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Conservative Activists Don't Really Care If They're Hurting The Republican Party

At the Values Voter Summit, no one is worried about polls showing their anti-Obamacare crusade doing damage to the GOP's image. "I consider myself more of a conservative than... a straight Republican."<p>WASHINGTON — On the eve of the Values Voter Summit — an annual pep rally for devout social …

Shutdown Leaves Some Seniors Worried About Their Next Meal

You've no doubt heard of Senior Meals on Wheels preparing hot meals delivered to the elderly. But there's a different meal program that's been put on hold because of the partial government shutdown. It's the USDA's Commodity Supplemental Food Program.<p>In Michigan's western Kent County alone, more …

New talks underway to end government shutdown, lift debt ceiling

WASHINGTON -- The impasse over government spending gave way Friday to a steady stream of negotiations, as Republicans in the House and Senate and White House officials sought to nail down details of an agreement that would both reopen shuttered government agencies and avoid a federal default.<p>In …

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US shutdown: Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore to reopen

Three of the most famous landmarks in the US, which have closed as a result of the government shutdown, are expected to reopen after a deal was struck to pay for staff.<p>Under the deal agreed on Friday, state money and other funds will be used to reopen the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and the Statue …

Would The U.S. Be Better Off With A Parliament?

There are many reasons for the gridlock in Washington. Some are recent developments, as the U.S. becomes more politically polarized. Others are structural, built into the American political system.<p>Regardless, the extreme paralysis that has recently become the norm in D.C. almost never happens in …

Should Nobel Prizes go to theorists or experimenters? Scurvy vs. the Higgs Boson

James Lind is celebrated as the man who discovered the cure for scurvy, and as the 'father of the clinical trial'. In 1747 Lind experimented with a dozen sailors suffering from scurvy; put into pairs they received a supplement to their normal diet – cider, a special elixir, vinegar, a pint of sea …

The moral life of babies

If you have any experience of babies you’d be forgiven for thinking of them as entirely selfish, self-oriented little beasts with scant regard for others. It has long been thought that children are born amoral and that it is the job of their culture to teach them the difference between good and …

Big Pic: The Universe Reimagined As A Fiery Egg

Jonathan Feldschuh's work remixes data from Europe's Planck satellite.<p>The European Space Agency calls the Planck satellite its "time machine." Launched in 2009, Planck spends its days collecting data on Cosmic Microwave Background, the faint radiation remnants of the Big Bang spread throughout the …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

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Astronaut Tom Jones: Why Gravity is an Irresistible Force

How closely does the new space thriller Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and out this weekend, resemble reality in space? Veteran astronaut and PopMech contributor Tom Jones explains.<p><b>In my dreams of spaceflight</b>, years after my final mission, I usually find myself in the middle of …

Surprise! Conspiracy Theorists Are More Likely To Disavow Vaccines, Climate Science And GM Foods

A new study examines how well belief in conspiracy theories predicts science skepticism.<p>Welcome to Crazy Town, where the moon landing was staged, 9/11 was a hoax, vaccines and teeth-strengthening fluoride are poisons distributed by the government, Barack Obama isn't really a citizen, and the Earth …

Opportunity to see Venus in daytime on October 7 and 8

October 7 and 8, 2013 present two chances for seeing Venus in daylight, because the moon appears near this planet.<p>Have you ever seen the moon in a …

Male brain versus female brain: How do they differ?

Chapter 16 of my book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>. Here's the introduction to the book, the chapter about topographic mapping, the chapter about mirror neurons, and my post about the most important idea in neuroscience.<p><b>Summary</b>: Subtle observable differences exist between male and …

FYI: Which Came First, The Chicken Or The Egg?

Short answer: the egg.<p>Chickens, as a species, became chickens through a long, slow process of evolution. At some point, a chicken-like bird produced an offspring that, due to some mutation in its DNA, crossed the threshold from mere chicken likeness into chicken actuality. That is to say, a …

Did You Hear The One About The Government Shutdown?

Not everyone is grumpy about the shutdown. The situation makes for timely comic fodder, especially at Twitter hashtags such as #governmentshutdownpickuplines.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>As we just heard, the government shutdown is affecting people inside and outside the Beltway. All over the …

Here's Why There Are So Many German-Americans In The US

It's time to break out the bratwurst as the United States celebrates German-American Day on Oct. 6.<p>Commemorating the founding of Germantown, Pa. in 1683, the holiday celebrates America's largest ancestry group, with 49 million people claiming part or full German heritage.<p>As President Barack Obama …

GOP’s massive fraud: The shutdown isn’t really a shutdown!

Sure, some parts of the government have stopped. But what about the drug war, NSA spying and the war machine?<p>If a government shutdown genuinely shut the <i>entire</i> government down, you might be able to trace a few silver linings from an otherwise bad situation. Military conflicts might end (or at least …

California tea party supporters revel in role in government shutdown

Their partisans in Washington have shut down the government and, as the debt ceiling deadline nears, have given much of the country a case of the shakes. But these are heady times for the tea party.<p>"It's amazing how we can be completely irrelevant and shut down Congress at the same time," one of …

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11 Supreme Court Cases That Could Change The U.S. In The Coming Year

The Supreme Court will begin hearing cases this week. Although decisions could take until late June, here are the key cases to watch.<p>WASHINGTON — At 10 a.m. Monday, in the midst of a government shutdown, Chief Justice John Roberts will begin his eighth term at the Supreme Court — beginning a …

Defiant Democrats Say They're Not Afraid Of Republicans' Shutdown Ploy

Both sides hunker down as the government shutdown enters its second week. "They are trying to get Democrats on bad votes. The American public isn't stupid," said Rep. Keith Ellison.<p>WASHINGTON — As D.C. enters week two of the government shutdown, House Democrats find themselves in a very strange …