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How the Supreme Court Authorized Racial Profiling

After the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s dismantled explicitly racist laws, racism became colorblind to survive. Today, although no law explicitly allows for racial profiling by law enforcement, it still happens at an institutional level. What's often left out of the discussion about …

At This Point, If You Deny Climate Change, You Are a Traitor to Your Species

A landmark deal on the most important issue of our time—just in time for the Republican debate.<p>"WORLD LEADERS INK PACT!"<p>Sorry, some sportswriting broke out there for a moment. We continue.<p>The deal was struck in a rare show of near-universal accord, as poor and wealthy nations from across the …

Climate

The 18 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics

1 of 19<p>Introduction<p>In 1900, the British physicist Lord Kelvin is said to have pronounced: "There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All …

Physics

Why ISIL won't be defeated

In late August 2006, John Mearsheimer and Steve Walt published a book called 'The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy', ever since life, says Mearsheimer, has been fundamentally altered.<p>"If you criticise Israel or criticise the lobby, you pay a significant price and most people are unwilling to pay …

Middle East

Second amendment allows for gun control.

You’ve likely heard it from any number of sources. Perhaps it was from a presidential candidate, a lawmaker, your libertarian brother-in-law, or your …

This Is How the Ocean Makes Earth Livable

Seventy percent of Earth’s surface is ocean, and without it, the other 30 percent would barely be inhabitable. The ocean absorbs and distributes heat …

COP21: 'A trillion trees to the rescue'

<b>Tom Crowther garnered international interest in September when his group published an estimate for the number of trees on Planet Earth - 3,041,000,000,000. Here, the Yale University scientist explains how his team came to this figure and how it's being used.</b><p>Since we published the map of the world's …

8 Ways Confident People Live Differently

Own it. 💃<p>Some people just have that "it factor."<p>They command attention whenever they walk into a room. But the truth is, they weren't born with a confident gene. Instead, their daily behaviors contribute to their self-assured personality.<p>That's good news: It means <i>anyone</i> can adopt the habits …

ISIL sells its oil, but who is buying it? | War & Conflict

Thanks to the illicit oil trade, millions of dollars enter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's coffers on a daily basis. Although we are getting into guesswork, estimates have varied between $1m and $1.5m a day. Russia's President Vladimir Putin has referred to billions of dollars worth of …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Maxwell's equations: 150 years of light

The chances are that you are reading this article on some kind of electronic technology. You are definitely seeing it via visible light, unless you have a braille or audio converter. And it probably got to you via wifi or a mobile phone signal. All of those things are understood in terms of the …

Physics

The Supreme Court Just Made Police Shootings a Messier Problem

By undermining the Fourth Amendment.<p>It was the opinion of the sage of Archey Road, Martin Dooley, that <i>"No matther whether th' constitution follows h' flag or not, th' Supreme Coort follows th' election returns."</i> This clearly is still true, but it's also clear that the present Supreme Court doesn't …

Police Shootings

Ban Ki-Moon Condemns The American Stand On Syria, Endorses Putin's

In an interview with Spanish newspapers that was published October 31st, U.N. Secretary General <b>Ban Ki-Moon condemned U.S. President Barack Obama’s</b> …

Ban Ki-moon

Lithium Air Battery Breakthrough Could Lead To Replacement Of Lithium Ion Batteries

Lithium ion batteries have been around for nearly a quarter-century, finding their way from laptops to electric cars. But British scientists say the …

AP investigation: Hundreds of officers lose licenses over sex misconduct

<i>Editor's note: Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, covered below, was convicted on Dec. 10, 2015 on 18 of 36 counts of rape and other sexual offenses against women he encountered on patrol. He will be sentenced in January. [7:17 a.m., Dec. 11, 2015.]</i><p>Flashing lights pierced the …

Lithium-Air Battery Breakthrough May Mean Game Over For Gasoline

The lithium-air battery is the holy grail of energy storage only better.<p>Now, thanks to a breakthrough made by scientists at Cambridge University, it may also be a lot closer to commercial reality than previously believed.<p>First things first. What is a lithium air battery?<p>A battery has three basic …

Clean Energy

We’re still fighting George W. Bush’s battles: Syria, ISIS and the “worst foreign policy blunder” in American History

Twelve years after the invasion of Iraq, the Middle East is more volatile than ever. Welcome to permanent war<p>What if the U.S. had not invaded Iraq in 2003? How would things be different in the Middle East today? Was Iraq, in the words of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the "worst foreign …

This is not a democracy: Behind the Deep State that Obama, Hillary or Trump couldn’t control

Foreign policy never really changes regardless of who holds the White House. This is why exceptionalism always wins<p>There are two ways to consider the White House’s announcement last week that, no, American troops will no longer withdraw from Afghanistan as previously planned. You can look back over …

The 55 Best Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Metabolism. It’s the set of life-sustaining chemical transformations within the cells of living organisms. It’s such a big concept that it’s …

Nutrition

A Bill Gates-backed Canadian company opened a plant that sucks carbon from the air

Carbon Engineering, backed by Bill Gates and other investors, unveiled a test facility able to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using giant fans.<p>That carbon goes through a series of chemical processes and emerges as pellets, which can be used to make fuel — or simply be stored underground.<p>…

British Columbia

Kim Jong-un's recipe for success: private enterprise and public executions

Reforms have brought record harvests and economic growth, but the leader won’t risk giving North Koreans more personal freedom, writes Andrei Lankov<p>North Korea at 70: welcome to our series Forget nuclear tests, look at our football: North Korea dreams of World Cup glory<p>Kim Jong-un, the third …

North Korea

Climate Change Is Not Our Fault

It's time to change the way we talk about climate change.<p>Political leaders have acknowledged human-driven (or "anthropogenic") global warming since 1964 (when President Lyndon Johnson mentioned it in a speech to Congress). Since then, however, we've done almost nothing to address its dangers. As …

Climate Change

President Obama was wrong: Australia is not like the US

Unlike Australia, the US is at war with itself, strongly divided on racial, religious, political and social lines. We have our problems, …

Fermilab's giant magnet begins its journey into the quantum badlands

Infinitesimally small particles, such as the electrons in our wires and the muons that bombard us from space, are tiny magnets. This is because they carry angular momentum - spin - and also have electric charge.<p>Magnetic fields happen whenever electric charge moves around, so the fact that …

Physics

Russian Soldiers: Don’t Send Me to Syria

Putin’s next undeclared war in the Middle East has already pushed Russian civil society to defend contract soldiers who don’t even know where they …

Russia

Ben Carson: Charles Darwin Came Up With the Theory of Evolution Because He Was Influenced by Satan

At LGF we’ve written several times about GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s rejection of the scientific theory of evolution in favor of …

Biology

The Syrian War Has Prompted the First Ever Withdrawal From the Doomsday Seed Vault

The devastating impact of the conflict in Syria has forced a doomsday seed vault buried deep in the Arctic to allow withdrawal of seed deposits for …

Elizabeth Warren is going after private equity's golden goose

Sens. Al Franken (D-Minnesota), Warren, Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) are calling upon the US Treasury Department and US Internal Revenue Service to crack down on management fee waivers at private-equity funds.<p>Management fee waivers don't matter to everyone in …

Scientists built the most powerful physics machine on earth to study the fate of our universe — and it may break the laws of physics

Right now, the most powerful physics machine ever constructed by man is running at maximum power after a major upgrade that took two years to complete.<p>And recently, two different experiments reported that they may have discovered a particle that behaves in ways that cannot be explained with any …

Physics