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Lawsuits challenge Electoral College system in four U.S. states

BOSTON (Reuters) - A coalition that includes a Latino membership organization and a former Massachusetts governor filed lawsuits on Wednesday challenging how four U.S. states allocate their Electoral College votes in presidential elections.<p>The lawsuits were filed in federal courts in Massachusetts …

Electoral College

Two Simple Laws Could Solve America's Epidemic of Violence

Click here for reuse options! Let's regulate gun ownership the same way we regulate car ownership.Two simple changes to U.S. law, both things based …

Guns

How to tell if you're asking a stupid question

A common cliché I often hear leaders say is, “Feel free to speak up! Remember, there are no stupid questions.”<p>I can think of a time when that statement was true. My second-grade teacher would remind us of this to build our confidence with adults, who at that time could be a bit scary to us. But in …

Self-improvement

11 First Sentences That Guarantee the Rest of Your Email Won't Get Read

Even if your intentions are professional and sincere.<p>Imagine you get this email. You don't know the sender, but you open it anyway. How long would you keep reading?<p><i>"Dear Jeff,</i><i>"I hope you're having a great President's Day! I definitely am. Even though I'm spending a little time at work right now, I</i> …

Tim Ferriss

The Shape of Ancient Dice Suggests Shifting Beliefs in Fate and Chance

Roman dice were often visibly biased, but that might not have mattered to someone who believed in divine intervention.<p>Dice, in their standard six-sided form, seem like the simplest kind of device—almost a classic embodiment of chance. But a new study of more than 100 examples from the last 2,000 …

Board Games

This Common Type of Praise Actually Makes People Perform Worse

Using this tiny bit of language makes it harder for your team to perform at their best.<p>What could possibly be wrong with well earned praise? We all know how nice it is to receive a pat on the back for a job well done. Plus, study after study shows employees generally feel under-appreciated and are …

Happiness

Tech companies should stop pretending AI won’t destroy jobs - MIT Technology Review

I took an Uber to an artificial-­intelligence conference at MIT one recent morning, and the driver asked me how long it would take for autonomous …

Donald Trump

'Show Us the Carnage'

After a previous horrific massacre via AR-15, the one in Las Vegas last winter in which a single murderer killed or injured <i>more than 900</i> people<i>,</i> readers wrote about that weapon and its history. For reference, those items were:<p>“Why the AR-15 Is So Lethal”<br>• “The Nature of the AR-15”<br>• “Why the AR-15 Was …

Guns

According to Science Our Perfect Partners Are Probably Not What You Think

Do opposites really attract?<p>Everyone seems to agree that opposites attract. Young and old people, happy and distressed couples, single folks and …

Psychology

climb into this massive parasitic-like tape sculpture by numen/ for use

jan 23, 2018<p>the installation plays with illusion, space, history and architecture to create a fiction that leaves considerable room for …

Art

Conservative Californians are fleeing to Texas. Data show they’re in for a surprise

McKinney, Texas<p>Kevin Korenthal was once a registered Democrat, living in a California suburb. After struggling to keep his small public relations firm afloat for years, he decided to pack up his family and two dogs. Last year, Korenthal moved to McKinney, a conservative community in the outskirts …

San Bernardino County

When Malls Saved the Suburbs From Despair

Like it or not, the middle class became global citizens through consumerism—and they did so at the mall.<p>“Okay, we’ll see you in two-and-a-half hours,” the clerk tells me, taking the iPhone from my hand. I’m at the Apple Store, availing myself of a cheap smartphone battery replacement, an offer the …

Urbanism

Guess which foolish strategy people most often use to pay back credit card debt

For people with multiple credit cards, the best way to pay off credit card debt is simple. If you can’t pay the full balance for all the cards, pay the minimum monthly payment for each, and then devote the rest to repaying the card with the highest interest rate. Following this rule, you incur the …

