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The Science Of Comic Strips

Our brains recognize them as a distinct, and complex, “visual language.”<p>Language is more than just a series of words strung together. A sentence must have some essential structure, some system of rules governing words and clauses–a grammar. You don’t have to be Strunk or White to recognize this …

Why do Democrats keep snubbing atheists? We help drive the party | Adam Lee

Mention of God has been a touchstone of campaign rhetoric even though the official Democratic platform aligns with secular beliefs<p>You’d never guess, from the public face the Democratic party presents, that atheists are a loyal and increasingly important constituency.<p>At the Democratic National …

Are we raising a generation of nature-phobic kids?

The childhood I had wandering through the woods and fields near my home unsupervised from morning until dark today seems like a lost world. Many children now spend fewer than 30 minutes per week playing outside.<p>It's not just kids and their preoccupation with iPads and video games, or busy streets …

A picture of Bill when Hillary Clinton won the nomination? Readers detect sexism

Like other newspapers, The Times illustrated its main story Wednesday on Hillary Clinton's historic nomination for president with a photo — of her husband.<p>Of course, Bill Clinton is no ordinary spouse of a candidate (and neither was Hillary Clinton when her husband was president). Still, many …

What Do White Parents Want in Schools? A Lot of White Kids.

A key question in the raging debate over school segregation is how much the personal choices of white and wealthy parents contribute to the isolation …

One group is responsible for America’s culture of violence, and it isn’t cops, black Americans, Muslims or rednecks. It’s men

On Thursday morning, a fire alarm in the Los Angeles Times' building went off. Fortunately, the dozens of office alarms I've heard over the years have always been drills or misfiring systems. For the first time, instead of begrudgingly grabbing my belongings and traipsing downstairs, I was afraid. …

How to Remove Gum from a Shoe

Everyone has walked in gum at some point in their life -- it's not a fun experience, especially if your shoes are brand new. Luckily, there are …

Robots as good as human surgeons, study finds

Surgery performed by robots is just as successful as operations carried out by surgeons, a major trial has found.<p>The study of prostate cancer patients found those whose gland was removed by a machine were doing as well after three months as those who went under the knife in the traditional way.<p>They …

Laugh.ly, a Pandora for comedy, launches into beta

Laugh.ly, a startup that’s something like a Pandora – but for comedy – is today launching into public beta. Via its website and forthcoming mobile application, users can stream stand-up sets and other routines from over 400 of today’s leading comics, including big names like Kevin Hart, Louis CK, …

10 Essential Skills Every New Homeowner Should Have

Suddenly, there's no one to call when your toilet just won't stop running, a leak appears below your bedroom window, or your garbage disposal gets clogged. You've got to figure out how to fix the problem yourself -- or hire someone to do it.<p>Ah, the joys of homeownership -- you can paint the walls …

Home Improvement

Higher Metacognition is probably what separates Geniuses from the rest

Metacognition is “thinking about thinking”, or “knowing about knowing”. It comes from the root word “meta”, meaning beyond. It can take many forms; …

Burka ban for Muslims enforced in Switzerland with fines of as much as £8,000

A new burka ban has been enforced in a Swiss canton, with two people already being fined for defying it.<p>A Swiss woman, who has converted to Islam, and a French-Algerian businessman publically opposed the ban in the city of Locarno in the canton of Tessin were both fined when the new rule came into …

California Outshines Other States In Solar Power [Infographic]

Ambitious renewable energy goals are fuelling a boom in solar energy across California. The state passed a climate bill requiring 50 percent of each utility’s retail sales to come from renewable energy by 2050. California now boasts 13,241 megawatts of cumulative installed solar capacity, enough to …

Renewable Energy

A growing body of evidence suggests doctors can diagnose diseases based on the sound of patients' voices

Academics and entrepreneurs are rushing to develop technology to diagnose and predict everything from manic episodes to heart disease to concussions based on an unusual source of data: How you talk.<p>A growing body of evidence suggests that an array of mental and physical conditions can make you slur …

