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The Decline of the Civil War Re-enactor

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — The sun rose on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, 2018, to reveal a line of cars parked behind the Union Army’s tents.<p>It was an annoying historical anachronism for the brigade’s commander, Ted Brennan, 49, who was brushing his teeth with a horsehair toothbrush.<p>“We try to …

War

The Highest Court in the Land

Karl Tilleman first encountered Michael Jordan during the 1983 Pan American Games, when he poured in 28 points to Jordan's 20 in Canada's …

Michael Jordan

12 Amazon Shopping Tricks Everyone Should Know

Amazon Prime Day 2018 is here — but before you shop the retailer's amazing deals, check out these lesser known Amazon shopping tips to save even more …

A Brutal and Bloody Affair: 6 Key Battles that Decided the First Punic War

The First Punic War (264 – 241 BC) was the first in a trilogy of wars between Rome and Carthage. At 23 years, it was the longest continuous war in …

Kurt Vonnegut Offers 8 Tips on How to Write Good Short Stories (and Amusingly Graphs the Shapes Those Stories Can Take)

You can't talk about American literature in the second half of the 20th century without talking about Kurt Vonnegut. And since so many well-known …

Kurt Vonnegut

How location data is used to manipulate airfare and car rental prices

Credit: coffeebeanworks / Pixabay<p>While the EU recently passed the GDPR into law to give users control of how their data is collected and used, the battle is unfortunately only half won.<p>According to a new (and shocking!) study by TheBestVPN, you could end up paying almost double (or more) the actual …

Flying

10 Brutal Facts About the Roman Legions

For nearly one thousand years, the world quaked at their footsteps, and the very sound of their name: The Legions. The elite troops of Rome’s …

How one man died so a whale might live

Can you imagine the adrenaline rush of rescuing a creature so big you can’t see it all at once?<p><b>Sunrise on the St Lawrence</b><p><i>“The whale was the future, the present and the past, all in one; the destiny of man as much as the destiny of another species.” Philip Hoare,</i> <i>The Whale</i><p>The day Joe Howlett died …

Whales

Generation Pickleball: Welcome to Florida’s Political Tomorrowland

Republicans’ political future looks a lot like this vibrant, fast-growing, Trump-friendly retirement community outside of Orlando.<p>The Villages is America’s largest retirement community, a carefully planned, meticulously groomed dreamscape of gated subdivisions, wall-to-wall golf courses, adult-only …

Florida

This Is the Netflix Exec to Thank for Your Wild Wild Country Binge

Lisa Nishimura, the streaming giant’s head of documentary and comedy programming, is changing the way filmmakers and viewers approach nonfiction TV.<p>In July 2015, filmmakers Chapman and Maclain Way pitched a documentary series to Netflix executive Lisa Nishimura that they had spent the previous year …

What Did the Romans Ever Do for Us?

For some reason I’ve been feeling the urge to write too much the past couple of days. I just put out a monster piece on trade war, but still have another itch to scratch, this time about Roman history, with relevance to current events.<p>OK, that should be a red flag right there. Anyone claiming to …

Inside Netflix’s TV-Swallowing, Market-Dominating Binge Factory

Above, Ryan Murphy, Spike Lee, Laverne Cox, Alison Brie, Jane Fonda, Robin Wright, and Jason Bateman.<p>“What do you think about gas in the tank for the …

‘This Is a Place That Just Sucks Your Soul’

Tea Partier Raúl Labrador swept into Congress ready to dismantle Washington. Now he’s going home, more disillusioned than ever.<p><b>It was the opening week of the 112th Congress, in</b> January 2011, when Raúl Labrador, then a rookie congressman representing Idaho’s 1st District, joined 86 other Republican …

Republicans

Hitler and Hitlerism: Germany Under the Nazis

The Führer’s early goals included physical education, a return to rural life, health care for all -- and foreboding plans for the Jews.<p>IN my first article (published in the March <i>Atlantic</i>) I set forth in some detail the dominant ideas which shape the political philosophy of Adolf Hitler. I pointed …

The Next Plague Is Coming. Is America Ready?

