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Overwhelming Force

In September 2013, President Barack Obama blinked, changed course, and decided literally overnight not to take military action against Syrian president Basahr al-Assad for using chemical weapons against his own people. I said to a French friend at the time: "Just watch. When an American president …

Phree Mobile Input Device Uses 3D Laser Tech

Styluses and smart pens may enhance productivity and creativity, but users can still encounter problems, especially outside of specifically compatible screens, tablets, notebooks or apps.<p>Phree, a new input device set to launch later this year, is designed to let you use almost any surface to …

'Blurring Lines': Decline in U.S. Christianity Mirrors Larger Trends

U.S. news<p>The rise in the number of Americans unaffiliated with any religion is nothing new — and for some denominations, it might even be a good thing, religion scholars say.<p>The Pew Research Center for Religion & Public Life reported in a massive study this week that 22.8 percent of Americans …

When the world was reinvented: Harry Truman, Joseph Stalin & the end of World War II

<b>Winston Churchill, Harry S.Truman, and Josef Stalin pose in Potsdam, Germany, July 23, 1945. (AP)</b><p>Historian Michael Neiberg tells Salon about the perils of the postwar era & the limits of the what great men can do<p>J.P. O'Malley<p>May 16, 2015 7:00pm (UTC)<p>Up until the second decade of the 20th century, …

The Dwight Eisenhower lesson America forgot

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>In his farewell address, Ike famously warned about our military industrial complex. Now we face permanent war<p>William J. Astore<p>May 16, 2015 6:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>It’s 1990. I’m a young captain in the U.S. Air Force. I’ve just witnessed the fall of …

Meet the Newest State of Matter

Jahn–Teller metals offer new hope for high-temperature superconductivity.<p>It's only slightly less exciting than it sounds: a new state of matter. The discovery, which comes courtesy of an international team led by Kosmas Prassides of Tokohu University in Japan, offers a novel material with an …

The Minecraft Farlands: One Man's Quest to Reach the End of World

<b>A quest to the edge of an endless world can feel like an eternal glitch.</b><p>The YouTuber Kurt J. Mac is currently on an impossible mission. He is trying …

What is dark energy?

We need dark energy to explain why gravity seems to be driving galaxies in our universe apart instead of pulling them together.<p>The nature of dark …

ridingwithstrangers:Architectural Density in Hong KongWith seven...

ridingwithstrangers:Architectural Density in Hong KongWith seven million people, Hong Kong is the 4th most densely populated places in the world. …

Cheney calls Obama 'worst president' on foreign policy

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says President Barack Obama is the worst commander in chief the United States has ever had, in view of the recent Iranian nuclear agreement.<p>Asked about the deal by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday, the former vice president said the Iranian regime is …

How Obama Abandoned Democracy in Iraq

Bush’s mistake was invading the country. His successor’s was leaving it to a strongman.<p>W <i>hen trying to explain the current unrest in the Middle East, from Iraq to Syria to Yemen, American officials often resort to platitudes about Sunni and Shia Muslims fighting each other for “centuries” due to</i> …

Solar Eclipses Are Slowly Disappearing, And There's Nothing We Can Do To Stop It

About twice a year, the Moon appears to pass in front of the Sun, giving rise to a partial solar eclipse if the alignment is imperfect, but leading to either a total or annular solar eclipse if the Earth, Moon and Sun all form a straight line in space.<p>It’s only by chance that the Moon and the Sun …

Hot shots from NASA's Earth Observatory show a changing planet (pictures)

Space

'Minecraft' might get banned in Turkey for being too violent

In a move of absolute ridiculousness, Turkey wants to ban <i>Minecraft</i> because its Family and Social Policies Ministry's deemed it too violent for kids. Yes, a game where you build fortresses and punch trees is getting called out for its content, because in Survival Mode, you have to defend yourself …

Minecraft

Before War on ISIS, There Was America's Second Barbary War

An Islamic state where Christians were kidnapped and enslaved by Muslims deemed to be “barbarians” by the West. An embarrassed U.S. government forced …

World History

Dressgate: the science of why THAT blue dress looks white

It has divided a nation. How can a blue and black dress look white to some people? Science has the answer<p>Not since the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out wearing her Sarah Burton designed wedding outfit has social media been <b>so obsessed with one dress</b>.<p>Is this Roman Originals bodycon shift white or …

Sunset On Mars: NASA Vine Shows The Blue Evening On The Red Planet

Watching the sun set on Mars in person might actually be an achievable goal - as long as you're currently very young, and don't put all your eggs in …

Games Are A Challenge Because They Are Cognitive Firmware

There tends to be a perennial meme that emanates from games publishing management, specifically that games are too hard to learn. They still mistakenly think games are a form of passive entertainment and that you can make a game for everyone. This is indeed a strange assessment of the medium and …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Osama Bin Laden

Next Space Station mission actually full of Jedi

There has been an awakening at NASA. Have you felt it?<p>The space agency, previously known as a haven for <i>Star Trek</i> fans, showed itself to be pretty …

Star Wars

Comedian Jim Norton Goes Completely Uncensored Over Obama’s Unwillingness to Say ‘Islamic Terrorism’

Comedian Jim Norton went after Brian Williams and President Barack Obama in the same breath on the “Opie and Jim Norton” radio show Thursday, arguing that listening to the embattled NBC anchor’s carefully crafted, “nonsense” apology is like “listening to Obama talk about ISIS.” He would later have …

Hubble captures 'happy face' in space that smiles for the camera

Hubble say the cosmic 'face' spotted by a contestant in its Hidden Treasures competition is caused by a galactic phenomenon known as gravitational lensing<p>Here's an out-of-this-world space pic that's sure to raise a smile.<p>The stunning image above shows a far away galaxy cluster that appears to be …

‘Committed Christian’? Obama’s religious history unmasked

WASHINGTON – Why would President Obama, who professes to be a Christian, apparently harbor such animosity toward what he claims is his own faith?<p>The …

From Mercury to Pluto: the year ahead in planetary exploration

By Donna Burton<i>, University of Southern Queensland</i><p>2015 is already shaping up to be a big year in astronomy and planetary exploration, with the best …

Kremlin pursues military modernization despite economic woes

MOSCOW (AP) — Hundreds of new Russian aircraft, tanks and missiles are rolling off assembly lines. Russian jets roar through European skies under …

Science to look forward to in 2015

The next 12 months may offer lots of discoveries alongside a few looming threats.<p>It’s a new year, but it’s not just any new year. 2015 is shaping up …

What moviegoers in Baghdad think of “American Sniper”

<b>Bradley Cooper in "American Sniper" (Warner Bros. Entertainment)</b><p>Several theaters across the city have pulled the film for its portrayal of Iraqis. Now audiences are weighing in<p>Susannah George<p>February 3, 2015 9:45am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.<p>When Gaith Mohammed, a young man …

War is the new normal: 7 reasons America can’t escape conflict

No sooner do we withdraw from one Middle Eastern country than we reengage another. It’s a cycle we refuse to break<p>William Astore<p>February 3, 2015 9:30am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>It was launched immediately after the 9/11 attacks, when I was still in the military, and almost …

Space 2020: What does the future hold?

What will our space ambitions actually look like a decade from now? Three experts tell Richard Hollingham.<p>Space has not been this exciting since the 1960s.<p>Nasa recently launched Orion, its first new spacecraft to carry astronauts since the Space Shuttle, and is developing a massive new rocket to …

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