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18 very gay and very good books you should read this Pride Month

Pride Month is officially here and that can only mean one thing: time to load up your reading list with stellar queer stories.<p>Of course, you should …

Books

10 great sci-fi books to read before they become TV shows

Science-fiction literature has always been fertile ground for movies and television, with generations of screenwriters and directors finding …

Science Fiction

When and Where You Should Travel By Train Domestically

When’s the last time you’ve heard somebody say they’re going to travel by train in the United States? These days, traveling by train seems like something you only see in other countries. Although planes and automobiles are the two most common travel methods, it can still make sense to travel by …

Trains

Here are 300 free Ivy League university courses you can take online right now

The eight Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania.<p>All eight schools place in the top fifteen of the US News and World Report 2017 national …

Online Education

Gillibrand’s post office banking bill bypasses years of careful, quiet work to kill payday lending

A huge potential benefit to the poor. And a spotlight not everyone wanted.<p>The popular progressive idea of using the United States Postal Service to …

Take Your Tupperware Container To The Supermarket: Morrisons Unveils Plan Cut Plastic Waste

Morrisons will be inviting customers to use their own containers when purchasing produce from the meat and fish counters in stores.<p>When you pick up …

Here are all the EVs on sale in America and how far they'll go

How to start a zero waste lifestyle

<i>This post is part of Mashable's</i> <i>Spring Cleaning Week</i><i>. Just a little something to distract you from the eternal dread of constantly wiping all those</i> …

How the NAACP fought lynching  – by using the racists' own pictures against them

<i>Note that graphic images of lynchings are included in this article.</i><p>embed<p>In July of 1916,at the end of a long day, readers all across the US picked up the most recent issue of a new magazine, maybe from a coffee table or while browsing at the library. Its cover image was ordinary: recent college …

Black History

Singing as if you're straight... when you're gay

<b>As Bob Dylan reversions a song for a compilation EP that turns classic tunes into same-sex wedding tracks, we look at how gender lyrics have evolved over the years.</b><p>This month saw the release of an EP featuring six tracks that have been given a same-sex twist by changing the pronouns around in the …

The Death of Environmentalism

<i>These excerpts are from “The Death of Environmentalism: Global-Warming Politics in a Post-Environmental World,” a controversial report circulated</i> …

One teacher's brilliant idea to stop school shootings has nothing to do with guns

A few weeks ago, I went into my son Chase's class for 
tutoring. I'd e-mailed Chase's teacher one evening and said, "Chase keeps telling me that this stuff you're sending home 
is math—but I'm not sure I believe him. Help, please." She 
e-mailed right back and said, "No problem! I can tutor Chase …

Russia's clash with the west isn't about ideology — it's about geography

At his dacha, standing before a map of the newly expanded Soviet Union shortly after Germany's surrender in May 1945, Josef Stalin nodded with approval.<p>The vast buffer he'd carved out of Soviet-occupied Eastern Europe would now protect his empire against future Napoleons and Hitlers. Stalin then …

Vegas Tenold, author of Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America, tells of his reporting on the far right<p>The Norwegian journalist Vegas Tenold started reporting on neo-Nazi and KKK rallies in 2011, six years before the violent clashes in Charlottesville, …

Rights & Freedoms

Surprising Innovations Happening in the Plastics Industry

Plastics are becoming surprisingly important across innovations in other industries.<p>We use products made from plastic every day, but we rarely think about the material and the work that goes into producing it. It's even less likely we think about the research that's underway in the plastics …

Singapore Challenges the Idea That Democracy Is the Best Form of Governance

The American Declaration of Independence asserts that "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" are fundamental, unalienable rights of all human beings -- endowed to us by our Creator. According to the Declaration, the primary purpose of government is to establish conditions in which citizens …

We knew fertilizer contaminates water. It turns out it contaminates air, too

Nitrogen oxides, known collectively as NOx, are a dangerous group of chemical pollutants most commonly connected to combustion engines used in cars. NOx from car exhaust—especially diesel cars—has been linked to respiratory diseases, cancer, birth defects, and premature death. When Volkswagen and …

Literary Theorist Stanley Fish Offers a Free Course on Rhetoric, or the Power of Arguments

Stanley Fish, the well-known literary theorist and legal scholar, now has a short online course called "Rhetoric and Reality" that's being offered …

26 eco-friendly alternatives for things you use every day

As I'm writing this, it isn't possible for millions of humans to live on Mars. The closest we've gotten so far is watching Matt Damon try to grow …

Sustainability

Is there such a thing as too many gay hookups?

How many is too many?<p>That’s the question posed by Michael Henry in his latest hilarious YouTube video, in which he discusses the amount of guys he’s …

Doctors say they've figured out how often you need to work out to offset the effects of sitting all day

Middle age is not too late to start exercising. In fact, new evidence suggests that doing so can reverse some of the dangerous and deadly effects of a life spent sitting in a chair or on a couch.<p>In a new study released in the journal Circulation on Monday, doctors found that as a little as two …

Life-changing Trips for Couples

One of the best parts of being in a relationship is having a built-in travel buddy, and one of the best parts of traveling with that built-in buddy …

Combining Solar Panels With Agriculture Makes Land More Productive

<b>Published on</b> November 24th, 2017 | <i>by Steve Hanley</i><p>0<p>November 24th, 2017 by <b>Steve Hanley</b><p>Solar panels are wonderful things, but they do take up a lot of …

A climate-change policy that grows the economy and benefits D.C. residents

<i>Khalid Pitts is co-owner of Cork Wine Bar & Market. Roger Horowitz is co-founder of Pleasant Pops.</i><p>We know most of our customers by name. There's Jennifer, the public-education advocate around the corner. And Ari, the full-time mom up the street. And Judith, the 80-year-old retiree who walks seven …

Solar supercapacitor creates electricity and hydrogen fuel on the cheap

Hydrogen-powered vehicles are slowly hitting the streets, but although it's a clean and plentiful fuel source, a lack of infrastructure for mass …

Clean Energy

INFOGRAPHIC: The ultimate cheat sheet for proofreading and editing

English can be a pretty tough language, full of contradictions, strange turns of speech, and confusing conventions.<p>It’s also the third-most spoken …

35 Lower-Body Exercises to Shape Your Legs — and You Can Do Them All at Home

Although it's nice to take a trip to the gym and work up a sweat with all the equipment that's available to you, there are times when you just want …

Workouts

Oceans May Host Next Wave Of Renewable Energy

Think "renewable energy" and the wind and sun come to mind, but someday it may be possible to add ocean energy to that list.<p>The fledgling wave energy industry is getting a boost from the federal government. The Department of Energy is spending up to $40 million to build a wave energy test facility …

Renewable Energy

Climate's magic rabbit: Pulling CO2 out of thin air

<b>UN climate negotiators are meeting in Bonn amid a welter of reports indicating that concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have broken records, while international attempts to curb greenhouse gases are not doing enough to avoid dangerous levels of warming. Our environment correspondent</b> …