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Blue Milk and Space Frogs: The Secret Stories of Star Wars Foods

As richly detailed as the world of Star Wars is, food takes a back seat to all the lightsaber duels. But, the infectious excitement over the newest trailer for The Force Awakens has gotten the better of us: Here are some of our favorite backstories of the food and drink of the Star Wars universe.<p>Do …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Look at Earth from a Martian perspective

Todd Huffman says we should refrain from sending humans to Mars until it can be determined if Mars has an independent biosphere of its own (Letters, 18 February). This is wrong for two reasons. First, if life of any description is found on Mars, it is virtually certain to be related to life in …

So smoking skunk causes psychosis, but milder cannabis doesn't?

Research that looks at different potencies of cannabis could advance our understanding of the relationship between the drug and psychosis<p>The Mail on Sunday has shouted that ‘cannabis TRIPLES psychosis risk’ and that skunk is to blame for ‘1 in 4 of all new serious mental disorders’. Is this what …

Their Barbarism and Ours

It will come as no surprise to you that we're top-notch when it comes to denouncing barbarism -- as long as it's theirs. So the responses here to the horrific burning to death of a Jordanian pilot by the Islamic State -- the definition of an act of barbarism -- were suitably indignant and …

Egypt and Libya launch air strikes against Isis after militants post beheadings video

Egypt reported that its war planes had struck Isis targets in Libya, shortly after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi vowed revenge for the release by Isis-affiliated militants of a video of a mass killing of Christians.<p>A spokesman for the Armed Forces General Command announced the strikes on state …

Islam

Fifty Shades of Grey: the end, the art, the nipples – discuss the film with spoilers

Fifty Shades of Grey,Film,Culture,Fifty Shades of Grey,Thriller,EL James,Sam Taylor-Johnson<p>Sam Taylor-Johnson’s take on EL James’s BDSM smash was released over Valentine’s weekend. Seen the film and want to talk about the scriptwriting, the cinematography, Jamie Dornan’s bum? Here’s the place<p>With …

Bill Clinton Apologizes To Mexico For War On Drugs

Former President Bill Clinton apologized to Mexico during a speech there last week for a backfired U.S. war on drugs that has fueled spiraling violence.<p>“I wish you had no narco-trafficking, but it’s not really your fault,” Clinton told an audience of students and business leaders at the recent …

Mexico

Here's How To Avoid One Of The Most Common Life Regrets

Karl Pillemer, a Ph.D. gerontologist at Cornell University, has spent the last several years interviewing hundreds of older Americans to systematically collect their practical wisdom.<p>His first book, <i>30 Lessons for Living</i>, synthesized advice from over 1,000 elders on topics like happiness, work, and …

Happiness

Honey Glazed Salmon With Lemon Butter Sauce

This salmon recipe is out-of-this-world delicious! So easy to make yet taste like it came from a 5-star restaurant. <b>Each serving has 266 calories, 12 grams of fat and 7 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.</b><p>Prep Time: 10 minutes<p>Cook Time: 10 minutes<p><b>Ingredients for Salmon:</b><p>2 salmon fillets, 5 ounces each (I …

Seafood

Dozens of African-American Cops In Tennessee Face Demotions Over Discrimination Lawsuit

WASHINGTON -- Dozens of African-American police officers in Memphis, Tennessee, are facing demotions to the positions they held over a decade ago in response to a ruling in a discrimination lawsuit the officers brought against the city.<p>African-American officers sued the Memphis Police Department in …

Why Some Democrats Are Longing For The Bush Years

WASHINGTON -- On May 2, 2007, President George W. Bush issued only the second veto of his presidency, sending back to Congress a bill that would have appropriated $124 billion for the Iraq and Afghanistan War while including a deadline for withdrawal from the former. In July, Senate Democrats took …

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Is Getting Sued By A Jordanian Rapper

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the latest politician to get into trouble for an ill-advised song choice while campaigning.<p>In a recent commercial released in Bibi's bid for re-election, actors (poorly) dressed up as militants of the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, cruise …

Dinesh D'Souza Trolls 'Vulgar Man' Obama, Liberals In Series Of Tweets

Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza sent out a series of tweets Wednesday calling President Barack Obama a "vulgar man" and provoking those who considered his comments to be racist.<p>D'Souza tweeted a photo Wednesday morning of the president using a selfie stick, as featured in a recent …

