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Saudi Arabian 'honesty' app takes internet by storm

Fizzing with boyish exuberance, Saudi programmer Zainalabdin Tawfiq could be mistaken for a college freshman, but the popularity of his “honesty” app …

Saudi Arabia

How To Make Your Own Amazingly Delicious Turkish Pide!

Wow. Just wow. The moment I pulled these Turkish pide out of the oven I knew that they would be good. But I wasn't quite prepared for how really …

Scientists made an unprecedented map of the night sky — and the results are alarming

Astronomers loathe light pollution, also called skyglow: a dim yet pervasive orange light that obscures a crisp view of the night sky.<p>But as a new study called "The new world atlas of artificial night sky brightness," published in the journal Science Advances shows, there's a shocking amount of …

Diana's Hummus Is the Greatest Recipe of All Time

Designer Alex Tatusian reminisces on his mother's short-lived hummus business, and what it taught him about cooking for himself.<p><i>You know those recipes we hold near and dear to our hearts because they really are the greatest of all time? Well, our Greatest Recipe of All Time series is where we wax</i> …

Typography

Hacking Health Care Records Reaches Epidemic Proportions

In February 2015, Anthem made history when 78.8 million of its customers were hacked. It was the largest health care breach ever, and it opened the …

Cybersecurity

Timeless images of Jerusalem at the end of Ottoman rule

Ottoman Jerusalem<p>The final days of 400 years of Turkish rule<p>c. 1900<p>In its millennia of history, the inhabitants and rulers of the city of Jerusalem …

Israel

Should Parents of Children With Severe Disabilities Be Allowed to Stop Their Growth?

Ricky gazed up toward the pine trees as his mother, Cindy Preslar, pushed him along the village road in an orange jogging stroller. She was marking the route for the Summer 2014 Run Through the Clouds 10K, a fund-raiser for the public schools in Cloudcroft, N.M. “You’ll run with Dad and Max …

“The Islamic State would not be with us today if the United States hadn’t invaded Iraq”: Islam, religion, and the interview Donald Trump and Ted Cruz must read now

<b>Donald Trump, Ted Cruz (Reuters/Carlos Barria/Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Simple-minded analysis of religion, history and our challenge in the Middle East leads to the wrong policy choices<p>Phil Torres<p>March 19, 2016 10:30am (UTC)<p>At approximately 9:40 p.m., on Nov. 13, 2015, …

Ted Cruz

Utah's Legislature Has Declared Porn a 'Public Health Crisis' | VICE News

The porn scare is on in Utah.<p>The state recently became the first in the United States to formally declare pornography a "public health crisis." After Utah's Senate unanimously passed a resolution last month vowing to crack down on pornography and the "sexually toxic environment" that it …

We are witnessing the decline of Saudi Arabia as a major power

The monarchy’s influence has waned with plummeting oil prices. What that means for the future of the Middle East<p>Vijay Prashad<p>March 11, 2016 6:22pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Five years ago, when the Arab Spring seemed at its most hopeful point, a Saudi diplomat told me, …

Middle East

China's Drug-Price Cuts Are Hitting Big Pharma Where It Hurts

The world’s largest pharmaceutical companies are facing a roadblock in China as a state-led campaign to slash drug prices has triggered a slowdown in …

Diet Coke Is No Longer America's Second-Favorite Soda

Pepsi has overtaken Diet Coke to claim the No. 2 spot on the U.S. soft drink leaderboard. The shift comes as the soda industry shrinks and diet drinks plummet even faster than full-sugar ones.<p>Soda consumption has fallen every year for the last decade, and lately it has been diet sodas falling even …

Top 10 Weirdest Animal Stories of 2014: Editors' Picks

From a snake virgin birth to a real-life unicorn, 2014 was a banner year for the bizarre. See our editors' picks for weirdest animal stories.

Farm Fresh? Natural? Eggs Not Always What They're Cracked Up To Be

You're in the supermarket gathering ingredients for eggnog and a Christmas Bundt cake, and you're staring at a wall of egg cartons. They're plastered with terms that all sound pretty wonderful: All-Natural, Cage-Free, Free-Range, Farm Fresh, Organic, No Hormones, Omega-3. And so on.<p>And yet the …

Werner Herzog On His Devastating Anti-Texting-And-Driving Doc

Werner Herzog applied his legendary eye to a very particular piece of brand content–an anti-texting-and-driving documentary from AT&T and BBDO that takes a heartbreaking look at vehicular tragedy from the perspective of victims and perpetrators.<p>If you had to make a list of filmmakers who are …