Andrzej Junak

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Political Science

The World's Getting Better All the Time

How accurate is The Crown? We sort fact from fiction in the royal drama

Prince Philip

The Korean Missile Crisis

It is time for the U.S. government to admit that it has failed to prevent North Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic …

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

When the world looks at the United States, it sees a land of exceptions: a time-tested if noisy democracy, a crusader in foreign policy, an exporter of beloved music and film.<p>But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America’s fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many …

Guns

Wind and Solar Power Advance, but Carbon Refuses to Retreat

Two decades have passed since diplomats from around the world emerged from a conference hall in Kyoto, Japan, with what was billed as the first deal ever to limit emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping greenhouse gases that are relentlessly warming the earth’s atmosphere.<p>Climate …

Renewable Energy

How to Reduce Shootings

It has happened yet again: Inevitably, predictably, fatefully, a gunman shot dead 26 people in a Texas church on Sunday.

Texas

Brexit: EU gives May two weeks to act on divorce bill and Ireland

<b>Theresa May has been told she has two weeks to put more money on the table if the EU is to agree to begin Brexit trade talks before the end of the year.</b><p>EU Council President Donald Tusk said he was "ready" to move onto the next phase of Brexit talks, covering future relations with the UK.<p>But he said …

United Kingdom

ISO and Image Noise

<i>ISO and image noise are like Hansel and Gretel, Lewis and Clark or peanut butter and jelly: they just go together.</i><p>As one increases and decreases, so …

Edward Norton | The Talks

Short Profile<p>Name: Edward Harrison Norton<br>DOB: 18 August 1969<br>Place of Birth: Columbia, Maryland, USA<br>Occupation: Actor<p>Mr. Norton, when did you realize …

Neoliberalism: the idea that swallowed the world

The word has become a rhetorical weapon, but it properly names the reigning ideology of our era – one that venerates the logic of the market and strips away the things that make us human. By Stephen Metcalf<p>Last summer, researchers at the International Monetary Fund settled a long and bitter debate …

Economics

How physical exercise makes your brain work better

Research shows different activities have quite specific mental effects – here’s how moving your body could sharpen your ideas<p>The brain is often described as being “like a muscle”. It’s a comparison that props up the brain training industry and keeps school children hunched over desks. We judge …

The Brain
Soccer

5 reasons why we should care about the crisis in Venezuela

<b>(CNN) —</b> You've seen the news reports: the protests in the streets, the long lines at the stores. But you may not have paid much attention to the chaos gripping Venezuela.<p>How are events in a socialist country of 30 million people, thousands of miles away, relevant to your life, you may have wondered.<p>…

Venezuela

Chomsky says Trump’s scandals are only a distraction to hide what's going on behind the scenes

Professor Noam ChomskyMinisterio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina - CC2<p>In ‘A Continuing Conversation with Geographers’, Noam Chomsky – one of the most influential scientists and respected intellectuals of our time – spoke his mind on the Trump administration’s ongoing scandal concerning Donald …

Donald Trump

Wakacyjne piekło na południu Europy

like<p>tweet<p>Mało kto jest świadomy, że osoby emigrujące z Sycylii i pracujące później w północnych stolicach za ladą Starbucksa czy McDonaldsa – są tak …

Why there’s no such thing as a gifted child

Even Einstein was unexceptional in his youth. Now a new book questions our fixation with IQ and says adults can help almost any child become gifted<p>When Maryam Mirzakhani died at the tragically early age of 40 this month, the news stories talked of her as a genius. The only woman to win the Fields …

Nobel Prize

Should the Americanisation (or Americanization) of English worry us?

From the first settlers to the New World, English speakers have absorbed myriad influences – modern anxieties about ‘corruption’ say a lot about our times<p>• Rebecca Rideal is a historian and author<p>“That’s what this nation has been built on, proud men. Proud fucking warriors!” shouts Combo in one of …

Linguistics
Europe
Magnetism

Messy, always late and swear like a sailor? It just means you’re super smart

Recent studies suggest traits often seen as negatives could actually signify high brain power. Truth or merely self-affirmation?<p>I’m very intelligent. I’m also extremely creative and have a vocabulary that could be described as voluminous, venerable or very large. But don’t just take my word for it: …

Behavior

How To Finally Fix Slow PS4 And PSN Download Speeds For Real

The agonizingly slow download speeds of Sony’s PlayStation Network are well-documented. It’s especially obnoxious when you come home from a long day of work, ready to play a newly released game or expansion, but are faced with an update that is estimated to finish downloading long after your …

Information Security

'GTA Online' update brings new multiplayer mode and patriotic swag

Rockstar's new update for <i>Grand Theft Auto Online</i> is (mostly) all about Independence Day, a holiday Americans will be celebrating through the weekend and, some, until Tuesday. The goods, which are now live, include an adversary mode dubbed "Dawn Raid," where two teams of up to six people can …

July 4th
Hedgehogs
Graphic Novels

#Toohottosleep: 16 ways to help you sleep in hot weather

<b>It can often be a struggle getting a good night's sleep during summer –</b> <b>temperatures rise and the sweltering heat and humidity leaves us tossing and</b> …

Home Decorating

Reasonably Controversial: How the Regressive Left Is Killing the Atheist Movement

June 19, 2017 by David Smalley<p>I often wonder why I take the time to write an entire article, when many of you just read the headline and start a …

Religion

Pints at dawn: is this last call for London's market pubs?

Only a few pubs are still open to workers first thing in the morning – a throwback to when markets were vital to inner city life. Now these traditional early houses are being kept alive by a different type of drinker<p>Smithfield Market in central London is bustling with activity at 7am, as butchers …

England

A New Theory of How the Moon Formed

The Moon has been a point of fascination in almost every culture since apes decided that walking was a pretty neat idea, honored with innumerable …

Astronomy