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7 things you (probably) didn’t know about America’s entry and involvement in the First World War

American troops arrived on the western front in 1918 full of enthusiasm, and in the spirit of great adventure. Yet most of them were novices who, …

Obama Grants Early Release To Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Pot

Francis Darrell Hayden, a man who was sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars in 2002 will instead be freed in late July, thanks to a …

Vibrating clitoral Bluetooth implants are coming

A company that produces a product called “Smartballs” is also to begin offering vibrating silicone implants<p>Here's a question: Why buy a Bluetooth vibrator -- something you can only use sometimes, when it's on hand -- when you could basically <i>become</i> a Bluetooth vibrator? Allow me to be more clear: …

Beverly Hills

35 Books You Need To Read In Your Twenties

From Cheryl Strayed's Wild to Amy Poehler's Yes Please, these are the books you need to get through your own roaring twenties. Inspired by this post.

Photos: Inside China’s unknown mega-city

Tim Franco, a Paris-born photographer now based in Shanghai, has spent the past five-plus years documenting the intense change that urbanization has brought to the Chinese mega-city of Chongqing.<p>Until 1997, Chongqing was a neglected city in the poor Sichuan province. It is two hours by plane to any …

China

The Universal Pleasures of 7 PM

At that time of day all over the world, most people are experiencing a "largely pleasant social interaction."<p>If there's a time when you'd seem least likely to be doing the same thing as someone else, a good guess might be about 7 p.m. Late at night, most of us are sleeping. During the day, most of …

Lessons of the world’s most unique supercentenarians

There are a handful of people left on Earth who have been alive in three separate centuries, says Rachel Nuwer. What can they – and those of a similarly extreme age – teach us?<p>Reaching a hundredth birthday is always cause for celebration, but these days there are so many centenarians around that …

Stanford University

For a More Creative Brain, Travel

How international experiences can open the mind to new ways of thinking<p>There are plenty of things to be gained from going abroad: new friends, new experiences, new stories.<p>But living in another country may come with a less noticeable benefit, too: Some scientists say it can also make you more …

Creativity

Poll Shows Palestinians Hope for Intifada, Rocket Attacks

A new survey of Palestinian attitudes show that the vast majority harbor exceedingly violent feelings against Israeli Jews.<p>The Palestinian Research …

We Have Been Talking About Football's Brutality for 120 Years

<i>This article is part of</i> The Nation’<i>s 150th Anniversary Special Issue. Download a free PDF of the issue, with articles by James Baldwin, Barbara</i> …

New Atheism, Old Empire

In explaining his transition from radical polemicist to neoconservative hawk, Christopher Hitchens insisted that his politics had not changed. It was …

Hamblin & Peterson: Do religions try to keep their scriptures inaccessible?

Editor's note: Portions of this column are adapted from a previous publication by Daniel C. Peterson online at maxwellinstitute.byu.edu.<p>The late …

Howard Zinn, ''Finishing School for Pickets'' and Paula Giddings, ''Learning Insubordination''

<i>Tom Englehardt introduces this double-feature from TomDispatch:</i><p>It gives me a double pleasure to have today's double-barreled post -- an excerpt from …

Only God Could Have Created Christopher Hitchens

There is but one man who could have lured me away from my husband. Even if just for a tawdry weekend of boozing, arguments, smoke-filled hotel rooms …

Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens on Today’s Paris Massacre

Gunmen shouting “Allahu Akbar” attacked the offices of French satirical newspaper named <i>Charlie Hedbo</i> and killed twelve people, including journalists …

Is There an Afterlife? Christopher Hitchens Speculates in an Animated Video

Ten months before his death -- a death he knew was coming -- Christopher Hitchens debated the question, “Is there an afterlife?”. Sharing the stage …

Religion

A new and previously unreleased interview with Christopher Hitchens

Reader Michael sent me this previously unseen interview of Christopher Hitchens by Italian journalist and author Christian Rocca, filmed at …

Christopher Hitchens

On my radar: Sam Harris’s cultural highlights

The neuroscientist, author and philosopher on the Tesla Model S, Brazilian jiujitsu and his fear that the machines will take over…<p>Sam Harris is an American neuroscientist, author and philosopher. His book <i>The End of Faith</i> (2004) appeared on the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller list for 33 weeks. This was …

Sea Level

Atheists open up: What they want you to know

<b>(CNN) —</b> Many Americans are leaving their faith behind. While fewer than 3% consider themselves atheists, about 20% of Americans don't identify with any religion, according to a Pew Study.<p>CNN's documentary, "Atheists: Inside the World of Non-Believers," tells the story of a number of people who put …

Religion