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Hungary passes 'Stop Soros' law banning help for migrants

<b>The Hungarian parliament has passed new legislation that criminalises lawyers and activists who help asylum seekers.</b><p>Anyone "facilitating illegal immigration" will face a year in jail.<p>Viktor Orban's government has dubbed the legislation the "Stop Soros law", after the billionaire philanthropist it …

Human Rights

The Most Important Skill Nobody Taught You

Before dying at the age of 39, Blaise Pascal made huge contributions to both physics and mathematics, notably in fluids, geometry, and …

Consciousness

Alex Kurtzman Inks $25M Overall Deal Extension With CBS TV Studios, Will Expand 'Star Trek' TV Franchise

Kurtzman recently took over as showrunner on CBA All Access' 'Star Trek: Discovery,' exec produces CBS' 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Scorpion' and 'Instinct,' …

Star Trek

The economics case for using Zen to think about trade

Free traders are in pain. The latest protectionist measure they bemoan as a threat to the decades-old free-trade system: 25% tariffs on $50 billion Chinese goods Donald Trump announced today.<p>The world economy, too, will suffer from uncertainty and the disrupted flow of goods, economists warn. …

Globalization

Star Trek: Discovery Replaces Its Showrunners, Reportedly Over Drama in the Writers Room

The CBS All Access series <i>Star Trek: Discovery</i> is, not for the first time, jettisoning its showrunners into space. Bryan Fuller left the production in …

Star Trek

Invisible asymptotes

"It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do …

Social Media

Donald Trump’s New World Order

How the President, Israel, and the Gulf states plan to fight Iran—and leave the Palestinians and the Obama years behind.<p>On the afternoon of December 14, 2016, Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, rode from his Embassy to the White House to attend a Hanukkah party. The Obama …

Israel

There Are Two Ways to Read — One Is Useless

Reading is telepathy, and a book is the most powerful technology invented.<p>Homer, Shakespeare, Voltaire, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Woolf, Hemingway — these …

Self-improvement

Andrew O’Hagan: The Tower

It was 1.20 a.m. The fire had travelled diagonally up the building before spreading round the north face, passing from the fourth to the 14th floor …

North Kensington

The chords of the universe

It’s no surprise that mathematics has influenced music. But did you know that the influence goes both ways?<i>By Eli Maor</i>Read at Aeon

Flute

The Fight to Define Romans 13

Jeff Sessions used it to justify his policy of family separation, but he’s not the first to invoke the biblical passage.<p>On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their families at the border by referencing the New …

Theology

How Netflix sent the biggest media companies into a frenzy, and why Netflix thinks some are getting it wrong

The media industry is in a frenzy.<p>AT&T is buying Time Warner for $85 billion after overcoming a challenge from the Justice Department. The Murdoch …

TV Ratings

Dear Journalists: Stop being loudspeakers for liars

<i>(First of a series in how journalists need to change their ways in response to unprecedented challenges in the age of Trump. Updated with links to</i> …

Journalism

The most violent chimp war of all time was about the same stuff humans fight over

Some 25 years into her long observation of chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park, primatologist Jane Goodall witnessed a unique and unsettling event: a permanent splinter of the once-peaceful chimpanzee community into two rival groups, followed by four bloody years of chimp-on-chimp …

Duke University

Meet the guys who tape Trump's papers back together

The president's unofficial 'filing system' involves tearing up documents into pieces, even when they're supposed to be preserved.<p>Solomon Lartey spent the first five months of the Trump administration working in the Old Executive Office Building, standing over a desk with scraps of paper spread out …

Donald Trump

Why eight hours a night isn’t enough, according to a leading sleep scientist

For something that we spend a third of our lives doing (if we’re lucky), sleep is something that we know relatively little about. “Sleep is actually a relatively recent discovery,” says Daniel Gartenberg, a sleep scientist who is currently an assistant adjunct professor in biobehavioral health at …

Brainwaves

Would a Former President Get Secret Service Protection in Prison?

What about a former first lady?<p>Special counsel Robert Mueller has told the president he’s not a criminal target in the Russia investigation, but that …

Secret Service

Why Men Love War

"Like all lust, for as long as it lasts it dominates everything else." Read this legendary story again for Memorial Day.<p><i>Originally published in the November 1984 issue</i><p><b>I last saw Hiers</b> in a rice paddy in Vietnam. He was nineteen then--my wonderfully skilled and maddeningly insubordinate radio …

U.S. Army

How to Kill a Fish

How did the last fish you ate die? If you don’t already know, then I’ve got some bad news: the most likely answer is that it asphyxiated.</b> …

GitHub Is Microsoft’s $7.5 Billion Undo Button

Oh, GitHub, we knew ye … pretty well, actually, over the past decade. At least programmers did. To us you’ve been comically unavoidable, from your …

Satya Nadella

Why the Best Things in Life Are All Backwards

There’s a part of Navy SEAL training called “drown-proofing” where they bind your hands behind your back, tie your feet together, and dump you into a …

Tax Preparation

Senate Investigators May Have Found a Missing Piece in the Russia Probe

An ex-congressman allegedly has ties to the Trump campaign—as well as to powerful figures in Russia and Ukraine. Finding out what he knows is crucial, a top Democrat in the Senate says.<p><i>Updated June 8, 2018 at 5:28 p.m. ET</i><p>An ex-congressman has attracted scrutiny from the Senate Judiciary Committee, …

Donald Trump

Climate Change Can Be Stopped by Turning Air Into Gasoline

A Harvard professor says his company should be able to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, at industrial scales, by 2021.<p>A team of scientists from Harvard University and the company Carbon Engineering announced on Thursday that they have found a method to cheaply and directly pull …

Carbon Dioxide

Game of Thrones prequel given green light by HBO

HBO said on Friday (local time) it was moving ahead with a prequel for its hit television series Game of Thrones, the first green light for five …

TV Series

🍟Table salt: The edible rock we hate to love

Salt

Why is Guatemala's volcanic eruption so much deadlier than Hawaii's?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Both eruptions swallowed homes and reminded everyone how ferocious nature can be.<p>But there are huge differences between Guatemala's Fuego volcano eruption, which has killed 62 people since Sunday, and Hawaii's recent Kilauea eruption, which hasn't killed anyone but keeps slowly wreaking …

Geology

Remembering When Only Barbarians Drank Milk

“Butter eater” was once a terrible insult.<p><i>This article is adapted from</i> <i>Milk! A 10,000-Year Food Fracas by Mark Kurlansky</i><i>.</i><p>During a visit to conquered …

Ancient History

The CEO of Aetna was considering suicide before he found meditation

Whatever else we expect of our big deal company leaders, we don’t expect to be privy to the history of their darkest days. But Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, speaking at an Asia Society event on the topic of Buddhism and Business, was candid about a day several years ago when he contemplated suicide.<p>“I …

Health Care

'Star Wars' should resist bowing to the force of its most vocal fans

<b>(CNN) —</b> Disney and Lucasfilm are dealing with the first conspicuous setback of their five-year-old corporate marriage, as "Solo: A Star Wars Story" has fallen far short of gargantuan box-office expectations. While the studio ponders whether that requires adjusting course, a small, rebellious and …

Star Wars

The radical power of realizing you’re a “dumb shit”

Until 2017, Ray Dalio, multi-billionaire founder of Bridgewater Associates, resided in something of an ivory tower. (His hedge fund’s Westport, Connecticut, headquarters literally has a moat.) While the outside world prodded to know more about his secretive investment firm—notorious, ironically, …

Hedge Funds