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Scott Pruitt Bypassed the White House to Give Big Raises to Favorite Aides

The embattled EPA chief used an obscure provision last month to increase the salaries of a pair of staffers by tens of thousands of dollars.<p><i>Updated on April 3 at 2:23 p.m. ET</i><p>In early March, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt approached the White House with a request: He …

Scott Pruitt

The Interstitium, the Largest Organ We Never Knew We Had

The human body was thought to have 79 organs—until researchers stumbled on a strange phenomenon that could turn medicine and what we thought we knew …

Dental Care

American Airlines Pilot Reports UFO With 'Big Reflection' 40,000 Feet Over Arizona

Pilots on two separate aircraft reported an unidentified flying object high over southern Arizona last month.<p>One of them, a commercial pilot flying a passenger jet for American Airlines, said the object was above 40,000 feet and “had a big reflection.”<p>The Feb. 24th incident began when the pilot of …

Paranormal

It’s official: Republican Rick Saccone concedes to Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania special election

Lamb won by a narrow margin over a week ago.<p>Democrat Conor Lamb is officially the next congressman from Pennsylvania after an incredibly close special election in the state’s 18th Congressional District, beating out Republican candidate Rick Saccone in a deeply conservative district the nonpartisan …

Government

A startup is pitching a mind-uploading service that is “100 percent fatal” - MIT Technology Review

The startup accelerator Y Combinator is known for supporting audacious companies in its popular three-month boot camp.<p>There’s never been anything …

Artificial Intelligence

What I Saw Treating the Victims From Parkland Should Change the Debate on Guns

They weren’t the first mass-shooting victims the Florida radiologist saw—but their wounds were radically different.<p>As I opened the CT scan last week to read the next case, I was baffled. The history simply read “gunshot wound.” I have been a radiologist in one of the busiest trauma centers in the …

Guns

Did Archaeologists Just Prove the Existence of Prophet Isaiah?

A stunning article published Thursday announced that archaeologists have stumbled upon the first physical evidence of the existence of the prophet …

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes wants the richest 1% of Americans to fund a basic income for 90 million people

Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook and chair of the Economic Security Project, has a proposal to attack the problem of rising income inequality through a basic income, a system of wealth distribution in which people receive a standard salary just for being alive. And he wants to pay for it by …

Retirement

The Big Bang May Have Been One of Many

Our universe could be expanding and contracting eternally.<p>Humans have always entertained two basic theories about the origin of the universe. “In one of them, the universe emerges in a single instant of creation (as in the Jewish-Christian and the Brazilian Carajás cosmogonies),” the cosmologists …

Physics

Woody Harrelson: 'I used to have my head up my ass'

Laid-back stoner Woody Harrelson used to see life through a haze of smoke, but since he quit, his career has come into sharp focus. He talks to Martyn Palmer about film, family – and Trump’s mayhem<p>As a kid growing up in Texas, Woody Harrelson daydreamed about being a cop and, later, some kind of …

Woody Harrelson

What Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Leaves Out: British Spies Protected Prince Philip’s Secret Life

In the juiciest of British scandals he’s never quite caught in the act, and innuendo isn’t evidence. But, as I found out, MI5 was eager to keep him …

Prince Philip

Russia Reveals That Antarctica Is Not What We Thought It Is!

This big reveal was apparently top secret because Russia and USA both were aware of what Antarctica really is and they never told the truth until now.<p>…

Here’s the smoking gun: What Flynn told Kislyak comes close to treason

Whether or not the Trump campaign actively colluded with the Russians, Flynn’s fateful phone call is damning<p>I've been around long enough to have gone through several presidential scandals. If there's one consistent theme among all of them, it's that there's always a moment when the president's …

Donald Trump

How The House GOP Tax Plan Soaks University Cooks, Custodians And Other Low-Paid Workers

The tax reform plan introduced by House Republicans eliminates a number of tax deductions to pay for a series of tax cuts that mostly benefit the very wealthy.<p>One of the provisions it eliminates is a rule that allows graduate students to deduct from their taxes the tuition waivers they receive as a …

