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The U.S.-Russia “phony war”: How Washington warmongers could bring us from stalemate to catastrophe

One of two outcomes is likely: Another long Cold War, or a great power conflict<p>The Ukraine crisis and the attendant confrontation with Russia assume a “phony war” feel these days. As in the perversely calm months between the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 and the <i>Blitzkrieg</i> into the Low …

Russia

U.S. 'supermax' prison: 'Alcatraz of the Rockies' is seen as 'inhuman and degrading'

U.S. prosecutors want Ali Charaf Damache in the worst way.<p>An Irish resident originally from Algiers, Damache, 50, is accused of using online chat rooms to recruit American women into a would-be terrorist cell operating in this country and Europe.<p>One man and two women, including Damache's wife, have …

Earth is on brink of a sixth mass extinction, scientists say, and it’s humans’ fault

A vast chunk of space rock crashes into the Yucatan Peninsula, darkening the sky with debris and condemning three-quarters of Earth’s species to extinction. A convergence of continents disrupts the circulation of the oceans, rendering them stagnant and toxic to everything that lives there. Vast …

Biodiversity

The Ultimate Guide to Protein Supplements

Flip through any exercise magazine and, judging by all the attention protein supplements get, it appears protein and fitness somehow go hand-in-hand. …

Overnight Oats Recipe: How to Make Oatmeal

__Welcome to the bikini series! I'm Glamour's Senior Online Editor, Marissa and I'm a huge fitness fanatic. I recently discovered pro bikini figure models—a group of women who compete in fitness competitions specifically geared toward the ideal beach body. After meeting with a local NYC team, I'm …

Breakfast

5 things you should do every day to increase your intelligence

You'll see what I mean as you watch that wonderful little brain doing its thing. It's amazing, and when you realize you've been outdueled in a brain game by a child, it's just a bit humbling.<p>Obviously, young children develop, learn, and change very quickly. They show drastic improvement in …

Networking

The quantified sex life? Not so fast

Most of the best things about sex aren't amenable to data collection — but that's not stopping sex apps<p>As Fitbits and Apple Watches have become de rigueur devices, the quantified life movement has moved from the fringe to the mainstream. Fitness, nutrition, and sleep have all become data sets to be …

Apps

How to Get a Big Upper Body - 3 Exercises and Muscle Building Tips For Ectomorphs

As an ectomorph or skinny hardgainer, gaining some serious muscle on your upper body is no mean feat...after all you're fighting your genetics as …

The Way Humans Get Electricity Is About to Change Forever

The renewable-energy boom is here. Trillions of dollars will be invested over the next 25 years, driving some of the most profound changes yet in how …

Fossil Fuels

How to Know What Type of Fitness Training Is for You

Man, has fitness evolved over the last decade. It seems like a few years back, all you were doing was going into gyms and weight training on machinery as well as hitting a couple of Jazzercise classes (I've always wanted to say that word: Jazzercise... )<p>These days, it is normal to get confused with …

Exercise

See Why NASA Is Dying to Visit Jupiter's Moon Europa

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Media Management

Pope Francis just took a huge step to uniting religion with science

Angry atheist and esteemed biologist Richard Dawkins thinks that religion is for idiots, and philosopher Sam Harris has written that "there are few modes of thinking less congenial to religious faith than science is."<p>But Pope Francis just proposed an alliance between reason and faith.<p>In Thursday's …

Christianity

Why You Won’t Notice The Earth Being Sucked Into A Black Hole

Black holes have a scary name, and it’s somewhat fitting: They’re dead stars, floating in space, with such powerful gravitational force not even light can escape it. Obviously, the Earth being sucked into one would a disaster and end all human life. Or maybe not, according to new research.<p>Here’s …

Black Holes

How Do Kegel Exercises Work?

