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Huey Lewis Cancels 2018 Tour Because of Lost Hearing from Ménière's Disease

Losing the ability to hear is arguably the most heartbreaking illness that could befall a musician. That’s what made it so tragic when Huey Lewis, …

Hearing Loss

An insider explains how rural Christian white America has a dark and terrifying underbelly

As the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: “Democrats failed to understand white, …

The Bankruptcy of the American Left

There will be no economic or political justice for the poor, people of color, women or workers within the framework of global, corporate capitalism. …

The five universal laws of human stupidity

In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity.<p>Stupid people, Carlo M. Cipolla explained, share several identifying traits: they are …

Critical Thinking

A new finding raises an old question: Where and when did life begin?

Science Source/Getty Images<p>Geologists are analyzing ancient clues to tell our origin story.<p>The rock is a deep rusty red, shot through with gray stripes. It rises above shrubby tundra, part of a hummocky terrain that slopes down to the Hudson Bay in northern Quebec, as it has for a very long …

Earth Science

The Universe Itself May Be Unnatural

When it comes to the physical Universe, we fully expect things obeying the same fundamental laws to unfold in similar fashions, and to be comparable to one another today. By the same token, if they obey vastly different rules, we expect them to be different from one another today. If aspects of the …

Physics

Ask Ethan: How Far Is The Edge Of The Universe From The Farthest Galaxy?

When we look out into the Universe, there’s light everywhere we can see, for as far as our telescopes are capable of looking. But at some point, there’s a limit to what we’ll encounter. One limit is set by the cosmic structure that forms in the Universe: we can only see the stars, galaxies, etc., …

James Webb Space Telescope

Ask Ethan: What Is Spacetime?

It’s the most fundamental fabric of the Universe itself. But how does it work?<p><i>“‘Space-time’ — that hideous hybrid whose very hyphen looks phoney.” …

Physics

How to Build an Autocracy

The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.<p>点击这里阅读中文版本<p>It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years. …

Donald Trump

How The Anthropic Principle Became The Most Abused Idea In Science

The Universe has the fundamental laws that we observe it to have. Also, we exist, and are made of the things we’re made of, obeying those same fundamental laws. And therefore, we can construct two very simple statements that would be very difficult to argue against:<p>We must be prepared to take …

Physics

LEICA SL (TYP 601)

Camera Type<p>Mirrorless Fullframe System Camera<p>Current Firmware<p>2.1<p>Lenses<p>Lens Mount<p>Leica L-Mount<p>Applicable lenses<p>Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 …

Lies, damned lies and Donald Trump: How the Reagan and Bush assaults on truth and science may presage what’s coming

Under Ronald Reagan and especially George W. Bush, the GOP sought to destroy science and reason. Get ready for more<p>It has become a commonplace to say that Donald Trump is an unprecedented figure as president-elect. If we want to understand him, we need to look abroad, to examples of authoritarian …

Political Science

Trump on sex assault allegations: 'I am a victim'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump on Friday called himself a "victim" as more women continued to come forward on Friday accusing him of sexual assault and harassment.<p>"As you have seen, I am a victim of one of the great political smear campaigns in the history of our country," he said at a rally in Charlotte, …

Donald Trump

The Strategies of Global Warfare: War with China and Russia? Washington’s Military Design in the Asia-Pacific | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>First published in August 2016, this article documents US war plans directed against China, Russia and North Korea. In relation to ongoing threats</i> …

The 10 Best Off-Road Vehicles That Aren't the Jeep Wrangler

Don't want to wait for the next-generation Wrangler? Buy one of these.<p>The Jeep Wrangler is the default choice for a new off-road vehicle, and for good reason: For the money, there are few trucks more capable. What if you don't want a Wrangler, though? Perhaps you want something more luxurious, or …

Land Rover

Christianity is Incompatible With the Universe As We Know It

August 8, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p><b>John W. Loftus</b> has released his latest anthology of essays written by experts around one particular topic. This one is …

Middle East

Atheism Advocate: Religion Is Harming Society And Lives

<i>Atheist US Presidential candidate Zoltan Istvan delivering a secular-inspired Transhumanist Bill of Rights to the US Capitol -- Photo by Roen Horn</i><p>All around the world, religious terror is striking and threatening us. Whether in France, Turkey, London, or the USA, the threat is now constant. We can …

Religion

'As long as we study life, it will be read': the Selfish Gene turns 40

In 1976 Richard Dawkins’s study of evolutionary theory became the first popular science bestseller. How do its ideas stand up today?<p>It’s 40 years since Richard Dawkins suggested, in the opening words of <i>The Selfish Gene</i>, that, were an alien to visit Earth, the question it would pose to judge our …

Biology

The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions — sights, sounds, textures, tastes — are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about it — or when we find ourselves fooled by a perceptual illusion — we realize with a jolt that what we perceive …

Consciousness

Why Physics Experiments at the Subatomic Level May Cause 'Unknown Unknowns' to Destroy the World

<i>Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons, a simulated particle collision at the Large Hadron Collider, Lucas Taylo</i>r<p>"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown …

Physics

There’s No Such Thing as Free Will

But we’re better off believing in it anyway.<p>For centuries, philosophers and theologians have almost unanimously held that civilization as we know it depends on a widespread belief in free will—and that losing this belief could be calamitous. Our codes of ethics, for example, assume that we can …

The Brain

AdSemble launches self-serve tools for digital billboard advertising

“We’re not a media company, we’re a tech company” — that’s a common refrain in the advertising and media business, but it looks like AdSemble has been particularly patient in making that transition.<p>The company was founded back in 2008, and as described by founder and CEO Matthew Olivieri, in its …

Advertising

This physicist has a groundbreaking idea about why life exists

Why does life exist?<p>Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning, and a colossal stroke of luck.<p>But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life …

Physics

Views on (Trump's) proposed ban on non-U.S. Muslims

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump caused a stir last week when he called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States until the government can “figure out what is going on.”<p>How do voters feel about Trump’s proposal? Well, that depends.<p>A new Fox News poll finds 50 percent …

DNA At the Fringes: Twins, Chimerism, and Synthetic DNA

DNA tests are thought to be conclusive proof—of crime, of family relation—but in some cases, our genetic material acts in mysterious ways.<p>Plenty of …

Genetics

How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Undermine National Security and Harm Us All

<b>Garrisoning the Globe</b><p><i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>With the U.S. military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of U.S. bases and hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops still encircle the globe. Although few …

Geopolitics

The Race To Prove 'Spooky' Quantum Connection May Have a Winner

Entanglement breakthrough could lead to unhackable Internet<p>Particles don’t obey the same rules as people. Poke a particle, and another one far away can instantly respond the touch -- without any messages passing through the space between, as if the two particles were one. “Entanglement” is what …

Quantum Mechanics

In Age of Science, Is Religion 'Harmful Superstition'?

God is not only dead, author avers. He never lived. Not to mention the deaths of kids treated with faith instead of science-based medicine.<p>Jerry Coyne, author of <i>Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible</i>was in high school listening to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club …

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

Lawn Mowing