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6 attempts at utopian settlements and where they are now

The word "utopia" is made up of two Greek words, together meaning "no place." The word suggests that no place on Earth could possibly be perfectly egalitarian, free of conflict, and sustainable.<p>That didn't stop people from trying, however. The Puritans believed in creating a utopia while escaping …

Documents show AT&T secretly sells customer data to law enforcement

According to company documents revealed by the Daily Beast, data from Hemisphere program is sold to police departments for $100,000 to $1m a year<p>Telecommunications giant AT&T is selling access to customer data to local law enforcement in secret, new documents released on Monday reveal.<p>The program, …

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

We Agree to Disagree: The Science of Why Your Political Posts Won't Make Anyone Change Their Mind

In today's heated political stage, where everyone has a soapbox thanks to outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all the personal blogs, I've tried my best not to share my political views publicly. And I've miserably failed. I use my own Facebook page and profile to talk about science, books …

Psychology

The stranger-than-fiction story of how the Fed was created

According to opinion surveys, no institution save the Internal Revenue Service is held in lower regard than the Federal Reserve. It's also a font of conspiracy theories stoked by radical libertarians, who insist the Fed is debauching the currency and will ultimately bankrupt the country.<p>The Fed's …

Federal Reserve

Jeb Bush is the most boring man alive: What’s worse than getting a “reply-all” email? Reading an entire book of Jeb’s

<b>(Reuters/Mike Stone)</b><p>Jeb’s new book shows he’s duller than drying paint—a campaign sin bigger than being stupid, evil or Donald Trump<p>Scott Timberg<p>November 3, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>Across the Republican establishment, numerous funders and party fathers are scratching their heads: How did the Jeb Bush …

Government

The third Republican debate turned into an all-out war against the network that hosted it

Minutes after the close of Wednesday's debate, the Republican National Committee chairman leveled extraordinary criticism at the debate's host network, echoing his candidates on stage.<p>"I'm disappointed in the moderators. I'm disappointed in CNBC. … It was one 'gotcha' question, one personal …

Government

In the Shadow of Hegel: How Does Thought Arise Out of Matter?

<b>What's the Big Idea?</b><p>Before neuroscience and quantum physics, there was Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. The 19th century German idealist revolutionized …

Hegel

Russia steps up air strikes against Assad opponents in Syria

BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday it had stepped up its bombing campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria, while local observers said several of the air strikes had hit areas in western Syria where the hardline group has little presence.<p>Civil defence members remove rubble …

Warren criticism leads to Brookings economist's exit

She had accused Robert Litan of failing to disclose financial conflicts.<p>Robert Litan, a top economist at the Brookings Institution, resigned Tuesday after Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused him of publishing "highly compensated and editorially compromised work on behalf of an industry player seeking a …

Prometheus sequel to be shot in Australia or Canada, says Ridley Scott

Director says sci-fi film sequel is due to begin production in February and confirmed the two countries were potential shoot locations<p>The director Ridley Scott has revealed filming for the much anticipated sequel to his 2012 blockbuster Prometheus will take place in either Australia or Canada next …

What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

By Sara Shipley Hiles<p>Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an …

Public Health

Biden holds meeting with Elizabeth Warren

Vice President Biden made a surprise visit to Washington, D.C.’s Naval Observatory on Saturday for a confidential talk with Sen. Elizabeth Warren …

Petition for Jon Stewart to moderate presidential debate attracts 175,000

A petition calling for former Daily Show host Jon Stewart to moderate one of the 2016 presidential debates has gathered over 175,000 signatures – including one endorsement from Maryland governor and Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley.<p>“Jon Stewart is more than qualified to tackle the …

For the Love of Dogs: Three Ways Companion Animals Improve Your Health

I love my dog, Joey. I’m no different than most other people who also love animals, especially their pets. According to a Gallop Poll, sixty percent …

