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Why eight hours a night isn’t enough, according to a leading sleep scientist

For something that we spend a third of our lives doing (if we’re lucky), sleep is something that we know relatively little about. “Sleep is actually a relatively recent discovery,” says Daniel Gartenberg, a sleep scientist who is currently an assistant adjunct professor in biobehavioral health at …

Brainwaves

This is what it feels like to be black in white spaces

Long before the election of Donald Trump, black people believed the average white person was against them and their kind<p>Most white people have little idea, and many are willfully ignorant, of challenges black people face in white spaces<p>Almost every black person in America has experienced the sting …

Civil Rights

The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.<p>1.<p>For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies. Sometimes around Christmas, more often on the Fourth of July, my family would take up …

Income Inequality

Islamic State assassin: How I killed more than 100 people

<b>Syria has been at war for seven long, deadly years. President Bashar al-Assad's government is fighting both rebel groups and the jihadists of Islamic State. The northern city of Raqqa has been a key battleground for many factions in the conflict. This is the story of how one peaceful protester</b> …

An insider explains how rural Christian white America has a dark and terrifying underbelly

As the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: “Democrats failed to understand white, …

Society

The climate has changed before. But this is different – look at the archeological record

The United States government recently published the Climate Science Special Report authored by 13 federal agencies, which states unequivocally that climate change is occurring and it is caused by human actions. The report follows several months of uncommonly strong hurricanes caused by …

Climate Change

It's time to stop coddling the Confederacy

It's easy to see a simple connection between the people waving Nazi flags and those waving Confederate flags in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.<p>You can say it's racism and leave it at that.<p>But the truth is that …

Donald Trump’s son-in-law bought part of old New York Times building from Soviet-born tycoon, Guardian investigation into Russian money in NYC property market finds<p>Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Donald Trump, who acts as his senior White House adviser, secured a multimillion-dollar Manhattan real …

Corruption

Climate change,Climate change scepticism,Greenhouse gas emissions,Carbon tax,Environment,Climate change,Science,Trump administration,Economic policy,Paris climate agreement,COP 21: UN climate change conference | Paris,Global climate talks,Politics,Republicans<p>It’s unscientific, fails basic risk …

Climate

Who's Afraid of Free Speech?

What critics of campus protest get wrong about the state of public discourse.<p>Middlebury College’s decision to discipline 67 students who participated in a raucous and violent demonstration against conservative author Charles Murray brings closure to one of several disturbing incidents that took …

Rights & Freedoms

The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Children of Men’ to ‘Her’

With themes that range from love to fear to humanity itself, the best sci-fi movies of the 21st century all share distinctly original visions.<p>Sci-fi …

The Scandals of Donald Trump: Presidential Edition

In an attempt to cast doubt on one controversy, Russian interference in the election, the president fired the FBI director—creating a second, and drawing new attention to the first.<p>The thing about scandals is they tend to beget other scandals.<p>Take the various probes into Russian interference in the …

Donald Trump

‘He’s a Performance Artist Pretending to be a Great Manager’

Donald Trump sits at the top of the biggest org chart in the world. Why does he look so uncomfortable in the job?<p>More than 27 years before Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, Bruce Nobles, then the president of the Trump Shuttle airline, assessed with some befuddlement the …

Donald Trump

Trump's wrong — Immigrants promote economic growth

President Donald Trump's planned wall along the Mexican border, for example, is premised on the notion that immigrants are pouring across the border (they're not), taking Americans' jobs (they haven't) and committing a disproportionate share of crimes (they don't).<p>The presumed threats of …

Why Trump’s Immigration Rules Are Unconstitutional

Don’t pay attention to the administration's spin. The law is clear.<p>President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily barring citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from traveling to the United States—as well as denying entry to refugees from Syria for the indefinite …

Immigration

Donald Trump and the Russian Connection

Members of president-elect’s inner circle with alleged ties to Russia<p>Donald Trump’s inner circle is studded with links to Russia — from a potential …

Why Donald Trump's Business Dealings Matter

<i>First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.</i><p><b>Why Trump’s business dealings matter</b><p>You can add another example to the list of actions that President-elect Trump has taken that mixes his business …

A Nobel prize winning economist nails why Trump supporters reject the thing that will help them most

From his essay:<p>Trump's victory clearly appears to stem from a sense of economic powerlessness, or a fear of losing power, among his supporters. To them, his simple slogan, "make America great again," sounds like "make <i>you</i> great again." Economic power will be given to the multitudes, without taking …

Years of Republican plots, an opponent deified by television, and FBI smears stood in her way – and she still won the popular vote by more than Kennedy did<p>Sometimes I think I have never seen anything as strong as Hillary Clinton. That doesn’t mean that I like and admire everything about her. I’m …

Government

The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet

One of the women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct has sued him for defamation after he labeled her claims false.<p>Donald Trump is now president and not just a private citizen, but that doesn’t mean he’s free of the controversies that dogged him in his former life.<p>Last week, a few days before …

Donald Trump

The 8 fastest-growing tech skills worth over $110,000

Job-hunting site Dice prides itself on helping IT pros navigate which skills to pursue. It just concluded an analysis of its database of 80,000-plus tech jobs from April 2015 through April 2016 to determine the fastest-growing skills based on job openings.<p>We then cross-checked those skills against …

Anyone can turn their Xbox One into a software dev kit

The dream of turning your Xbox One into a software development kit is finally real. Xbox chief Phil Spencer announced today during today's Build keynote that the process will be pretty simple, too. Essentially, you just download the Xbox Dev Mode app, register as a developer and that's it. From …

Windows 10

Work Every Part of Your Body With This Dumbbell Exercise Chart

Dumbbells are the unsung workhorse of the exercise world. They’re great in a home gym, and you can always grab a few even at a busy fitness center. …

1988: The Year Donald Lost His Mind

At the early peak of his success, he pulled the trigger on a manic series of deals that nearly brought him down.<p>Reviewers trashed Donald Trump’s first book. They dismissed <i>The Art of the Deal</i> as self-promotional pap. They called the author a huckster. “The man’s lack of taste is as vast as his lack …

6 Facts That Could Haunt Donald Trump From Trump University

The fate and reputation of Trump University, the adult education courses that carried Donald Trump’s name from 2005 to 2010, have become the fight in …

WATCH: This Simple Maths Trick Will Get Your Friends Every Time

This is the best.<p>If you ever get tired of discussing current events and <i>Neko Atsume</i> updates with your friends, try dazzling them with numbers by …

The details in the US Justice Department's lawsuit against Ferguson are harrowing

In the lawsuit filed on Wednesday— 18 months after the shooting of Michael Brown ignited a firestorm of protest — the department argues that Ferguson's police and court systems routinely violate the civil rights of the city's black residents, in part to generate revenue from tickets.<p>The 56-page …

11 Essential Tech Skills You Need to Get Hired as a Web Developer

The skills you’ll need to land a job as a front-end web developer will vary from one place or one position to another, but there are several skills …