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Do your genes determine your entire life?

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

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Chris Schlesinger & John Willoughby's Cornbread Salad

<i>Every week -- often with your help -- Food52's Executive Editor Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that are nothing short of genius.</i><p><i>Today: The perfect tailgate salad -- it's portable, meaty (but easily made meatless), and goes great with beer.</i><p>Like bringing lunch to work or pie to a bake sale, if …

Why the GOP hates U.S. history: Inconvenient truths that freak out American conservatives

The right is losing its mind over new testing standards that aren’t “patriotic” enough. Time for a history lesson!<p>Conservative hero Ben Carson is worried about American teenagers joining ISIS. But it’s not because of “radical Islam.” It’s because of new high school history standards.<p>American's …

What’s the Difference Between In- and Un-?

English has two different prefixes that make a word into its opposite. OK, yes, there are more than two (dis-, a-, anti-, de-, etc.), but in- and un- …

Science Explains Why People Are Attracted to Jerks

We all know at least one: That friend who complains incessantly about his fickle girlfriend, and yet keeps going back to her, even though most of the …

Ask Anything: Will We Ever Run Out Of Potable Water?

Short answer: Not if we get creative.<p>“There’s a lot of hype around this issue,” says Upmanu Lall, professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia University and director of its Water Center. But, he says, we’re in little danger of running out of water overall. One could conceive of a …

DNA mates: how genetic factors may play a subtle part in our friendships

Humans share biological markers with friends much as we do with extended family members, says a scientific study<p>Friends often look alike. The tendency of people to forge friendships with people of a similar appearance has been noted since the time of Plato. But now there is research suggesting …

Uruguay asks US to free Cubans in return for Guantanamo transfer

Uruguay is asking the US to free Cuban prisoners in return for taking detainees from the controversial Guantanamo detention centre.<p>It says it is accepting some inmates from the American military base at Washington’s request.<p>President Jose Mujica confirmed he had made the Cuban prisoner release …