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Terrorists' Most Powerful Recruiting Tool: Boredom

The young man had wavy hair down to his shoulders, white teeth, and a charisma palpable even from across the street. My driver saw it, too: …

Judge gives chimpanzees human rights for the first time (update)

New York justice briefly decrees two apes are covered by habeas corpus before changing her court order<p>For the first time in US history, a judge has decreed that a pair of chimpanzees held at a university research facility are covered by the same laws that govern the detention of humans, effectively …

Invasive species will save us: The new way we must think about the environment now

<b>(Matt Knoth, MaxyM via Shutterstock/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Nature no longer congregates where we expect to find it — so conservationists must radically rethink priorities<p>Fred Pearce<p>April 11, 2015 7:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature’s Salvation”<p>Around the …

Tackling America’s Police Abuse Epidemic

Can the Justice Department keep up with a national systemic problem?<p>It was so automatic—so chillingly casual. That was the most frightening thing, say some criminal-justice experts, about Michael Slager’s actions in North Charleston, S.C., last week. It’s all there on the videotape: The victim, …

America is criminalizing Black teachers: Atlanta’s cheating scandal and the racist underbelly of education reform

<b>Former Atlanta Public Schools school research team director Tamara Cotman, center, is led to a holding cell after a jury found her guilty in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP/Kent D. Johnson)</b><p>Our educational system stacks the deck against Black …

John Oliver Interviews Snowden On Government Spying

Over the last three years, it seems like we’ve been positively inundated with leaks about government mass surveillance thanks to Edward Snowden’s stolen NSA documents, but in reality, how many people actually cared?<p>As increasing amounts of documents were released by news organizations, it became …

Tech leaders are using their voices, influence to speak out on social, political issues

"There's something very dangerous happening in states across the country."<p>That's the beginning of an op-ed by the head of the world's most valuable company, in one of the most influential newspapers in the US. Apple CEO Tim Cook, who seven months ago announced to the world he was gay, penned a …

Emoticons are improving the English language

txt msgs r running language<p>*ruining<p>^lol, jk!! :)<p>In many casual discussions of language and the internet, it’s not uncommon to hear about how such “textspeak ruins language”—how technology has made everybody lazy with their speech and writing. Major media outlets such as the LA Times, the BBC and …

12 Things Truly Confident People Do Differently

Confidence takes many forms, from the arrogance of Floyd Mayweather to the quiet self-assurance of Jane Goodall. True confidence—as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities—has a look all its own.<p>When it comes to confidence, one thing is certain: truly confident …

University of California

6 Very Risky Investment Mistakes Warren Buffett Says You May Be Making

What does risk mean to you? If you ask the average person, they’re likely to say the probability of losing money. If you ask most financial professionals, they’ll probably equate risk with volatility of returns. (While these may sound similar, they’re not exactly the same thing. Let’s say …

Rise of the utopian police state: How the unlikely triumph of Singapore transformed the world overnight

<b>Singapore (beboy via Shutterstock)</b><p>New York, Miami, London, Tokyo: All of them taking inspiration from a nation with a troubling human-rights record<p>Henry Grabar<p>March 29, 2015 1:00pm (UTC)<p>The legacy of Lee Kuan Yew, the founder and longtime leader of modern Singapore who died on Monday, is often …

Why animals don’t get schizophrenia (and people do)

Research reveals an evolutionary link between the disorder and what makes us human<p>Bret Stetka<p>March 29, 2015 5:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Many of us have known a dog on Prozac. We've also witnessed the eye rolls that come with canine psychiatry. Doting pet …

Welfare Makes America More Entrepreneurial

Research shows that when governments provide citizens with economic security, they embolden them to take more risks.<p>In 1988, Ronald Reagan traveled to the Soviet Union and gave a speech at Moscow State University, making the case for capitalism. America’s secret, he argued, was its entrepreneurs, …

