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Hit it and quit it: 11 bands that split just as they were becoming successful

Throughout music history there are numerous tales of bands that teetered on the verge of separation until a sudden burst of success made the grueling …

From Insurgent to Blade Runner: why is the future on film always so grim?

Photograph: Andrew Cooper/AP<p>A scene from Insurgent.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/3/19/1426777644489/0e7032b4-18a7-45b4-91ba-58cfa10c7ccb-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Andrew Cooper/AP<p>A scene from …

Key Smart brings Swiss Army order to keys in pocket

At our current place on the evolutionary chart, we are a species that carries more things in the pockets of tighter pants.<p>Michael Tunney understood this every time he went to a bar and saw patrons pull out their cell phones and bulky wads of keys before sitting down. Tunney, himself bothered by …

'A Girl In a Band' - The Seven Stages of Kim Gordon

To celebrate the release of Kim Gordon's autobiography—out next week—we break down her life into seven stages.<p>All hail Kim Gordon. Rock star, artist, fashion designer, and now author, the co-founder of Sonic Youth has penned one of 2015’s must-read books, which is now available to everyone, …

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon On Marriage, Music And Moving On

For 30 years, the band Sonic Youth had, as its core, its two main vocalists: Thurston Moore on guitar, Kim Gordon on bass. They were indie rock's power couple — a shining example of love and loyalty in maybe the environment least conducive to marital bliss.<p>Sonic Youth ended in 2011, with their …

Bevy Wants to Gather All Family Photos In One Place

In the never ending quest to take control of our vast and proliferating photo collections, a new hardware-software combo called Bevy has now emerged.<p>Just launched from Lineage Labs, Bevy is a device paired with both mobile app and desktop Mac or Windows apps that families can use to gather, …

Artificial intelligence and nanotechnology 'threaten civilisation'

Technologies join nuclear war, ecological catastrophe, super-volcanoes and asteroid impacts in Global Challenges Foundation’s risk report<p>Artificial intelligence and nanotechnology have been named alongside nuclear war, ecological catastrophe and super-volcano eruptions as “risks that threaten human …

Artificial Intelligence

For Musician Jack White, Any Old Guacamole Just Won't Do

Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes, must really hate bananas. Because according to his concert rider, which was recently made public, he doesn't want to lay eyes on one at his concerts.<p>A "rider" is the set of unusual contractual demands that some pop stars make of their hosts when they're on …

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David Brooks is holier-than-thou: Why he gets secularism all wrong

<b>David Brooks (PBS)</b><p>The New York Times columnist says non-believers have no innate moral code. Thanks, David, we’re doing just fine<p>Daniel C. Maguire<p>February 12, 2015 9:30am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Religion Dispatches.<p><i>New York Times</i> columnist David Brooks is way behind the curve when …

Pope Francis

Texas Open-Carry Movement Turning to Terrorism

<i>Merriam Webster definition of "terrorism": The use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.</i><p>I've been blogging here at The Huffington Post for quite some time about the threat of insurrectionism in the pro-gun movement. Typically, pro-gun …

Spot the robot dog takes a licking and keeps on walking

Robotics company Boston Dynamics, now part of Google, is showing off its latest robot — Spot, a four-legged robot that can navigate office hallways …

Robotics

Muslim rule and compass: the magic of Islamic geometric design

Photograph: Eric Broug<p>A screen hand-made from oak, installed in a house in the US.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/8/1423399295457/5103a11f-1eb9-49f2-9277-09ab07dab86c-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Eric Broug<p>A screen hand-made from oak, installed in a house in the US.<p>…

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Read an Exclusive Excerpt from Kim Gordon's New Memoir, Girl in a Band

<i>Young and adrift in New York in the late seventies, Kim Gordon found music, Thurston Moore, and her future with Sonic Youth.</i><p>Writing about New York is hard. Not because memories intersect and overlap, because of course they do. Not because I didn’t fall in love with New York, because even though I …

