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Pluto became a dwarf planet 9 years ago today — but that's 'bulls---,' according to a leading NASA scientist

On Aug. 24, 2006, nine years ago today, the International Astronomical Union demoted Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet — a move that sparked …

Twine / An open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories

Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories.<p>You don't need to write any code to create a simple story with Twine, but you …

How We Speak Reveals What We Think, with Steven Pinker

My name is Steve Pinker, and I’m Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. And today I’m going to speak to you about language. I’m actually not …

Linguistics

The IRS Is Allegedly Being Pressured Into Taxing Televangelists Thanks To John Oliver

Just last Sunday, John Oliver took on the shady world of televangelism and the common practice of a type of seed-faith known as “prosperity gospel.” During the 20-minute segment, Oliver described prosperity gospel as the notion that wealth is a sign of God’s favor and donations sent to the church …

Inside the GOP Clown Car

T<p>he thing is, when you actually think about it, it's not funny. Given what's at stake, it's more like the opposite, like the first sign of the …

Bernie Sanders: Laughing All The Way Through The Media Black Out

<i>Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaking before the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena over-capacity crowd, August 10th, 2015.</i><p>The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena overflowed tonight, not for a sports event, but to hear a 73 year old Senator speak about 'issues'. His …

Here's what would happen if the sun disappeared right now

What would happen if the sun disappeared this very second?<p>The sun is about 333,000 times the mass of Earth and produces the same amount of energy as 100 billion hydrogen bombs every second!<p>Its giant mass makes the sun the dominant gravitational force in the solar system that locks all eight planets …

Love is the Way: The Universal Path to Peace, Happiness, and Enlightenment

Buddhaimonia.“The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce …

The Life Of A Blind Kitten Becomes The Year’s Most Magical Indie Game

Wanderment is a particles-based 3-D platformer in which you have to guide a blind kitten back home<p>Is there anything sadder than a blind kitten? Yet <i>Wanderment</i>, a new indie game by developer Andrew Wang, makes the journey of a blind kitten across town into one of the joyous, magical interactive …

Was Mister Rogers Racist? Twelve Facts About Our Favorite Neighbor

Fred Rogers, the beloved creator of <i>Mister Rogers' Neighborhood</i>, never marched in the black civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. Although the registered Republican was far from a street protestor, Rogers eventually became a quiet advocate of racial integration. But even as an …

Yazidi Child Soldiers Take Revenge on ISIS

A year ago, the U.S. went back to Iraq to defend the Yazidis. Now the youngest of them, coached by a Marxist terrorist organization, are training to …

Middle East

Kepler-452b: What It Would Be Like to Live On Earth's 'Cousin'

Kepler-452b may be Earth's close cousin, but living on the newfound world would still be an alien experience.<p>A group of pioneers magically …

The NES Classic is sold out, but these emulators do the same thing for free

Video game consoles ebb and flow like any other piece of technology in this world, rising and falling in popularity based on the latest-and-greatest …

3 productivity tips for night owls that will make you more successful

But what if your brain is just programmed to work at night?<p>Whether it's the midnight moonlight or the hush that falls over the house when everyone's asleep, working after-hours can equal some serious productivity.<p>So, we spoke with a group of Millennial night owls to find out how they best burn the …

2016 presidential race emerging as the first Uber election

The so-called sharing economy is fast emerging as a 2016 presidential battleground, exposing fundamentally different approaches over how to embrace new technologies without hurting American workers.<p>Eager to court millennial voters and deep-pocketed tech executives, Republicans have almost …

10 Habits Successful People Give Up to Increase Their Productivity

What are you willing to do in order to reach success? It is common among people these days to be average and not stand out too much. But those who …

New Star Wars trailer turns Twitter into a force for joy

The Force Awakens presentation introduced familiar faces, new emojis, droids and Stormtroopers, and a new teaser trailer<p><b>Twitter's passion for emojis is well-known, so as soon as it was announced that three new Star Wars emojis would display if a particular hashtag was used, they started</b> …

Star Wars

Chafee is officially running for president. ... Or is he?

Lincoln Chafee is officially running for president. Well, almost.<p>The former Rhode Island governor, who just formed an exploratory committee last week, on Thursday morning uttered the words, “that’s why I’m running,” during an appearance on CNN.<p>It set off a flurry on social media and the cable news …

Scientists find key to 'turbo-charging' immune system to kill all cancers

Imperial College scientists are developing a gene therapy designed to boost immune cells<p>A protein which ‘turbo-charges’ the immune system so that it can fight off any cancer or virus has been discovered by scientists.<p>In a breakthrough described as a ‘game-changer’ for cancer treatment, researchers …