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A Photographer's Travel Bucket List Destination Quito Ecuador

I’d happily stand on Las Ramblas in Barcelona and photograph the people there — natives and tourists alike — from dawn to dusk.<p>I would return to …

South America

Biohacker Aaron Traywick found dead in a spa

<b>A biohacker who became infamous after apparently injecting himself with an untested herpes drug in front of an audience has been found dead.</b><p>Aaron Traywick's body had been discovered in a spa room in Washington DC on Sunday, local police said.<p>Vice News reported that Traywick had been using a …

Mexico's murder rate rises to 20,000 in ten months; worst in 20 years

A human rights ombudsman, a media executive and two men in a bitter union dispute are just the latest victims of Mexico's rising murder rate. October …

Mexico

These are the 7 military options Congress has been given to deal with North Korea

The Congressional Research Service has prepared a briefing for Congress that reveals the seven US military options for dealing with the growing threat from North Korea.<p>The options, often hinted at by President Donald Trump and members of his cabinet, represent the full range of US military might …

Jesus: Contradictions in Resurrection and Ascension

Resurrection of Jesus<p>Christians point to Jesus’ resurrection as one of the things which distinguish Christianity from all other religions. After all, …

Revolutionary gene drive works in lab, but will it succeed in the wild?

Gene drive — the technology developed by UC San Diego scientists to rapidly push targeted genetic changes into a population — got a push last week …

Drinking a cup of coffee may add nine minutes per day to your life

It has become a national pastime but our obsession with drinking coffee could be having unexpected health benefits and even increasing our lifespan by up to nine minutes a day, new research suggests.<p>Two new studies, including the largest ever conducted into coffee drinking, have found that imbibing …

Trump Handed Putin a Stunning Victory

From his speech in Poland to his two-hour summit in Hamburg, the president seemed determined to promote Russia’s dark and illiberal view of the world.<p>President Donald Trump needed to accomplish two things this week during his visits to Poland and the G-20 Summit in Hamburg. First, he needed to …

The world looks past Donald Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Foreign policy, increasingly, is what is happening around the world while the United States is making other plans.<p>More than five months into Donald Trump's presidency, American adversaries and allies alike are adjusting to a new era in which Washington seeks its own idiosyncratic and …

Geopolitics

From “You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin” by Rachel Corbett

Biographers would begin at the beginning. They would describe a boy too busy etching his dull blade into wood to eat. A young man working at a vase …

Gerrymandering has really helped Republicans, studies find

“There are significantly more pro-Republican maps at the moment than there are pro-Democratic maps”<p>There has been plenty of blaming since the November election, but one topic has been largely overshadowed by the other contributing factors: partisan gerrymandering.<p>"Using a new statistical method" in …

Medical Marijuana Found To Have Yet Another Benefit: Killing Tumors

Many benefits of medical marijuana are well known, but the hurdles to legalization make it difficult to study the full range of benefits of a drug that could reportedly save Medicare $1 billion per year. Nonetheless, researchers led by Dr. Wai Liu at the University of London soldiered on and …

Embattled Republican Rep. Issa Could Face Blowback at Town Hall Meeting

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California — In May 2016, fresh off a turn as one of President Barack Obama's chief congressional antagonists, Republican Rep. Darrell Issa threw his support behind Donald Trump's presidential bid and went on to campaign actively on Trump’s behalf.<p>A year later, Issa is on the …

3 Easy Fruit Smoothie Recipes That Are Detoxifying, Too

It's that time of year when you want to be out and about all the time, which means that you're not eating as healthy as you'd like. It also doesn't …

Healthy Eating

If You Want to Write a Book, Write Every Day or Quit Now

The key to getting your book written, says Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Hunter, isn’t talent or luck or inspiration. It’s the act of sitting down …

Writing

The Brain Literally Starts Eating Itself When It Doesn't Get Enough Sleep

Holy crap.<p>The reason we sleep goes far beyond simply replenishing our energy levels every 12 hours - our brains actually change states when we sleep …

Trump: I'll Put a Stop to Germany Selling Cars in the US

This from <i>Der Spiegel</i>:US President Donald Trump complained bitterly about the German trade surplus on his meeting with the EU top in Brussels. "The …

The Death of the Republic

The despotic forces that destroyed ancient Rome and other empires are destroying us. And removing Trump would not halt the disintegration.Related …

26 Google Maps Tricks You Need to Try

The mapping product that can do everything can actually do a whole lot more.<p>Features Editor<p>This story originally appeared on PCMag<p>Astral projection is the practice that supposedly allows humans to separate their consciousness from their physical bodies and travel anywhere in the universe. It's all …

A neuroscientist explains the radical theory that our free will is just an illusion

Dean Buonomano, a professor at UCLA and author of "Your Brain Is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time", gives a simple explanation of the theory of eternalism. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>It seems that everything in the universe has already happened under eternalism.</i><p><i>In</i> …

The Inside Story of the Kushner-Bannon Civil War

West Wing sources come clean about the backstabbing, the bullying, the distrust, and the buzzing flies.<p>I. Buzzing Flies<p>The West Wing of the White House is a cramped collection of tiny offices, some of them windowless, linked by narrow hallways. New inhabitants are sometimes surprised at just how …

Trump, Then And Now: What His Shifting Positions Say About What He Believes

Reporters ask lots of pesky questions during campaigns for a reason: to find out how someone would govern.<p>Most candidates right and left comply with the public interest in what they would do by putting out policy papers and laying out facts and figures, numbers and details.<p>Not Donald Trump. He …

E.P.A. Chief, Rejecting Agency’s Science, Chooses Not to Ban Insecticide

WASHINGTON — Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, moved late on Wednesday to reject the scientific conclusion of the agency’s own chemical safety experts who under the Obama administration recommended that one of the nation’s most widely used insecticides be permanently …

Atheists And Highly Religious People Are The Least Scared of Death, Study Reveals

It happens to all of us.<p>Benjamin Franklin once famously wrote in a letter that "in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and …

The long, twisted, and bizarre history of the Trump-Russia scandal

Carlo Allegri; Klimentyev Mikhail; Carlos Barria; Kevin Lamarque; Monterey Herald; Sergei Karpukhin; Jim Loscalzo (via ZUMA)<p>Looking for news you can …

Beer on a Budget in San Diego

I’m a fairly big guy — 6-foot-3 with plenty of mass to soak up alcohol — but I was being particularly careful as I hopped (no pun intended) from brewery to brewery in San Diego. Touring the dozens of worthy beer options in the sprawling, beautiful city requires a car, and I was being conservative …

It’s Official—Trumpcare Will Be a Nightmare for Women

The CBO analysis is in—24 million people kicked off insurance under the Obamacare rollback in a health-care massacre that will harm low-income …

Health Care

C’mon, President Obama—Time to Start Returning Fire

Trump’s outrageous tweets have drawn silence from the sometimes over-dignified former president. But Mr. Ex-President, your half of the country needs …

Donald Trump

The Deep State Is a Figment of Steve Bannon’s Imagination

Here’s the real truth about America’s national security bureaucrats.<p>Here’s a handy rule for assessing the credibility of what you’re reading about national security in the Trump era: If somebody uses the term “Deep State,” you can be pretty sure they have no idea what they’re talking about.<p>The …

Donald Trump

What an actual ‘deep state’ looks like

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p><b>Key figures in the White House see themselves locked in a battle with the "deep state"</b> — a term they're …