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The Coming Collapse

From Truthdig<p>(Image by Mr Fish/Truthdig) Permission Details DMCA<p>- Advertisement -<p>The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a …

Middle-class

Michael Curry’s royal wedding sermon will go down in history

The American bishop did it black. And he shocked the congregation by refusing to tone down his passionate message on power and love<p>The candle flames were trembling. The pulpit was on fire. The bride and groom were waiting. As were the Queen, Oprah, Idris Elba, and Doria Ragland, now the world’s …

Royal Weddings

A Location-Sharing Disaster Shows How Exposed You Really Are

There are plenty of guides available on how to protect your data, how to secure yourself online, and how to stop digital snoops from tracking you …

Privacy

He Was Dying. Antibiotics Weren’t Working. Then Doctors Tried a Forgotten Treatment.

Steffanie Strathdee hunched over her laptop, fretting. She barely noticed the kittens asleep next to her or the serene Buddha figure across the …

Microbiology

Out Maps

The May 1918 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> included an oversized map of the western front, the 400-mile battle line across France and Belgium where much of the fighting in World War I took place. The roughly 2 by 3 foot sheet was the first supplement map—a folded bonus map tucked into the magazine’s …

Travel Photography

Keeping Feathers Off Hats–And On Birds

It’s easy to imagine the glamorous early 20th-century woman who might wear the tiara in front of me. Delicate and adorned with wispy white feathers …

Birds

RNA injected from one sea slug into another may transfer memories

Sluggish memories might be captured via RNA. The molecule, when taken from one sea slug and injected into another, appeared to transfer a rudimentary …

Biology

Let's Talk About Net Present Value and Solar Panels

Without understanding it, you’ll never know if putting solar panels on your roof (or buying a share of stock) is a good deal or not.<p>In 1202, the Pisan customs official’s son who has come to be known as Fibonacci gave the world the mathematical tools to calculate the present value of a future stream …

Solar Panels

A broken idea of sex is flourishing. Blame capitalism

In this world, women are marketed as toys and trophies. Are we surprised when some men take things literally?<p>Since the Toronto bloodbath, a lot of pundits have belatedly awoken to the existence of the “incel” (short for involuntary celibate) online subculture and much has been said about it. Too …

Feminism

The 20-Minute Trick to the Fluffiest, Creamiest Hummus

Making hummus at home is a good move—it's likely going to be cheaper and better-tasting than the store-bought stuff. But neither compare to that …

Chickpeas

6 Places to Put Your Cash Now

If you keep your cash savings in a brick-and-mortar bank, you may not be aware that you earn significantly more at other kinds of institutions, such …

Finance

What Is Consciousness?

INNOVATIONS IN<p>Scientists are beginning to unravel a mystery that has long vexed philosophers.<p>Christof Koch<p>Christof Koch is chief scientist and …

Consciousness

Winners of the 2018 SoCal Cannabis Cup

We’re ready to announce the winners of the 2018 World Cannabis Cup. Every entry was submitted by winners of previous cannabis cups. This list is …

Cannabis

Tourism is a bigger contributor to climate change than researchers previously thought

Your summer vacation is killing the environment.<p>Global tourism makes up 8 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, research published Monday …

Climate Change

This eco-friendly startup was named New Zealand's most sustainable business — its solid shampoo and conditioner bars aim to reduce the 80 billion plastic bottles we dump into the ocean annually

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Ethique<p>Like most people aware of being semi-marooned on a speck of dust in space with the uniquely perfect conditions for life, I have …

Hair Care

Scientists Reconstruct the Genome of the First Animal

The first animals emerged on Earth at least 541m years ago, according to the fossil record. What they looked like is the subject of an ongoing …

Biology

John Mulaney’s “Horse Loose In A Hospital” Is The Best Political Joke Of The Trump Era

<i>John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City</i> is a stand up comedy triumph. Every joke is meticulously written and every punchline is served with a …

Comedy

Research finds 'Achilles heel' for aggressive prostate cancer: Treatment-resistant cancers self-destruct when exposed to experimental drug

Treatment-resistant cancers self-destruct when exposed to experimental drug<p>Researchers have discovered a promising new line of attack against lethal, …

Cancer

How Did Birds Lose Their Teeth And Get Their Beaks? Study Offers Clues

Scientists are one step closer to understanding how modern birds evolved to have beaks, and the answer starts millions of years ago with some of the sexiest dinosaurs.<p>Modern gulls, with their large eyes, long beaks and distinctly ancient-looking and bony faces, descended from animals such as the …

Paleontology

These Are the Dinosaurs That Didn't Die

More than 10,000 species still roam the Earth. We call them birds.<p>This story appears in the <i>May 2018</i> issue of National Geographic magazine.<p>Nestled among white-sand beaches and brightly colored resorts, the mangrove swamps along Mexico’s Yucatán coast are a paradise for birds and the people who enjoy …

Paleontology

The Surprising Origin of Chicken as a Dietary Staple

Before 1948, chicken wasn’t a mainstay of the dinner table. A contest to breed a bigger, better bird changed that.<p>In this excerpt of <i>Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats</i>, author Maryn McKenna chronicles the rise of the …

Agriculture

Gaia’s awe-inspiring new ‘galactic census’ star map contains 1.7 billion stars

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gaia space telescope and its one-billion-pixel camera was launched back in 2013 with the mission of mapping the …

Universe

The US government should cede territory back to Native Americans

Historically, immigrants were given special rights to take Native land. If Trump says we are no longer a nation of immigrants, that has consequences<p>Does the federal government mean to cede the territory of the United States back to the Native Americans?<p>The US Citizenship and Immigration Services …

Native Americans

Turn your old phone into a home security camera you can watch from anywhere

If you have one or more old phones hanging around, here's a way to turn them into security cameras you can log into from anywhere.<p>Instead of letting your previous phones collect dust in your desk drawer, you can put them to good use. Aside from selling them for a fraction of what you bought them …

Smart Homes

A Plan to Reverse the Climate Crisis

If you’re part of the movement for a just and sustainable future, chances are you’ve heard of Paul Hawken. To say that Hawken has an interesting …

Sustainability

PBS to air documentary filmed during armed occupation of Oregon's Malheur wildlife refuge

The tower at the Malheur headquarters, from which occupiers watched the area<p>Armed occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge<p>Armed agents at …

Forests

Third of early deaths could be prevented by everyone giving up meat, Harvard says

At least one-third of early deaths could be prevented if everyone moved to a vegetarian diet, Harvard scientists have calculated.<p>Dr Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard Medical School said the benefits of a plant-based diet had been vastly underestimated.<p>Recent figures …

Diets

'The Truth About Cannabis': Inside New Pro-Pot Web Doc

For 10 years, filmmaker Lindsey Ward has been chronicling how medical marijuana has helped people suffering from PTSD, chronic pain, lung cancer<p>Ten …

Cannabis

Jason Sattler in USA Today- "If you don’t see the conspiracy by now, you just don’t want to."

Jason Sattler at USA Today has a great chronology of the conspiracy by TrumpRussia to subvert democracy and elevate the idiot to the Presidency …

These rich white bros started an East Coast caste system to continue their domination of America

They copied the idea from India and called themselves the “Boston Brahmins”<p>In 1860, American writer and physician Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., whose …

War