DAVID DeSANTOS

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Prince, Michael Jackson and James Brown on stage together was a moment we didn't deserve

I ’m getting real sick of these phone calls.<p>WhenJames Browndied, I went back to my apartment, took a deep breath, and called my father. I called him again when Michael Jackson died. And when Maurice White died. I did it again today when I heard about Prince. I left work to make the call.<p>Somehow, …

Lifting the veil on the mysteries of Iran

The old man paused for breath beneath a walnut tree. A part-time philosopher, he was called Rahmatollah (meaning "Offer of the Gods"). He had wobbly knees and clutched a walking stick. His mind, however, showed no sign of slowing down.<p>Read a review of this Iran tour<br>• See also 10 foodie ways to see …

Megacities, not nations, are the world’s dominant, enduring social structures

Cities are mankind’s most enduring and stable mode of social organization, outlasting all empires and nations over which they have presided. Today cities have become the world’s dominant demographic and economic clusters.<p>As the sociologist Christopher Chase-Dunn has pointed out, it is not …

Mega Cities

Secretive group of Hollywood conservatives suddenly dissolves

The announcement by the Friends of Abe fueled speculation that infighting over Donald Trump’s candidacy had drained commitment<p>The Friends of Abe has acted as a clandestine club for Hollywood conservatives for more than a decade, hosting secret events where they could vent rightwing views and hear …

Hubble Catches A Star Blowing A Bubble

A beautiful new image of the aptly named Bubble Nebula<p>The Hubble Space Telescope turns 26 years old this Sunday, April 24. That's ancient in space telescope years, but Hubble is still capturing some gorgeous images.<p>The latest image released by the Hubble team is a stunning picture of the Bubble …

Hubble Space Telescope

In Saudi Arabia, Obama Says U.S. Still Has 'Serious Concerns' on Iran

The U.S. continues to have "serious concerns" about Iran's behavior even after the watershed nuclear deal last year, President Barack Obama said Thursday during meeting hosted by Tehran's arch-rival Saudi Arabia.<p>While the agreement signed on July 14 had helped "cut off every single one of Iran's …

Prince, superstar and pioneer of American music, dies aged 57

Purple Rain singer whose sprawling career spanned decades and genres dies at his Paisley Park recording studio in his home state of Minnesota<p>The unique and endlessly creative artist Prince has died at his Paisley Park home, outside Minneapolis, aged 57, leaving behind him a gaping hole in musical …

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Watch Prince's Show-Stopping Guitar Solo at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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This Heart-Wrenching Photo Essay Is An Eye-Opener On The Maharashtra Drought And Its Effects

The drought has now lasted four years in a row and affected all of the region's 8,000-plus villages.<p>Journalist Nikhil Inamdar, along with his 23-year-old cousin Ameya Marathe, recently travelled to the Marathwada region of Maharashtra to photograph the effects of the region's severe ongoing …

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Kanye West's Porn Preferences But Were Afraid To Ask

Pictured: Kanye West tells all.<p>Well, well, well. The final episode of <i>Kocktails with Khloé</i> certainly went out with a bang. It's all thanks to host …

Harriet Tubman will appear on $20 bill, leaving Alexander Hamilton on $10

Abolitionist will be the first woman to be the face of a bill of US currency when she replaces former president Andrew Jackson, Treasury announces<p>Harriet Tubman, the anti-slavery campaigner, is set to appear on the front of the $20 bill, becoming the first woman to be the face of a bill of US …

Syria civil war: UN evacuates four besieged towns

The United Nations has started evacuating hundreds of people from besieged Syrian towns in a rare sign of humanitarian progress that came as tens of thousands of civilians fled fresh fighting.<p>Safe passage was secured for those in need of medical attention from four towns on Wednesday - a complex …

Elites are clueless on trade: Paul Krugman can’t connect the dots of his own analysis

<b>Paul Krugman, Bernie Sanders (Reuters/Bob Strong/Mark Kauzlarich/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Bernie is pilloried as a protectionist, but his proposals are a rational response to the plight of American labor<p>Jeff Faux<p>April 21, 2016 8:45am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on The Globalist.<p>The …

