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Fancy algorithms capable of solving a Rubik’s Cube have appeared before, but a new system from the University of California, Irvine uses artificial intelligence to solve the 3D puzzle from scratch and without any prior help from humans—and it does so with impressive speed and efficiency.

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Robert Lewandowski Says Hansi Flick Has 'Breathed a New Life' into Bayern Munich
Robert Lewandowski has said interim Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick has " breathed a new life" into the club after the exit of Niko Kovac...
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'Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order': Gareth Bale pokes fun at critics
He's won four Champions League titles with Real Madrid and scored over a hundred goals for the club. But Gareth Bale is facing a backlash from the club's fans after celebrating with a flag that suggests he prefers appearing for Wales and playing golf ahead of starring for Real.
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An indictment against 2 officers guarding Jeffrey Epstein the night of his suicide says they shopped online, read sports news, and napped instead of checking on him
Richard Drew/AP, New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP Two prison guards responsible for checking up on Jeffrey Epstein on the night of his suicide were accused of "browsing the internet" for "furniture sales," and checking sports news to the detriment of carrying out their duties, a grand jury indictment reveals.  Tova Noel and Micheal Thomas were accused of not making any checks on Epstein for 8 hours and forging documents to say that they did.  Both Noel and Thomas have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. The office where they were said to be sleeping and browsing the internet was just 15 feet from Epstein's cell. Jeffrey Epstein was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York when he died by suicide in August.  Visit the Insider homepage for more stories The two prison guards tasked with monitoring Jeffrey Epstein on the night he died by suicide were accused of shopping for furniture online, checking sports news, and sleeping at their desks to the detriment of carrying out their duties, a grand jury indictment released on Tuesday showed. Tova Noel and Michael Thomas were on duty at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York on the night of Epstein's suicide, and are accused of failing to check up on him at regular intervals, and forging documents during their shift to say that they had. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: How to find water when you're stuck in the desertSee Also:Inside Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein's controversial 20-year friendshipWhy you're seeing Jeffrey Epstein murder memes everywhere15 newspaper front pages show how the media reacted to Prince Andrew's 'car crash' interview about Jeffrey Epstein
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Stablecoin businesses ARE money transmitters, says FinCEN chief
Stablecoins fall under the US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN) remit to safeguard money transmission services, which means issuers must register as such and comply with anti-money laundering rules. That’s according to director Kenneth Blanco, who made the comments while speaking at a conference in New York last week. “Because we are technology-neutral, we can say with complete clarity that for AML/CFT purposes, it should be understood that transactions in stablecoins, like any other value that substitutes for currency, are covered by our definition of ‘money transmission services’,” Blanco said. “This means that accepting and transmitting activity denominated in stablecoins makes… This story continues at The Next Web
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Meghan Markle is still waiting to become a British citizen even though she moved to England 2 years ago
Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Britain's Duchess of Sussex may be married to the Queen's grandson, but that doesn't mean she gets to cut corners when applying for her British citizenship.  Even though Prince Harry's communications secretary said Meghan Markle intended to become a British citizen after their engagement in 2017, Markle is yet to receive her citizenship. "It might seem extraordinary, given that she's been married to the Queen's grandson for 18 months, but she accepts that it's a slow process," a friend of the duchess told the Mail Online. According to official government guidelines, you have to have lived in the UK for three years before applying for citizenship, on the grounds that your spouse is a British citizen.  If the duchess is following this procedure, that means she might not be eligible to apply until 2020. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Duchess of Sussex is still waiting to become a British citizen, even though she moved to the UK two years ago.  After Meghan Markle's engagement to Prince Harry in 2017, his communications secretary Jason Knauf said the former actress would be "compliant with immigration requirements at all times." See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Taylor Swift is the world's highest-paid celebrity. Here's how she makes and spends her $360 million.See Also:The backlash Meghan Markle received for deciding to miss Christmas with the Queen is just another example of the double standards she's up againstThese are the 3 best photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from 2019, according to the royal family's photographerHillary Clinton reportedly paid a secret visit to Meghan Markle at Frogmore Cottage, and she even got to cuddle with baby Archie
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Police arrest Malta businessman implicated in journalist murder: sources
Malta police arrested one of the country's most prominent businessmen on Wednesday as part of an investigation into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, two sources said.
