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Great writers are found with an open mind

I’d been suffering under the misguided illusion that the purpose of mainstream publishers like Penguin Random House was to sell and promote fine writing. A colleague’s forwarded email has set me straight. Sent to a literary agent, presumably this letter was also fired off to the agents of the …

Penguin Random House

A-list actor gives impassioned award acceptance speech about God’s love and prayer

Actor Chris Pratt delivered a powerful testimony of faith while accepting an award at Monday night’s MTV Movie Awards.<p>What did he say?<p>During his acceptance speech for the coveted Generation Award, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” star told those in attendance — and those tuned in via the live …

Award Shows

Donald Trump Responds To Washington Post Staff’s Open Letter To Jeff Bezos, Says Strike “Would Be A Great Idea”

Donald Trump has responded to the labor dispute between <i>Washington Post</i> employees and publisher and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. “I think a really long …

Donald Trump

These Harvard kids got the lesson of their lives in the Heartland

On a blustery afternoon in April, I filed into a van along with 10 students from Harvard. We had just spent the last two days in Chicopee, Mass., …

Hillary Clinton

This video of two gorillas fighting with MMA play-by-play is pure gold

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “You know, I’d like it if someone made a video doing play-by-play for a fight between gorillas,” then we’ve got …

Gorillas

I Was Addicted to Running High. It Almost Cost Me.

Getting stoned out of my mind made me a monster marathon runner -- but not invincible.<p>It’s a blistering hot morning in downtown Denver, and I’m running as fast as I can. Harry Nilsson's “Jump Into the Fire” is playing at full volume on my headphones as I dodge traffic, turn cartwheels, and leap …

Death Metal

Einstein's travel diaries reveal 'shocking' xenophobia

Private journals kept by the scientist and humanitarian icon show prejudiced attitudes towards the people he met while travelling in Asia<p>The publication of Albert Einstein’s private diaries detailing his tour of Asia in the 1920s reveals the theoretical physicist and humanitarian icon’s racist …

Albert Einstein

Is Theoretical Physics Wasting Our Best Living Minds On Nonsense?

The history of physics is filled with great ideas that you’ve heard of, like the Standard Model, the Big Bang, General Relativity, and so on. But it’s also filled with brilliant ideas that you probably haven’t heard of, like the Sakata Model, Technicolor theory, the Steady State Model, and Plasma …

Physics

Donald Trump is wooing black voters and killing the Democratic Party

You're delusional if you think Donald Trump’s decisions to pardon boxer Jack Johnson and commute Alice Johnson's sentence aren't part of a greater plan.<p>As the Democratic Party remains in the coma it entered in November 2016, President Trump is performing his greatest magic trick.<p>And he’s doing it …

Donald Trump

Morning Report: Tyron Woodley goes off on ‘complete fraud’ Colby Covington: Never in my life have I wanted to hurt someone so bad

The UFC has a real bad blood title fight in the making.On Saturday night at UFC 225, Colby Covington outworked Rafael dos Anjos to claim the interim …

MMA & UFC

Is that really BIZARRE VIDEO of Trudeau’s eyebrow REAL?! A special scoop investigation…

Not only are we having a very weird foreign policy meltdown with Canada right before Trump is set to meet with Kim Jong A-hole, but there’s something …

Fake News

This Tennessee doctor got political. Then he sued Trump and won. Now he's out of a job.

NASHVILLE — A Tennessee doctor who became a social media sensation because of statements on President Trump, racism and Colin Kaepernick — and who later sued the president over First Amendment rights — is losing his job at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.<p>Eugene Gu, 32, a Vanderbilt surgery …

Donald Trump

SFFA v. Harvard: How Does Harvard Consistently Admit the Same Percentages of Various Races Without Illegal Tactics?

