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Google's most searched terms of 2017 revealed

Google's most searched terms of 2017 revealed

Technology
Google remains the most used search engine on the web and its annual list of the most popular searches always offers an excellent glimpse into the zeitgeist.The company's trends data reveals that people asked "how" more than any other question.As the political and natural environment erupted in turmoil this year, Google users asked: How do wildfires start? How to calm a dog during a storm? How to make a protest sign?Alongside its video of the year's trends, Google said: "These questions show our shared desire to understand our experiences, to come to each other's aid, and, ultimately, to move our world forward."Interestingly, differences between the UK and US show peculiar differences in focus.Despite North Korea's threat to attack the US mainland with a nuclear-tipped intercontinental bal...
8 Alcoholic Drinks Ranked From Most Calories to Least

8 Alcoholic Drinks Ranked From Most Calories to Least

Health
News flash: A single night out can cost you a shocking 1,000 calories in alcohol alone. During this season’s flurry of festivities, those liquid calories can add up fast–and that’s before you even get to holiday party snacks, sweets, and the heavy breakfast to cure your next-day hangover. Before you know it, you’ve sabotaged the desk lunches you diligently meal prep every week.The good news is that you don’t need to swap your chardonnay for seltzer at every social gathering (though alternating between non-alcoholic and boozy beverages during the night is always a smart idea). Just make wiser decisions when it comes to choosing what to drink.RELATED: 7 Ways to Keep Alcohol From Ruining Your DietHere, Health’s contributing nutrition editor Cynthia Sass, RD, walks us through the highest- and
Scientists map coastal communities most vulnerable to natural disasters

Scientists map coastal communities most vulnerable to natural disasters

Science
Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Scientists have identified coastal communities where poverty, poor infrastructure and exposure to the elements combine to create a unique level of vulnerability to natural disasters.These varying levels of risk are showcased on a new map of the Caribbean and South America published this week in the journal PLOS ONE."We found that more than 500,000 people in Latin America and the Caribbean are living in areas where coastal hazards and poverty converge," lead researcher Juliano Calil said in a news release. "These are communities where scarce critical resources are consistently placed in hazards-prone areas, further exacerbating the impacts of coastal hazards."The 2017 hurricane season decimated many vulnerable communities in the Caribbean. To better protect populations from ...
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton wins fourth Formula One world championship to become most successful British driver of all time

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton wins fourth Formula One world championship to become most successful British driver of all time

Sports
Lewis Hamilton has been crowned Formula One world champion for a fourth time despite a stunning opening-lap collision with rival Sebastian Vettel at the Mexican Grand Prix.Hamilton finished only ninth following the explosive turn-three incident, after which the British driver asked if Vettel had deliberately crashed into him.The championship rivals both sustained damage in the collision as Hamilton's Mercedes limped back to the pit lane with a right-rear puncture while Vettel stopped for repairs to his Ferrari's broken front wing.And although a determined Vettel fought back through the field to cross the line in fourth place, he fell well short of the victory he required to prevent Hamilton from winning the title with two rounds to spare.Max Verstappen, who also banged wheels with Vettel i...
Experts: Islamic State 'death spiral' most dangerous part of fight for U.S. coalition

Experts: Islamic State 'death spiral' most dangerous part of fight for U.S. coalition

Business
Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Experts on the Middle East, terrorism and the Islamic State say that while the terrorist organization is in a "death spiral," the U.S.-led coalition battling the group is likely entering its most dangerous phase.The early signs of victory are beginning to circulate as the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, drive IS out of its proclaimed capital of Raqqa, Syria.IS fighters were contained Tuesday in a stadium complex in the city as they attempt to make a last stand effort in a battle campaign the SDF began in June with air support from the U.S.-led coalition and the Russian government."They are getting desperate," chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana W. White told reporters last week. "Civilians are running toward the Iraqi security fo...