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Top 5 Ancient And Medieval Censored Books To Read During Banned Book Week

This week (September 25-October 1, 2016) is banned books week. The week celebrates the freedom to read any book that we want, despite the fact that written works continue to be censored and removed from libraries even today. The American Library Association (ALA), reported 311 books in 2014, and …

Ancient History

The Multiverse Idea Is Rotting Culture

What looks at first glance like an opening up of possibilities is actually an attack on the human imagination.<p>You might not like what I’m about to say about the multiverse. But don’t worry; you’ve already had your revenge. If there are an infinite number of parallel universes, there will be any …

The rise of robots: forget evil AI – the real risk is far more insidious

It’s far more likely that robots would inadvertently harm or frustrate humans while carrying out our orders than they would rise up against us<p>When we look at the rise of artificial intelligence, it’s easy to get carried away with dystopian visions of sentient machines that rebel against their human …

Artificial Intelligence

'How could our country lie so completely?': meet the North Korean defectors

They send pamphlets and DVDs in balloons over the barbed-wire border. Can these defectors inspire others to make the same dangerous journey to the South?<p>One day, when he was 25 years old, Park Sang-hak was strolling around a huge square in the North Korean port of Wonsan. It is a drab place, with …

North Korea

This is your brain on pot

Staci Gruber vividly remembers her first hit of marijuana, back when she was in college. It made her so paranoid, she locked herself in a bathroom. …

3tags.org

Are Humans Evolved To Explore And Expand Into Space?

How important is it for human beings to push new frontiers?<p>Is it just something that a few us are inclined toward — like searching out a new, untried restaurant rather than falling back on something familiar — or is it essential to our species' success? Could the need to take risks and expand into …

Pacific Ocean

The Story of the Gatling Gun

Why you still know the name of a 19th century weapon.<p>In April 1861, Richard Jordan Gatling watched hundreds of Union soldiers march through Indianapolis, ready to ride the rails to the front. In the opposite direction came a never-ending stream of badly wounded men, to say nothing of those who lost …

Your brain on drugs is not a fried egg

In 1987, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America aired a public service announcement that went on to become a classic of modern pop culture. It likened an egg to "your brain" and a hot pan to "drugs." The egg was then fried in the pan, and the viewer was informed that "this is your brain on drugs." …

The Brain

11 Misconceptions About Ancient Rome, Debunked

Released in 1959, Charlton Heston's <i>Ben-Hur</i> is considered one of the greatest motion pictures of all time. Unfortunately, the film helped perpetuate a …

Billionaire investor Howard Marks just went after Donald Trump's economic policies

In his latest memo, dubbed "Political Reality," Marks dedicated a section to Trump's statements on America's finances.<p>"It's fair to say that [Hillary Clinton] hasn't been anywhere near as guilty as Trump of defying economic reality on the campaign trail, and that's my subject here," he wrote.<p>Marks …

Donald Trump

Rush Limbaugh: 'Immorality on a Large Scale Will Ultimately Implode'

The talk-radio host’s unintentionally dissonant diagnosis of what threatens America.<p>This week on the Rush Limbaugh program, amid monologues extolling Donald Trump and attacking Hillary Clinton, America’s most popular talk-radio host took time to answer a question from a caller: “You've been telling …

Meet Trump’s Polling Truthers Who Say The Numbers Are Lies

Donald Trump is trailing badly in the polls, but not according to his most ardent fans who see the polls as just another tool of the liberal, lying …

10+ Hilarious Reactions To Usain Bolt’s Winning Smile

Losing hurts, especially when you've trained for years and you're competing in front of billions of people around the globe. But losing to somebody …

Why your smart friends can seem like such slackers

People who like to use their brains are a lot less physically active than people who don't, according to research published this month in the Journal of Health Psychology.<p>Now, you may think this isn't terribly surprising. Smarter people are probably more likely to go to college and take jobs that …

