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The Scandals of Donald Trump: Presidential Edition

In an attempt to cast doubt on one controversy, Russian interference in the election, the president fired the FBI director—creating a second, and drawing new attention to the first.<p>The thing about scandals is they tend to beget other scandals.<p>Take the various probes into Russian interference in the …

Trump aides’ stunning cry for help: Admitting the president misled the American people

President Trump hates leaks. He hired Anthony Scaramucci 10 days ago to very publicly root them out, and he has even attacked his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for not investigating them aggressively enough.<p>But oftentimes with Trump, a leak isn't just a leak; it's an effort to save him from …

Donald Trump

Super-intelligence and eternal life: transhumanism's faithful follow it blindly into a future for the elite

The rapid development of so-called NBIC technologies – nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science – are giving rise …

Singularity

Week 8: Russians Bearing Dirt Come Calling and a Scandal Finds a Home

Months of fog and mystery lift to reveal a vivid tableau in the heart of Trump’s family business.<p>The scandal with no name took an accelerating turn this week as the <i>New York Times</i> uncoiled three stunning stories about a June 9, 2016, meeting in Trump Tower where Donald Trump’s kin and campaign brain …

Donald Trump

How U.S. Military Helmets Went From Stopping Rocks to Stopping Bullets

Over 100 years, the soldier's helmet has gone from stopping rocks to bullets.<p>An upcoming exhibit at the Smithsonian highlights one of the most under-appreciated pieces of soldier kit, the infantryman's helmet. The May 20th Military Invention Day event at the National Museum of American History …

20 of the best Earth and space documentaries to watch on Netflix in 2017

Humans have been gazing up at the stars since before the dawn of civilization. We intrinsically seek to know the unknowable and discover the …

Universe

Explore the Interconnected World of Mathematics in One Condensed Map

If diving into the beautiful, complicated world of math sounds intimidating, physicist Dominic Walliman is here to be your guide. In his video, …

The Most Politically Dangerous Book You’ve Never Heard Of

How one obscure Russian novel launched two of the 20th century’s most destructive ideas.<p>When Alan Greenspan began his political career in 1974, he asked two people to accompany him to his Oval Office swearing-in ceremony as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers: his mother, Rose Goldsmith, …

75 years ago, what if Japan never attacked Pearl Harbor?

Historic images reveal the devastation after the Japanese assault.<p>Historic images reveal the devastation after the Japanese assault.<p>Few events in World War II were as defining as the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The "date which shall live in infamy" — as President Franklin D. …

Geopolitics

'Liberate Hong Kong': pre-election calls for independence from China grow

Although dismissed by many as impossible, support for a break away from Beijing appears to have grown, especially among the young<p>When Edward Leung closes his eyes and dreams of Hong Kong’s future he pictures a utopian metropolis of skyscrapers and social justice, “where people can do whatever they …

Hong Kong

Kepler's 'Alien Megastructure' Star Just Got Weirder

"Tabby's Star" has dramatically dimmed and we don't know why.<p>You're probably all too familiar with the story of KIC 8462852, a star that's been the …

Suicide Squad Isn’t Even the Good Kind of Bad

David Ayer’s super-villain team-up is dull, uninspired, and perhaps worst of all, forgettable.<p>Somewhere about halfway through <i>Suicide Squad</i>, so far the nadir of Warner Bros. and DC’s increasingly bungled attempt to build an enduring Avengers-style superhero franchise, the movie’s ostensible villain …

Seneca: A Life by Emily Wilson review – temptation and virtue in imperial Rome

The Roman writer Seneca was unusually fixated on his death. Day in, day out, he contemplated not just his end but also, one suspects, his final performance. In Rubens’s painting of his suicide , he stands shin-deep, nude except for a loincloth, in a steaming footbath (to help his slit veins drain …

The Amanda Knox Trial Through the Years

CT Scan of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside | Colossal

<p>What looks like a traditional statue of Buddha dating back to the 11th or 12th century was recently revealed to be quite a bit more. A CT scan and …

Archaeology

Possible Anne Boleyn portrait found using facial recognition software

Photograph: Ed Miller/BBC/Company Productions Ltd<p>Claire Foy and Damian Lewis as Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII in the BBC’s adaptation of Wolf Hall<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/15/1424021948620/36c961ce-a84d-4d15-83e7-e72db00356a8-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Ed …

Art

Scandals prompt return to peer review and reproducible experiments

High-profile fraud has galvanised scientists to urge a return to a crucial element of the scientific method<p>Diederik Stapel, a professor of social psychology in the Netherlands, had been a rock-star scientist – regularly appearing on television and publishing in top journals. Among his striking …

Celebrity Gossip

Why are people buying fewer tablets?

Research firms claim tablet shipments dipped for the first time in the last quarter of 2014. Are we falling out of love with tablets?<p>Booming iPhone sales were the driving force behind Apple’s record revenues in the final quarter of 2014, with its $18bn net profit the largest quarterly profit …

Discovering your inner GPS

The ability of birds to navigate their way back to their nests, often more than thousands of miles each year, is fascinating. Arctic terns, which have the longest migration distance known, travel from their Arctic breeding grounds to overwinter on the Antarctic coast: an annual roundtrip of over …

Magnetism

15 Reasons Android Phones Are Better Than iPhones

But while iPhones might be selling like hotcakes, there are still a bunch of reasons why Android phones are better.

LA Art Show 2015: 'There will be works of remarkable mediocrity'

Whether your tastes run to historic or contemporary art, LA Art Show 2015 has something for everybody. That’s certainly good for art collectors who can get their hands on a piece for considerably less than they might pay in a gallery, but some sellers at the fair feel sullied by the company they …

Incredible Aerial Photographs Of New York City Taken At An Astounding Height

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet has spent the past 15 year taking daring helicopter rides to capture some of the most incredible aerial images from around the world.<p>But his latest photo mission — to photograph New York City at night from above — was "the scariest of his life," …

Elite: Dangerous review – vast, beautiful and intimidating

<b>Frontier Developments; PC; £40</b><p>Elite: Dangerous is quite big, in the same way that a black hole is a bit grabby.<p>It is a game built on top of a scientifically-modeled rendering of the Milky Way galaxy. That’s the entire Milky Way galaxy. If you want to fly to our own solar system, you can – although …

CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is ‘Homeland’?

Homeland The TV drama accurately presents the mission, intensity, pace, contradictions and complexity of a CIA station engaged in deadly battle, say …

Steve Wozniak: Apple starting in a garage is a myth

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has admitted that the story about forming the company in a garage is “a bit of a myth”.<p>The commonly shared tale is that Apple was not only founded in the garage of 2066 Crist Drive in Los Altos, California – Jobs’s family home – but that the first Macs were designed …

Homer's Last Theorem

David S. Cohen pictured in the Dwight Morrow High School yearbook of 1984. The running joke was that everyone on the Math Team was co-captain, so …

How the Nuremberg Trials changed interpretation forever

Lynn Visson was a UN interpreter during the height of the Cold War. She can still rattle off grandiose Soviet titles like it was yesterday.<p>“General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party — you had that practically memorized,” Visson recalls.<p>After 23 years, she's still at it, …

5 Easy Theses

There’s so much talk about innovation these days that it’s become a buzzword, drained of clear meaning. So when writing a book about the Digital Revolution, I decided to focus on some specific examples of how innovation actually happened in the real world. How did the most imaginative innovators of …