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Creationism Whistleblower: ‘Academic Freedom’ Is Sneak Attack on Evolution

The ‘intelligent design’ push in public classrooms failed a decade ago, but since then Darwin’s haters have returned with a new strategy disguised as …

Obama tries to ease anxiety over terrorism with Oval Office address

President Obama said Sunday that recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., show that the threat of terrorism to the United States has entered a new phase, but he vowed that the nation will ultimately defeat the Islamic State and other militant groups.<p>“The threat from terrorism is real, …

Terrorism

Father of San Bernardino Shooter Says Son Agreed With ISIS

The father of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook (who carries the same name), told an Italian paper that his son supported the Islamic State …

Terrorism
Gun Control

The Isometric Bodyweight Squat Challenge | Men's Health

You also increase the time your muscles are under tension. The result: bigger, stronger glutes and quads.<p>Here’s how it works: Hold the bottom of a bodyweight squat for 30 seconds, and then stand up and perform one full squat. Then do a 30-second hold again, but follow it up with two bodyweight …

Why White Men Are "Gunmen" and Muslim Men Are "Terrorists"

"Racial grammar." It's not a word you hear every day in the U.S.A. That's a shame because racial grammar explains a lot about race relations in America, especially in light of the Muslim versus non-Muslim binary. Muslims aren't a race, it's true, but that doesn't mean that Muslims don't face racism …

Grammar

Hours before San Bernardino shooting, doctors urged Congress to lift funding ban on gun violence research

On Wednesday morning, a group of doctors in white coats arrived on Capitol Hill to deliver a petition to Congress. Signed by more than 2,000 physicians around the country, it pleads with lawmakers to lift a restriction that for nearly two decades has essentially blocked the Centers for Disease …

Guns

Those Blasts of Radio Waves from Deep Space? Not Aliens.

For years, mysterious blasts of radio waves coming from billions of light-years away have stumped scientists on Earth. Lasting a mere several thousandths of a second, the blasts – called fast radio bursts – appear randomly in the sky and are often discovered hiding in data sets, months or years …

As San Bernardino Shooting Unfolds, Reid Pushes Guns Measure (Updated)

<b>Updated 10:29 a.m. |</b> Following Wednesday's mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said the Democrats will call …

Guns

Only 6% of Cities are Preparing for Driverless Cars

In a study released last month, the National League of Cities found that only 6% of cities’ current long-term transportation plans consider the …

Autonomous Cars

Obama wins small but crucial decision in court fight over immigration

It's beginning to look more likely that the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the Obama administration's appeal of a ruling that has barred the government from implementing his executive actions expanding the pool of people eligible for deferred action on deportations.<p>In a little-noted decision …

Sam Harris talks Islam, ISIS, atheism, GOP madness: “We are confronting people, in dozens of countries, who despise more or less everything that we value”

Famed atheist and Salon debate and discuss Islamophobia, religion and liberalism, as well as Ben Carson’s appeal<p>Earlier this month, Salon engaged in a correspondence with Sam Harris about his thoughts on atheism, the Left, Islam, American foreign policy, and anti-intellectualism in political …

Religion

3 scientific ways to prevent awkward conversations

You’re in the middle of a conversation, about to chime in but then…you <i>totally blank</i>. A conversation that should have flowed easily turns awkward, your conversation partner looks at you like you’re an alien and your confidence sinks.<p>Has that ever happened to you?<p>It’s common to feel nervous during …

Remember When the Chinese Government Was Afraid that Naked Lesbians Would Take Over Its Cities?

It happened during a 1995 conference on women's rights.<p>The Chinese Government apparently had no idea what to expect when it agreed to host the world's largest gathering of women's rights activists in 1995. In a clip from a new Makers documentary about the groundbreaking 1995 Beijing Women's …

The Books Women Shouldn’t Read

You can find Charley Locke's journalism on WIRED, tweets @CHARLEY_LOCKE, and drawings on her parents' fridge. You can also sometimes spot Charley …

10 Misogynistic Novels Every Woman Should Read

Some feminists are saying we shouldn't read books in which women are diminished. I wholeheartedly disagree.<p>For years, feminists have been trying to convince literary fiction fans of two things: not all female characters need to be likeable; reject the long-abiding notion that stories by and about …

Scientists Prove Men And Women Do Not Have Different Brains

Some think that men are better at analytics while women are more expressive, while others believe that such a difference shows that men and women are …

Rand Paul’s claim that cities and states led by Democrats have the worst income inequality

<i>“We ought to look where income inequality seems to be the worst. It seems to be worst in cities run by Democrats, governors of states run by Democrats and countries currently run by Democrats. So the thing is, let’s look for root causes.”</i><p><b>— Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Republican debate on Fox Business</b> …

Income Inequality

Teacher's Comments About Legos Cause Controversy In School District

A Washington State school district is denying reports that a kindergarten teacher banned boys in her classroom from playing with Legos.<p>The Bainbridge Island Review reported on Karen Keller's alleged classroom rule in October. Keller, who has taught at Captain Johnston Blakely Elementary since 2008, …

Lego
Immigration

Are Single People Mentally Stronger?

To write about single life, and to ground what you write in science—which I try to do—is to be constantly put on the defensive. One headline after …

Mental Health

This Magnetic Closet Organizer Might Actually Make You Hate Folding Less

The Internet is going crazy for this shirt-stacking tool that aims to never topple over.<p>One of life's greatest conundrums (at least for us) is figuring out the right way to stack clothes. It seems like every time we grab a T-shirt from the middle of the pile, everything falls apart — we're talking …

Harvard Law student says hate crime on campus made her feel like she was back in her Alabama high school

"People were very emotional. People were very hurt," Shay Johnson, a third-year law student at Harvard, told Business Insider. "It seemed another instance of where black voices on campus were being silenced."<p>Harvard police are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime, the Boston Globe …

Harvard Law School

Woodrow Wilson is not the Confederate flag: Scrubbing his name from Princeton is a bad idea

Woodrow Wilson was a horrible racist. But we’re better off learning his history rather than erasing his name<p>Democrat Woodrow Wilson was something of a cold fish. Stuck up, to be sure. Racist? Oh yeah. He went public praising D. W. Griffith’s horrendous “Lost Cause” classic film, <i>Birth of a Nation</i>, …

Black History

Girl better off living in Peshawar where Taliban killed 130 children than Southampton, judge rules

Judge rules in favour of woman who wants to take daughter from home in Hampshire city and move to Pakistan despite ex-husband warning of terror attacks<p>A woman who claims her five-year-old daughter will be better off living in a Pakistan city where Taliban gunmen killed 130 children at a school than …

Pakistan
Leadership

Harvard MRI Study Proves Meditation Literally Rebuilds Brain's Gray Matter In 8 Weeks

A study conducted by a Harvard affiliated team out of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) came across surprising conclusions regarding the tangible …

Hillary Clinton Calls for Middle Class Tax Cuts

AP<p>Clinton Presidential Library<p>Donald R. Broyles—AP<p>AP<p>A. Lynn—AP<p>Danny Johnston—AP<p>Chris Ocken—AP<p>Bill Sikes—AP<p>Shayna Brennan—AP<p>Brooks Kraft—Corbis<p>Brooks …

Government

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent: 'You Have to Be a Feminist'

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent likes new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. A lot.<p>The chief of the beverage giant brought up the newly elected prime …

Feminism