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Strange, Electric Blue Clouds Have Appeared Over Antarctica Way Earlier Than Expected

The 'night-shining' came early this year.<p>Each year, an eerie mass of bright blue clouds descends over Antarctica, as sunlight is reflected though …

Astronomy

Why Our First Alien Encounter Could Happen Soon

We could discover life on the nearest Earth-like planets within the next ten years.<p>It’s one of the great questions of our age: Are we alone in the universe? A long line of films—from <i>Contact</i> to <i>Close Encounters of the Third Kind</i> to the latest entry, <i>Arrival</i>—have explored whether intelligent life is …

Aetna's CEO laid out just how Obamacare could collapse

Bertolini said that the 25% average increase in premiums for Obamacare exchange plans announced by the Department of Health and Human Services on Monday could be just the beginning of the Affordable Care Act's problems.<p>Aetna announced in August that it was leaving over 70% of the counties where it …

Health Care

Appeals Court: Navy Sonar Must Better Protect Whales

Environmental groups are praising a federal appeals court decision that called for tighter restrictions on the U.S. Navy's use of sonar that harms whales and other marine life.<p>A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled unanimously late Friday that federal rules …

Judiciary

Why did Satan start to possess girls on screen in the 70s?

Satan had his biggest career revival in the late 60s and early 70s. As religion’s popularity declined and church attendance began to diminish in the wake of the countercultural and sexual revolutions, Lucifer decided he’d had enough of the small-time circuit of pulpits and confession boxes and hit …

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Cancelled Nintendo/Playstation Console

It’s long been a myth spoken of amongst only the most diehard gamers. After all, when news broke about a mysterious ‘Nintendo Playstation’ console …

Leslie Jones bombarded with racist tweets after Ghostbusters opens

The comedian found herself singled out for a particularly egregious campaign of racially charged slurs, many of which she retweeted from her account<p>Comedian Leslie Jones, who stars in the new Ghostbusters movie, has become the latest victim in Twitter’s struggle to control abusive speech on its …

Social Media

The Danish state with a history of bikers, drugs & violence

In April of last year I was travelling in Kathmandu, Nepal, when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the city. After a few nights of sleeping rough, I was evacuated back to London by the UK government, and then onwards to Dublin with the Red Cross. From there I flew to Morocco where I got a severe …

Trolls Are Attacking Leslie Jones on Twitter and She's Taking an Epic Stand

Racist jokes, sexist comments—what is this world right now.<p>It's straight-up the Internet Apocalypse as far as we're concerned today. Why? Aside from ever-evolving Taylor-gate, trolls are now attacking the beautiful comedic genius that is Leslie Jones, and it's absolutely disgusting. All you need to …

Alan Vega, Suicide Singer and Punk Icon, Dead at 78

"Alan was not only relentlessly creative, writing music and painting until the end, he was also startlingly unique," protopunk pioneer's family writes<p>…