Michael Watts

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The new clash over cannabis

Rising tensions between states over pot put pressure on Obama to act.<p>The Obama administration and many congressional Republicans have been loath to go anywhere near the experiment with marijuana legalization in Colorado and other states. But pressure is mounting on Washington to take a stand on …

Cannabis

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Ready For The iPhone 7? Get This Smartphone Designed To Last A Decade And Forget All About It

Do we really need all that wasteful consumerism that comes with the 18-month device upgrade cycle?<p>Worldwide, more than 1.8 billion mobile phones were sold last year–most replacing devices that were less than two years old. The average smartphone owner upgrades every 18 months.<p>Is it possible to …

This Kenyan Teenager Uses Poop To Fuel His School

Leroy Mwasaru’s biodigesters have eliminated two pollution problems in one fell swoop.<p>In rural Kenya, pit toilets–basically holes in the ground, with no water for flushing–are the most common type of toilet. They don’t always work well. At Maseno School, a large boarding school in western Kenya, …

Weight loss drug fools body into reacting as if it has just eaten

A drug that works like an “imaginary meal” has been developed by US scientists who believe it could help combat soaring rates of obesity.<p>The drug mimics signals that are normally produced at the start of a meal when the body prepares for a fresh intake of food. The signals lead to a cascade of …

Diabetes

Look At The Crazy Designs For The World’s First Underwater City

A Japanese company thinks we should all go sleep with the fishes in its sustainable “Ocean Spiral” city.<p>As coastal cities face growing threats from rising sea levels and urban planners debate where to build next, a Japanese company has an unconventional proposal: Maybe the cities of the future …

God is on the ropes: The brilliant new science that has creationists and the Christian right terrified

A young MIT professor is finishing Darwin’s task — and threatening to undo everything the wacky right holds dear<p>The Christian right’s obsessive hatred of Darwin is a wonder to behold, but it could someday be rivaled by the hatred of someone you’ve probably never even heard of. Darwin earned their …

Physics

The Best of British TV on Netflix

With 'Downton Abbey' returning for a fifth season on Sunday, spend your weekend binge-watching the best British television available on Netflix right now.<p><b>1) Broadchurch</b><p>David Tennant and Olivia Colman play detectives investigating the murder of a young boy and a small town struggling to come to …

Climate Change: How Humanity Stands To Benefit [Video]

Climate change has a positive and negative effect on various aspects of life on our planet, including ecological, economic, and humanitarian. A …

Climate Change

How A Hacker Gang Literally Saved Christmas For Video Game Players Everywhere

Despite most hackers being "in it for the lulz" — a hacker term meaning "doing it for fun" — some did not take kindly to threats of disruption to their favourite video game services.<p>In the weeks following Lizard Squad's threat, another gang of hackers formed. It had two aims: 1. Keep the video game …

Personal Information

Plague: This 'Tinder for Information' Could Be onto Something

Over the weekend I spent a bit of time with Plague, an app that our own Owen Williams recently described as a gamified version of Reddit, and I’m sure the developers have hit on something noteworthy here. It looks like others agree, as its user base is growing rapidly.<p>Despite only a small amount of …

15 Slow Cooker Oatmeals And Healthy Breakfasts To Prep Overnight

A daily ritual of breakfast in bed is a long-shot wish: You might be able to swing it if you've got buckets of money and a crumb catcher built into your sheets.<p>The next-best thing? A healthy breakfast, more elaborate than a bowl of cereal or a sad granola bar, all ready for you as you groggily …

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Gear VR is an amazing virtual reality device that you should not buy (yet)

The Samsung Gear VR is a self-contained, portable, high-quality virtual reality gaming headset. It's available now. You shouldn't buy one.<p>The $200 piece of hardware is a shell with optics and more advanced sensors than standard smartphones. It's a simple system to set up: You just attach your …

5 Clever Ways Mixologists Are Reinventing Eggnog

Are you in an eggnog rut? Want to shake things up this season? So do bartenders across the country. Here, five fun new ways the experts are …

