9 Globe-Altering Historical Events That Happened During Christmas

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Christmas-day discoveries, decisions, and disasters that had an impact on how the world played out

BY GQ PAN

December 22, 2018 Updated: December 27, 2018

From Columbus’ shipwreck to George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware, there have been a lot of world-changing events that took place during Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year. Read on to see these 9 fascinating things that also happened on December 25.

9. Columbus’ Santa María sinks, 1492

Of all three ships that sailed on Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World, the flagship Santa María was the largest and slowest.… READ MORE...

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Self-Weighing, Self-Awareness May Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

During the holidays, it is easy to eat up to double or triple our needed calories, leading to weight gain that is often permanent. (Pixabay)

Researchers devise method to prevent holiday weight gain

BY REUTERS

December 26, 2018 Updated: December 26, 2018

A brief program that encouraged people to track their weight and be mindful of the excess energy in every holiday cookie or cup of eggnog seems to have helped participants get through the holiday season without gaining weight.

The trial in the United Kingdom recruited participants in November and December of 2016 and 2017 and followed up with them about 45 days later.… READ MORE...

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45 Health Resolutions That Only Require One Small Change

Taking your workout outdoors is a great way to find motivation and mental clarity. (Brian Metzler/Unsplash)

For starters, you do not have to do all 45—just one is fine!

BY GABRIELLE KASSEL, HEALTHLINE

December 30, 2018 Updated: December 30, 2018

There’s some powerful New Year’s energy in the air. Now’s the time to harness those vibes and head into a fresh year ready to become more healthy, awesome, and powerful.

Whether you need help thinking up resolutions for the upcoming year, or want something small and specific enough that you’ll actually stick to, we’ve got a great list of 45 resolutions to choose from.… READ MORE...

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China-Made Smartphone Weather App Stole Data From 10 Million Global Users

The TCL Mobile Communication Co. building in Huizhou City, Guangdong Province, China, on July 28, 2009. A TCL-developed weather app has been found to collect user data without permission. (LAURENT FIEVET/AFP/Getty Images)

BY NICOLE HAO

January 6, 2019 Updated: January 6, 2019

TCL, a Chinese producer of consumer electronics, has been collecting data without permission from mobile phones that have downloaded its free weather forecast smartphone app. This app has been downloaded more than 10 million times by users all around the world since it was released in December 2016.

TCL is a listed company on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges.… READ MORE...

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China Subjects Police to Quotas to Encourage Arrests of People of Faith

Armed police officers patrol a street in Beijing, China, on May 12, 2014. (VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

BY MIMI NGUYEN LY

December 24, 2018 Updated: December 24, 2018

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is threatening to fire police officers if they don’t arrest enough people who adhere to spiritual faiths—including Falun Gong practitioners and Christians—according to a magazine that monitors religious freedom in China.

An officer in Dalian in northeastern Liaoning Province told the magazine Bitter Winter that the police station where he works received a “quarterly performance assessment plan to combat religious belief” from the CCP’s National Security Bureau in September.… READ MORE...

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A Backward View: Older Books and the Culture of the Now

A flood of information daily inundates us, burying in silt many treasures from the past.

BY INTELLECTUAL TAKEOUT

December 17, 2018 Updated: December 17, 2018

For almost 20 years, I have written book reviews for a weekly newspaper in Western North Carolina.

In general, reviewers take an interest only in new books. This makes some sense, as older books have already received their accolades or their slings and arrows. A few critics—Nick Hornby in his collection of reviews “Ten Years in the Tub,” and the great Michael Dirda of The Washington Post—do revisit older books, but this is rare.

Yet our prejudice as reviewers for the new is unfortunate, especially in regard to good literature.… READ MORE...

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It’s Never Too Late To Gain New Brain Cells

The human brain may continue to develop new brain cells even in old age, a new study offers. (Shutterstock)

New study challenges previous research that found brains don’t grow new brains cells as we age

BY ANDREA DONSKY, WWW.NATURALLYSAVVY.COM

December 17, 2018 Updated: December 17, 2018

For years, scientists largely believed that the production of new brain cells in areas responsible for memory, emotion, and learning stopped after adolescence. This was not a comforting thought, and it lead to ideas that adults, as they age, were more susceptible to emotional instability, faulty memory, and poor ability to learn.

But now, the authors of a recent study report that new brain cells (neurons) continue to be produced in human adults and don’t decline with age.… READ MORE...

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Chinese Hackers Target European Union Diplomatic Communications

BY TOM OZIMEK

December 19, 2018 Updated: December 19, 2018

The European Union is “actively investigating” a data breach after reports that hackers linked to the Chinese communist regime intercepted sensitive EU diplomatic communications.

By The New York Times alleged that for the past three years cyber-espionage operators associated with the People’s Liberation Army managed to access and download thousands of EU diplomatic cables.

The bloc’s Council Secretariat said in a statement to reporters that it is “aware of allegations regarding a potential leak of sensitive information and is actively investigating the issue.”

Thousands of Messages Intercepted

Area 1 Security, a U.S.… READ MORE...

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Doctors Say Ohio Mother’s Cancer Disappeared After Groundbreaking Clinical Trial

Dr. Benjamin Jin, a biologist working on immunotherapy for HPV+ cancers, works in the lab of Dr. Christian Hinrichs, an investigator at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md., Feb. 7, 2018. (SAaul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

BY ZACHARY STIEBER

December 12, 2018 Updated: December 12, 2018

An Ohio mother’s cancer vanished after a clinical trial, according to her doctors.

Denise Keenan, 66, of Youngstown, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2009.

Keenan went in and out remission several times over the past decade but it always came back.

In August, though, doctors informed her that the CAR T-cell clinical trial that she underwent was successful.… READ MORE...

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Will Meng Wanzhou Cross the Sino–US ‘Spy Bridge’?

In this courtroom sketch, Meng Wanzhou, back right, the CFO of Huawei Technologies, listens during a bail hearing at B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, on Tuesday Dec. 11, 2018. Her husband Liu Xiaozong is seen seated at front left. (The Canadian Press/Jane Wolsak)

To rescue its ‘asset,’ Beijing would have to find an acceptable token of exchange

BY HE QINGLIAN

December 12, 2018 Updated: December 13, 2018

News Analysis

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer and daughter of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested by Canadian authorities on charges that Huawei sold equipment to Iran in violation of U.S.… READ MORE...

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