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Arrested drunk man claims he was sent back in time to warn of aliens

CASPER, Wyo. — Police say a central Wyoming man they arrested for public intoxication claimed he had traveled back in time to warn of an alien …

What Your Dreams Actually Mean, According to Science

If dreams were movies, they wouldn’t make a dime. They’re often banal, frequently fleeting and they’re screened for an audience of just one. As for …

Your schedule could be killing you

Viktor Koen<p>Modern lifestyles are at war with the way our bodies evolved to function.<p>It is 7 p.m. on a spring Friday, and the Highland Hospital emergency room in Oakland, one of the busiest trauma centers in northern California, is expecting. When the patient—a young bicyclist hit by a car—arrives, …

University of California

The office of the US president has too much power, and Congress is finally moving to limit it

Questions about whether the US president is too powerful have been raised regularly from America’s very first days to Barack Obama’s last year in office. A country created to throw off King George III’s “absolute tyranny,” after all, is likely to be wary of overreach by its top ruler.<p>But since …

The White House

Tale of a traitor: Is the famous betrayal of Benedict Arnold echoed in Michael Flynn?

<b>Benedict Arnold; Michael Flynn (AP/Susan Walsh/WikiMedia)</b><p>Embittered by rejection and in need of money, a general turns against his own country. Who are we talking about?<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>July 4, 2017 12:00pm (UTC)<p>I've heard dozens of people over the pre-Fourth of July weekend make the comment …

Mindnosis kit is designed to help people overcome their mental health issues

After her own negative experiences with mental health services, graduate designer Sara Lopez Ibanez developed a self-assessment kit that lets users …

America's 100 Other Declarations of Independence

The document we celebrate today wasn't just the work of Thomas Jefferson's individual genius. Everyone was doing it.<p>The American War of Independence was fought from April 19, 1775 (Lexington and Concord) to September 3, 1783 (the Peace of Paris), and although Massachusetts and some other states …

Thomas Jefferson

America, a user’s guide: The Constitution of the United States

A classic work of political compromise between different regions and competing interests, it remains our foundation<p>The Constitutional Convention<p>July 4, 2017 11:30am (UTC)<p><b>Editor's note:</b> <i>Especially in times of intense political division — such as right now — it can often seem that Americans don’t</i> …

The Supreme Court’s Artful Dodge

A pragmatic ruling on Trump’s travel ban preserves the peace for now—though Gorsuch is willing to stir the pot.<p>The Supreme Court’s announcement on President Donald Trump’s travel ban Monday morning gave each side something to point to as a temporary victory. The court will hear arguments this fall …

Associated Press News

Mitch McConnell on the health-care legislative process, 2010 vs. 2017

By Glenn Kessler<p>The Fact Checker<p><i>“Unfortunately, it will have to be a Republicans-only exercise. But we’re working hard to get there.”</i> <b><br>— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), in remarks to reporters June 13</b><p>It has become a regular feature of the U.S. political system that the politicians in …

Health Care

Democrats Are 'Children Of Satan,' Right-Wing Radio Host Says

Jesse Lee Peterson slams acts of political unity after shooting at Alexandria baseball field.<p>A right-wing radio host dismissed the prayers Democrats offered after last week’s shooting during a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.<p>“Why would you want to pray with the children of …

Ted Cruz

How Michael Flynn’s Disdain for Limits Led to a Legal Quagmire

WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn was a man seething and thwarted. In the summer of 2014, after repeatedly clashing with other Obama administration officials over his management of the Defense Intelligence Agency — and what he saw as his unheeded warnings about the rising power of Islamic militants — …

What We’re Really Losing When We Lose Orphan Black

It’s the smartest TV show you should have kept watching.<p>As <i>Orphan Black</i> embarked on its fifth and final season last week, it became clear that the sci-fi series was finally ready to answer the big questions—about eugenics, biology, and morality—that have intrigued fans and critics alike throughout …

Scientists Watch DNA Copy And Paste Itself For The First Time

Scientists have watched DNA being copied up-close for the first time, and they say their new window into the replication of genetic material shows it …

Yoga, meditation counter gene expression changes that cause stress

With stress levels on the rise, more people than ever are turning to yoga, meditation, and other mind-body practices with the aim of improving mental …

There's No Way to Know How Compromised U.S. Elections Are

Even if there were, there might not be anything officials can do about it.<p>It’s not really all that hard to hack American democracy.<p>That fact should be driven home by a recent article from <i>The Intercept</i> detailing the contents of a highly classified NSA report that found evidence of a massive Russian …

Cybersecurity

Newt Gingrich: The North Korean EMP threat

North Korea is already one of the most dangerous places in the world, and it’s becoming more perilous by the day.<p>On Tuesday, Pyongyang completed its ninth ballistic missile test this year. The North Korean state run media said its maniacal leader, Kim Jong-un, threatened to send a bigger “gift …

Black Holes Colliding Prove Einstein's Theory Of Relativity

For the third time in a year and a half, the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory has detected gravitational waves. …

Dreams Might be Warning Us About Our Brain Health

This scientist says dream disorders could be a sign of future disease.<p>What are your dreams trying to tell you? Research suggests they could be …

The surprising science of fidgeting

Hand-held toys known as “fidget spinners” – marketed as “stress relievers” – have become so popular and distracting in classrooms that they are now …

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

A coup in real time? Historian Timothy Snyder says the Comey firing is Trump’s “open admission of collusion with Russia”

<b>James Comey, Donald J. Trump (Getty Images/Drew Angerer/Mark Wilson)</b><p>Yale historian says Trump has now admitted guilt; former intelligence officer says Flynn was a Russian agent<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>May 11, 2017 9:00am (UTC)<p>Has the other shoe finally dropped? Is this the beginning of Donald Trump's …

Donald Trump's ignorance is becoming more evident with each passing day

Let’s connect the dots between Donald Trump’s “tax plan”, his invitation to the murderous leader in Manila and saying he would be “honored” to meet with the dictator of North Korea. And let’s throw in his claim that Trumpcare will be better than Obamacare and that his skeletal tax plan would make …

Top ten talks of TED2017: It's going to be OK, folks

I arrived in Vancouver for TED2017 a little gloomy. "I’m sick of politics" was Chris Anderson’s opening line, and it is fair to say that a …

An Obi-Wan-possessed Luke and the 'lost' Star Wars films you'll never see

As Guillermo del Toro reveals that he almost directed a Jabba the Hutt gangster movie, we look at which other films were almost part of the galaxy<p>Ah, what might have been. Guillermo del Toro, that most warm-hearted and genial of film-makers, was once due to direct The Hobbit, back when it was still …

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Is Testing Better Than Any Marvel Film In History

The second <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> film is finally at our doorsteps and the hype couldn’t be more exciting. Which makes perfect sense, given how fond people were of the first installment and how amazing the trailers have been for this go-around with the <i>Guardians</i> crew. Now, besides the trailers and …

Marvel Universe

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story rounds off year with record opening

Star Wars spinoff also achieves second-biggest opening weekend in the UK in December – behind Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens<p>Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has had the biggest film opening of 2016 in the UK and Ireland, raking in an estimated £17m at the box office since it opened on 15 …

'Unpresidented': Donald Trump invents the Guardian's word of the year

A tweet attacking China also offered the English language a new word – which might be used to describe a Trumpian act of folly such as nuclear war<p>“Surreal” has been named word of the year by Merriam-Webster. The word was apparently the most searched for on the dictionary publisher’s website, in the …

25 "Rogue One" Jokes That Will Force You To Laugh

That Darth Vader pun tho. Spoilers ahead.