Star Wars: Episode VIII 'leaked script' reveals rumoured plot twists

Heavily spoiler-laden script rundown purports to reveal why Rey is so strong with the Force, and the return of Hayden Christensen as ghost of Anakin Skywalker<p>The full plot of the next Star Wars movie and the true identity of Daisy Ridley’s mysterious Rey have reportedly been revealed by a Reddit …

Photo highlights of the day: from Puffins in Northumberland to the Bubble Nebula

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including puffins in Northumberland, the Bubble Nebula, Obama in Riyadh and watermelons in Lahore

Jane Got a Gun – but most women in westerns still don't

From Belle Starr to Calamity Jane, women rarely wield a gun with gusto in the wild west. Will Hollywood ever do justice to female sharp-shooters?<p>Jane Got a Gun is set somewhere in New Mexico Territory in 1871. Natalie Portman’s grievously wounded husband makes it back to their homestead and warns …

Andrew Jackson was a slaver, ethnic cleanser, and tyrant. He deserves no place on our money.

On Wednesday, the Treasury Department announced that a portrait of Harriet Tubman will grace future $20 bills starting in 2030. It's a fitting, and long overdue tribute to a genuine hero of American history who helped end the gravest evil this nation ever perpetrated.<p>But the department also …

The Supreme Awakening: What Did Buddha, Emerson, Einstein and Saint Teresa Have in Common?

<b>Interview with author Craig Pearson</b><p><i>"There are moments when one feels free from one's own identification with human limitations and inadequacies ... Life and death flow into one, and there is neither evolution nor destiny; only being."</i> -- Albert Einstein<p>An ongoing theme in human culture is the …

Here Are 13 of the World’s Most Influential Women You Don’t Know Yet

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Only known film of Louis Armstrong in studio discovered in storage facility

Louis Armstrong House Museum has acquired the 33-minute, 16mm film, which captures Armstrong recording his 1959 album Satchmo Plays King Oliver<p>The Louis Armstrong House Museum has acquired the only known film of the great jazz musician in a recording studio, footage that was discovered in a storage …

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San Francisco mandates rooftop solar panels starting in 2017

San Francisco has been pushing toward 100 percent of its energy to come from renewable resources for a while now. And to further that, the city recently passed legislation that would require new construction to install solar panels on building roofs -- an extension of existing legislation that …

Machine learning is fuelling a cyber arms race

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Damien Hirst's preserved carcasses leaked formaldehyde gas, study claims

Levels higher than legal limits found around cases at Tate Modern, where works including dead lamb, cow and calf were displayed, say researchers<p>Iconic works of art by British artist Damien Hirst involving dead animals preserved in tanks leaked formaldehyde gas during a show at London’s Tate Modern …

18 awful vintage ads from the 20th century that show how far we have progressed

In the pre-Civil Rights era, major brands like Kellogg's featured sexist slogans, like "The Harder A Wife Works, The Cuter She Looks."<p>Other companies promoted pseudoscience that we now know to be utter bunk: 7-Up told moms to add the soda to their babies' milk; Camel cigarettes was marketed as "the …

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Stop ruining the future

<b>(CNN) —</b> Climate change can seem so big it's impossible to fix.<p>Just take a second to think about what's at stake: We're talking super droughts, scarier storms, sinking islands, flooded cities and mass extinctions in the animal world.<p>If we don't do something -- a lot of somethings -- fast then we …

Barack Obama to make long-awaited appeal for Britain to stay in EU

US president to visit UK amid growing confidence in Downing Street that the intellectual tide has turned away from Brexit<p>Barack Obama is expected to make a calm but emphatic call this week for the UK to remain inside the European Union, using his status as Britain’s firmest ally to counsel that the …

How Does The Human Brain Create Consciousness?

<i>How does the brain create consciousness? originally appeared on Quora –</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Yohan John, Ph.D in Cognitive and Neural Systems, on Quora:</b><p><i>Does</i> the brain create consciousness? I’m not so sure. At …