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Senate close to votes on gun-control measures but no bipartisan agreement in sight

The Senate is expected to vote Monday on a series of competing gun-control measures that will highlight the continuing divide between Democrats and Republicans over how Congress should respond to mass shootings.<p>All are likely to fail as the two parties largely retreat to their respective corners on …

Guns

The biggest question everyone had about R2-D2 in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' has finally been answered

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" brought original characters from the "Star Wars" franchise back to the screen, but when R2-D2 finally popped up, the beloved droid was in "low-power mode."<p>The old droid had apparently been in that state since Luke Skywalker disappeared following Kylo Ren's transition …

Star Wars

What's The Most Gorgeous Quote From A 2015 Book You Read This Year?

“Home is not a place or a lifestyle, but the state of your heart and all the people who take their place in it.”

10 Calm Books To Read During The Hectic Holiday Season

Between your meticulous sister's need to host the perfect holiday meal and your picky brother's refusal to accept any gift without a hint of cynical criticism, the most wonderful time of the year can turn into a struggle to stay calm and chipper. Unless you literally run on sugary cookies and …

Books

33 Books Millennials Need to Read Before Turning 30 | Inc.com

Your 20s are a time for figuring out who you are and what you want from life.<p>While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the way.<p>To help you out, we've selected some of our favorite books that likely never …

Books

Bernie Sanders is Ayn Rand’s worst nightmare: He’s changing how we view socialism — and exposing free market parasites

Conservatives have long wielded “socialism” as a pejorative — but Sanders owns it and is transforming politics<p>Since Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., launched his campaign for president this spring, he has gone from being a fringe candidate of the left to a serious challenger of Hillary Clinton, who …

Middle-class

Here are this fall's most important TV premiere dates

That includes top comedies like "The Big Bang Theory" and "Modern Family." And there are addictive dramas like "Empire," "The Affair," and "How to Get Away With Murder." Also, what about the return of comic book series "Gotham," "The Flash," and "Arrow"?<p>Let's not forget fall's new offerings like …

TV

10 popular grammar myths debunked by a Harvard linguist

It's why many teachers ingrain in their students a combination of white lies and formal habits that are meant to keep their writing focused but aren't actually based on rules of the English language.<p>As the students grow into adults, these habits result in plenty of incorrectly worded but …

Language

Underrated books: Overlooked fiction and nonfiction of 2012.

<i>Tuesday: Slate staffers pick their favorite books of 2012.<br>Wednesday: The overlooked books of 2012.<br>Thursday: Dan Kois’ 15 favorite books.<br>Friday: The</i> …

This female author just exposed the sexist nature of the literary world

The punchline, however, is entirely predictable.<p>When author Catherine Nichols sent the opening pages of her novel to 50 agents, only two requested the full manuscript.<p>When she presented herself with a male pseudonym, "George," from a new email address, and sent the same cover letter and pages to 50 …

Writing

More Evidence Life Could Have Come From Beyond

A new study reveals bacteria can survive atmospheric entry<p><i>Lithopanspermia.</i><p>The word is a mouthful but it represents one of the most intriguing theories about the origin of life on Earth. Quite literally, it means life began from an extraterrestrial source and came here by hitching a ride on a rock, …

Biology

What New Horizons Is Looking For On Pluto, And How

After nine years and three billion miles, here’s what we're learning from it all<p>At 7:50am EDT tomorrow, July 14, New Horizons, the fastest spacecraft ever launched, will perform the first close-encounter flyby of Pluto and its system of five known moons. During that approach, New Horizons will be …

Solar System

New Research Predicts Billions of Livable Milky Way Planets

The search for habitable planets may have just taken a big step forward.<p>New research indicates most stars in the Milky Way have between one and three …

Universe

Will dictators disappear?