Exercise

At Mexico's lone gun store, even the boss discourages sales

MEXICO CITY (AP) — There's just one place in all of Mexico where you can legally buy a gun. It's tucked away in an anonymous building on an army base in the capital, staffed by soldiers.<p>Those who enter must surrender any cellphones, tablets or cameras, remove caps and pass through a metal detector. …

I Survived ‘Trump’ Magazine—Barely

Bills went unpaid. They turned off the electricity. Our paychecks started bouncing. I got cancer and they canceled my health coverage. Here’s what it was like to work for Donald Trump’s failed magazine.<p>I had been at <i>Trump</i> magazine for only four months when my first paycheck bounced.<p>We’d heard rumors …

Journalism

History’s Worst Parents Face the Wrath of the Comments Section

<b>In response to "Sex-Obsessed Teen Girls Spark Literal Witch Hunt"</b><p>luves2golf: This generation of girls is the <i>WORST</i>. It's all me me me and twerking on the Sabbath. Parents turn a blind eye and then, lo and behold, what happens? Their teens are accusing neighbors of trafficking with Satan! Wake up, …

Chilling mountaintop find may confirm dark Greek legend

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Archaeologists have made a sinister discovery at the top of a Greek mountain which might corroborate one of the darkest legends …

Archaeology

China's Hybrid Spaceplane Could Reset The 21st Century Space Race

It takes off from a runway, flies at hypersonic speeds, then rockets into orbit<p>While SpaceX is making news with its recoverable rockets, China announced that it is working on the next big thing in spaceflight: a hypersonic spaceplane.<p>The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation is …

Aviation

Radicals with badges: Mark Potok explains why renegade sheriffs are a growing threat in the U.S.

Some sheriffs are buying into the notion that they have more constitutional authority than the federal government<p>Right-wing radicals who don't fully accept the authority of the federal government have a new ally. A small but growing group of law enforcement officials, especially sheriffs, is being …

Why Dogs Bark

Check out some of the reasons why dogs sound off<p>Dogs have a lot to say, and they do it by barking. They bark to go out, come in, to tell you a …

How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking

Six ways to control your dog's barking<p>Here's a list of six techniques that can help stop your dog from barking. While all of them can be very …

Dogs

The US Air Force has an absurd plan for replacing the A-10 Warthog

The US Air Force has presented several plans for replacing the beloved A-10 Warthog — a close air-support attack plane — over the years, but its latest plan takes the cake as the most absurd.<p>As it stands, the Air Force wants to buy or develop not one, but two new airframes to eventually phase out …

Rio 2016: The psychology behind Michael Phelps’ Olympic comeback

All eyes will be on Michael Phelps when he makes his Rio debut, diving into the water to compete tomorrow in the 200 meter butterfly, or possibly tonight in the 4×100 meter freestyle relay should Team USA deploy him.<p>After a very public fall from grace—a struggle with substance abuse that led to two …

Swimming

IBM's Watson AI saved a woman from leukemia

IBM's Watson has done everything from winning at <i>Jeopardy</i> to cooking exotic meals, but it appears to have accomplished its greatest feat yet: saving a life. University of Tokyo doctors report that the artificial intelligence diagnosed a 60-year-old woman's rare form of leukemia that had been …

Why the U.S. Owed Iran That $400 Million

It does look fishy as all get out: $400 million in assorted denominations, stacked on wooden pallets and flown to Tehran in the dead of night by the …

Architects Are Designing Buildings for the Age of Mass Shootings

More buildings are being designed to make people feel safe.<p>Architect Aaron Betsky is not a fan of the Freedom Tower.<p>The 1776-foot-tall building, officially called 1 World Trade Center, is a contemporary behemoth in the New York City skyline, and the tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere. …

What Does a Former NASA Employee Think of 'No Man's Sky'?

We went and asked one, to see if the imminent space-faring epic from Hello Games could encourage a new era of interstellar exploration.<p>This is it. Following three years of waiting and a last-minute delay, one of the most anticipated video games ever, <i>No Man's Sky</i>, is out in just a few days. It's no …