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There Is a War on Voting in the World's Greatest Democracy (Ours)

How long until we decide all this isn't a coincidence?<p>It is my considered opinion that, as far as the simple process of voting goes, the World's Last Great Democracy couldn't organize a two-car funeral if you spotted it the hearse. The primaries on Tuesday night were an endless carnival of …

Getting a Lot of Tattoos Might Actually Be Good for You

See, Mom?<p>Having lots of tattoos might make you look tough on the outside, but it turns out it actually makes you tougher on the inside, too. A new study, published in the <i>American Journal of Human Biology</i>, has found that getting lots of tattoos might make your immune system stronger.<p>The study was …

The Geography of Trumpism

When the Census Bureau asks Americans about their ancestors, some respondents don’t give a standard answer like “English” or “German.” Instead, they simply answer “American.”<p>The places with high concentrations of these self-described Americans turn out to be the places Donald Trump’s presidential …

Why men and women might choose to learn different languages

By Rick Noack<p>, Reporter<p>Do men and women prefer to learn different languages?<p>A new survey by the language learning site Babbel has come to surprising conclusions. "Our data shows that men have a bias towards learning German, Portuguese and Russian, whereas women seem to choose Dutch, French, Italian …

Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework

<b>(KatarinaGondova via iStock)</b><p>Homework does have an impact on young students — but it’s not a good one<p>Heather Shumaker<p>March 5, 2016 11:00pm (UTC)<p>“There is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of elementary students.”<p>This statement, by homework research guru Harris …

The Observer view on the American presidential election | Observer editorial

Only a true leader can restore US stature<p>It was a week when the 2016 American presidential election appeared to boil down to a contest between two individuals: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Both candidates achieved sweeping victories across the Super Tuesday states. Both immediately began to …

The LG G5 has one huge advantage over the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone

LG announced its gorgeous new flagship phone Sunday, the G5.<p>The device has all kinds of exciting, innovative features, from its attractive aluminum design, to its quirky "friends," to the modular battery slot at the bottom. But one of the most important ones that's flown under the radar is its …

Gear & Gadgets

The Scary, Practical Reason The US Navy Is Once Again Teaching Celestial Navigation

You can't hack the sky.<p>As GPS technology steadily becomes better and better, so does our reliance on it. Need to go to the store? Google Maps. Need …

Neanderthal DNA may account for nicotine addiction and depression

Matching modern genetic profiles against genes known to have been inherited from Neanderthals has shown links to a wide range of current disorders<p>Modern European and Asian people may owe more than skin or hair colour to Neanderthal ancestry. Interbreeding 50,000 years ago between two species of …

Evolution

Washington State Politician Posts Another Anti-Evolution Poem on Public Facebook Page

January 31, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p><b>David Madore</b> is the Clark County (Washington) councilor who thinks evolution is a joke. The other day, he posted an …

Samsung's Galaxy S7 event is happening in three weeks

Samsung has announced its latest "Unpacked" event where the company will announce, in its usual language, "The Next Galaxy." The event is set for Sunday February 21st at 7pm CET (1pm ET) in Barcelona, one day before Mobile World Congress takes over the city. The invitation includes an image of a …

Gear VR

13 Things Gay Porn Stars Are Tired Of Hearing

"When are you going to get a real job?<p>Queer adult entertainers and sex workers face an intense amount of scrutiny and grief from both outside and inside of the queer community.<p>Sex work is real work and those who make a living in this industry deserve the same rights and protections as everyone …

LGBTQI

Why Haven't Video Game Consoles Died Yet?

This week, EA made headlines because they released an estimate which said that 55 million new-gen consoles had been sold so far. That’s a headline because when you take Sony’s freely offered-up figures of 36 million PS4s sold, that leaves 19 million Xbox Ones, meaning it’s being outsold almost 2:1. …

10 Things That Will Prevent You From Getting Sick, Backed By Research

Look at pictures of sick people.<p>Via The Consuming Instinct: What Juicy Burgers, Ferraris, Pornography, and Gift Giving Reveal About Human</b> …

Samsung Challenges Google As New Android Browser Beats Chrome

Samsung has begun to roll out the latest version of the Android-powered Samsung web browser found in the latest Galaxy smartphones and phablets. It should become available within the coming weeks, and it represents Samsung’s desire to create a browser built around compatibility, functionality, and …

Marriage equality should be a lay down misere, instead it's an unholy mess

What an unholy mess the marriage equality situation in Australia has become.<p>In recent weeks Australia’s reputation in the developed world took a beating following the death a British man on his honeymoon with his husband in South Australia. Marco Bulmer-Rizzi was told that he was not recognised as …

The Teens Using Instagram Hashtags to Glorify Suicide

Ana, Annie, Bella, Deb, Mia, Perry, Sue, and Sophie aren't real girls. They're abbreviations for mental health issues and eating disorders used by teenagers looking to band together through personal stories on Instagram.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Alps</i><p>Ana, Annie, Bella, Deb, Mia, …

0% of Icelanders aged 25 or younger believe world was created by God – poll

No Icelanders taking part in a new poll who were aged 25 or younger and identify themselves as Christians believe the world was created by God.<p>The …

Android Circuit: Galaxy S7 Release Dates, Biggest S7 Leaks Yet, Why Apple Needs Android

Taking a look back at seven days of news across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes what we know about the upcoming Galaxy S7, the impact of the leaks on Samsung’s marketing, release details on the Galaxy flagships, Lenovo adding biometrics to all its new Moto handsets, details …

A promising new material can convert a major greenhouse gas into clean energy

Developed by a team of researchers in China, the material could be one way to deal with the 36 gigatonnes of CO2 we release into the atmosphere each year due to fossil fuel use.<p>Scientists have been struggling for decades to come up with an energy-efficient way to transform CO2 into something …

Fossil Fuels

On January 20, 2017 Bernie Sanders Will Be Sworn In as America's 45th President

On Friday, January 20, 2017, Bernie Sanders will be sworn in as our nation's 45th president. I explain why Sanders wins the Democratic nomination and presidency in my recent appearance on The Thom Hartmann Program. If you've disagreed with my thought process in the past, just watch the segment and …

WTF Is Happening in the Oregon Militia Standoff, Explained

On Saturday night, dozens of white, armed American militants stormed a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon seeking to take a “hard stand” against …

American Casualties of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program

When Americans think about nuclear weapons, they comfort themselves with the thought that the vast, nuclear destruction of human life has not taken place since 1945 -- at least not yet. But, in reality, nuclear weapon-related destruction <i>has</i> taken place, with shocking levels of U.S. casualties.<p>This …

Four Elements Have Just Earned a Permanent Spot in The Periodic Table

The seventh row is now officially complete.<p>Officials from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) have confirmed the discovery …

Could scientists create dragons using CRISPR gene editing?

<b>The mythical dragon has been associated with Wales for more than a millennium and famously graces the national flag.</b><p>But is it possible dragons could ever exist beyond the pages of Celtic mythology or the celluloid of fantasy film?<p>Academics have suggested in a recent essay the creation of large, …

Genetics

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