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This River Kills Everything That Falls Into It

Legend or fact? A young explorer traveled deep into a remote jungle to find out.<p>It sounds like a Jules Verne tale: a boiling river that seems to flow from the center of the earth and kills anything that falls into it. Andrés Ruzo, a National Geographic Young Explorer, first heard about it from his …

The Scientific Reasons Why Introverts And Extroverts Are Different

<b>This article first appeared on</b> <b>QuietRev.com</b><p>I’m standing in the crowd in front of the stage at the small gritty music club. My two friends—both extroverts—are on either side of me, swaying along with the crooning Indie singer and smiling. I was having fun for a while, but now I’m ready to head home …

Psychology

ExxonMobil Warns of ‘Catastrophic’ 9°F to 12°F Global Warming Without Government Action

It’s a Through-The-Looking-Glass world. The Washington Post reports Sunday that ExxonMobil has a far saner view of global warming than the national …

No, Free Trade Didn't Lift Millions Out of Poverty

One of the biggest myths one hears about free trade is that it has "lifted millions out of poverty." This thoughtless piece of happy-talk is a favorite boast of Thomas Friedman (author, <i>The Lexus and the Olive Tree</i>) types and those who never woke up from the late-1990s dream of uncontrolled …

Economics
Water

The 15 places where people live the longest

The WEF ranked places in terms of the average life expectancy, showing where in the world people live the longest.<p>As you'd expect, the more developed the economy, the more likely it is to have a longer life expectancy due to access to a high level of healthcare, as well as typically healthier diets.<p>…

Demographics

Hey Christians! You're Doing It Wrong

I would love to start out this post with a laundry list of theological credentials to back up that title but I don't have them. To be completely honest, I haven't had a church home in ages and with a very few exceptions, I haven't even heard a sermon since I was a teenager.<p>But I tell you what I did …

Faith

No More Drug War: One Year Anniversary of Disappearance of 43 Students in Mexico

September 26 marks one year since the forcible disappearance of 43 student-teachers from the Escuela Normal Rural (rural teachers' college) Raúl Isidro Burgos de Ayotzinapa, and the murder of six community members. The normalistas' case has come to symbolize all of Mexico's disappeared, the …

Mexico

The imperialist lie that won’t die: America is making the planet safer

The U.S. maintains 800 military bases across the globe. They’re a threat to national security — and harm us all<p>With the U.S. military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of U.S. bases and hundreds of …

Geopolitics

Putin's Syria play is a game-changer — which means the West needs to rethink everything

Satellite imagery provided by AllSourceAnalysis confirms the recent arrival of Russian main battle tanks, armored personnel carriers, helicopters, and other military equipment at an airbase in Syria's coastal Latakia province, indicating that Russia has deployed troops inside Syria.<p>Concurrent …

Middle East

10 cities you must visit before they disappear one day! Say thanks to global warming

Bangkok:<p>Kolkata:<p>St. Petersburg:<p>New York City:<p>London:<p>Sydney:<p>Tokyo:<p>Mumbai:<p>Beijing:<p>Rio de Janeiro:

Texas electricity goes negative: Wind power was so plentiful one night that producers paid the state to take it.

In the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, the mighty state of Texas was asleep. The honky-tonks in Austin were shuttered, the air-conditioned office …

Renewable Energy

Netflix Changes 'Sexist' 'Pocahontas' Summary After Online Protest

Netflix's description of Disney's 1995 "Pocahontas" was only one line, but it immediately rubbed Adrienne Keene, author of the Native issues blog Native Appropriations, the wrong way earlier this month. The summary read:<p>An American Indian woman is supposed to marry the village’s best warrior, but …

Feminism

Arpaio To Trump: No, Not All Mexican Immigrants Are 'Rapists And Murderers'

Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio suggested that Donald Trump’s remarks in June that immigrants from Mexico are “rapists” went too far in an interview with …

