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Jamaica, Gangs, Guns, and Black Hobbits: A Talk with Booker Prize Winner Marlon James

Filmmaker Storm Saulter talks with the author about his new book 'A Brief History of Seven Killings,' which adapts true stores of the island's underworld.<p>Jamaican gun crime has declined significantly since 2005, when the island had the highest murder rate per capita in the world, at 1,764. Still, …

This Neuroscientist Argues That Addiction Is Not a Disease and Rehab Is Bullshit

Marc Lewis, a former drug addict and current neuroscientist, says the medical model of treating addiction needs to be challenged.<p>Marc Lewis traveled the long, tenebrous road of opiate addiction, but he emerged out the rabbit hole a neuroscientist, science writer, and author. His best-selling …

Venezuela: A Dictatorship Masquerading as a Democracy

Ahead of a major election, the country is looking more and more like a failed state.<p>Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s president, recently announced that if the opposition were to gain a majority in the National Assembly in elections this Sunday, “We would not give up the revolution and … we would govern …

Emptying Tutankhamun's tomb took 8 years of painstaking labor

The deconstruction of<br>Tutankhamun's tomb, in color<p>Every object removed, except one.<p>1923<p>Perhaps surprisingly, the mummy of King Tutankhamun remains …

How Do You Forgive a Murder?

On the night of June 17, a gunman opened fire in a church basement in Charleston. Nine people died. Five survived. Survivors and families tell their …

41 Ways to Give Back (That Don't Involve Writing a Check)

Crisp, cool temps and the return of pumpkin-spice everything mean one thing is for sure: The gifting season’s almost upon us. While that means lots …

America's poorest white town: abandoned by coal, swallowed by drugs

In the first of a series of dispatches from the US’s poorest communities, we visit Beattyville, Kentucky, blighted by a lack of jobs and addiction to painkillers<p>Part 2: Poorest town in poorest state: segregation is gone but so are the jobs<p>Part 3: The poorest border town: no immigration papers, no …

Bill Clinton

7 simple weight-loss foods

Looking to lose weight? You’re not alone. With the majority of Americans wanting to slim down, it’s all too common to hear what you should cut out of your diet to drop a few pounds. For a refreshing change, check out these seven simple foods that you can add to your diet for a tasty way to help …

21 shocking facts about global poverty

<b>We hope you have a ghoulish weekend ahead of you full of tricks (a few), treats (lots) and plenty of pumpkin spiced lattes!</b><p>But if you want to have a …

Can 11,000 Cuban doctors improve health care in Brazil?

As I was flying to Brazil recently to learn more about the country’s <i>Programa Mais Medicos</i> (PMM, or the “More Doctors” program) , I tried to visualize …

Health Care

“The dreams that we have are rights for others”: Listening to disadvantaged youth in Morocco

In my years of service with the World Bank, I have never come across such poignant testimony. I thought I had heard it all—everything I could ever …

Africa

Helping youth engage with the global climate talks

Today’s youth are the first generation to come of age amid climate change, and they have the most at stake to do something about it. The World Bank …

Climate

A blueprint of the emerging mind

Even before you took your first breath, your brain was already learning, exploring and adapting. Now a new project in London is charting its journey in astonishing detail.<p>The small room feels a little like a spaceship cockpit. In front of me, a group of scientists are sitting in front of a series …

The Brain

Why Is NASA Looking To Hire More Astronauts?

And what are your odds of getting chosen?<p>What child hasn't dreamed of becoming an astronaut? Now, you can. Starting on December 14, NASA will begin accepting applications for the astronaut class of 2015.<p>NASA currently employs 47 astronauts, eight of which were selected as candidates during the last …

Space Science

A Café Run by Acid Attack Survivors Attracts Visitors From Around the World

The Taj Mahal may be one of the world’s top architectural wonders, but just a half mile away, a new destination is gaining attention: Sheroes’ …

Scientific Study: Victoria's Secret Perfume Is Actually Mosquito Repellent

A group of scientists wanted to find the most effective mosquito repellents. So they tested 10 different substances, including campout standbys like …

#EndPoverty images tell a powerful story

​In the photo, a beautiful woman named Radha holds her young child in a bleak landscape strewn with refuse. The photo caption reveals she is a …

World Bank

Russia and Europe are working together to plan a permanent base on the moon

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>Russia really wants to go to the moon. Roscosmos, the country’s space agency, has made it clear that its priority is exploring the moon—not Mars—with the ultimate goal of establishing a permanent base there. Now, Russia is asking international partners for help, and …

Space Science

Sixty Years of Data Show Waves are Getting Stronger, Threatening Coastlines and Infrastructure

Changing Planet<p>An aerial view of Colun Beach in the Valdivian Coastal Reserve, Los Rios, Chile. Photo © Nick Hall<p><i>By The Nature Conservancy’s Dr. Borja G. Reguero and Dr. Michael W. Beck</i><p>Climate change is modifying the way our oceans work in many different ways, including ocean acidification and …

Climate Change

Russia is testing the world’s first all-female space crew for a mission to the moon

The first woman in space was Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, back in 1963. Since then, Russia has fallen somewhat behind other countries in gender equality; it’s sent only four female cosmonauts into space in the last five decades, compared to the US National Aeronautics and Space …

Space Exploration

Could Depression Be Caused By An Infection?

Sometime around 1907, well before the modern randomized clinical trial was routine, American psychiatrist Henry Cotton began removing decaying teeth from his patients in hopes of curing their mental disorders. If that didn't work, he moved on to more invasive excisions: tonsils, testicles, ovaries …

Depression

40 Zesty Z-Words To Add To Your Vocabulary

It might be one of the least-frequently used letters in the English language (you can expect it to start less than 0.5% of the words in a standard …

Why Mormons Make Great FBI Recruits

At the FBI (Photo: Dave Newman/Flickr)<p>A few years back, when the Pew Research Center surveyed Mormons in America about their place in society, more …

The noise we’re creating in the sea can be deadly

Researchers are decoding a secret world of underwater chatter – and discovering the plight of animals harmed by our noise.<p>Some years ago, Michel Andre found himself staring at the body of a dead sperm whale on a beach in the Canary Islands. It was obvious that the animal had collided with a ship – …

Marine Mammals

3 ways the expansion of the Panama Canal will affect global trade

The Panama Canal is one of the most important waterways in the world for trade. However, only ships carrying a maximum of 4000-5000 containers can …

Panama Canal

Do the BRICS need a bigger voice in the world?

Sailing down the Moscow River on a cool evening earlier this month, I found myself in intense conversation with the chair of the Foreign Affairs …

Children Trafficked by Fake Aid Workers Rescued in Nepal

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