Personal Finance

Reagan-Era and Trump Policies Will Generate Little Economic Growth

Trump’s promise that corporations will use his giant new tax cut to make new investments and raise workers’ wages is proving to be about as truthful …

Income Inequality

‘Reason is non-negotiable’: Steven Pinker on the Enlightenment

In an extract from his new book Enlightenment Now, the Harvard psychologist extols the relevance of 18th-century thinking<p>• Read an interview with Steven Pinker on Enlightenment Now here<p>What is enlightenment? In a 1784 essay with that question as its title, Immanuel Kant answered that it consists of …

German Philosophy

Let Harvard teach you about Buddhism in this free online course you can take now

Harvard University's popular course on Buddhism returns with an interactive feature and great content.<br>Read More

Spirituality

America’s Had Military Parades Before. Here’s Why Trump’s Will Be Different.

Over two days in the spring of 1865—May 23 and May 24, just weeks after Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse and Abraham Lincoln’s tragic death—roughly 150,000 Union soldiers marched in full regalia down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., for the now-famous Grand Review. With …

Ulysses S. Grant

Here are 9 things Americans just don’t understand — compared to the rest of the world

To hear the far-right ideologues of Fox News and AM talk radio tell it, life in Europe is hell on Earth. Taxes are high, sexual promiscuity prevails, …

Universal Health Care

Calling the Trump Era by Its Proper Name

Four terms that may capture the moment, each implying a different danger<p>Donald Trump’s first official State of the Union address—which seems as if it happened back in the 19th century, but in reality is five days in the past—highlighted something that was implicit in his campaign and increasingly …

Political Science

How Glass Marbles Are Made

LinkSino Sales & Support presents a brief and wonderfully satisfying look at a factory in China where rows of machines crank out millions of glass …

Cool Stuff

A Photo That Changed the Course of the Vietnam War

Fifty years ago today, the national police chief of South Vietnam calmly approached a prisoner in the middle of a Saigon street and fired a bullet into his head.<p>A few feet away stood Eddie Adams, an Associated Press photographer, eye to his viewfinder. On a little piece of black-and-white film, he …

Vietnam

They were once outsiders, but now are embraced as American artists

The first problem is how to define them: Self-taught artists? Mavericks? Outsiders? Lynne Cooke, a curator at the National Gallery of Art, proposes a new term for American artists who have worked mostly outside the mainstream world of museum, galleries and patronage. She calls them …

Art
Meryl Streep

Before The Shape of Water, there was the brilliant novella Mrs. Caliban

While moviegoers spent the end of 2017 entranced by Guillermo del Toro’s interspecies love story <i>The Shape of Water</i>, the literary community was busy …

Books

The Deep Roots of an Italian Song That Sounds Like English—But Is Just Nonsense

In 1972, fascination with American culture spurred an Italian showman to revive a medieval comic tradition.<p>Before children learn how to speak …

Language

The People Who Would Survive Nuclear War

How an appendix to an obscure government report helped launch a blockbuster and push back the possibility of atomic war<p>Somehow, some way, nuclear war is once again a live possibility. The most startling incident came earlier this month when a state employee accidentally clicked the wrong choice in …

Henry Kissinger

Electron launch put a very visible surprise into orbit

When Rocket Lab's Electron rocket lifted off from its New Zealand launch complex on January 21, it carried a surprise payload. Along with its three …

Space

Why Cats Are Liquids, According to Science

This is fact.<p>Filed Under Animals & Biology<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>Cats exist in their own three …

When the Parthenon had dazzling colours

Ancient statues weren't white marble, but “a riot of colour and glitzy decoration." It shows that we've imagined the ancient world all wrong, writes Natalie Haynes.<p>When the Victorian painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema first showed his work, Phidias Showing the Frieze of the Parthenon to his Friends, …

Ancient History

Here's what you need to know in case of a nuclear blast

Millions of people in Hawaii received an emergency alert Saturday warning them about an incoming ballistic missile attack, causing panic and fear …