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Transcript: North Korea expert Sue Mi Terry on "Intelligence Matters"
This week, on the "Intelligence Matters" podcast Michael Morell talks with CSIS senior Korea fellow Sue Mi Terry about why the U.S. and the North are at a stalemate after months of negotiations and three Trump-Kim summits
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Iran's Rouhani claims victory over unrest and blames foreigners
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday claimed victory over unrest he blamed on foreign enemies, according to state media, after protests over fuel price rises rocked the nation and left scores reported dead.
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Stacey Abrams: Democrats' Georgia debate puts focus on the issue that really counts
Stacey Abrams writes that as Democratic presidential candidates prepare to debate in Georgia, a place known for its successful voter suppression efforts, there needs to be a discussion about how power in our current democracy is determined not by popular will but by undemocratic rules that make voter suppression possible.
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Swedbank CEO vows to 'get to the bottom' of sanctions breach allegation
Swedbank CEO Jens Henriksson pledged to "get to the bottom" of an alleged transfer of funds from a Russian arms company which Swedish broadcaster SVT on Wednesday said may have violated U.S sanctions against Russia.
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Lowe's misses quarterly same-store sales estimates
Lowe's Cos Inc missed quarterly same-store sales estimates on Wednesday, as the home improvement chain faced intense competition from Home Depot Inc .
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A monkey with a face like a human has been single for 19 years, but zookeepers say it's because he's a bit of a jerk
Feature China / Barcroft Media via Getty Images A tufted capuchin at Tianjin Zoo in China is looking for love after being single his whole life. The unnamed monkey went viral in 2018 for his eerily human-like facial features. According to the Daily Mail, zoo officials say the monkey's singledom is partly due to "a lack of fate." However, they added that the monkey is known for his "aggressive" personality: "[He] likes playing with mud and smashing coconuts." Probably not great first date material. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Love can be one of life's greatest joys — but it can also be one of the greatest causes of heartbreak and distress, as a famous monkey in China seems to know too well. The Daily Mail reports that a tufted capuchin at the Tianjin Zoo in China has been single for every one of his 19 years — and zoo officials are now hoping they can help him be a bit luckier in love.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Taylor Swift is the world's highest-paid celebrity. Here's how she makes and spends her $360 million.See Also:Here's what it was like on board Qantas' first nonstop, 19-hour flight from London to SydneyI took trains all the way from Istanbul to London, and eastern and western Europe felt like different worldsI moved to the US from China — and here are the 29 things on my US bucket list
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Aston Martin unveils £158,000 SUV aimed at wealthy women
Luxury carmaker hopes DBX will reverse its fortunes amid falling sales and share priceAston Martin Lagonda has unveiled its first sports utility vehicle in an attempt to compete in the fast growing luxury SUV car market and reverse the 75% slide in its share price since the company floated last year.The British company, which supplies cars to James Bond in the 007 films, said it hoped the long-awaited £158,000 DBX model would widen its appeal to wealthy women, as almost all of its current customers are men. Continue reading...
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Why farmers may want to paint their cows with zebra stripes
Some people thought the stripy cattle in a Japanese pasture were a practical joke, but the science behind the camoflaged bovines could save farmers big money
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Junk loan market tensions signal end of buyout-led binge
Many investors are shunning the riskiest corners of the junk-rated U.S. corporate loan market because of concerns about possible credit rating downgrades, putting the brakes on a run of leveraged buyouts and debt-funded dividends.
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'Thank you, WeWork' — 2 of the coworking startup's biggest rivals are cashing in after its public meltdown
Two of WeWork's biggest rivals are cashing in on the collapse of its IPO, its rescue by SoftBank, and its ongoing overhaul. "Thank you, WeWork," IWG CEO Mark Dixon told Fast Company, adding that the coworking startup's public meltdown has shone a spotlight on shared workspaces. "Landlords are considering going in our direction that maybe weren't before," CBRE boss Robert Sulentic said on an earnings call this month. For more stories on WeWork, click here. Two of WeWork's biggest rivals are cashing in on its public meltdown. "We're in a hypergrowth stage at the moment," Mark Dixon, CEO of IWG, told Fast Company. The collapse of WeWork's IPO, the coworking startup's rescue by SoftBank, and its ongoing overhaul is helping the company — which boasts 3,500 global locations to WeWork's 625 — to expand and acquire smaller competitors, he said.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A big-money investor in juggernauts like Facebook and Netflix breaks down the '3rd wave' firms that are leading the next round of tech disruptionSee Also:Trump reportedly shelved a ban on flavored e-cigarettes to avoid angering votersState-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco is worth up to $1.7 trillion in a new IPO range, setting the stage for the world's largest public listingWeWork is just the 'tip of the iceberg.' Here's why one market expert thinks Silicon Valley's business model 'is at the beginning of a massive unraveling.'
