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Blame Evangelicals for the Decline in Christian Faith

Polls show that in a classic example of religion gone wrong, evangelicals and their slavish to devotion to right wingers are the chief cause of the …

Religion

Reading in Tianjin

My Father and Sandy Koufax

Baseball <i>has</i> started again, and not a moment too soon. I’m a Yankees fan, but I wasn’t always a Yankees fan. Growing up in New York, in the nineteen-fifties, I was a Dodgers fan and a Yankees hater—the two went hand in hand. Then came the Great Betrayal of 1957. The Dodgers left Brooklyn for the …

New York Yankees

Everything You Need to Know About Lilies

“Lilies as a group are very difficult,” wrote the late, great gardening writer Henry Mitchell. “What is especially difficult and infuriating about …

Gardening

Where have all our insects gone?

When Simon Leather was a student in the 1970s, he took a summer job as a postman and delivered mail to the villages of Kirk Hammerton and Green Hammerton in North Yorkshire. He recalls his early morning walks through its lanes, past the porches of houses on his round. At virtually every home, he …

Insects

Why are Americans so sad?

Suicide rates in the US have increased nearly 30% in less than 20 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported June 7. These mind-numbing statistics were released the same week two very famous, successful and beloved people committed suicide—Kate Spade, a tremendous entrepreneur, …

Mental Health

This Quantum Theory Predicts That The Future Might Be Influencing The Past

No, seriously.<p>One of the weirder aspects of quantum mechanics could be explained by an equally weird idea – that causation can run backwards in time …

Quantum Physics

401(k) investors: Follow the 5% rule to protect your retirement savings

In my 44 years advising investors, some key questions keep popping up. They go like this: “I hold a lot of Company X. What do you think of it? Should I keep it?”<p>My opinion isn’t relevant. But here’s what is: If you hold more than 5% of your total portfolio value in any one stock, it's too much. …

Retirement

Forget 2022! A Big Social Security Change Is Happening Right Now

This hasn't happened since 1982.<p>Social Security is a critical resource that tens of millions of seniors rely on when they hang up their work gloves …

Retirement

From beach football to Brazil captain, Marcelo living World Cup dream

Real Madrid star Marcelo says captaining Brazil at the World Cup will see him realise the ultimate childhood dream.<p>The 30-year-old full-back is set …

Soccer

Books: Events for week of June 17

Baton Rouge<p>Monday, June 18<p>Book Club: 11 a.m. to noon, East Baton Rouge Parish Fairwood Branch Library, 12910 Old Hammond Highway. The Books and Brew …

Books

Kids have priceless reaction to a smile from Cristiano Ronaldo before game

<i>Update: This video is from a couple years ago, but it went viral at the beginning of the 2018 World Cup.</i><p>This is what it’s like to meet one of the greatest athletes in the world from the perspective of children, and it’s precious.<p>Two of the more than 1,000 children who served as player escorts for …

Soccer

Should We Be Putting Migrant Children in Detention Centers? Let’s Ask Oscar Wilde!

<i>As the Trump administration and its Republican enablers continue their policy of</i> <i>separating children from their parents at the border</i><i>, Americans are</i> …

Literature

This Is the Best Size for a Porch

As someone currently living without a porch, I’m hesitant to condemn a porch of any size—I’d take a Juliet balcony at this point if I could. A porch …

Framing

Another Study Shows That The Brain Changes Physically When Learning Something New

Inspired by Carol Dweck, I regularly teach lessons so that students can see that they can physically strengthen their brain by learning something new …

The Brain

Neymar still not 100 percent, Brazil coach Tite says

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) Neymar is still the key to Brazil’s attack, even if he hasn’t fully recovered from a right foot injury.<p>The five-time …

Soccer

Book clinic: what are the best contemporary Russian novels?

<b>Q: I am about to travel to Russia for the World Cup. Leaving the classics to one side, what are the best contemporary Russian novels?</b><br>Sean Golding, 27, marketing consultant, London<p><b>A:</b> <b>Phoebe Taplin</b><b>, journalist and author of four seasonal walking guides to Moscow, where she lived for five years</b><br>Russian …

Books

10 Greenhouses That Will Inspire You to Grab Your Gardening Tools

Rediscover the phenomenon of photosynthesis with these incredibly eclectic greenhouses.<p>Besides being a magical, glass-enclosed environment where plants can happily sunbathe and grow all year, greenhouses can also serve as another opportunity to push the limits with design and innovation. Scroll …

Gardening

Ask a Fool: Can Investment Income Affect My Social Security Benefits?

Too much income can reduce Social Security benefits, but only certain types of income count.<p>Q: I just retired at 62 and get about $4,000 per month in …

Retirement

8 Children’s Books That Inspire Resiliency

These books not only teach kids about determination but also how to get back up after — and understand — defeat.<p>Resilience, persistence, …

Books

Supermassive black hole violently swallows star, and researchers watch

The immense power of a supermassive black hole's gravity pulled in a star, ripped it to shreds and then ate it, researchers said.<p>Scientists Miguel Perez-Torres, of the Astrophysical Institute of Andalusia in Granada, Spain, and Seppo Mattila, of the University of Turku in Finland, staffed with a …

Black Holes

3 Great 'Smart' Gifts For Father's Day

With Father’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to talk about three “smart” products that are certain to make Dad feel special. Since I began writing this column for Moor Insights & Strategy last year, I’ve been inundated with numerous “smart” products (some very good, some not so good), but …

Gear & Gadgets

Samuel Umtiti makes light of his comical handball posting photoshop

Samuel Umtiti makes light of his comical handball against Australia by posting basketball photoshop<p><b>Samuel Umtiti gave away a penalty during France's</b> …

Soccer

Three things we learned in the first two days of World Cup 2018

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)<p>Wow. There have been only two days and four matches in Russia and already there is a plethora of talking points, …

Soccer

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje review – a novel shrouded in secrecy

Michael Ondaatje likes writing about uncertainties, mysteries and doubts, not quite with the Keatsian ambition of resisting “any irritable reaching after fact and reason”, but because he relishes the idea of thoughts being fluid and characters essentially unknowable. Hence the tactics of his …

Books

Paul Simon Reveals the Story Behind “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

Photo Courtesy of Simon & Schuster <i><br>Robert Hilburn was the chief pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times for more than three decades. Author of the</i> …

Paul Simon

FIFA to Investigate Ticketing Backlash After More Than 6k Empty Seats Spotted in Uruguay Win

FIFA have confirmed that they will investigate a discrepancy between the number of tickets that were allocated for Uruguay vs Egypt compared to the …

Soccer

Two senators want Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to answer for Alexa’s eavesdropping

How often do Amazon.com's Echo devices misinterpret human commands, and, say, start recording private conversations without permission? Two senators want to know.<p>In a letter dated June 11, Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) pressed Amazon's chief executive, Jeffrey P. …

Jeff Bezos

A Map Showing the Varied Origins of Predominant Accents Used In Specific Parts of the United States

In a lexical episode of Science Insider, narrator David Anderson maps out the rather varied origins of some of the most predominant accents that are …

United States