Kannan Manickam

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What Went Wrong in Vietnam

The military historian Max Boot takes on the counter-insurgency maven Edward Lansdale.<p>For almost thirty years, by means financial, military, and diplomatic, the United States tried to prevent Vietnam from becoming a Communist state. Millions died in that struggle. By the time active American …

Vietnam

How Protein Conquered America

<b>My bodega is only a little bigger than my studio apartment</b>, and sells no fewer than 10 kinds of Muscle Milk. In the drink cases, crowded with bottled water, Snapple, and Arizona iced tea, Muscle Milk occupies prime, eye-level real estate, protein counts splashed across the front of the bottles in …

Nutrition

Smashing Pumpkins' Band Drama: The Complete History

As Billy Corgan & Co. get ready to hit the road without D'arcy Wretzky, we look back at the band's many falling-outs, reboots and …

Rock Music

Why Evangelicals Support President Trump, Despite His Immorality

While the majority of Americans consistently report that they disapprove of President Trump, and millions rally to protest the Muslim Ban, attacks on …

Black History

Jack Johnson descendant seeking posthumous pardon for racially-motivated 'immorality' conviction

In Jim Crow America, it's no wonder that Jack Johnson was the most despised African-American of his generation.<p>The first black boxing heavyweight champion of the world, Johnson humiliated white fighters and flaunted his affection for white women, even fleeing the country after an all-white jury …

Black History

She was a maid at 9, wrote a hit song at 11 — and won a Grammy at 93

Elizabeth Cotten was never famous, and almost slipped into total obscurity<p>“Domestic, 71, Sings Songs of Own Composition in ‘Village,’” ran a <i>New York</i> …

Folk Music

1204: The Sack of Constantinople

In 1204 CE the unthinkable happened and Constantinople, after nine centuries of withstanding all comers, was brutally sacked. Even more startling was …

World History

The federal government accidentally increases Marylanders’ taxes

FROM THE moment of enactment, it was clear that the sweeping federal tax overhaul would have big repercussions for the states. The first step in responding is to get a more specific idea of just how large the impact may be and which taxpayers will bear the brunt. In Maryland, Comptroller Peter …

Larry Hogan

From 'Bae' To 'Submarining,' The Lingo Of Online Dating

When it comes to meeting that special someone, we've gone from IRL to swiping right. Online dating has changed the way people meet and communicate — and as that old saying goes, when you're trying to find bae, communication is key.<p>With new ways to flirt, date and find love come new lingo to …

The Mystery of Jesus’s Brother Gets Even Weirder

The controversy over whether Jesus had any siblings is reignited after an amazing new discovery of an ancient text.<br>Read More

Theology

The Nazi breeding and infanticide program you probably never knew about

<b>Forced procreation, kidnapping, and execution of babies were all carried out in the name of a master race</b><p><b>By Erin Blakemore</b><p>It sounds like the stuff of …

Did you know that the brains behind the KKK was a woman?

Elizabeth Tyler revolutionized the Klan with a desire profit — and sinister PR.<p>On the evening of October 11, 1921, Elizabeth Tyler was entertaining a …

The truth about fat and sugar is finally explained

<i>Why did it take us so long to realise sugar, not fat, was the enemy? In a move that would make most big pharma companies proud, new research</i> …

Diabetes

A Fatal First Voyage – How Europe’s Mightiest Warship Foundered Moments Into Her Inaugural Cruise

The pride of the Swedish navy, the <i>Vasa</i>, had a short career — a VERY short career. (Image source: WikiCommons)<p><i>“In a single gust of wind, Sweden’s</i> …

The detail-oriented woman who found a secret of the universe in a piece of “scruff”

A pulsar is a small, spinning star—a giant ball of neutrons, left behind after a normal star has died in a fiery explosion.<p>With a diameter of only 30km (18.6 miles), the star spins up to hundreds of times a second, while sending out a beam of radio waves (and sometimes other radiation, such as …

Universe

75 Years Ago, Scientists Conducted An Unprecedented Nuclear Experiment

Seventy-five years ago this week, scientists from the University of Chicago created the first controlled, self-sustained nuclear chain reaction, a feat that was essential in the development of an atomic bomb during World War II.<p>Enrico Fermi and his team of physicists secretly conducted the Chicago …

Inside Crackland: the open-air drug market that São Paulo just can’t kick

The brazen drug scene of Cracolândia is unlike nearly anything in any city in the world – hundreds and sometimes thousands of addicts, congregating openly in the city’s bustling downtown core. Every mayor thinks they have a solution<p>Por dentro da Cracolândia, a feira aberta de crack que São Paulo …

Susan Sarandon: ‘I thought Hillary was very dangerous. If she'd won, we'd be at war’

Once the bete noire of the right, now the actor finds herself even more hated by the left for refusing to support Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump. She talks about Hollywood sexism, female empowerment and playing Bette Davis<p>Susan Sarandon at 71 is bright-eyed and airy, and perhaps shyer than …

Volunteering Abroad? Read This Before You Post That Selfie

Think before you snap that selfie.<p>That's the serious message of a joint campaign created by two groups that have spent the past few years poking fun at problematic photos taken by Western volunteers. They often have the tendency to paint themselves as saviors to needy people in low-income countries.<p>…

Bones of freed slaves 'haunt' St. Helena island

Between 1840 and 1865, around 25,000 slaves were freed and released on St. Helena, according to historians. Photo: Wikimedia Commons<p>JAMESTOWN, United …

Blame the US Retail Apocalypse on hedge funds and financialization, not Amazon and Walmart

America is in the midst of a "retail apocalypse": 6,800 chain stores are closing this year. It's true that online retailers and winner-take-alls like …

Delhi Half Marathon kicks off despite health warning

Thousands of runners have taken part in the Delhi Half Marathon despite health warnings from doctors. Participants have to cover 21.1 kilometers in …

Pollution

Deep in The Ocean, There's a 'Shadow Zone' Where The Water Is 2,000 Years Old

An airless, mysterious abyss.<p>The oldest water in the ocean didn't reach its advanced years by accident.<p>Deep in the North Pacific, a vast stretch of …

Atlantic Ocean

Any Runner Can Get Osteoarthritis–Here’s How To Avoid It

It’s called post-traumatic osteoarthritis and, based on a recent study by orthopedists and rehabilitation specialists at the University of Iowa, it …

Osteoarthritis

Which Age Group Has the Easiest Boston Marathon Qualifying Time?

The Boston Marathon is one of the few races that require most runners to beat a qualifying time to get in. Some runners do that on their first …

Marathons
World History

How Britain did Gaddafi’s dirty work

Secret papers show how far MI6 went to please Libya’s ruthless intelligence agents – including helping to kidnap the dictator’s enemies. By Ian Cobain<p>Five days after 9/11, early on a Sunday evening, a small group of senior CIA officers drove from their headquarters in Langley, Virginia, to the …

More evidence that the dinosaurs were super unlucky with regards to that whole asteroid thing

Location matters. Especially to extinction-causing asteroids.<p>66 million years ago, an asteroid about 6 miles wide flamed across the sky and slammed into a sloping continental shelf, just off what is now Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It collided with the force of 10 billion nuclear bombs and dug deep …

India

13 Incredible Science Facts You Probably Didn't Learn at High School

Science just gets better.<p>We learn about some awesome science in high school - like Einstein's theory of relativity, the Periodic table, and DNA …

Military Aircraft