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Twitter warns UK political party over 'factcheck' rebrand that 'misled the public'
Twitter says a UK political party's rebrand of their press account as a fact-checking service "misled the public."  The UK's Conservative party has been accused of misleading the public by rebranding their official Twitter profile as a fact-checker during a televised leadership debate. During a head-to-head between Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnston and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn broadcast by ITV on Tuesday night, the Twitter account of the Conservative press office was rebranded as "factcheckUK" with a new logo that showed no indication of its political associations. Then, during the course of the debate, the account began posting supposedly "fact-checked" tweets, which only targeted Labour. The only thing that didn't change was the handle @CCHQPress. Read more...More about Twitter, Election, Misinformation, Fact Check, and Fact Checking
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Why I Quit My Job Carrying Out Trump’s Immigration Policies
A former asylum officer says “remain in Mexico” and other policies undermining asylum aren’t just racist, they’re illegal.
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Here they go again: New preventive outages set for parts of Calif.
Move follows several such mass blackouts last month by embattled PG&E during long stretch of extremely dry, hot weather conducive to wildfires
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5 things to watch for during Sondland's hearing
Gordon Sondland's public testimony is the most highly anticipated hearing so far in the impeachment inquiry.
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Neymar 'Good to Play Against Real Madrid' in UCL, Calls for 'Calm' over Future
Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has declared himself fit to play following his recent injury layoff, saying he expects to be ready for the upcoming clash with Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League...
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What Happened to Kamala Harris?
We followed the candidate to South Carolina to understand how she went from top-tier, front-runner status to the middle of the pack.
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Thailand welcomes Pope Francis – in pictures
Pope Francis arrives in Bangkok to boost morale of tiny minority of Catholics and speak about human trafficking Continue reading...
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Human patient put in suspended animation for the first time
Scientists (and sci-fi fans) have been talking about suspended animation for years. The idea that the functions of the human body can somehow be put on "pause" while life-saving medical procedures are performed (or a person is sent into space, a la A...
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Up in smoke: are we wrong about the dangers of vaping?
Since vaping became a popular alternative to smoking, the big tobacco companies have been moving into the market. But do we know enough about the risks?Inside a laboratory in suburban Southampton, a corporate display board includes a portrait of Paracelsus, the 16th-century Swiss “father of toxicology”. It sits above his most memorable adage: “All things are poison … the dosage alone makes it so a thing is not a poison.” Next to this is the logo of British American Tobacco (BAT), whose cigarettes have poisoned to death more people than it would probably care to calculate.The lab, part of the tobacco company’s sprawling research and development centre, is a rare indoor space where smoking is legal. Marianna Gaca, a BAT biologist, shows me a robot. A dozen or so steel mouths spin on a wheel, each designed to hold a cigarette. Fat syringes draw the tobacco smoke along tubing into sealed petri dishes that contain human lung cells. The machine used to be part of BAT’s doomed attempts to make its cigarettes safer. Today, it has a different role: the smoke it draws serves as a toxic point of comparison for the new robot in the lab, which is puffing away instead on the company’s electronic cigarettes. Continue reading...
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Top 10 books about vegetarians
From Mary Shelley’s monster to HG Wells’s guileless future race, plant eaters have provided a rich diet for literatureThroughout the history of western literature, and now more than ever, vegetarians, vegetarianism, and their correlates – animal rights, human health, the meat industry, and climate change – have informed the gamut of literary genres. Philosophers explore the ethics of eating meat; muck-raking journalists expose slaughterhouse hell; satirists amuse us with leaf-eating kooks; forward-thinking writers of utopian, dystopian and apocalyptic fiction remind us that we are what we eat; and in literary fiction, the diet can complicate characterisation – adding heartbreaking arrogance, say, or misanthropic compassion.In Genesis, the Judeo-Christian God declares: “I have given you every seed-bearing plant and every tree that has fruit bearing seed. Yours they will be for food.” Plums, berries, almonds – but not giraffes! – is the way the protagonist/antagonist of my novel Rabbits for Food might have put it, except she’s a rationalist. Evolution, she would say, gave us the same flat-edged teeth as the great apes and our two dinky fangs are designed for cracking walnuts. Continue reading...
