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6 Great Kentucky Bourbons You Probably Don't Know

Celebrate #30DaysofBourbon by drinking the brown stuff like you mean it.<p>Kentucky rightly lays claim as the heart of bourbon country. More bourbon distilleries are located here than anywhere else in the country. But which bottles to buy? And why? This shortlist doesn't pretend to have all the …

Napa Valley
Agriculture

Five Bible-based responses to common arguments against marriage equality

(Continued from Page 4)<p><b><br>Argument #5: Jesus defined marriage as between one man and one woman.</b><p>Jesus actually never defined marriage in the Bible. In …

Faith

Ancient DNA cracks puzzle of Basque origins

<b>DNA from ancient remains seems to have solved the puzzle of one of Europe's most enigmatic people: the Basques.</b><p>The distinct language and genetic make-up of the Basque people in northern Spain and southern France has puzzled anthropologists for decades.<p>One theory proposed that they were an unmixed …

Anthropology

15 Incredibly Ancient British Monuments You Probably Haven't Heard Of

The discovery of a "new Stonehenge" is a reminder that Britain is full of impossibly old things.<p>Wherever you are in Britain, you're not more than a couple of hours from something thousands of years old. Here are 15 of them, ranked from "newest" (everything's relative) to oldest.<p>The best-preserved …

Archaeology

Read before you speak

I have a suggestion: If you want to complain about curriculum, you need to read the books. Twice in the last week, undergraduates in North Carolina — first at Duke University and then at the University of North Carolina — have objected to assigned books they haven't read.<p>In the initial instance, a …

Missouri students protest transgender teen's use of girl's locker room

When Caitlyn Jenner took to television in April to announce she was transgender, messages of support poured in from across the country. She was featured on the cover of Vanity Fair and received an ESPY award for courage.<p>But even as Jenner starred in a reality TV docu-series about her transition, a …

British Atlantis: archaeologists begin exploring lost world of Doggerland

Archaeologists at the University of Bradford will be taking deep sea core samples to find the DNA of Doggerland to reconstruct the environment<p>A lost world off the British coast which was flooded by the rising North Sea thousands of years ago, is finally to reveal its secrets.<p>The ancient country of …

Neil Gaiman’s Parents Let Him Read What He Wanted. What About Yours?

During a recent interview with <i>The Guardian</i>, Neil Gaiman remarked that his parents didn't limit his choices when it came to reading material. My …

Books

The 7 Best Single-Malt Scotch Whiskys for $50 or Less

Speyburn 10<p><b>Distilled In:</b> The Village of Rothes in Speyside<p><b>Average Price (Per Under the Label):</b> $24<p><b>Looks Like:</b> Classic caramel color, not dissimilar …

Wooden 'Big Shigir Idol' statue believed to be twice as old as Egyptian pyramids - Firstpost

<b>London:</b> Ever heard of anything almost twice as old as the great Egyptian pyramid? Well, a wooden statue is, according to a new analysis of the …

Mark Twain

World's rarest marine creature spotted after 30-year absence

The Allonautilus scrobiculatus has inhabited the earth for 500 million years and has only been seen twice, until now<p>A rare species of nautilus, a marine mollusc, has been found by researchers for the first time in 31 years. It has been suggested that the Allonautilus scrobiculatus could be the …

121-year-old bottle of whisky found in Scottish time capsule

A construction team has found what is believed to be a 121-year-old bottle of whisky near Kingussie in the Cairngorms<p>An time capsule containing a 121-year-old bottle of whisky has been found in Scotland.<p>The capsule, believed to contain items from the 1890s, was found buried inside the Ruthven Road …

Cancer tumours 'reprogrammed' back into healthy tissue

Cancer researchers have demonstrated a method to reprogram tumour cells into benign cells in what could be a dramatic breakthrough in the fight …

Cancer

Oregon archaeologists to revisit early human cave settlement | Reuters

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Archaeologists will revisit a cave in remote central Oregon, where the world’s oldest-known footwear was unearthed decades ago, in the hope of shedding new light on the spread of early human settlement through the Americas.<p>University of Oregon officials said on Tuesday …

Archaeology

Bill Nye doesn't pull punches when asked if racism has any basis in nature.

On "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," everyone's favorite science guy Bill Nye broke down exactly why racism is completely and utterly pointless …

Bill Nye

A Boy Who Asked Obama About Stem Cell Research In 2007 Writes To Say It Saved His Life

A young cancer survivor sent President Barack Obama a moving letter thanking him for keeping a promise made during a 2007 campaign stop -- a promise the boy says saved his life.<p>Gavin Nore, a teen from Fort Dodge, Iowa, told Obama in a letter shared by the White House Tuesday that he'd had the …

Cancer

George RR Martin 'relieved' after Sad Puppies' Hugo awards defeat

Song of Ice and Fire author writes that he is glad to see reactionary lobby ‘routed’, but regrets the number of ‘No Award’ decisions this entailed<p>George RR Martin has said that the group of rightwing science fiction writers who tried to swing the results of this weekend’s Hugo awards to their own …

Science Fiction

Dear College Student: Please Diversify Your Courses

I don't know if it's because I'm on research leave this semester and I miss getting ready to go into the classroom, or because of the latest wave of an anti-Latino sentiment partly fueled by a certain presidential contender whom I shall not name, but I've been reflecting a lot about what it is that …

Native Americans

A Visual Size Comparison of a Star Wars Super Star Destroyer and Manhattan

Redditor movielover278 shared an image that features a visual size comparison of a Super Star Destroyer from <i>Star Wars</i> and Manhattan.<p>In addition to …

Lego

On Maps in Fantasy Novels

On August 4, the day her new novel <i>The Fifth Season</i> was released, N.K. Jemisin posted the map from her novel on her blog.<p>Not surprising, right? …

Islamic State has executed at least 30 gay people, UN meeting told

The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for executing at least 30 people for sodomy, the head of an international gay rights …

'Sad Puppies' campaign fails to undermine sci-fi diversity at the Hugo Awards

The Hugo Awards were announced Saturday night in Spokane, Wash., and the "Sad Puppies" are even sadder.<p>The science fiction and fantasy awards are considered the greatest mark of fandom. This year's awards nomination and voting process had been roiled by controversy due to a campaign by two groups …

Young 'Star Wars' fan gets teased at school, Weird Al Yankovic saves the day

Help her Weird Al Yankovic, you're her only hope.<p>Eight-year-old Layla Murphy loves <i>Star Wars</i>. Unfortunately, some girls at Layla's school in Norfolk, …

Andrea Romano