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The best movies of 2017 so far, ranked

Superheroes, superpigs, and all points in between.<p>It’s hard to believe, but true: 2017 is already half over.<p>The most prestigious films of the year usually come out in the fall in an attempt to make a run at the Oscars. But this year has <i>already</i> yielded a bumper crop of great movies, including three …

Entertainment

The History Test

How should the courts use history?<p>On the night of April 9, 1931, James M. Kiley, thirty-nine, was shot with a .32-calibre pistol at a gas station in Somerville, Massachusetts, during a botched holdup. Kiley, the night manager, had twenty-four dollars in his pocket; the cash in the register was …

Law

This biology teacher destroyed transphobic myths with one science lesson

“Alternative facts” have become par for the course in 2017, so it’s more important than ever to use good, old-fashioned “real facts” to combat …

Why Do So Many Americans Fear Muslims? Decades Of Denial About America’s Role In The World.

There’s been lots attention-grabbing opposition to Trump’s “Muslim ban” executive order, from demonstrations to court orders. But polls make it clear public opinion is much more mixed. Standard phone polls show small majorities opposed, while web and automated polls find small majorities continue …

A top strategist explains who — if anyone — can threaten America's status as the global economic superpower

Viktor Shvets is Macquarie's head of global equity strategy and Asia-Pacific equity strategy.<p>We recently spoke with him about who, if anyone, can threaten the United States' status as the global economic superpower.<p>This is part three of a series. Part one was a discussion on the populism that's …

Why people believe Trump's lies, fake news, and conspiracy theories

The number is more like 800, Jones told the Washington Post. Trump angrily responded to Jones on Twitter, attacking his union work, but did not deny that he had exaggerated the number.<p>This is just one more on a long list of fibs Trump has told over the past few years.<p>Donald Trump has said that …

Maneuvering a new reality for US journalism

<b>Dear friends in American journalism,</b><p>Ordinarily, it is you who offer the rest of the world advice about press freedom, and the accountability …

It’s only wrong when YOU do it! The psychology of hypocrisy

Hypocrisy seems to be everywhere lately. How do people reconcile themselves to saying one thing and doing another? And are there benefits?<p>Thriller: why do our brains allow us to enjoy being scared?<p>In these times of political turmoil, aggressive online discourse, “post-truth” society and lord knows …

Critical Thinking

The Big Con: what is really at stake in this US election

Big government helped make America great but it was so successful its effect has become invisible. Anti-Washington hatred helps only the super-rich and puts progress at risk for millions living with wage stagnation and rising inequality<p><i>Do you remember, your President Nixon?</i><p><i>Do you remember, the</i> …

Economics

The Case Against Democracy

If most voters are uninformed, who should make decisions about the public’s welfare?<p>Roughly a third of American voters think that the Marxist slogan “From each according to his ability to each according to his need” appears in the Constitution. About as many are incapable of naming even one of the …

How the ‘Great Paradox’ of American politics holds the secret to Trump’s success

In the heartland of the American right, people harmed by polluting industries have instead come to hate the government whose environmental regulations protect them. Now they’re voting for Donald Trump<p>There he is, seated on his wooden front porch overlooking a trim yard in suburban DeRidder, …

Waterskiing

Best Camera Backpack 2017 for DSLR: Top 10 Reviews

Being owner of your professional camera, it requires you to unconditionally take care of it in every condition at all costs. Thus, the need for your</i> …

The Winner Of The ‘Star Wars’ Fan Film Awards Is An Epic Storm Trooper Adventure

Can’t wait for <i>Star Wars: Rogue One</i> to come out in December? Lucky for you, there’s tons of high quality fan-made <i>Star Wars</i> content floating around on the web to tide you over. But how do you sort the good from the bad? Well, it turns out there’s an annual Star Wars fan film awards held at Star Wars …

Star Wars

The 10 Best Movies of 2016 (So Far)

There are four seasons to a year, but only two seasons to a movie year: Summer (which now starts around late February) and Awards. Supposedly, the …

This is what your histogram is for and how to use it

The histogram is based around a fairly simple principle, but one that many still struggle to get to grips with. Put simply, it’s a graph showing the …

Photography

The best films of 2016 so far

As we approach the final months of 2016, it’s time to look back at the films our critics have so far rated the finest<p>• See our definitive 50 best films of 2016<p>After Love<p>Painful drama of longterm relationship breakup and possession-division from Belgian director Joachim Lafosse, featuring Bérénice …

Comic Books

39 Movies That Are, In Fact, Better Than The Book

Sorry, Stephen King.