As private and potentially embarrassing a topic this may be, I'll just go ahead and admit it: I've been doing lots of Kegel exercises lately. First defined in 1948 by a gynecologist named Arnold Kegel, Kegel exercises consist of repeatedly contracting and relaxing the muscles that form your pelvic …

Exercise

21 easy habits to start today that will help you 5 years from now

One Quora thread is full of such contemplations, originally addressed to a 23-year-old physics student but applicable to everybody.<p>Here are the takeaways.<p><b>1. Work on your public speaking skills.</b> It's scary. Even Warren Buffett used to throw up before giving a speech. But it's crucial: As you advance …

Harvard Business School

NASA releases climate changes projections: winter isn’t coming

The world you grew up in is not going to be the same in 2100 if NASA’s climate change projections are correct. Ellen Stofan, NASA chief scientist, …

Climate Change

How Your Gut Controls Your Brain

More and more, researchers are finding that the health of bodily microbe populations could be deeply connected to conditions like depression, anxiety, and even autism.<p>Mental health issues are notoriously complicated, with a huge number of variables, from genetic predispositions to environmental …

Microbiology

Look for Major Grocery Price Wars Coming Soon

Upstart super cheap grocery brand expands in a big way.<p>There seems to be no stopping Aldi. If you haven’t heard of this supermarket brand, you …

Whole Foods

These Are The Best Android Phones You Can Buy

After testing every flagship Android phone released in the past two years over hundreds of hours, we think the Samsung Galaxy S6 is the best new phone for most people. It looks and feels fantastic, it’s packed with useful features, and its 16-megapixel camera and 1440p Super AMOLED screen are the …

Phones

6 ways white supremacy takes its toll on Black people’s mental health

Whether you’re a teen at a pool party or a parent just trying to make ends meet, America is a hostile place to live<p>Officially, Kalief Browder died as a result of suicide at his family’s home in the Bronx this weekend. Yet it’s not a stretch to say the racist criminal justice system that locked him …

Mental Health

IT'S OFFICIAL: America is back!

It's official folks: The US economy is back.<p>On Thursday, we got the latest update on second-quarter GDP from the Atlanta Fed, the economics world's hottest research team, that showed the second-quarter economic bounce back is fully underway.<p>The Atlanta Fed's latest GDPNow tracker — which nailed the …

Federal Reserve

Signs are everywhere that Putin is headed into a long and tense standoff with the West

A statement appeared this week on the website of Lithuania's armed forces claiming that NATO's Sabre Strike exercises in the Baltics and Poland were preparations for an annexation of Kaliningrad. It, of course, was the work of hackers and was quickly removed.<p>On the same day, pro-Kremlin activists …

Russia

The Toughest Short Workouts

<b>Row the Distance</b><br>Time: 20 minutes<p>Do it: Row or run for 20 minutes straight. Your goal: Go the greatest distance possible.<p>Try to increase your distance every time you do this workout. Eventually you’ll reach your mental and physical limit—and that’s where true fitness breakthroughs happen.<p><b>Bodyweight</b> …

Ukraine's 'War Rumors' Pull Rug Out From Russia

Three months ago I received a number of emails and even comments on news articles here about how Russia would kick-start a war with Ukraine this summer. It was prescient. Almost too prescient. In the past four weeks, Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko has been warning about Russia amassing military …

Russia

Men Are Misinformed About Sex - Here Are 5 Myths, Debunked

<i>(Photo: Getty Images)</i><p>Let's face it: Sex is on our minds all the time. We live it, breathe it and will do almost anything to get it. A man's sex drive is an innate, natural force. With sex and desire playing such important roles in our lives, you'd think we would all have a better grasp on it. …

Self-confidence

Scientists discover that Pluto has some of the craziest moons in the entire solar system

Pluto tends to hog all of the spotlight, but it's not the only distant world floating through space at 4.5 billion miles from Earth.<p>Meet Pluto's bizarre moon, Nix. Named for the Greek goddess of night, this tiny Plutonian moon exhibits some of the craziest behavior that planetary scientists have …

Astronomy

Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq

The sectarian terror group won’t be defeated by the western states that incubated it in the first place<p>The war on terror, that campaign without end launched 14 years ago by George Bush, is tying itself up in ever more grotesque contortions. On Monday the trial in London of a Swedish man, Bherlin …

Middle East

Americans find ways to visit Cuba despite tourism ban

HAVANA (AP) — "Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted? No." That's what the U.S. Treasury Department website says. And yet Havana is loaded with Americans, from the Floridita bar, where they pose for photos with a bust of Ernest Hemingway, to the Rum Museum, where they swig rum samples …

Cuba

Social Anxiety May Be Associated with High IQ and Empathetic Ability

Over the last few years, studies have been published against the notion of spirituality and the people who practice it. Various studies have also …