Donald Trump: Boston beating is 'terrible'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Friday he "would never condone violence" after Boston police said two men beat a homeless man while making anti-immigrant statements.<p>"Donald Trump was right," the two men said, according to police, as they beat the man with a metal pipe …

Donald Trump

2 members of U.S. military stop Islamist attacker on train in Belgium

<b>(CNN) —</b> The train was speeding through Belgium when the man emerged from the train bathroom, shirtless with a rifle -- possibly an AK 47 -- slung over his shoulder, the Americans said.<p>The three men -- a member of the Air Force, an inactive National Guard member and a civilian -- responded quickly, …

The world’s first true “smart drug” enhances cognition and is deemed safe by health experts

Most people looking for a cognitive boost in the morning reach for a cup of coffee or tea. But all caffeine really does is lift up your mood and improve focus, and that is why it isn’t considered a “pure cognitive enhancer.”<p>There is, however, a real contender for that title: modafinil (also sold as …

The Brain

North Korea prepared to risk 'all-out war' as Kim Jong-un puts troops on alert

Tensions have flared on the Korean peninsula following propaganda broadcasts across the border from the South and an exchange of artillery fire<p>North Korea warned it was prepared to risk “all-out war” as leader Kim Jong-un put his frontline troops on combat readiness to back up an ultimatum for …

Advocates Say Marijuana Legalization In Arizona Could Generate $40 Million A Year For Schools

Still, the Democratic and Republican parties in the state could not be more divided on the issue.<p>The backers of a proposed 2016 Arizona ballot initiative that would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol in the state estimate that if the measure makes it on the ballot and is …

Cannabis

U.S. confirms ISIS used mustard agent

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The U.S. government has test results from an ISIS attack in Hasakah, Syria, from two weeks ago that confirm the terror group used a mustard agent as a weapon, multiple U.S. intelligence and military officials told CNN on Friday.<p>The U.S. is continuing to investigate an attack this …

Addict amnesty: Police give heroin addicts support, rehab

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The young woman nursing a fresh black eye has come to the police station in this old fishing city for help. But she's not looking to report a crime or seek someone's arrest. She wants help kicking her heroin addiction.<p>"It was better than the alternative," says the woman, in …

Fitbit adds Cortana support, Xbox One app coming this year

Fitbit's updated its Windows app for Windows 10. The app features all-new Live Tiles, pushes notifications to the Action Center, and supports Cortana voice commands. Saying things like "Fitbit, I ate chicken for dinner" or "Fitbit, I went for a three-mile run" will see Cortana automatically logging …

Proponents say sky's the limit for sport of drone racing

On the surface, it doesn't seem like a natural fit: A 75-year-old NFL owner/real estate developer teams up with a bunch of 30-something guys seeking …

Maine's Welfare Drug Tests Caught Just One Person, And That's Typical

Yet the concept remains as popular as ever.<p>WASHINGTON -- Early results are in for a new welfare drug testing regime in Maine: They caught the guy.<p>From April through June, the state only attempted to screen 15 out of about 5,700 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients, according to an …

U.S. investigating reports that Islamic State used chemical weapons

The United States is investigating whether the Islamic State used chemical weapons, the White House said Thursday, following allegations that IS militants deployed chemical weapons against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq.<p>Alistair Baskey, a spokesman for the White House's National Security Council, …

The Hateful Eight trailer is full of snow, spite and typical Tarantino

It’s hard to believe, but Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is just a few months away from opening.<p>The writer/director’s eighth film came very close to never happening. Following an online leak of the screenplay, Tarantino almost scrapped the project after suing Gawker, the online outlet that …

Why Liberal Millennials Love a Cantankerous 73-Year-Old From Vermont More Than Hillary Clinton

I have never heard anyone refer to Bernie Sanders' "handlers," like they have referred to Hillary Clinton's handlers here, here and here, because unlike Hillary Clinton whose every step seems deliberate, Bernie Sanders appears raw, honest and real as evidenced by his trademark unkempt hair and his …