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Facts about smoking: 10 things to know to help you quit

Today is No Smoking Day – so what better time to try and stub out that smoking habit for good?<p>You might have tried umpteen times before, but don't despair - millions of smokers across the country will also be wrestling with temptation this month as they try to put a stop to the smelly addiction …

A 1788 dictionary of vulgar slang

I am having too much fun reading <i>A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue</i>, published in 1788 to provide definitions of the sort of vile, unmannerly …

With 200,000 laser dots, this glass orb puts the Milky Way on your desk

In late 2016, Clemens Steffin launched a “Universe in a Sphere” project on Kickstarter. A bit like the memorable scene in <i>Men in Black</i> in which it’s revealed that our entire galaxy is simply swirls in a toy marble played with by some unimaginably giant alien, the “Universe in a Sphere” was a …

Father who lost child in Parkland massacre: Survivors' gun control efforts go 'in the wrong direction'

<b>(CNN) —</b> A father who lost his daughter in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has made it clear he doesn't agree with the timing of the gun control debate taken up by many of the surviving students, saying their "efforts are going in the wrong direction."<p>Andrew Pollack appeared on …

Gun Control

Fights erupt, 12 arrested ahead of white nationalist's speech in Michigan

EAST LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - A least a dozen people were arrested on Monday after supporters of Richard Spencer clashed with protesters outside a Michigan college campus where the white nationalist was scheduled to speak.<p>Among those arrested were Gregory Conte, director of operations for …

Rights & Freedoms

'Corporations Are People' Is Built on an Incredible 19th-Century Lie

How a farcical series of events in the 1880s produced an enduring and controversial legal precedent<p>Somewhat unintuitively, American corporations today enjoy many of the same rights as American citizens. Both, for instance, are entitled to the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. How …

19th Century

The Second Amendment was ratified to preserve slavery

The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says “State” instead of “Country” (the Framers knew the difference – see the 10th …

Amy Poehler Tells NRA to ‘F*ck Off’ for Using Leslie Knope Meme

‘Parks and Recreation’ creator Mike Schur also told the NRA he would prefer it ‘not use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter …

This Is The ONLY Way You Should Be Frying Your Eggs

Just when you thought eggs couldn't be any more incredible or edible, a video emerges forth from the Internet ready to scramble your whole belief system.<p>And as if to vouch for its significance, the video below was posted to Instagram by not one celebrity chef, but three -- Anthony Bourdain, Eric …

The Self-Taught Sculptor Who Dreams Of Being The Modern Day Michelangelo

It's not hard to chisel away at a block of stone and make something that resembles a human form, but it takes a true master to create photorealistic …

Man ends up with two hearts after surgery

It was meant to be just another cardiac surgery, adding to the growing number of heart transplants in the country, but at the end of it, the patient …

John Perry Barlow, 'visionary' internet pioneer, dies aged 70

Digital freedom fighter and founder of Electronic Frontier Foundation, who wrote lyrics for the Grateful Dead, died in his sleep<p>John Perry Barlow, “visionary” internet pioneer, press freedom advocate and Grateful Dead lyricist, has died aged 70.<p>Barlow was named as a Guardian “Open 20” fighter for …

Freedom of the Press

Scientists Have Discovered How Traumatic Experiences Actually Rewire The Brain

This is why they're so hard to forget.<p>For many people dealing with traumatic memories, cognitive behavioural therapy is the best shot at living an …

Plane with 84 plumbers on board forced to land because of toilet problem

A plane has been forced to make an emergency landing because of toilet problems – despite having 84 plumbers on board.<p>The Norwegian flight from Oslo …

Julian Assange Thought He Was Messaging Sean Hannity When He Offered ‘News’ on Democrat Investigating Trump-Russia

The head of Wikileaks told @SeanHannity__ to seek ‘other channels’ for information on Sen. Mark Warner. Turns out ‘@SeanHannity__’ was a woman in …

Evil genius Elon Musk confirms we can all buy his super dangerous flamethrower now

Elon Musk has a cool new weapon for sale and TBH we should all be deeply, deeply concerned.<p>On Saturday the tech genius (who may or may not be evil) …

The White House asked to borrow a van Gogh. The Guggenheim offered a gold toilet instead.

