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Secrets of the Maya Otherworld

<b>On the edge of a small cornfield near the ruined Maya city of Chichén Itzá, in the sparse shade of</b> a tropical tree, a voice ricochets wildly up the mouth of a well. <i>“¡Lo vi! ¡Lo vi!”</i> the shout proclaims. “I saw it, I saw it!” <i>“¡Sí, es verdad!</i> Yes, it’s true!”<p>Leaning over the mouth of the well, …

Mexico

The Mass-Market Beer Styles You Wish Existed

<b>Beer is beer,</b> your piss-swilling friends claim. And sure, it's hard to really argue with that if all they truly like are lagers or pilsners or even white ales. You know your favorite craft brewery's equivalents are vastly superior, but they won't see much of a difference (except for the higher …

Alcohol

The Seven Most Extreme State Laws Proposed This Year

From treating fetuses as "rape evidence" to allowing guns in daycares, Republicans have come up with some truly awful ideas lately<p>Since the 2010 …

Tim Tebow

Is income inequality greater within countries or between them?

This week, Quartz reported that developing economies now contribute more to global GDP than developed ones. A reader responded with a question: Does this mean that wealth is now spread more evenly across the world’s nations than it is within countries like the US (which have high levels of income …

Economics

The iPhone 5C Is All About Building Share For 16:9 Screen

Will the “cheaper” iPhone really be all that cheap? If not, what is the real motivation for splitting Apple‘s traditionally unitary product line? Older-model iPhones have been the defacto “cheap” iPhones in the developing world. What is the benefit of addressing that market directly? Increasing the …

Startups Apparently Do Not Care That Android Is Better

In a must-read post for the tech industry, Twitter experience designer and serial startup founder Paul Stamatiou writes: “Android is Better.” His op-ed serves as something of a wake-up call for the industry, where developers building the next generation of mobile applications still heavily prefer …

Facebook is a bummer, study says

Don't press the like button: Facebook is a bummer that makes us feel worse about our lives, according to new research.<p>Facebook users in a study led by the University of Michigan wound up feeling worse about themselves after two weeks, and their moment-to-moment mood darkened the more they browsed …

Psychology

Best Summer Songs of All Time

School's out, and it's time to get down, get sunburned and get lucky<p>50<p>The summer song is one of rock's truest pleasures, be it a dance jam that …

Trends

Samsung tips: 10 Galaxy S4 “hidden” features and tricks

In a new blog post, Samsung describes ten “hidden” or “semi-secret” features of the Galaxy S4, which some of you may not be aware of.<p>Coincidentally or not, the Samsung post went live on the same day Verizon and Motorola unveiled new Droid smartphones, and a day ahead of the upcoming Nexus 7 …

Electronics Industry

Sabre rocket engine could open up access to space as never before | Stuart Clark

Imagine taking off from a runway as you would in a normal aeroplane but flying so high and so fast that when you unclip your seatbelt, you float …

Robert Randolph Ushers In Steel-Guitar Soul With 'Lickety Split'

The 33-year-old frontman of Robert Randolph & The Family Band has strong roots in gospel music. As a kid, he grew up attending the House of God church in Orange, N.J. That's where he first played the "sacred steel" guitar, a driving force behind the band's soulful new album, <i>Lickety Split</i>.<p>In the …

10 Of The Best Yoga Poses For Headaches (PHOTOS)

When you feel a headache coming on, suddenly the only thing that matters is relieving that tension -- and fast. But if you're looking for a solution outside of a pill bottle, consider trying a yogic breathing exercise or a soothing spinal twist. With the ability to help relieve tension, boost …

What The West Coast Could Look Like If Climate Change Continues

But the West Coast we all know and love may be under as much as 25 feet of water in the years to come. National Geographic reports that Global Mean Sea Levels have risen 4 to 8 inches over the past century, and more alarmingly, the rate at which the sea-level rises has doubled over the past 20 …

Global Warming

Louis C.K. Animation Imagines God Lashing Out At Global Warming Deniers (VIDEO)

Animator John Roney animated this segment from "Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre," in which he imagines that God would be totally disgusted by how humans have treated the environment. Some NSFW language, which is as funny coming from a deity as it is from Louis C.K.

Animation

Paul Krugman: GOP Takes 'Positive Glee In Inflicting Suffering'

Something terrible has happened to the soul of the Republican Party. We've gone beyond bad economic doctrine.<p>Read more on The New York Times

Paul Krugman

Human evolution: the next stages

There have been a number of speculations lately concerning the eventual form humankind will take, particularly with regards to the role technology …

Q&A: Jack White on New Dead Weather and Solo Tracks, Radio City Walk-off

No shows booked for this year: 'It's nice to have an open road in front of me'<p>It's been a busy week at the Nashville offices of Jack White's label, …

Indie Music

In controversial vote, American Medical Association declares obesity 'a disease'

The largest association of doctors in the US has voted to change its definition of obesity, in a move that could catalyze major changes in insurance coverage, research funding, and public perception of the condition.<p>In a vote held yesterday by the American Medical Association (AMA) at their annual …

Distinctive Voices: Three Must-Hear Violin Albums

The violin, though centuries old, remains a popular yet remarkably unwieldy instrument. Just squeezing the contraption between your chin and shoulder, then raising your bow arm to the proper height, is enough to induce a pinched nerve. Yet every day countless numbers of people try to make the …