Aaron Gillespie

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The universe is out of balance and nobody knows why

<b>(CNN) —</b> It seems like everywhere we look, the universe is balanced. Life and death. Yin and Yang. Jedi knights and Sith lords. But it's not true of the universe as a whole.<p>On the surface, that might not be obvious, but it has been obvious to scientists for nearly a century now. And a recent …

Physics

David Buckel, prominent New York LGBT lawyer, dies after setting himself on fire

Buckel, known for case about murdered transgender man portrayed in Boys Don’t Cry, alluded to fossil fuel protest to New York Times<p>A prominent gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate has burned himself to death in New York on Saturday, reportedly using fossil fuel in a protest against …

Fossil Fuels

Space Opera is the funniest science fiction novel I’ve read since Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Eurovision in spaaaaaaaaaace!<p>Many authors attempt comedy in science fiction, but few pull it off. Alongside very funny works like John Scalzi’s <i>Redshirts</i> and Terry Pratchett’s entire <i>Discworld</i> series, the pinnacle of hilarious science fiction is Douglas Adams’ <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,</i> …

This Is The Secret Meaning Behind The Devil's Number 666

It's a code for his real name.<p>We've all heard about the infamous number 666, which is rather cryptically referred to as the "number of the beast" in …

Lying is a fundamental part of American police culture

<b>(Getty/Chalabala)</b><p>Cops lie under oath so often they even have a nickname for the practice<p>Kali Holloway<p>March 31, 2018 9:59am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Police officers lie under oath in court so often that they’ve even given the practice a nickname. “Behind closed doors, we …

Justice

Republicans rigged our democracy. Here's how Democrats can fight back | David Faris

Republicans have been using the constitution’s flaws to wage a one-sided war against their political opponents. It’s time for Democrats to respond<p>Donald Trump wasn’t elected because Democrats lost a policy fight in 2016. What Democrats did was lose a procedural fight that has been going on since …

Government

The congressional map is even more rigged in favor of Republicans than you realize

<b>(Shutterstock/Getty/Salon)</b><p>New research indicates Democrats may need a tidal wave to reclaim the House this fall<p>Jacob Sugarman<p>March 31, 2018 12:29pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The chatter began in earnest after Ralph Northam's blowout win in the Virginia gubernatorial race, …

Doug Jones

How The Last Jedi Made Star Wars Space Combat Legible

If any one thing about <i>The Last Jedi</i> has been contentious—actually, no, strike that, everything about <i>The Last Jedi</i> has been contentious, including its …

How an undercover female reporter exposed sexual misconduct at a London charity bash

LONDON — Wanted: attractive young women wearing short, tight dresses and black underpants to serve as hostesses for British business bigwigs at a drunken old-boys-only charity ­affair.<p>In 2018.<p>When tabloid-style news of this event broke in the usually decorous Financial Times on Wednesday, the …

Trump Under Oath Is a Different Person

What the president’s previous depositions suggest about how his interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller might go<p>Sometime soon, President Trump is likely to be deposed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team. Several outlets, beginning with NBC News on Monday, report that Trump’s …

Donald Trump

Ta-Nehisi Coates is the neoliberal face of the black freedom struggle | Cornel West

The disagreement between Coates and me is clear: his view of black America is narrow and dangerously misleading<p>Ta-Nehisi Coates’ We Were Eight Years in Power, a book about Barack Obama’s presidency and the tenacity of white supremacy, has captured the attention of many of us. One crucial question …

Cornel West

Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism

A scientist and a monk compare notes on meditation, therapy, and their effects on the brain<p>Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain when we practice …

Meditation

Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find.<p>Which was how the Pentagon wanted it.<p>For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according …

Black Money

Secret Link Uncovered Between Pure Math and Physics

Mathematics is full of weird number systems that most people have never heard of and would have trouble even conceptualizing. But rational numbers …

F.C.C. Repeals Net Neutrality Rules

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies the power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences.<p>The agency scrapped the so-called net neutrality …

This big development in the Mueller probe could put Trump in danger

<b>THE MORNING PLUM:</b><p>On Jan. 24, President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, lied to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the transition. On Jan. 26, the White House was informed that Flynn had misled top Trump officials about those contacts. On Feb. 13, …

Physicists Just Experimentally Confirmed The Existence of 'Excitonium'

A strange new form of matter.<p>Researchers at the University of Illinois have announced an exciting finding - the discovery of a new form of matter: …

Astronomers to Check Mysterious Interstellar Object for Signs of Technology

Russian billionaire Yuri Milner says if the space rock 'Oumuamua is giving off radio signals, his team will be able to detect them—and they may get the results within days.<p>The email about “a most peculiar object” in the solar system arrived in Yuri Milner’s inbox last week.<p>Milner, the Russian …

Astronomy

Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

WASHINGTON — Around 5:30 each morning, President Trump wakes and tunes into the television in the White House’s master bedroom. He flips to CNN for news, moves to “Fox & Friends” for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because, friends suspect, it fires him up …

Donald Trump

What If the Big Bang Wasn't the Beginning? New Study Proposes Alternative

Was the universe created with a Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago, or has it been expanding and contracting for eternity? A new paper, inspired by …

Scientists find 'behemoth' black hole so big it could challenge our understanding of the universe's beginning

Scientists just found a very huge, very young supermassive black hole. As far as we know, it shouldn't be able to exist, and it just might re-write …

GOP insider Bruce Bartlett: “The Republican Party needs to die”

<b>Bruce Bartlett (Getty/Drew Angerer)</b><p>Onetime Reagan White House aide Bruce Bartlett on the media’s massive failure and his own party’s living death<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>November 23, 2017 5:00pm (UTC)<p>American democracy is in crisis, a fact that should be obvious to everyone but that too many people keep …

Donald Trump

Richard Feynman And John Wheeler Revolutionized Time, Reality, And Our Quantum Universe

In the years prior to World War II, physics was in an odd, post-revolutionary state. Quantum mechanics and Einstein’s General Relativity had turned our picture of a classical, deterministic Universe upside down. It was replaced with indeterminate states, wavefunctions instead of particles, and a …

Quantum Mechanics

The Big Bang Wasn't The Beginning, After All

The Universe began not with a whimper, but with a bang! At least, that’s what you’re commonly told: the Universe and everything in it came into existence at the moment of the Big Bang. Space, time, and all the matter and energy within began from a singular point, and then expanded and cooled, …

Universe

Are We About To See A Black Hole?

If there is one thing science is good for, it's going to extremes.<p>A lot of science's history is just one story after another of people figuring out how to do something that, just a few years before, was thought to be impossible.<p>The impossible was heavy on my mind last Wednesday as I found out just …

A Synthetic Human Fights to Survive in Visually Stunning Scifi Short Seam

In the not-too-distant future, a tenuous peace between humans and remarkably humanlike “machines”—some don’t even know they’re not real—is tested …

The 8 Most Incredible Hotel Cars in the World

From a BMW i8 to a Bentley Mulsanne, the courtesy vehicles at these premier establishments are reason enough to check in<p>There are few things worse during a vacation than spending an eternity on an airplane only to be met by the grim reality of a smelly taxi transfer or, even more unfortunate, an …

Alfa Romeo

Fluffy Japanese Pancakes

These thick pancakes are like little souffles: custardy on the inside and golden and crispy on the outside.<p>Special equipment: four 3-inch-wide-by-2 …

Breakfast

A Radical New Theory Could Change the Way We Build A.I.

One A.I. scientist wants to ditch the metaphor of the brain and think smaller and more basic.<p>From early on, we’re taught that intelligence is …