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Uncertainty, More Than Populism, Is New Normal in Western Politics

Theresa May, Britain’s prime minister, has joined a long line of politicians who have gambled that they understood the populist wave overtaking Western politics and lost.<p>Thursday’s election capped a year in which the latest theory of politics in the populist era perpetually seemed to prove …

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

Macron Trolls Trump With 'Make Our Planet Great Again' Recruiting Site

Allons-y! French president is serious about opening borders to environmentalists.<p>French President Emmanuel Macron is zinging U.S. President Donald Trump again for pulling out of the Paris climate accord. Now he has launched a Make Our Planet Great Again website aimed at openly recruiting scientists …

Computer printers have been quietly embedding tracking codes in documents for decades

In 2004, when color printers were still somewhat novel, PCWorld magazine published an article headlined: “Government Uses Color Laser Printer Technology to Track Documents.”<p>It was one of the first news reports on a quiet practice that had been going on for 20 years. It revealed that color printers …

Surveillance

Demagoguery vs. democracy: How “us vs. them” can lead to state-led violence

Polarized public discourse and political purity wars can start the groundwork for committing atrocities<p>Demagoguery is about identity. It says that complicated policy issues can be reduced to a binary of <i>us</i> (good) versus <i>them</i> (bad). It says that good people recognize there is a bad situation, and bad …

Were 17th-century women really as rebellious as Jamestown makes out? Absolutely

“I will not marry your brother so that he can crush the soul out of me!” asserts Alice, the heroine of Jamestown, Sky’s new period drama. Set in 1619, the story follows the lives of three women whose passage to Virginia is paid by English settlers wishing to take them for wives. Over the course of …

Feminism

The 7 Signs That Someone Might Be Running For President In 2020

And 20 people who are already making some of those moves.<p>Donald Trump showed that the field of people who could be elected president is larger than …

Why is motherhood so poorly portrayed in video games?

I’ve never had a baby. I once had one of those dolls that you could feed and it periodically pissed itself, but I gather this represents only a fraction of the maternal experience. I’ll tell you what I have done, though: I have played a lot of video games.<p>And games, you may be startled to discover, …

Motherhood

The ‘Radium Girls’ literally glowed from their work—and then it started killing them

Kate Moore’s new book explores their tragic story<p>At factories like the Radium Luminous Materials Corporation on Third Street in Newark, young women …

What it was like in the room when Nazi Germany finally surrendered to end World War II in Europe

In the early-morning hours of May 7, 1945, the remnants of Nazi Germany's military leadership signed an unconditional surrender to Allied forces.<p>When the news broke the next day, soldiers and civilians around the world heralded Victory in Europe Day — the Soviet Union would mark Victory Day on May …

World History

Martha Stewart Had The Perfect Reaction To Portraits Of Donald Trump And Snoop Dogg

Martha Stewart might be 75 years old but she’s still cooler than you and does a lot more with her free time. Sure, her status as a millionaire and fame likely open a few more doors than someone like me, but that doesn’t mean that the common folk couldn’t try to emulate the homemaking queen’s style …

Nicki Minaj offers to pay students’ tuition after fan asks for help on Twitter

Nicki Minaj was getting all the credit, with Twitter humming around the world in praise of her decision to spend thousands of dollars of her own money helping out impoverished American college students. But none of that would have happened without the chutzpah of CJ.<p>Nicki Minaj: US prison system …

Nicki Minaj

"Things Jesus Never Said" Is Trending After House Republicans Passed Their Health Care Plan

"Sorry, I would heal you, but leprosy is a pre-existing condition."

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

How the American Empire Destroyed the Kingdom of Hawaii

Capt. James Cook arrived in Hawaii, the first known Western explorer to do so, in 1778, and was baffled by the island cluster populated — against all …

The American Confederacy is still alive in a small Brazilian city called Americana

When the American Confederacy lost the Civil War in May 1865, 10,000 Southerners fled the US for a small city in Brazil, where they could rebuild their lives and carry on their traditions.<p>Now, 150 years later, their story has been seemingly erased from the history books.<p>But deep in the heart of …

Bernie Sanders Obliterates The GOP Health Care Bill In 1 Tweet

And he's not the only one slamming the legislation.<p>Congressional Democrats universally condemned the Republican Obamacare repeal bill that the House passed on Thursday.<p>But Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, speaking with characteristic bluntness, may have …

Astronomers Just Found More Evidence of a New Type of Black Hole

Black holes keep getting stranger.<p>Black holes are among the most mysterious objects in the Universe. But they have one thing in common - most of the …

Chinese farmer studies law for 16 years to sue corporation for polluting his village

A Chinese farmer, in his 60s, has spent 16 years studying the law so he can carry on a legal battle with the corporation that reportedly covered his …

The deadly, incredible and absurd robots of the US military

Seriously, though. Atlas falls a lot

Robotics

Bernie Sanders Reads Coretta Scott King’s Letter On The Senate Floor And Demands An Apology For Elizabeth Warren

Bernie Sanders had a score to settle with his fellow senators after Elizabeth Warren was silenced while attempting to read a recently resurfaced letter written by Coretta Scott King in 1986. The letter’s subject matter had everything to do the controversial Jeff Sessions’ attorney general …

Japanese Pole Vaulter was Ironically Defeated by His Own ‘Pole’

Get the latest viral stories daily! Like us:<p>They say size does matter, and this is probably the only time a man wishes his was smaller.<p>Pole Vaulter …

Seeing African Cities in Transition

An exhibition showcases the works of three photographers who capture the chaos of a rapidly urbanizing continent.<p>Africa is the most rapidly urbanizing continent on the planet: The UN projects that the share of Africans living in cities will triple between 2020 and 2050. That dizzying pace of change …

All plants on Earth may owe their existence to a spooky trick of quantum physics

Plants are possibly the most fundamental life form on Earth, supplying food and oxygen to ecosystems around the planet.<p>And yet many aspects of their leafy lives remain mysterious.<p>Photosynthesis — <i>the</i> process plants use to turn light into energy — is especially something of an enigma. Scientists have …

‘The Daily Show’ Makes No Jokes of Donald Trump’s Shady Ties to Russia

Trevor Noah of <i>The Daily Show</i> proves that Donald Trump’s recent invitation for Russia to hack America is no laughing matter, while of course …

The Daily Show

The Bicycle Problem That Nearly Broke Mathematics

<i>Editor’s Note (7/29/16): An earlier version of this story contained several biographical inaccuracies and did not give Jim Papadopoulos a chance to</i> …

'I'm a little frumpy:' How Obama learned to dress like the president

In his memoir, "Power Forward: My Presidential Education," Reggie Love, now 33, explained what it was like to crisscross the nation with Obama, buying his clothes, carrying his luggage, babysitting his children, and serving his meals.<p>"I was his DJ, his Kindle, his travel agent, his valet, his …

Bernie Sanders fans plan ‘worlds largest fart-in’ at DNC in protest of Hillary Clinton

A group of Bernie Sanders fans are organizing an absurd protest toward Hillary Clinton’s nomination at the Democratic National Convention next week …

How Republicans went from the party of Lincoln to the party of Trump, in 13 maps - Vox

Donald J. Trump has won the presidency of the United States, due to strong support among white voters. This is a remarkable turn of events, and it only gets more remarkable when you think back to how the Republican Party began its existence: fighting against the expansion of slavery.<p>Over the past …

The first colour photographs of Russia