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The Journey of Humankind: How Money Made Us Modern

Civilization existed before money, but probably wouldn’t have gotten very far without it.<p>About 9,500 years ago in the Mesopotamian region of Sumer, ancient accountants kept track of farmers’ crops and livestock by stacking small pieces of baked clay, almost like the tokens used in board games …

Vote looming, Trump struggles to win Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned House Republican lawmakers that he will leave Obamacare in place and move on to tax reform if they do not get behind new healthcare legislation and support it in a vote on Friday.<p>It was not clear late on Thursday evening that Trump and the …

Health Care

8 pearls of wisdom that will change the way you think about money

Getting rich may have more to do with your mentality than anything else.<p>"If you follow the beliefs, philosophies, and strategies of the rich and take action, you have a legitimate shot at becoming a millionaire," writes Steve Siebold, a self-made millionaire and the author of "How Rich People …

Tomorrow's Web Fest winners: teen YouTubers

YouTube is a phenomenon of the Millenial-Generation and has seen an explosion of web content whereby anyone and everyone can start creating videos …

Ted Hughes and Simon Armitage: How to get teenagers reading poetry

Forget soppy nature poems; desire and lust and bitterness and guilt are the true province of poetry and that’s the way to get teenage boys reading it, argues teenager Secret Scribbler<p>One of the shocks of thinking about doing English Literature at university is having to read poetry.<p>I haven’t read …

Literature

Top 10 Cinematographers Writers Should Follow on Instagram

<i>This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and</i> …

Three countries urge caution traveling to U.S. amid protests, violence | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three countries have warned their citizens to stay on guard when visiting U.S. cities rocked by sometimes violent protests that erupted after a string of police shootings of black Americans.<p>Demonstrators block traffic to protest the shooting death of Alton Sterling near the …

Baton Rouge

We talked to legal experts who explained why the FBI didn't urge charges against Clinton — and why some think that was a mistake

Comey described Clinton's email practices as "extremely careless" and noted that there was "evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information." Still, Comey said that "no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case" against Clinton, and the Justice …

Potential Trump running mate takes abortion rights position

Speaking to U.S. service members at a naval base before leaving Spain, Obama noted the anxieties Americans are feeling about security threats at home and abroad.<p>"As tough as the challenges are, as serious as the threats that we face, the one thing that I have learned during the time I have had the …

United States

Dallas shooting overshadows Obama's shortened visit to Spain

US President Barack Obama has said there is "new hope" for Spain's economy. His first presidential trip to the Iberian Peninsula was cut short so he …

Jude Law-Starring TV Series ‘The Young Pope’ To Debut At Venice Film Festival

Two episodes of Paolo Sorrentino's series will be screened during the annual festival.<p>“The Young Pope” is director Paolo Sorrentino’s first TV …

Young Pope

10 Ways To Kick The Procrastination Habit - How To Improve Your Life...You Can Do It!

A survey (by the University of Chicago) suggested that those who relish challenge are more likely to live up to 10 years longer than those who spend …

Procrastination

A fan found the exact moment when Robert De Niro's movies became disappointing

On the whole, Robert De Niro's acting career has been illustrious, bolstered by two Academy Awards and a string of great roles in classic movies.<p>But after a certain point, his roles in numerous critical catastrophes, like this year's "Dirty Grandpa," have seemed to point toward a trend that many …

The trailer for The Intervention brings together actors from your favorite TV series.

