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Behind the Masterpiece: Van Morrison's Astral Weeks at 50

The album was conceived in the milieu of Timothy Leary, recorded with session musicians fresh off commercial-jingle gigs, and only gradually recognized as something like magic.<p>Editor’s Note: This is part of <i>The Atlantic’s</i> ongoing series looking back at 1968. All past articles and reader …

Aretha Franklin

Who was here first? A new study explains the origins of ancient Indians

A new paper authored by 92 scientists from around the globe that was posted online this weekend could settle some major questions about the subcontinent’s history and what that means for various theories of Indian civilisation. The paper, titled “The Genomic Formation of South and Central Asia,” …

Anthropology

Whatever happened to the Christian intellectual? Progressive faith in a secular age

Progressive Christian thought dominated much of 20th-century public life — and we need it more than ever today<p>In a poem called “Men Made Out of Words,” Wallace Stevens says it all: “Life consists / Of propositions about life.” He goes on to suggest that thinking, what he calls “the human reverie,” …

Faith

Nuclear fusion on brink of being realised, say MIT scientists

Carbon-free fusion power could be ‘on the grid in 15 years’<p>The dream of nuclear fusion is on the brink of being realised, according to a major new US initiative that says it will put fusion power on the grid within 15 years.<p>The project, a collaboration between scientists at MIT and a private …

Nuclear Energy

You Need To Watch These 30 Indian Films That Lost The Oscars’ Race But Won Our Hearts Instead

Perhaps the only question worth asking anyone today is if <i>Shape Of Water</i> was indeed their personal choice for the Best Film at this year's Oscars. …

Bollywood

Why carrying a gun is an immoral act, according to Marilynne Robinson

“It’s a recipe for a completely deranged society.”<p>“I am too old to mince words,” Marilynne Robinson writes at the outset of her extraordinary new essay collection <i>What Are We Doing Here?</i>. In a conversation, the 74-year-old novelist and Pulitzer winner doesn’t pull punches either, particularly when …

This amazing renovated school bus is a bright, airy home for a family of six

Converting an old school bus into a living space is never an easy task – but when you’re trying to create enough room for a family of six, the …

Living Rooms

2nd Steele Memo: Russia ‘Blocked’ Mitt Romney as Sec of State

A new <i>New Yorker</i> profile of Trump-Russia dossier author Christopher Steele reports on a lesser-known memo the former MI-6 spy allegedly discussed with …

So You're Smart, But You're Not Rich? This Eye-Opening New Scientific Study Tells You Why

Could there be a reason? Yes, it seems there could.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Don't you look at rich people and find too many of them, well, dull?<p>Don't you listen to rich people and think: "What have they got that I …

Research

The World that Wayne LaPierre and Donald Trump Live In

It’s rare to see what’s sold as a mutual political affinity revealed as a raw power relationship, but that is what happened to Senator Marco Rubio at the CNN town hall on Wednesday night, in Sunrise, Florida. Would the senator refuse to take money from the N.R.A., a senior at Marjory Stoneman …

How India and a Shady Guru Changed the Beatles Forever

Fifty years ago, the Beatles traveled to India. And music was never the same.<p>Do you ever meet somebody who doesn’t tell you how busy they …

Sorry, Liberals, But America Is Not A Democracy, And It’s Better That Way

It is no secret that the United States is a severely divided nation. In fact, division seems to be one thing that unites Americans today. Across the …

Political Science

‘Amazon’s Choice’ robot vacuum has never been cheaper than it is right now

The original Eufy RoboVac 11 was one of our favorite robot vacuums last year thanks to its robust feature set that was available at a surprisingly …

How the Republicans rigged Congress — new documents reveal an untold story

Exclusive: Insider documents unveil Republicans’ years-long scheme to gerrymander America and undermine democracy<p>Delegates to the 2009 Republican Legislative Campaign Committee’s national meeting stayed in style at The Hermitage, Nashville’s magnificent Beaux-Arts landmark and one of the most …

Government

Scary Amounts of Mercury Have Been Found Lurking in The Permafrost

If it melts, we could be in trouble.<p>The northern hemisphere's permafrost regions have been concealing a really unpleasant surprise: mercury. A lot of …

