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Scientists searching for alien life are starting to consider some weird biological possibilities

From blob-like jellyfish to rock-like lichens, our planet teems with such diversity of life that it is difficult to recognize some organisms as even being alive. That complexity hints at the challenge of searching for life as we <i>don’t</i> know it – the alien biology that might have taken hold on other …

Hot Springs

Established story about how humans came from Africa may be wrong, claims controversial new study

The belief that humans came out of Africa millions of years ago is widely believed. But it might be about to be entirely re-written, according to the …

All the Free Porn You Watch Is Destroying the Industry

We chat with writer Jon Ronson about his new audio drama and the changing porn industry.<p>Jon Ronson has made a career out of following absurdity to its natural limits, resulting in a kind of gonzo investigative journalism. In <i>The Men Who Stare At Goats</i>, he examined the U.S. Military effort to tap …

Elon Musk Has Better Things to Do Than Run Tesla

With the long-awaited Model 3 finally rolling out of a bustling factory and Tesla poised to take its place among mainstream automakers, perhaps the …

Billionaire Gives Away His Fortune to Help Save the Ocean

Norwegian businessman Kjell Inge Røkke is not someone usually admired for environmental stewardship. Described by Forbes as a "ruthless corporate …

Here's how military dolphins are used to protect US nukes and spot enemy mines

The US Navy Marine Mammal Program at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) started in 1960, when the Navy began studying Notty, a female Pacific white-sided dolphin.<p>Researchers soon found that dolphins had excellent sonar. The mammals went on to guard an Army ammunition pier in …

Military

Axelrod: Comey 'didn’t tell Hillary Clinton not to campaign in Wisconsin'

David Axelrod said that although Hillary Clinton has a “legitimate beef” with FBI Director James Comey, Comey is not responsible for the mistakes of her campaign.<p>"Jim Comey didn't tell her not to campaign in Wisconsin after the convention," said Axelrod, who served as former president Barack …

The Republican Majority in Congress Is an Illusion

The recriminations following the GOP’s health-care failure obscure a simple reality: The party doesn’t have as much power as its leaders thought it did.<p>Legislating is often described as more art than science, but it’s really just grade-school arithmetic: Bills either have the votes needed to pass, …

You Can Fold Up These Nearly Unbreakable Solar Panels And Take Them With You

The tiny cells are made from high-efficiency silicon, like standard solar panels. But the new form means that they’re not only small but flexible, …

Clean Energy

In the Future, Death Will Be a Lot Greener — and a Bit Creepy

Dennis White knew he was going to die soon, and he had a plan. The 63-year old Massachusetts man had a disease called progressive primary aphasia — a condition that slowly robbed him of cognitive function and made it difficult for him to speak. In planning his own funeral, he had seen a TED Talk by …

The dark side of empathy

Peter Singer is professor of bioethics at Princeton University and laureate professor at the University of Melbourne.<p>Soon after Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, he told a young girl: "We don't have enough empathy in our world today, and it is up to your generation to change …

Evolution Made Really Smart People Long to Be Loners

Psychologists have a pretty good idea of what typically makes a human happy. Dancing delights us. Being in nature brings us joy. And, for most …

Dems Inaction Over 2 Million Vote Victory Shows Why They Lose

Consider what would be happening if Donald Trump (or any Republican for that matter) had won the popular vote by two million votes but lost the electoral college.<p>Consider further what would be happening now if Hillary Clinton had won the electoral college and had previously called upon Russia to …

Hillary Clinton

This is Bernie Sanders' plan to lead Democrats out of the wilderness

With the Democratic Party lost in the postelection wilderness, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is aggressively reasserting himself, offering his vision for the path out as he takes on a leadership role in his caucus as the chair of outreach.<p>In a wide-ranging conversation Thursday with reporters, …

Middle-class

'This was a whitelash': Van Jones' take on the election results

<b>(CNN) —</b> Articulating the fear that a lot of Democrats are feeling at the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency, Van Jones called the election results a "whitelash."<p>"You tell your kids don't be a bully, you tell your kids don't be a bigot... and then you have this outcome," the CNN analyst said …

President Obama Should Shut Down the NSA's Mass Spying Before It's Too Late

President Obama has just 71 days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as our next commander-in-chief. That means he has a matter of weeks to do one …

Meet the Christians Who Smoke Weed to Find God

On the next episode of 'Weediquette,' Krishna sits down with the founder of a stoner bible study and meets the people who incorporate marijuana into their religious practices.<p>As weed legalization continues to spread state-by-state across the country, referring to pot in a religious way is often …

How Hitler went from fringe politician to dictator — and why it's a mistake to think it couldn't happen in the US

Trump supporters argue that Trump's dictatorial rhetoric is a sales pitch and that Trump is more reasonable and less megalomaniacal than he sounds. They also point out that the United States has checks and balances that restrict the power of the president and make it difficult for a would-be …

World History

8 inexpensive earth homes almost anyone can afford

Many people dream of building their own home, but the financial cost and environmental toll of starting from scratch can often seem overwhelming. It …

Google searches for 'write-in' are off the charts

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Americans have expressed deep misgivings about both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton throughout the course of the presidential race. This week, their distaste is showing up in their search behavior.<p>Google Trends data indicates that the online searches for "write-in" surged over …

This picture of Ted Cruz is the first result when you Google 'ultimate humiliation'

Ted Cruz, the former presidential candidate somewhat known for his resemblance to the Zodiac Killer, had one brief moment of glory this summer when …

Ted Cruz

All 8 of the Harry Potter Movies Are Coming Back to Theaters

THIS IS NOT A DRILL.<p>Get ready to head back to Hogwarts, Potterheads, because all eight of the <i>Harry Potter</i> films are officially returning to theaters in celebration of the upcoming Nov. 18 release of <i>Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.</i><p>According to <i>Variety</i>, Warner Bros. has teamed up with Imax to …

LOOK: The D-Backs left the grieving Marlins some words of encouragement

Say what you will about the D-Backs this year, but this was a nice touch<p>As has become obvious to anybody paying attention, Jose Fernandez's tragic …

What happens to marijuana use when states legalize it

The debate over marijuana regulation has been picking up steam, and 2016 may be a landmark year for marijuana legalization in the United States. In November, five states–Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada–will consider measures to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes on …

Cannabis

Studio Execs Actually Admit They Kinda F*cked Up Those Batman and Suicide Squad Movies

What about that method acting?<p>It's no secret that Hollywood movie studios really only care about those big sexy dollar signs. Reviews are fine, awards are okay, but money, that green muse, is the only thing that really sways the decision-making of these top executives. That's why, despite anyone's …

Elizabeth Warren’s White House Blacklist Claims Its First Two Victims

A powerful progressive faction of the Democratic Party has reportedly put two potential Clinton appointees in the crosshairs.<p>As <b>Hillary Clinton</b> weathers a barrage of attacks from the G.O.P. over her recent health scare, the latest chapter in her enduring e-mail scandal, and her ill-advised …

The $3.7-billion pipeline that became a rallying cry for tribes across America

Native American protests of an oil pipeline under construction in North Dakota began this spring with a handful of people praying in a makeshift camp on a nearby Indian reservation.<p>Months later, after legal wrangling, celebrity endorsements and, most importantly, the arrival of thousands more …

Closest potentially habitable planet to our solar system found

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a discovery that has been years in the making, researchers have confirmed the existence of a rocky planet named Proxima b orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun, according to a new study. It is the closest exoplanet to us in the universe.<p>Given the fact that Proxima b is …