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Top Iranian General Says That Saudi Royal Family ‘Will Be Toppled’ Soon

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The Saud family has ruled Saudi Arabia since 1932, when Ibn Saud — father of current King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud — consolidated his family’s dominions and established the country as a modern nation. But the family’s time in power could be coming to close, according to senior Iranian general Mohammad Ali Jafari. “The House of Saud is on the edge of disintegration and collapse… Regional and international analysts have talked about it a lot, and we hope that it will come true,” said

Americans Waste $37 Billion A Year On Unused Mobile Data

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Roughly 85 percent of smartphone users in the United States are paying for more data than they need. According to Vocativ, the average value of this unused data is about $27.86 per line per month ($334.32/year). That equates to roughly $36.9 billion worth of data wasted every year by American smartphone users. But the 15 percent of users who aren’t buying more data than they need are no better off, since they get charged for exceeding their data limits. When you factor in these overage

The World’s First Head Transplant – Medical Breakthrough or Mad Science?

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On Wednesday, April 8th, a 30-year-old Russian computer scientist named Valery Spiridonov volunteered to be the first person ever to undergo a full head transplant. The idea was first proposed two years ago by Italian neuroscientist and surgeon Sergio Canavero of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group. The seemingly far-fetched concept arose from a discussion Canavero and his colleagues had about how to improve the situations of those suffering from severe muscle and nerve damage. In February of this year, Canavero outlined the transplant technique he

U.S. Officials Say the Russian Government Hacked the White House

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The United States has been having trouble keeping the Russian government out of its computer systems lately. A recent report from CNN revealed that U.S. officials believe Russia was behind a series of hacks into the State Department last year. Officials have called the attack the “worst ever” cyberattack against a federal agency. During these attacks, the hackers were reportedly able to penetrate into sensitive parts of the White House computer system, gaining access to President Obama’s personal schedule and call

Iran Agrees to Nuclear Outline That Puts Strict Restrictions On Their Nuclear Program

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On Thursday (Apr. 2), diplomats from the United States, Iran and five other world powers announced that they had reached an agreement on a nuclear outline that would put strict limits on Iran’s nuclear program over the next 15 years. The agreement would allow Iran to continue its nuclear program under very strict production limits, including a 97% reduction in its stockpile of uranium. According to The New York Times, “Under the accord, Iran agreed to cut the number of operating centrifuges it

Putin Integrates Portion of Georgia Into Russia On Anniversary of Crimea Annexation

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On Wednesday (3/18), Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a controversial treaty that calls for almost complete integration of the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia into Russia. Under the terms of the agreement, South Ossetia’s economy and military will be incorporated into Russia’s. The treaty also makes it easier for people living in the region to become Russian citizens. A similar agreement was signed last year with Abkhazia, another breakaway region in Georgia. The move drew strong criticism from Georgian President Giorgi

The White House Just Officially Exempted Itself from Freedom of Information Requests

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When U.S. President Barack Obama was elected to his first term back in 2008, he promised the American people that his administration would be the most transparent administration ever. Since then, the Obama administration’s track record on transparency has been questionable, to say the least. “Obama is the sixth administration that’s been in office since I’ve been doing Freedom of Information Act work. … It’s kind of shocking to me to say this, but of the six, this administration is

For the First Time In 40 Years, The Global Economy Grew But CO2 Emissions Didn’t

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The battle against climate change is far from over. 2014 marked the 18th straight year that temperatures in the United States were above the 20th century average. Back in September, Jessica Blunden — a scientist at the NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center — told the Washington Post that the world had experienced a whopping 355 straight months (nearly 30 years) of temperatures above the 20th century average. But there was one bit of good climate news last year: 2014 was the first year in 40 years that the

Canadian Man Arrested for Refusing to Give Up His Phone Password to Border Guards

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38-year-old Alain Philippon is facing a fine and possible jail time after he refused to tell Canadian officials the password to his phone. The Quebec resident, who was returning home from a trip to the Dominican Republic, arrived at the Halifax International Airport in Canada on Wednesday, where he was selected for additional screening by Canada’s Border Services Agency. During the course of this search, Philippon was asked to give up the password to his cell phone – a request which he refused.

The Coolest Places on Earth: Mendenhall Ice Caves – Juneau, Alaska (Photos)

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The Mendenhall Glacier, located in the Mendenhall Valley about 12 miles outside of Juneau, is one of Alaska’s most impressive natural wonders. But to reach the actual ice caves, which are located inside Mendenhall Glacier, visitors have to kayak out to the glacier and then tackle an ice climb over its outer edges. But its hard to argue that the journey isn’t worth it. Check out some photos of the breathtaking ice caves below:

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