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What We Learned About Geopolitics in 2014

Whenever the world goes to hell in a family-size hand basket, people act surprised that they keep getting surprised.<p>Whenever the world goes to hell in a family-size hand basket, we're always surprised that something so surprising has happened. Yet somehow, we find ourselves turning back to the …

When Revolution Came to America

A brief history of violence against Wall Street and its accomplices.<p>A little violence can sometimes work to defend against predatory bankers. Consider the farmers of Le Mars, Iowa. The year was 1933, the height of the Great Depression.<p>A finance bubble on Wall Street had crashed the economy, the …

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How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket

From the layout to the little old lady who hands out samples, we explain the psychological tricks the supermarket uses to get you to buy food you don't want<p><i>This is the first part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discusses how supermarkets</i> …

How Quitting Smoking Changes Your Body

The grim news is that cigarette smoking is attributed to about 443,000 deaths each year in the United States. The good news is that the younger you are when you quit, the greater the health benefits. But quitting at any age can add years to your life. And some of the benefits are almost …

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This Algae Battery Could Power A Tesla With 200X The Charge

In a small lab, near a lake at the edge of West Berkeley, sits the prototype of what could revolutionize battery power as we know it. The secret to this power? Algae.<p>OK, just hang with me here. Lots of research has already been done on algae’s possible power capabilities. Prototype creator Adam …

Sleepy brains neglect half the world

Damage to certain parts of the brain can lead to a bizarre syndrome called hemispatial neglect, in which one loses awareness of one side of their body and the space around it. In extreme cases, a patient with hemispatial neglect might eat food from only one side of their plate, dress on only one …

Half-Naked Man Rips Tiles From London Roofs 'In Protest Over Benefit Changes'

A disgruntled man flung roof tiles from the top of his terraced home in a six-hour protest at the government's welfare policies as police attempted …

Charles Bronson ‘smothered himself in butter and attacks 12 prison guards after Arsenal’s FA Cup victory’

Britain’s most notorious inmate greased himself up with Lurpak before attacking 12 prison guards after a football match.<p>Charles Bronson, 61, …

Ukip founder Alan Sked: 'The party has become a Frankenstein's monster'

The founder of Ukip is trying to prove to me that, when he was in charge, the party wasn't racist. He's also trying to demonstrate that his Ukip wouldn't have had its snout in the European parliament's expenses trough, unlike its 2014 incarnation. "I had one here not so long ago," says Alan Sked, …

Anton Purisima Files the Largest Lawsuit Ever Over a Rabid Dog, and It Could Bankrupt the World

New Yorker Anton Purisima claims a rabid dog bit him on a city bus. The result is the world’s largest ever lawsuit—and, if he wins, the awarding of …

Dani Alves: Neymar planned social media response to racists

<b>The social media campaign against racism that grew after Dani Alves ate a banana thrown onto the pitch was planned in advance by team-mate Neymar.</b><p>Barcelona's Alves took a bite before a corner in Sunday's win at Villarreal.<p>It's a way for Neymar to engage his audience and express his anger and his …