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The Trend Line: Since WWII, Harry Truman Has Lowest Presidential Approval Rating

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From English lessons to Cambridge scholarships: UK spends £700,000 on North Korea programmes

When the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office released details of its North Korean programme spending this week, some eyes were immediately drawn to the £287.33 the government paid for rights to show the BBC’s Sherlock at the Pyongyang Film Festival in 2012.<p>Never mind that it had been reported at …

Amazon seeks US permission to test Prime Air delivery drones

It is Glastonbury 2024, and you've got a front-row spot for the headline act, the Rolling Stones, concluding their fifth farewell tour. You need a drink badly, so you get out your smartphone and dial up a drone, which within minutes delivers a plastic bottle from the bar a mile away.<p>Science …

Five alternative American heroes: the women we shouldn't have missed

When I put together a list of 10 alternative American heroes for Independence Day, I felt I had all the bases covered. Relying heavily on suggestions from Guardian readers, the list included civil rights activists, scientists, politicians, and historians, of all classes and backgrounds.<p>Then I …

German spy agency searches for more moles after US breach

Germany's intelligence agency has reacted to the continuing row over US spying by commissioning an investigation to unmask further moles in its own ranks.<p>Gerhard Schindler, president of the BND, has told the government that he has ordered an analysis of his agency's communications for …

Crimea the opera eulogises Moscow's land-grab in music

A patriotic opera in Russia's second city of St Petersburg has attempted to cement Moscow's disputed control over Crimea – in music at least.<p>Crimea, the opera, is a boisterous new work celebrating the Kremlin's annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine.<p>The opera traces Crimea's history from the …

Germany demands public promise from US to end spying

Germany is determined to extract a public commitment from the US over future spying activity during talks with John Kerry this weekend, despite a White House preference to try to mend their battered diplomatic relationship behind closed doors.<p>Secretary of state Kerry is due to meet his counterpart …

Eastern Arsenal

Popular Science Blogs<p>Monitoring China's growing military might—and what it means for the world. By Jeffrey Lin & Peter W. Singer<p>Eastern Arsenal<p>China's opening a factory to build engines for hypersonic missiles and spaceplanes<p>Reconnaissance and strike capabilities of aircrafts with these engines …

Antibody Treatment Developed For Dogs With Cancer

It could one day be used to treat your dog.<p>Dogs, like people, can get cancer--and research has shown that canine and human cancers can be very much alike. Austrian scientists recently found that the receptor proteins that coat the surface of various canine tumors are 91 percent similar to human …

Is IBM Making Plans For The End Of Silicon?

As chips get smaller, chipmakers investigate new methods and materials.<p>Since the computer age began, microchips have consistently been shrunk to smaller and smaller sizes. Moore’s Law, articulated in 1965 by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, predicts, fairly accurately to date, that the number of …

The California High-Speed Rail Debate—Kicking Things Off

The Erie Canal. The transcontinental railroad. The Interstate Highway system. Big, expensive, controversial—and indispensable. Is the next one in this series a new rail network in our most famously freeway-centric state?<p>A little more than a year ago, when I did an article on the successful …

The genius of building a maze at a city’s center

I’m the kind of person who probably couldn’t find his way out of a paper bag, so it was with some hesitation that I stepped into the BIG Maze. This is a project at Washington DC’s National Building Museum, a summer folly designed by the always-entertaining Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels …

George Lucas's Art Museum: His Best Idea Since Star Wars

His planned tribute to narrative art has been called a vanity project, but compared to his 20th-century museum-founding predecessors, he's a champion for the masses.<p>An art museum is supposed to spark discussion about the artists whose works are collected inside—not about the person whose name is on …

How the Assassination of James A. Garfield Haunts VA Reform

Congress's proposal to fix the broken agency risks taking the country back to the patronage-job system of the 19th century.<p>When Mark Twain collaborated with his neighbor Charles Dudley Warner in 1873 to write the novel <i>The Gilded Age</i>, it received mixed reviews—but it became a classic, in large part …

Hysteria Over Sexting Reaches Peak Absurdity

A judge in Virginia granted a warrant for police to take a picture of a 17-year-old's erect penis—an extreme adult reaction to teenage sexuality.<p>A 17-year-old boy is forced by adults to submit to an injection that makes his penis erect. The adults command him to strip and photograph his genitals …

America Fails the 'Rule of Law' Test

The U.S. doesn't even come close to meeting the standards articulated by its own army. Why isn't establishment Washington alarmed?<p>The U.S. Army field manual* defines "the rule of law" as follows: "The rule of law refers to a principle of governance in which all persons, institutions and entities, …

Apes 2, Humans 0: Simians Rule Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evocative, performance-capture apes of Andy Serkis and co. make this one of summer's most satisfying movies.<p>For the second time in three weeks, Hollywood has offered us a summer blockbuster in which the CGI characters are more compelling than the human ones. Last time, it was Michael Bay’s</i> …

Are Multiplayer Games the Future of Education?

A new classroom approach tries to bring more competition into the classroom.<p>It was just supposed to be a quick trip to Beijing, a touristy group thing to take in the sights. It wasn't supposed to go down like this. There wasn't supposed to be a lost manuscript; the travelers weren't supposed to …

The Lost and Found Legacy of Barbara Ringer

Remembering one of the architects of American copyright law—and one of the legal world's pioneering women<p>I came across a quote a few weeks ago—one that so perfectly encapsulates the outdatedness and skepticism surrounding copyright law—that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen before: “The 1976 …

The Rise of the Fusion Republicans

In primaries across the country, the war between the GOP establishment and the Tea Party ended not in a surrender but a truce. But are the candidates too conservative to win?<p>Primary season is almost over, and as you may have heard, the Republican establishment mostly won. Other than the shocking …

California High-Speed Rail—the Critics' Case

Every big infrastructure project is controversial. Most of them work out better than critics contend early on. But maybe the critics are right about high-speed rail. Let's hear what they say.<p>Every big peacetime project that any democracy has ever undertaken has generated controversy.<p>In retrospect, …

Hillary’s No Slam Dunk in 2016

Why she’s more vulnerable than everyone thinks.<p>Could Hillary Clinton be the next Richard Nixon? Now that’s a provocative question, but it isn’t quite what you think.<p>The other day, I watched Hillary and Bill Clinton take in their close friend Terry McAuliffe’s inauguration as governor of Virginia. …

The great college aid game: Ways students can avoid full sticker price

For five New Rochelle High School seniors who have applied to colleges, January has been spent facing a new pile of forms – for financial aid. Most …

New Discoveries Bring New Hope for the Possibility of Alien Life

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Scientists who are always on the lookout for some small sign that we are not alone in the universe …

A Big Fracking Lie

President Obama isn’t just not fixing climate change—he’s making it worse.<p>If you want to know just how bad an idea it is for America to ship “fracked” natural gas to overseas markets, travel the 65 miles from the White House to a place called Cove Point in southern Maryland.<p>There, right on the …

It's Not Too Late to Make San Francisco Affordable Again. Here's How

The race is on to launch an internet TV service in the US

America’s first pay TV service delivered entirely over the internet is coming. The only question is who will offer it.<p>A slew of companies—Sony, Verizon, Apple, and Amazon—are working on television services that would take advantage of the internet with easier-to-use menus, recordings in the cloud, …

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