Brian McKiernan

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Essential reading: nine experts on the books that inspired them

From film to philosophy, from music to history and economics, masters of their crafts pick the five books they could not live without<p>Philosophy: Alain de Botton<br>‘Seneca should be the author of the hour’<p>Author Alain de Botton is known for applying philosophical concepts to everyday life; his books …

Literature

How Much Liberty Do Americans Have Left?

This post explains the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – and provides a …

George Mason

Hacker pleads guilty to stealing unpublished scripts and explicit videos from celebrities

A man accused of tricking celebrities into handing over their passwords and stealing TV and movie scripts, personal information, unreleased music, and sexually explicit videos pleaded guilty to charges of criminal copyright infringement and identity theft in a New York court on Monday. Alonzo …

Personal Information

How Benedict Arnold Actually Helped Win the Revolutionary War for America

The American Revolution is often painted as a courageous and unstoppable cause, advanced by noble men of pure intent, preordained for success. …

Declaration Of Independence

Amazon and UPS are squaring up over drone delivery

Since Amazon’s early PR stunt about offering drone deliveries from its fulfilment centers to your door, it’s an idea that a few companies continue to consider – UPS, Walmart, and Dominos have all shown an interest in the space.<p>However, nothing that we’ve seen from Amazon so far suggests that any …

Kepler Has Nearly Doubled the Number of Confirmed Exoplanets in Our Galaxy

Wait, you thought the Kepler Space Telescope was dead? Think again. Today, NASA’s Kepler team announced the discovery of a whopping 1,284 new …

This Is How to Increase Grit, According to Research

Ever feel like you just wanna give up on something? How can you develop the inner strength necessary to achieve your long term goals?<p>Turns out that …

Self-improvement

10 Things Highly Successful People Do Before Going to Sleep | Inc.com

Before they close out the chapter on the day, successful people typically have a routine they follow. They have a set of actions that inspires, refreshes, and renews their passion for their business plans and personal life goals. Before you go to bed, try these 10 things so you can wake up ready to …

Success

Godless Universe: A Physicist Searches for Meaning in Nature

It is time to face reality, California Institute of Technology theoretical physicist Sean Carroll says: There is just no such thing as God, or …

Philosophy

How the Soviet Union helped save the world from Hitler during World War II

In the Western popular imagination -- particularly the American one -- World War II is a conflict we won. It was fought on the beaches of Normandy …

World History

Researchers find unexpected magnetic effect

A new and unexpected magnetic effect has taken researchers by surprise, and could open up a new pathway to advanced electronic devices and even …

Nanotech

Present Moment, Urgent Moment

As American Buddhists contemplate the present political moment, we may experience considerable confusion about what—if anything—we should do to make …

Use your fingerprint to unlock your phone? You just gave up some rights

Questions over the 5th Amendment are raised when judges can order you to unlock a device with your print -- but you can't be forced to give up your password. Also, Sony may have its own legal trouble with a video-recording contact lens, and celebrities at the Met Gala attempt to bring tech to …

Mobile Technology

Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'We Want to Change the World Through Our Products'

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke with CNBC's Mad Money host Jim Cramer yesterday for a two-part interview covering a wide range of topics. In the second portion of the interview, which aired tonight, Cook talked about Apple's recent feud with the FBI, what Apple stands for, and who he personally admires.<p>On …

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

Lawn Mowing

How to see everything you've ever Googled (if you're so brave)

You probably don't remember what you Googled 10 minutes ago, let alone the myriad inane and fleeting things you've searched since the engine's beginnings.<p>But unless you're browsing in incognito mode or have tweaked your account settings, Google remembers those things. Not only that: Google logs all …

Digital Culture
China

True adulthood doesn't begin until age 25

The trend has been dubbed ‘kidulthood’ by commentators<p>True adulthood does not begin in the western world until 25 because young people are putting off settling down for longer, a psychiatrist has claimed.<p>Although the transition from child to adult is traditionally marked at 18, in fact, crucial …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion
Oil

New Audio Gives Sunset Deadline for Jordan to Hand Over Prisoner to ISIS

The wife of the Japanese journalist being held hostage by ISIS made an impassioned plea for his release Thursday as an apparent deadline passed for a prisoner swap.<p>Rinko Goto, wife of Kenji Goto, said in a statement: “I fear that this is the last chance for my husband.”<p>She spoke amid concern over …

Alex Smith

Boko Haram 'slaughter people like animals'

<b>Kano, Nigeria (CNN) —</b> Boko Haram militants have killed scores in a series of raids on dozens of villages in northeast Nigeria's Adamawa state, continuing its violent campaign of terror in the African nation, a lawmaker said.<p>For two weeks, Boko Haram gunmen have sacked dozens of villages in Michika …

Africa

Israel and Hezbollah on brink of serious clash after soldier deaths

Binyamin Netanyahu says attackers will pay the ‘full price’ as fears grow of escalating confrontation on the border with Lebanon<p>Israel and the Lebanese group Hezbollah stepped to the brink of their most serious confrontation since they fought a brutal month-long war in Lebanon in 2006 after …

Middle East

North Korea's Kim Jong Un looks set to visit Russia in May

After three years in power, North Korean leader<p>Kim Jong Unlooks set to make his first trip abroad in May.<p>On Wednesday, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported that Kim had accepted an invitation from Russia to attend a ceremony in Moscow to mark the Soviet Union's victory over Germany in World …

Cuba

Blackbeard's Booty: Pirate ship yields medical supplies

Archaeologists are excavating the vessel that served as the flagship of the pirate Blackbeard, and the medical equipment they have recovered from the shipwreck suggests the notorious buccaneer had to toil to keep his crew healthy.<p>Blackbeard is the most famous pirate who ever lived. His real name …

Archaeology

5 Online Privacy Tips From Edward Snowden | Inc.com

You don't need to worry about online privacy unless you have something to hide, right?<p>That old adage just doesn't ring true in an age where intelligence agencies consider anyone within three "hops" of their surveillance targets fair game for scrutiny. Consider this: The average Facebook user, with …

Privacy

Controversial Paper Suggests Wi-Fi Exposure More Dangerous To Kids Than Previously Thought

Most parents would be concerned if their children had significant exposure to lead, chloroform, gasoline fumes, or the pesticide DDT. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRIC), part of the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO), classifies these and more than 250 other agents …

Teens

Charlie Hebdo: first cover since terror attack depicts prophet Muhammad

French satirical magazine’s surviving columnist says cover is a call to forgive the terrorists who murdered her colleagues last week<p>• Where can you buy a copy of Charlie Hebdo?<p><b>Warning: this article contains the image of the magazine cover, which some may find offensive.</b><p>The front cover of …

Terrorism