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Supersized black hole discovery forces universal rethink

Massive galactic objects, billions of times heavier than the sun, could be more common than was thought, say scientists<p>Our universe could be riddled with monster black holes, new research has suggested.<p>The revelation comes after a black hole with a mass of 17bn suns was found in a large, virtually …

Universe

Obama praises new Treasury rules that close tax loopholes exploited by US firms

Going after corporations he claims “exploit loopholes,” President Obama on Tuesday praised recent steps the Treasury Department took to curb tax inversions -- a popular type of merger where a U.S. company buys a foreign counterpart and then moves to that country to lower its tax bill.<p>Obama has been …

Congress: A Buzzkill for Weed in 2015

While 2015 was a great year for weed on the state level, federal lawmakers still proved pretty square.<p>For pot fans, 2015 was a money year on the …

President Obama Has A Question For His Successor

Submitting to interviews is usually a big part of the presidential job description. Conducting interviews, on the other hand, falls pretty far down on the list.<p>This is one area where President Obama falls outside the presidential norm, and he explained to NPR why he is doing so much questioning of …

'GOD' for Atheists (and an Expanded, Scientific Definition of God for Everyone Else)

As many celebrate the Christmas season and the coming of a New Year, maybe there's a way we can, indeed, bring atheists and theists and the disparate factions and religions together on our little planet.<p>And, instead of focusing on the old definitions of "God", that many reject, or on how …

Atheism

Meet the Fox News atheist — the man Bill O’Reilly calls a fascist and Sean Hannity thinks is evil

<b>David Silverman (Fox News)</b><p>Sean Hannity despises him. Actual Fox atheists want his autograph. David Silverman takes the fight to the enemy<p>Jeffrey Tayler<p>December 20, 2015 10:59am (UTC)<p>Each day brings us new evidence of quasi-pathological faith-derangement among members of our ruling class, and not …

Why You Can't Understand Obama Until You Understand Hawaii

"What's best in me, and what's best in my message, is consistent with the tradition of Hawaii."<p>The Obamas have arrived in Hawaii for their ninth consecutive Christmas ― a holiday tradition Michelle Obama has said is especially meaningful for the family.<p>“Because it’s such an important tradition, I …

Michelle Obama

How do atheists celebrate Christmas?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hemant Mehta loves the Christmas season.<p>He loves getting together with family and friends. He loves giving gifts. He loves the upbeat spirit and the crowds shopping on Chicago's Michigan Avenue. He even has a tree.<p>There's just one catch: Mehta is an atheist.<p>But that's no reason not to enjoy …

Standing on the brink of America's second Civil War

<b>WASHINGTON</b>, December 5, 2015 – Americans are split into two utterly opposed camps at odds over guns, gays, climate change, abortion, the welfare …

5 Tips for Becoming an Activist in College, by #BlackLivesMatter Co-Founder Opal Tometi

"I just look back at my time in college and think about how much my community activism and my work in neighborhoods really informed my actual academic career."<p>Opal Tometi, co-founder of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, spoke at <i>Cosmopolitan</i>'s Fun Fearless Life event sponsored by Maybelline this …

Black Lives Matter activists have a new ally: Edward Snowden

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden took to his new favorite social media platform on Monday (Oct. 12) to argue that indiscriminate mass surveillance is a tool of social control that disproportionately affects the underprivileged:<p>Snowden’s comments provoked a response from DeRay Mckesson, a leading …

Two Scientific Revolutions Celebrate Anniversaries. You’re Reading This Because of One of Them.

This week marks the (very round number) anniversaries of two of the most important scientific papers ever published.<p>One you’ve heard of—or at least, …

Physics

Neil DeGrasse Tyson's best quotes may make you fall in love with science all over again

But deGrasse Tyson also has a serious side, which he reveals time and again in his books, shows, Twitter page, and popular science articles.<p>Often, deGrasse Tyson's humor strikes a serious chord that not only makes us laugh but also think. As a popular science educator, deGrasse Tyson is out to …

Physics

John Coltrane and A Love Supreme, Fifty Years Later

What the jazz giant left behind.<p>John Coltrane released his most-celebrated work <i>A Love Supreme</i> in 1965. It became one of the best-selling jazz recordings in history, and in 2003, <i>Rolling Stone</i> ranked it 47th in its list of Top 500 albums. Coltrane attracted not only fans and admirers—Patti Smith, Tom …

