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Trump directs creation of 'Space Force' as sixth branch of military

President Donald Trump announced Monday that he has ordered the creation of a new military branch, adding the "Space Force" to the Army, Navy, …

Donald Trump

Big Banks to Get a Break From Limits on Risky Trading

Big banks are getting a big reprieve from a postcrisis rule aimed at curbing risky behavior on Wall Street.<p>Federal bank regulators on Wednesday unveiled a sweeping proposal to soften the Volcker Rule, a cornerstone of the 2010 law that was enacted after the financial crisis to rein in risky …

Finance

GO AWAY. A Libertarian & Classical Liberal Podcast

A freeform podcast hosted by two young lads - a Libertarian (Smith) and a Classical Liberal (Locke). We like free markets, individual freedom, and …

Couple builds an 'Earthship' tiny home for less than $10K

DIY home builds are never easy, and rarely cheap, but one ambitious couple managed to create a beautiful tiny home for under $10,000. Taylor and …

Design

Digital Hero: This Ethical Hacker Only Orchestrates Cyber Attacks If They’re Justified By The Libertarian Manifesto He Wrote When He Was 19

Cyberspace can be a scary place these days, but here’s a reassuring reminder that some people are fighting the good fight. Greg Polinsky is a …

Why Are There No Libertarian Countries?

April 26, 2018 by Jonathan MS Pearce<p>Steven Pinker on universal rights and libertarianism:<p>And if you have time, Pinker on the Joe Rogan show:<p>Previous …

The Libertarian's Case for Big Government

Alex Tabarrok, economics chair at George Mason University's Mercatus Center, discusses his study on the impact of regulation on U.S. entrepreneurism …

These timber tiny houses use bold pergolas to shade against the glaring sun in Israel

These beautiful tiny houses designed by Israeli-based Ron Shenkin Architecture provide relief from the glaring sun thanks to their dynamic pergolas. …

In Defense of Libertarianism

Libertarianism, as a rule, attracts the most strident criticism from those who understand it the least. Expending little or no effort on research, …

Political Science

At Long Last, Flat Earth Rocketeer Finally Manages to Blast Himself Into Sky at God Knows What Speed

Self-declared Flat Earth researcher and DIY steam rocket enthusiast “Mad” Mike Hughes has finally managed to prove the haters wrong about his ability …

Flat Earth Society

Neuroscientists Unearth a New Pathway in the Human Brain

Researchers at the Iowa Neuroscience Institute of the University of Iowa have identified direct evidence of a connection in the human brain between …

Stephen Hawking, science's brightest star, dies aged 76

I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first Stephen Hawking<p>There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark Stephen Hawking<p>My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why …

Stephen Hawking

Who are the most underrated and overrated libertarian thinkers?

A while back, freethinker had a request: “name the most overrated and underrated libertarian thinkers”Here are the most underrated:1. Robert Nozick. …

Look, no lithium! First rechargeable proton battery created

Scientists have created the world’s first rechargeable proton battery, a crucial step towards cheaper and more environmentally-friendly energy storage.<p>While the battery is just a small-scale prototype, it has the potential to be competitive with currently available lithium-ion batteries.<p>The …

Clean Energy

The NRA's worst nightmare is here

<b>(CNN) —</b> It feels like the early days of the #MeToo movement, which caused a cultural shift regarding sexual misconduct -- but this time, the problem at hand is gun violence, and the movement is called #NeverAgain. And this time, the courageous individuals leading the effort for change are teenagers …

Guns

If You Believe in Marijuana, Then This Is the Stock to Buy Now

This marijuana stock may be in a perfect position to profit from legalizing marijuana worldwide.<p><b>Canopy Growth</b> (NYSE:CGC) is Canada's market-share …

The Father Of The Internet Sees His Invention Reflected Back Through A 'Black Mirror'

In 1984, two men were thinking a lot about the Internet. One of them invented it. The other is an artist who would see its impact on society with uncanny prescience.<p>First is the man often called "the father of the Internet," Vint Cerf. Between the early 1970s and early '80s, he led a team of …

Black Mirror

Winners of tiny house competition pack comfort and functionality into 269 square feet

Modular building company Ryterna modul recently announced the winners of their Architectural Challenge 2018 competition. Participants were tasked …

The Doomsday Preppers of New Zealand

I’ve known a few doomsday preppers — there’s even a TV show about them, and it’s part of the Mormon ethos — and they’ve always seemed tawdry and …

Trump's budget balloons deficits, cuts social safety net

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget plan Monday that envisions steep cuts to America's social safety net but …

The Inadvertently Libertarian Trump

The Kochs like the Trump administration’s policies, but don’t read too much into that.<p>Jonathan Chait wrote Monday, “The latest development in the …

3.5 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

In the arid, sun-soaked northwest corner of Australia, along the Tropic of Capricorn, the oldest face of Earth is exposed to the sky. Drive through …

The idea that everything from spoons to stones is conscious is gaining academic credibility

Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present in every particle and all physical matter.<p>This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue …

Consciousness

With Governor’s Signature, Vermont Becomes First State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Through Legislature

Vermont, the “Green Mountain State,” has become the first state to legalize marijuana by passing a law in the legislature rather than by use of a …

I trained an AI to copy my voice and it scared me silly

Over the past year, I wrote about a bunch of companies working on voice synthesis technology. They were very much in the early stages of development, and only had some pre-made samples to show off. Now, researchers hailing from the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms at the Universite de …

Machine Learning

Scientists Have Figured Out Why Human Skin Doesn't Leak

Despite us losing 500 million skin cells per day.<p>Our skin might give us grief sometimes, but one thing we can always depend on it to do is not start …

This "Swiss Army Knife" Tiny House Is Just 96 Square Feet

If you and your belongings plan on co-existing peacefully inside the tiny home of your dreams, it's absolutely pertinent to come up with a game plan …

Prefab Flex House comes tricked out with smart home features

Not your usual prefab<p>If today’s tiny houses and shipping container homes (and shipping container tiny homes) strike you as a bit absurd or otherwise impractical, perhaps the new Flex House concept presents a more compelling vision of sustainable compact living. Recently shown at CES, the so-called …

Prefab Homes

New Class of Light-Bending Material Spun With DNA and Gold Nanoparticles Can Achieve First Real-Life Invisibility Cloak

Tech & Science Physics Chemistry Star Trek Nanoparticles light invisibility DNA optics<p>In a huge achievement spanning both chemistry and physics, …

Germany's Power Prices Go Negative, But Who's Getting Paid?

The most wonderful time of the year can be really rough on your wallet. There's the gift-buying, the travel expenses and the occasional Christmas …

Renewable Energy