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Trump used to be more articulate. What could explain the change?

State of (Trump's) Mind<p>Trump wasn’t always so linguistically challenged. What could explain the change?<p>I<p>t was the kind of utterance that makes …

Alzheimer's Disease

Sleep Deprivation Makes The Brain Go Into Overdrive And “Eat Itself'

The never-ending quest for the secrets of sleep have taken us to a point where the brain explores its very self. Now, a new study suggests that …

The Brain

Nick Cave Talks About Living and Writing Through Grief

"I've gotta say, when we were in the studio trying to work on 'Skeleton Tree,' I had no idea what was going on," the legendary artist told Noisey.<p>Towards the end of the recording sessions for what would become his sixteenth studio album, <i>Skeleton Tree</i>, in July 2015, Nick Cave learned that his …

Music

Cannes 2017: Based on a True Story, review: Roman Polanski's thriller is as pedestrian as a soap opera

<b>Dir: Roman Polanski; Starring: Emmanuelle Seigner, Eva Green, Vincent Perez. Cert tbc, 110 mins.</b><p>“No one cares about fiction any more,” declares Eva Green some way into Based on a True Story, the new film from Roman Polanski. “People are fed up of surprises and clever twists. They want reality!” At …

Roman Polanski

Lou Reed Creates a List of the 10 Best Records of All Time

If you want to write, most every writer will tell you, you’ve got to read, read, read, and read. “Read more than you write,” advises Teju Cole. Even …

Music

3 Figures That Sum Up the Buzz Behind the Weed Industry and Marijuana Stocks

No wonder investors are "seeing green."<p>In case you've been living under a rock, the marijuana industry, and stocks associated with marijuana, have …

Cannabis

Kurt Vonnegut Ponders Why “Poor Americans Are Taught to Hate Themselves” in a Timely Passage from Slaughterhouse-Five

Amidst what is now an ordinary day’s chaos and turmoil in the news, you may have noticed some outrage circulating over comments made by erstwhile …

Literature

The Lazarus phenomenon: When the 'dead' come back to life

Her heart had stopped beating and she was no longer breathing. Janina Kolkiewicz was declared dead. At 91 years old, she had lived a long life. But …

Medicine

Iranian-American Artist Revives Islam’s Apocalyptic Goddesses

How Morehshin Allahyari is using new technologies to reclaim an ancient feminist narrative.<p>Mystical goddesses and warnings of the end times are reimagined with digital technologies in the new work by Iranian-American artist Morehshin Allahyari, <i>She Who Sees the Unknown.</i> Taking images of supernatural …

Art

Google plan to link online behavior to offline shopping is creepy, even with privacy protections

On Tuesday, KCBS co-anchors Jeff Bell and Patti Reising and I talked about Google’s new plan to track brick-and-mortar transactions with online …

Privacy

Long-Lost Neil Young Album Hitchhiker Reportedly Coming This Summer

<i>Hitchhiker</i>, a long-lost Neil Young album originally recorded in 1976, is reportedly coming out this summer. Neil Young fansite Thrasher’s Wheat found …

Music

Germaine de Randamie refuses to fight Cris Cyborg to defend UFC featherweight title

Germaine de Randamie has been UFC women’s featherweight champion since February but there’s been no word on when she might actually defend the …

UFC

2 Missing WWII B-25 Bombers Found in the Pacific Ocean

Using a sonar-equipped underwater robot, a team of scientists has discovered the debris of a missing World War II-era B-25 bomber plane off the coast …

Papua New Guinea

Bitcoin Is Bigger Than Ever, And Here's Why That Matters

The money you’ve been using all your life is backed by a government of some sort, and it exists in a tangible way. Bitcoin is neither tangible nor backed by anyone, but it’s still worth a great deal to some people. This digital currency began circulating on the internet in 2009 with each Bitcoin …

Cryptocurrency

John Waters on Divine, Trump and feminism

The Pope of Trash weighs in on fucking up the Trump administration and eating shit as a political act<p>In 2015, John Waters, the filthy iconoclast behind <i>Pink Flamingos</i> and Divine’s sparkling filmic career, gave a now viral commencement speech to students at Rhode Island School of Design. The …

Feminism

A 3D printed, carbon fiber rocket flew for the first time in New Zealand

One of the world’s most promising new rocket companies successfully launched its first rocket to space from New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula on May 25.<p>Though the 17-meter-tall rocket and its test payload didn’t make it to orbit, its flight to space represents an important milestone.<p>“We had a great …

SpaceX

They were supposed to help people suffering from addiction. Then they overdosed.

