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Saving for a Daughter but Not a Son: This Father Is Starting a Fund to Combat the Wage Gap

As Paul Ford's twins grew, he couldn't stand the fact that his daughter would always lag behind his son financially. Then he hatched a brilliant plan....<p>My wife, Maureen, and I are standard-issue modern parents. Our children are standard-issue twins, a boy and a girl, 3¾ years old. We push my …

These Superhumans Are Real and Their DNA Could Be Worth Billions

Steven Pete can put his hand on a hot stove or step on a piece of glass and not feel a thing, all because of a quirk in his genes. Only a few dozen …

An alternative medicine conference ends in chaos after 29 attendees take a hallucinogenic drug

The group of "Heilpraktikers" — German for "healing practitioner," a holistic medicine profession in Germany — were reportedly ""staggering around, rolling in a meadow, talking gibberish and suffering severe cramps," at the August 4 conference, according to the Independent.<p>The practitiners all …

Alternative Medicine

When Robots Hallucinate

What do Google's trippy neural network-generated images tell us about the human mind?<p>When a collection of artificial brains at Google began generating psychedelic images from otherwise ordinary photos, engineers compared what they saw to dreamscapes. They named their image-generation technique …

Consciousness

Mermaid School’ Makes a Splash in Spain

‘Sirens’ academy lures wannabe mermaids amid budding industry for monofin fans<p>TARRAGONA, Spain—After Susana Seuma shattered her leg in a car accident a few years ago, she was physically unable to continue her job as a sales floor manager. Ms. Seuma’s partner asked her if she had ever dreamed of …

Mermaids

What Was Hiding in This Hidden 50-Year-Old Safe Is Straight Out of a Movie

One couple convinced the world they'd found a hidden treasure, but now the truth is out!<p><b>UPDATE, 8/29:</b> Well, we thought this elaborate tale sounded too good to be true and, in fact, it was. The couple whose treasure hunt story took the Internet by storm this week have fessed up: They fabricated the …

Meet the Dating Coach Who Wants to Help Stoners Find True Love

Molly Peckler says can help you find the stoner guy or girl of your dreams.<p>As a newly single woman, I've quickly grown tired of the unsolicited fisting offers on OKCupid and Tinder—and as a newly single stoner, the prospect of finding a romantic partner who is not only interesting but interested in …

How Disaster And Tragedy Spawned A Radical Music Movement In Haiti

Notorious for blending the political and profane, denounced for its roots in Vodou, rabòday music is the defiant — and wildly popular — sound of a new, disaffected generation of Haitians. As the country prepares for long-awaited elections starting in August, the genre's populist stars have become …

Why animals eat psychoactive plants

Thousands of people were streaming in to a ten-day festival in September where they were planning — after a long burst of hard work — to find some …

Bertrand Russell on Immortality, Why Religion Exists, and What “The Good Life” Really Means

“There are forces making for happiness, and forces making for misery. We do not know which will prevail, but to act wisely we must be aware of both.”<p><b>Bertrand Russell</b> (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970) is one of humanity’s most grounding yet elevating thinkers, his writing at once lucid and luminous. …