Cannabis 'munchies' explained by new research

Scientists have shown the urge to eat after smoking is caused by cannabinoids hijacking brain cells that normally suppress appetite<p>Besides making a bongo drum sound inexplicably magical and enhancing a person’s ability to talk nonsense for extended periods of time, generations of cannabis smokers …

Cannabis

Divers find 'priceless' hoard of gold coins off Israel's Mediterranean coast

Scuba divers have discovered the largest trove of gold coins ever found off Israel’s Mediterranean coast – about 2,000 pieces dating back more than 1,000 years, the country’s antiquities authority said on Tuesday.<p>“The largest treasure of gold coins discovered in Israel was found in recent weeks on …

We Hold These Truths to Be Inconvenient

Among the most sacred rights enumerated in the U.S. Constitution is the ownership and control of private property. It's not quite as sacred as our God-given right to cruise Main Street with military-style automatic weapons, of course, but still pretty sacred.<p>The Cato Institute, a libertarian think …

iPad Holograms are Here!

The first of its kind, the Holocube HC Tablet turns your iPad Air 2 into a holographic projector you can use at home. Its magic lies in a transparent …

Sea Snail’s Teeth Just Dethroned Spider Silk As The Strongest Biological Material

Introducing the limpet as the heavyweight champion of the animal kingdom<p>The strongest biologic material in the world rivals the strength it takes to turn carbon into diamonds. It doesn’t come from one of the biggest creatures, but rather the tiny teeth of a sea snail.<p>Until now, spider silk has …

Fish

Restricted Areas - Interview with Danila Tkachenko | LensCulture

The project “Restricted Areas” is about the human impulse towards utopia, about our striving for perfection through technological progress.<p>Humans are always trying to own ever more than they have—this is the source of technical progress. The byproducts of this progress are various commodities as …

Should we give up on the dream of space elevators?

Elevators that can whisk people and cargo up from the planet’s surface into space could spell an end to polluting rockets. But making them reality is a challenge. Nic Fleming investigates.<p>Elon Musk is considered by many to be visionary – a pioneer of private exploration, and the man behind the …

Iran's ayatollah threatens to withhold gas unless sanctions lifted

Iran's supreme leader warned Wednesday that Western sanctions are unlikely to be lifted even in the event of a nuclear deal with six foreign powers because the West opposes the fundamental principles of the country's Islamic revolution.<p>In a speech to economists and officials from the western city …

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1.</b> Greece reportedly intends to ask for a six-month extension of its loan agreement after rejecting an extension of its full bailout program.<p><b>2.</b> The Syrian government is willing to test a cease-fire in Aleppo, the centre of clashes between pro-government forces and rebels, by suspending aerial …

Death Row

Obama: Muslim Support Needed To Counter Extremism

(Adds response from Muslim leader)<p>By Julia Edwards<p>WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on American Muslim communities to do more to counter what he called "violent extremism," speaking at a three-day White House summit on the issue.<p>Critics have accused the …

A perfect day in Barcelona

The seductive seaside city of Barcelona is a hard-working place with a strong hedonistic streak.<p>The story of two thousand years is etched into its Roman remains, Gothic churches and Modernista mansions (especially the dreamlike landmark buildings of Antoni Gaudí). The assault on the senses …

Paris, Copenhagen, and Once Again, All Eyes Are On the Jews

2015 began very badly. It's not that 2014 was a joy ride, but the level of anti-Jewish violence has evidently jumped a phase. On January 20, I wrote in a blog post for <i>The Jerusalem Post</i> that it looks like we have reached a tipping point, and we must act fast, and with resolve.<p>It didn't take long …

Immigration Standoff May End With A Congressional Punt

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge's ruling halting the president's executive actions on immigration did little to persuade either party in Congress to publicly back down from a budget standoff.<p>Republicans professed they remained resolved not to fund the Department of Homeland Security without …

Dark matter may have killed the dinosaurs, claims scientist

Earth passing through areas of dark matter might have triggered the comet strike which killed the dinosaurs<p>Dark matter may have been responsible for the comet strike which killed the dinosaurs, a scientist has suggested.<p>Earth, as well as spinning around the Sun, is also moving around our own …

Don't Let America's Seniors Go Bankrupt

In 1958, Congress established the White House Conference on Aging, calling on the executive branch to bring together the public and experts to discuss the state of seniors in this country. The gathering now takes place every ten years, and this week the 2015 White House Conference on Aging kicks …