The judge in <i>Students for Fair Admissions</i> v. <i>Harvard University</i> has set a trial date of October 15. SFFA is the student group alleging—it filed its …

College & University

The definitive ranking of the 39 best universities in the world

Every year QS ranks universities around the world using a methodology that evaluates academic reputation, employer reputation, student-to-faculty ratio, as well as international reputation.<p>Using a points system, QS then rates the universities out of 100. They use these numbers to determine the best …

Online Education

Physics Wiz and MIT Grad Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski Is So Talented, Stephen Hawking Cited Her

<i>Badass Women spotlights women who not only have a voice but defy the irrelevant preconceptions of gender.</i><p>By the time Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski was …

Stephen Hawking

Doc spotted woman's cancer lump while watching 'Beachfront Bargain Hunt'

An eagle-eyed New York doctor spotted a cancerous lump on a woman’s throat as she appeared on a TV show — and may have saved her life by tracking her down, according to a report.<p>“It’s just a miracle, in my opinion, that he happened to see this on television,” the grateful woman, Nicole McGuinness, …

Cancer

Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia

Here's how I got to bottom of the ads-coinciding-with-conversations mystery.<p><i>Note: this article was updated on June 13 to clarify that apps like Facebook don't automatically have access to your data.</i><p>A couple years ago, something strange happened. A friend and I were sitting at a bar, iPhones in …

Privacy

Man Registers AR in CA, Charged With 12 Felonies After House Raid

California resident Jeffrey Scott Kirschenmann attempted to comply with his state’s new law that said he had to register his “assault-style weapon” …

U.S. Department of Justice

NRA Trolls Gun Violence Awareness Campaign

7:28 PM 06/01/2018<p>The National Rifle Association trolled on Friday the #WearOrange gun violence awareness campaign started by Everytown for Gun …

Guns

These Are the 10 Best Doughnut Shops in America

According to Yelp reviewers.<p>Whether you spell it “donut” or “doughnut,” you know you need it: the perfect complement to your morning cup of …

Dessert

Indiana man missing for decades before being found in Florida, thanks to ancestry website, now owes abandoned family nearly $2 million

In 1993, Richard Hoagland seemed to be living the good life. He had a young wife and two sons, Matthew and Douglas. Business was good enough at his insurance company to pay for a five-bedroom house outside Indianapolis, a speedboat tied up at a nearby lake and a closet stuffed with designer …

Crime

Harsh lesson in regulation for boys running lemonade stand

Three young boys in Colorado learned a harsh lesson in business and regulation over Memorial Day weekend.<p>Jennifer Knowles, the boys’ mother, encouraged her three sons to open a lemonade stand across the street from their house in the Denver suburb of Stapleton, Colo., FOX 4 reported.<p>“I want to …

Customer Service

Quantum physics can help explain much of the world’s suffering

Quantum physics is the science that describes nature at its smallest atomic levels. But tiny subatomic happenings can have huge effects: Quantum theory describes the universe as one giant entangled system, where what happens in one corner of the world can simultaneously effect something else across …

Quantum Mechanics

Millions were donated for a recount of the 2016 election – where did it go?

Green Party candidate Jill Stein is coming under renewed scrutiny after a Daily Beast report details that millions donated to a 2016 presidential election recount have been squandered in the years since.<p><b>Here’s what the report said</b><p>The Daily Beast reported that the campaign had last filed an official …

Government

Russians hack Wi-Fi Routers: What to do right now

It's a pain in the neck, but you should probably factory-reset your home wireless router as soon as possible. You definitely need to do this if you own one of several Netgear, Linksys, TP-Link or MicroTik models.<p>That's because at least 500,000 routers and other devices worldwide have been infected …

Wi-Fi

What a $500,000 Home Looks Like in 25 Major Cities Across America

The cost per square foot for homes can vary drastically from city to city.<p>Space is hard to come by in some of America’s most popular housing …

Real Estate

Bill Nye is a scientist, because you’re not your college major

Nye has spent almost his whole career teaching kids, but he's hated by right-wing ideologues for spreading the word of science.<br>Read More

Science

'But no one in this is gay!' Tucker Carlson has a complete meltdown over Stormy Daniels Day in West Hollywood

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has some news for the LGBT community. During his show on Wednesday he nearly exploded when interviewing radio host Ethan …

Stormy Daniels

Eagle snatches fox holding rabbit in mouth in dramatic images

Videos and photos captured a bald eagle attempting to snatch a rabbit from a young red fox as they battled it out 20 feet in the air in what a photographer called a “dramatic act of thievery.”<p>The dramatic sight at San Juan Island National Historic Park, in Washington state, was caught by …

Washington State

Boy Scout World Jamboree leadership requires condoms ‘readily and easily accessible’ for event

Leadership of the Boy Scouts has mandated that condoms be “readily and easily accessible” for next year’s 24th World Scout Jamboree, which is scheduled to be held in the mountains of West Virginia from July 21 to Aug. 1, 2019.<p>What are the details?<p>According to an announcement on the event’s page, …

Condoms