College & University

Suspended – Medium

I Use This App 3 Times a Day to Calm the Hell Down

I am not the type of person one would ever refer to as "zen."<p>I get worked up over things that are probably irrational, I linger too hard on the …

Meditation

Corker unloads on Trump for trying to ‘castrate’ Tillerson

Sen. Bob Corker escalated his war of words with the White House on Friday, admonishing President Donald Trump for what the senator called an effort to “castrate” the secretary of state and actions that are pushing U.S. diplomatic efforts to the brink of “World War III.”<p>Corker (R-Tenn.), who …

Donald Trump

Learning While Homeless

In California, an alarming number of students are forced to balance school with the struggle of lacking a stable home.<p>Alison is only 14 but she knows what she wants to be when she grows up: A surgeon. It’s not easy to study, however, when you’re so exhausted and hungry you can barely get through …

Students

iOS 11: How to turn off your iPhone without the power button

There are some handy new features in iOS 11 that aren’t very sexy, but can be really useful when needed. One of these new features is the ability to power down your iPhone without the sleep/wake (power) button.<p>iOS 11 brings the option to completely shut down your iPhone with the software. This …

Russian Wonder Kid Claims He Was Born On Mars And Reincarnated On Earth

The indigo child Boriska, who lives in Volgograd, Russia, allegedly lived on Mars and was reborn on Earth. His knowledge and abilities have …

A South African Exhibition Explores African American Identity

Hank Willis Thomas' metal sculpture 'Africans In America: A Place To Call Home' inspired a whole exhibit in Africa.<p>In 1988, Civil Rights leader Jesse Jackson held a press conference to end the debate about what to call black people living in America. He announced that the culturally appropriate way …

Art

Transforming Your Reality

In his Dharma speeches Son Master Songdam makes the extraordinary claim that the entire universe is actually a mirror.<p>He claims that everything we experience as external events and objects are actually the reflections of our own mental activity. Our states of mind are reflected back to us from this …

Spirituality

Fashion designer Christian Siriano explains why malls are dying

Fashion designer Christian Siriano discusses why he thinks shopping malls are dying despite their contributions to the growth of some major brands.<p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Twitter

Christian Siriano

Ancient Meditation Technique Reveals How To Free Your Mind

Every ordinary person living in our modern stressful society has problems, worries, doubts. We often seek guidance how to deal with daily problems by …

Meditation

3 Easy Ways to Detox After a Candy Binge

You've spent the weekend reveling in the fun of Halloween, sipping on eyeball lychee cocktails, indulging in endless sweet treats, and grazing on …

Wellness

How American Politics Went Insane

It happened gradually—and until the U.S. figures out how to treat the problem, it will only get worse.<p><b>I</b>t’s 2020, four years from now. The campaign is under way to succeed the president, who is retiring after a single wretched term. Voters are angrier than ever—at politicians, at compromisers, at …

Political Science

Elizabeth Warren Emerges as Hillary Clinton’s Progressive Nemesis

Forget Bernie Sanders. The Massachusetts senator is already flexing her political muscles to challenge Clinton.<p>Since the Democratic National Convention, <b>Hillary Clinton</b> has maintained a lead in most polls over her rival <b>Donald Trump</b>, prompting pundits to predict a Democratic win. Unworried by Trump, …

Middle-class

What I Learned as a Black Man Traveling Through the Terrifying Heart of America

As I traveled the nation for VICE, I saw some Americans yearning for a time that had long since passed, a time that they barely understood, a time that was defined by white supremacy.<p>Last summer, I piled into an ancient Ford Fleetwood Jamboree RV with my friends Abdullah Saeed and Martina de Alba …

Michelle Obama

Slavoj Žižek: The Hillary Clinton Consensus Is Damaging Democracy

Alfred Hitchcock once said that a film is as good as its villain—does this mean that the forthcoming U.S. elections will be good since the “bad guy” …