Hit pause on the trailer for <i>The Intervention</i>, and you’re all but guaranteed to see a bunch of beloved TV characters on your screen, dropped in one …

First Trailer For ‘Table 19’ Starring Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson & More

After breaking out with the documentary <i>Spellbound</i> in 2002, director <b>Jeffrey Blitz</b> followed it up with the overlooked <i>Rocket Science</i>. A decade later …

Spice Girls' "Wannabe" Just Got An Incredible 2016 Feminist Makeover

I'll tell you what I want, what I really, really want: to tackle inequality for women across the world!<p>This Friday, Spice Girls debut single "Wannabe" will turn twenty. Twenty! That's two whole decades of girl power and "zig-a-zig-ah" being an official part of the public lexicon. Listening to it …

Amazon and Warner Bros deal gives Prime Video tons of new movies

Amazon has scored an exclusive movie deal with Warner Bros that brings a slew of movies, including some well regarded ones, to the Prime Video …

Islamic State tightens grip on captives held as sex slaves

KHANKE, Iraq (AP) — The advertisement on the Telegram app is as chilling as it is incongruous: A girl for sale is "Virgin. Beautiful. 12 years old.... Her price has reached $12,500 and she will be sold soon."<p>The posting in Arabic appeared on an encrypted conversation along with ads for kittens, …

Science says works of fiction follow one of six plot types

Researchers from the University of Vermont data-mined over 1,700 works of fiction and found that they all followed one of six emotional arcs.<p>You'll never be able to read every story out there, but there's a good chance you've already read every story type.<p>Researchers at the Computational Story Lab …

Popular Fiction

‘Under the Sun’ Review: A Terrifying Glimpse Inside North Korea’s Dictatorship

Vitaly Manskiy's documentary provides a one-of-a-kind look at the country's construction of propaganda.<p>North Korean propaganda is so ripe for satire …

Veterans

Beauty and the Beast poster has flower power

With Disney’s live-action remake of its animated classic <i>Beauty and the Beast</i> now just eight months away, the company has released a new teaser poster …

Baghdad bombing death toll rises to 292: health ministry | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The death toll from a suicide bombing in Baghdad this weekend has reached 292, Iraq’s Health Ministry said on Thursday.<p>Iraqi women light candles during Eid al-Fitr as they mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, at the site of a suicide car bomb attack over the weekend at …

Islam

Microsoft set a new record by storing an OK Go music video and the top 100 books ever written on strands of DNA

Back in April 2016, Microsoft Research bought 10 million custom-made synthetic DNA sequences from Twist Bioscience, a San Francisco startup.<p>The idea was to look into the idea of using DNA molecules as a way to store massive amounts of data. Unlike hard drives, Blu-Ray discs, or pretty much any …

Music Videos

Loneliness Can Increase Your Risk of Mental Health Issues, Scientists Find

:(<p>A large Australian study suggests that feelings of loneliness could lead to other mental health problems such as depression, social anxiety, and …

4 Proven Secrets to Easily Improve Your Body Language

What is your body language telling others about you?<p>Last week I wrote about how to read other people (you can check that out here.) But being able to …

How Strong Is the Case of the Filmmaker Suing Beyoncé Over 'Lemonade'?

A breakdown of the plagiarism case against Beyoncé.<p>Threats of lawsuits are nothing new in the Beyhive. Beyoncé’s team’s experience with swarms of litigious activity certainly influenced the lengthy credits for this year’s visual pop culture achievement, <i>Lemonade</i>. But the case of Matthew Fulks might …

Sam Smith

Rose McGowan defends Renee Zellweger, slams film critic

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Rose McGowan is calling out a film critic for writing that Renee Zellweger no longer looks like herself and insinuating …

Bridget Jones

The Oscar race for best documentary is on – here are the early contenders

From Sundance hits like Life, Animated and Weiner, to Alex Gibney’s latest and OJ Simpson: Made in America, here are the films making waves this year<p>The race to the Academy Awards is largely believed to kick off every autumn, when film studios typically unveil their slate of serious contenders. But …

Julian Assange

10 one-star Amazon reviews of the 'best movies of all time'

For almost as long as films have existed, fans and critics have enjoyed putting together lists of the best features committed to celluloid.<p>While tastes change and fashions come and go, some movies, such as Citizen Kane and Singin' in the Rain, seem to have a guaranteed place in most lists of films …

All seven Roald Dahl movies ranked worst to best

This month, Steven Spielberg releases ‘The BFG’ – the newest addition to a beloved brace of films adapted from the work of the great children’s …

Books