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The Debate Over Time's Place in the Universe

Physicists can’t agree on whether the flow of future to past is real or a mental construct.<p>Einstein once described his friend Michele Besso as “the best sounding board in Europe” for scientific ideas. They attended university together in Zurich; later they were colleagues at the patent office in …

Physics

How David Cameron blew it

ONDON — Jeremy Corbyn never budged. Not even Barack Obama could have convinced the Labour leader to help David Cameron make the case against …

Bloodworks Visits Game of Thrones!

Game of Thrones

The Tragedy of the American Military

The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win.<p>In mid-September, while President Obama was fending …

The Nicotine Fix

America’s cigarette addiction may seem to be mostly over. But low-income Americans continue to smoke—and die—at alarming rates. A radical new strategy could help them quit once and for all.<p><i>A custome lothsome to the eye, hatefull to the Nose, harmefull to the braine, dangerous to the Lungs, and in</i> …

How to Live Better Through Positive Existentialism

Questioning who you are, where you are, and why you're here is a necessity for sentience. Here's a primer to get you started.<p>​<p>I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now. I can't say it's my first rodeo, though. As a matter of fact, if I had a dollar for every time I've gone …

FBI’s scary MLK deja vu: Why disgraceful history could be repeating itself

The FBI’s newly released threat to Dr. King was horrific. Here’s why you shouldn’t assume it’s an ancient relic<p>"In view of your low grade, abnormal personal behavior," the threatening letter from the FBI to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. begins, "I will not dignify your name with either a Mr. …

From Reagan to Obama: How America has created an infrastructure for permanent war

The U.S. has military bases across the Middle East. Is it any wonder we ricochet from one conflict to another?<p>With the launch of a new U.S.-led war in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State (IS), the United States has engaged in aggressive military action in at least 13 countries in the Greater …

The World’s Top False-Memory Expert Explains Why Everything You Know Might Be Wrong

Ted Bundy, O.J. Simpson, Timothy McVeigh, Michael Jackson, Rodney King, Martha Stewart, and Oliver North—Dr. Elizabeth Loftus has testified on behalf of them all.<p><i>Dr. Elizabeth Loftus. Photo by the author</i><p>Ted Bundy, O. J. Simpson, Timothy McVeigh, Michael Jackson, Rodney King, Martha Stewart, and …

There are words to use carefully, like ‘terrorist.’ Or ‘parliamentarian’

<i>Gerald Caplan is an African scholar, former NDP national director and a regular panelist on CBC's</i> Power and Politics<i>.</i><p>Wednesday, Oct. 22, was a day of endless confusion and rumour-mongering in Ottawa, for many long hours only the death of a single soldier at the War memorial being tragically …

31 Secrets to Writing the Perfect Cover Letter

<i>This post is in partnership with The Muse. The article below was originally published on The Muse.</i><p>Ah, the dreaded cover letter. Every time you sit …

Is it too early to ask for a sane conversation about terrorism?

<i>More from Linda McQuaig available here</i><p>The sight of our Parliament buildings under attack is a horrifying one. Sadly, it’s likely to rally support for …

What It Took for SpaceX to Become a Serious Space Company

It simply needed to disrupt Boeing and leapfrog NASA.<p>The Space Exploration Technology rocket factory is a large, white hangar-like building near Los Angeles international airport, with a parking lot filled with late-model motorcycles and Tesla electric cars. The vast metal structure once churned …

The Alberta Tar Sands

Buried just beneath a layer of muskeg and forest in northern Alberta, Canada, lies a 50,000 square mile reservoir of heavy crude oil, possibly holding 2 trillion barrels of recoverable oil. These bitumen deposits require a lot of effort to extract, recover, and pre-process before the oil can be …

ISIS Is Putin’s Problem, Too, and This Chechen Is One Reason Why.

Abu Omar served with the U.S.-trained Georgian army, spent time in jail, and emerged a jihadi. Now at the top of the ISIS leadership, he wants to …

9 Secret Service Screw-Ups and Scandals

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The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix. But the messy history of their separation suggests it was never so simple<p>As we watch the fighters of the Islamic State (Isis) rampaging …

Ron Paul Dons 9/11 Truther Tin Foil

The former Congressman – and father of the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination – thinks the government is keeping secrets about …

Leonard Susskind on The World As Hologram

Holograms

Al Sharpton Is a Huge Fraud

Though casting himself as a bold teller of truths, more often than not the Reverend Al Sharpton serves the agenda of those in power.<p>The citizens of Ferguson, Missouri, deserve better than Al Sharpton. A world-class scumbag with criminally under-acknowledged ties to the Mafia, the FBI, Rudy …

ISIS Baffling U.S. Intelligence Agencies

It’s been two months since ISIS took over Iraq’s second-largest city. But U.S. analysts are still trying to figure out how big the group is and the …

Preview: How Justin Trudeau would run this country

A sneak peek at this week’s exclusive cover story on Justin Trudeau and the year ahead<p><b>A digital edition of this week’s issue is available free if you</b> …

Knocking on Heaven’s Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death

The father who appears before you in a dream, hours before you find out he’s died. The accident you knew would happen. These tales are real—and …

How Marc Emery turned to marijuana activism

When Marc Emery returns to Canada later this summer, after nearly five years in U.S. prisons, Canada's "prince of pot" says he will feel triumphant. …

How Secret Societies Stay Hidden on the Internet

Inside the surreal recruitment process of a legendary club—or something like it—at New York University<p>It all started with a Facebook message from a dead guy.<p>His name was Ernest Howard Crosby and his profile picture showed an old-time portrait of a man in a dapper vest sporting a bushy Civil War …

Are police becoming less keen on enforcing Canada’s pot laws?

Police appear to be losing their zeal for investigating marijuana-related offences – particularly those related to cases of trafficking and production.<p>Read more and vote in the poll below.

Iraq’s Long-Lost Mythical Temple Has Been Found…and Is In Danger of Disappearing Again

For centuries, scientists have been searching for an ancient temple dedicated to a winged warrior. Now, one archaeologist thinks he may have found …

Close encounter with Comet 67P may reveal origins of life on Earth

Several hundred million miles from home, one of the most ambitious space missions ever attempted is closing in on its target: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a massive ball of ice, dust and organic materials that orbits the Sun every six-and-a-half years.<p>The probe Rosetta – built for €1bn by the …

The Case for Subversive Monuments in Washington, D.C.

There is a lot in American history to celebrate and memorialize. But the darker moments need to be remembered, too.<p>In eighth grade, when my class traveled to Washington, D.C., we saw monuments that celebrated the Founding Fathers, a larger-than-life homage to Abraham Lincoln, and memorials for men …