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Physicists Have Built A Time Machine Simulator

This would create a paradox since you never would have been born if your grandparents never met. You've prevented your later birth, so you shouldn't exist anymore.<p>This is called the "Grandfather Paradox," and it's an infamous one among physicists.<p>Even though Einstein's famous theory of general …

Quantum Mechanics

“Sponsored” by my husband: Why it’s a problem that writers never talk about where their money comes from

The truth is, my husband’s hefty salary makes my life as a writer easy. Pretending otherwise doesn’t help anyone<p>Here’s my life. My husband and I get up each morning at 7 o’clock and he showers while I make coffee. By the time he’s dressed I’m already sitting at my desk writing. He kisses me goodbye …

Time I

7 heinous lies “American Sniper” is telling America

The Clint Eastwood film suggests Chris Kyle was haunted by his actions in Iraq. The truth is more unsettling<p>The film <i>American Sniper</i>, based on the story of the late Navy Seal Chris Kyle, is a box office hit, setting records for an R-rated film released in January. Yet the film, the autobiography of …

Clint Eastwood

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

Productivity

Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It.

He was born in a barn to penniless parents who were part of a people under occupation. Get it? So why do so many of us not get it?<p>I’m against the War …

The Best Columns of 2014

The Daily Beast picks the top offerings by the nation’s columnists, from Charles Blow’s first-rate prose to Roger Cohen’s elegiac tones to Mary …

The devious paradox of American inequality: How the rich get richer by staying hidden

In the United States, visions of poverty are much more commonplace than extreme wealth. And that’s an issue<p>The southernmost road from Miami Beach to Miami is called the MacArthur Causeway. In good weather, it’s a blissful drive. Biscayne Bay is so near and bright that you can almost imagine you’re …

Nassau County

God is on the ropes: The brilliant new science that has creationists and the Christian right terrified

A young MIT professor is finishing Darwin’s task — and threatening to undo everything the wacky right holds dear<p>The Christian right’s obsessive hatred of Darwin is a wonder to behold, but it could someday be rivaled by the hatred of someone you’ve probably never even heard of. Darwin earned their …

Physics

Let’s all screw the 1 percent: The simple move Obama could make to strengthen the rest of us

You’re working more hours and not getting paid for them. We can fix that — and put more people to work. Here’s how<p>“The economy” in the abstract is doing relatively well, with strong job growth, a booming stock market, and rising GDP. But the American people aren’t feeling it—and Democrats have paid …

Bill O’Reilly ruined Christmas: Why his nonsense undermines the holiday I love

<b>Bill O'Reilly (AP/Kathy Willens/Elena Schweitzer via Shutterstock/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>With every predictable rant by the human outrage machines, the holiday loses a little magic for me. Here’s why<p>Edwin Lyngar<p>December 25, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>The “War on Christmas” is back, a tradition that has …

Flying fake cell towers target fugitives, but can ID your phone too

In the US, the Justice Department's Marshals Service office is putting fake cell towers on planes in an effort to catch criminals by tracking down their phones. The problem is, those fake towers don't discriminate and end up collecting data from tens of thousands of phones per flight, according to</i> …

REPORT: US Spy Program Uses Airplanes To Collect American Cell Phone Data

The surveillance program, which is run by the US Marshals Service under the DOJ, has reportedly been in effect since 2007.<p>Officials have been using portable cell towers, known as "dirtboxes," on small planes to collect identity and location information on cell phone users.<p>Those Cessna aircrafts fly …

Surveillance

Reza Aslan shatters GOP beliefs: Jesus from history was “the nightmare of Bill O’Reilly”

At an event, the scholar ponders the way the GOP has made Jesus into their icon<p>Professor and author Reza Aslan has some bad news for Fox News host Bill O'Reilly: Historical Jesus is the "exact opposite of everything Bill O’Reilly thinks."<p>Aslan made these remarks back in February at the Los Angeles …

Why conservative Christians would have hated Jesus

Even as they profess to spread his word, fundamentalists are forgetting Jesus’ most important message<p><b>Jesus never could have been the pastor of a contemporary evangelical church nor a conservative Roman Catholic bishop.</b> Evangelicals and conservative Roman Catholics thrive on drawing distinctions …