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‘Reason is non-negotiable’: Steven Pinker on the Enlightenment

In an extract from his new book Enlightenment Now, the Harvard psychologist extols the relevance of 18th-century thinking<p>• Read an interview with Steven Pinker on Enlightenment Now here<p>What is enlightenment? In a 1784 essay with that question as its title, Immanuel Kant answered that it consists of …

Alexander Hamilton

The 50 greatest wildlife holidays on Earth

From giant flat-screen televisions to 3D 12-channel surround sound IMAX, the technology now exists to bring the wonders of the natural world to our living rooms and cinema screens in ever more realistic ways. Hence the appeal of Blue Planet II, the most-watched television series in Britain last …

'This is what extinction looks like' - photo of last male northern white rhino goes viral

With his wide mouth planted squarely on the dusty floor, it is almost as if Sudan understands his plight. A photograph of the last male northern white rhinoceros has gone viral after being posted on Twitter in order to illustrate the meaning of extinction.<p>Sudan is the only surviving male of the …

Endangered Species

The EPA has approved the release of weaponized mosquitoes in 20 US states

The US Environmental Protection Agency has given its approval for MosquitoMate, a Kentucky-based biotechnology company, to release its bacteria-infected male mosquitoes in several parts of the United States.<p>The EPA approval was first reported by Nature on Monday (Nov. 6), and confirmed by the …

China Takes an Expansionist View of Geopolitics

Former U.S. national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski managed to capture thousands of years of Chinese history in about 10 words. In his seminal …

Rex Tillerson and the Unraveling of the State Department

One afternoon in late September, I sat down with Rex Tillerson on what, in hindsight, may well have been his last comparatively normal day as secretary of state. It was a little more than 72 hours before President Donald Trump would take to Twitter to declare that Tillerson, his top diplomat, was …

U.S. Dept. of State

The Continued Unravelling of the Middle East: A Deep Dive into History

<i>Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announcing the creation of the Islamic State, June 30, 2014</i><p>The political constellation of the Middle East has been, until recently, relatively durable for the better part of three-quarters of a century. Except for the division of the British mandate of Palestine between Israel …

Middle East

Our real Sarah Palin nightmare: We debate sideshows and phony problems — while this very real threat looms undiscussed

While we waste time debating whether science is real, a terrifying biodiversity loss continues under our noses<p>It’s an amazing fact that the contemporary world is marked by a growing number of problems that are genuinely <i>global</i> in scope. Some of these problems even have existential implications for …

Climate Change

We are at war with an imaginary Islam: Lies, propaganda and the real story of America and the Muslim world

American propaganda exaggerates the power and moral depravity of the Islamic enemy, in the service of our empire<p>The United States is at war with a very different, mythic Islam of its own making that has nothing at all to do with this Islam of the Qur’an. To make sense of that conjured threat, …

Geopolitics

Jane Goodall Says SeaWorld 'Should Be Closed Down'

NEW YORK -- Jane Goodall wants to see SeaWorld go extinct.<p>The 81-year-old primatologist said whales and dolphins should never be held in captivity, and that the entertainment company known for its orca shows should be shuttered.<p>“They definitely should be closed down,” Goodall said in an interview …

Animals

Digital Reconstruction of the Northwest Palace, Nimrud, Assyria

Posted on December 11th, 2014<p>Posted on November 7th, 2014<p>Posted on July 30th, 2012<p>Posted on June 1st, 2012

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Foolproof Poached Eggs Recipe

A 100% foolproof method for perfectly poached eggs with tight, clean whites and golden, liquid yolk, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or topping salads. Check out the video for more details.<p><b>Why this recipe works:</b><p>Straining eggs in a fine mesh strainer removes excess whispy, loose whites, creating …

The Best Egg Salad Recipe

Perfect is a word that I throw around a lot, and it's always with the understanding that it's a goal that can be strived for but never achieved. This particular recipe for egg salad is about as close to perfect as I've ever had. It's not fancy, there are no special ingredients, but it's well …

Welcome to the new Cold War: Keystone XL and GOP’s dystopian vision for 2016

A toxic combination of fossil fuel optimization and “North Americanism” threatens to bring the world to its knees<p>It’s a ritual long familiar to observers of American politics: presidential hopefuls with limited international experience travel to foreign lands and deliver speeches designed to …

Natural Gas

Bored Panda

Japanese army uses 3,500 tons of snow to create massive Star Wars sculpture for snow festival:

Nuclear Options - Obama In India

India is dramatically expanding its nuclear energy and its nuclear weapons – separately. Both are inevitable.<p>On the energy side, President Barack Obama and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached an agreement that will open the door to the sale of U.S. nuclear power plants and nuclear industry …

Nuclear Energy

Europe Appeals to Putin’s Ego As it Seeks Peace in Ukraine

Given the amount of blood still being spilled on a daily basis in the war in eastern Ukraine, it may seem premature, if not also in bad taste, to …

Russia

Lassana Bathily, Muslim Employee At Kosher Market, Saved Several People During Paris Hostage Situation

Lassana Bathily, a Muslim employee at Paris Kosher grocery store Hyper Cacher, saved several people by hiding them in a walk-in freezer when a gunman laid siege to his workplace on Friday.<p>Amedy Coulibaly burst into the market and opened fire, killing 4 people. He took several shoppers hostage and …

France

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

Mae Keane, One Of The Last 'Radium Girls,' Dies At 107

<b>Editor's note, Jan. 15, 2015:</b> Mae Keane was one of the last "radium girls," but not the last one. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the full correction note.<p><i>Before turning the page on 2014,</i> All Things Considered <i>is paying tribute to some of the people who died this year whose</i> …

Oil isn't cheap -- at any price

As world oil prices have slumped below $60 a barrel, tumbling nearly 50% since June to a five-year low, analysts have scrambled to discern the economic and political fallout.<p>The big picture, though, hasn't changed: Oil is not cheap, at any price. What we're charged at the pump for gasoline is just …