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Sex will soon be just for fun not babies, says father of the Pill

Prof Carl Djerassi claims advances in fertility treatment make it safer for parents without fertility problems to consider IVF<p>Sex could become purely recreational by 2050 with large numbers of babies in the Western world born through IVF, the professor who invented the contraceptive pill has …

Israel announces major West Bank land appropriation for settlement

Israel appropriated a swath of 990 acres in the West Bank on Sunday and declared the Palestinian area south of Bethlehem to be Israeli "state lands," local media reported.<p>According to the veteran anti-settlement group Peace Now, the declaration is the largest of its kind since the 1980s and stands …

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The 20 Most Influential Billionaires Behind The Scenes Of US Politics

The Brookings Institute released a ranking of U.S. billionaires according to their political influence.<p>The billionaires' influences are measured by the "use of great wealth for campaign expenditures, activism through non-profit organizations and foundation, holding public office, media ownership, …

American warmongers’ fatal conceit: The massive insecurity behind their calls for blood

<b>(AP/Susan Walsh/Chris Usher/Janet Van Ham/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>The neoconservative “do something” crowd are really “Know Nothings” — and fatally misread the decade after 9/11<p>Elias Isquith<p>September 6, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>In the inaugural post for his new blog at the Intercept, former Washington Post …

MIT Researcher: My Uber Driver Was Proof That 'Good, Secure, Fulfilling Jobs Are Declining'

In a new post on Harvard Business Review, McAfee says he recently experienced a direct example of how this transformation has already begun: an Uber trip.<p>In general, McAfee says, Uber is amazing. But the experience of his driver shows we have entered a mostly uncharted phase of economic history:<p>My …

What to do if you think Russian hackers stole your login, password

A ring of Russian hackers have allegedly stolen more than a billion online user names and passwords, including more than 500 million email addresses. They are believed to be using that data to spam Internet users.<p>It's unclear which websites the Russian hackers hit, but with so much stolen data, …

How Secret Societies Stay Hidden on the Internet

Inside the surreal recruitment process of a legendary club—or something like it—at New York University<p>It all started with a Facebook message from a dead guy.<p>His name was Ernest Howard Crosby and his profile picture showed an old-time portrait of a man in a dapper vest sporting a bushy Civil War …

Obamacare Premiums Aren’t Living Up to Doomsayers’ Predictions

Obama­care’s crit­ics prom­ised the law would send in­sur­ance premi­ums skyrock­et­ing. They were wrong.<p>Or, if they’re not wrong, they’re at least …

The Senate flunks basic biology: Inside a disgraceful hearing

<b>(Reuters/Jim Bourg)</b><p>Specious arguments against the Women’s Health Protection Act reveal how misinformed Congress truly is<p>Andrea Flynn<p>July 20, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Next New Deal.<p>The propensity of anti-choice advocates to eulogize false science was on full display on Tuesday’s …

The right’s favorite new quack: Terri Lynn Weaver’s dangerous baby “science”

<b>Terri Lynn Weaver (AP/Erik Schelzig)</b><p>Doctors say a new Tennessee law targeting pregnant women is nuts. But this GOP lawmaker has her own ideas<p>Katie McDonough<p>July 17, 2014 2:43pm (UTC)<p>Tennessee is the first state in the nation to have a law criminalizing pregnancy outcomes. The state's pregnancy …

Let’s all annoy Ann Coulter! Seven things to irritate the conservative performance artist

<b>Ann Coulter (Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com)</b><p>We know — Coulter hates soccer. With the World Cup over, here’s what her ludicrous column might rail against next<p>Colin McEnroe<p>July 17, 2014 11:44am (UTC)<p>The World Cup is over. The German players have won and have kissed the trophy. Swabs of their saliva have …

Robert Reich: Deadbeat 1 percenters endanger U.S. democracy

The former secretary of labor on the threat of dynastic wealth and how we can avoid a permanent aristocracy<p>Robert Reich<p>July 17, 2014 11:15am (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.<p>In a new Pew poll, more than three quarters of self-described conservatives believe “poor people have it …

Curiosity finds large iron meteorite on Mars

Busily working away on the surface of Mars, Curiosity has found its very first meteorite: a chunk of iron two metres (seven feet) across that NASA scientists have named "Lebanon". It also found nearby two other chunks: Lebanon B, a smaller piece that lays near Lebanon, and a second two-metre chunk …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Neocons’ stunning Iraq revisionism: Why they’re still divorced from reality

<b>Bill Kristol (CBS News)</b><p>Bill Kristol and others are beating the war drum anew. Have they learned nothing from the last decade of conflict?<p>Eric Alterman<p>June 20, 2014 3:31pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on BillMoyers.com.<p>In a column titled “Bush’s toxic legacy in Iraq,” terrorism expert Peter …

Apple gearing up for July iWatch production, says report

Apple is preparing to start production on a much-anticipated smartwatch device next month, reports Reuters.<p>While Apple has never confirmed the existence of a branded smartwatch (unofficially called the iWatch), many speculate that the company has actually been hard at work on the wearable device …

America's middle class: Poorer than you think

Rich Americans. That's our global reputation.<p>The numbers seem to back it up. Americans' average wealth tops $301,000 per adult, enough to rank us fourth on the latest Credit Suisse Global Wealth report.<p>But that figure doesn't tell you how the middle class American is doing.<p>Americans' median wealth …