• The pigeon will see you now

    The pigeon will see you now

    Image copyright MOHD RASFAN Image caption Pigeons have amazing visual memories A rat or pigeon might not be the obvious choice to tend to someone who is sick, but these creatures have some superior skills...
  • Chelsea’s Terry an injury doubt for PSG

    Chelsea’s Terry an injury doubt for PSG

    Chelsea skipper John Terry was forced off in the 39th minute of Chelsea’s thrashing of Newcastle Chelsea skipper John Terry is a doubt for Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 trip to Paris St-Germain after limping off...
  • Trump and Bush go head to head in debate

    Trump and Bush go head to head in debate

    Image copyright Getty Images Front-runner Donald Trump and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush traded sharp blows over foreign policy in the latest Republican presidential debate. The candidates clashed over the war in Iraq and President...
  • Memory replay prioritizes high-reward memories

    Related images(click to enlarge) Why do we remember some events, places and things, but not others? Our brains prioritize rewarding memories over others, and reinforce them by replaying them when we are at rest, according...
  • The world’s best bakers

    The world’s best bakers

    Image copyright Clementine Bejat / Sabine Serrad If you want a fresh crusty baguette, Paris would be the obvious place to shop – but the winners of the world’s premier baking competition, which was held...

Headline News

  • Trump and Bush go head to head in debate


    Image copyright Getty Images Front-runner Donald Trump and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush traded sharp blows over foreign policy in the latest Republican presidential debate. The candidates clashed over the war in Iraq and President George Bush’s role during the September 11th attacks. The audience in the South Carolina debate hall repeatedly booed Mr Trump. Jeb Bush aggressively answered Mr Trump’s attacks, a departure for the former governor who originally sought a “joyful” campaign. The death of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was addressed early on in the debate with all six candidates saying the next president should choose his replacement. Texas Senator Ted Cruz said “we are one justice away” from the court reversing conservative legal gains. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Justice Scalia was honoured at the beginning of the debate Mr Trump said President Obama would probably pick a replacement, but stressed that the Senate should block him. “Delay, Delay, …

    February 13, 2016 9:04 pm
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Politics

  • Sudden Supreme Court vacancy seizes U.S. campaign spotlight


    WASHINGTON The future of the U.S. Supreme Court grabbed center stage in the country’s presidential campaign with the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia, setting up an election-year battle over who should succeed him on a nine-member bench that interprets U.S. law over such hot-button issues as abortion, gay marriage, healthcare and immigration. The death of the 79-year-old conservative justice, announced by Chief Justice John Roberts, promises to provoke a major confrontation between President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace Scalia later this year. The prospect of such a battle drew swift and furious comment from candidates vying to be elected president in November. The U.S. president has the job of nominating justices, and the Senate has the job of confirming. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose Republicans control the Senate, issued a statement saying the vacancy should not be filled until Obama’s successor takes office next January so …

    February 13, 2016 9:04 pm
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Stocks

  • ‘Fight for $15’ protesters at Republican debate: ‘We can’t afford essentials.’


    Fast food and other low-paid workers are planning to protest outside Saturday’s Republican presidential debate in Greenville, South Carolina. The protesters at the “Fight for $15” rally will be demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage and the right to unionize. At 1pm the protest will kick off with a walkout and will culminate in a 7 pm rally outside the debate. It comes just one week before the state’s primary. Many of the workers participating in the rally will be voting for the first time in the 2016 presidential election, according to the organizers. Related: Walmart found to have fired striking workers unlawfully Saturday’s protest is the second Fight for $15 rally this week. On Thursday, workers took to the streets outside the Democratic debate in Milwaukee. The walk-outs and protests will be held wherever candidates go during the primaries as part of the group’s plan to put pressure on candidates of both parties. …

    February 13, 2016 5:44 pm
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Sports

  • Chelsea’s Terry an injury doubt for PSG


    Chelsea skipper John Terry was forced off in the 39th minute of Chelsea’s thrashing of Newcastle Chelsea skipper John Terry is a doubt for Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 trip to Paris St-Germain after limping off in the 5-1 win over Newcastle. Terry hurt himself on landing after an aerial challenge in the first half. Chelsea say the 35-year-old may have a small muscular injury to his hamstring and will undergo a scan on Sunday. Blues boss Guss Hiddink said: “We have just two days to recover and it is something to think about in the future as two days of recovery is not enough.” Fellow central defender Kurt Zouma was ruled out for six months after injuring his anterior cruciate ligament against Manchester United last Sunday.

    February 13, 2016 9:04 pm
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World News

  • The pigeon will see you now


    Image copyright MOHD RASFAN Image caption Pigeons have amazing visual memories A rat or pigeon might not be the obvious choice to tend to someone who is sick, but these creatures have some superior skills that could help the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. Pigeons are often seen as dirty and an urban nuisance, but they are just the latest in a long line of animals that have been found to have abilities to help humans. Despite having a brain no bigger than the tip of your index finger, pigeons have an impressive visual memory. Recently it was shown that they could be trained to be as accurate as humans at detecting breast cancer in images. Here are three more of our feathered and furry friends who could have a big impact in medicine. From lab rats to lab technicians Rats are often associated with spreading disease rather than preventing it, but this long-tailed …

    February 13, 2016 9:05 pm
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Technology

