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The journal of Marcus Aurelius is essential reading if you want a clear and focused mind

At 17, Marcus Aurelius was adopted. It made him heir to the throne of Rome.<p>Born into a wealthy family, Aurelius was primarily raised in the household of his grandfather. Both his parents passed away relatively early in his life.<p>From the start, his defining characteristic was his pursuit of …

Immune System

Animations Show the Melting Arctic Sea Ice, and What the Earth Would Look Like When All of the Ice Melts

It's no secret that climate change has been taking a toll on the Arctic. But it's one thing to read about it, another thing to see it in action. …

Global Warming

What to Do If You Catch Your Boss in a Lie

Six months ago, at your request, your boss agreed to put your name forward for a new position that works directly with the CEO. Weeks went by, and you heard nothing. Then someone else got the job. When you asked your boss about it, he gave a long, confusing explanation for why the CEO considered …

North Carolina

The rise, fall, and comeback of the Chinese economy over the past 800 years

China was so far ahead, in fact, that economic historian Eric L. Jones once argued that the Chinese empire "came within a hair's breadth of industrializing in the fourteenth century."<p>At the start of the 15th century, China already had the compass, movable type print, and excellent naval capacity. …

Economics

August Was Chicago's Deadliest Month in Two Decades

Ninety homicides, 384 shooting incidents, 472 shooting victims — that awful arithmetic made August the deadliest month in Chicago in more than 20 years.<p>And as the city was digesting those grim statistics, there was a triple shooting in broad daylight Thursday on the west side that sent two adults …

Crime

Florida's Slime Coast Is a State-Sponsored Disaster

The smell hit me as soon as I opened my car door—like rancid milk mixed with dog shit. I gasped for breath as humid air descended, filling my pores …

​Hope for Humanity Officially Dies In Costco Parking Lot Brawl

R.I.P. Hope for Humanity: 1946 - 2016.<p>It was only a mere two weeks ago, a more innocent time, that we suggested that you might have had a lingering hope for humanity. Now it is my solemn duty to inform you that a new road rage brawl—in a Costco parking lot outside of Toronto—has killed said …

Circus

Jimmy Fallon and Donald Trump go off script on 'The Tonight Show'

What happens when the nicest guy in late night meets the loudest mouth running for president?<p>The loud mouth gets to talk a lot. I know, I know—color …

Donald Trump
Crime

Rand Paul has a mind-numbingly asinine explanation for income inequality

The senator’s take on the wealth gap is about as simple-minded as his flat-tax plan<p>Kentucky Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul has a flat tax plan meant to apply to corporations, the 1% and the working poor alike that would increase the deficit by $3 trillion over 10 years …

Income Inequality