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New evidence found on how solar winds blow

First data from NASA's Sun-gazing satellite IRIS reveals new evidence about how the Sun's heat travels through space.

Yasmin Altwaijri: A Saudi Scientist Tackles Mental Health and Obesity

As one of Saudi Arabia's most senior scientists, Yasmin Altwaijri leads epidemiology research at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh. She's been a pioneer in spearheading countrywide studies measuring obesity, diabetes, and mental health issues in Saudi Arabia. Show More Summary

How Chinese President Xi Jinping and His Yellow Umbrella Became a Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Meme

A propaganda photo of the Chinese leader on an official visit to the mainland's Hubei Province has been photoshopped into various pro-democracy protest scenes in Hong Kong.

Putin: Russia won’t “burn” its forex reserves to defend the Ruble

Russia intends to continue moves to a floating exchange rate and will not “burn” through its foreign exchange reserves, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday. “We will gradually move to a floating exchange rate. We will not burn our reserves thoughtlessly. Show More Summary

How NSA Spying, Google and Chlorinated Chickens Are Pitting Germans Against Americans -- And What to Do About It

These remarks are adapted from a talk at the Center for European Studies at Harvard on October 23. I see an increased nervousness in my country about America. Even though both our countries have an eagle on their coat of arms, people currently are focused on a different bird: the chicken. Show More Summary

Israel and Palestine is not about Jews vs. Palestinians

Samantha Brotman shares her remarks from an event called "Zionism & The New McCarthyism: A Conversation with Bruce Robbins" that took place in Champaign-Urbana. It was a canceled University of Illinois event that was rescheduled as an independent event, without university support. Show More Summary

Commission silent as foundation for increased EU budget contributions remains unclear

Currently, there is still no clear explanation for where the demand for increased contributions to the EU budget came from or exactly how it was calculated - see our comprehensive analysis here. While the Dutch and the Brits are both...Show More Summary

Huge blast rocks Egypt army checkpoint

President calls defence council meeting after at least 25 are killed and 26 injured in attack in northern Sinai.

What China's Reading: 'Broken Dreams, USA'

Read the highlights from a now-famous essay on all that's ailing Uncle Sam.

Setting up The Students

The high cost of college tuition and the worsening penalties for student debt raise the question “Should you go to college?”.  Various disciplines are experiencing declines in enrollment, even areas like law schools.  Where are the good jobs and is the training worth the expense? Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are still portrayed an [...]

Historian: Shroud of Turin a Medieval Prop

You can add one more name to the list of those claiming the Shroud of Turin dates only to medieval times. According to British historian Charles Freeman, Jesus' supposed burial cloth—believed by many to show his image after crucifixion—is a 14th-century prop that was likely used during an...

Jumblatt won’t attend the Alamuddin-Clooney dinner in London

Progressive Socialist party leader MP Walid Jumblatt told Central News Agency ( CNA ) that he will not be attending the London dinner to celebrate the wedding of Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney that is being hosted by Alamuddin’s parents. Show More Summary

Great Britain’s Time of Troubles: Why it Matters

Peter Harris Domestic Politics, United Kingdom "British politics is in a state of flux, with potentially major implications for European unity and transatlantic relations."    British politics is in a state of flux, with potentiallyShow More Summary

The Future of War Is Here: Proxy Warfare

Jan K. Gleiman Security, United States "Future conflicts will be filled with sub-state and non-state armed groups."  Unconventional warfare isn’t popular among Western strategists these days. Whether it’s supporting insurgent groups (the strict definition) or supporting militias allied with government forces, proxy warfare has a bad reputation. Show More Summary

Political Vacillation About Torture

Paul R. Pillar Terrorism, United States In anticipation of release of a public version of a mammoth report by the Senate Intelligence Committee on interrogation techniques, Walter Pincus has reviewed in the Washington Post what former secretary of defense and former CIA director Leon Panetta says about the subject in his recently published memoir. Show More Summary

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