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Luthier Michael Greenfield Shows How He Creates Magnificent Guitars From Simple Slices of Wood

For their Canadian artisan series Oú Se Trouve, the filmmakers of Stereokroma created “Making a Guitar“. The filming took place over the course of …

Huffington Post writer wants guns identified with terrorism

According to Ariel Moutsatsos, a one-time Mexican diplomat and journalist who now writes for the <i>Huffington Post</i>, guns are no longer something that …

NPR Reporter Has No Idea What ‘Come And Take It’ Means

Sunday marked the 181st anniversary of the Battle of Gonzales, the first military engagement of the Texas Revolution, when Texian militiamen, …

Just 1 Minute of Intense Exercise Rivals The Benefits of a 45-Minute Workout

Your excuses are irrelevant.<p>If you’re like most Americans, Australians, and Brits, you’re not getting nearly enough exercise, and we probably don’t …

How to use ADHD to your advantage and improve your life

Last year, I had two weeks left on deadline for a book I was writing. My publisher was getting antsy, as I hadn’t sent her anything yet. I’d done all the research, the problem was sitting down and getting the writing done. But I wasn’t worried. I’d been here before.<p>With 12 days left until my …

7 Habits That May Actually Change The Brain, According To Science

The brain is by far our most precious organ–others are good, too, but they all pale in comparison to the mighty brain. Because the brain works so hard around the clock (even while we’re sleeping), it uses an extraordinary amount of energy, and requires a certain amount of nutritional support to …

Wellness

Stingray ruling could challenge hundreds of Baltimore convictions

A major Maryland court ruling that found police cannot use cellphones as a “real-time tracking device” without a warrant could call into question hundreds, if not thousands, of convictions in Baltimore – and set a precedent for similar privacy cases across the US.<p>The ruling by Maryland’s …

Surveillance

Rat study reveals long-term effects of adolescent amphetamine abuse on the brain - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A study of rats given regular, high doses of amphetamine finds that those exposed to the drug at an age corresponding to human …

What Christianity Without Hell Looks Like

The idea that the Bible declares hell a real and literal place is no more valid than the toxic lie that the Bible condemns homosexuality.<p>Yet the idea that hell is real persists. Why? Because over the centuries those in positions of power within the institutions of Christianity have methodically, …

Is the West Approaching the Point Where It Doesn't Need Religion Anymore?

Christianity is in a slow, long-term decline.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i><p>If you had to pick one word to sum up religion in 2015, it might be "fear." How else do you describe a situation where sensitive Islamist zealots gun down cartoonists in their offices? The <i>Charlie Hebdo</i> attack …

Religions push discrimination at their own peril

<b>To the editor:</b> Neither Mormonism nor any other religion need change its discriminatory dogma. But when the exercise of a belief creates unacceptably adverse effects on society, the religion must either modify its dogma or limit its interaction with others. ("Mormon Church's shift on gay rights …

Don't believe mainstream media mistruths about firearms research

If we are to believe the mainstream media, the powerful NRA has used its political muscle to keep people ignorant of how guns impact our safety. They are supposedly to blame for the elimination of firearms research. This is all a result of a 1996 amendment to the federal budget stating “None of the …

Surprise: Pro-Gay-Marriage Christians Reject the Rest of Christian Teaching about Sex and Marriage, Too

Over at the <i>Public Discourse</i>, University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus offers a preview of forthcoming data revealing how support for or …

Iranian officials say they have armed Hamas for fight with Israel

Two senior Iranian officials told an Arabic-language television channel Monday that Tehran has supplied missile technology to<p>Hamasfor its fight against Israel.<p>Revolutionary Guard commander Mohammad Ali Jafari warned in an interview with the Arabic channel of Iran's state Al-Alam television that …

Mark Twain on Religion and Our Human Egotism

A large part of what made Mark Twain the greatest American satirist was his capacity for cultural nitpicking, from his irreverent advice to little girls to his critique of the press to his snarky commentary on the outrageous requests he received. But one subject to which Twain applied his exquisite …

6 fascinating people who own almost nothingThese people have rejected the stuff-cluttered life for something more meaningful

<b>6 fascinating people who own almost nothing</b><br>These people have rejected the stuff-cluttered life for something more meaningful.