The emailed response from the Guggenheim’s chief curator to the White House was polite but firm: The museum could not accommodate a request to borrow a painting by Vincent van Gogh for President and Melania Trump’s private living quarters.<p>Instead, wrote the curator, Nancy Spector, another piece was …

The White House

Grumpy Cat wins $710,000 lawsuit, celebrates with a joyous frown

With the kind of enthusiasm usually reserved for unwanted houseguests, warm beer, or the announcement of season two of <i>Marvel’s Inhumans</i>, Grumpy Cat …

Scientists Counted All The Protein Molecules in a Cell And The Answer Really Is 42

This is so perfect.<p>Biologists have served up the answer to the ultimate question of life, the Universe, and everything.<p>That answer, as you may know, …

Here’s How to Really Hold the Trump White House to Account

It’s time for newsrooms to rethink how they are questioning this president. Luckily, there’s an easy improvement they can make.<p>It’s little wonder …

Prankster Fools Cops With Car Made Out Of Snow

Playing a prank on police officers is a good way to get arrested or worse, but when the prank is both harmless and hilarious the prankster behind the …

Pranks

Former U.S. Sen. John Tunney, Inspiration For Redford's 'The Candidate,' Dies At 83

John Tunney, the former U.S. senator who looked briefly like the future of the Democratic Party and whose rise inspired the Robert Redford film, <i>The Candidate,</i> has died, his brother confirmed to NPR on Saturday.<p>Tunney died of prostate cancer Friday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 83.<p>The son of a …

Government

Take One Guess Which President Doesn't Know the Words of the Anthem He's Always Freaking Out About

For someone who has called for the firing of athletes who kneel to protest racism during the National Anthem, Donald Trump sure seems to have some …

Donald Trump

Six unbelievable beasts that once roamed the British Isles

Sir David Attenborough returns to our screens tonight with his new documentary <i>Attenborough and the Sea</i> <i>Dragon</i>, airing at 8pm on BBC One.<p>The 200-million-year-old remains of an ichthyosaur, also known as a “sea dragon” or “fish lizard”, were recently discovered on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. In the …

The secret lives of students who mine cryptocurrency in their dorm rooms

Mark was a sophomore at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when he began mining cryptocurrencies more or less by accident.<p>In November 2016, he stumbled on NiceHash, an online marketplace for individuals to mine cryptocurrency for willing buyers. His desktop computer, boosted with a graphics card, was …

Bitcoin

Cold-Weather Recipes

When the mercury dips, these cold-weather recipes--from stews, to brownies, to mac and cheese--will keep you warm and satisfied.View slideshow

Cooking

5 TV Shows To Binge-Watch During A Winter Storm

The snow and severe cold of the "bomb cyclone" currently hitting the East Coast is no joke.<p>But for a TV nerd, a storm that shuts down work and school means more time for binge-watching!<p>It may be only a day or two, so viewing choices are crucial. Can't waste time with dramas that go nowhere or …

TV

The 10 Most Popular Courses on Coursera in 2017 (and 2,000 Courses You Can Take for Free in January, 2018)

Back in 2012, Coursera started offering MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) to the world at large. And they've since amassed some 28 million …

Machine Learning

Mars and the North Pole are warmer than Winnipeg: A guide to how damned cold it is

Canada is really cold right now. It’s so cold that statues of John A. Macdonald are taking themselves down. It’s so cold that Pamela Anderson is …

How this Bull Market Will End

This secular bull market—the least loved in memory—is now more than 100 months old, and up by 265% from its bottom on March 9, 2009.1 It is also the …

Financial Markets