Science makes mind-blowing sex: How Darwin made your sex life hotter

<b>Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco in "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)</b><p>Who knew evolution could be so orgasmic?<p>Juan Enriquez • Steve Gullans<p>March 22, 2015 4:00pm (UTC)<p>Reprinted from “Evolving Ourselves” by Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans<p>In terms of evolution, sex is the bottom line. No sex, no reproduction; …

Mutations

Why College Isn't (And Shouldn't Have to Be) For Everyone

I know a high school senior who's so worried about whether she'll be accepted at the college of her choice she can't sleep.<p>The parent of another senior tells me he stands at the mailbox for an hour every day waiting for a hoped-for acceptance letter to arrive.<p>Parents are also uptight. I've heard of …

How To Rewire Your Brain For Happiness

Is happiness something we can cultivate or is it a result of our environment? New scientific research is shedding light on the answer, and the results are encouraging.<p>Imagine your brain has all these neural pathways connecting different responses. If you’re stuck in a traffic jam, and you feel …

Wearable Electronics' Newest Wrinkle: Power-Producing Cloth

Nanotechnology uses human motion to power electronics and other devices—no charging cords or batteries needed.<p>Good-bye charging cords and batteries. Wearable electronics such as the Apple Watch might soon power themselves with a clean, portable energy source: human motion.<p>If cutting-edge nano …

Clean Energy

Why the 99 Percent Keeps Losing

Our current political situation is unprecedented. The vast majority of Americans keep falling behind economically because of changes in society's ground rules, while the rich get even richer -- yet this situation doesn't translate into a winning politics.<p>If anything, the right keeps gaining and the …

Why Are Asia’s Planes Crashing All Over?

The last place in the world where you would expect the government to announce the creation of a new airline would be Malaysia. After all, the state …

Aviation

Singapore After Lee Kuan Yew: Future Is Uncertain For The Utilitarian Paradise He Created

In this age of political Lilliputians, we must acknowledge the passing of giants. Although he ran only a small city-state, Lee Kuan Yew, along with late Chinese Premier Deng Xiaoping, ranks among Asia’s most pivotal figures of the past 50 years.<p>These two men — a tall, aristocratic scion of a Hakka …

Why Killer Whales Go Through Menopause But Elephants Don’t

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>Last summer, I met Granny. I was on a whale-watching boat that had sailed south from Vancouver Island, in search of a famous and well-studied group of killer whales (orcas). Two hours after we set off, we started seeing black fins scything through the …

Killer Whales

Hindus Are Thriving in America, but There's Only One in Congress

Voters have a harder time recognizing their names—and don't identify with their religious backgrounds.<p>When Tulsi Gabbard first ran for Congress in 2012 from her home state of Hawaii, her Republican opponent, David “Kawika” Crowley, ridiculed the observant Hindu for subscribing to a religion that …

Facts do not matter: The depressing science that explains vaccine trutherism

<b>Jenny McCarthy (Reuters/Fred Prouser)</b><p>Eye-opening new research reveals we’re predisposed to ignore truths that contradict our most cherished beliefs<p>Troy Campbell • Justin Friesen<p>March 5, 2015 9:15am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>“There was a scientific study that …

Astronomers Find a Long-Lost Ocean on Mars

The ancient sea covered a fifth of the planet's surface, to a depth of at least a mile.<p>Astronomers using some of the world's most powerful telescopes have determined that an ocean at least a mile deep covered a significant fraction of the Martian surface four billion years ago.<p>The research, …

Space Travel

Apple, Facebook, Comcast, and hundreds of others ask Supreme Court for nationwide marriage equality

Marriage equality is actually good for business, so these companies claim<p>A host of the biggest companies in the world, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and 374 others have banded together to file an amicus brief in the US Supreme Court stating that all couples should share the …

American exceptionalism is a sick joke

Endless incarceration. Extrajudicial killing. Pervasive surveillance. America is anything but a model democracy<p>Alfred W. McCoy<p>February 25, 2015 10:00am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>"The sovereign is he who decides on the exception,” said conservative thinker Carl Schmitt in …