Taylor Hagerdorn

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Returning home is a mixed blessing for victims of Boko Haram

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — "Bring Back Our Girls," say the placards in the park and the tweets read around the world. But for thousands of girls and women …

Africa

20 words William Shakespeare used completely differently to you

Shakespeare’s complete works (38 plays, 154 sonnets, and five full-length narrative poems, in case you're wondering) contain a total of 31,534 different words, roughly half of which he only used once, and just over 1,500 of which (around 1 in every 20) had seemingly never been used in written …

Literature

New Star Trek TV Series Rumored to Be Set Before The Next Generation

Well, Season 1 is anyway. But beyond that, the sky’s the limit...<p>Next year’s return of Star Trek to TV has been shrouded in secrecy so far, but a new …

Science Fiction

Eudora Welty's Rules for Writing

The Pulitzer-winning Southern writer, a master of the short story, would have been 107 years old today. Welty was the author of nearly 20 books, a skilled photographer, and an avid gardener. <i>Humanities</i> magazine has a compelling sketch of her work:<p>APHer three avocations—gardening, current events, and …

These photos of dogs eating peanut butter will make your day

Greg Murray was trying to photograph his Mastiff Bailey and he noted that the naturally droopy dog just never looked happy in photos.<p>Then, it came to him: Peanut butter.<p>That was two years ago. Today, he's taken photos of close to 110 dogs eating peanut butter and he has about 10 more to go before …

For the Love of Spock's First Teaser Is as Heartwarming as You'd Expect

It’s been just over a year since the icon that is Leonard Nimoy passed away, and we still can’t help but get a little teary-eyed about it. A new …

Of Science And Faith, As Discussed By A Physicist And A Cardinal

Many of my non-believer colleagues would think it foolish to step onto a stage with a high-ranking Vatican cardinal to discuss science and religion.<p>They would claim it to be a waste of time, and the more extreme ones would say that doing this gives religion a credibility it doesn't deserve. Given …

Orthodox Judaism

Bomani Jones' Most Hilarious Clapbacks to People Who Hate His 'Caucasians' Shirt

The Washington NFL Team. The Atlanta Braves. The Cleveland Indians. Several professional sports teams employ names and mascots that turn Native …

Clinton Campaign Treasurer Crushed To Death After Stack Of Campaign Funds Topples Over

NEW YORK—Confirming the accident occurred while transferring a new load of cash into Hillary Clinton’s campaign finance warehouse, sources reported …

Villarreal CF

Photo Series Depicts the Myths and Legends of Norway

<i>All images by Bjørg-Elise Tuppen. Used with permission.</i><p>“The creative descriptions were inspired by my own interpretations of these mythical beings …

Ganja Yoga Is the Cannabis-Fueled Workout of Dreams

It makes perfect sense to us that cannabis and yoga would work hand in hand—after all, what could be more relaxing than a little weed and a little …

Forget mindfulness, stop trying to find yourself and start faking it

People are often surprised to learn that Confucius, Mencius, Laozi and other classical Chinese philosophers weren’t rigid traditionalists who taught that our highest good comes from confining ourselves to social roles. Nor were they placid wise men preaching harmonious coexistence with the natural …

Taoism

My Grandmother Voted for Hitler… But Then Hid Jews

This German granddaughter has always wondered how Hitler persuaded decent people like her grandmother to vote for him. Listening to Trump, now she …

World History

Stop shaming women who support Bernie Sanders into voting for Hillary Clinton

<b>To the editor:</b> Nancy Cohen puts forth the typical but defective argument about why women should vote for Democratic presidential candidate<p>Hillary Clinton: It's in our best interest, and women take the lead on women's issues. ("Why women should vote for women," Opinion, April 6)<p>As a 69-year-old …

Bernie Sanders

Ignorance, racism and rage: The GOP’s transformation to the party of stupid started long before Donald Trump

Shift from conscience-driven party of Lincoln to anger-driven party of Trump/Cruz has been 50 years in the making<p>The top leadership of the Republican Party expresses horror at the popularity of Donald Trump as though his positions and values are somehow alien from their own. This is disingenuous. …

On Divorce And Remarriage, Pope Calls For More Grace, Less Dogma

In a major document released Friday, Pope Francis addressed divisive elements of Catholic doctrine — including how to treat couples who remarry after a divorce that wasn't annulled by the church, and the church's stance on contraception.<p>Without issuing any new top-down doctrine, Francis said that …

