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Music gives people a voice when words fail them at the end of their lives

A music therapist describes how improvising songs can open a vital channel of communication in palliative care<p>All that was dear to me, down below the sea<br>I cannot hold this piece of driftwood<br>When life abandons me<i><br>Liz, a patient at the Sobell House hospice, 2013</i><p>In palliative care, when clients and …

At least 8.8 billion Earth-size, just-right planets found, study says

Space is vast, but it may not be so lonely after all: A study finds the Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets that are about the size of Earth, orbit stars just like our sun, and exist in the Goldilocks zone -- not too hot and not too cold for life.<p>Astronomers using NASA data have …

5 ways the super rich are betraying America

This small group of takers is giving up on the country that made it possible for them to build huge fortunes<p>As they accumulate more and more wealth, the very rich have less need for society. At the same time, they've convinced themselves that they made it on their own, and that contributing to …

The Obama administration may be guilty of war crimes

Reports on US drone strikes suggest White House policy violates international law. If so, they should be held accountable<p>Is President Obama a suspected war criminal?<p>If you have read the recent reports on drone strikes by Ben Emmerson, UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human …

Streamnation 2.0 lets you easily share ripped movies with friends

Streamnation (formerly Stream Nation) is one of the most comprehensive solutions we've tested for storing and streaming your photos and videos, and today, it gets a bit better. The service now lets you share movies and TV shows you've ripped to your computer (and then uploaded to the cloud) with …

Obama’s Catastrophic Victory

Years ago John McPhee wrote a great book about Bill Bradley called “A Sense of Where You Are.” I keep thinking about that title. You have to know where you are in time and space, you have to know who you are and what you’re doing, you have to be able to <i>locate</i> the moment and reorient yourself within …

How Clint Eastwood's odd Obama speech turned Republican stomachs

Clint Eastwood's eccentric performance at last year's Republican National Convention earned the veteran actor and film-maker some of the most bemused reviews of his illustrious career. Now a new book sheds light on how it played to the Republican faithful within the auditorium. One senior …

30 CrazySexyCool Recipes That TLC's T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chilli Would Love

TLC's new biopic CrazySexyCool debuted on VH1 last night, so we collected some recipes that T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chilli would love<p><i>CrazySexyCool</i>, the biopic on girl group (and, we discovered in a meeting this morning involving "Waterfalls"-esque shoulder moves, <i>Bon Appétit</i> favorite) <b>TLC</b>, debuted on …

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15 Songs You've Been Calling The Wrong Thing For Years

It's time to change the tags on all those old mp3s you got from Kazaa and Audiogalaxy.

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