Bill Stolk

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What ISIS Really Wants

What is the Is­lam­ic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what are its in­ten­tions? The sim­pli­city of these ques­tions can be de­ceiv­ing, and few …

Bitcoin: The Currency That Could Live Or Die Depending On What The Rest of This Headline Says

The price of Bitcoin shot up $20 today, and it might have been because somebody at Davos said it was the future. That means, of course, it is not the …

Bitcoin

Egypt bans 'Zionist' film Exodus and cites 'historical inaccuracies'

A day after Morocco bans film, Egypt says it’s rife with mistakes, including an apparent claim that ‘Moses and the Jews built the pyramids’<p>Exodus: Gods and Kings review – holy Moses, wholly acceptable for the devout<p>Egypt has banned the Hollywood biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, citing …

Do e-readers really harm sleep? Depends what you call an e-reader

Advertisement<p>19 Comments<p>A new study has claimed that light-emitting e-readers “negatively affect sleep, circadian timing and next-morning alertness” …

This is what Louisiana stands to lose in the next 50 years

The USGS says sea-level rise and sinking could claim up to 4,677 square miles of land along the coast if the state doesn’t implement major …

How Do We Measure the Distance to Stars?

The answer lies in the tiny shifts we see in a star’s position as Earth revolves around the sun. <i>Scientific American</i> contributor Christopher Crockett …

The Images That Moved Them Most: Photographers on America's Veterans

Corporal Brian Knight. David Guttenfelder, July 3, 2009. Helmand province, Afghanistan."In 2009, I joined the 2nd Marin<p>... VIEW MORE<p>David …

The 19 best drone photos of 2014

The sky is the limit when it comes to creative uses of drones for photography — see for example Dronestagram or the <i>National Geographic</i> magazine …

This War of Mine sucks you into your role as a civilian in war (review)

<i>Check out our</i> <i>Reviews Vault</i> <i>for past game reviews.</i><p>This War of Mine stands battlefield games on their heads. What happens, it asks, to the people who have to scrape out a living in the middle of a war?<p>The result is a dark, somber, and seductive game, a sort of Sim Slums that asks you to look out for a …

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Sells 60,000 in First Month

77% of sales came from Steam.<p>After its first month on sale, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter has sold sixty thousand copies, developer The Astronauts …

This One-Wheeled Electric Motorcycle Actually Feels ... Safe

It takes a special kind of magic to make an electric one-wheeled motorcycle not terrifying to ride, and Ryno Motors has pulled it off. The …

What Is Sorghum? And Why Is The South So Obsessed With It?

Unless you were raised in the South, sorghum isn't an ingredient you've encountered often -- if at all. A couple of generations ago, sorghum was a staple sweetener in the South. It was cheap, plentiful and often went by the name of sorghum molasses. The thick golden syrup was used in place of …

A day without data

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1119000/1119403_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524650528_4cfa1b184a0b6d4ceee7b194d338d459<p><b>Every day, anyone who is connected to the internet leaves an ever bigger trail of data behind them. But how aware are we of who is collecting</b> …

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This is the kind of music you should listen to at work

They say that listening to Mozart makes a person smarter, but it is not only classical music that boosts mental activity.<p>Nine out of 10 workers perform better when listening to music, according to a study that found 88pc of participants produced their most accurate test results and 81pc completed …

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Mia Freedman's gay-paedophile analogy on The Project - video

Mia Freedman has apologised after comments that compared gay people to paedophiles on national television. Freedman, founder of the independent women's website Mamamia, made the comments in support of the Northern Territory's plan to set up a sex offender register. 'We accept that gay people can't …

Here's What Star Wars Gets Wrong About Physics

Just how would they power the Death Star? And why are X-wing pilots always firing their afterburners, even when they're traveling in a straight line in the vacuum of space?<p>These questions and more are addressed in the latest episode of PBS Digital Studios' "It's Okay To Be Smart." Just check out …

The Internet Of Someone Else’s Things

The Internet Of Things is coming. Rejoice! …Mostly. It will open our collective eyes to petabytes of real-time data, which we will turn into new insights and efficiencies. It will doubtless save lives. Oh, yes: and it will subtly redefine ownership as we know it. You will no longer own many of the …

How The Future Is Really Built

The future, in retrospect, always seems inevitable. When Steve Jobs unveiled a sleek new device, it felt like it was just meant to be. When Elon Musk gives an interview, it almost seems as if he had dreamt Tesla up in his childhood bedroom and only gotten around to it more recently. Yet that’s not …

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Sex-selective abortion debate is a smokescreen for an attack on women's reproductive rights

Where are feminists on the issue of sex-selection abortion? Probably helping women with problems that are actually happening, the radical harpies<p>It’s almost a privilege to watch naked hypocrisy of the sort displayed by Cory Bernardi in the Senate yesterday. During debate on senator John Madigan’s …

Destiny Player Reaches Level 30

He even has a Legendary cape.<p>American gamer N3AC3Y has reached rank 30 in Destiny.<p>According to Destinydb, the player has sunk over 107 hours into the …