Is a future without dictatorships realistic? Rachel Nuwer investigates.<p>Citizens living in democracies often associate dictatorships with repression, human rights abuses, poverty and turmoil. Indeed, dictatorships have cost untold lives, including up to 49 million Russian deaths under Joseph Stalin, …

World History

The best young adult books of 2015

<b>How many of our best YA books of the year did you read in 2015?</b><p><b>Reveiws by Martin Chilton (and Rebecca Hawkes, where stated). The list is in no particular order.</b><p>See also: <b>best YA books of 2016</b><p><b>1. THE ART OF BEING NORMAL BY LISA WILLIAMSON (DAVID FICKLING BOOKS)</b> <br>Lisa Williamson's debut YA novel The Art …

Books

How the eyes betray your thoughts

Look closer at eye movements and you can find out what’s happening inside somebody’s head, says Mo Costandi.<p>It’s sometimes said that the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Although modern science precludes the existence of the soul, it does …

The Brain

Hillary Clinton embraces the Internet with a full listicle on LinkedIn

What happens when the Internet and Hillary Clinton collide?<p>If you answered: "that would surely result in a campaign-flavored listicle about small …

Sunday’s ‘Mad Men’ Used One Song To Potentially Troll Its Conspiracy Theorists

We’ll leave the expert <i>Mad Men</i> analysis to our friend Dustin Rowles, but I have to admit getting a music-related chuckle out of an at-times heartbreaking episode Sunday night. So let’s talk about it.<p><b>*Warning: spoilers ahead*</b><p>After Don gives his car to the aspiring con man at the end of “The Milk And …

TV

The Lakers Are Among The Teams Lining Up To Offer Jimmy Butler A Max Deal

The Chicago Bulls have been one of the feel-good stories of the 2015 NBA Playoffs, thanks in no small part to the resurrection of Derrick Rose, which reached its tipping point Friday with his buzzer-beater to win Game 3. LeBron James returned the favor in Game 4 Sunday, and the series is still very …

NBA

“Mad Men” failed its black women — and squandered those opportunities to tell a richer story

Alternately invisible or convenient, “Mad Men” has steadfastly denied its black characters their own internal lives<p>A few weeks back, on the April 19 episode of "Mad Men," the long-absent Glen Bishop dropped by the Francis-Draper home to bid farewell to Sally and Betty before shipping off to …

TV

Photographer Noah Jashinski's Imperfect Perfection

For black and white analogue photographer Noah Jashinski, art is a physical manifestation of honesty. In his upcoming exhibition, Seventy-Two Hours, he portrays two parallel cinematic series of raw photographic images. His subjects, two different women, are stripped bare and intimately exposed in a …

See Frida Kahlo's Pumps and Prosthetics in an Intimate Photo Series

Ischiuchi Miyako’s photographic record of the beloved artist is on exhibition at London's Michael Hoppen Gallery<p>When Frida Kahlo passed away in 1954, Diego Rivera transformed the bathroom of “The Blue House,” their eccentric home in Mexico City, into a shrine for his beloved wife. He filled the …

Art

Daily Reads: Just Show Us the Damn Trailer, ‘The Avengers’ vs. ‘Man of Steel,’ and More

Daily Reads: Just Show Us the Damn Trailer, 'The Avengers' vs. 'Man of Steel,' and More<p><i>Criticwire’s</i> <i>Daily Reads</i> <i></i><i>brings today’s essential news<br>stories</i> …

Aaron Hernandez conviction: Gambling on risky players is an NFL reality

Heading into the 2010 draft,<p>NFLscouts took a long look at Florida tight endAaron Hernandez, and the red flags were undeniable.<p>He had first-round talent but also a reputation for frequent marijuana use, a hot temper and an unsavory group of hometown friends who made regular trips to Gainesville, …

Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

<b>Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid near the Martian surface.</b><p>Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point - allowing briny films to form.<p>The results lend credence to a theory that dark streaks seen on …

Geoscience

Review: Mad Men's Time Machine Warms Up for Its Last Trip

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