Brandon Copeland

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Nuclear Fusion: Sustainable Energy From Plasma Hotter than the Sun Edges Closer

The prospect of fusion energy—a potentially limitless and clean source of power—has just edged a little closer. Scientists believe they have solved a …

Astronomers Have Officially Found a Candidate For Planet Nine

We're in business.<p>An intense three-day crowdsourced search for an undiscovered planet in our solar system has produced four possible candidates.<p>The …

Universe

El Chapo escape cost 'high amount of money'

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzmán.The Telegraph<p>The Mexican attorney general released more details from the government's investigation of Sinaloa drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's high-profile prison escape in July, though she refrained from divulging specifics.<p>"The exact amount of how much [El Chapo] …

Mexico

Bottling A Better Beer With New Yeast Strains

How science can give us more diverse and flavorful brews<p>Of all the fermented foods and drinks, none appears to be as ubiquitous as beer. This frothy beverage has been enjoyed for millennia and has become part of American lifestyle. When it comes to spending some time with buds, enjoying a high …

“Completely implausible”—a controversial paper exists, but so do black holes | Ars Technica

A researcher stands by her arguments against black holes; other scientists are skeptical.<p>There once was a time when the existence of black holes was …

Physics

MUSE looks deeper into the universe than Hubble in 3-D

Hubble Space Telescope

Mass incarceration in America

<i>The United States has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, and a disproportionate number of those in jail are African-Americans. Why</i> …

Ronald Reagan

The Miracle of Mindfulness – Mindfulness and Meditation – Medium

A pioneer in bringing mindfulness to the West, <b>Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh</b> has inspired generations of people to learn to live with peace and joy, …

Big Bang, Deflated? Universe May Have Had No Beginning

If a new theory turns out to be true, the universe may not have started with a bang.<p>In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or …

Physics

When should you decant a wine?

Disgraced US President Richard Nixon's list of crimes even extended to fraudulent decanting. But when should you decant – if at all?<p>White House entertaining budgets didn’t always stretch to the fine clarets preferred by <b>Richard Nixon</b>. No problem. Tricky as ever, the President simply performed the …

Edgar Cayce Talks About Consciousness

(Zen Gardner) This source of answers to the mysteries of life has no unifying name for its body of knowledge. Various parts of its principal concepts …

The Age of Disbelief - Photo Gallery

A Giant Leap for Doubters<p>Photograph by Richard Barnes<p>A worker adjusts an exhibit at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Skepticism about established science is hardly new, but the Internet has been a boon to fringe beliefs. Think the moon landings were faked? Go online—you’ll find plenty of …

The physicist who inflated the Universe | Cosmos

<b>Alan Guth still finds it</b> amazing that he can understand anything about the first moments of the Big Bang. But he shouldn’t – he was there.<p>About 13.8 …

Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate

‘Mack Charles’ fell in love with a fellow CIA undercover operative. Then, he claims in an explosive, $25 million lawsuit, agency bigwigs tried to …

Forget About Climate Change, America's Refineries Make Keystone XL A Bad Idea

When I filled up my hybrid’s gasoline tank last week, the pump price had jumped 30 cents from my last fill-up. I said to myself, “Hmmm…something’s going on.” Gasoline prices don’t just move up and down on a whim. So when I found out about the refinery woes going on across the country, I wasn’t …

Oil

Meet America’s first drug dealer: Arnold Rothstein’s wild, real-life 1920s “Sopranos” story

The modern drug war started with Arnold Rothstein, a criminal master so feared he managed to rig the World Series<p>As I dug deeper, I realized there was a hole in the story of the start of the drug war—a large and cavernous one. It is possible to piece together how this all began through the eyes of …

Crime

Technology and Science News

Walmart to transition toward smart shopping<p>Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for data theft on Facebook<p>New video shows moments before fatal self-driving …

Apple Pay: a new frontier for scammers

Apple’s mobile payment system has provided a method for US criminals to make fraudulent transactions – and banks are rushing to stem the tide<p>Criminals in the US are using the new Apple Pay mobile payment system to buy high-value goods – often from Apple Stores – with stolen identities and credit …

FinTech

A Drug Kingpin, the CIA, and Prisoners: Freeway Rick Ross and America’s Mass Incarceration Problem

Marc Levin’s documentary Freeway: Crack in the System premieres tonight on Al-Jazeera America. Here, he writes about Freeway Rick Ross’s connection …

San Francisco

6 senseless things we do to our vaginas

We wax. We vajazzle. We steam, bleach and “rejuvenate.” The reasons why are more troubling still<p>So many women mess with perfection. I'm talking about the vagina and the vulva. It's an incredible canal that allows for mind-blowing pleasure. It lubricates and cleans itself, enlarges during …

Women's Health

The Dark Heart Of The Milky Way

Dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up four-fifths of the stuff in the universe, has been found for the first time in the centre of the Milky Way.<p>The rivals have proposed an alternative hypothesis, called modified Newtonian dynamics (Mond), suggesting that the laws of gravity work …

Dark Matter

Police launch investigation into fresh reports of racism by Chelsea fans

British Transport Police and Staffordshire Police probe claims of racist and abusive behaviour by supporters on train from London to Manchester<p>Police have launched an investigation after reports of racist and abusive behaviour from Chelsea fans on a train from London to Manchester on Sunday …

Soccer

Iraq chooses a risky course by mobilising Shia militias for Isil offensive

Analysis: The bid to recapture Tikrit relies on Shia militias, who may deepen the alienation of the local Sunni population.<p>The onset of Iraq’s long-awaited <b>offensive to recapture the province of Salahuddin from Isil</b> raises one vital question: who will actually be doing the fighting? Will this …

Discovery Of 8,000-Year-Old Wheat Could Rewrite Ancient British History

A DNA analysis of wheat found in an ancient peat bog suggests early Britons were more commercially sophisticated than previously thought. The …

Iran fulfilling the ancient prophecy of Elam?

Hundreds of years before Christ, in the ancient empire of Persia, a fiendish plot was hatched. A palace officer named Haman decided to exterminate …

Ancient dogu figurines with large goggle-eyes defy scholarly explanation

The Jomon Period is the earliest identifiable period in Japanese history and is broken into several categories—Incipient, Early, Middle, and Late. …

The Music of the Maya: Mysterious whistles Confound Experts

Music has held a special role in human society for thousands of years. In ancient China, for instance, sets of bronze bells were played for …

Iraqis mourn destruction of ancient Assyrian statues

<b>Baghdad</b> - On Baghdad’s al-Mutanabi street, Iraqis mourned the destruction of 3,000-year old statues in Mosul almost as if they’d been alive.<p>"I’m so upset I can’t speak about it," said an old friend, her eyes filling with tears.<p>The huge statues of winged bulls with human heads at the gates of …

Mesopotamia