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The Myth of the Kindly General Lee

The legend of the Confederate leader’s heroism and decency is based in the fiction of a person who never existed.<p>The strangest part about the continued personality cult of Robert E. Lee is how few of the qualities his admirers profess to see in him he actually possessed.<p>Memorial Day has the …

American Civil War

Three Myths About the Brain (That Deserve to Die)

Pity the poor human brain. People have misunderstood it for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians thought it was a useless organ and tugged it out of dead pharaohs through the nose. Aristotle thought the brain was a cooling unit for the heart. Philosophers in the Middle Ages believed that certain …

The Brain

Putin dismisses US threat of retaliation over alleged hacking

Vladimir Putin on Sunday shrugged off new US threats to retaliate against alleged Russian hackers, saying such statements only confirmed that Washington used cyber-attacks for political ends.<p>Speaking after a summit of developing economies in India, the Russian president also said he believed that …

Russia

The insulin market is heading for a shakeup. But patients may not benefit

The insulin market, dominated by old drugs that have skyrocketed in price, is on the verge of a shakeup.<p>The first “follow-on” insulin for diabetics, …

Biotechnology

Hikaru Cho’s ‘Intimate Illusions’ Is Both Chilling and Beautiful

If you’ve ever wondered how a hole in your body or perhaps how someone would look like as a wolf, Japanese artist Hikaru Cho has got you …

Streetwear

Van Gogh masterpieces stolen from Amsterdam in daring heist 14 years ago turn up in Italian mafia's country mansion

Two famous Van Gogh masterpieces stolen in a daring heist from an Amsterdam museum 14 years ago have been found in an Italian country home owned by an alleged drug boss with links to the Naples Camorra.<p>The paintings, estimated to be worth a total €100 million (£86 million), were stolen from the Van …

Art

The Burdens of Intelligence

We tend to think of intelligence as all good. After all, it enables to you learn more quickly, problem-solve more complexly, remember more …

Artificial Intelligence

The Most Memorable Vintage Adult Movie Posters

Hot Lunch (1978)<p><b>Hot Lunch</b> is a 1978 adult movie directed by John Hayes which, as any other film of the genre tends to, had an actual plot. As long as …

Film Posters

Fibromyalgia Flares and Chronic Pain

Many people who live with chronic pain are also dealing with Fibromyalgia, or their pain is the result of it. Fibromyalgia is a nasty invisible …

Hypothyroidism and Fibromyalgia--What's the Connection?

It's significant that a significant number of the estimated 27 million people with hypothyroidism end up also being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Both …

Can oxygen therapy cure fibromyalgia? - Futurity

A small group of woman with fibromyalgia felt much better after two months of treatments in a hyperbaric chamber. Is oxygen a cure for the painful …

Brazil

Traces of sun storms locked in tree rings could confirm ancient historical dates

A new science, astrochronology, could finally fix precise dates for key events in prehistory using traces of violent solar storms preserved by trees<p>Archaeologists believe they have identified a new way of putting accurate dates to great events of prehistory. Rare and spectacular storms on the sun …

Archaeology

FACT CHECK: Lunar Footprint Mystery

CLAIM<p>The boots on Neil Armstrong's spacesuit don't match up with the "footprints" supposedly he left on the moon.<p>RATING<p>FALSE<p>ORIGIN<p>The Apollo 11 …

Goebbels’ secretary, 105, breaks silence, claims ignorance, in new film

Joseph Goebbels’s former personal secretary, one of the last surviving eyewitnesses of the inner workings of the Nazi machine, has broken her …

This Was the First Confirmed Prism Surveillance Target

A new report based on the leaks of former U.S. National Security Agency worker Edward Snowden has for the first time named a target of the NSA’s …

Surveillance

Photographing Body Paint Art

• There are many photographic projects that are fun to do. There are many that are hard to do and there are many that are expensive and need several …

Creative Commons

President Obama Is Not the 'Founder of ISIS.' Here’s Who Really Started It

Donald Trump accused President Obama of being the “founder of ISIS” Wednesday, the latest incendiary comment from a candidate in the middle of a …

Islam

Skeletal remains 'confirm ancient Greeks engaged in human sacrifice'

Bones found on Mount Lykaion – where animal offerings to Zeus were also made – but some are urging caution over how to interpret the discovery<p>The discovery of a 3,000-year-old skeleton in Greece has excited archeologists, who believe that the finding may confirm one of the darkest legends of …

Ancient History

Photographer explores emoji censorship and the artistic nude

Keen not to alienate their hip, young customer base with anachronistic, Crimewatch-esque pixelation and black rectangles, many brands and …

Anachronistic

Generative Illustrations of the Human Form by Janusz Jurek | Colossal

<p>Over the last year, Polish designer and illustrator Janusz Jurek has been exploring different forms of generative illustration as it relates to the …

Illustration

226 Ansel Adams Photographs of Great American National Parks Are Now Online

Like many American stories, the story of the National Parks begins with pillage, death, deep cultural misunderstanding, and venture capitalism. …

10 Quotes on Art and Life From Vincent van Gogh on His Birthday

People<p>“One must spoil as many canvases as one succeeds with,” he wrote.<p>,<p>Like most legends, the name Vincent van Gogh calls to mind tales of strife …

Fine Art

The Formation of Georgia O’Keeffe

SANTA FE, NM — In 1916, Georgia O’Keeffe landed a job teaching art at West Texas State Normal College (now West Texas A&M) and moved to a town called …

How Edward Hopper “Storyboarded” His Iconic Painting Nighthawks

Edward Hopper's <i>Nighthawks</i> (1942) doesn't just evoke a certain stripe of mid-century, after-hours, big-city American loneliness; it has more or less …

Maya tomb uncovered holding body, treasure and tales of 'snake dynasty'

Archaeologists have uncovered what may be the largest royal tomb found in more than a century of work on Maya ruins in Belize, along with a puzzling set of hieroglyphic panels that provide clues to a “snake dynasty” that conquered many of its neighbors some 1,300 years ago.<p>Liquid mercury found …

Archaeology

POLL: Hillary Clinton soars to 15-point lead over Donald Trump

The poll, conducted by McClatchy/Marist, showed the Democratic nominee with a massive 15-point lead over her Republican opponent.<p>Clinton's edge was at 48% to 33%, a drastic difference between the 42% to 39% advantage that the poll found her to have in July.<p>No poll posted to RealClearPolitics since …

Government
Japan

Did Rembrandt use mirrors and optical tricks to create his paintings?

Rembrandt may have traced his celebrated self-portraits from optical projections created by assemblies of mirrors or lenses, a new analysis suggests.<p>Two U.K.-based researchers — Francis O'Neill, an artist and art teacher; and Sofia Palazzo Corner, an independent physicist — have identified several …

Government