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Paul McCartney: I was depressed after the Beatles broke up

McCartney spoke about Kanye (‘I love him – he’s a monster’), writing a love song for John Lennon and Wings (‘we were terrible’) before a star-studded Mastertapes audience<p>Paul McCartney has revealed that he started drinking heavily and came close to quitting music altogether after the Beatles …

Brad Pitt

Merle Haggard: 'Sometimes I wish I hadn’t written Okie from Muskogee'

<b>Merle Haggard, who died on April 6, 2016, on what would have been his 79th birthday, should be remembered for some cracking songs such as Mama Tried, Hungry Eyes or Workin' Man Blues. Instead his lasting legacy as a songwriter is likely to be the controversial 1969 composition, Okie from Muskogee,</b> …

Country Music

The most dangerous volcanoes on Earth

Volcanic activity is a harsh reminder that the world we live in is ever-changing and destructive. Volcanoes are mountains that open downward into a pool of molten rock below earth's surface. When pressure builds, eruptions and disaster occur.<p>As National Geographic explains, a large eruption can be …

Yellowstone National Park

Einstein’s musical talent helped propel his scientific breakthroughs

As we marvel at science’s latest extraordinary breakthrough, it’s also an opportunity to ponder what kind of thinker Albert Einstein was.<p>Born two decades before the beginning of the 20th century, what kind of mind was his that could come up with ideas that would have to wait until the second decade …

Physics

Are human beings innately violent? The oldest massacre ever discovered adds more proof

Some had their skulls crushed. Others were struck with arrows in their necks and heads. Among those killed was a pregnant woman with her hands and feet bound.<p>Researchers recently unearthed the 10,000-year-old remains of 27 people near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya and this brutal scene is a …

Anthropology

El Niño is set to hurt millions of Africans in early 2016 as rains fail to show

Could the same weather pattern that’s causing the balmy pre-Christmas weather in the East Coast and Midwest of the U.S. also be responsible for a punishing drought in southern Africa on the opposite side of the globe?<p>Scientists say yes—and they are pointing the finger at one of the most potent El …

South Africa

We didn't even know about the fault line that could soon devastate the West coast until 45 years ago

The fault runs for 700 miles off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington. But surprisingly, no one knew about the fault line until 45 years ago, Kathryn Schulz describes in her expansive article for The New Yorker.<p>"The discovery of the Cascadia subduction zone stands as one of the greatest …

Geology

Fears of a third eruption after Chile's Calbuco volcano roars to life

Authorities declared a state of emergency, sent in the army and evacuated a 21-kilometer (13-mile) radius around the volcano after the twin eruptions -- the first on Wednesday as night fell and the second early Thursday before sunrise.<p>The volcano, which had last erupted 54 years ago, may not be …

Natural Disasters
Forests

The Mediterranean’s deadliest migration sea routes

The boat, carrying about 550 migrants in total, flipped 24 hours after leaving the Libyan coast, according to some of the 150 survivors who were …

North Africa

How Bad Policies And Bad Ideas Caused The California Water Shortage

<i>The signs of it are everywhere. The once-Golden State is suffering from what has been called the Great California Train Shortage. Thousands have lost their jobs because they are unable to get to work. It is said that ten of thousands will lose their jobs every year unless train tracks are laid</i> …

Water

Berlin Maps: Bars, Burgers and Christmas Markets

in Eating & Drinking 2<p>A stroke of genius from <b>Giulia Pines</b> kicked off a new trend in <b>Berlin</b> in November. Her <b>Berlin U-Bahn Bar Map</b> for <b>Thrillist</b> inspired …

World fails to reach millennium education targets

<b>The promise that all children globally would have primary education by 2015 - pledged by world leaders in the millennium year - has officially not been achieved.</b><p>Unesco says there are 58 million children without access to primary school and 100 million who do not complete a primary education.<p>Only a …

Education

Ocean Acidification Caused The Largest Mass Extinction Ever

And acidification is on the rise again<p>252 million years ago, massive volcanic eruptions sent a vast amount of lava flowing out onto the earth, and spewed huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the air, chemically altering the oceans in a series of events that would change life on earth forever.<p>It …

How Kim Jong Il Kidnapped a Director, Made a Godzilla Knockoff, and Created a Cult Hit

The North Korean dictator wanted a blockbuster; in a weird way, he got it.<p>Only those who know about the Spectacle theater enter the Spectacle theater. Tucked off bustling Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in a building that might look abandoned to the untrained eye, it’s the home for the …

Kim Jong-Il

40 years and counting: the team behind Voyager’s space odyssey

In 1977, Voyager 1 and 2 started their one-way journey across our galaxy, travelling a million miles a day. Jonathan Margolis meets the dedicated team keeping the craft moving<p>On a chilly March morning, Steve Howard, aged 65, is at work in his office on the northern edge of Pasadena, California. Two …

Space

275 California drought maps show deep drought and recovery

Surprise! CO2 Directly Linked To Global Warming

For the first time since the climate debate began, a team of researchers led by the U.S. DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory directly measured the contribution of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) to heating of the Earth (<i>Nature</i>).<p>Of course, this will spark further debate and …

Climate Change

New York City Likely to See More Flooding in the Not-Too-Distant Future

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>New York City is at least twenty times more likely to see flooding during extreme weather events …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics | GQ

Drinking<p>Don't put away that whiskey just because it's getting warm out.<p>By Natalie B. Compton1 day agoView More<p>Long Reads<p>Chris Smith sold his company, chartered a yacht, and set off with his model girlfriend to see the world. Or did he?<p>By James Vlahos8 hours agoView More<p>Dating<p>Why do we always hang …

Lifestyle

Dave Grohl And Krist Novoselic Share Memories, Unreleased Tracks From 'In Utero'

Few bands ever reach the popularity, influence and status of the early-'90s rock group Nirvana. Anyone who's old enough to remember knows that the trio from Aberdeen, Wash., helped pioneer grunge rock. But more than that, Nirvana became a symbol for an entire generation of ideas and popular …

Climate change a threat to security, food and humankind - IPCC report

A United Nations report raised the threat of climate change to a whole new level on Monday, warning of sweeping consequences to life and livelihood.<p>The report from the UN's intergovernmental panel on climate change concluded that climate change was already having effects in real time – melting sea …

Stunning Visuals of Isolated Arctic Locations

Images shot by Brit artist Reuben Wu who is based in London give us some gritty images of abject desolation as he shares some surreal landscapes. An …

Violin

What these scientists have to say about climate change will terrify you

Seismologists must leave their comfort zone: A Guest post by Steve Hicks

Scientists studying earthquakes should be prepared to put themselves forward to reduce the risk of earthquake damage. This was one conclusion from a …

Climate change by the numbers: The worst is yet to come

CO2 levels went through the roof in 2013, as the world tried — and mostly failed — to slow down warming<p>"We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations," President Obama announced back in January at his second-term …

The 13 Best Books of 2013: The Definitive Annual Reading List of Overall Favorites

All gratifying things must come to an end: The season’s subjective selection of best-of reading lists — which covered writing and creativity, photography, psychology and philosophy, art and design, history and biography, science and technology, children’s literature, and pets and animals — comes …