Virtual reality can boost empathy

Virtual reality can boost empathy

Virtual reality could be used to boost empathy, new research suggests. The tool could be used to encourage tolerance and acceptance of marginalized groups. Empathy is the ability to understand and relate to other perspectives, thoughts and emotions of others. Studies show higher levels of empathy are linked with altruistic behavior. For research purposes, behavioral […]

Russia to propose military deal to Egypt

Russia to propose military deal to Egypt

Russia is due to offer a range of weapons and military equipment to the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi during his current visit to the country’s coastal city of Sochi, the president’s aide, Yury Ushakov, announced yesterday. “The military equipment to be offered might be purchased by Cairo in the future,” Ushakov said. The Russian diplomat noted […]

Europe and US lock horns on transatlantic privacy

Europe and US lock horns on transatlantic privacy

European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová | Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images Washington and Brussels discuss how to police the use of data. By Mark Scott and Laurens Cerulus 10/17/18, 12:57 PM CET Updated 10/18/18, 6:04 AM CET Europe’s effort to export its tough privacy rules around the world is about […]

The eight best first-time travel experiences

The eight best first-time travel experiences

There are moments in travel that have a particular impact, that don’t just momentarily impress or entertain us, but which lodge in our memories. Sometimes they change the way we see the world. They might urge us onwards with renewed energy, or teach us something about ourselves we’d never considered before. If you’re passing through […]

Marijuana Still the Most-Used Drug

Marijuana Still the Most-Used Drug

The good news is that an annual study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse conducted by the University of Michigan found that fewer teens overall drink alcohol or use illegal drugs than in past years. The bad news is that some teams are turning to legal drugs such as painkillers, mood stimulants and even […]

Brexit: UK 'may consider longer transition period'

Brexit: UK 'may consider longer transition period'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionConfused by Brexit jargon? Reality Check unpacks the basics Brexit-backing MPs have reacted angrily to the idea that the UK’s transition out of the EU could be extended for another year, to the end of 2021. No. 10 refused to rule out an extension after a summit […]

E-mails show how donors are considered in Harvard admissions

E-mails show how donors are considered in Harvard admissions

When Harvard University admitted several applicants tied to influential donors in 2013, including one who had promised to pay for a building, the Kennedy School dean fired off an e-mail calling the head of admissions “my hero.” “Once again you have done wonders. I am simply thrilled by all the folks you were able to […]

Oli Herbet, All That Remains guitarist, dead at 44

Oli Herbet, All That Remains guitarist, dead at 44

CLOSE Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof, who was running for a seat in the state legislature, died Wednesday after a party to celebrate his 72nd birthday. Porn actor Ron Jeremy told reporters that he discovered his friend’s body. (Oct. 18) AP “All that Remains” guitarist Oli Herbert died Wednesday at the age of 44.(Photo: Tom […]

Fantasy Football: Matchups to exploit and avoid in Week 7

Fantasy Football: Matchups to exploit and avoid in Week 7

EXPLOIT BRONCOS (at Cardinals) The one thing Denver does well — run the rock — also happens to be Arizona’s biggest defensive shortcoming. And unlike in Week 6, when the Broncos trailed the Rams by two scores for roughly half the game, the Cardinals aren’t equipped to run away from Denver. So fire up the […]

Geopolitics: Russia-CAR ties signal renewed relationship with Africa

Geopolitics: Russia-CAR ties signal renewed relationship with Africa

Russia’s donation of arms to Central African Republic (CAR) has cemented the former’s ambition to exert influence and win support on the continent. When CAR appealed for help against militia groups last year, Russia’s donation of weapons was chosen over former coloniser, France which offered guns it had seized off Somalia. “We presented our problem […]

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