Vanished Malaysia Airlines flight leaves relatives with anger and phantom phone calls
One of the most eerie rumors came after a few relatives said they were able to call the cellphones of their loved ones or find them on a Chinese instant messenger service called QQ that indicated that their phones were still somehow online.
A migrant worker in the room said that several other workers from his company were on the plane, including his brother-in-law. Among them, the QQ accounts of three still showed that they were online, he said Sunday afternoon.
Adding to the mystery, other relatives in the room said that when they dialed some passengers' numbers, they seemed to get ringing tones on the other side even though the calls were not picked up. Read more
Hey do you ever go to this site? You can track which campaign promises Obama kept, broke, or compromised on. I gotta say I'm surprised how many he kept. I guess if you hate him that's not a good thing to you.
There has been much research into the factors that have influenced the human genome since the end of the last Ice Age. Anthropologists, geneticists and archaeologists have analyzed ancient DNA from skeletons and found that selection has had a significant effect on the human genome even in the past 5,000 years, resulting in sustained changes to the appearance of people.
Dark matter, the mysterious substance estimated to make up approximately more than one-quarter of the mass of the universe, is crucial to the formation of galaxies, stars and even life but has so far eluded direct observation. At a recent UCLA symposium attended by 190 scientists from around the world, physicists presented several analyses that participants interpreted to imply the existence of a dark matter particle. The likely mass would be approximately 30 billion electron-volts, said the symposium's organizer. Read more
"Reed wins Cadillac Championship, his 3rd PGA title in 7 months"
(The actual headline. Tiger Woods was not mentioned) Read more
The Olympics was his multi-billion-ruble reassertion of Russian power on the level of pop culture; the invasion of Crimea is a reassertion of Russian power in the harsher currency of arms and intimidation. Read more
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - The sexual assault case against an Army general was thrown into jeopardy Monday when the judge said the military may have improperly pressed ahead with a trial to send a message about its determination to curb rape and other widespread misconduct. Read more
Despite Hillary Rodham Clinton's promise that she had scrubbed illegal cash contributions from her 2008 presidential campaign, prosecutors revealed Monday that the mastermind of Mayor Vincent C. Gray's "shadow campaign" also funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to aid Mrs. Clinton's bid for the White House.
THOMAS Piketty's excellent (and extremely thought-provoking) book Capital in the 21st Century might turn out to be one of the most significant economics books that have been produced since 2000; it is certainly written with admirable clarity and non-specialists should have no problem in reading it. My colleague on Free Exchange is producing a series of posts on the book.
But, having written quite a lot on demography in this post, I wanted to explore some of Mr Piketty's ideas and statistics on the topic; in particular the links between demography, growth and inequality. Readers will be familiar with the idea that growth comes from two sources; having more workers and making those workers more efficient (productivity). Roughly speaking, these two forces have been equally important, as this table from his book shows. Read more
The Success Academy charter school network is suing Mayor de Blasio on Monday to overturn his decision to stop the siting of three of its schools.
A federal civil rights lawsuit will be filed against de Blasio for cancelling the co-location of Success Academy IV Central Harlem middle school with a neighboring public school, a source said. Read more
A young girl tried to wake-up her mother, who was possibly under the influence of drugs, on a bus in Philadelphia. The heart-wrenching 4 1/2 minute video shows the little girl prodding her mother to stay awake, while she nods her head in a daze.
...the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year. It is now evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the US. (By contrast, the number of deaths attributable to heart disease in 2001 was 699,697, while the number of deaths attributable to cancer was 553,251.5)
From a distance, the place looks like a plantation. Up close, it is a rectangular plot of land, spread over rolling hillocks as far as the eye can see, dotted with low-slung acacia trees and bound by a fence of barbed wire. Beneath its clay surface are hidden hundreds of kilograms of what local residents say is nuclear waste.
The government recently announced it was planning to set up more nuclear power plants in different parts of the country. Residents of the area are worried that this could mean more nuclear waste coming their way. Read more
The White House's economics team, like many economic forecasters, expects the economy to improve. Here's why.
As the chart shows, households have made progress paying off debt. Household debt has dropped from 1.4 times annual disposable income, in the good old days of the fourth quarter of 2007, to 1.1 times in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Debt service also has dropped, from 13% of disposable income in the fourth quarter of 2007 to 10% in the third quarter of 2013.
You won't believe what the Russian media is saying about America right now.
Professor Sergey Markov is that rarest of species -- an English-speaking pro-Kremlin pundit. That makes him just about the only Putin backer who regularly pops up on global TV screens to explain the rationale behind seemingly irrational Russian policies. He understands the international audience and does his best to retain an air of respectability. But all of that changes when he switches to Russian Read more