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Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton

Why Is Something Funny, And Why Should We Care?

No joke: Science continues to pursue a range of theories about what makes us laugh.<p>Think of the most hilarious video you’ve ever seen on the internet. Why is it so funny?<p>As a researcher who investigates some of the potential side effects of humor, I spend a fair bit of time verifying the funniness …

Psychology

I'm a Canadian foreign policy expert. Donald Trump is a threat to my country's national security

It is sobering to think that, in less than a week, the United States may begin an ominous shift from Canada's closest and most important ally to one of our most serious national security challenges. For the first time in more than a century, when Canadians think of the country most likely to …

Donald Trump
Horror

Trump's Pentagon Plan Could Cost Almost $1 Trillion; Smart Diplomacy Would Be Cheaper, More Effective

Donald Trump's campaign has been short on specifics, but that changed earlier this month when he gave a speech that provided some examples of what his proposed defense buildup would entail.<p>Before we look at the costs of the Trump buildup, it's worth considering whether we need a buildup at all. As …

Defense Budgets

The Biggest Problem With Netflix's Comic-Book Shows

The network’s newest superhero series, Luke Cage, has the same issue as its predecessors: It takes way too long to get its story in motion.<p>Four episodes into Netflix’s <i>Luke Cage</i>—that’s four 60-minute episodes into a 13-part season—the show finally seems to be done setting its basic story in motion. …

TV

5 Movies That Ripped Off Films You'd Never Compare Them To

In the grand scheme of creativity, sometimes two completely different people come up with the same idea by sheer coincidence. It's called "parallel …

Construction

How Alchemy, the Forbidden Science, Changed World History

lchemy is generally seen as an archaic proto-science based on superstition that is of little interest to the modern chemist. In truth, chemistry owes …

Scientists Quantify and Chart Chakras in Various Emotional States

Electrophotonic analysis in medicine is something that’s been gaining more attention from scientists and researchers from all over the world. It’s …

Spirituality

Vladimir Putin is the man to watch at the UN as he deepens Russia's role in the Middle East

Vladimir Putinis the man to watch on the global stage these days, the assertive Russian president who casts himself as a peacemaker even as he plays a troublemaker.<p>From cyberspace to the Middle East, he has reset large parts of the international agenda and kept the White House and its allies off …

Climate