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Why Should You Be Worried About NSA Surveillance?

<i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> The End Of Privacy.<p><b>About Mikko Hyppönen's TED Talk</b><p>Virtually every international Internet user is being watched, says hacker and cyber security expert Mikko Hyppönen. He calls for digital privacy in the age of government surveillance.<p>Privacy is non-negotiable. It …

Parkour for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide | The Art of Manliness

You’ve seen it on TV shows such as <i>American Ninja Warrior</i> (and not so seriously in <i>The Office</i>) as well as in movies like <i>Casino Royale</i> and <i>The Bourne</i> …

What is talent – and can science spot what we will be best at?

My interest in the science of talent has a personal backstory. By the age of three, I'd had 21 ear infections and after an operation to remove fluid …

Wendy Davis abortion filibuster ends in chaotic dispute over midnight vote

An attempt to block a controversial abortion bill in the Texas state legislature ended in chaos after a day of high procedural drama, led by state …

Why The Last of Us is the first truly mature action game (and our Game of the Year)

<i>Warning before you start. I need to discuss the entire game to do this right, so there will be spoilers. Gigantic ones. With teeth.</i><p>“…it could be …

Privacy Past And Present: A Saga Of American Ambivalence

America's privacy concerns go back to the origins of the country itself. And in the wake ofrevelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance activities, polls show the country has mixed feelings; Fox News, CBS News and Gallup all find that more than half of all Americans don't approve …

The NSA has us snared in its trap – and there's no way out

Watching William Hague doing his avuncular routine in the Commons on Monday, I was reminded of the way establishment figures in the 1950s used to …

Pastors seek to end war on drugs by decriminalizing use

Clergymen want to end war on drugs by decriminalizing the use of marijuana and other drugs.<p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Rev. Edwin Sanders says churches should help heal the sick, feed the hungry and set prisoners free.<p>Even if they smoke pot.<p>Sanders, pastor of Metropolitan Interdenominational Church in …

White children nearly a minority, says US census

<b>For the first time, half (49.9%) of American children under the age of five are of a racial or ethnic minority, according to the US Census Bureau.</b><p>The agency projected that in the US, whites would become a minority in the under-five age group this year or next.<p>The 2012 data also found that for the …

Edward Snowden claims US hacks Chinese targets

The US has perpetrated hacking attacks on “hundreds” of targets in Hong Kong and mainland China since 2009, the former CIA analyst Edward Snowden has claimed.<p>In an interview with the <b>South China Morning Post</b>, Mr Snowden, who has been hiding in the former British colony since May 20, accused the US …

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Extraordinary Toroidal Vortices

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3 crazy new knots to try: the Eldridge, the Trinity, and the Cape. (via His Style Diary) http://ow.ly/lnjlU

A Party, A Sexual Assault, And A Suicide: Was 15-Year-Old Audrie Pott Cyberbullied To Death?

Her family blames her classmates for her death, but now some of them are questioning that narrative. What really happened the week before Audrie died?<p>Last Labor Day weekend, 15-year-old Audrie Pott went to a small party thrown by one of her classmates at Saratoga High School, a small suburban …

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Pope Francis defends atheists

Atheists and other nonbelievers largely welcomed Wednesday's (May 22) remarks by Pope Francis that performing "good works" is not the exclusive domain of people of faith, but rather a place where they and atheists could and should meet.<p>In a private homily, Francis described doing good not as a …

Apple chief calls on US government to slash US corporate tax

Apple has called for US corporate tax rates to be slashed after it admitted sheltering at least $30bn (£20bn) of international profits in Irish …

Chinese citizens are hijacking Xi Jinping’s latest propaganda tool

If the last sixty odd years of Chinese history were told through Chinese Communist Party slogans, this year would mark a turning point in who controls the narrative.<p>Elusive expressions like Jiang Zemin’s “three represents” (which refers to the three pillars of the party—military, culture and public …

The Sometimes, Always, Never 3-Button Suit Rule | The Art of Manliness

A few years ago, we published a guest post on suit buttons, and one of the best things I got out of it was a handy way to remember the right way to …

‘The Office’ Used to Be a Great Show. No, Really! See Proof (VIDEO)

On Thursday night, <i>The Office</i> will punch its final time card after nine seasons on NBC. If it seems TV fans are throwing more of a staid …

The World's Most Powerful Computer Network Is Being Wasted on Bitcoin

Bitcoin mining machines are insane powerhouses, and they're only getting crazier. How much power is getting sunk into the digital cryptocurrency? …

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The Impossible Dream Of The Hindenburg: How Airships Were Going To Change The World

76 years ago today, the Hindenburg crashed over New Jersey, killing 35 people and ending the era of the airship. From the Popular Science archive, what it would have been like to travel the world in a Zeppelin.<p><i>"Now You Can Fly Around The World," by John E. Lodge and excerpted below, originally</i> …

Our Very Normal Solar System Isn't Normal Anymore

Some things you just count on. Like if we ever meet a space alien, it should have eyes (and maybe a head). Like somewhere out there, there are planets like ours. Like we have an ordinary solar system — "ordinary" because you know what it looks like ...<p>It's got a sun in the middle, little planets on …

Are Those North Korean Long-Range Missiles For Real?

When President Obama met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday, one item was high on the agenda: how to handle North Korea, which has in recent months threatened to strike both countries.<p>Obama called such threats "a dead end."<p>"We remain open to North Korea taking a peaceful path of …

As China prospers, residents increasingly demand more rights, freedoms

<i>Editor's Note: This story is part of a series from PRI's The World, China Past Due.</i><p>When the workday is over and the sun is slung low in the sky, people drift over to the Chengdu People’s Park, and dance away the stress of the day.<p>They waltz and chacha under willow trees — couples, old women, a …

The worst possible cybersecurity breaches could be far worse than you imagined

The cyber-ruffians who briefly tanked the stock market recently by faking a news tweet about an attack at the White House showed how much damage can be done with a few well-placed keystrokes. Those who hacked into a Department of Labor website earlier this week could have wreaked even more havoc, …

Bangladesh Rana Plaza factory collapse toll passes 600

<b>More than 600 bodies have been pulled from the rubble of a Bangladeshi clothing factory complex that collapsed last week, police say.</b><p>Dozens more bodies were retrieved from the ruined eight-storey Rana Plaza on Sunday.<p>Bangladesh's worst industrial disaster has sparked nationwide anger.<p>A preliminary …

Bulletproof Whiteboards And The Marketing Of School Safety

A recent news item out of Minnesota caught our eye: "Bulletproof Whiteboards Unveiled at Rocori Schools."<p>Bulletproof what? Where?<p>That would be whiteboards, at the small central Minnesota Rocori School District, which will spend upward of $25,000 for the protective devices produced by a company …