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Economists Warn: Trump 'Promotes Magical Thinking And Conspiracy Theories'

Some of the country's most prominent economists have signed a letter warning that Donald Trump is a "dangerous, destructive" choice for president and urging voters to choose someone else.<p>The letter, first reported by <i>The Wall Street Journal,</i> was signed by 370 economists, including eight Nobel Prize …

John Kasich speaks out on trade and says he 'won't be a part of' the GOP if it doesn't 'evolve'

The Ohio governor and one-time 2016 Republican presidential contender made the comments while discussing trade policy and the stance of Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, who has championed a fiercely protectionist trade platform. In fact, the billionaire once likened the landmark …

Fareed Zakaria: 'Golden Age' GOP Promises? Never Existed

For my money, this is the best video of the morning for this particular Sunday.<p>Fareed Zakaria takes apart the Republican Party's view of America as …

5 Surprising Facts About Happy Couples, According to Science

The proof is in the puddin'.<p>Wondering what the secret sauce is that makes some relationships blissed-out for the long haul? Well, scientists and researchers have spent years studying happy couples to find out what exactly keeps them joined at the hip as opposed to heading for the nearest exit sign. …

Forget about the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition and 3D-print your own

"Sorry, this is as many as we can make."<p>This was the message Bethesda got from its factories when asking about the possibility of building even more Pip-Boy Mark IVs for its premium <i>Fallout 4</i> bundle. Bethesda's Pete Hines said, "We reached a point where we'd go back to the factories and they were …

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This Is The One Difference Between A Gaming PC And A Consumer PC

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: How do gaming PCs differ from regular PCs?</i><p><i>Answer by Jae Alexis Lee, Systems Designer & Technology Enthusiast, on Quora</i><p>We’ve all heard the term “Gaming PC,” alternately mentioned as the pivotal achievement in computer hardware or as bottomless pits into …

The First True-Color Shot of Earth from Space

Home / PhotographyThe First True-Color Shot of Earth from Space<p>By on December 27, 2014<p>This remarkably detailed image is the first true-color shot taken by the Japan Meteorological Agency's <i>Himawari-8</i>satellite. While the image is not exactly how it would appear to the naked eye of a direct human …

Behold, atheists' new Ten Commandments

What if, instead of climbing Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God, Moses had turned to the Israelites and asked: Hey, what do you guys think we should do?<p>Considering the Hebrews' bad behavior in the Bible, what with the coveting of neighbors' wives and murdering their own brothers, …

The real problem in Ferguson, New York and all of America is institutional racism

In the wake of the protests following a grand jury’s failure to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, President Obama met Monday with civil rights leaders and, separately, with a group of young activist leaders and told them that the task at hand is to initiate a “sustained conversation” …

13 Fascinating Things We Just Learned About Conservatives And Liberals In America

Pew Research Center is out with a new study that dissects how Americans of varying political persuasions interact with each other and get informed about politics.<p>The survey shows that conservatives and liberals usually stick together in their opposing camps and only trust certain news outlets to …

Wingnuts’ “incompetent” irony: Why they’re hollering nonsense at another bureaucrat

<b>(Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com)</b><p>House members like Marsha Blackburn gathered on the Hill to fling dumb questions at the CDC director. Here’s why<p>Jim Newell<p>October 17, 2014 2:03pm (UTC)<p>Select members of the House of Representatives took a break from their reelection races yesterday and returned to …

Panic over Ebola reaches fever-pitch despite calls for calm

The virus has killed nearly 4,500 people, most of them in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and the disease has reared its ugly head further afield in the United States and Spain, sparking post-apocalyptic fears of mass contagion.<p>And while tropical disease experts and health authorities have …

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Study: Americans want more religion in politics

<b>(CNN) -</b> On Sunday, pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church in California stood before his congregation of more than 2,000 and told them he would be making an unusual announcement.<p>The pastor proceeded to warn his audience against voting for a candidate in the upcoming midterm elections who supports gay …

These 3 Paragraphs Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Bill Gates

In the story, it has this description of Bill Gates, which is just about perfect:<p>[Steve] Ballmer might be a complicated character, but he has nothing on Gates, whose contradictions have long fascinated Microsoft-watchers. He is someone who has no problem humiliating individuals — he might not even …

