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Pakistan: Give us your fingerprints or lose your phone service

In an effort to create a national biometric database, Pakistani authorities are giving cell phone users an ultimatum: Verify your identity by …

Why the right hates American history

Thomas Jefferson knew that education is vital to a functioning Democratic Republic. Conservatives have other ideas<p>Sure, the war on education helps Republican lawmakers destroy unions and slash government spending, but it's our history of progressive change that makes Conservatives hate accurate …

Ancient rocks show life could have flourished on Earth 3.2 billion years ago

A spark from a lightning bolt, interstellar dust, or a subsea volcano could have triggered the very first life on Earth. But what happened next? Life …

Genes

Rape and murder of young woman sparks mass Twitter protest in Turkey

Brutal death of 20-year-old Ozgecan Aslan leads to outpouring of rage from Turkish women in campaign hashtagged #sendeanlat (tell your story)<p>The murder of a woman who tried to stop a man raping her has sparked mass protests in Turkey and prompted women to share their stories of sexual harassment, …

Sexual Harassment

Israeli demolition of Palestinian woman's home "a double crime"

A massive Israeli police force raided the Palestinian neighborhood of Bayarat Shannir in Lydd, a city in present-day Israel, on Tuesday morning.<p>Armed …

World’s Oldest Socks These odd, ancient socks are the earliest knitted items in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s collection and quite possibly the oldest socks in the world. Made in 300-499 AD, these Egyptian socks were excavated in the burial grounds of ancient Oxyrhynchus, a Greek colony on the Nile in central Egypt at the end of the 19th century. They have a divided toe and are designed to be worn with sandals. Particularly intriguing is the technique used to construct these red wool socks. Called nålbindning, or single-needle knitting, this time-consuming process required only a single thread. The technique was frequently used for close-fitting garments for the head, feet and hands because of its elastic qualities. Primarily from prehistoric times, nålbindning came before the two-needle knitting that’s standard today; each needle was crafted from wood or bone that was “flat, blunt and between 6 -10 cm long, relatively large-eyed at one end or the eye is near the middle.”

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My History: A Memoir of Growing Up by Antonia Fraser review – from ‘feral’ to fairytale heroine

Antonia Fraser had, by her own account, an enchanted childhood, so much so that when she heard the bells of Magdalen College again more than 60 years later, “wonderland once more returned”. She dreamed she was the heroine of a fairytale, “the beggar girl (intensely beautiful) who, armed with a …

Books

Silent genocide in Pakistan

<b>‘The area is scattered with blood and flesh and it smells of burnt meat, people are screaming at each other… it is chaos.’</b><p>That is an eye-witness …

Is Philosophy dead?

Speaking at Google's Zeitgeist Conference in Hertfordshire in 2011, Stephen Hawking, a theoretical physicist and the author of "A Brief History of …

Scientists Recreate Ancient Siberian Brain Surgery From 2,300 Years Ago: Trepanation, Or Drilling A Hole In Your Skull

Archaeologists have discovered three skulls in the Altai Mountains in Siberia which provided new insight into Siberian brain surgery techniques from …

E.O. Wilson: We should “diminish, to the point of eliminating, religious faiths”

Wilson spoke with New Scientist about his latest book, “The Meaning of Human Existence”<p>E.O. Wilson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning sociobiologist, recently spoke with New Scientist about his latest book, "The Meaning of Human Existence," in which the scientist tackles three fundamental questions of …

UPDATED – BREAKING – Alfred Webre: Satanic Jesuit Pope Francis Bergoglio’s statement on ET role in Universe creation is (1) scientifically correct and intended (2) to evade criminal court sentence in Ninth Circle infanticides, and (3) to claim Satanic dominance over Earth with ETs

UPDATE – ALERT from Alfred: This is the article describing why the Jesuits preemptively terminated my Facebook profile on Oct. 28 – So I could not …

Tom Siegfried's delusions about the reality of the wave function

In recent days, I've received links to many texts that looked insultingly and fundamentally wrong. One of these hyperlinks was contributed by Bill …

The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

Family Politics: Domestic Life, Devastation and Survival 1900-1950 – review

In 1933 Joseph Goebbels quarrelled with the mother of Horst Wessel. SA-Sturmführer Wessel, murdered three years previously, was the hero of a Nazi cult. His mother wanted a place in the ceremonies commemorating his “martyrdom”. Goebbels found her “arrogance” intolerable. “Our dead belong to the …

Lightweight skeletons of modern humans have recent origin

New research shows that modern human skeletons evolved into their lightly built form only relatively recently—after the start of the Holocene about …

A Century Ago, When The Guns Fell Silent On Christmas

A century ago, young men in Europe were killing each other by the tens of thousands. World War I, which had erupted just a few months earlier, was raging. Yet on a frozen Christmas Eve, the guns briefly fell silent.<p>The Christmas Truce of 1914 has become the stuff of legend, portrayed in films, …

 Gangrene And Flesh Eating Maggots In The American Civil War

<b>Gangrene And Flesh Eating Maggots In The American Civil War</b><p><b>This 1860’s photo was used as a teaching aid in medical schools. National Library of Medicine</b><p>The biggest killer in the U.S Civil War was not instant death by bullet or by cannonball: it was disease resulting from wounds. An estimated 388,500 men died from wounds and other illnesses, including gangrene. Doctors with dirty hands unknowingly infected wounds with gangrene-causing bacteria while trying to treat the injured soldiers.<p>Gangrene …

Oldest case of human cancer discovered in Siberia

12/04/2014 08:00:00 PM<p>More than 4,500 years ago, a Siberian man succumbed to a scourge all too familiar to modern humans, a disease that left …

How We Become Who We Are: Meghan Daum on Nostalgia, Aging, and Why We Romanticize Our Imperfect Younger Selves

In her mind-bending meditation on what makes you and your young self the same person despite a lifetime of changes, philosopher Rebecca Goldstein pondered the philosophical conundrum of our “integrity of identity that persists over time, undergoing changes and yet still continuing to be.” …

Being Mortal: A Surgeon on the Crossroads Between Our Bodies and Our Inner Lives and What Really Matters in the End

<i>“I am not saying that we should love death,”</i> wrote Rilke, perhaps humanity’s greatest sherpa of befriending our mortality, in a 1923 letter, <i>“but rather that we should love life so generously, without picking and choosing, that we automatically include it (life’s other half) in our love.”</i> In <b>Being</b> …

Classical music is not a safe suburban pastime

'Surrealist research along with alchemic research presents a remarkable unity of purpose. The philosopher's stone is nothing other than a thing, …