Self-Criticism

Supersized black hole discovery forces universal rethink

Our universe could be riddled with monster black holes, new research has suggested.<p>The revelation comes after a black hole with a mass of 17bn suns was found in a large, virtually isolated galaxy 200m light years away.<p>Black holes are referred to as “supermassive” if they have masses of millions or …

Universe

Rome ancient frescoes reignite debate over women priests

<b>The reopening of a labyrinth of catacombs in Rome has reignited a debate over women priests in early Christianity.</b><p>Women's groups say frescoes on the walls at the Catacombs of Priscilla are evidence that women occupied the role of priests in ancient times.<p>A major clean-up operation that took five …

Christianity

Antique Photos Were Used to Make This Realistic Footage That Looks 85 Years Old

Instead of rebuilding cities like New York, Boston, Detroit, and Washington, D.C. like a CG dinosaur, Alexey Zakharov used a technique where he …

Moleskine's Smartpen Digitizes Your Notebooks as You're Writing In Them

Moleskine, makers of some of the most popular paper notebooks in the world, have teamed up with the creators of the Neo Smartpen to make it a lot …

A Brief History Of Religion

<i>This is an edited version of the chapter on Religion from the book, "Life Lessons for Mia Rose: An Irreverent Guide to Living and Loving Well" by Claire Fordham that was fact checked by Cynthia Eller, Professor of Women's Studies and Religious Studies at Montclair University, New Jersey.</i><p>Few, if …

Shakespeare First Folio discovered on Scottish island

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1236000/1236455_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524619655_ef461e7a3a7df18637132b37a15c2cc3<p><b>A copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, one of the most sought-after books in the world, has been discovered in a stately home on a Scottish island.</b><p>This …

Literature

American Hero Hacks Game Boy to Run Almost Any Retro Game

Meet the Gameboy Zero. It’s a classic Gameboy shell with a Raspberry Pi’s heart. But the mod isn’t purely cosmetic.<p>Using Emulation Station, this Pi …

The Agonizing Collision Of Love And Slavery In 'Thomas Jefferson'

Did Thomas Jefferson dream of his enslaved concubine, Sally Hemings? No one knows. Jefferson himself never wrote a word about his constant companion of almost 40 years. But author Stephen O'Connor gives us a brave and wondrous dream of a novel that renders the fraught subject of their relationship …

Books

10 inspiring female writers you need to read

As a response to Gay Talese’s failure to name any inspirational female writers, we asked our readers to explain why and how these authors changed their lives<p>‘Maybe he needs to read more widely’: authors respond to Gay Talese<p>It is hard to believe that this piece is still necessary. We long for the …

Books

Panama Papers reveal offshore secrets of China’s red nobility

The eight members of China’s Communist party elite whose family members used offshore companies are revealed in the Panama Papers.<p>The documents show the granddaughter of a powerful Chinese leader became the sole shareholder in two British Virgin Islands companies while still a teenager. Jasmine Li …

Corruption

Augustine: Conversions and Confessions, review: 'intimate and intriguing'

St Augustine wasn't always so saintly, which is why his honest 'Confessions' still resonates today<p>When St Augustine appeared to Bob Dylan in a dream, he spoke in two very different voices. First, he was the preacher with “fiery breath” who scorches his listeners “without restraint”.<p>Then he became …

BREAKING: Never-before-seen Shakespeare play discovered in travelling case

An unfinished and unpublished script authored by the legendary playwright William Shakespeare has been discovered in London...<p><i>Please be aware this</i> …

Donald Trump’s domination is teaching us one thing: we’ll miss Obama

Where a proposed ban on all Muslims entering the US, a call for 11 million migrants to be deported and an alpha-male brag about the size of his penis all failed, a demand that women face “some sort of punishment” for having an abortion might just succeed.<p>Yes, he tried: what will Barack Obama's …

Political Science

Trump Abandons Pledge To Support Republican Nominee

Last September, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus pushed the GOP's presidential candidates — there were 17 at the time — to sign a loyalty oath to the party.<p>The party leadership was unnerved by Donald Trump's refusal at the first Republican debate, in August 2015, to endorse the …

Government