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The age of aircraft carriers could be coming to an end

The US's massive aircraft carriers have a problem. The F-18s aboard US aircraft carriers have a range of about 500 nautical miles, as noted by Ben Ho Wan Beng at the US Naval Institute.<p>The incoming F-35Cs are expected to have a marginally better range of about 550 nautical miles.<p>At the same time, …

14 Fascinating Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

<i>By: Thrillist Entertainment Staff</i><p><i>Credit: Miramax Films</i><p>Netflix is the great equalizer. When you're sifting through zillions of movie options, the traditionally niche art of documentary can go toe to toe with Hollywood blockbusters. Whether fiction or nonfiction, anything that's …

6 Ambitious Airplanes That Never Flew

From military rocket-jets to supersonic passenger planes, these projects were just a bit too difficult for their time.<p>Aeronautics companies and defense contractors are always looking for the next great aircraft design, and those massive government grants let them launch incredibly ambitious …

Aviation

Many millions of Muslims 'fundamentally incompatible with the modern world', says Tony Blair

Tony Blair has said that "many millions" of Muslims hold a viewpoint that is "fundamentally incompatible with the modern world."<p>Rejecting arguments …

Tony Blair

Exhibit shows new works by iconic photographer who immortalized pre-WWII Jewry

When Roman Vishniac began documenting impoverished Jewish communities with his camera in 1935, he unwittingly sealed his photographic legacy by …

20 Inspirational Quotes From Famous Scientists

The great science minds of history have provided inspirational quotes on their findings, philosophy, and understanding of the world around us. These quotes have inspired generations of young explorers, eager to learn more about the world and motivated toward betterment.<p>When you need a bit more …

Motivation

Are the Constants of Physics Constant?

When Max Born addressed the South Indian Science Association in November 1935, it was a time of great uncertainty in his life. The Nazi Party had …

Commercial drones are flying off the shelves and into the hands of armed groups

In the wrong hands, sometimes a toy can become a weapon.<p>Commercial drones are fast becoming a favorite gadget of armed non-state actors and terrorist …

Drones

How Astronomers See The Universe Through Our Galaxy

When we look out at the Universe, our view is pretty consistently dominated by the stars within our own galaxy. Although we know that many interesting things lie beyond — globular clusters, individual galaxies, and rich clusters and superclusters of galaxies — being <i>in</i> the Milky Way makes it very …

Why I Choose Optimism Over Despair: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

"We can be pessimistic, give up and help ensure that the worst will happen," says Noam Chomsky. "Or we can be optimistic, grasp the opportunities …

From how should we treat animals to are the best things in life free? Here are the 10 questions children should ask themselves, along with inspiration from some of the most important thinkers of our time: Winnie The Pooh, Dr Seuss and Roald Dahl<p>I’m a big fan of taking action, with less talking and …

Books

Neil Gaiman Presents “How Stories Last,” an Insightful Lecture on How Stories Change, Evolve & Endure Through the Centuries

Everybody knows Neil Gaiman, but they all know him best for different work: writing comic books like <i>Sandman</i>, novels like <i>American Gods</i>, television …

Remembering the people of the Holocaust

Today is International Holocaust Memorial Day.<p>Tomorrow, my book, Anna and the Swallow Man, which takes place in Poland during the second world war, will be released in the UK, and because there’s some overlap between the subject matter of my book and the horrific events that we remember today, I’ve …

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Hear Beowulf Read In the Original Old English: How Many Words Do You Recognize?

I was as surprised as most people are when I first heard the ancient language known as Old English. It's nothing like Shakespeare, nor even Chaucer, …

Google Streetview Takes Viewers Into A Miniature Train 'Wunderland'

Now you can feel like Alice, without eating any strange mushrooms<p>Google Street View is downsizing. They've taken us deep into the seven seas and up perilous rock faces but now, they're taking us somewhere very small: Hamburg's Miniatur Wunderland, a huge model train set.<p>The best part is, you can …

The Most Reliable Way to Spark Creativity | Inc.com

We live in an age of ideas. Thanks to the Internet, the opportunities and resources required to do remarkable things seem to be just a search away.<p>And yet, how often do you find yourself creatively stuck, unmotivated, or uninspired? You struggle to come up with ideas despite a vast ocean of …

