Maddy Minnis

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What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Bug Kama Sutra: Flexible Moth Evolved Many Ways to Mate

Weird & Wild<p>Every day is Valentine's Day for the gold swift moth, which may have the most advanced mating system of any bug.<p>When Pope Gelasius of Rome declared February 14 to be St. Valentine's Day about 1,500 years ago, he probably didn't know about the surprisingly romantic acrobatics of the gold …

Insects

'Heavenly' Ice Halos Form Over New Mexico—What Causes Them?

Ice crystals high in Earth's atmosphere can shape light in unexpected and beautiful ways.<p>It's not quite like finding diamonds in the sky, but a photographer in Red River, New Mexico, was lucky enough to catch rainbow-like arcs and pillars of light blazing over a snowy landscape last week. This …

A former US military officer warns that efforts to target ISIS shouldn't 'hijack' US policy

President Barack Obama is turning to Congress to authorize an expansion of military action against ISIS.<p>But Boston University professor and former US Army officer Andrew Bacevich says the focus on ISIS is crowding out a more fundamental discussion about US Middle East policy.<p>"The notion that if …

Animal Cannibalism: Who Does It and Why

A recent paper reported an unusual behavior in the normally vegetarian hippopotamus: cannibalism.<p>Leejiah Dorward of Imperial College London observed …

Free speech and state power: Americans shouldn’t feel complacent about French hypocrisy

<b>French comedian Dieudonné (left) was recently arrested for a Facebook post considered supportive of terrorism. (Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes/Salon)</b><p>Yeah, the French look like merde arresting a comedian for a Facebook post. But we’re free-speech hypocrites too<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>January 17, 2015 5:00pm …

Ice climber Will Gadd finds freedom in the extreme

Captain Adventure is hanging by his left arm from a mountainside of rock and ice. He is early into his climb, about 30 metres up. Sometimes, it takes more than 200 metres to reach the summit. To get there, the Captain, otherwise known as Will Gadd, is looking for that solid section of ice where he …

So you want to be a travel blogger

If there is one question I get asked more than anything in the world, it has to be the dreaded “how do you make money?”<p>I kid you not, 99 out of 100 …

DIY an Easy Wood Slice Plant Stand

Showcase your plants in an unexpected way.<p><i>Photo by Brepurposed</i><p><i>We're big fans of hometalk, the social network for home and garden lovers, so we're excited to share one of our favorite posts today. Check out the amazing reveal and make sure to check out the site for more great projects.</i><p><i>Photography by</i> …

DIY

Leo Tolstoy’s theory of everything

<b>Leo Tolstoy (Wikimedia)</b><p>Before writing some of the greatest novels in history, Tolstoy asked some of philosophy’s hardest questions<p>Irina Paperno<p>January 11, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “’Who, What Am I?': Tolstoy Struggles to Narrate the Self”<p>Tolstoy’s first diary, started on March 17, 1847, at …

Literature

Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free

<i>What would you do if you were locked in your body, your brain intact but with no way to communicate? How do you survive emotionally when you are invisible to everyone you know and love?</i><p><i>That's the first question asked by NPR's new program on human behavior,</i> Invisibilia.<p><i>The first show tells the story</i> …

January 2015