "Site O" would finally be getting a long-rumored tower, thanks to developer Magellan posting a request for bids from contractors. Today, thanks to the den of architecture and development buffs...

    Curbed Chicago
  • How to Safely Watch the Partial Solar Eclipse

    While heavy rain blasts parts of the country, those with clear skies will have a prime view today of the fourth and final eclipse of the year.

    ABC News
  • Nigeria pledges 600 volunteers as Africa steps up Ebola fight

    By Felix Onuah and Umaru Fofana ABUJA/FREETOWN (Reuters) - Nigeria pledged on Thursday to send a contingent of 600 volunteers to help fight the worst ever outbreak of Ebola on record which has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa. With financial pledges flowing in from around the world but…

    Reuters
  • Spanish hospital releases five patients under watch for Ebola

    MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish hospital has released five patients who had been under observation in an isolation ward after having been in contact with a nurse who was infected with Ebola, a government health committee announced on Thursday. Nurse Teresa Romero, 44, was the first person to catch the…

    Reuters
  • Lava creeps toward road on Hawaii's Big Island

    HONOLULU (AP) — A growing lava stream threatening homes and inching closer to a rural road on Hawaii's Big Island oozed forward in fits and starts this week, frustrating some residents but giving officials a window of time to prepare.

    Associated Press
  • SpaceX ship leaves ISS for Earth loaded with lab results

    SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft left the International Space Station to return to Earth on Saturday after a month in orbit, NASA said. Astronauts at the orbiting lab manipulated the space station's robotic arm to detach the Dragon on time, at 9:57 am (1357 GMT), in what the US space agency…

    AFP