Janaki Kuruppu

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White Americans are nearly as blind to their racism as ever before

Along time ago, after a church service on a bright Sunday morning in the small town where I grew up, I heard one of the deacons tell another that he didn't believe colored people really wanted civil rights and integration. "If God had meant white people and black people to mix he would have made …

Scientific Discoveries

Recipe: Classic French Bread

<b>Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Every Day</b><br>By Peter Reinhart<br>Hardcover, 224 pages<br>Ten Speed Press<br>List Price: $30.00<p>Makes 2 large loaves, 4 small loaves, or many rolls.<p>5-1/3 cups (24 oz / 680 g) unbleached bread flour<br>2 teaspoons (0.5 oz / 14 g) salt, or 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt<br>2-1/4 teaspoons …

Baking

Along with Trump's rhetoric, the stakes for 2016 have risen dramatically

Donald Trump continues to go where no recent candidate for president has gone before, plunging the Republican Party - and the nation - into another round in the tumultuous debate about immigration, national identity, terrorism and the limits of tolerance.<p>Trump's call for a ban on Muslims entering …

With a single tweet, Neil deGrasse Tyson exposes how inequality plays into the U.N. Climate Summit

At the U.N. Climate Summit in Paris, the negotiating positions of various countries can be difficult to follow, particularly when it comes to the …

Gun Violence Is a National Mental Health Disease

"Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take 'til he knows<p>That too many people have died?" - Blowin' in the Wind, Bob Dylan<p>We've lost so many and learned so little since Dylan sang those words in 1962.<p>And here we are . . . again. A radicalized couple in San Bernardino; a crazed shooter in Colorado …

Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing

While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then—your essential being—was intrinsically the same as it is today.<p>Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just an illusion—a philosophy that’s increasingly supported by scientific research.<p>“Buddhists argue …

Consciousness

The Truth About Motherhood I Discovered Now That My Kids Are Grown

In the first year of motherhood ... soon this little girl will be a mommy too!<p>"I wasn't born your mother." I said this in another recent post. It seems like a no brainer, but somehow, between the time they exit our stretched-out, forever-changed bodies, until the time they begin to actually look …

The Buddhist and the Neuroscientist

What compassion does to the brain<p>In 1992, the neuroscientist Richard Davidson got a challenge from the Dalai Lama. By that point, he’d spent his career asking why people respond to, in his words, “life’s slings and arrows” in different ways. Why are some people more resilient than others in the …

Mindfulness

Jim Crow and the Ku Klux Klan don’t even merit mention in conservative Texans’ new version of American history

New Texas history textbooks soft-pedal the cause of the Civil War: “It’s about states’ rights”<p>Millions of Texas schoolchildren will be learning about American history via a social studies textbook that locates the cause of the Civil War in Northern aggression against Southern states' rights and …

10 Questions to Discuss Before Marrying According to a Gay Philosopher

The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche might well have been delighted with the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States to legalize same-sex marriages.<p>While we don't know for sure that Nietzsche was gay, Joachim Köhler argues in <i>Zarathustra's Secret</i> that he was because he spoke of another man's …

Rick Santorum Tries To Explain Why He Can Weigh In On Climate Change But Pope Shouldn't

WASHINGTON -- Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) attempted to argue Sunday that it's more appropriate for him to be weighing in on climate change than it is for Pope Francis, who is not only a religious leader but also a chemist.<p>In the coming weeks, the pope is expected to release a groundbreaking …

The Art of Error: 12 Cool and Creative 404 Pages

Making your 404 page fun is only half the battle — there’s still a lot of practical factors to keep in mind. In closing, let’s review some general tips to remember when covering your mistakes:<p><b>Link to Popular Posts —</b> Take advantage of the fact that your user may not know where to go next. Recommend …

UX Design

The Buddhist Who Retreated-And Then Died

When Ian Thorson was discovered dead in a cave in 2012, an unflinching light was shone on the strange world of Tibertan Buddhists—especially its …

Meditation

Ebola Outbreak Could Be Ended by Summer, U.N. Says

In Ebola-stricken countries, measles is now a risk

Here's what happens when your healthcare system collapses<p>Ebola itself was bad enough in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. But the outbreak also led to turmoil in those countries' health care systems — and now a measles outbreak is a risk. Should a measles outbreak occur, almost twice as many …

Public Health

Ebola Deaths Top 10,000

More than 10,000 people have died from Ebola in West Africa, according to new numbers released Thursday.<p>The World Health Organization found that …

Elusive Wolverine Caught on Camera

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>A wolverine scavenges for its next meal in northern Canada. Photograph by Peter Mather.<p><b>By Laurie McClellan</b><br>for National Geographic, Polar Bear Watch<p>It’s one of the most elusive superstars of the northern wilderness: the wolverine.<p>Nicknamed “the devil bear” for its fierce …

Wildlife

The Plot Against Public Education

How millionaires and billionaires are ruining our schools.<p>Bill Gates had an idea. He was passionate about it, absolutely sure he had a winner. His idea? America’s high schools were too big.<p>When a multibillionaire gets an idea, just about everybody leans in to listen. And when that idea has to do …

Mysteriously Playful Composite Images by Dariusz Klimczak

Polish photographer Dariusz Klimczak constructs surreal landscapes through clever manipulation. Each image in the skilled photo editor's growing collection is a composite of multiple elements that work in unison to present a cohesive, albeit unusual, scene. More often than not, Klimczak's subjects …

Design

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Spectacular landscapes in HQ

Earth is a spectacularly beautiful, diverse place: filled to the brim with millions of species of plants and animals, mindblowing features that seem …

Nature

Americans Own Nearly Half of the Privately Owned Guns on Earth

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>How a Deal Came Together to Save the Filibuster<br>• Florida's Problem with Racial Politics Go Far Past …

Gay marriage to become legal in England and Wales

Britain’s lower house of parliament voted Tuesday to pass the bill, which will now be signed by Queen Elizabeth II<p>Britain's lower house of parliament voted Tuesday to pass a measure legalizing gay marriage in England and Wales.<p>The measure now requires the signature of Queen Elizabeth II, a …