White People Talk About Their White Privilege

The point is not whether we choose to acknowledge or ignore the impact of race, but how white privilege defines all aspects of American life.<p>It started as so many great ideas do: on a Saturday morning, lying in bed watching SportsCenter, and talking to strangers on Twitter. I don't think any of …

'These have been among the worst weeks of my life'

In a POLITICO interview, Trey Gowdy laments attacks on him and the Benghazi committee as Hillary Clinton's appearance nears.<p>House Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, used to get death threats in his previous line of work. But watching his Benghazi investigation get slammed by …

5 worst right-wing moments of the moment — Michele Bachmann is completely off her rocker

<b>(Reuters/Jason Reed)</b><p>The former congresswoman tries her hand at climate “science,” while John Kasich cracks a staggeringly sexist joke<p>Janet Allon<p>October 12, 2015 8:15am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Donald Trump was eerily quiet most of the week, or perhaps Ben Carson’s mounting …

This Cop Oversaw The Torture Of More Than 100 Black Men. Now He's Out After Less Than 4 Years In Jail.

An ex-police commander who oversaw the torture of more than 100 black men in Chicago police custody walked out of federal prison Thursday, after serving just three and a half years of his sentence.<p>Jon Burge left the minimum-security prison in North Carolina to report to a halfway house in Florida …

Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief  that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing

While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then—your essential being—was intrinsically the same as it is today.<p>Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just an illusion—a philosophy that’s increasingly supported by scientific research.<p>“Buddhists argue …

Consciousness

The Perfectly Looping Mini-Trips of Hayden Zezula

Can't. Look. Away.<p>You don't need a spaceship or an interdimensional portal gun to visit new worlds—just take a trip to GIF artist Hayden Zezula, a.k.a. Zolloc's, website. There you'll find electric oceans, gravity-defying sludge, people made from bubbles, and worlds within worlds within worlds. …

Historic photographs transformed into surreal animated GIFs by Nicolas Monterrat

The GIF works of Nicolas Monterrat, who uses vintage photographs as a base for his unsettling, trippy, subtle little animations.<p>[thisiscollosal via …

“You think the f*cking Tea Party determines public policy?”: Dick Gregory on racism, the 1 percent and why black Americans are angry at the wrong people

<b>(AP/Matt Sayles)</b><p>“White American racists were more vicious than Hitler,” activist and comedian Dick Gregory tells Salon<p>Arthur Chu<p>September 30, 2015 8:35pm (UTC)<p>Dick Gregory’s had a long, rich and strange life as an entertainer and activist. I hadn’t heard of him before I started talking with Andre …

Myster High End Marijuana Accessories

Luxury products for the conscious cannabis connoisseur.<p>Up-and-coming Washington, D.C.-based brand Myster designs and manufactures innovative high end …

Pope Francis electrifies Congress with speech laying out bold vision for US

Republicans and Democrats united in praise for pope, who called on Congress to transcend division and act on climate change, immigration and poverty<p>Pope Francis has electrified Congress with a call for action on climate change, immigration, poverty and capital punishment, laying down a challenge …

Pope Francis

Listen to the Music of the Solar System With This Addictive App

Space is a quiet place. Because the large area between stars and planets is more or less a vacuum, sound has nothing to bounce off of. Hence, the old …

Ganja Gifting: Inside a Budding New Trend

When Chavie Lieber, a writer in New York, was traveling over a recent weekend, she and her husband lent their apartment to a friend’s brother. Upon return, “There were three fat joints rolled for us on the coffee table,” Lieber told me, “with a scribbled note that read: ‘Thanks for letting us …

The Unspeakable Depth Of US Racism

My interviewees for this story, from top left: Lauren Butler, Blake Simons, Chanelle Helm, Dimitri Reeves, and Prof Gerald Horne.<p>On my left side was …

George Washington

Consciousness Survives the Death of the Body New Research Confirms

By Buck Rogers<br>The greatest question of all time may very well be, ‘what happens to us when we die?’ While many, individuals, religions and spiritual …