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Who Are the Aryans?

“We are so accustomed to consider language a mark of race that it is difficult to avoid using linguistic epithets in an ethnological sense, and a good deal of confused thinking sometimes results from this.”<p>In the beginning of the Vendidad, or first of the Parsi collection of sacred books, known as …

Linguistics

Doing These 4 Things Will Make You Happier, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

A Race Against Time to Excavate an Ancient African Civilization

Archaeologists in Nubia are struggling against erosion, desertification, and government plans to develop the land.<p>In 1905, British archaeologists descended on a sliver of eastern Africa, aiming to uncover and extract artifacts from 3,000-year-old temples. They left mostly with photographs, …

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his 100 greatest nonfiction books list<br>• The 100 best novels written in …

The 13 Most Underrated Movies of 2017

If “Juno” had opened in 2017, would it still have been a box office hit? What about “Shakespeare in Love”? “Little Miss Sunshine”? “Slumdog …

Science Says These are the Oldest 23 Words in the English Language

They've lasted over 15,000 years.<p>Not a lot of things last over a thousand years; even fewer last over 10,000.<p>Yet a British research team has put together a list of what they called "ultraconserved words," or words that have remained basically unchanged for a stunning 15,000 years.<p>The researchers …

Here's What It Takes To Land A Boeing 777 At The Busiest Airport In New York

There’s only so much us meager passengers can see during the final approach of a flight. Thanks to a new high-definition video, we’re able to get a …

We need the darkest Christmas stories. These are dark times | Stephanie Merritt

That’s enough cloying schmaltz. There’s a mysterious side to the season and we should embrace it, especially now<p>The tradition of Christmas tales, made popular in the 19th century by Charles Dickens, is based on the theme of redemption. Misanthropy, isolation and self-pity must be replaced by …

Towards Christmas in the Spirit of Thomas Merton

Adopting Merton's Spirit, especially around an event like Christmas, involves becoming a Nobody in front of those who expect us to do what everyone …

17 Amazing, Eye-Opening, And Batshit Netflix Documentaries You Have To See

Let's end 2017 with real facts, not fake news.

Documentaries

What everybody got wrong about that viral video of a starving polar bear

It is likely one of the most widely viewed images that is going to emerge from Canada all year: An emaciated polar bear digging through garbage that …

What landing the world's biggest passenger plane looks like – a view from the cockpit

A British Airways pilot has filmed himself landing the world’s largest passenger jet in South Africa to help demystify what can be the scariest part of a flight for nervous passengers.<p>Captain Dave Wallsworth and his crew used dashboard and windscreen cameras to capture the Airbus A380’s final …

The 24 best movies you probably didn't see this year

Every year, plenty of lists appear touting the best movie of the year (we're no exception), box office results are tallied, and a consensus builds around the top movies everyone loved. Some, if they're lucky, end up among the best of all time.<p>These movies are definitely worth watching. Everyone …

Roger Stone

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

• Max Williams<br>• CB / 5-8 / 173<br>• NA<br>• Predicted by: Gerard Martinez<p>Konner Fox<br>• TE / 6-5 / 225<br>• NA<br>• Predicted by: Gabe Brooks<p>Ajani Carter<br>• WR / 6-2 / 175<br>• NA<br>• Predicted by: …

Recruitment

‘Somebody had to tell these stories’: An Iraqi woman’s ordeal as an ISIS sex slave

By Anne-Marie O'Connor<p>LONDON — Islamic State militants have lost the last of their strongholds, but for Yazidi survivor Nadia Murad, a new battle is just beginning.<p>Three years after escaping militants in northern Iraq, Murad is unveiling a harrowing memoir, "The Last Girl," about her ordeal as a …

Yazidis

Globe wins Foreign Press Association award for story on Syria’s civil war

The Foreign Press Association Awards have honoured Globe and Mail reporter Mark MacKinnon for Graffiti Kids, a feature about the teenagers who led a rebellion that sparked the Syrian civil war.<p>The story by Mr. MacKinnon, The Globe's senior international correspondent, traced the start of the bloody …

War

WND: ‘Is the pope Catholic?’

COGwriter Is Pope Francis Catholic? World Net Daily (WND) posted the following: Christians asking is the pope still Catholic? Is the pope Catholic? …

Did early Christians believe Mary was a teenager? No, she was younger, one gospel says

On Nov. 13, a fifth Alabama woman came forward to accuse Roy Moore, former judge and current GOP Senate candidate, of sexual assault when she was 16. …

Emerging Rapper Lil Peep Dies At Age 21

His emo- and rock-influenced music attracted a large online audience.<p>Lil Peep, a promising crossover rapper who recently released his first full-length album, died Wednesday night, just hours before he was to perform in Tucson, Arizona, according to reports. He was 21.<p>“I’ve been expecting this call …

Week 10 Fantasy Football Streaming Options

Week 9’s stream produced two-top 15 quarterbacks (Jacoby Brissett and Josh McCown), the No. 6 tight end (Vernon Davis) and the fifth-highest scoring …

Science suggests there's no such thing as an 'addictive personality' — here's why

Addiction — whether it's to alcohol, a substance, or even sex — is a negative term. We refer to addiction as a disorder, and those who are diagnosed as being hooked on something are told by society that they have a problem.<p>The reasons someone becomes an addict are complicated. Some think it's down …

A gluten scientist explains why gluten-free diets are terrible for you

Gluten-free diets are probably doing more harm than good to your body. Peter Green, the director of Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, explains the myth surrounding gluten-free diets. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Peter Green:</b> I'm Peter Green. I'm the director of the Celiac …

Why it’s good to be full of emptiness | Oliver Burkeman

It doesn’t excuse immoral actions, but helps to see clearly what’s actually there<p>If you spend any amount of time reading books on Buddhism, or hanging out with Buddhists, you’re likely to encounter the mysterious idea known as the “doctrine of emptiness”. I’ve never understood it, yet always liked …

Google’s new headphones translate foreign languages in real time

Google has built a pair of headphones that can translate foreign languages in real time.<p>The Pixel Buds are like a real-world equivalent of the Babel …

Headphones

43 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make

Like it or not, words, spelling, and punctuation can leave a lasting impression on others. But even the most educated people often unknowingly make these common flubs.<p>When someone uses grammar incorrectly do you make an assumption about his or her intelligence or education? Like it or not, words, …

Language

Tales of Horror and Heroism from the Syrian Civil War

Read a crushing excerpt from ‘We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled,’ a new book of oral histories by Wendy Pearlman.<p><i>It's said that history is written by the victors, but recent socially minded oral histories, such as Verso's Voice of Witness series, have given voices to the marginalized and</i> …

Richard Dawkins: religious education is crucial for British schoolchildren

Religious education is crucial in schools for British children to understand their history and culture, Richard Dawkins has said.<p>The evolutionary biologist and confirmed atheist warned that it was virtually impossible to study English literature without knowing the background of …

Want to Be a Lot Happier? Never Do Any of These 9 Things

Happiness isn't always about what you do. Happiness is often about what you don't do -- especially if it involves these nine things.<p>If you're less than happy with your life -- either personally or professionally -- the problem isn't education, upbringing , a lack of opportunities, being held back …