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Quiz: Can you name these leading politicians?
We are electing more than just a PM. So how many of these 16 front bench politicians can you name?With all the focus on head-to-head TV leader debates, you’d be forgiven for thinking we were having a presidential election in the UK. But we are electing 650 MPs and a whole government. How many of the cabinet and shadow cabinet would you actually recognise if you bumped into them when they were out and about campaigning over the next couple of weeks?There’s no prize – it’s just for fun – join us in the comments to tell us how you got on Continue reading...
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Here’s One Reason the U.S. Military Can’t Fix Its Own Equipment
Manufacturers can prevent the Department of Defense from repairing certain equipment, which puts members of the military at risk.
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The Democrats Are in Georgia. The Stakes Couldn’t Be Higher.
The state’s demographics have been favorable to turn it blue, but destiny is shaped by history, too.
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The Danger of Elizabeth Warren
Even if she wins the presidency — hardly a sure bet — she may jeopardize Democrats in the House and the Senate.
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Iran's Internet Has Been Shut Off For 4 Days and No One Knows When It's Coming Back
The government of Iran shut off the internet for virtually everyone in the country on Saturday as protests over fuel prices turned violent. The internet in Iran has now been inaccessible to the general population of 81 million for almost four days, and it’s not clear when the government will turn it back on.Read more...
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Dear Care and Feeding: My Husband Refuses to Learn to Do Our Daughter’s Hair Properly
Parenting advice on hair, sadness, and money.
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How Democratic Candidates Win the African-American Vote
Isaac Chotiner interviews Frederick Harris, a professor of political science at Columbia University who has written extensively about African-American politics, about the role of black voters in the Democratic Party.
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The Issues That Got the Most Time at the Debates So Far
Which ones matter to you the most? Share your thoughts.
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Fever-Tree mixes revenue warning with US expansion cheer
Premium tonic water and mixer maker lowers forecast after slowdown in UK retail salesThe drinks company Fever-Tree has said a slowdown in consumer spending has hit UK retail sales of its popular mixers.The premium tonic water and mixer maker lowered its forecast of global sales this year to £266m to £268m, about 13% year-on-year growth. Analysts had been forecasting sales of about £272m to £275m. Continue reading...
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My Boyfriend Thinks It’s Fine His 34-Year-Old Friend Is Flirting With a Teenage Girl
Did I mention he’s nine years younger than me?
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China tortured me over Hong Kong, says former British consulate employee
A former employee of Britain's consulate in Hong Kong said Chinese secret police beat him, deprived him of sleep and shackled him in an attempt to force him to give information about activists leading pro-democracy protests.
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Euro 2020 qualifiers: 10 talking points from this week's action
Wales youngsters impressed Giggs, Cazorla is astonishing and will O’Neill stick around for Northern Ireland’s play-off?With the reality of reaching a third tournament finals still sinking in as elated Wales supporters furrowed out of the turnstiles in Cardiff, five precious words will have stirred further excitement. “This is just the beginning,” Ryan Giggs said. And he has a point. Giggs put the onus on young players in his first qualifying campaign in charge of his country and how the new generation rewarded him, with Daniel James, David Brooks, Harry Wilson, Ethan Ampadu and Joe Morrell – all of whom are 22 or under – complementing headline acts such as Gareth Bale and, after returning to fitness, Aaron Ramsey. Next summer Giggs will hope to call on Brooks and Joe Rodon, the latest Swansea academy graduate to make an impression in a Wales shirt, with both absent on Tuesday. Others, too, could stake a claim, including Leeds’ Tyler Roberts, Manchester United’s Dylan Levitt and the 19-year-old Schalke winger Rabbi Matondo. Ben Fisher Continue reading...
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Son of former German President Richard von Weizsäcker stabbed to death
His father, the late Richard von Weizsäcker, was president during the reunification of Germany.