Many Foods Subsidized By the Government Are Unhealthy

<b>Updated</b><p>If you want to eat healthy in America, don’t expect government subsidies to help. The most federally subsidized foods are heavily processed, …

Half Of North America's Electricity Will Be Emissions-Free By 2025

U.S., Canada, and Mexico agree on terms to mitigate climate change<p>Renewables, nuclear and carbon capture and storage technology will be on the table to help North Americans meet their goal of 50 percent clean, emissions-free energy by 2025.<p>The new goal was just one of many targets outlined on …

Fossil Fuels

Researchers Discover That Exercise Isn’t the Most Efficient Method for the Body to Burn Calories

In a surprising report by Vox, researchers have determined that exercise is not the best way to lose weight. This is not to say that exercise is no …

Indoor farming gives former New Jersey arena new lease on life

NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - In an old warehouse in Newark, New Jersey, that once housed the state's biggest indoor paint ball arena, leafy green plants such as kale, arugula and watercress sprout from tall metal towers under bright lights.<p>A local company named AeroFarms has built what it says is the …

Resisting The Rising Tide of Nationalism

This election season there are many issues competing for voters' attention. The economy, jobs, ISIS, LGBTQ issues, reproductive rights, racism, healthcare, Wall Street regulation, campaign financing reform, immigration, gun control, border security, the ineffectiveness of Congress, and so much …

Scientists in Sweden just made it cheaper to produce hydrogen from water

A hydrogen-fuel economy could finally become a reality with the recent discovery of a cheap, stable and efficient means of getting hydrogen from …

Why ‘Transcending Race’ Is a Lie

<b>I was born</b> in the shadow of the 21st century, so I never knew O. J. Simpson as an athlete or as an actor. I wasn’t quite a year old on Jan. 1, 1989, the day Simpson beat his wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson, so badly that she fled their house screaming, “He’s going to kill me!” I was only 6 on June 17, …

What Millennials Get Wrong About Retirement

Every time I use a retirement calculator — which I do as a hobby, how other people might, say, cross stitch — I hover for a beat over the field that asks when I want to retire.<p>Sometimes I stretch it out to get a result that says I can spend more and save less right now, which seems pretty fun. …

California Now Requires High Schools Teach Consent as Part of Sex Ed

It’s about damn time<p>In addition to learning how to put a condom on a banana, students taking sex education in California will now be taught about sexual consent. This is a lesson that is apparently necessary, given that Stanford rapist Brock Turner, his mother, and father, all seem to misunderstand …

How close we are to slavery: America’s horrible legacy still deeply runs through the nation’s veins

<b>Lulu Williams (Jack Shuler)</b><p>For Lula Williams, America’s worst period isn’t ancient history — her grandmother was a slave<p>Jack Shuler<p>June 19, 2016 10:00am (UTC)<p>As a child growing up in South Carolina, I was keenly aware of how close I was to the history of slavery. It was all around me — in the fact …

Where Will All the New Neuroscientists Go?

Unlike biochemistry and psychology, brain science did not exist as a separate academic field until the middle of the 20th century. In recent decades, …

Climate experts warn global warming breaking all previous records - IBTimes India

Apart from the soaring heat recorded in February and March, alarm bells are ringing continuously in the form of extreme weather events.<p>Climate …

How inequality made the recession worse

By Jim Tankersley<p>Jim Tankersley<p>Economic policy<p>Bio Follow<p>In 2006, near the peak of the housing boom that preceded the Great Recession, the top 20 percent of Americans held roughly 80 percent of the nation's wealth. The bottom 20 percent held roughly -1 percent (meaning those folks had more debt than …

Economics

Earth has a little asteroid pal that has danced with it around the solar system for 100 years

An asteroid smaller than the Statue of Liberty is constantly accompanying Earth as the two bodies make their ways through the solar system.<p>The …

Asteroids

In China, feminism is growing — and so is the backlash

In June 2015, a restaurant declined to hire Gao Xiao as a line cook because of her gender. Men prepare the food, a restaurant employee told her; women only serve it. So Gao filed a lawsuit.<p>In the U.S., this likely would have been treated as a straightforward case of employment discrimination. In …