April Lindstrom

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Police Shootings

Laverne Cox Praises Miley Cyrus' 'Epic Trans Moment' at VMAs

Reaction to Miley Cyrus‘ wild MTV Video Music Awards hosting gig has been mixed at best (just ask Nicki Minaj), but one major star is applauding her …

Hooray! Aziz Ansari's New Netflix Show Has a Title and Release Date

You are definitely going to be obsessed with this.<p>Back in April, Netflix announced a new show from <i>Parks and Recreation</i> alum/generally hilarious person Aziz Ansari, and now, several months later, it finally has a release date and a name. Titled <i>Master of None</i>, the 10-episode series will debut …

Crude oil is spiking

Crude oil is spiking.<p>On Wednesday morning, West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose nearly 3% in New York to as high as $49.50 per barrel.<p>Earlier, the Energy Information Administration reported a surprise drop in oil inventories by 4.2 million barrels in the week ending July 24.<p>On Tuesday, the …

Oil

What black holes like to eat

Astronomers have caught a monster black hole in the act of eating a star. But, they say, stars are not standard fare for black holes.<p>Gigantic black …

Will Mind Transfer Ever Happen?

In Self/less, a dying billionaire “sheds” his mind into a younger man<p>It’s tempting to imagine the brain as a biological computer, with the tissue as hardware and electrical activity as software. If that were the case, mind transference might be technically feasible (albeit ethically fraught), at …

Singularity

Jeff King reflects on writing DC Comics' Convergence

Earlier this year, DC Comics unleashed <i>Convergence</i> — a weekly nine-part miniseries that brought multiple universes (and characters) together in one …

Sandra Bland Death Ruled a Suicide by Hanging, Texas Prosecutor Says

Medical examiners ruled the death of Sandra Bland a suicide by hanging, and the autopsy uncovered no evidence of a violent struggle, a Texas prosecutor said Thursday.<p>Warren Diepraam, the first assistant district attorney of Waller County, released the findings at a press conference. He said …

Crime

Egypt Is Struggling to Cope With Its ISIS Insurgency

They have attacked on land and at sea, killing dozens of soldiers. They have assassinated a senior official in daylight and attempted to seize a …

Muslim Brotherhood
Africa

Iran 'side deals' fuel opposition to nuclear deal in Congress

Republicans raise questions about confidential deals between Iran and IAEA as Congress accuses Mr Obama and Mr Kerry of being “fleeced” by Iranian negotiators<p>Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal in the US Congress have accused the Obama administration of allowing “secret side-deals” between Tehran …

South Asia

Chris Brown Pleads to Be Released from the Philippines

Yes, Chris Brown is still in the Philippines.<p>The Grammy Award-winning singer has been prevented from leaving the country since performing at a …

Meet Kava Tea, a Prescription-Free Alternative to Xanax

For centuries, Pacific Islanders have been drinking kava, a physioactive "tea" of sorts made from the root of a plant in the pepper family. A variety of kava species grow across the islands, some more potent than others. But their basic effect, when ground and mixed with water, is the same: to …

Alternative Medicine

Menopause moves fat to women's hearts - Futurity

Cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in women, increases after age 50 during menopause. Preventing fat around the heart may reduce the …