The epidemics of the early 21st century revealed a world unprepared, even as the risks continue to multiply. Much worse is coming.<p>Image above: Workers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit practicing safe procedure on a mannequin<p>At 6 o’clock in the morning, shortly …

Disease

A Senior White House Official Defines the Trump Doctrine: ‘We’re America, Bitch’

The president believes that the United States owes nothing to anyone—especially its allies.<p>Many of Donald Trump’s critics find it difficult to ascribe to a president they consider to be both subliterate and historically insensate a foreign-policy doctrine that approaches coherence. A Trump Doctrine …

Donald Trump

16 Incredibly Useful Resources for Aspiring Authors

…You’ll Wish You Knew About These EarlierThroughout the process of writing my book and helping clients with theirs, I’ve curated a list of tools that …

Fiber optic wires, servers, and more than 550,000 miles of underwater cables: Here's what the internet actually looks like

Every second, millions of emails, clicks, and searches happen via the world wide web with such fluidity that the internet seems almost omnipresent. As such, people often mistakenly assume that internet traffic happens by air — our mobile devices, after all, aren't wired to anything.<p>But satellites …

'This Place Is Crazy'

Our mental-health-care system is broken. Ten of every eleven psychiatric patients housed by the government are incarcerated. Here’s what this crisis looks like from the inside—a series of lost lives and a few rare victories—as reported by a prisoner-journalist.<p><i>John J. Lennon, a contributing writer</i> …

How the ‘Watergate Babies’ Broke American Politics

They arrived and began opening up Congress. They ended up inadvertently institutionalizing a distinctly partisan and confrontational style that permeates contemporary American politics today.<p>For millions of Americans, from political analysts to readers confronting their morning newspapers, the …

Every story in the world has one of these six basic plots

Researchers analysed over 1700 novels to reveal six story types – but can they be applied to our most-loved tales? Miriam Quick takes a look.<p>“My prettiest contribution to the culture” was how the novelist Kurt Vonnegut described his old master’s thesis in anthropology, “which was rejected because …

Literature

The revolution won’t wait: AI enthusiasm rises, but adoption lags

• AI foundational development (e.g., Amazon, DeepMind, Apple, Baidu, Microsoft, Facebook)<br>• AI architectural engineering (e.g., Nvidia, Qualcomm, Google)<br>• AI data collection, analytics, optimization, deployment, and monetization<br>• AI developed for specific applications (e.g., Tesla, Spotify, Snapchat, …

Johnson & Johnson

How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

Artificial Intelligence

The Explosion Geologists Feared From Hawaii's Volcano Has Just Happened

Ash shot up in the sky higher than Everest.<p>Hawaii's Kīlauea volcano erupted explosively early Thursday, tossing boulders hundreds of feet and sending …

International group of scientists suggest that octopuses might actually be aliens

Normally when you see a story about someone claiming that aliens are hanging out here on Earth its origins can be traced to a misguided conspiracy …

Conspiracies

Leaked report warns Cambodia's biggest dam could 'literally kill' Mekong river

A Chinese-backed plan to build Cambodia’s biggest dam could “literally kill” the Mekong river, according to a confidential assessment seen by the Guardian which says that the proposed site at Sambor is the “worst possible place” for hydropower.<p>The report, which was commissioned by the government in …

Humans are causing massive changes in the location of water around the world, NASA says

A 14-year NASA mission has confirmed that a massive redistribution of freshwater is occurring across Earth, with middle-latitude belts drying and the tropics and higher latitudes gaining water supplies.<p>The results, which are probably a combination of the effects of climate change, vast human …

They didn't flip: Ukraine claims dolphin army captured by Russia went on hunger strike

Ukraine is home to some of the more adventurous military blue-sky thinking, mostly hangovers from the Soviet era. As well as a 160-metre high, 500-metre long radar that was supposed to be able to warn of nuclear attack, it also has a secret programme that trains sea mammals to carry out military …

Russia

The EPA is keeping a troubling new study on drinking water under wraps. Here’s what you need to know.

Will Scott Pruitt release it ahead of next week’s summit on harmful chemicals in water?<p>The Environmental Protection Agency has been in the news a lot lately, thanks in large part to its administrator, Scott Pruitt, who appeared before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Wednesday as part of the 12 …

Mysterious rise in banned ozone-destroying chemical shocks scientists

A sharp and mysterious rise in emissions of a key ozone-destroying chemical has been detected by scientists, despite its production being banned around the world.<p>Unless the culprit is found and stopped, the recovery of the ozone layer, which protects life on Earth from damaging UV radiation, could …

Climate Change