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Hoboken train crash: 1 dead, more than 100 injured

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> It happened without warning, without time for passengers to realize they were hurtling headlong into a deadly tragedy, without time for commuters standing on the train station platform to flee.<p>At the height of morning rush hour, a New Jersey commuter train packed with passengers …

New Jersey

Obama: Why I won't say 'Islamic terrorism'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama has taken a lot of criticism from political opponents over his rhetoric when it comes to terrorism. But on Wednesday at a CNN presidential town hall, he was asked to defend why he refuses to say "Islamic" terrorism to a Gold Star mother.<p>"My son gave his …

Jake Tapper

Work Smarter with Social Media: A Guide to Managing Evernote, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Your Email

Publication Date: <b>May 05, 2015</b><p>From managing email to building a social media presence, making smart use of technology is essential to professional success in a digital world. But using all these tools can quickly lead to digital overload. In this comprehensive guide from social media expert …

Social Media

What we know, don't know about Freddie Gray's arrest

<b>(CNN) —</b> New information released Thursday adds complexity, and even more questions, to the already confusing picture of what happened to Freddie Gray after his arrest.<p>The transport van that carried Gray made a previously unknown stop along its route from where he was arrested to the police station. …

Are humans getting cleverer?

<b>IQ is rising in many parts of the world. What's behind the change and does it really mean people are cleverer than their grandparents?</b><p>It is not unusual for parents to comment that their children are brainier than they are. In doing so, they hide a boastful remark about their offspring behind a …

Mississippi Republican rails against “the blacks,” insists he’s totally not a racist

<b>Gene Alday (AP/Rogelio V. Solis)</b><p>Rep. Gene Alday derides “welfare crazy checks” for blacks, comes up with pathetic excuse following controversy<p>Luke Brinker<p>February 17, 2015 4:54pm (UTC)<p>A Republican legislator from Mississippi is insisting that despite derisive remarks about African American welfare …

Civil Rights

Why God Can Hinder Pestilence But May Allow It

Why God Can Hinder Pestilence But May Allow It<p>2/14/2015 Atheism , Richard Dawkins 46 Comments<p>When pestilences struck Egypt, Pharaoh did not believe …

Weird Sub-Neptunes and Super-Earths Pop Up in Kepler's Planet Search

SAN JOSE, Calif. — One of the most common kinds of planets detected by NASA's Kepler telescope appears to be a type that doesn't exist in our own solar system, a leading astronomer on the Kepler team said Friday.<p>This type of planet has a size in the range between two and four times Earth's …

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Conservatism

Bloom's Critical Thinking Questions to Use in Class

December, 2014<br>Critical thinking is an essential skill in the cognitive development of students. It is probably the number one skill teachers would …

The real story behind Santa Claus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Don't tell the kids, but we've got Santa Claus all wrong.<p>Countless Christmas songs tell us that Santa is basically the Judge Judy of juveniles. He decides who's been naughty or nice, and doles out presents or punishments accordingly.<p>But historians say Kris Kringle was originally created to …

As North Korea Loses Internet, Anonymous, Others Question Whether It Really Hacked Sony

WASHINGTON -- North Korea's Internet service went down in a suspected cyberattack Monday, just days after the U.S. government blamed the country for hacking Sony Pictures Entertainment and the White House said it was considering a "proportional response" to the crime.<p>Doug Madory, director of …

State of LGBT Rights: Married on Sunday, but Fired on Monday

The victories for same-sex marriage are amazing. But LGBT people can still be fired or denied housing in 29 states. Still a long way to go.<p>If you …

The sick motivation behind the religious right’s Obamacare sabotage

<b>Joni Ernst (AP/Charlie Neibergall)</b><p>Wingnuts would rather millions live in destitution than concede government programs can accomplish great things<p>Adam Lee<p>December 13, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is now in its fourth …

Mindfulness’ “truthiness” problem: Sam Harris, science and the truth about Buddhist tradition

<b>Stephen Colbert, Sam Harris (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque/Simon & Schuster/Ray Garcia/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Sam Harris wants practitioners out of religion business. But the supposed science behind it is its own mythology<p>Ronald Purser • Andrew Cooper<p>December 6, 2014 3:45pm (UTC)<p>The spike of popular …

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …

Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels

Security Researchers Uncover The Tools Governments Use To Spy On Our Phones

Edward Snowden, whistleblower of the decade, has made it consistently clear that he didn’t trust cellphones. While he never described the methods governments and other miscreants used to crack into our handsets, he maintained that eavesdroppers could hear us even if the phone seemed off and …

Libya demands return of Benghazi suspect seized by U.S. forces

Libya’s weak interim government on Wednesday verbally assailed the U.S. capture of a suspected mastermind of the 2012 attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans and set off a political firestorm in the United States.<p>At a news conference nearly 24 hours after thePentagonpublicly disclosed the …

Why Using Toilet Seat Liners Is Basically Pointless

Are you one of those people who <i>always</i> grabs a paper liner before sitting down on the loo? Surely, you do so to prevent catching a disease from someone else's, er, splashes that may be left on the toilet seat.<p>Well, turns out, those liners may have more to do with providing comfort and reassurance to …

This is what a $22,000 Android phone feels like

With Vertu finally offering an up-to-date luxury phone, we naturally had to check out the Signature Touch up close and personal. After all, it's not everyday that one gets to play with a $21,900 phone for free (though you can do so at any Vertu boutique, as long as you're nicely dressed). For those …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

A Jetliner For A Fuel-Starved Future

Slimming down the classic passenger jet<p>An MIT team has turned a multi- million-dollar NASA contract into the most advanced rethink to date of the classic passenger jet. The design, nicknamed the Double Bubble, calls for an extra-wide fuselage and rear-mounted turbo­fan engines. The configuration …

Research Center

Rick Perry Has A Pretty Terrible Excuse For Keeping His Opinion On Iraq Secret

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) dodged questions about Iraq during a Wednesday appearance on CNN's Crossfire, suggesting that disclosing his opinions may risk U.S. security.<p>Host Stephanie Cutter asked Perry whether he supports U.S. air strikes in Iraq to counter the al-Qaeda-inspired insurgency.<p>"We don't …

Texas county unwittingly votes in favour of reparations for African Americans

Leaders in a North Texas county passed a resolution this week supporting reparations to African Americans for slavery – without even realizing they had done so.<p>Dallas county commissioners unanimously passed a Juneteenth resolution on Tuesday that appeared to be another routine proclamation, …

Obama to Congress: I don't need new permission on Iraq

I'll let you know what's going on, but I don't need new congressional authority to act, President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Wednesday about his upcoming decision on possible military intervention in Iraq.<p>The White House meeting sounded more like a listening session for the top …