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The death of reading is threatening the soul

I am going through a personal crisis. I used to love reading. I am writing this blog in my office, surrounded by 27 tall bookcases laden with 5,000 books. Over the years I have read them, marked them up, and recorded the annotations in a computer database for potential references in my writing. To …

Social Media

Plastic-plucking robots are the future of recycling

We are living in the Age of Plastic. In 2015, the world's industries created 448 million tons of it -- twice as much as it did in 1998 -- and the rate of production is only accelerating. However, our recycling efforts have not matched pace. In fact, according to the EPA, barely 14 percent of …

Sustainability

Hunting for Antibiotics in the World’s Dirtiest Places

“Compost bin. Pig trough. Dog-food bowl. Laptop keyboard.”<p>Ona chilly autumn morning in northwest London, just outside the Euston train station, Adam Roberts stops at the top of an outdoor staircase, looks around for police, and tries to appear inconspicuous. This is harder than it sounds, and not …

E.coli

Our Minds Have Been Hijacked by Our Phones. Tristan Harris Wants to Rescue Them

Sometimes our smart phones are our friends, sometimes they seem like our lovers, and sometimes they’re our dope dealers. And no one, in the past 12 …

What Will It Be Like To Have Robot Coworkers?

As robotics, AI, and machine learning become more common in the office, here’s a glimpse into the realities of working side by side with such technology.<p>You already have an idea of what the future of work looks like because you are likely already working with bots, artificial intelligence, and …

Artificial Intelligence

A Seed Sown By the West: Afghanistan's Young Liberal Elites Challenge the Taliban

A young, liberal elite has emerged in Kabul, including many women. It is taking a stand against the Taliban's atrocities in the form of political and …

Afghanistan

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Parenting

Why Do Women Bully Each Other at Work?

Research suggests that conditions in the workplace might be to blame.<p><i>Updated on August 3, 2017</i><p>The bitches,as Shannon saw it, came in three varieties. She categorized them on her personal blog, in a post titled “Beware the Female BigLaw Partner.”<p>First was the “aggressive bitch”—a certain kind of …

Hillary Clinton

Why people aren’t getting married in China

Fewer people in China are tying the knot – a trend alarming families and worrying the government. Gender inequality is at the heart of this phenomenon, writes Xuan Li.<p>One of the greatest fears of Chinese parents is coming true: China’s young people are turning away from marriage. The trend is also …

China

How North Korea Cheats Sanctions

Will the latest UN action be different?<p>In July 2013, U.S. law-enforcement was tipped off about a North Korean vessel that was making its first visit to the Americas in four years. Authorities were told the Chong Chon Gang, which was supposed to be carrying sugar from Cuba to North Korea, was hiding …

North Korea

REPORT: Justice Department Has Offered Hillary A Plea Deal

You won't see THIS on CNN.<p>"The Justice Department has reopened the investigation of Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified material on her …

Corruption

Judge orders new searches for Clinton Benghazi emails

Nine months after the presidential election was decided, a federal judge is ordering the State Department to try again to find emails Hillary Clinton wrote about the Benghazi attack.<p>U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta ruled that the State Department had not done enough to try to track down …

U.S. Dept. of State

Sea Princess cruise passengers spend 10 days in blackout for fear of pirates

1,900 passengers aboard a 104 day cruise around the world got an unsettling surprise after they departed from Sydney, Australia toward Dubai.<p>For ten days, the passengers had to endure a mandatory dusk-to-dawn blackout for fear of pirate attacks. “No deck parties, no movies under the stars, no …

Russian military plane flies over Pentagon, CIA, Capitol

An unarmed Russian military plane flew low over the Pentagon, CIA, Capitol building and Joint Base Andrews in and around Washington, D.C. It was also …

Russian Military

The One Carb You Should Eat Before 10 A.M. For Weight Loss, According To A Dietitian

“Carb” may sound like a curse word to people who want to lose weight, but not all carbohydrates are sitting around plotting the expansion of your …

11 High-Protein, Low-Calorie Snacks That Are Perfect Grab-and-Go Options

Hungry? Grab a Sni . . . grab a snack! A high-protein, low-calorie, wholesome snack, that is! These mindful choices are easy, delicious, and ready to take on the go — and there's an option for every kind of diet.<p><b>Jerky</b>: Whether it's beef, turkey, or chicken, this lean protein snack packs a punch and …

Healthy Eating

A Wharton professor explains why hiring nonconformists is essential to any company’s future

Bestselling author and Wharton professor Adam Grant has spent years researching and interviewing originals. There’s the seasoned chief executive who cusses freely and challenges candidates to apply for jobs by tweeting at her. Or the author who tackles weighty topics like artificial intelligence …

Leadership

‘Hot Mic’ podcast: Democratic brand, WH Communications Director, Jared Kushner to be questioned

<i>Listen and subscribe to the Hot Mic podcast from your mobile device:</i> <i><br>On</i> <i>iPhone or iPad</i> <i>| On</i> <i>Android via RadioPublic</i> <i>| Via</i> <i>Stitcher</i> <i>| On</i> <i>Spotify</i><p>Here are the …

Donald Trump

Joe Scarborough Takes Aim at Trump Administration — And the Rebound Hits Him in the Face

<i>Screenshot/NBC</i><p>Joe Scarborough of MSNBC's “Morning Joe” has long been one of President Donald Trump's loudest critics — even going so far as to …

Donald Trump

Report: Bill O'Reilly Looking To Team Up With Sean Hannity For New 'Conservative Media Empire'

Bill O'Reilly has made clear he does not plan to be out of the television business for long. Since he and Fox News parted ways amid accusations of …

The Troubling Return of Al Gore

It’s the year 2015, in Paris, and negotiations over an international climate accord are falling apart. India‚ the world’s fourth-largest polluter, is …

Climate

Democrats Want to Seize Populism From Trump

Prepare their agenda with a new focus on antitrust policy<p>When congressional Democrats unveil their “better deal” agenda Monday afternoon, they will …

Rhode Island

Leftists terrified of cleaning up voter rolls

Judging by the unhinged reaction this past week to the first public meeting of President Trump’s blue-ribbon voter fraud panel, progressives are …

Trump Needs To Be Smart About How He Fires Mueller

Opinion<p>Posted: Jul 24, 2017 12:01 AM<p><i>The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent the views of Townhall.com.</i><p>Trump must …

Donald Trump
Afghanistan
Republicans

Suicide bomber slaughters 24 civilians and injures 40 after ramming car into bus carrying Kabul mine workers

A suicide bomber has slaughtered 24 civilians and injured 40 after ramming a car into a bus carrying Kabul mine workers.<p>The attacker targeted a bus …

Extremism

North Korea is Able to Launch a 'Limited Missile Attack,' Warns Top U.S. General

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff has publicly acknowledged that North Korea has the ability to launch what he calls a “limited missile …

North Korea