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History got the Rosa Parks story wrong

Sixty years ago, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her courageous act is now American legend. She is a staple of elementary school curricula and was the second-most popular historical figure named by American students in a survey. When Republican presidential …

Cover Contest 11/25 through 12/1: Cool Spaceships!

formerly edhopper<p>Join DateApr 2014Posts6,330<p>Crossing over from another fun thread here in Community. Cool Spaceships.<p>I looked over all the EC "Weird" …

Ancient viruses are alive in humans and crucial for life, says Stanford University

The human genome is littered with sequences left behind from long-ago viral infections but now scientists have found the code is still active<p>Ancient viruses were critical to the evolution of humans and infections left genetic code in our bodies which is still essential for life today, Stanford …

Genetics

Stunning Phenomenon in the Sky Had New Yorkers Flooding Social Media on Sunday. Here’s the Explanation.

Residents throughout New York City and the surrounding areas on Sunday found themselves taking their phones out to snap pictures and videos of a brilliant scene in the heavens: a sky and sunset that consisted of bright shades of blues, oranges and purples.<p>The sunset on Sunday, November 22, 2015, …

Young Men: Faults and Ideals by James Russell Miller | The Art of Manliness

<b>From Young Men: Faults and Ideals, 1893</b> <b><br>By James Russell Miller</b><p>An old painter of Sienna, after standing for a long time in silent meditation before …

I'm Queer, The Mormon Church Doesn't Want Me, But I'm Staying

A new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints policy threatens to excommunicate same-sex couples and their children. I want them to see the people they’re hurting.<p>I realize this makes me sound like Ned Flanders but, as a ’90s Mormon kid, my hero wasn’t a cartoon character or a movie star; she …

Snark is good for you: Science reveals the surprising benefits of sarcasm

New research suggests being on the giving and receiving end of a sarcastic exchange actually stimulates creativity<p>“Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit but the highest form of intelligence,” wrote that connoisseur of wit, Oscar Wilde. Whether sarcasm is a sign of intelligence or not, communication …

Scientists Reveal The Secret To Create Long-Lasting Memories

Messed up sleep can create a long list of secondary issues that can quickly become primary concerns if insomnia or other disturbances continue …

Bipolar Disorder

How the Brain Forms Original and Creative Ideas

<b>Developing an original and creative idea requires the simultaneous activation of two completely different networks in the brain: the associative –</b> …

15 Specialized Wrapping Papers for Everyone in Your Life

Anyone can pick up a roll of wrapping paper from the pharmacy. But if you want to package your gifts like a pro, make the wrapping just as …

Microevolutionary evidence: The eyes have it

For a beholder who is an evolutionary biologist, the eye is has long been a fascinating puzzle because of the many parts that must seamlessly work …

The Bizarre 1970 Vampire Panic of Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery in the north of London is home to a storied history—it’s one of London’s “Magnificent Seven” and the final resting site of iconic …

Dangerous dirt: Why the animal world is obsessed with staying clean

Going without a shower for a few days might make you feel gross, but for small animals like bees and houseflies, keeping clean is a matter of life or death.<p>A mosquito flying through the fog of the early morning may find its wings so weighed down by water droplets that it can no longer search for …

How Is It Possible That Galaxies Are Moving Away From Us Faster Than the Speed of Light?

According to Albert Einstein, the speed of light is an absolute constant beyond which nothing can move faster. So, how can galaxies be traveling …

100 eyes and counting: What this weird mollusk can teach materials scientists

Tiny, primitive chitons - a type of sea mollusk - have hundreds of eyes embedded in their plated shells.<p>A tiny marine creature built with hundreds of …

Biology

Stay In Bed! Science Says You’re More Intelligent And More Creative For It

If you’re reading this in bed, science says you should probably stay there for a little while. You may catch some trouble from your boss, teacher, or parents, but throw some research in their faces and roll back over. Catch a few more winks. You’re smarter and more creative for it–science says. …

Creativity

Benjamin Franklin Quotes | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: Benjamin Franklin was one of the most quotable men in history. Everyone knows his famous sayings like “God helps them who help</i> …

The Science of Smiling

When we are happy, our natural response is to smile. But if you flip that around, does the reverse hold true? When we smile, is our natural response then to be happy?<p>Science says yes.<p>In fact, even faking or forcing a smile reduces stress and makes you happier.<p>That's what psychological scientists …

15 gourmet Thanksgiving meals for New Yorkers who hate to cook

A recent study by OpenTable found that in 2014, Thanksgiving covers were 56% higher than covers on a typical Thursday evening.<p>Thankfully, there are plenty of restaurants in New York City that are creating special menus just for the holiday. They all offer diners the chance to enjoy a traditional …

The Sunset Song director explains why his new movie about the hardship of Scottish farms moved him – and how poetry saved him when he thought his career was over<p>I could be wrong, but I don’t think you’d catch Bernardo Bertolucci wearing a jacket with geography-teacher elbow-patches, or Jean-Luc …

Literature

Is noted feminist Germaine Greer a hateful anti-transgender misogynist?

It’s long been said that revolutions eat their children, but I suspect they tend to devour their elders as well.<p>Germaine Greer, a radical second-wave …

The Bible Written In New York City Blog Voice

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. This was probably a very bad idea!<p>The earth was formless and empty, and darkness was hovering …

The ‘Blue Dragon’ Is Real, and It’s Spectacular

When pictures emerged of a tiny sea monster that washed up on the shores of Queensland, Australia, the otherworldly creature looked more like a …

Podcast: The Life and Times of Dashiell Hammett | The Art of Manliness

<b>Brett McKay</b>: Brett McKay here, and welcome to another edition of The Art of Manliness Podcast. Well, if you enjoy shows like “The Wire” or “True …

​Meeting The Street Artist Who Has Been Decorating Copenhagen With Arseholes and Rainbows

As a kid, he prayed that God would turn him straight. Now, he's using explicit graffiti to challenge homophobes all over his city.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Denmark.</i><p>Graffiti has been a part of Copenhagen's urban image for so many years now that most people have become oblivious to the …

President says Congress lawmakers and state governors are doing Islamic State’s work by wanting to lock refugees out or only accept Christians<p>Barack Obama has hit back at Republicans who want to stop the US taking in Syrian refugees – with the president saying some of the language used in the wake …

Obama Administration

Cuddly Guts Bring Comfort to the Chronically Ill

It all began with a broken heart. Artist Wendy Bryan Lazar was sitting in a bar after a breakup in 1999, drinking and drawing, when an anatomically …

What It Was Like to Be Mark Zuckerberg's Classmate at Harvard

<i>What was it like to be Mark Zuckerberg's classmate? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.</i><p><b>Answer by Aaron Greenspan, Harvard College, Class of 2004-2005, on Quora:</b><p>Think of it this way.<p>Your sophomore year you meet someone who lacks facial expressions and any notion of …

Charlie Sheen, HIV Stigma and Why the Media Panic Is Ugly

The breathless, lurid speculation for weeks until Charlie Sheen stated in an interview today that he is HIV-positive -- and his revelation that he spent millions of dollars to keep the news quiet, extorted by several individuals -- proves just how far we have to go in talking about HIV and in …