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The 13 enthralling science fiction and fantasy books you need to check out this June

Adventures in space, machines run amok, and more to add to your reading list<p>I’ve been writing and editing military science fiction for years. In that time, robots, drones, and artificial intelligence have been slipping onto real-world battlefields. When people think about robots on the battlefield, …

Books

Each year the government asks 10 simple questions to test the public's knowledge of science. Can you correctly answer them all?

Every two years, the National Science Foundation is required to tell the president how the US is doing in regard to science and engineering.<p>"As economies worldwide grow increasingly knowledge-intensive and interdependent, capacity for innovation becomes ever more critical," the NSF says in its …

Markets

Kenyan Opposition Leader Vows To Take Election Challenge To Supreme Court

Just over a week after Kenyans went to polls to decide their president, opposition leader Raila Odinga has vowed a legal challenge to the official results that re-elected his rival, incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta. At a news conference Wednesday, Odinga announced that he plans to take allegations of …

Sears Canada's $9.2M In Retention Bonuses Sparks Shock, Disbelief

"So out of balance and so unreasonable that it's beyond the pale."<p>TORONTO — Sears Canada's plan to pay out millions in bonuses to keep key staff on …

Trump put family first when I worked for him. It was disastrous.

Trump Jr. is another case.<p>“If it’s what you say I love it,” Donald Trump Jr. wrote in an email last summer to an English publicist who offered damaging information on Hillary Clinton, provided by the Russian government.<p>It’s hard to argue that this is anything but proof that President Trump’s son …

The Short, Unhappy Life of a Libertarian Paradise

The residents of Colorado Springs undertook a radical experiment in government. Here’s what they got.<p><b>Colorado Springs has always leaned hard on</b> <b>its</b> reputation for natural beauty. An hour’s drive south of Denver, it sits at the base of the Rocky Mountains’ southern range and features two of the …

How Big Are Black Holes, Really?

Anything can become a black hole if you squeeze it down far enough.<p>We all know that black holes are the densest, heaviest things in the universe. But just how big and dense are they? In this video from RealLifeLore, we get to see just how big, or small, black holes can be.<p>It may be weird to think …

Will new evidence in a Dothan, Alabama murder case prove James Bailey is innocent?

1.<p>Advertisement<p>Ruth Robinson met James Bailey by accident. Robinson, a 39-year-old lawyer from Birmingham, Alabama, was trying to schedule a legal …

The case for black holes being nothing but holograms just got even stronger

We can't see them because not even light can escape their gravitational pull, we have no idea what they're made of, and where does everything inside go once a black hole dies?<p>Physicists can't even agree on whether black holes are massive, three-dimensional behemoths, or just two-dimensional …

The New Pornographers | NPR MUSIC FRONT ROW

A Dozen Black Holes Are Mysteriously Spewing Energy In the Same Direction

Something strange is going on in a distant corner of our universe. About a dozen supermassive black holes are all shooting enormous jets of energy in …

Universe

The Plot to Take Down a Fox News Analyst

Kent Clizbe, a 55-year-old former C.I.A. officer and intelligence contractor, has cultivated a diverse set of interests in his later years. He loves bird watching and participates in his local Christmas Bird Count, an informal census organized by the Audubon Society. He has a patent on a device, …

Journalism

North Carolina is the latest state to find welfare recipients rarely use illegal drugs

Results of newly mandatory drug tests for some North Carolina welfare recipients were reported this month, proving the whole process was much ado about nothing.<p>The law, which requires North Carolinians who receive public aid to be screened and possibly tested for drugs, went into effect last …

Asshole of the year buys ridiculously expensive Wu-Tang album

When the news broke that someone had finally purchased the Wu-Tang Clan’s fabled <i>Once Upon A Time In Shaolin</i> album for a few million dollars, thereby …

Earth Is Surrounded by Strings of Dark Matter

New computations from NASA suggest that long strings of mysterious dark matter form around planets like Earth.<p>The solar system is hairy? Thanks to …

Most terrorist attacks in the US are committed by Americans — not foreigners

This Sunday marks the 15 year anniversary of September 11—the worst terrorist attack on American soil. It was perpetrated by 20 al-Qaeda-affiliated men primarily from Saudi Arabia, and since then, fears of foreign terrorists have been understandably widespread.<p>But not one domestic terrorist attack …

Donald Trump Is Using False Statistics to Make a Racist Point

He tweeted a photo with completely made-up statistics about black crime.<p>At this point, it should come as no surprise when Donald Trump manipulates …

10 right-wing conspiracy theories that have slowly invaded American politics

Paranoia is in our bloodstream. And with the emergence of social media, we’re more misinformed than ever before<p>“There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little.” FRANCIS BACON, Of Suspicion, 1625<p>America, as the historian Richard Hofstadter famously noted in 1964, is a place …

Read this: How Masters Of The Universe went from hit toy to flop film

“Well, it’s not a toy! It’s a fucking movie now!” Those words from director Gary Goddard nicely sum up the experience of turning <i>Masters Of The</i> …

Who killed the 20th century’s greatest spy?

This much is certain: Ashraf Marwan, a man some describe as the 20th century’s greatest spy, was alive when he tumbled from the fifth-floor balcony of his £4.4m London flat. The Egyptian businessman landed, shortly after 1.30pm on 27 June 2007, in the private rose garden at number 24 Carlton House …

Tony Blair

Parks and Recreation: Season 7 gag reel includes cast auditions that are already perfectly in-character (VIDEO).

<i>Parks and Recreation</i> might have aired its final episode in February, but today we must officially say goodbye: The gag reel for the show’s seventh …

The Federalist Society to Fox News to the Supreme Court: The real story behind the conservative war on Obamacare

If you want to understand the legal battle against the ACA, follow the influential conservative Federalist Society<p>The conservative legal mobilization efforts against the ACA (derogatorily referred to on the legal/political right as “Obamacare”) began long before the statute was signed into law. In …

This is why they hate us: The truth about the roots of Muslim extremism

Our support for Mideast kleptocracies is the cause, just another link between corruption and religious extremism<p>Wait a second.<p>As I worked through this historical material, riveted by the saga of a carefully constructed mechanism coming to replace God as the main principle ordering government, I …

The crazy-making in Christianity: Religion’s cycle of self-doubt and self-punishment

Christians like to talk about the benefits of faith. But what if the exact opposite is true?<p><i>I am thirty years old and I am struggling to find sanity. Between the Christian schools, homeschooling, the Christian group home (indoctrinating work camp), and different churches in different cities, I am a</i> …

Blood on the Corn: A DEA Agent is Tortured and Killed in Mexico

In 1985, a murky alliance of drug lords and government officials tortured and killed a DEA agent named Enrique Camarena. In a three-part series, …

Who Killed the Jeff Davis 8?

An investigation into a real-life True Detective case<p><b>On May 20, 2005,</b> Jerry Jackson, a slim, gentle-voiced African-American retiree, prepared to cast …

Crime

Is It Time to Forgive Greg Mortenson?

Two years after Jon Krakauer revealed that Greg Mortenson’s book Three Cups of Tea was riddled with lies and his charity was being mismanaged, many …

The Best Things We Read in 2013

This morning, we told you about our favorite things that we wrote in 2013. As it turns out, other things were written in 2013. Good things, even! …

Tyler Hadley's Killer Party

You could tell it was going to be a huge party because almost nobody had heard of the kid who was throwing it. Word was that his name was Tyler …