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This Hypnotizing Illustration Depicts the Entire Known Universe

Just not to scale.<p>What is it like to gaze through a telescope into the heavens? It's a little something like this illustration, which shows the entire observable universe arranged from most distant in the outer part of the circle to our own solar system in the center.<p>It's not a map, but rather a …

Astrophysics

The Extent of the Roman Empire

Time has seen the rise and fall of a number of great empires - the Babylonian, the Assyrian, the Egyptian, and lastly, the Persian. Regardless of the …

Ancient History

Scientists sequenced the first ancient Irish genomes and found something surprising

Results of the study were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.<p>The researchers sequenced the genome of an early farmer woman who lived near Belfast some 5,200 years ago and the genomes of three men from a later period, around 4,000 …

Genetics

How Pope Francis just destroyed the GOP’s religious con artists

Republicans love to flaunt their religion, but only if it conforms to their politics. Francis just made that harder<p>Over the past few weeks, we've heard the initial cannon volleys from the parapets of the GOP hurled in the direction of Pope Francis. But as of yesterday, when the Pope delivered a …

Charlotte Newspaper Gives Honest Answer to Reader's Question: Why Do You Support Such a Liberal Agenda?

North Carolina is arguably a purple state. Obama 2008, Romney 2012. Most of the state nowadays is solidly red thanks to gerrymandering. That means that, despite this political landscape, the population is not solidly red. In fact, according to voter registration in the state, Democrats outnumber …

Bernie Sanders calls for 'political revolution' against billionaire class

Self-described socialist and 2016 presidential candidate takes aim at influence of big money and criticises Clinton Foundation, Koch brothers and others<p>Heralding what he called “the most unusual political career in the US Senate”, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday …

Make Soil For Your Raised Beds

Straw bale gardening and other tips to build the best soil for your raised beds.Adding some raised beds to your garden this year? Great idea. I’ve …

Gardening

Want fewer highway deaths? Build the animals some bridges

When animals and cars collide, the cars usually win<p>Growing up in rural Iowa, roadkill was basically a fact of life. Skunks were the most dreaded, for obvious reasons, but cars mowed down raccoons, squirrels, pets, and — sometimes fatally for drivers and passengers — deer. Roads often pass through …

Our Democracy Is Dying

In case anybody hasn't noticed, democracy in America is dying now. This isn't an overstatement; it's a fact. Corporate interests dominate our politics so much at this point that our government, for all intents and purposes, is merely its handmaiden. Whatever Wall Street wants, Wall Street gets. …

Fox Catches Dick Cheney Lying About Torture

The former vice president's defense of brutal CIA interrogations is falling apart under scrutiny.<p>Former Vice President Dick Cheney, the de-facto leader of the national-security team that failed to stop the most successful terrorist attack in U.S. history, is taking to the airwaves to defend the …

From Lord of the Rings to Akira: 10 books every gamer should read

From Lord of the Rings to Akira, these are the books that have influenced the world’s greatest game designers<p>In the 17 years I’ve spent writing about …

Behind Tomb Connected to Alexander the Great, Intrigue Worthy of "Game of Thrones"

As archaeologists dig deeper into the burial mound, ancient sources tell a tale of family drama and palace intrigue.<p>Suspense is rising as archaeologists sift for clues to the identity of the person buried with pomp and circumstance in the mysterious Amphipolis tomb in what is now northern Greece. …

Ancient History

There is No God (And You Know It)

Somewhere in the world a man has abducted a little girl. Soon he will rape, torture, and kill her. If an atrocity of this kind not occurring at precisely this moment, it will happen in a few hours, or days at most. Such is the confidence we can draw from the statistical laws that govern the lives …

We All Have at Least Three Eyes—One Inside the Head

The pineal gland in the human brain has the structure of an eye. It has cells that act as light receptors, as the retina does. It has a structure …

Consciousness

CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel

"El Vicentillo" being presented to the media in Mexico City on March 19, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar An investigation by El Universal found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle …

Mexico

Balance Of Power At Stake In High Court Case

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a big constitutional fight over the balance of power between the president and the Senate.<p>At issue is whether the president's power to make temporary appointments during the Senate recess can be curtailed by the use of pro forma Senate sessions …

Thousands rally against racism in Sweden

Thousands of Swedes demonstrating against racism and nazism have gathered in a Stockholm suburb, a week after a smaller rally in the same district was attacked by neo-Nazis.<p>Crowds marched on Sunday towards a sports field in Karrtorp, in the south of the capital, where music performances and …

The ‘Duck Dynasty’ Hypocrites

Conservatives think people should be held responsible for their actions—until one of their own, like Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, has to pay a …

Medical journal: 'Case closed' against vitamin pills

Vitamin industry and some researchers disagree that 'enough is enough' when it comes to supplement studies.<p>The latest studies on vitamins have some medical experts saying "case closed" — it's time for most consumers to stop wasting money on multivitamins and other supplements, because they have no …

This ISS Timelapse Compilation Is Fantastic

Time-lapse Photography

A 3-D Printer That Uses the Sun to Create Glass Objects Out of Sand

Marcus Kayser's Solar Sinter project turns the desert's resources into bowls<p>When design student Markus Kayser wanted to test his sun-powered, sand-fed 3-D printer, he knew the gray skies outside his London apartment wouldn't do. So he shipped the 200-plus-pound contraption to Cairo, Egypt, flew …

Sorry, Folks, Rich People Actually Don't 'Create The Jobs'

In this war of words (and classes), one thing has been repeated so often that many people now regard it as fact.<p>"Rich people create the jobs."<p>Specifically, by starting and directing America's companies, entrepreneurs and rich investors create the jobs that sustain everyone else.<p>This statement is …

Economics

Feist On World Cafe

<i>This segment, from Sept. 28, 2007, is part of our</i> Vintage Cafe <i>series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.</i><p>Leslie Feist has long attracted serious buzz: For the last several years, she's appeared on the verge of jumping from underground success to mainstream stardom. In recent …

The Psychology Of Loving Heavy Metal

Fans of contemporary heavy metal tend to share a dislike of authority and a bit of a self-esteem problem, one study finds.<p>You can tell a lot about someone from their taste in music. Especially if they have a penchant for contemporary heavy metal. Researchers at the University of Westminster in the …

The parody shirt the NSA doesn’t want you to wear

The politically themed T-shirt company Liberty Maniacs is in hot water for its latest spoof design<p>Two days after the world learned the National Security Agency logs practically every American phone call, the agency had started cracking down on entrepreneurs who made fun of it.<p>That's according to …