Has Earth entered the anthropocene epoch?

Death and rebirth are the bookends of time. For over 4.5 billion years, each day on Earth has begun the same way: with the rising of the sun. But earth scientists look for greater changes, choosing great extinctions or periods of evolution to mark the passing of one geological period into another. Our destiny, some […]

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Proposed circumcision ban rattles Jews, Muslims in Iceland

Jews and Muslims on this windswept island in the northern Atlantic Ocean find themselves united against a proposal to ban ritual circumcisions — jeopardizing a fundamental tradition in both religions. “It’s a bedrock of the Jewish people and of the Torah,” said Rabbi Avi Feldman, 27, who moved from Brooklyn to Reykjavik with his wife […]


Meet the team that’s tracking down sex partners to stop a surge in STDs

In northwest Oregon’s Clackamas County, health officials have decided to ask anyone who comes in with an STD who their sexual partners are — and then track those partners down. That job falls to two women: registered nurse Mary Horman and disease intervention specialist Liz Baca. They do most of the work over the phone, […]


Facebook still teens’ most-used website: report

By Leanne ItalieThe Associated Press Tues., April 14, 2015 NEW YORK—Remember those declarations that teens are done with Facebook? Think again. Facebook remains the most used social media site among American teens ages 13 to 17, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. And, surprisingly, boys visit the site more often than […]

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Theresa May rattled in Salzburg

The good will is gone this morning in Salzburg — EU leaders have left, and so has the prospect of a Brexit compromise. The 27 heads of other EU countries got together to reject Theresa May’s Chequer’s plan, heating up the negotiations weeks away from the deal deadline. It was a sour surprise for the […]


How ‘scatterfocus’ can improve focus and attention span

Congratulations! You have read two sentences of this article without getting distracted. And now three. And now four. And now five. And now, according to a study in The Journal of Science and Healing, your mind is ready to find something pleasurable, threatening, and novel to focus on right about now. It’s not your fault. […]


FIFA to upgrade flights and prize money for Women’s World Cup

By Graham DunbarThe Associated Press Thu., Sept. 20, 2018 LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND—In a concession to women’s soccer, FIFA will start funding business-class flights for some of the Women’s World Cup teams travelling to France for next year’s tournament. Total prize money will also “significantly increase” from the $15 million shared among 24 teams at the 2015 […]


The newest way to check the time: on your wrist

If Stacy Crawford wants to know the time, she — like many others — pulls out her phone. But in the Eaton Centre’s Michael Kors shop, she points to the case of large-faced wristwatches. “I like the look of these. It’s jewelry. I suppose if I had one, I could make myself do this,” says […]


Freddie Highmore calls The Good Doctor a hopeful remedy for dark times

BURNABY, B.C.—The hero of The Good Doctor, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, represents the show’s title in more ways than one. Dr. Shaun Murphy is exceptionally skilled at curing patients, but he’s also morally good, able to see the light in others even if he can’t always connect. The Good Doctor is […]


Students weighed down by heavy backpacks, ‘text neck’

Students’ heavy backpacks are a perennial problem, but the strain on children’s bodies has worsened in recent years, thanks to bad posture from texting and playing video games, according to health experts. “It’s a trifecta,” said Don Clum, a Seattle chiropractor who also offers lifestyle and health consulting online. “It’s getting worse because of those […]