DIY Air Conditioner From a 5 Gallon Bucket for Under $25

It can be expensive both in price and in energy to cool your RV when the weather warms up. Many smaller RV’s receive very little in the way of A/C …

This ‘air modem’ could hack your PC or phone via sound waves — without any electronic connection

The one thing you’ve always been certain of is that a computer that’s not connected to a network, doesn’t munch data from any USB sticks, and doesn’t accept any kind of electronic connection requests is reasonably safe against hackers and crackers breaking into its electronic vaults.<p>Not so much, …

Termites' powerful weapon against extermination? Their own poop | Reuters

ORLANDO (Reuters) - Scientists trying to understand why destructive wood-eating termites are so resistant to efforts to exterminate them have come up with an unusually repugnant explanation.<p>Termites’ practice of building nests out of their own feces creates a scatological force field that Florida …

NSA violations led judge to consider viability of surveillance program

A judge on the secret surveillance court was so disturbed by the National Security Agency's repeated violations of privacy restrictions that he questioned the viability of its bulk collection of Americans' phone records, according to newly declassified surveillance documents.<p>Judge Reggie Walton, …

Pride of Ignorance on Firearms

When it comes to the Second Amendment, the Left doesn’t even understand what it’s getting wrong.<p>For the sneering consequentialists of the …

Some call NeoSync a placebo. Greg Harman calls it a life saver.

I'm on my back in a dimly lit room on the seventh floor of a Dallas research hospital. A device roughly two feet tall resembling an oversized egg is …

Egypt's Coptic Pope concerned over risks of attacks

<b>A bishop in Egypt's Coptic Church says Pope Tawadros II has cancelled weekly public meetings due to concerns over possible attacks on his congregation.</b><p>Bishop Angaelos, who heads the Church in the UK, says in one incident the flag of al-Qaeda was raised on church property while worshippers hid …

Sin, Corruption and What Religions Can Do About It

There's plenty of sin in the air these days: sins of commission, sins of omission, all seven of the original deadly sins (to remind, wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony). Actually Mahatma Gandhi's 1926 seven social sins are also very present:<p>Wealth without work<br>• Pleasure without …

Rick Perry Will Infuriate Atheist Activists With This Stinging Proclamation About ‘Freedom From Religion’

At a signing event for the contentious “Merry Christmas Bill,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry had a message for atheist activists who have a penchant for sometimes taking church-state separatism to the extreme: The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee “freedom from religion.”<p>There was no irony in his …

Nanotechnology and religion: a complex relationship

In the science fiction short story Halo, a panel of Muslim scholars discuss a strip of bacon made by a "molecular assembler", a device capable of producing the meat directly from individual atoms, instead of slicing it from an animal. All meat from a pig is forbidden according to Islam's halal …

Jimmy Carter Blames Religion for Global Mistreatment of Women

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says religious leaders, including those in Christianity and Islam, share the blame for mistreatment of women and girls across the world.<p>The 88-year-old human rights activist said Friday that male religious leaders perpetuate misguided doctrines of male …

Doesn't religion cause most of the conflict in the world?

Rachel Woodlock (Islam)<p>Religion is powerfully motivating and belligerent humans fight over it. Heck, religion has caused conflict even in my diverse and tolerant family. Taking our daughter to visit her Irish-Catholic relatives, I asked my husband to make sure they didn't give her any pork. Like …

A Left-Leaning Reader's Guide to Winning the Gun Control "Debate"

A TTAG reader writes:<p>I’m probably one of your most left-leaning readers. The whole “slave state” stuff is a turn off. Anyway, I’ve been reading for …