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How Special Forces Bury the True Cost of America's Wars

When specialized (and glorified) units do the dirty work—and sustain the casualties—the normal political constraints on military power are lost.<p>Over the past 16 years, a profound transformation has been underway in how America wages war. Starting under George W. Bush after 9/11, and accelerating …

War
South Africa

Sculpted Sugar Cubes Create a Fantastical Winter Fantasia

Karni and Saul craft a crystalline world in the animated music video for Katie Melua’s atmospheric ballad “Perfect World.”<p>The look and texture of sugar cubes, with their near perfect crystalline symmetry, is marvelous to the eye, but perhaps even more so in the hands of Karni and Saul. The duo use …

Vincent Van Gogh

8 lies you're telling yourself while trying to find your purpose in life

In a highly capitalistic society, it makes sense that our sense of self would be derived from how we earn money.<p>We've been taught that there's who we are, what we love to do, and how we earn money, and somehow those all need to be one thing.<p>I think this is why there's so much pressure to find a job …

Inspiration

20 Cool Old-School Anime Films You Might Not Have Seen

14. The Restaurant of Many Orders (Tadanari Okamoto, 1991)<p>The Restaurant of Many Orders (Chūmon no Ōi Ryōriten) is Tadanari Okamoto’s award-winning …

10 Awesome Destinations for Solo Female Travelers

<i>Every month (most of the time), Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice for solo female travelers as I</i> …

Pioneering new standards of beauty - CNN Style

Written by Madeline Schwartzman<p>Madeline Schwartzman is a New York-based writer, filmmaker and architect. This is an edited excerpt from her latest book, "See Yourself X: Human Futures Expanded," published by Black Dog Publishing.<p>Do you feel your head as a sandwich -- as layers of bone, skin and …

CNN

How to Cash In on Weed Legalization

A bevy of state ballot measures passed this week reveal it's only a matter of time before legalized marijuana use is the law of the land in the U.S. …

Cannabis
CNN

American students are choosing weed over alcohol

The golden days of a youth spent downing cheap cider and shop-brand vodka in alley ways and fields are dear to us all, but changes are afoot. According to a new study, high school students in America are more likely to have smoked weed in the past month than binge drinking.<p>A report collated data …

Cannabis

This Incredibly Depressing Supercut Shows What It Would Be Like If Pixar Movies Ended At The Sad Part

There’s so much to love about a Pixar movie. They’ve got great animations, cool story concepts and usually A-list celebrities voicing the characters. Another thing all Pixar movies have in common: the ability to completely rip you to shreds emotionally. We now have the video to prove it.<p>Wonderful …

Animation

The New Call of Duty Is Pretty Awesome, Actually

A little time with 'Infinite Warfare' at E3 2016 later, and here's my interest level at an all-time high.<p>Most years, Call of Duty hits me about as hard as a moderately size cup of water. As in, just the water, the wet stuff that doesn't hurt, not the cup itself, which could easily cause bruising if …

New blood marker could help identify age of criminal from blood stains at the crime scene - In The Loop

Ongoing forensic research led by University at Albany Assistant Chemistry Professor Jan Halámek and his team has revealed a simple way to estimate …

Criminal Justice

It's Hard to Find Love if You're into Adult Breastfeeding

Whether you're visiting your lactating girlfriend three times a day or buying illegal supplements in order to produce milk, the adult breastfeeding lifestyle is pretty stressful.<p>Eli* never knew he liked human milk until he tried it. It was an accident, he told VICE. When he was about 30 years old, …

Statistics

52 Movies That Are So Clever They'll Have You Thinking For Days

All these films will stay with you long after they've finished playing.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

The First Badass Female Guitarist: Meet Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Godmother of Rock ‘n’ Roll

She influenced Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and countless others, but Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a legend in her own right.<p>In recent …

Jerry Lee Lewis

NASA Inflates 1st Expandable Room on International Space Station

Houston, you have an epic balloon room in space. NASA has inflated the first-ever expandable room for astronauts on the International Space Station, a round module that made occasional popcorn-like popping sounds as it reached its full size.<p>It took NASA astronaut Jeff Williams on the station more …

Space Exploration

Chinese detergent firm says media 'overreacting' to racist ad

Shanghai Leishang Cosmetics apologises for the ‘spread of the ad’ that shows a black man being washed whiter and blames reports for ‘over-amplification’<p>A Chinese laundry detergent company has blamed foreign media for stirring up controversy over an advertisement in which a black man “washed” by its …

Pakistan Advisory Body Suggests Men ‘Lightly Beat’ Wives Who Refuse Sex

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A powerful constitutional body in Pakistan proposed legislation last week that would allow husbands to "lightly beat" their wives who decline sex or refuse to wear what their mates prefer.<p>The Council of Islamic Ideology says it has to finalize the 160-page draft before it is …

Pakistan

You Won’t Believe What We Used to Tie Dye These Clothes

Go through your closet and grab every white garment you own, because this new tie dying technique is amazing! It’s called ice tie dye, and those are the only two materials you need — ice and powdered dye. Simply sprinkle the powdered dye on top of the ice and wait for it to melt. The dye mixes as …

Crafting

The DEA is getting dragged 'kicking and screaming' into the new world of marijuana

In April, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said that it would review marijuana's classification as a Schedule I drug, considered the "most dangerous class" of substances.<p>While the DEA's announcement is a positive sign, many drug-policy experts think that it's unlikely the agency will …

Cannabis

Spice: Americans turn to dangerous 'synthetic marijuana' to evade drug tests

Makers of ‘fake weed’ continually alter its chemical makeup to skirt laws, but users face serious dangers, from kidney failure to stroke<p>A man comes into the emergency room in Jackson, Mississippi. Six-foot-four, 240lbs. “Solid, brick muscle”, recalls Dr Robert Galli, a professor of emergency …

Estonia wants to become a 'country as a service' and already has 10,000 virtual residents

But its most radical project is e-residency — letting people from around the world become digital residents of Estonia online.<p>"The question is how can we increase the customer base in Estonia because if you want to be a richer country you need more customers and we don't get those customers," Taavi …

Blockchain

9 Awesome Inventions Courtesy Of Kids' Fascinating Imaginations

A fellow inventor helped bring their ideas to life.<p>After recognizing the power of children's imaginations, an inventor decided to help turn kids' fascinating ideas into reality.<p>For his INVENTORS! Project, Dominic Wilcox had more than 450 children and a handful of adults come up with an idea for an …

Photos: The Faces Of America’s Debt Crisis

Brittany M. Powell, a photographer and filmmaker, filed for bankruptcy in 2012 after several years of unemployment. But that didn’t discourage her from her art. Powell’s struggles inspired her to explore the common but “invisible” experience of debt in post-recession America. The Debt Project …

10 LITERALLY INCREDIBLE Facts About ‘The Lion King’ To BLOW YOUR MINDHOLE On Its 20th Anniversary

To mark the 20th anniversary of the release of Disney’s <i>The Lion King</i>, I dug up some unbelievably fascinating facts that you literally won’t believe about this childhood classic. These aren’t just tidbits from the trivia section of IMDb. These are top-secret, tricks of the trade, inside baseball, …