Stephen King

Dear Hollywood, This Is How You Make A Movie With African Characters

You may have heard that Sean Penn's new Africa-set drama, <i>The Last Face</i>, got savaged at the Cannes Film Festival this week. Reviewers complained (and let me just note that I've not yet seen the film) that while Penn centers the story on a romance between two NGO doctors (Charlize Theron and Javier …

Africa

Fear Of Knowing

Science can sometimes come across as a stuffy, inflexible collection of facts — absolute truths not to be questioned. At least, that's the way it is often taught in schools.<p>The reality of science is very different. Scientists are always questioning, holding out the possibility of being wrong, and …

Physics

“There is just no such thing as God”: A physicist searches for meaning in the natural world

Why are we here? What is our purpose? Only science holds the answers, argues “The Big Picture” author Sean Carroll<p>It is time to face reality, California Institute of Technology theoretical physicist Sean Carroll says: There is just no such thing as God, or ghosts, or human souls that reside outside …

Do Science and Religion Conflict? Yes - And It Matters

Is there a conflict between religion and science? Some say yes. Others say no. Regardless of their answer, nearly everyone thinks that the relationship between faith and science has to do with <i>competing knowledge and truth claims</i>, where science says one thing about the world and religion says …

10 Movies That Got 100% On Rotten Tomatoes (And A Few That Got Close)

Rotten Tomatoes has been on every movie fan’s lips this month, as <b>Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice</b> opened, and currently sits at a brutal 29% on the …

Animation

The 17 equations that changed the world

In 2012, Mathematician Ian Stewart came out with an excellent and deeply researched book titled "In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World.<p>His book takes a look at the most pivotal equations of all time, and puts them in a human, rather than technical context.<p>"Equations …

17. Dope

<b>The Plot:</b> Geeky teenager Malcolm (Shameik Moore) has his entire life ahead of him until he finds himself and his pals accidentally drawn into a world …

Crime Drama

Film Explores What It Would Be Like If Europeans Were Refugees In The Middle East

"Tunisia 2045" turns the tables on the current crisis.<p>What if the refugee crisis reversed itself, and war-weary Europeans were the ones seeking safe haven in the Middle East? "Tunisia 2045," a short film by Ted Hardy-Carnac, explores that hypothetical.<p>A long line of refugees from Europe waits …

Middle East

When Algorithms Give Orders: The Ethics Of Fulfilling Our Desires Vs Saving Us From Ourselves

As the capabilities of artificial intelligence have advanced exponentially over the last several years, a growing chorus of voices has warned of the dangers as AI begins to make more and more decisions on our behalf. Many of the concerns cited, such as intelligent killer robots, are still at least …

Artificial Intelligence

Cooper's Ten Best Movies of 2015

What a year it has been! From beginning to end 2015 produced enough movies to sate the most energetic moviegoer, and did it with finesse. To get the top of the crop you have to look at the entire year and not just the films let loose in the final days of the year, and that is a good thing. So let's …

Top Ten Films of 2015

When you read other Top Ten Film lists, consider that the journalists do not give equal weight to docs, animation and dramatic features, nor foreign versus American indies and studio pictures. Perhaps, they should call their lists "Top Ten Films That We All Generally Write About."<p>1. <i>Wild Tales</i> (dir. …

5 Time-Saving Tips for Adobe Lightroom

Photographers everywhere have embraced Adobe Lightroom as a godsend—a tool that saves countless hours, catering exactly to photographers’ needs in …

Five Techniques for Creating Impressionist or Abstract Photography

Whether you are new to photography, or have been photographing for a while, I’m sure you’ve gone through times when the ideas weren’t flowing, and …