Ehang proves its passenger drones are the real deal in new flight footage

Chinese drone maker Ehang wowed visitors at CES 2016 when it brought along a prototype of its passenger drone; however, it didn’t have much else to show at the time. Now, it’s released footage of the 184 in flight with a passenger for the first time, with the company’s CEO on board.<p>Following ‘1000 …

Bill Gates: Every American Who Lives a Comfortable Life Should Read This Book | Inc.com

How was your holiday season? If it was filled with love, plenty, and relaxation, congrats! I hope you enjoyed it to the fullest. But now that you're back to work and settling into 2018, Bill Gates has a book recommendation for you that will remind you just how many of your fellow Americans aren't …

Bill Gates

Google's New Text-to-Speech AI Is so Good We Bet You Can't Tell It From a Real Human | Inc.com

Can you tell the difference between AI-generated computer speech and a real, live human being? Maybe you've always thought you could. Maybe you're fond of Alexa and Siri but believe you would never confuse either of them with an actual woman.<p>Things are about to get a lot more interesting. Google …

Machine Learning

The US has reached the last stage before collapse

In <i>The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire</i>, Edward Gibbon luridly evokes the Rome of 408 A.D., when the armies of the Goths prepared to descend upon the city.<p>The marks of imperial decadence appeared not only in grotesque displays of public opulence and waste, but also in the collapse …

Donald Trump

Is this mysterious space rock actually an alien spaceship?

The ‘Oumuamua’ asteroid has some wondering...<p>It’s in the news because people want to know if it’s a rock or a rocket.<p>The “it” in question is a weirdly oblong asteroid that goes by the barely pronounceable moniker Oumuamua. It was first seen about a month ago by Pan-STARRS, a collection of …

Astronomy

Huge Human Inequality Study Hints Revolution is in Store for U.S.

Every society has a tipping point.<p>There’s a common thread tying together the most disruptive revolutions of human history, and it has some scientists …

Anthropology

This 23-year-old travels the world on weekends for under £750 per trip to prove you don't need much time or money to travel

When Elona Karafin was a child, she was diagnosed with bone cancer. She spent two years in treatments and today, at age 23, she's happy to report …

Air Travel

A Yale psychologist's simple thought experiment temporarily turned conservatives into liberals

Social scientists have long known how to turn liberals into conservatives in the lab — all they have to do is scare them.<p>"Research has shown that you can make liberals more conservative by threatening them and making them somewhat afraid," Yale psychology professor John Bargh writes in his new …

Psychology

When you die you know you are dead: Major study shows mind still works after the body shows no signs of life

Death just became even more scary: scientists say people are aware they’re dead because their consciousness continues to work after the body has …

A couple paid for two Teslas by sharing them on the Airbnb for cars — here’s how they did it

As Chad Hurin puts it, he's not a car guy. But he is a Tesla enthusiast.<p>Before buying his first Tesla — a Model S 60 — Hurin owned a 2008 Pontiac that he guesses is worth $2,000 at this point. It still sits in his driveway in San Diego, California, flanked by the $68,000 Model S and his wife's …

Tesla

A Zillionaire’s Solution: Tax the Rich and Save the Economy

The Republican tax plan is a scam that won’t create jobs, contrary to what Trump says.<p>The Republican tax plan is a scam—a massive and destructive financial giveaway masquerading as pro-growth tax reform. Which is why our first response must be to demand not one penny of tax cuts for big …

Economics

Why the White, Working Class Voted for Trump

PRRI and <i>The Atlantic</i> surveyed American voters about their feelings on politics. Researchers specifically focused on white, working-class voters—people without college degrees or salaried jobs. While most post-election analysis cited economic anxiety as the main concern of this group, the results of …

Voting

Psychologist Philip Zimbardo of the Stanford Prison Experiment: Donald Trump is an “unconstrained, unbridled present hedonist”

Stanford professor who ran the most famous (and scary) psychology experiment in history throws Trump on the couch<p>In 1971 Philip Zimbardo conducted one of the most widely known social psychology experiments of all time. A professor at Stanford University, Zimbardo recruited 18 college-aged male …

Psychology

The rich pay fewer taxes than the poor, and get more services

Uninformed conservatives should consider who really benefits from U.S. tax laws and assistance programs<p>When all forms of taxes and income are considered, poor Americans pay higher tax rates than the richest 1%.<br>The analysis starts with state and local taxes, which are often ignored by apologists for …

Income Inequality