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Trump Administration
Russia

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny detained amid protests across Russia

Crowds gather in cities to protest against corruption in largest anti-government rallies for five years, with hundreds held<p>Hundreds of protesters have been detained by riot police in cities across Russia, as some of the largest anti-government protests in years swept the country.<p>The call to protest …

Russia

Robert Frost: An American Poet Revisits Old Haunts in England

Caption from LIFE. In an English field where 'Surging, the grasses dizzied me of thought' (from 'My Butterfly'), Mr. Fro<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Howard …

Literature

The epic uncool of Philip Seymour Hoffman

When Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an accidental drug overdose on February 2, 2014 at age 46, it felt like a huge part of the past two decades of …

Does the language you speak change your view of the world?

Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also …

Morning People Vs. Night Owls: 9 Insights Backed By Science

Night owls are drunker, smarter, and get more booty–but morning types may be happier.<p>Chances are you already know whether you’re a morning person or a night person (and if you don’t, just ask your significant other). What you might not know is that social scientists use pretty specific—and, by …

Psychology

The Other Devastating Effect of Police Abuse That Deserves Our Attention

In November 2014, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was playing with a toy gun in a park on the west side of Cleveland when Officer Timothy Loehmann, mistaking …

'Honour' killings, hypocrisy, and the moral policing reserved only for women

Qandeel Baloch was failed by Pakistan society at every step. The same nation that topped Google searches for pornography strangles women like her to death<p>News broke on Saturday of Pakistani social media celebrity, Qandeel Baloch, being strangled by her own brother. Since then, I have spoken to many …

Feminism

The reasons why exhaustion and burnout are so common

More and more people are suffering ‘burnout’ – but is this the fault of modern life or is physical, mental and spiritual exhaustion a far older condition? BBC Future investigates.<p>A few years ago, Anna Katharina Schaffner became the latest victim of the exhaustion ‘epidemic’. It began with a kind of …

Pope Benedict XVI

How to read a book a week

In February, I read Belle Beth Cooper’s <i>Fast Company</i> piece “How I became a morning person, read more books, and learned a language in a year,” which listed the four steps to assuming a new hobby: set small goals, focus on one new thing at a time, remove obvious barriers, and build the new routines …

Books

I Published My Debut Novel to Critical Acclaim—and Then I Promptly Went Broke

On the dark side of literary fame.<p>Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid authors came out last month. My name's not on it and it probably never will be. My name is, however, on a $786 utility bill that just arrived in the mail. Summer in Texas is expensive, even when you set the thermostat at 85 …

The 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time

“As ignorable as it is interesting.” That’s the classic definition of ambient music, stated by Brian Eno in 1978 on the sleeve notes to his album <i>Ambient 1:</i> <i>Music for Airports</i>. And he should know, since he basically invented the genre three years earlier with his album <i>Discreet Music</i>. But while Eno’s …

Ambient Music
Rights & Freedoms

Maverick women writers are upending the book industry and selling millions in the process

“I just wanted a story with a nice guy.”<p>In late 2012, author H. M. Ward had an experimental manuscript collecting proverbial dust on her computer. It starred a woman named Sidney and a man named Peter—an impossible nice-guy combo of handsome, strong, smart, patient, and, oh, super wealthy.<p>Ward had …

Brain Games Free Your Mind and Improve Your Focus and Memory

You are using an <b>outdated</b> browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.<p>These Brain Games Free Your Mind and Improve Your Focus and …

Everything I Learned Researching the Female Orgasm

There's long been a societal (and scientific) bias against female sexuality. Fortunately, that is slowly changing with more women taking their pleasure into their own hands.<p>A few years ago, I became so intrigued by female sexuality that I decided to write a book about it. Everywhere it was …

British Columbia

Read the Republican Platform on Same-Sex Marriage, Guns and Wall Street

After days of debate and discussion, the Republican National Committee released its final party platform Monday afternoon.<p>The platform is not binding …

LGBTQI

Congressman Steve King: whites aided civilization more than other 'sub-groups'

The congressman ignited a firestorm when he made the comments, referring to critiques that Republicans are insensitive to racial and religious minorities<p>During a roundtable discussion regarding the uniformly white leadership of the Republican party, six-term congressman Steve King of Iowa declared …

Steve King

The threats and abuse outspoken Pakistani women receive

<b>The apparent "honour killing" of Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch has led to renewed debate over women's rights in the country, including the freedom to speak out online.</b><p>Ms Baloch, 26, was frequently abused in cyberspace and had received death threats for her outspoken and …

Feminism

Soaring Temperatures Will Make It Too Hot to Work, UN Warns

Searing temperatures caused by climate change may cost global economies more than $2 trillion by 2030, restricting working hours in some of the …

Climate Change

See All Five Naked Eye Planets in the Dusk Sky at Once

Hosting an evening star party this summer? You’re in for a treat. Starting later this week, all five naked eye planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter …

Astronomy

I lived in Europe for 5 years — these are the places I tell all my friends to visit

These travels exposed me to new cultures, and left impressions and memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life.<p>From the beaches of southern Portugal to the canals of Amsterdam, here are the spots I consider must-sees.

European Travel

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and can't move — here's why

I wake up but can't move, except for my eyes, which dart frantically underneath fluttering, heavy lids. I feel a heavy presence on top of my chest, squeezing the air from my lungs and throat. Then a shadowy, cloaked figure starts looming just within the corners of vision.<p>I'm not dreaming. And no …

Sleep

CO2 turned into stone in Iceland in climate change breakthrough

Radical new technique promises a cheaper and more secure method of burying CO2 emissions underground instead of storing it as a gas<p>Carbon dioxide has been pumped underground and turned rapidly into stone, demonstrating a radical new way to tackle climate change.<p>The unique project promises a cheaper …

Fossil Fuels

Geek book of the week: Enter the messy mind of Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is an understated genius. That much is clear to the readers who have followed his dry wit and dark imaginings from <i>Sandman</i> to <i>Stardust</i>, …

39 Movies That Are, In Fact, Better Than The Book

Sorry, Stephen King.

This man had no idea his mind is ‘blind’ until last week

Imagine realising that you’ve spent your whole life unable to visualise anything in your mind. Helen Thomson speaks to a 42-year-old man whose internal world is pictureless.<p>Close your eyes and visualise the face of the person you love the most. The colour of their eyes, the texture of their hair, …

A Warming World Means Less Water, With Economic Consequences

We often associate climate change with too much water — the melting ice caps triggering a rise in sea levels. Now a new World Bank report says we also need to think about too little water — the potable sort.<p>High and Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy examines the future effects of …

Wastewater

Elijah Wood: Hollywood’s child sex abuse comparable to Jimmy Savile case

Lord of the Rings star draws parallels between attacks carried out by British TV personality and paedophile rings in Los Angeles<p>Elijah Wood, the actor who took his first film role aged eight before starring in the Lord of the Rings movies, has said that organised sexual abuse of children in …

Child Abuse