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Where did your dog come from? New tree of breeds may hold the answer

From the 80-kilogram Great Dane to the 1-kilogram tiny teacup poodle, there seems to be a dog for everyone. Now, the largest genetic analysis to date …

Ancient village discovered in Canada is 10,000 years older than the pyramids

The discovery of a 14,000-year-old ancient village in Canada could forever alter our understanding of early civilization in North America. …

23 science fiction and fantasy novels to read this March

Stories of robots, revolutions, and space empires<p>It’s March, which means that there’s a whole new slate of books ready to crowd our bookshelves — books about robots, revolutions, and vast space empires to tear into.<p>Earlier this year, I mentioned that I’m trying to expand my reading horizons in …

The cat’s already out of the bag on legal marijuana

We were the first… although it didn’t last long.<p>Colorado voted to legalize recreational marijuana more than four years ago, as did the state of …

All-in-one furniture cube is perfect for micro apartments

It includes a bed, a walk-in closet, and additional kitchen counter space<p>Nils Holger Moormann, the German-based designer behind this tricked-out Volkswagen van-cum-mobile-home, has designed another small-space solution, this time an all-in-one furniture cube for people living in micro …

The Year in Housing: The Middle Class Can't Afford to Live in Cities Anymore

In the center of Boston rises the small neighborhood of Fort Hill, on top of which sits Highland Park, designed in the 1800s by Frederick Olmsted.1 …

John Kasich Quietly Signs Measure Blocking Local Governments From Raising Minimum Wage

The law will also stop municipalities from passing additional protections for workers.<p>Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed a bill earlier this week blocking local governments from raising the minimum wage above the level set by the state.<p>Legislators pushed the law through earlier this month, as part of …

Local Economies

Senior housing: How a surging older population will impact U.S. homes

A new Harvard report lays out the wide-reaching impact of a coming upswing in senior homeowners<p>Baby Boomers have spent decades impacting and re-shaping the U.S. economy, and show no signs of slowing down as they enter their golden years. That’s especially true when it comes to the housing market, …

The hate divide: Hate crimes are up, up, up and Trump supporters want to deny, deny, deny

<b>White's Truth in Textbooks campaign ensures anti-muslim sentiments continue. (Getty/Jim Watson)</b><p>Trump, his family and supporters suggest the real and precipitous rise in hate crimes is inflated or fabricated<p>Gary Legum<p>November 17, 2016 9:59am (UTC)<p>If a hate crime occurs in America and a Trump …

We might soon have 9 states where pot is simultaneously legal and illegal. That’s a problem.

A few weeks ago, the Washington Post reported that support for marijuana legalization is slightly leading in all five states where it will be on the ballot in November — California, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, and Arizona.<p>Whatever happens, it seems almost certain that at least one of these states …

This Is The Scariest Thing About Health Care In America Today

What's happening is a prescription for financial ruin -- and there's nothing you can do about it.<p>I got an email from my husband’s nephrologist the other day that said: “I honestly do not think he will recover.” Before you gasp in horror and go to your dark place, just know that he and I have made …

Health Care

A National Epidemic is Threatening Family Dogs

Police answering a domestic violence call were sent to the wrong house and drew their guns on Michael Paxton of Austin, TX. When Paxton's dog Cisco came from the backyard to see what was going on, an officer shot and killed him. Across the country in Brooklyn, NY, Yvonne Rosado opened her apartment …

Colin Kaepernick Had No Choice but to Kneel

The idea that Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand during the national anthem is unpatriotic fails doubly: first, in a mistaken notion of what real …

Belgian Paralympian says not ready for euthanasia | Reuters

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Belgian Paralympian Marieke Vervoort has said she is still considering euthanasia but contrary to media reports, will not be ending her life immediately after the Games in Rio.<p>2016 Rio Paralympics - Women's 400m - T52 Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - …

Brazil

This Popular Great Depression Recipe Would Be Inedible by Today's Standards

Unless corned-beef Jell-O sounds good to you.<p>When you have very little resources available, which was undoubtedly the case for many American families during the economic depression of the 1930s, you have to get creative to meet your needs.<p>According to a Mental Floss article inspired by the new book</i> …

Woman transforming plastic waste into bricks for building 'silver houses' in Pakistan (Video)

It's painfully clear that our culture is unfortunately designed around consumption of disposable things, whether it's fashion or throw-away cutlery. …

Roads

A plan that's widely used by companies to keep healthcare costs down is a sham

One wintry Thursday morning, I drank my coffee black. I prefer my morning joe with a lot of milk in it, but I didn't want to mess with my glucose reading.<p>Arriving at work, I headed to a conference room where I met a nurse from my company's wellness vendor. She weighed me, took my height and blood …

There’s a simple solution to the rent crisis in America, but many expensive cities outlaw it

The share of Americans who rent is at a 50-year high, and the housing stock hasn't kept up. More than 21 million Americans are "rent-burdened," paying more than 30 percent of their income in rent.<p>The long-term solution, as most tenants have come to realize, is building more, bigger buildings—as …

This 1 piece of crucial English speaking advice is sending the internet wild

LONDON — When you're speaking in your first language, some things are so automatic that you don't even realise how damn complicated they really …

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Smithsonian

Mesa Verde’s surprising story

The culture that once thrived at Mesa Verde National Park was rich, complex and far-reaching – and it didn’t mysteriously disappear.<p>Most visitors peek into the towering masonry ruins of Mesa Verde National Park and imagine a society on the edge. Not Ernie Atencio.<p>The 60-year-old Colorado native and …

National Parks

Mel Brooks: Why 'Blazing Saddles' Is the 'Funniest Movie Ever Made'

"It's a good thing you're in New York and I'm in Los Angeles then," Mel Brooks says, before howling with laughter. He's just been informed that, as …

Comedy

Inside The Global “Club” That Helps Executives Escape Their Crimes

A parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else, helps executives convicted of crimes escape punishment. Part one of a BuzzFeed News investigation — read the whole series here.<p><b>Imagine a private, global super</b> <b>court that</b> empowers corporations to bend …

Corruption

The Future Of American Cities May Be In Our Backyards

Forget tiny houses–meet the ADU.<p>We tend to think of housing as fitting into a few generic typologies: Single-family home. Apartment. Condo building. But in reality, the fabric of neighborhoods is made up of plenty of interstitial spaces that are neither here nor there–from the odd backyard shed to …

The World’s Ugliest Color Examined By Graphic Design Experts

When market research firm Gfk was hired by the Australian government to consider how cigarette packs could be designed to prevent smoking, the firm came up with a colorful solution: Make the packs as unappealing as possible by wrapping them in an earthy “dark brown,” or what would be matched to …

Searching for the First Americans

Nearly 30 years ago, I published a book about the first Americans called <i>The Great Journey</i>. At the time of my research, I found myself immersed in an …

Anthropology

Beast of Dartmoor mystery solved after famous circus owner Mary Chipperfield 'set three Pumas free in 1970s'

For years, the rumours of big cats roaming Dartmoor and savaging livestock have been dismissed as sheer fantasy, no more credible than claims of the existence of the Loch Ness monster.<p>But the doubters may have - dare one say it - paws for thought.<p>For the claims that Big Cats are roaming free may …

As a mental health nurse, people don't realise I'm more soldier than nurse

They imagine me making up beds and giving out medication. They don’t see the steel behind my eyes<p>When I tell people I am a nurse working on an acute psychiatric ward they often say, “That must be hard”. They imagine something quite different from reality. They see me by the bedside of a crying …

Mental Health