Finalists: Your Best Recipe with Egg Whites

<i>The finalists are in, and we want to know -- which recipe is your pick for Your Best Recipe with Egg Whites?</i><p>We've tested and tasted our way through the recipes for Your Best Recipe with Egg Whites, and have emerged with two promising finalists: Lemon Meringue by heinstirred and Pimento Cheese …

The Straight Hero of Cameroon’s Gays

Why has 69-year-old Alice N’kom risked everything to defend gays in a country where homosexuality is illegal? Because ‘someone has to do this.’<p>In the …

15 eggnog recipes to spike your holiday spirit

Eggnog is a Christmas staple. It's a nutmeg-bourbon concoction that's sort of weird to drink at any other time of the year, making it a perfect …

Our Favorite Cookbooks (to Gift) of 2014

Searching for the perfect cookbook for the avid home cook in your life? Gift the year’s releases that are already getting a workout in our own kitchens.<p><b>Searching for the perfect cookbook for the avid home cook in your life?</b> Forget style-over-substance. Instead, gift the year’s releases that are …

Ice Cream

The dangerous myth at the heart of conservative ideology

The right believes the separation of church and state is a modern conceit. It couldn’t be further from the truth<p>Rick Santorum may be a terrible politician, but when it comes to being a conduit for some of the hoariest, long-standing myths of the right, he’s ol’ reliable. His latest bleatings are of …

10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

Quantum Mechanics

Test for Alzheimer's with Google-funded DNA kit

Personal genetics company 23andMe has launched in the UK, analysing customer's DNA for genetic risk factors for conditions including Alzheimer's Disease and hereditary cancers<p>Personal genetics company 23andMe has launched in the UK, giving you the chance to examine not only your genetic health and …

Get 50% Off a Sticky Password Premium Lifetime Plan

Remembering passwords becomes increasingly difficult as we sign up for more and more apps and services. And using a single password for all of them is a risk you can’t afford to take. That’s where Sticky Password comes in.<p>Designed for ease of use, flexibility and total control, Sticky Password …

White America’s scary delusion: Why its sense of black humanity is so skewed

Many white folks aren’t violent. But here’s how ignorance and lack of empathy make life so unsafe for black people<p>The failure of a St. Louis county grand jury to indict Darren Wilson, the former police officer who killed Michael Brown, created a maelstrom of protests last week. In more than 137 …

Ariana's Brother Frankie J. Grande Looks Like A Cartoon At The 2014 American Music Awards

This is... interesting.<p>Frankie J. Grande, TV personality, Broadway's "Rock of Ages" star and older half-brother of Ariana Grande, showed up to the 2014 American Music Awards in what we can only call a cartoon version of a button down, complete with a painted on bow-tie and some major abs. Of …

Atmospheric Trust Litigation -- Can We Sue Ourselves Over Climate Change?

An interesting take on climate change activism has grown in the State of Oregon and is spreading throughout the world with little fanfare. It could have huge economic impacts.<p>And it’s being led by students!<p>Championed by Professor Mary Christina Wood in the Law School at the University of Oregon, …

Seven Reasons Why Obama's Executive Action on Immigration Is Great Policy and Great Politics

Ten years ago, following President George Bush's 2004 re-election victory, Progressives were back on their heels. Bush decided to press his advantage by launching a campaign to privatize Social Security, seeking to eliminate the crown jewel of the New Deal: guaranteed Social Security …

U.S. Politics

White House threatens to put brakes on alternative fuels

As biotech masterminds and venture capitalists scramble to hatch a new generation of environmentally friendly fuels that can help power the average gasoline-burning car, they are confronting an unexpected obstacle: the White House.<p>Yielding to pressure from oil companies, car manufacturers and even …

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Southern Baptists tell pastors: hold line on gays

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than a thousand evangelical pastors and others — gathered for a three-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians who preach that gay relationships are sinful — were asked a simple question: How many live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage?<p>Hands rose all …