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NASA has detected a burst of light that might be linked to one of the most monumental space discoveries ever made

Using equipment called the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), the researchers detected ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves, something Einstein's general theory of relativity predicted a century ago.<p>These gravitational waves should allow scientists …

Here’s Why The ‘Civil War’ Trailer Premiered Before ‘Star Wars’ Hit Theaters

The trailer for <i>Captain America: The Civil War</i> debuted last week on <i>Jimmy Kimmel Live</i> with stars of the film, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, dropping by the talk show to help introduce the trailer. Despite the fact that the trailer will play before the upcoming <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>, Disney …

Startup CEOs Reveal the 1 Question They Ask Every Job Candidate

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The companies in this article were included in the</i> <i>Entrepreneur360™ Performance Index</i><i>.</i><p>Part of the appeal of running your own business is that you get to hand-pick exactly who you work alongside each day. But let’s face it: it seems as if …

Slavery, the Nazis and the KKK: We can’t face the past, and it’s poisoning our future

Faulkner’s maxim is truer than ever — and while the whole world struggles with history, America’s denial is toxic<p>No quotation from American literature, with the possible exception of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “boats against the current” passage, is repeated as often or carries as much resonance as …

Slain civilian worker for CPD 'devoted his life to the people of Chicago'

John Buckner worked 25 years as a civilian employee for the Chicago Police Department, and on Thursday some of the department's top brass gathered to talk about the "senseless" shooting death of a man "always willing to lend a helping hand."<p>"I would see him in and out of the building, and I would …

Jon Bernthal: the secret star of Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

A brief, brilliant turn in this year’s Sundance hit is the latest chapter in this actor’s overlooked oeuvre. Is Jon Bernthal finally about to hit the big time?<p>I won’t linger long on <b>Me And Earl And The Dying Girl</b>, as it elicits confused reactions from me. On the one hand, it’s clearly the summit of …

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Earth 2.0: Nasa says scientists have found 'closest twin' outside solar system

Scientists on the hunt for extraterrestrial life have discovered “the closest twin to Earth” outside the solar system, Nasa announced on Thursday.<p>Working off four years’ worth of data from the Kepler space telescope, researchers from Nasa, the Seti Institute and several universities announced the …

Astronomy

7 Metrics For Successful Leaders -- How Do You Measure Up?

Do you consider yourself successful? This question came up during a recent business dinner with a group of leaders, and the collective response caught me off guard.<p>While I simply thought, “Yeah, I guess,” others went on explaining the flaws that hampered their success. Although I considered …

Work-life Balance

“Some of them asked if the slaves got paid”: True stories from a former plantation tour guide

The real nature of chattel slavery often eludes white Americans, former historical guide tells Salon<p>After more than 50 years of defiance and another 13 hours of legislative debate, the Legislature of South Carolina decided early on Thursday that it would finally remove the Confederate battle flag …

Giant heart spotted on Pluto in closest ever pictures of dwarf planet

Next week the probe will arrive at the dwarf-planet carrying the ashes of Clyde Tombaugh<p>It has been a labour of love for scientists who have waited nine years for Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft to get close enough to Pluto to take these pictures.<p>And it appears that the dwarf-planet shares their …

Solar System

Fireworks Light Up the Sky on July 4th

England

Let’s kick God off the Court: Marriage isn’t the only place where the law has been infected by religion

It will take generations to do what Pat Buchanan fears: Purge the nation’s birth faith of power. It’s a worthy goal<p>A poll conducted a couple of years ago showed that 41 percent of American adults believed the End Times were upon us. Now, that same segment of our fellow citizens – those who have …

Arkansas County Clerk Resigns So She Doesn't Have To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

A county clerk in Arkansas intends to resign from her position because she doesn't believe in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.<p>Cleburne County Clerk Dana Guffey said Monday that she intends to step down June 30, according to ArkansasOnline, because she has a moral objection to same-sex …

The Civil War Was Won by Immigrant Soldiers

In the summer of 1861, an American diplomat in Turin, Italy, looked out the window of the U.S. legation to see hundreds of young men forming a …

When it comes to DNA, crocodiles and birds flock together

If you really want to know about birds, you have to consider the crocodile.<p>That point was driven home this week with the release of the genomes of 45 bird species, which reassigned some perches on the avian evolutionary tree and included some seemingly odd bedfellows.<p>Down near the roots of that …

Birds