• Reality Check: 10 Practical Applications of Illusions

    Reality Check: 10 Practical Applications of Illusions

    Although illusions are by definition not real, scientists are increasingly finding ways to use them to make an impact on the real world. Here are 10 practical applications that use or control illusions, from warships...
  • Do we need a eulogy for Thanksgiving? 

    Do we need a eulogy for Thanksgiving? 

    FILE – In this Nov. 28, 2013 file photo, customers shop at a Target store in Colma, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the world stopped and families...
  • Want Kids to Eat Better? Get Them Cooking

    Want Kids to Eat Better? Get Them Cooking

    THURSDAY, Nov. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Getting kids involved in the kitchen, through cooking classes or at home, may make them more likely to choose healthy foods, according to a recent review. Cooking programs...
  • President Obama pays for his Thanksgiving meal

    President Obama pays for his Thanksgiving meal

    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE November 27, 2014 President Barack Obama paying for his coffee and muffins at the Coffee Connection, Tuesday, in Knoxville, Iowa.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) There’s no free lunch — or breakfast or dinner —...
  • Badgers continue run in showdown with Hoyas

    Nassau, Bahamas (SportsNetwork.com) – The semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis tips off on Thursday afternoon at Imperial Arena, as the second-ranked Wisconsin Badgers take on the Georgetown Hoyas. The winner moves on to Friday’s...
  • Israel ‘foils Jerusalem attacks’

    Israel ‘foils Jerusalem attacks’

    27 November 2014 Last updated at 13:47 Shin Bet said the militants had plotted to attack Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium Israel’s internal security service says it has uncovered a Hamas cell in the West Bank that...

Headline News

  • Boston-area Verizon FiOS subscribers lose access to local Fox channel


    (Reuters) – Subscribers to Verizon Communications Inc’s FiOS cable TV over fiber network service in Boston lost access to Fox’s local affiliate station on Thursday due to a fee dispute with Cox Media Group, which owns the station, according to a Verizon email to customers. Verizon said that Cox removed WFXT TV, the local affiliate of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc’s Fox TV network, and the WFXT Movies station from its FiOS TV network because it refused to accept an agreement “that contained rates that are not in our customers’ best interests.” This meant local viewers would not be able to see Thursday’s NFL game between the Cowboys and Eagles. Verizon said it is working with Cox to renew their agreement and restore the affected channels. The company was playing a 30-second video loop on Fox channels in which a woman said: “We are working hard to get this channel back at a reasonable price. Cox-owned …

    November 27, 2014 9:54 am
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Politics

  • President Obama pays for his Thanksgiving meal


    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE November 27, 2014 President Barack Obama paying for his coffee and muffins at the Coffee Connection, Tuesday, in Knoxville, Iowa.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) There’s no free lunch — or breakfast or dinner — for President Barack Obama on Thanksgiving Day. Or any other day for that matter. He has to dig into his pocket to pay for his holiday feast of turkey, ham, two kinds of stuffing, sweet and regular potatoes and six different kinds of pie. It’s a longstanding practice that a president pays for meals for himself, his family and personal guests. Obama also pays for other basics — everything from toothpaste to dry cleaning. ___ WHY IS THAT? Gary Walters, who was chief White House usher for many years, said the payment rule dates back to 1800 when the White House was first occupied by President John Adams and there was no staff. Presidents brought staff with them and paid …

    November 27, 2014 10:15 am
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Stocks

  • European Parliament votes for Google breakup


    European politicians have grown increasingly hostile towards Google’s business practices. The European Parliament has voted to break up Google and weaken its dominance across the region. Google (GOOGL, Tech30) controls about 90% of all Web searches in Europe, and politicians have grown increasingly concerned about its power. But Thursday’s vote on its own won’t mean a dismantling of the search engine giant. Instead, it’s a recommendation to the European Commission, another branch of government with final authority over the matter. “This was a clear political message from the European Parliament,” said a spokesperson for Ramon Tremosa, a member of parliament who authored the anti-Google proposal. “This is against a monopolistic situation which is damaging the European consumer,” he said. European politicians are concerned that Google wields too much control over online search results and promotes its own products and services over competitors. Google is in the midst of a long-running antitrust case in Europe, where …

    November 27, 2014 9:13 am
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Sports

  • Badgers continue run in showdown with Hoyas


    Nassau, Bahamas (SportsNetwork.com) – The semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis tips off on Thursday afternoon at Imperial Arena, as the second-ranked Wisconsin Badgers take on the Georgetown Hoyas. The winner moves on to Friday’s championship game to play either Butler or Oklahoma, while the losers face off in the third-place game. While other ranked teams Florida, North Carolina and UCLA all lost in the quarterfinal round of this event, Wisconsin did what was expected by making easy work of UAB on Wednesday, 72-43. The Badgers are now 5-0 on the season with each win coming by at least 24 points. Georgetown pulled off one of the three upsets in the quarterfinals by downing nationally-ranked Florida in overtime, 66-65. The triumph allowed the Hoyas to remain unbeaten in four tries this season. The programs have split two all-time meetings but have not met since the 1982-83 season. The Badgers’ bout was never in question, as …

    November 27, 2014 9:55 am
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World News

  • Israel ‘foils Jerusalem attacks’


