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St Petersburg bomb suspect identified as 22-year-old born in Kyrgyzstan

Russian investigators on Tuesday said a 22-year-old presumed suicide bomber carried out Monday’s attack on the St Petersburg metro, which killed 14 people and left 49 in hospital.<p>Akbarzhon Jalilov is believed to have originally been from the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan but had lived in …

Extremism

A warning to the American media from a Russian journalist who covers Putin

Congratulations, US media! You’ve just covered your first press conference of an authoritarian leader with a massive ego and a deep disdain for your trade and everything you hold dear. We in Russia have been doing it for 12 years now — with a short hiatus when our leader wasn’t technically our …

Journalism

Data show the “American Dream” is a fallacy and Americans still don’t realize it

Americans continue to kid themselves that if you work hard you can climb the ladder. But the perception and reality are moving farther apart.<p>Economists at Harvard University recently published research on actual and perceived economic mobility in the United States and four European countries. They …

Income Inequality

Admiral Kuznetsov leaves Syria, as Russian drawdown could see drums of war banging in Eastern Europe

Russia is certainly not going to pull all its forces out of Syria, and Assad can expect a hefty contingent of warplanes, specialists, and advisors to …

Binary Stars To Merge, Explode In 2022, First Of Its Kind Scientific Prediction Says

If a first of its kind scientific prediction turns out to be right, not just astronomers but everyone on Earth will be able to witness an unusual and …

Capitalism Is the Problem

Employees assemble synthesizers at Moog Music's production facility in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, June 9, 2015. Moog's new …

Economics

Astronomers Found the Universe's Largest Particle Accelerator

Two of the most powerful phenomena in the universe are occurring right next to each other.<p>NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory has spotted a unique structure in the cosmos: the largest particle accelerator in the known universe. The accelerator is caused by two of the most energetic phenomena in the …

Ralph Fiennes, Hugh Laurie Join Will Ferrell’s ‘Holmes and Watson’

Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Laurie are joining Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in the comedy “Holmes and Watson.” Details of their characters are being …

My First Day Microdosing With LSD

<i>Looking for a new way to regulate her moods, the writer Ayelet Waldman happened upon “microdosing”: the practice of taking tiny doses of psychedelic</i> …

Consciousness

11 new trailers you should watch this week

The only problem with studios releasing so many interesting movies during the holidays is that you really don't have time to see them all. I have a whole list to catch up on, and I got started last week with <i>20th Century Women</i>, which was really great.<p>What I love most about the film is how honest and …

Russia protests: Gorbachev calls for election re-run

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/812000/812134_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1527386489_9b75c28d68b6ef5c95f98ee5fffecfc5<p><b>Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has said Sunday's Russian parliamentary election was marred by fraud and has called for a re-run.</b><p>"The …

Russia

Ask Ethan: Could The Universe Have Begun From A Big Bounce?

Thanks to incredible advances in science over the past century, we’ve been able to determine where our Universe came from in the past, how it got to be the way it is today and where it’s headed into the distant future. But there are still limits to what we can say: there’s a limit to how far back …

Physics

How We Fool Ourselves on Russia

In the quarter-century since the end of the Cold War, profound grievances, misperceptions and disappointments have often defined the relationship between the United States and Russia. I lived through this turbulence during my years as a diplomat in Moscow, navigating the curious mix of hope and …

Russia

Traffic signals take on a sinister, beguiling light in new photo series

What lurks beyond the light?<p>Who knew that the humble, utilitarian traffic light could look so haunting—and beguiling? As seen through the lens of Lucas Zimmermann, they take on an otherworldly aspect, their red, yellow, and green lights casting an altogether ghostly aura that emanates like a very …

The 1987 TV Miniseries That Predicted a Russian Takeover of America

Long since forgotten, ‘Amerika’ was a commercial and artistic flop. Watching it today makes for uncomfortable viewing.<p>If the election of an American president abetted by Russian interference seems stranger than fiction, you're almost right. Exactly 30 years ago, in the midst of the Cold War, ABC …