Deficit drops yet again - sharply

The federal budget deficit just keeps getting smaller.<p>It fell sharply in 2014 -- its fifth consecutive annual decline.<p>That's according to an estimate Wednesday by the Congressional Budget Office. The deficit for fiscal year 2014, which ended on Sept. 30, will come in at roughly $486 billion, the …

Ebola panic is getting pretty racist

The real culprits in Ebola's spread have been cuts to public health budgets<p>The first time a reporter asked a CDC representative whether Thomas Duncan — the first patient to receive an Ebola diagnosis in the US — was an American citizen, the question seemed pretty tame. One could excuse it as a …

The Most Destructive Myths About Ebola Virus, Debunked

Myths and rumors about the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa are hindering health workers from doing their jobs abroad and causing unnecessary panic and paranoia in the United States. <b>Here's the truth about some of the most common misconceptions about Ebola virus</b>:<p><b>Myth:</b> Ebola virus is airborne, …

Heinrich Himmler, family man: Why “The Decent One” is the most haunting documentary I’ve ever seen

<b>Heinrich Himmler and his family, in an undated photograph from "The Decent One."</b><p>A devastating doc drawn from a trove of private papers reveals the Nazi war criminal as husband and dad<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>October 2, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<p>Much of the history of human thought has revolved around our efforts to …

Soon, It Will Cost Less To Sequence A Genome Than To Flush A Toilet — And That Will Change Medicine Forever

And when genomes are that cheap to come by, the information they provide will completely revolutionize medicine as we know it.<p>You'll be able to monitor your health, discover diseases like cancer before they became obvious, and profile your microbiome — all the microorganisms that call your body …

Most Americans Couldn't Answer These Basic News Questions — Can You?

The Pew Research Center conducted a national current events survey of about 1,000 adults who are representative of the US population.<p>The results are discouraging.<p>(If you want to take the multiple-choice quiz yourself before seeing how other Americans answered, click over to Pew.)<p>Most adult …

9 Books Bill Gates Thinks Everyone Should Read

While Bill Gates has a schedule that's planned down to the minute, the entrepreneur-turned-billionaire-humanitarian still gobbles up about a book a week.<p>Aside from a handful of novels, they're mostly nonfiction books covering his and his foundation's broad range of interests. A lot of them are …

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The Cosmic Accident of Life: Alan Lightman on Dark Energy, the Multiverse, and Why We Exist

Questions like why our world exists and what nothing is have occupied minds great and ordinary since the dawn of humanity, and yet for all our scientific progress, they continue to do so, yielding only hypotheses rather than concrete answers. But there is something immutably heartening in the …

Does the human eye prove that God exists?

Darwin was baffled by it; Christians see it as evidence of the divine. Will science ever unlock the secrets of the human eye?<p><b>When the body of Dr Yoshiki Sasai,</b> an eminent Japanese biologist, was discovered in August this year, his death was widely mourned across the world of <b>science</b>. Not just for …

Sean Hannity worries the Adrian Peterson case will prevent parents from teaching kids that “being gay is not normal”

<b>Sean Hannity (Fox News)</b><p>The Fox News host made the leap from implicating Peterson in child abuse to a liberal attack on conservative morals<p>Jenny Kutner<p>September 17, 2014 2:27pm (UTC)<p>On Tuesday's edition of his radio show, Fox News host Sean Hannity used a discussion of the Adrian Peterson case as a …

New Fox News paranoia: ISIS at the border!

<b>Sheriff Gary Painter (Fox News)</b><p>Fox has a new way to scare its old white audience: Not just drug mules but terrorists are coming up from Mexico<p>Joan Walsh<p>September 16, 2014 5:17pm (UTC)<p>Beheadings aren’t enough, apparently. Right-wing promoters of eternal war have a new way to scare Americans into …

Peter Thiel: Google Has Insane Perks Because It's A Monopoly

Thiel says a monopoly is "a kind of company that's so good at what it does that no other firm can offer a close substitute," a company that's "10x" better at what it does than anybody else.<p>Google hasn't competed in search since the early 2000s, Thiel says, when it definitively leapt ahead of …

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The global cost of fighting climate change might be … free?

<b>(Bohbeh/Shutterstock)</b><p>Saving the world from catastrophic warming doesn’t necessarily require sacrifice, finds a major new report<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>September 16, 2014 3:42pm (UTC)<p>The world can beat this climate change problem yet, promises a major new report from an international commission of leading …