18 One-Pan Breakfast Recipes That Will Send You to the Strata-sphere

Alright, show of hands. Who out there loves bread, brunch and basically all things indulgent? Looks like just about everyone. This means you <i>definitely</i> need some strata in your life. These 18 eggy, cheesy and sometimes meaty bread puddings stir together all of the usual breakfast table suspects into …

Big Dipper stars point to North Star

Tonight, if you can find the Big Dipper in the northern sky, you can find the North Star, Polaris. The Big Dipper is low in the northeast sky at …

US increasingly concerned that Russia is intent on partitioning Ukraine

With rebels having seized extra 200 square miles of territory, US’s leaking of talks about sending weapons to Kiev may be Obama’s way of warning Putin to back off<p>The public disclosure that the US is considering supplying lethal weaponry to Ukraine in its battle with Russian-backed separatists, …

Groundhog Day has roots in astronomy

Groundhog Day is tied to the movement of Earth around the sun. It’s the year’s 1st cross-quarter day.<p>Ah, Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil – called <i>the</i> …

Groundhog Day

In A Few Fateful Years, One Record Label Blew Open The Blues

The story of Paramount Records is a story of contradictions. It was a record label founded by a furniture company, a commercial enterprise that became arguably the most comprehensive chronicler of African American music in the early 20th century. And yet, for Paramount's executives, music was an …

Guitar

Guantanamo Detainee: I Was Gang-Raped by Female Interrogators

A just-published diary from one of Guantanamo Bay’s longtime detainees shares in gruesome detail the abuses he suffered, and alleges he was sexually …

Scientists Warn We're Ever-Closer To The Apocalypse

WASHINGTON -– The world crept closer to doomsday on Thursday.<p>That's according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which each year updates the hands on a clock meant to symbolize how close we are to the annihilation of the human race, or midnight. For the last three years, the world was five …

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The Dire State of Our Nation (What You Won't Hear From the Politicians)

No matter what the politicians might say about how great America is, the fact is that the nation seems to be imploding. Consider the following facts:<p>Our government is massively in debt. Currently, the national debt is somewhere in the vicinity of $18 trillion. More than a third of our debt is owned …

The 10 Most Incredible Weapon Systems Used By The Russian Army

Though the country is perhaps not considered the superpower it once was, Russia's armed forces have gone through a significant transformation since President Vladimir Putin's re-election in 2012. The army is being split into smaller, more dynamic brigades. The focus is on new technologies rather …

10 Easy Ways To Free Up A Lot Of Space On Your iPhone

Your iPhone is full of junk you don't need. And a recent class action lawsuit against Apple has brought to light that even if you buy a 16 GB iPhone, you can't actually use all 16 GB of storage.<p>So let's try to make the most of what you have. We have identified 10 simple ways you can manage and …

Dems Decry Social Security Sneak Attack

WASHINGTON -- Democrats and Social Security advocates are accusing House Republicans of launching a sneak attack on disability insurance on the very first day of the new Congress.<p>The House on Tuesday passed legislation laying out parliamentary rules for the year. The bill included a little-noticed …

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The New Walkman ZX2

The Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing, and so far the biggest news out of it is that Sony is bringing back the Walkman. But it’s a very different Walkman from what you remember; it’s a high-end digital music player and it costs used-car money at $1200. Here’s everything you need to</b> …

8 Things Your Pet Says About Your Personality

1) Researchers have established some general conclusions about pets and their owners personalities:<p><b>Fish owners are happiest.</b>• <b><br>Dog owners are the most</b> …

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The New Republican Attack on Social Security Starts Now!

Republican opponents of Social Security have not wasted even a single day in their plan to dismantle Social Security brick by brick. What should be a dry, mundane exercise -- the adoption of new rules by the newly convening House of Representatives -- has turned into a stealth attack on America's …

What is America? A Republic? A Democracy? An Oligarchy? A Plutocracy? A Theocracy?

I'm not sure what America's form of government is anymore but, it is definitely not a democracy. A Democracy provides every legal citizen of a certain age with the free and equal right to participate in a system of government that elects representatives of the people by the majority of the people, …