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Pence says Obamacare ‘failed’ Kentucky, where 500,000 gained insurance through the law

In 2013, 20.4% of Kentuckians were uninsured. In 2016, 7.8% were.<p>Speaking in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence called …

Health Care

Hey, wouldn’t it be cool to have a constitutional convention? Oh, hell no

<b>(Getty/Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Right-wingers are tiptoeing toward calling a constitutional convention — and that could turn into an epic disaster<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>March 12, 2017 4:00pm (UTC)<p>With an authoritarian bully in the White House, producing an almost daily flow of erratic threats, it can be quite a …

Government

Scientists Observe the Most Detailed Black Hole Wind to Date

Black holes have always been a bit of a mystery. One of the reasons for this is the fact that they’re so far away from us which makes observation …

John McCain: 'President Trump Must Show Proof or Withdraw Wiretap Claim'

Even prior to the 2016 presidential election, Arizona Senator (and former Republican presidential candidate) John McCain had voiced criticisms of …

Ancient palace revealed under destroyed Mosul shrine

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi archaeologists think that tunnels dug by Islamic State militants under a destroyed shrine in Mosul have revealed the palace …

Archaeology

The warrior monks who invented banking

<b>On London's busy Fleet Street, opposite Chancery Lane, is a stone arch through which anyone may step, and travel back in time.</b><p>A quiet courtyard houses a strange, circular chapel and a statue of two knights sharing a single horse.<p>The chapel is Temple Church, consecrated in 1185 as the London home of …

Even as Trump seeks warmer ties with Russia, U.S. deploys troops across Eastern Europe

ZAGAN, Poland — On a snowy field in southwest Poland, U.S. tanks and troops gathered on Monday to defend against a resurgent Russia that President Trump wants to befriend.<p>The major new deployments of tanks and other heavy equipment will fan out to nations on the Russian frontier this week, part of …

Russia

Ancient Italian ‘Stonehenge’ accidentally discovered by friends

A group of friends has accidentally discovered an ancient historical site dating back thousands of years and thought to be the Italian equivalent of …

How Do Connectomes Contribute to Human Cognition?

The human brain is an extraordinarily complex network, comprising an estimated 86 billion neurons connected by 100 trillion synapses. A connectome is …

21 Informative Maps That Will Change Your Worldview

<b>Which Export Makes the Most Money for Each Country.</b> Image via reddit<p>We love a good map. Especially one that will make you think twice about the world around you. More than just helping you move from place to place, maps are a great means to easily view information. Wondering what countries are more …

New Year's Attack on Istanbul Nightclub Leaves 39 Dead

A gunman opened fire on an Istanbul nightclub crowded with revelers celebrating New Year’s early Sunday, killing 39 people wounding nearly 70 more in what is being described as a terror attack, Turkey’s interior minister said.<p>The attacker was still at large, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu …

Extremism

Distant black hole may disprove Einstein's theory of relativity

More than 26,000 light years away, deep within the heart of our galaxy, lies Sagittarius A* - four millions Suns' worth of unseen mass concentrated …

Trump releases bromance letter from Putin

From Red Square with love!<p>President-elect Donald Trump released a bromance letter he received from Russian Prime Minister Vladmir Putin, who pledged …

Election Polls Underestimated Donald Trump In More Than 30 States

It's not just that polls got it wrong. It's how wrong they were.<p>Now that all the votes are counted and certified, we can get an accurate look at how polls performed relative to actual outcomes in the 2016 election. While we’ve heard many arguments about why polls failed this year, the real problem …

Government

A star will graze our solar system in a million years

In just over a million years, Earth inhabitants will get a closer look at a star than they might want. Gliese 710 is currently a safe 64 light years away, but scientists discovered in 1999 that the sun-like star was barreling directly toward us at around 32,000 mph. We've known for awhile that it …

The Medieval Origins of Xmas

A couple of months ago, I wrote about the medieval origins of Halloween. It was a fun piece that folks seemed to enjoy, and I fully intended on …

Ancient History

Never Normalize: Why Trump's Presidency Is Illegitimate And How To Respond

Now that a majority of electors have cast their ballots in favor of Donald Trump, he will have the lawful powers of the presidency, as prescribed in the Constitution and the laws of the United States. Legal authority is not equivalent, however, to political legitimacy, moral authority, or …

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When Donald Trump tweeted that 'Islamic terrorists attack Christians in their communities', he did Isis' work for them

It took the German Chancellor 15 hours to make a public statement following last night’s terrorist attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany. …

The Case for Donald Trump’s Impeachability

Before Donald Trump got elected, few Americans had heard of or paid much attention to the Emoluments Clause, a previously obscure-to-most-of-us …

Donald Trump

Nintendo’s Switch console will be less powerful than the old PS4

Nintendo is one of the popular gaming companies in town right now. There’s Pokemon Go that Nintendo is a part of, there’s Super Mario Run on the …

Gaming

Captivating CIA maps give an insight into eight decades of top-secret intelligence

Autism: Scientists May Be Able To Explain A Third Of All Cases

The discovery could help researchers develop a treatment.<p>The scarcity of a single protein in the brain could explain as many as a third of all cases …

Autism

Here’s the Public Evidence Russia Hacked the DNC — It’s Not Enough

There are some good reasons to believe Russians had something to do with the breaches into email accounts belonging to members of the Democratic …

Security

Groundbreaking Discovery — Mysterious Civilization found in Brazil

A group of archaeologists led by Finnish Martti Pärssinen has made a shocking discovery a couple of years ago in Brazil, in the Amazon, yet many …

8 Ancient Writing Systems That Haven't Been Deciphered Yet

The Indus Valley civilization was one of the most advanced in the world for more than 500 years, with more than a thousand settlements sprawling …

An Inspiring Animation of Stephen King Talking About the Power of Dreams

King's creepiest characters get together to explain the relationship between fear, childhood, and dreams.<p>Stephen King's expertise on fear is nearly unmatched. In a new Blank on Blank, animated by Patrick Smith, the author who made pop-culture weird drops wisdom about fear's relationship to both …