  • Andrew Marr: the loss of the Independent means the loss of a community


    What happened to the Independent this week is a footnote in a huge story – the wave of creative destruction overturning all traditional media – and a very important local political and cultural story. The big story is well understood. Digital is much cheaper than analogue, or Gutenberg technology. The cumbersome is collapsing, outpaced by the nimble. That allows new voices into an old debate-cartel. But it’s not all genteel and attractive. Related: Independent aims to keep stars and boost quality in digital shift A lot of the capital cost is actually passed to the consumer. Under the old model, large industrial corporations used capital-heavy technology to make and then distribute information to individuals. In the new model we – you and me – purchase the computers, Wi-Fi accounts, apps, mobile phones and sometimes subscriptions, which allow corporations to pass the information to us more cheaply. For media companies, it’s a great gig. If you …

    February 13, 2016 9:24 pm
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Science

  • Memory replay prioritizes high-reward memories


    Related images(click to enlarge) Why do we remember some events, places and things, but not others? Our brains prioritize rewarding memories over others, and reinforce them by replaying them when we are at rest, according to new research from the University of California, Davis, Center for Neuroscience, published Feb. 11 in the journal Neuron. “Rewards help you remember things, because you want future rewards,” said Professor Charan Ranganath, a UC Davis neuroscientist and senior author on the paper. “The brain prioritizes memories that are going to be useful for future decisions.” It’s estimated that we only retain detailed memories for a small proportion of the events of each day, Ranganath said. People with very detailed memories become overwhelmed with information. So if the brain is going to filter information and decide what to remember, it makes sense to save those memories that might be most important for obtaining rewards in the future. Ranganath and postdoctoral …

    February 13, 2016 8:04 pm
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Health

  • Guillain-Barre on rise in five Latam countries, no proven link to Zika


    GENEVA A neurological disorder suspected of links to the mosquito-borne Zika virus is on the rise in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Suriname and Venezuela, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. The rare Guillain-Barre syndrome, in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the nervous system, causes gradual weakness in the legs, arms and upper body and sometimes leads to total paralysis. “In the context of the Zika virus outbreak, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Suriname and Venezuela have reported an increase of GBS (Guillain-Barre Syndrome),” the WHO said in a weekly report on Zika virus now circulating in 34 countries, including 26 in the Americas. “The cause of the increase in GBS incidence observed in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador and Suriname remains unknown, especially as dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus have all been circulating simultaneously in the Americas,” it added. Investigations continue to determine the cause, WHO said, noting that there was no …

    February 13, 2016 8:44 pm
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Entertainment

  • Beyonce Canada Ban: Official Pushes For ‘Formation’ Singer To Be ‘Disallowed’ Entry Into Country Over Super Bowl Flap?


    The Super Bowl has a way of ruining careers (Just think Janet Jackson’s ban). Reportedly, if one Canadian official gets his way, Beyonce Knowles won’t have a stopover in Canada for her upcoming World Tour — or ever again. What is more, some reports say he is suggesting Queen Bey be investigated and possibly banned if there is evidence of her “support” for the New Black Panthers, according to the Conservative Tribune.  Beyonce, during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, partnered with Coldplay and Bruno Mars for a lively performance. However, the main buzz of the show was about her dance and song routine to her new “Formation” single. Flanked by a cadre of fist-thrusting women dancers donning black leather ensembles, Beyonce led the song which paid homage to her black Southern heritage. It also explored police brutality and other social injustices among African-Americans. However, critics and law enforcement groups had another take on Beyonce’s …

    February 13, 2016 7:44 pm
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Editorial

  • Does Bernie Sanders really want to win? Three Democratic debate takeaways


    To understand what ails Hillary Clinton, let’s rewind past Iowa and New Hampshire – two years back, in fact, to a speech in New Orleans before the National Auto Dealers Association and these words: “The last time I actually drove a car myself was 1996. I remember it very well. Unfortunately, so does the Secret Service, which is why I haven’t driven since then.” That one passage underscores three of Clinton’s present-day woes: she’s lived in a cocoon for well over two decades; she’s not all that entertaining; there may be no limit to what she and her husband will do for a quick buck (that one appearance earned Hillary a $325,000 honorarium). Speaking of Clinton’s motoring skills, there’s a fourth problem: rather than turn into the skid caused by alarming droves of young and women voters jilting her for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, she’s overcorrected – trying too hard to pawn herself off as …

    February 13, 2016 11:23 am
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Odd News

  • Racy night with handcuffs lands Arkansas man in handcuffs, again


    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. An Arkansas couple’s evening of “kinky” entertainment ended with one pair of handcuffs used for fun being replaced by another used for real in an arrest, police said on Friday. Dustin Taylor, 21, summoned police this week to his home in Fort Smith to remove a pair of handcuffs he told officers he and his wife had been using the previous night while “doing some ‘kinky’ things,” the official report stated. The couple had lost the key, Taylor explained. The responding patrolman removed the handcuffs and did a routine search of Taylor’s name in a police database. When the computer reported an outstanding warrant for Taylor on criminal mischief, handcuffs went back on. But this time they belonged to the officer. Sergeant Daniel Grubbs, spokesman for the Fort Smith police, expressed a measure of sympathy for Taylor. “I sort of wish the guy had invested in an extra handcuff key,” Grubbs said. …

    February 12, 2016 8:20 pm
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