Matthew Burke

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'The story of a weird world I was warned never to tell'

<b>Pauline Dakin's childhood in Canada in the 1970s was full of secrets, disruption and unpleasant surprises. She wasn't allowed to talk about her family life with anyone - and it wasn't until she was 23 that she was told why.</b><p>There was always something unusual about Pauline Dakin's family.<p>"My brother …

Imaginary Worlds is the slick, deep-dive podcast sci-fi and fantasy fans need to hear

NPR for Sci-fi fans<p><i>There are a ton of podcasts out there, but finding the right one can be difficult. In our new column</i> <i>Pod Hunters</i><i>, we co</i><i>ver</i> <i>what we’ve been listening to that we can’t stop thinking about.</i><p>A couple of months ago, the members of my science fiction writer’s group were talking about …

Dark websites: The best sites to get started with on the dark web

Dark websites aren't as easy to find as those on the regular internet so here's our pick of the best and how to access them<p>There are plenty of useful …

Privacy

Colorado Democrats React to Jeff Sessions' Weed Policy With Surprisingly Good Tweets

Often, the Democratic Party has trouble on the social media platform known as Twitter dot com. But today, the Colorado Senate Democrats showed how it …

Internal FCC Report Shows Republican Net Neutrality Narrative Is False

The story of net neutrality as an Obama-led takeover of the internet was refuted by an Inspector General investigation whose findings were not made public prior to Thursday’s vote.<p>A core Republican talking point during the net neutrality battle was that, in 2015, President Obama led a government …

Gifts For Kids Who Are Just Starting To Love Superheroes

Nowadays, there's only one group of kids that aren't into superheroes: Kids who aren't into superheroes yet. There's a tender age right before they …

An Oxford philosopher’s moral crisis can help us learn to question our instincts

Jeff McMahan is an Oxford moral philosopher and vegetarian of almost 50 years. He still doesn’t know if it’s wrong to eat meat.<p>I discovered this when I called McMahan in June to discuss his recently delivered lecture, “Might we benefit animals by eating them?” The lecture examined whether it can be …

The Concept of Schizophrenia Is Coming to an End – Here's Why

"The syndrome is already beginning to breakdown..."<p>The concept of schizophrenia is dying. Harried for decades by psychology, it now appears to have …

The Biggest Myths About the First Christians

Did early Christians have Bibles? Hide in catacombs? Oh, and as far as why Peter was crucified upside down...<p>Whether you like it or not, if you live …

New Imaging Study Shows How Schizophrenic Brains Regenerate

A new study points the way toward future new therapies and maybe even, eventually, a cure.<p>To say that cures are rarely discussed within the context of mental illness would be an understatement. The reality is much closer to <i>never</i> and this becomes even more true as the mental illness in question …

Four Reasons Why the Internet Is the Worst Thing to Happen to Humanity

Man, the internet is great. But it's also extremely dreadful and terrible.<p>Ray Tomlinson – the man who invented email, put the "@" sign on the map and played a crucial role in creating the Internet – died on Monday. Tech leaders mourned his passing and praised his contributions to the development of …

Why the NSA is staying out of Apple's fight with the FBI

Apple’s court fight has exposed a deep rift in how the two agencies deal with technology<p>From the beginning of Apple’s fight with the FBI, there’s been an inconvenient question: why can’t the NSA just break into the San Bernardino iPhone? We know from Edward Snowden that the agency has eyes nearly …

We're Already Violating Virtual Reality's First Code of Ethics

Two German philosophers developed the first virtual reality code of ethics to help stave off our descent into a Matrix-esque hell, but we're already violating that code.<p>It seems as though the advent of any radically new technology is inevitably accompanied by a mad scramble to legislate its proper …

NASA Has Designed a Warp Ship Inspired by ‘Star Trek’s Enterprise

When does science-fiction become science fact? Throughout various mediums over the last few centuries, we’ve seen early versions of concepts that …

The 13 Most Badass Quotes From the Supreme Court's Female Justices on the Texas Abortion Case

So much girl power on that bench.<p>On Wednesday, eight Supreme Court justices began hearing oral arguments in <i>Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt</i>, the most important case on abortion access to be heard in two decades. The case challenges the constitutionality of a 2013 Texas law that requires …

​Three Concepts You Need to Grasp if You Want to Know Whether to Legalize Drugs (Yes, Even Heroin)

Prohibition creates a vast investment bank for crimes like kidnapping.<p><i>This piece was published in partnership with The Influence.</i><p>The arguments for the war on drugs are collapsing all around us. Today, some 53 percent of US citizens think this war has not been worth the cost—while only 19 percent …

​We Asked an Expert What Would Happen If the UK Decriminalized All Drugs

The UN was apparently about to release a report advising exactly that this week before suddenly changing its mind.<p><i>Illustration by Sam Taylor</i><p>Thanks to polymath and biopic-waiting-to-happen Richard Branson, we know that, this week, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime was in the final stages of preparing …

Like 'Deadpool,' This Jellyfish Has Amazing Superpowers

The moon jellyfish can age backward, form hordes of clones, and regenerate lost body parts, a new study says.<p>A hole rips through his body, but seals up and heals completely. An appendage is sliced off; the tissues grow back perfectly. He is capable of extreme regeneration, perhaps even …

Biology

Mental illness is a result of misery, yet still we stigmatise it

It matters how we talk and think about mental health. Get it wrong, and people can end up being misled, or even worse, hurt. Last week the BBC ran a well-intentioned season about mental health that, unfortunately, gave a completely lopsided view of psychiatry.<p>The best prescription for mental …

Mental Health

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Jesus Christ Wasn’t Down With Marriage

Laws aimed at reinforcing ‘traditional’ Christian marriage get Christ’s and early Christians’ views on matrimony exactly backward.<p>This week the …

Quantum Experiment Helps Prove Einstein's Theory of Relativity

Building a quantum computer can sometimes yield unexpected benefits — like providing the right environment to demonstrate that Albert Einstein's …

Physics

Time Travel Simulation Resolves “Grandfather Paradox”

On June 28, 2009, the world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking threw a party at the University of Cambridge, complete with balloons, hors d'oeuvres and …