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What Is Consciousness?

INNOVATIONS IN<p>Scientists are beginning to unravel a mystery that has long vexed philosophers.<p>Christof Koch<p>Christof Koch is chief scientist and …

Consciousness

French police clear hundreds of migrants from Paris

Some 350 refugees from Eritrea and Somalia living under a bridge at La Chapelle station have been cleared from the site<p>Police in <b>France</b> on Tuesday cleared several hundred African migrants from a camp under a subway bridge in northern Paris.<p>More than 350 refugees, most of them from Sudan, but also …

For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate's heart

BEIRUT (AP) — The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's …

Islam

Playful Photo Booth Portraits Showcase Adoptable Dogs' Sweet Personalities

There's no shortage of pets that need a good home, but how do you best show people that their new pal is waiting for them at the shelter? The Humane Society of Utah has an ingenious way of enticing potential owners to adopt homeless dogs. Photographer Guinnevere Shuster captured the pups' colorful …

Cute

Holder 'Prepared' to Dismantle the Ferguson Police Department

Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday that he’s “prepared” to dismantle the Ferguson, Mo., police department after a Wednesday Department of …

Ebay Overrun With Bagged Air From Kanye West Concerts

Kanye West fans are used to seeing thousand-dollar price tags attached to the rapper's Air Yeezy sneakers when they're put up for sale on eBay, but …

Concerts

India's 'High' Holiday

During Holi, Hindus welcome spring with bursts of color and marijuana-laced treats.<p>HYDERABAD, India—To get to Bandosingh Hazaari’s bhang shop you have to follow the gods.<p>In the maze of nameless alleys in Dhoolpet, a working-class neighborhood in the southeastern Indian city of Hyderabad, enormous …

Make the Ultimate Chicken Parmesan -- on the Grill

I'm going to take a break from telling you about exotic dishes from my travels around Planet Barbecue, or icons of barbecue, with the attendant disputes: charcoal versus wood; dry rub versus wet; mustard versus vinegar sauce, etc.<p>Instead I'll tell you what I, Steven Raichlen, am grilling now--at …

New in the Shop: Beautifully Abstract City Maps by Jazzberry Blue

Using bold colors and geometric forms, artist Jazzberry Blue creates abstract maps of some of the world's most famous cities. He's made these modern maps, that have that mid-century modern look to them, for almost every city you can think of including Chicago, Milan, and Berlin. The self-taught …

Maps

The Looting Machine: Warlords, Tycoons, Smugglers and the Systematic Theft of Africa’s Wealth review – ‘the raping of a continent’

Tom Burgis’s account of the plundering of Africa’s natural resources by huge companies and corrupt regimes is enlightening<p>Augustin Katumba Mwanke was a young banker in South Africa when persuaded to return home to help rebuild the Democratic Republic of Congo by the new government of Laurent …

Africa

Iran's ayatollah threatens to withhold gas unless sanctions lifted

Iran's supreme leader warned Wednesday that Western sanctions are unlikely to be lifted even in the event of a nuclear<p>dealwith six foreign powers because the West opposes the fundamental principles of the country's Islamic revolution.<p>In a speech to economists and officials from the western city of …

South Asia

Touching Photos of Rescue Dogs with Their Tattooed Owners

To combat the prejudices felt against both tattooed people and rescue dogs, photographer Brian Batista started a heartwarming project. He would photograph them together. <i>Tattoos and Rescues</i> began back in September 2012 in Birmingham, Alabama and it shows photos of rescue dogs with their loving …

Hate Groups

Classy Cannabis Cookbooks

As marijuana becomes legalized in more states around the United States, cooking with cannabis has taken a step towards the serious—weed brownies and "special" Rice Krispies Treats just won't cut it anymore. Amid the vast number of questionable cookbooks out there, we've narrowed down a few gems …

Cannabis

Ghettoside: Investigating a Homicide Epidemic by Jill Leovy review – veteran crime reporter on murder in LA

In 2007, Jill Leovy started a blog on the LA Times site called Homicide Report, an attempt to chronicle every one of the 845 homicide deaths that took place in Los Angeles County that year. The blog, which is still running, has the motto “a story for every victim”, and takes a sober, data-driven …

Black Lives Matter

“Eternal Sunshine” Gas Could Erase Memories That Cause PTSD

Screencap from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.Turns out, the only thing that’s sci-fi about <i>Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind</i> is its …

The Brain

Iran arms exports to Iraq tolerated in fight against Isis says report

An internal Iranian report says Tehran has gained credibility from supporting Iraq’s fight against Isis despite UN ban on Iranian weapons exports, but that Tehran faces growing western scrutiny as Isis weakens<p>A bulletin from the Expediency Council, a state body chaired by influential former …

Middle East

10 Ridiculously Sexist and Dangerous Laws From Around the World

Once in a while in the U.S. we hear about a bill or a law that seems like it must be a joke. For example, in Florida it is illegal for a single woman to parachute or skydive on a Sunday. This week in Montana, a legislator explained that he seriously wants to make it illegal for women to wear yoga …

The Nature and Nurture of Genius: The Sweet Illustrated Story of How Henri Matisse’s Childhood Shaped His Creative Legacy

A heartening testament to the nourishing power of parental love in the cultivation of greatness.<p>At 8PM on the last day of 1869, a little boy named Henri entered the world in a gray textile-mill town in the north of France, in a rundown two-room cottage with a leaky roof. He didn’t have much …

Literature

The Many Causes of America’s Decline in Crime

A new report finds that locking up more offenders isn't making people any safer—and may even be counterproductive.<p>The dramatic rise of incarceration and the precipitous fall in crime have shaped the landscape of American criminal justice over the last two decades. Both have been unprecedented. Many …

The world is now safer and better than ever and here's the evidence

These series of statistical graphics show that, while there's still plenty of war, hunger, sickness, and poverty in the world, things are <i>much</i> better …

Disabled boy learns to play piano with his eyes using virtual-reality headset

VR headset maker Fove is raising money to distribute its Eye Play the Piano device to Japanese schools for children with disabilities<p>What is virtual reality for? Games, according to the original mission of Oculus VR, whose Oculus Rift is the most high-profile VR headset currently in …

Virtual Reality

Tanzania bans witchdoctors in attempt to end albino killings

Children with albinism have been placed in special homes to protect them from witchdoctors who believe their body parts bring good luck<p>Tanzania has banned witchdoctors in an attempt to combat a rise in the killing of people with albinism for their body parts, officials said on Wednesday.<p>At least 74 …

Africa