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Mysterious £2,000 bundles left in village
Residents of a small village in northern England have been left mystified by the regular appearance of bundles of bank notes on its streets.
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Thai opposition leader disqualified as MP over election law breach
Future Forward’s Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit violated rules on media ownership The maverick leader of a new Thai political party that finished third in the general election has been stripped of his seat in parliament for violating election law.Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the leader of the Future Forward party and a fierce critic of the Thai government and military, was found guilty of holding shares in a media firm when he applied to be an electoral candidate this year. Continue reading...
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What to Watch For in Day 4 of the Trump Impeachment Inquiry Hearings
The House impeachment hearings hit a critical moment on Wednesday with the appearance of perhaps the most significant witness on the public schedule.
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Stephen Colbert breaks down the greatest burns from day 3 of the impeachment hearings
Stephen Colbert is a big fan of the latest witness in the ongoing impeachment hearings. For the third day of the hearings, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman took to the stand to give his testimony — and a clip of his opening statement drew a round of applause from The Late Show audience. "That is beautiful," says Colbert, after watching Vindman reassuring his father, who fled the Soviet Union to come to the U.S., that he'll be fine for telling the truth. "But you know it's really going to enrage Trump," adds Colbert, "'cuz it features his two least favorite things: immigrants, and fathers who love their sons." Read more...More about Stephen Colbert, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Impeachment, Entertainment, and Politics
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The Reverend Who Tried to Crush Rap Music
“This is your garbage. Take it back!”
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Apple's stock has 'room to run' another 10%, says Morgan Stanley
Apple is the most valuable public company in the world — but it could get even bigger. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty told CNBC that its share price has higher to go and it's currently "under owned." Apple's stock is up 69% year to date,and with a market cap of $1.18 trillion, it's larger than the US energy sector.  View Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  Watch Apple trade live. Apple is the most valuable public company in the world — but it could get even bigger. Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty told CNBC that its share price will get even bigger and that the stock is "under owned" and that "even the top 100 ... holders of Apple (stock) have a position that's less than the S&P 500 weighting."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Most maps of Louisiana aren't entirely right. Here's what the state really looks like.See Also:Bill Gates is once again the richest person in the world. Here's how he spends his $110 billion fortune, from a luxury-car collection to incredible real estate.17 relationship facts everybody should know before getting marriedCaroline Spiegel, the sister of Snap CEO Evan Spiegel, is taking on sites like PornHub with the launch of her new audio porn site
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Oxfordshire parents win right to prayer-free school assembly
Decision hailed as ‘significant win’ in ensuring schools do not enforce religious worship on childrenTwo parents who challenged compulsory religious worship in school assembly have won the right for a secular alternative for their children.A Church of England multi-academy has said it will provide an alternative assembly for pupils withdrawn from prayers, it was confirmed on Wednesday. Continue reading...
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I've been biting my fingers and making them bleed for 15 years. Here's how I finally kicked the compulsion.
Alice Johnston Now 27 years old, I've been picking and biting the skin on my fingers for as long as I can remember, leaving them scabbed and painful. In my late teens, I realized I was suffering from Excoriation Disorder, a body-focused repetitive disorder. It's an under-recognized but common condition that causes people to bite and pick the skin on their bodies to regulate levels of stimulation in their central nervous systems. I managed to finally let my fingers heal by stopping picking one finger at a time, bandaging them to remove temptation. I'm hugely proud of myself, but sometimes I look at my hands and think they belong to somebody else. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. I started biting my fingers before I could chew. At least, I don't remember ever looking at my fingers even as a tiny child when the nails weren't stubs, the skin gnawed. At times my hands have been scabbed to the second knuckle on each finger. My fingertips have been too swollen and injured to bend, and too painful to pull on clothes or hold a pencil.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Behind the scenes with Shepard Smith — the Fox News star who just announced his resignation from the networkSee Also:Shia LaBeouf said he's 'deeply dissatisfied in life' when he's not on-setKristen Bell shared 'Frozen 2' spoilers with her kids then told them their teeth would fall out if they told anyoneFish oil and cholesterol-lowering drugs may help ease symptoms of depression
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Watch Bees Surf to Safety on Waves They Create
When honeybees fall into water, they generate their own ripples, then glide to dry land, a study found.
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