Derek Braxton

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11 Unusual Drinks That Will Up Your Cocktail Game

Because there's more out there than just rum and coke.<p>Be warned: you might have to repeat your order to a (kind of annoyed) bartender a few times, but it's totally worth it.

Rye Whiskey

Sun’s magnetic field about to flip

This reversal happens every 11 years and is tied to the sun’s cycle of activity, now near its peak. The effects of the reversal will ripple …

Earth Science

How the Tea Party’s Apocalyptic Politics Are Destroying the Republican Party

Tea Party leaders view themselves as modern prophets of the end of times, ratcheting up their rhetoric to prove that Obama is evil and God is on …

'Ferrari Of Space' Crashes And Burns In Earth's Atmosphere

More than a ton of advanced electronics, including an ion engine and sensors that help detect variations in gravity, crashed into Earth's atmosphere Sunday night, when the European GOCE satellite ended its four-year mission. Most of the 2,425-pound craft disintegrated when it re-entered the …

There Are Only Two Real Threats To The US Dollar's Status As The International Reserve Currency

It comprises the majority (62%) of foreign exchange reserves held by central banks, with the euro a distant second, accounting for 24% of reserves.<p>And despite concerns that the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing programs are debasing the dollar, perhaps throwing its reserve status into question, …


How A Gene For Fair Skin Spread Across India

A study of skin color in the Indian subcontinent shows the complex movements of populations there.<p>Cover Girl, Maybelline, are you listening? A new study of skin color in South Asians finds they have enormous diversity, with a color range that's three times larger than that for East Asians or …


Cassini reveals Saturn's true colours

A new view of Saturn, revealed by reprieved space probe, has provided the most accurate depiction of the planet's colour along with startling details of its 'stupendous' rings<p>"There is not perhaps another object in the heavens that presents us with such a variety of extraordinary phenomena as the …