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Writing a fantasy novel: 34 must-visit websites

Writing a fantasy novel involves many considerations: Worldbuilding, avoiding clichés of the genre, using popular elements such as magic originally …

Unesco's new World Heritage Sites - 2015

Archaeology

Scott Walker's Sons Disappointed With His Comments After Supreme Court Marriage Equality Ruling

The sons of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) were disappointed with their father's criticism of the Supreme Court's recent ruling on marriage equality, exemplifying the generational divide within the Republican Party on gay rights.<p>"I believe this Supreme Court decision is a grave mistake," Walker …

The 10 best national parks in the US

The US is home to 58 national parks, all filled with breathtaking landscapes and rampant wildlife...so narrowing this list down to 10 was difficult.<p>After considering location, accessibility, and scenery, we picked the 10 parks that must make your must-visit list — whether it be for a week-long …

Republican 'Religious Freedom' Laws Will Hurt More Than Gay Couples

Did your parents or grandparents ever use the term "hissy fit"? If so, you know you've been witnessing a bunch of them from Republican presidential candidates over the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide.<p>Jeb Bush said it is now crucial that as a country we protect religious</i> …

Farmers eager for drones, but most can't legally fly them

CORDOVA, Md. (AP) — Mike Geske wants a drone.<p>Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an …

The theory behind encryption is flawless. It’s just that too few people properly understand it<p>“Encryption works,” said Edward Snowden in June 2013, in reply to a question from a <i>Guardian</i> reader about how he could protect his communications from NSA/GCHQ surveillance. “Properly implemented strong …

Information Systems

Is the seat-back movie about to die out?

Will wi-fi change how airlines keep us entertained above the clouds? Katia Moskvitch reports.<p>In 1936, just over a decade after long-distance passenger air travel started in earnest, the Zeppelin Hindenburg sported a full-blown piano, along with a lounge, dining room, smoking room, and bar. Before …

Aviation

Everything to Know About Greece’s Debt Vote

<b>Q. Why and when are the Greeks voting on this referendum?</b><p>A. The Greek government called the referendum because it failed to get acceptable terms for …

The raging hypocrisy at the center of the Christian right’s persecution complex

The religious right has convinced itself that it’s the target of liberal persecution. There’s just one problem…<p>It’s been interesting to witness the public conversation going on among religious conservatives in the wake of the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on same-sex marriage last week. As Derek …