Late dawn. Early sunset. Short day. Long night. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. Meanwhile, on the day of the December solstice, the Southern Hemisphere has its longest day and shortest night. This special day is coming up on Sunday, December 21 at 23:03 UTC (5:03 p.m. CST). A fun fact about the coming solstice is that it occurs within about two-and-a-half hours of a new moon. No matter where you live on Earth's globe, a solstice is your signal to celebrate.
Angie Drobnic Holan, Aaron Sharockman on Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 3:08 p.m.
"Yet fear of the disease stretched to every corner of America this fall, stoked by exaggerated claims from politicians and pundits. They said Ebola was easy to catch, that illegal immigrants may be carrying the virus across the southern border, that it was all part of a government or corporate conspiracy.
The claims -- all wrong -- distorted the debate about a serious public health issue. Together, they earn our Lie of the Year for 2014." read more
It's a long-held sexist stereotype. Now, the prestigious British Medical Journal, no less, asserts that there's truth to it: Men really can be idiots.
In fact, in a study released December 11, the authors reveal to the world their new "Male Idiot Theory," or MIT: "Men are idiots, and idiots do stupid things." read more
The infamous Helter Skelter killer Charles Manson, 80, has been granted a license to marry a 26-year-old woman who has been visiting him in prison. The marriage licence was issued 10 days ago for Manson and Afton "Star" Elaine Burton, a woman who moved to Corcoran, California, nine years ago to be nearer Manson's prisons. Manson is serving a life sentence for the murders of seven people and one unborn child in Los Angeles in 1969. Burton told AP she and Manson would marry next month. "Y'all can know that it's true ... It's going to happen," she said. "I love him." read more
A New York doctor has recovered from Ebola and is scheduled to be released from the hospital Tuesday. The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, which runs the city's public hospitals, said Monday in a written statement that physician Craig Spencer "has been declared free of the virus." Spencer, who treated Ebola patients in Guinea while working with Doctors Without Borders, "poses no public health risk," the statement said. Nearly three weeks after Spencer tested positive for the virus, no one else has become sick. He was the last person being treated for Ebola in this country. read more