Another tragic story in the opioid epidemic.<p>The two counselors at a drug treatment halfway house in Chester County, Pennsylvania, were supposed to help others recover from their addictions. But they were overwhelmed by their own drug problems — and on Sunday, they both overdosed and died on a mix …

Addiction

Cannes Film Festival: 40 Movies That Got Booed

These classic films were booed at Cannes, proving audiences don't always get it right.<p>While premiering a film at the Cannes Film Festival is the …

Cannes Film Festival

Mystery surrounds 'discovery of four bodies' in tent on Mount Everest

Nepalese officials cast doubt on Thursday on the reported discovery of four bodies at the highest camp on Mount Everest, saying no climbers have been reported missing.<p>Tourism Department official Durga Dutta Dhakal said expedition teams and other sources have confirmed that all climbers have been …

Earthquakes

Does Jeff Koons Know We Can Just Google All the Art He Has Copied?

Art bro Jeff Koons, who you might know from his giant metallic balloon sculptures, is notorious when it comes to copying other people’s art and …

Art

Why did a $200 toy crash the Museum of Modern Art’s website?

The story behind one of the weirder collectibles and its cult of admirers<p>On May 17, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City sent out an e-mail blast announcing that it had limited supplies of the $200 KAWS Companion action figure available for sale in its stores and online. The resulting rush of …

Art

Meet the Woman Turning ‘Overwatch’ Into VR Porn

Dinorah Hernandez says the magic is in the details.<p>A sweaty Hermione teases herself with her wand, looking saucily at Harry. Then she removes her robe and they start getting down to it. But wait—what's that ghostly presence in the corner of the screen?<p>"Here, Hermione is cheating on Ron, and Moaning …

Virtual Reality

What’s actually scary about Westworld, according to an AI expert

In this video interview with Quartz, AI expert Kai-Fu Lee talked about some of the issues raised by last year’s hit HBO TV show Westworld, which was about a futuristic theme park hosted by robots, where human visitors pay to live out their fantasies. Lee is a famous venture capitalist in China and …

Westworld

Jason Bateman's New Netflix Drug Cartel Drama Looks like 'Narcos' Meets 'Breaking Bad'

The first teaser looks awesome.<p>If you still have a Walter White shaped hole in your life then perhaps Jason Bateman's Marty Byrde will fill it.<p>The <i>Arrested Development</i> star plays a seemingly straight-laced Chicago financial advisor in upcoming Netflix drama <i>Ozark</i>, who also happens to be the top …

Netflix

The Unexpected (and Maybe Punk?) Documentary on The Grateful Dead

'Long Strange Trip' director Amir Bar-Lev explains his love for the Dead and how he wanted to make a definitive documentary from a punk vantage point.<p>Cast aside everything you think you know about the Grateful Dead—the sunshine daydreams, the dancing bears and the smiling, terrapin turtles—ahead of …

Grateful Dead

NASA Will Reach Unique Metal Asteroid Worth $10,000 Quadrillion Four Years Early

NASA has fast-tracked the Psyche mission to visit a one-of-a-kind asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion.<p>Unlike most asteroids that are either icy or rocky, 16 Psyche is composed almost entirely of metallic iron and nickel, similar to the core of the Earth. If anyone could mine that asteroid, the …

Space Exploration

Three reasons why this bitcoin surge is not the same

Bitcoin's exponential surge is different this time around, most digital currency investors and software developers say.<p>To many, the enthusiasm …

Bitcoin

This explosion killed hundreds of black sailors and eventually helped desegregate the U.S. military

The “Port Chicago 50” were accused of mutiny in 1944<p>It is the site of the deadliest stateside disaster of World War II, an accidental explosion which …

Military History

A powerful drug derived from marijuana is on the cusp of federal approval

An experimental drug derived from cannabis to treat epilepsy is on the brink of becoming the first of its kind to win US government approval.<p>The drug's active ingredient is cannabidiol, the compound in marijuana thought to be responsible for many of its therapeutic effects. Cannabidiol doesn't …

Cannabis