Immigration

An energy expert’s tweetstorm is the perfect snapshot of climate change's danger

What we are doing to the atmosphere now is going to leave a lasting impact for millennia, according to Shauna Theel, a clean energy policy expert and a Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.<p>Theel recently spat out 10 amazing tweets that completely sum up what we …

Harvard

Sarah Palin wants to be Donald Trump's energy secretary, has no idea what the job entails

Sarah Palin is already picking out a job for herself in the forthcoming Donald Trump administration. She'd like to run the Department of Energy for a brief period, before abolishing it.<p>Sounds promising! Except for one tiny little catch — it's not clear she even knows what the department does. …

General Mills Warns Climate Change Will Lead To Global Food Shortages

In a rebuff to climate deniers, the CEO of American food giant General Mills has asserted that global warming is being created by human activity and is threatening to disrupt global food supplies.<p>Announcing that the company has set a goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent over …

Agriculture

Setting aside half the Earth for ‘rewilding’: the rational argument for extreme conservation

A much-anticipated book in conservation and natural science circles is E.O. Wilson’s Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, which is due early next year. It builds on his proposal to set aside half the Earth for the preservation of biodiversity.<p>The famous biologist and naturalist would do this by …

Ecology
Immigration

We are now averaging more than one mass shooting per day in 2015

For those keeping track, that's an average of more than one shooting per day.<p>These numbers are according to the Mass Shooting Tracker created by the anti-gun subreddit Guns Are Cool.<p>Wednesday morning's stunning on-air fatal shooting in Roanoke, Virginia of a television reporter and a photographer …

Guns

I'm A Mexican Guy Who Wants To Take A Vacation In America, But From Everything I'm Hearing It's Just Too Dangerous

Hi, my name is Carlos Aguirre. I live in beautiful Guadalajara,Mexico (yes, <i>Bachelor in Paradise</i> was here this week) and with summer coming to an end, …

Mass Shootings

The 14th Amendment Did Not Include American Indians

By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji)<p>The Republican candidate for the presidency of the United States brought it up first.<p>Donald Trump suggested that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States be changed. That amendment automatically guarantees the right of citizenship to anyone born on …

Fourteenth Amendment

Compassionate Conservation, Cecil the Murdered Lion, and Blaze the Slaughtered Yellowstone Bear

"More than ever conservation needs new ideas, risky ventures to find out what will work and what won't; biodiversity doesn't benefit from us calling each other stupid as a substitute for rational discourse." (Harry Greene, 2015, Pleistocene rewilding and the future of biodiversity, in Ben Minteer …

Wildlife

Aztec human skull rack unearthed at ancient temple in Mexico City

'There are 35 skulls that we can see, but there are many more,' says lead archeologist<p>Archeologists have found the main trophy rack of sacrificed …

9 Industries That Are Cashing In as Our Planet Heats Up

Despite the fact that 98% of climatologists accept manmade climate change as a fact, almost a quarter of Americans still believe that climate science …

Understanding the U.S. War State. “Watching the War Crime Unfold” | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

This article was originally published by GR in May 2003 in the wake of the US-NATO led invasion of Iraq.<p><i>“It is easy. All you have to do is tell the</i> …

In drought, farmers start depleting groundwater — a risky move - A guide to California's drought and water crisis - Vox

Card 1 of 13<p>The roots of California's water crisis go back decades<p>Card 2 of 13<p>California's water comes from the north and is used in the south<p>Card 3 of 13<p>California's water supply can fluctuate by 40 million acre-feet depending on the year<p>Card 4 of 13<p>California is now suffering the worst drought in …

Martin O’Malley links global warming to ISIS; Republicans promptly flip out

The Democratic candidate raised a valid point about climate change and national security — one lost on the RNC<p>If President Obama's suggestion that climate change is a greater threat to national security than ISIS gave Republicans a collective conniption, you can imagine how they're responding to …

Climate

Lights In Mexican Storm May Be UFO Recharging On Lightning

Mexico is the place to be for UFO enthusiast. A lot of extra-terrestrial activities seems to be happening in that country.<p>Are these UFO's …