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Canada’s level-headed response to the Toronto van attack shocks the rest of the world

Canadian media and law enforcement stayed away from hyperbole and excessive use of force.<p>The international media is noting the response of Canadian …

Extremism

The most famous comedian the year you were born

1/<p>1963 — Jerry Lewis<p>AP<p>Jerry Lewis is total comedy royalty, with starring roles and buddy comedies with Dean Martin, in films spanning decades. But he …

Comedy

GQ magazine puts Bible on list of classic books not worth reading, incurs the wrath of Christians

Well, it appears this group of scribes won’t be greeted very warmly at the Pearly Gates.<p>GQ magazine, a bible of “grooming” tips, gadget suggestions and style advice, has sparked a social media conflagration by calling the Christian Holy Bible “foolish, repetitive and contradictory” and placing it …

Literature

Religion scholar compares white evangelical Christians to a “cult” under Trump’s presidency

It’s a compelling case<p>Reza Aslan, a religion scholar and former CNN host who has written extensively about Islamic fundamentalism, is featured in a new Big Think video in which he asks the question of whether the followers of President Donald Trump constitute a “religious cult.”<p>Aslan begins by …

Donald Trump

‘I don’t get confused’: Nikki Haley’s response to Trump’s White House draws notice

The public split between the White House and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley this week over Russia sanctions threw a spotlight on her at-times uneasy …

Donald Trump

What is the Great Attractor, and will it destroy us?

Our understanding of the universe has expanded tremendously in the last few decades. But there are still some mysteries out there, and the Great …

New South Wales

AI helps grow 6 billion roaches at China's largest breeding site

The system ensures an optimal growth environment for the cockroaches, which are eventually crushed to make a "healing potion" that cures ailments like stomachache.<p>If your worst nightmare is to be trapped in a room with six billion roaches flying around you, here's the bad news.<p>With the help of …

Artificial Intelligence

3 Black women listen to Taylor Swift’s ‘September’ cover—and their faces say it all

Taylor Swift released a country cover of Earth Wind and Fire’s R&B disco hit “September” last week that, uh, didn’t impress Twitter (to say the …

Women of Color

The First Black Hole Close-Up

Astrophysicist Jean-Pierre Luminet didn’t have a supercomputer when he showed the world what a black hole looks like. He just had an IBM 7040 and a …

Black Holes

An evolutionary biologist takes on the absurd bodies of superheroes

An interview with evolutionary biologist Shane Campbell-Staton.<p><i>Evolutionary biologist Shane Campbell-Staton loves reading comic books almost as much as he loves studying unusual animals. Now he’s combining his twin passions in a new podcast, The Biology of Superheroes, co-hosted by fellow geek</i> …

Comic Books

Native American Tribe to DHS: Keep your dumb border wall off our land

In 1853, the U.S. Government bought a 29,670 square mile chunk of dirt in a deal that, as history buffs will tell you, ended up being called the …

Immigration

10 GHOSTLY FACTS THAT WILL FREAK YOU OUT

<b>We all have heard paranormal activities and supernatural entities here are top 10 ghostly facts that will freak you out.</b><p><b>If you feel shivered all of a</b> …

Paranormal

Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain, an international team of researchers set out four buckets to gather a shower of viruses falling from the sky.<p>Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling the planet, above the planet’s weather systems but below the level of airline …

Biology

A Spooky Quantum Experiment Creates What May Be the Most Entangled Controllable Device Yet

If you’ve read anything about quantum computers, you may have encountered the statement, “It’s like computing with zero and one at the same time.” …

Quantum Mechanics

10 revelations in Comey's book that definitely triggered Trump

Eleven months after being fired, former FBI Director James Comey took his revenge on Donald Trump this week, delivering a devastating critique of the president in a tell-all book.<p>In “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” Comey describes Trump as “unethical” and “untethered to truth” and …

Donald Trump

Top 9 Civilizations that might have beaten Columbus to America

We all were made accustomed to the story that Columbus was the person who discovered the great land of America in the year 1492. But you would be …

Native Americans

The Rock’s Very Honest CRISPR Tweet Sends Science Community into Frenzy

Before he was The Rock, Dwayne Johnson was a science major.<p>The hotly anticipated video game-turned-romcom, <i>Rampage</i>, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson …

Genetics

Green-haired turtle that breathes through its genitals added to endangered list

With its punky green mohican the striking Mary river turtle joins a new ZSL list of the world’s most vulnerable reptiles<p>It sports a green mohican, fleshy finger-like growths under its chin and can breathe through its genitals.<p>The Mary river turtle is one of the most striking creatures on the …

Zoology

Deadpool's movie costume apparently off-limits in Marvel Comics, even for meta jokes

At times, it seems like nothing can keep Deadpool away from a good joke, but apparently a team full of Marvel and Hollywood lawyers can do the …

Comics

The Myth of 'Learning Styles'

A popular theory that some people learn better visually or aurally keeps getting debunked.<p>In the early ‘90s, a New Zealand man named Neil Fleming decided to sort through something that had puzzled him during his time monitoring classrooms as a school inspector. In the course of watching 9,000 …

Pedagogy

Sperm Whale Stuffed with 64 Pounds of Plastic Washes Up Dead In Spain

A representation created by Greenpeace Philippines. While it’s not real, it’s getting a little too close for comfort.<p><b>Late in February,</b> a juvenile …

Whales

How this optical illusion made me question my reality

Are these colors even real?<p>The latest visual illusion to make me question my reality is a blurry swirl of colors that disappear if I stare at them for long enough.<p>The illusion popped up on the r/woahdude Reddit today, but versions of it have existed since at least 1804 when a philosopher named …

San Diego

The fascinating history behind 11 common superstitions

Ancient History

Quantum Correlations Reverse Thermodynamic Arrow of Time

The operation effectively reverses the arrow of time, at least in this isolated system. “The thermodynamic arrow of time relies on the notion that …

Quantum Mechanics

A Weird Marijuana Syndrome Can Only Be Treated by Quitting and Hot Showers

Doctors are only now learning about this mysterious illness.<p>Marijuana is enjoying an unprecedented level of acceptance in the United States, but …

Cannabis

Did you solve it? The hipster bicycle race

On my puzzle blog earlier today I set the following questions:<p>1) <i>Two hipsters, Atticus and Abe, were arguing about whose electronic bicycle was the slowest. They decided to race them along a 100m track. They agreed that the bike reaching the finish line last would be the winner. The guys got on</i> …

Puzzles

The ‘ridiculous,’ ‘insulting,’ ‘inappropriate’ questions Trump officials don’t want reporters to ask

Officials in President Trump's administration sometimes deflect or spin when asked tough questions by reporters, but other times they contend that the questions should not be asked in the first place.<p>In the most recent example, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt bristled …

Donald Trump

Mike Myers' Dr. Evil returns to dish on his former employer, Trump

Dr. Evil has been trying to take over the world again and we didn’t even know it. Mike Myers reprised his famous <i>Austin Powers</i> villain for <i>The Tonight</i> …

Donald Trump

31 things Canadians say that Americans don't understand

Canada

What on Earth Is This Fiery Blob?

At first glance, it looks like a fiery monster out of "The Incredibles." Or maybe a glowing alien orb, or a giant, irritated zit popping up above the …

Geology