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Dressing up for air travel: In defense of looking nice on a flight or train.

On evenings before I travel, it is my custom to set out the following day’s clothes on my bedroom chair. I do this in tandem with packing my …

Ted Cruz sophisticated Muslim bashing: How the Texas senator peddles bigotry.

Sen. Ted Cruz is going mainstream. As <i>Slate</i>’s Jim Newell and Jamelle Bouie have reported, Cruz now sees a realistic path to the Republican …

Scandal’s abortion scene is a rare accurate depiction.

When I was 16 and anti-choice, I thought abortion was murder. I thought anyone who even considered it was selfish, cold-hearted, and godless. But …

The problem with cracking down on PlayStations to stop terrorists

If you're scared of gaming consoles, you're scared of privacy<p>There's a joke in the legal world that criminals' most dangerous weapon is the flush toilet. Imagine, a perfect evidence-disposal system installed in every home in America, available whenever you hear the detectives knock on your door. …

Paris attack: Five things to know about ISIS.

A more complete picture of the horror and carnage in Paris is slowly emerging as officials, police, and eyewitnesses add details about a series of …

Paris terror attacks: world leaders condemn 'the work of the devil'

World leaders have condemned Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, as cities across the world stepped up security in response to the killings.<p>The UK prime minister, David Cameron, warned the country to be prepared for the possibility that Britons could be among the casualties, while the Queen expressed …

Jeb Bush

Military spending: The case for spending more, not less.

At Tuesday’s GOP presidential debate in Milwaukee, Rand Paul railed against Marco Rubio for calling for increases to the military budget: “How is it …

Religious children are meaner than their secular counterparts, study finds

Children from religious families are less kind and more punitive than those from non-religious households, according to a new study.<p>Academics from seven universities across the world studied Christian, Muslim and non-religious children to test the relationship between religion and morality.<p>They …

Religion

Religion doesn't make kids more generous or altruistic, study finds

Here's a discovery that could make secular parents say hallelujah: Children who grow up in nonreligious homes are <i>more</i> generous and altruistic than children from observant families.<p>A series of experiments involving 1,170 kids from a variety of religious backgrounds found that the non-believers were …

Couple who sued Kentucky clerk Kim Davis gets married

April Miller and Karen Roberts stood before a minister Saturday night, hand-in-hand, and said the two words they fought for months to exchange.<p>"I will."<p>The people packed into the room around them jumped into a standing ovation. They all wore matching rainbow buttons that read #LoveWins.<p>The couple, …

Facebook says LGBT Americans are coming out on the site twice as much as last year

The rate is on track to triple<p>A new study out of Facebook's research and data science division indicates that people in the US who identify as LGBT are now saying so on the social network at a rapidly increasing pace. Facebook says 6 million of its US users identify as LGBT, 800,000 of which came …

Will the Media Ever Stop Publicizing Mass Shooters?

Last Wednesday, several days after the massacre in Orlando, a reader wrote:<p>I think Notes is the best place to vent my frustration. Dear Media:Please stop publishing pictures of the Pulse shooter. Whether or not martyrdom was part of his mindset, constantly referring to him by name and publishing …

Guns

What Happens When the 'Moral Majority' Becomes a Minority?

Conservative Christian communities are split between doubling down on their advocacy, or walling themselves off from mainstream culture.<p>According to a growing number of Christian leaders and thinkers, America in 2015 looks a lot like the declining, dissolute Roman empire. Conservative blogger Rod …

Religion

Kim Davis Mocked by 'Marriage' Billboard in Her Hometown

The Kentucky clerk who was jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples hasn't exactly gotten the warmest welcome in her hometown after her release.<p>A billboard defending gay marriage, towering high above a Rowan County road, is directed specifically at Kim Davis.<p>Planting …

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Roberta Vinci beating Serena Williams at the U.S. Open was an all-time great sporting moment.

FLUSHING MEADOWS, New York—Before Serena Williams played a single match at this year’s U.S. Open, every other top-10 player on her side of the draw …

‘Hillary 2016’ Has Never Made Sense for Democrats

Why haven’t more challengers entered the race to defeat the Iraq War hawk, Patriot Act supporter, and close friend of big finance?<p>As Hillary Clinton loses ground to Bernie Sanders in Iowa, where her lead shrinks by the day, it’s worth noticing that she has never made particular sense as the …

Government

Seventeen-year-old sentenced to 11 years in prison for pro-ISIS Twitter account

Today, a federal court sentenced a 17-year-old Virginia resident named Ali Shukri Amin to 11 years and four months in prison for supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, commonly known as ISIS. Amin ran the @Amreekiwitness Twitter account, which published pro-ISIS messages to a relatively …

The knight can visit each square on a chess board exactly once.

It's called a knight's tour and it is possible regardless of starting position. Front Page Edit: It feels odd to have something like this happen …

Bernie Sanders Has a Secret

Vermont, his son and the hungry early years that made him the surging socialist he is today.<p>One morning last month in Burlington, Vermont, at the law office of John Franco, one of Bernie Sanders’ best friends since the 1970s, Franco talked to me at length about Sanders’ commitment and his …

Middle-class

Did Rock and Roll Pacify America?

In 1964, an Atlantic writer argued that the new youth sound was anything but revolutionary.<p>It’s exactly the kind of headline a modern-day reader might hope to find, flipping through old issues of <i>The Atlantic</i>: “What Do They Get From Rock ‘n’ Roll?” Seeing that title in the August 1964 edition of the …

Music Festivals

Rich Californians balk at limits: 'We're not all equal when it comes to water'

Drought or no drought, Steve Yuhas resents the idea that it is somehow shameful to be a water hog. If you can pay for it, he argues, you should get your water.<p>People "should not be forced to live on property with brown lawns, golf on brown courses or apologize for wanting their gardens to be …

Snorkeling

Cubes of fruits, vegetables, and meats will make you see food in a new light

The foods we eat come in all shapes and sizes, but something beautiful happens if you cut it all down to size — literally. Design studio Lernert & Sander did just that to make the remarkable piece of art above, which was commissioned by Dutch newspaper <i>De Volkskrant</i> last year for a feature on the …

Ant jaws escape: Star Wars-like antlion predator evasion (VIDEO).

Antlions create a conical trap in soil not unlike <i>Star Wars</i>’ notorious sarlacc pit, trapping ants on an unstable slope and dragging them to their …

Captivating Geometric GIFs by Florian de Looij | Colossal

<p>Florian de Looij first sat down with a copy of Photoshop when he was 12 years old and apparently he never got up. The Netherlands-based designer has …

Art That Makes You Experience the Pain of Passing Time

Real-time broadcasting can be soothing, or surprisingly creepy.<p>There are many ways to kill time on the Internet. Late one night in January, I found myself on Reddit and came across a thread titled, "This guy streams himself sitting and smiling for hours. I'm not sure what to make of it. He's on …

Andy Warhol

Here's what the ideal cast of Netflix's Legend of Zelda would be

<i>The Legend of Zelda</i> is coming to Netflix. According to a recent report, the streaming company is working closely with Nintendo to adapt the classic franchise for the small screen. It'll even look and feel a bit like <i>Game of Thrones</i>, but for families. (Which means, obviously, less gratuitous nudity …

These GIFs from GE's new body scanner are gruesome and marvelous

Hell yeah, science<p>If you haven't personally had to lay down and slide into a CT scanner, you've probably seen one on television. They're super X-ray machines that put image "slices" together from head to toe to create a 3D representation that lets doctors see detail inside your body. And General …