This blog was originally published on TomDispatch.com. It’s January 2025, and within days of entering the Oval Office, a new president already faces his first full-scale crisis abroad. Twenty-four years after it began, the war on terror, from the Philippines to Nigeria, rages on. In 2024 alone, the U.S. launched…

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Image copyright Getty Images Consumers are being advised to stop buying fridges and freezers with flammable plastic backs, which could create a fire risk. According to research by Which? there are at least 236 such models on sale, representing nearly half the market. It is also asking manufacturers to stop…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Barn owls rely on their hearing to hunt Barn owls keep their acute sense of hearing into old age, scientists have discovered. Previously, starlings have been found to have this ability, suggesting birds are protected from age-related hearing loss. Understanding more about the “ageless…

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Image copyright Fredex8 The UK and US have reached a deal to develop a special relationship for science. An agreement between the two countries aims to make it easier for researchers to travel, collaborate and share facilities. US science bodies are said to be “eager” to take advantage of research…

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A special edition “JP Strong” T-shirt is available online and will be featured at a Utah Jazz preseason game to benefit the family of JP Gibson, the 8-year-old Jazz fan favorite whose battle with cancer resumed last summer, the Utah Jazz announced today. Originally designed by Steven Diaz in support…

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Image copyright Getty Images Alphabet’s Google has struck a $1.1bn (£822m) deal with Taiwan’s HTC to expand its smartphone business. Google will not take a stake in the firm, but some HTC staff will join the Silicon Valley giant. The Taiwanese company was once a major player in the smartphone…

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And we wonder why people aren’t interested in our writing? Look at the rules we’re following. Most of us learned in high school or college to “write well” with the inverted pyramid. Get the necessary stuff out first. The 5 W’s (Who, what, when, where, and why). Don’t bury the…

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Image copyright Reuters A rise in the employment rate for women since 2008 is holding back wage growth globally, the OECD has told the BBC. Chief economist Catherine Mann said women were paid less in general, while male employment rates remained weak, and that this had skewed the figures. She…

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