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The Three Bay Areas

One<p>You grew up in one of these five counties: Marin, Santa Clara, Orange, Loudoun or Westchester. You went to a private high school that cost $40,000 …

Struggling flood victims rip San Jose officials and ask why Apple, Google and Facebook haven't helped

One by one, for more than four hours, dozens of San Jose residents displaced by the city's worst flooding in memory let city officials have it.<p>Remorseful city officials, who had given a presentation outlining their various failures, listened without interrupting.<p>"You had plenty of data to indicate …

How humans became intelligent

<b>From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds.</b> By Daniel Dennett. <i>W.W. Norton; 496 pages; $28.95. Allen Lane; £25.</i><p>HUMAN neurons are distant …

Formed by Megafloods, This Place Fooled Scientists for Decades

Geologists couldn't account for the strange landforms of eastern Washington State. Then a high school teacher dared to question the scientific dogma of his day.<p>In the middle of eastern Washington, in a desert that gets less than eight inches of rain a year, stands what was once the largest …

Earth Science

The Christian Retreat From Public Life

Rod Dreher makes a powerful argument for communal religious life in his book, The Benedict Option. But he has not wrestled with how to live side by side with people unlike him.<p>Donald Trump was elected president with the help of 81 percent of white evangelical voters. Mike Pence, the champion of …

Religion

Donald Trump is dangerous when he’s losing

Trump’s failures at governing feed his illiberalism.<p>A few weeks back, I wrote a piece about Donald Trump titled “How to stop an autocracy.” The essay began with the premise that Trump has a will to power and a contempt for the basic norms and institutions of American democracy, and then explored …

Rights & Freedoms

Trump ally Roger Stone: Americans can now choose 'alternative' truths

Stone’s book The Making of the President is presented as an in-depth look at how the country’s ‘greatest salesman’ took office, with help from alternative media<p>As Donald Trump was hitting his stride at his White House press conference this week, doing what he does best – denigrating journalists, …

Donald Trump

The Incredible Legend of the Black Church

Today, for Black History Month, I’d like to tell you about something that has been long forgotten in the legacy of Africans in America. You may have …

Mary Magdalene
San Francisco

Why Moviegoers Are Tired of Romance on the Silver Screen

Audiences used to go to the movies to fall in love, but now they're over it.<p>In Noah Eisenberg's new book <i>We'll Always Have Casablanca</i>, he recalls a behind-the-scenes feud between the classic film's male stars, Humphrey Bogart and Paul Henreid. The ending of the film was still being written during …

Romantic Comedy

How Life (and Death) Spring From Disorder

What’s the difference between physics and biology? Take a golf ball and a cannonball and drop them off the Tower of Pisa. The laws of physics allow …

Automation Nightmare: Philosopher Warns We Are Creating a World Without Consciousness

Recently, a conference on artificial intelligence, tantalizingly titled “Superintelligence: Science or Fiction?”, was hosted by the Future of Life …

U.S. Conservatives Unveil Plan to Fight Climate Change

The plan, authored by former Republican cabinet members and economic advisers, could slash emissions. But is it politically feasible?<p>In an effort to address the threat of climate change, a group of conservative U.S. statesmen has outlined a plan that, by 2030, could cut the United States’s carbon …

The best way to counter the far right? Know the enemy

Since Trump’s election win, his online footsoldiers are ever more emboldened. Here’s how to fight back…<p>Last weekend, I flew to Berlin to speak at a seminar. I found myself relieved to be off American soil but worried about leaving my family behind. I wasn’t concerned about their safety, at least …

Donald Trump

‘I love Trump. He’s doing what he said.’ President’s supporters keep the faith

Women’s Marches and widespread criticism of the ‘Muslim ban’ have not dented the loyalty of Trump voters<p>Cast-iron hooks, children’s vinyl records, classic food packages, tobacco baskets, vintage-style olive buckets and a rotary-dial telephone fill the shelves at James and Jess’ House of Goods. The …

Donald Trump

Trump is no fascist. He is a champion for the forgotten millions

Amid the ongoing protests against President Trump, calls for “resistance” among Democratic politicians and activists, and the overheated rhetoric casting Trump and his supporters as fascists and xenophobes, an outsider might be forgiven for thinking that America has been taken over by a small …

Political Science

Incredible colorized photographs show the immigrants who passed through Ellis Island 100 years ago

One amateur photographer by the name of Augustus Sherman, who served as Ellis Island's chief registry clerk sometime between 1906 and 1917, photographed a handful of immigrants who passed through. According to the New York Public Library, his subjects were most likely asked to wear their best …

New York Public Library

150-Year Journey to Alpha Centauri Proposed

Interstellar travel, a timeworn staple of science fiction, can already be science fact if one has cash to spare. For just $100 million or so, a …

Universe

8 key insights from Trump's book 'The Art of the Deal' reveal how the president thinks

Though Trump's ghostwriter, now-HR-consultant Tony Schwartz, has since renounced his ties to the president, there are clear elements of "The Art of the Deal" that Trump continues to use as talking points.<p>The book shows how his career as a real estate developer in the '70s and '80s created his …

Donald Trump

14 “Expensive” Guitar Chords You Can't Live Without

625<p>SHARES<p>These chords sound like a million bucks, and they can be yours.<p>There's a catch, though. Unless you’re a lottery winner, earning a huge …

Guitar

The L word

<i>On the Roster: The L word - Trump to GOP lawmakers: ‘this is our chance’ - Mexico president dumps Trump meeting over wall flap - I’ll tell you what: barbecued - They lost Pence and gained dollars</i><p><b>THE L WORD</b> <br>The New York Times and many others in the press are having something of an anguished …

Donald Trump

This explorer discovered human time warp by living in a cave

On July 16, 1962, French geologist Michel Siffre entered a darkened cave, where he planned to remain for two months.<p>Tracking the days according to …

The World’s Top Hospitals Have Been Enabling Quack Medicine

From the Cleveland Clinic to top university hospitals such as Harvard, an eagerness to cash in on the alternative medicine bonanza has encouraged the …

We’ve Had It With Beautiful Actors Pretending to Be Ugly

This is the first half of the most famous monologue from the play <i>The Merchant of Venice</i>, which William Shakespeare wrote all the way back in the 16th …

Salma Hayek
Teaching
Mitch McConnell

Why Biologists Waste Time Looking For Adaptations That Don't Exist

The standard approach to research in evolution needs an overhaul, according to one leading biologist in a new paper.<p>The problem, according to Eugene V. Koonin, who is Senior Investigator of the Evolutionary Genomics Research Group at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), is that …

Biology