Political Science

How the World's Smallest Birds Survive the Winter

"Little Arnold Schwarzeneggers," hummingbirds are tough—so tough they've evolved a clever way of coping with the cold.<p>As the smallest birds on Earth, hummingbirds may seem frail—so it's not surprising Donovan Nixon asked Weird Animal Question of the Week how they cope with winter.<p>Turns out these …

Birds

13 things to tweak when setting up a Windows 10 laptop

Got a new laptop? Start out by checking or changing these settings.<p>Get your new laptop set up just the way you want it. Here's a baker's dozen of settings to check or change. And when you are done here, be sure to check out the best new features of Windows 10 April 2018 Update, its hidden gems and …

Apps

Researchers are giving religious leaders psychedelic drugs in the interest of science

Despite the fact that psychedelic drugs have been used for millennia as medicine in ritualistic ceremonies, there remain many questions in the scientific community about the relationship between their spiritual qualities and healing potential. Researchers at Johns Hopkins and New York Universities …

Psychedelia

'I fell out of bed laughing': writers on their favourite funny book

Nina Stibbe, David Nicholls, Bridget Christie and others reveal the books that made them laugh the most<p>Jonathan Coe: Will satire save us in the age of Trump?<p><b>At Freddie’s</b> <b>by</b> <b>Penelope Fitzgerald</b><p><b>Chosen by David Nicholls</b><p>So many of my early reading memories involve hysterical laughter. There was Adrian …

Books

J.R.R. Tolkien - celebrating an unusual life

With works like "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" J.R.R. Tolkien is considered to be the inventor of sophisticated fantasy literature. Millions …

13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful

<i>”Somebody once told me the definition of hell: On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have</i> …

Motivation

Putin: Russia won't expel US diplomats

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Moscow will not expel American diplomats in response to US sanctions against Russia.<p>Putin said he would not pursue "irresponsible 'kitchen' diplomacy" and would instead attempt to rebuild relations with Washington after the …

Russia

Putin says he won’t deport U.S. diplomats as he looks to cultivate relations with Trump

MOSCOW — On a day when everyone expected him to go low, Russian President Vladimir Putin took the high road, bowing out of a growing diplomatic showdown with the administration of President Obama in a gambit to woo his successor, Donald Trump.<p>In a rare, and calculated, break from the diplomatic …

Russia

Mental, physical effects of magic mushrooms

There's evidence that tripping on magic mushrooms could actually free the mind.<p>Several studies, including two promising recent clinical trials, suggest that psilocybin, shrooms' psychoactive ingredient, may hold the potential to help relieve severe anxiety and depression.<p>Still, because they're …

This guy let a thief steal his phone, then followed him for weeks and made a documentary about it

It may not be a common theme around Christmas (it’s definitely more of a peace-on-earth, good-will-toward-men type of season) but film student …

What Are the Medical Benefits of Psychedelics?

I sat down with Professor David Nutt to find out.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Sweden</i><p>After LSD became illegal in many countries in the late 1960s, scientific research into its potential benefits to mental health largely stalled. It's only recently that this topic has become subject to …

Is income inequality always a bad thing?

Income inequality is on the rise. Many economists and analysts take it as given that inequality does economic harm. But for something that has become conventional wisdom, there is surprisingly little evidence to make a definitive case that income inequality is bad for the economy.<p>First, the facts: …

Income Inequality

The best full frame DSLR cameras of 2016

This guide includes our pick of cameras which have impressed us, or continue to do so, in 2016. They include models aimed at enthusiasts, and those …

The future of storytelling will combine the virtual world with the real one

In film, we’ve seen Ferris Bueller and others break the fourth wall by talking to their audience; in mixed reality, the walls disappear altogether.<p>Humans have always been storytellers. From the days of cave paintings and early spoken word to theater, cinema, and the internet, the experience has …

Augmented Reality