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If People Could Genetically Modify Their Children to Be Smarter, Would They? Hell, Yes!

In 1969, a Harris poll found that a majority of Americans believed that producing test-tube babies was "against God's will." In 1970s, the federal …

Kevin Spacey's Body Inhabited by Spooky Ghosts of Still-Living Celebs

On yesterday's episode of Jimmy Fallon's variety grabbag talkgab television whirlwind, Kevin Spacey came on to play a round of Wheel of Impressions …

Leaders of UK and Iran meet for first time since 1979 Islamic revolution

The British prime minister, David Cameron, met the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, in New York on Wednesday in what marks a milestone in the long-strained relations between London and Tehran.<p>The meeting - as the two leaders attended the UN general assembly - was the first encounter between an …

Spying cell towers may be spread across US

There are at least 19 bogus cellphone towers operating across the United States that could be used to spy upon, and even hijack, passing mobile phones.<p>So says Les Goldsmith, head of ESD America, a company that imports and sells tightly secured mobile phones that can detect "baseband" hacking …

Iranian mother who spared her son's killer: 'Vengeance has left my heart'

The idea she might pardon her son's killer first came to Samereh Alinejad in a dream. It was a message she didn't want to hear.<p>Abdollah Hosseinzadeh was stabbed and killed in a street brawl in the autumn of 2007 when he was only 18. He had known his killer, Balal. The two, barely out of their teens …

God's Highway | Sandra McCracken and Lori Chaffer

Homemade Cleaners - Use This Not That Spotlight

<b>We’re always getting questions from readers about</b> which cleaning products they should start making to replace their old commercial cleaners. Some of …

Barack Obama’s Paragraph

Ten leading historians assess Obama’s rank in the pantheon of American presidents.<p><i>Barack Obama knows he’s a man running out of time. Reflecting on his presidential legacy in a long interview with the</i> New Yorker <i>’s David Remnick, Obama said, “at the end of the day we’re part of a long-running story.</i> …

Amanda Knox, what really happened: Writing toward the actual story

Looking for the truth? Try fiction. A novel about the lurid case might have more perspective than Italian courts<p>For the last three years, I’ve been working on a novel loosely inspired by the final weeks of Meredith Kercher’s life. If you don’t recognize that name, you probably know that of Amanda …

10 Failed Utopian Cities That Influenced the Future

Some of the most famous cities in history were never built. These 10 Utopian cities may have been failures, but they expressed our ideas about what …

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Facebook Is Keeping Track Of Every Post You Write and Don’t Publish

Facebook knows pretty much everything about you — and that includes when you type out posts but decide not to hit “enter.”<p>But before you freak out <i>too</i> …

​Watch This Guy Trick His Girlfriend With Fake Marriage Proposals

How do you propose to someone who knows the question is coming? Step one, at least in 2013, always involves procuring high-end video equipment. But …

What Is a Poem?

You read it; it reads you. An Object Lesson.<p>When I used to ask students what a poem is, I would get answers like “a painting in words,” or “a medium for self-expression,” or “a song that rhymes and displays beauty.” None of these answers ever really satisfied me, or them, and so for a while I …

Sales of Orwell's '1984' up over 6,000 percent after NSA news

Could revelations about the U.S. government’s massive surveillance program be sending people hunting for that classic novel about a nation under the oppressive rule of "Big Brother?"<p>Amazon has recorded a spike in sales of the George Orwell novel, “1984” in the wake of revelations about the National …

George Orwell’s Letter On Why He Wrote ‘1984’

In 1944, three years before writing and five years before publishing 1984, George Orwell penned a letter detailing the thesis of his great novel. The …

Orwell’s 1984: Are We There Yet?

<b>The second most terrifying thing about George Orwell’s 1984</b> is the supposition that it is possible to destroy humanity without destroying humankind. …

DIY: Mosaic Ornaments from CDs + Video Tutorial

I've been itching to make holiday crafts all year and I'm so excited to share my first one. For this week's DIY project, I'm making some sparkly …

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<i>This season, make every gathering a memorable occasion with a little handmade creativity. Eight Etsy sellers teamed up with Whole Foods Market to create a series of DIY craft tutorials aimed to make your holiday entertaining a bit sweeter.</i> <i>By day, Mandy is a health policy wonk. At night and on the</i> …

Brazil admits to spying on US diplomats after blasting NSA surveillance

President Rousseff forced to defend decade-old surveillance of American, Russian, and Iranian targets<p>Brazil this week admitted to spying on diplomats from countries including the US, Russia, and Iran as part of a domestic program launched 10 years ago under former president Luiz Inacio Lula da …

Snowden publishes 'manifesto' as White House, lawmakers deny plea for clemency

A German news magazine published a manifesto Sunday by former U.S. intelligence contractor-turned-runaway Edward Snowden as he pleaded with the U.S. government for clemency.<p>In the statement, titled "A Manifesto for the Truth" and published by German news magazine Der Spiegel, Snowden said current …

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I’m going to tell you that libraries are important. I’m going to suggest that reading fiction, …

Careful what you tweet: Police, schools tap social media to track behavior

Marketed to police department, BlueJay Twitter-monitoring tool "has no IT requirements," explains the sales literature. "All you need is Internet and a browser." Also, $150 a month.<p>A teenager who claimed "sarcasm" after talking on Facebook about shooting up a kindergarten spent months in jail this …

Want To Read Others' Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction

Your ability to "read" the thoughts and feelings of others could be affected by the kind of fiction you read.<p>That's the conclusion of a study in the journal <i>Science</i> that gave tests of social perception to people who were randomly assigned to read excerpts from literary fiction, popular fiction or …