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Earth 'entering new extinction phase' - US study

<b>The Earth has entered a new period of extinction, a study by three US universities has concluded, and humans could be among the first casualties.</b><p>The report, led by the universities of Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley, said vertebrates were disappearing at a rate 114 times faster than normal.<p>The …

Breakthroughs

Father's Day: 20 uplifting quotes

Literature

Obama’s New Plan to Save Iraq: Tear It Apart

The White House is moving to arm Iraq’s tribal and religious militias. But these forces hate the Baghdad government almost as much as they hate …

Middle East

Stepson of Stuxnet stalked Kaspersky for months, tapped Iran nuke talks | Ars Technica

Hacker group used a "zero-day trampoline" to scale Kaspersky defenses.<p>Not long after blowing the lid off a National Security Agency-backed hacking …

Malware

The World's Longest (and Scariest) Glass Pedestrian Bridge

Haim Dotan didn’t want to build a bridge. When two engineers approached the Israeli architect about designing a span across a 1,200-foot canyon in …

Riding the crest

KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI, a Japanese printmaker who died in 1849 aged nearly 90, is one of those artists whose long, impressive career has come to be known …

Art

Greece needs better role models

Are we finally approaching the end of Greece’s epic bailout negotiations? At the very least, we have something that looks like it might—maybe, possibly—be a hard deadline.<p>The Greek government owes the IMF some €1.6 billion ($1.8 billion) in loan repayments at the end of this month. It doesn’t have …

Europe

Confirmed by health officials: Standing at work can save your life

Please stand up while you read this article. At least, that’s what a committee of health experts suggests you do, after researching the harmful effects of sitting in desk-based jobs.<p>Sitting has become the health scourge of this generation, like smoking before it. Month after month, studies are …

Public Health England

On Red Wolf and Indigenous Representation in the New Marvel

Yesterday Marvel Comics released the first teaser image for All New, All Different Marvel, the post-<i>Secret Wars</i> relaunch for the Marvel Universe. …

The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 2: The Fall | WIRED

<i>Read part I of this story here.</i><p><i>“I imagine that someday<br>I may have a story written about<br>my life and it would be<br>good to have a detailed account of</i> …

The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 1 | WIRED

<i>“I imagine that someday I may have a story written about my life and it would be good to have a detailed account of …

Pictures of the Week 6.5.15

Aerospace

Eight men charged in Malala attack were acquitted in April, not sentenced: Pakistan police

The Pakistani police and the country's public prosecutor said Friday that eight out of 10 militants charged with involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist and later Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai were actually acquitted in April — and not sentenced to life in prison as reported at the …

Pakistan

Fake Orca Capsizes, Fails to Scare Sea Lions From Oregon Docks

An effort in Oregon to use a fake killer whale to scare off sea lions went awry Thursday when the motorized boat capsized on the way to the docks where the animals gather.<p>The fiberglass watercraft named "Island" was launched near the port in Astoria in a bid to chase away sea lions that crowd docks …

Whales

The personal data of four million US government workers may now be in the hands of Chinese hackers

The personal data of four million current and former government employees have been compromised by hackers in China,US officials said on Thursday, in one the largest thefts of government data in history.<p>US officials said that they have identified an attack targeting the Office of Personnel …

Personal Data

This Is Why The Army Sent Anthrax To South Korea, Australia, and 11 States

<b>The Army accidentally sent live anthrax samples</b> to labs in nine states plus South Korea. <i>Update: After we posted this on Friday, DoD officials issued</i> …

South Korea

Does Terrorism Work?

Rebel groups that employ terror in civil wars seldom win or gain concessions—but they tend to prolong conflicts, a new paper finds.<p>Nearly 14 years into the war on terror, there are signs of terrorism all around us, from Memorial Day tributes to the victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the …

Political Science

Earth will need a global space flag for when we get to Mars

With plans being laid for manned missions to Mars and space exploration in general gaining momentum, Swedish graphic designer Oskar Pernefeldt saw the need for a universal pennant representing all of planet Earth. So as a graduating student at the Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, Pernefeldt …

Mashups
LGBTQI

What everyone is missing about ISIS' big week

On May 17, ISIS fighters took Ramadi, a city just 70 west of Baghdad, after a battle in which the jihadist group advanced into the city behind a wave of suicide bombers. Capturing Palmyra, a former Assad regime bastion in Syria, proved easier, as a collapsing Syrian military essentially vacated the …

Middle East

Pictures of the Week 5.21.15

Ed Sheeran

'Look ... It's My Name on This': Obama Defends the Iran Nuclear Deal

In an interview, the U.S. president ties his legacy to a pact with Tehran, argues ISIS is not winning, warns Saudi Arabia not to pursue a nuclear-weapons program, and anguishes about Israel.<p>On Tuesday afternoon, as President Obama was bringing an occasionally contentious but often illuminating …

Israel

How The Duggars’ Church Encourages Young Women To ‘Submit’

The Quiverfull movement preaches that women must be subservient to all of men’s needs. It’s not impossible to see how abuse could flourish.<p>Since …

FBI: Hacker claimed to hack into flights up to 20 times

<b>(CNN) —</b> A cybersecurity consultant told the FBI he hacked into computer systems aboard airliners up to 20 times and managed to control an aircraft engine during a flight, according to federal court documents.<p>Chris Roberts was detained by the FBI in April following a United Airlines flight to …

U.S. Federal Courts

"I woke up this morning to a simple text message: B.B. King died. Without a second thought, I immediately went to his blues club in Times Square to pay my respects. It was early and, with the exception of a few TV crews, there was no one there yet. The moment I walked up, they started changing the club's marquee to read 'Rest in Peace.' B.B. King gave something irreplaceable to the world. I could go on and on about him but honestly, Eric Clapton said it best in his Facebook tribute this morning: 'He was a beacon for all of us who loved this kind of music, and I thank him from the bottom of my heart.' Rest in peace #BBKing, and thank you." As told to @RollingStone by photographer @NicoleFara

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’: How 9/11, Mel Gibson, and Heath Ledger’s Death Couldn’t Derail a Classic

George Miller, the Australian filmmaker behind the Mad Max films, opens up about the long road to Mad Max: Fury Road, the best movie of the year (so …

Movies

Will the Real Reagan Please Stand Up?

Historian H.W. Brands is certainly not the first writer to try in vain to decipher what made Ronald Reagan tick, but his compendious biography of the …

Political Science

Talking ‘Bout The True Believers

Sam Harris and Graeme Wood discuss the Islamic State.<p><i>This story was originally posted on author Sam Harris’s blog.</i><p><b>Graeme Wood</b> writes for <i>The Atlantic,</i> …

Egypt’s former president Mohamed Morsi has been sentenced to death

Egypt’s first freely-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was sentenced to death in a Cairo courtroom today. The decision will be referred to the Grand Mufti, Egypt’s highest religious authority, for confirmation. A final decision will be announced next month.<p>The former president, along with more than …

Human Rights

B.B. King through the years: A life in pictures

Portrait, circa 1948, of future blues legend as a young man in Memphis<p>King in the recording studio with his ''Lucille'' model Gibson hollowbody …

Guitar