Jon Heiberger

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Modern life is homogenised and not as much fun, says John Hurt

Sir John Hurt has bemoaned the homogenised state of modern society, in which excessive warnings about the danger of alcohol abound and making a pass at a woman is fraught with risks.<p>The 75-year-old actor, whose film credits include The Elephant Man, The Naked Civil Servant and the Harry Potter …

The Coddling of the American Mind

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.<p><b>S</b>omething strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and …

NSA's Bulk Collection Of Americans' Phone Data Is Illegal, Appeals Court Rules

The National Security Agency's practice of collecting data about Americans' telephone calls in bulk goes beyond what Congress intended when it wrote Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.<p>The three-judge panel was asked to consider whether the program violated …

What Saddam Gave ISIS

The infiltration in the winter of 2013 was insidious in the small rural towns circling Aleppo—Tel Rifat, al-Bab, and Marea. The men stood out when …

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Separates Fact From Fiction In 'Interstellar'

As you may be aware, there's a hot new space movie now in theaters — <i>Interstellar</i>. Here's the premise: It's just a little bit in the future, conditions have become pretty horrible on Earth and some astronauts head out in search of a new planet for humans to inhabit.<p>Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson …

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Physicists, Generals And CEOs Agree: Ditch The PowerPoint

About six months ago, a group of physicists in the U.S. working on the Large Hadron Collider addressed a problem they've been having for a while: Whenever they had meetings, everyone stuck to the prepared slides and couldn't really answer questions that weren't immediately relevant to what was on …