Why a rumor about the discovery of something Einstein predicted 100 years ago is going viral

Right now, the rumor is just that. The scientists to which the rumor refers work at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and told Business Insider that there is no basis for such a claim, yet.<p>"We are still taking data, and we won't finish analyzing and reviewing results …

Beer Vs. Eugenics: The Good And The Bad Uses Of Statistics

Like me, you’ve probably noticed that people tend to think of math as morally neutral. There’s the world of ethics, values, faith, meaning and philosophy. Then there’s the world of math and science. CP Snow called this artificial division of head and heart ‘the two cultures’. Ideologies, …

Human Rights

Michel Foucault: Free Lectures on Truth, Discourse & The Self (UC Berkeley, 1980-1983)

Michel Foucault (1926-1984) was an enormously influential French philosopher who wrote, among other things, historical analyses of psychiatry, …

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Islam and the Fear of Compulsory Heterosexuality

"I would like to call you by a word that was never told before<p>A word worth all this love ... A word to show my longings and passion<p>A word like you . . . "<p><i>Amal Hayati</i> ("The Hope of My Life"), song by Umm Koultum.<p>I have just finished reading an advance copy of a remarkable debut novel called <b>Guapa</b>, by …

20 award-winning editorial cartoons from 2015 everyone should see

Zyglis, 33, a staff cartoonist, won the "Editorial Cartooning" 2015 Pulitzer Prize.<p>"His editorial cartoons take on Republicans and Democrats, John Boehner and Barack Obama," wrote Mike Connelly, editor and vice president of The Buffalo News, in his cover letter to the panel of Pulitzer judges.<p>"With …

Brains Of Video Game-Addicted Teens Are Hyper Connected

That may make addicts more likely to have other psychological disorders<p>For the thousands of teens with internet gaming disorder, the symptoms can look a lot like any other addiction: A lack of control over the time and money spent on gaming, distance from family or friends, neglected schoolwork. …

Data vs Theory: The Mathematical Battle for the Soul of Physics

Introduction<p>These are exciting times for the field of physics. In 2012, researchers announced the discovery of the Higgs boson, a discovery four decades in the making, costing billions of dollars (and euros, pounds, yen and yuan) and involving some of the best minds on the planet. And in December …

The Neuroscience of Bass: New Study Explains Why Bass Instruments Are Fundamental to Music

<i>Photo by Sebastiaan term Burg via Wikimedia Commons</i><p>At the lower range of hearing, it’s said humans can hear sound down to about 20 Hz, beneath which …

7 Of The Most Interesting Maps Of 2015

Climate change, violence, stress–and even every single job in America.<p>In 2015, one of the biggest stories told in maps was that of climate change: A series of maps showed which states are most at risk of wildfires, drought, flooding, and extreme heat–and how prepared they are (or not, ahem, …

Review of 17 “alternative” therapies finds no evidence of effectiveness

Reiki is as science-based as The ForceHealth care systems around the world are being pressured to “do more and spend less”, to make healthcare more …

The 7 Most Intriguing Philosophical Arguments for the Existence of God

Nietzsche is famous for saying that God is dead, but news of The Almighty's demise may have been greatly exaggerated. Here are some of the most …

Star Trek

Another Congressman Suggests the Military Disregard the President's Orders

This is a dangerous game.<p>There is such a thing as sedition. There is such a thing as incitement to disaffection. There is such a thing as conspiracy. I think it's time for the FBI to pay an informal visit to Congressman Mike Pompeo in order to explain these concepts in detail.<p>"It's unconscionable …

The Origins of Intolerance in America

In the last few weeks, the alarming rise of vitriolic anti-immigrant, xenophobic rhetoric from the right wing has alarmed a large segment of the American people, but equally disturbing is how much support these noxious views are getting from the public. After the civil rights achievements of the …

2015 in review,Best books of the year,Culture,Fiction,Biography,Books,Best books,Autobiography and memoir,Best books of 2015<p>After authors and reviewers chose their favourite books of the year, it’s time to let Guardian readers speak – here are your most-beloved books of 2015

Books