    27 November 2014 Last updated at 13:47 Shin Bet said the militants had plotted to attack Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium Israel’s internal security service says it has uncovered a Hamas cell in the West Bank that was planning to carry out a series of attacks in Jerusalem. Shin Bet said it had arrested more than 30 militants who were trained abroad, and recovered weapons and explosives. They planned to kidnap Israelis and their targets for attack included a football stadium in Jerusalem and the city’s light rail system, it alleged. The arrests come at a time of rising Israeli-Palestinians tension. Over the past month, 11 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians, including four rabbis and a policeman who were stabbed and shot at a synagogue in Jerusalem last week. Twelve Palestinians have also been killed, including several of those who carried out the attacks. ‘Many more’ Shin Bet said the militants whose arrests were revealed on …

    November 27, 2014 9:55 am
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Technology

  • Alien spotting: Eight space theories you won’t believe other people believe


    Who’s that visiting the ISS? Video screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET/NASA By now we can agree that we are living in an era of constant and ubiquitous surveillance. While that’s not great if you value privacy, it’s sure useful for those who like to keep an eye out for signs of E.T. Not only does the NSA keep its eyes and ears on seemingly everyone, but we as a modern species are also surveilling beyond our own planet, from telescopes atop volcanoes and in space, from robots on Mars and circling a comet, and from aging probes roaming the fringes of our solar system. As most of these efforts are publicly funded scientific missions, the resulting data and photographs are also available to the public, creating an unprecedented smorgasbord of images for UFOlogists and conspiracy theorists to pore over in search of evidence of alien visitation, ancient astronauts and the cover-ups that have kept them from …

    November 27, 2014 10:15 am
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Science

  • Reality Check: 10 Practical Applications of Illusions


    Although illusions are by definition not real, scientists are increasingly finding ways to use them to make an impact on the real world. Here are 10 practical applications that use or control illusions, from warships to virtual reality to Michelangelo’s David and the Statue of Liberty. MP3s All MP3s are based on illusion. An MP3 is a product of “lossy audio compression,” in which parts of the audio signal are discarded to shrink a sound file yet cause zero to minimal perceived loss in the sound quality for the average listener. How does MP3 compression work? It eliminates generally inaudible sounds. For example, if two sounds are presented simultaneously very close together in time, then depending on their frequency and intensity, the brain may only perceive one of them, a phenomenon known as masking. “Lossy audio compression absolutely involves an illusion,” says perceptual and cognitive psychologist Diana Deutsch at the University of California, San Diego. …

    November 27, 2014 10:36 am
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Health

  • Want Kids to Eat Better? Get Them Cooking


    THURSDAY, Nov. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Getting kids involved in the kitchen, through cooking classes or at home, may make them more likely to choose healthy foods, according to a recent review. Cooking programs and classes for children seem to positively influence children’s food preferences and behaviors, according to the new research. And, although the review didn’t look at long-term effects of such programs, the findings suggest that such programs might help children develop long-lasting healthy habits. “It is important to expose children to healthy foods in a positive way,” said Derek Hersch, the lead author of the study who also works with a cooking education program called Food Explorers at the Minnesota Heart Institute Foundation. “Creating habits and behaviors at this age is the most important part of it.” This research comes at a time when childhood obesity rates have been rising rapidly. More than one-third of adolescents in the United States were …

    November 27, 2014 10:15 am
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Entertainment

  • Lady Gaga Opts For A Surprisingly Demure Outfit In The Big Apple


    Posted on Thu Nov 27th, 2014 7:29am PDT       By X17 Staff Lady Gaga greeted dozens of fans camped outside of her apartment in New York City on Wednesday evening, and while this is a pretty routine thing, we were shocked to see the pop superstar wearing a totally normal outfit! And Mother Monster didn’t let the crappy weather get her down either! She posted a snapshot on Instagram and wrote, “Some of the most magical days in New York are when it rains, happiness can dry any storm.” Gaga is currently promoting her Cheek to Cheek album with music legend Tony Bennett, and the duo performed on The View the previous day before sitting down for an interview. The two chatted about how they first met and revealed that they will be doing even more shows together next year. Such an odd pairing, but we love it!   SEE THE GALLERY Lady Gaga Poses With Fans …

    November 27, 2014 9:54 am
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Editorial

  • Do we need a eulogy for Thanksgiving? 


    FILE – In this Nov. 28, 2013 file photo, customers shop at a Target store in Colma, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the world stopped and families ate. We called it Thanksgiving.   Like most reflections of our past, we tend to look back on Thanksgiving with nostalgia, cherished memories and routines (breaking the wishbone, lighting the fireplace, wagering who would fall asleep in front of the TV first).  We ate, we laughed, we were together.  We were happy.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But again this season we’re hearing people lament that Thanksgiving is being gobbled up by seemingly endless sales from retailers.  Or that the sacredness of this holiday has given way to crass commercialism.  Have we virtually “lost” Thanksgiving altogether?  Do we need a eulogy for Thanksgiving?  While Black Friday signals crowded stores and products-on-display and deep discounts, the main reason we still buy and give gifts during the holidays is …

    November 27, 2014 10:15 am
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Odd News

  • Swiss group wants sausage dogs to be petted, not eaten


    ZURICH (Reuters) – An animal rights group has petitioned the Swiss government to ban a traditional, if rare, practice of eating cats for dinner and turning dogs into sausages. Tomi Tomek, president of the animal rights group SOS CHATS Noiraigue, which campaigned successfully last year to ban the sale of cat fur, said 3 percent of the population still eat cat and dog, mainly in the regions of Appenzell, Lucerne, Jura and Berne. “You can’t report it to the police because there’s no law against it,” she said. Dog meat is traditionally used to make sausages and a fatty remedy for rheumatism, while cat can be served for Christmas dinner. The activists handed in a petition with 17,900 signatures calling for the consumption of family pets to be outlawed. (Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

    November 26, 2014 10:02 am
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