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For small-town Carolinians, the question isn’t when they’ll rebuild — but whether they will at all

NICHOLS, S.C. — The wind rattled the house, the rain wouldn’t stop, and Glendale Gilchrist worried it was about to happen again.<p>All she could think about was that day two years ago, the last time a hurricane ripped through here. First came the false sense of security. Then the six inches of water …

South Carolina

High ice and hard truth: the poets taking on climate change

High up on a melting Greenland glacier, at the end of this summer from climate hell, two young women shout a poem above the roar of the wind. Aka Niviana, grew up on the northern coast of Greenland; as its ice inexorably thaws, her traditional way of life disappears. And the water that melts off …

Environment

This Map Shows How the Carolinas Became More Vulnerable to Hurricanes

The southeast coast is no stranger to devastating storms, but that hasn’t slowed people from moving there.

Opinion

Louisiana fights the sea, and loses

WHEN Roosevelt Falgout was a boy, the brackish water that now laps within a few feet of his three-room cabin at Isle de Jean Charles was miles off. …

Natural Gas

Miami Will Be Underwater Soon. Its Drinking Water Could Go First

One morning in June, Douglas Yoder climbed into a white government SUV on the edge of Miami and headed northwest, away from the glittering coastline …

Water

Europe’s freak weather, explained

BERLIN — We’ve all become increasingly used to reports of extreme weather over the past few years. But this summer’s raft of dramatic weather events …

Climate Change

The real story of Houston’s flooding, as told through a closed golf course, a map, a bayou, and millions in development:

Having built itself into a cataclysm, the city is at a crossroads.

Extreme Weather

The Next Financial Crisis Lurks Underground

About 20 years ago, an entrepreneur named George Mitchell proved that it was possible to get lots of oil and gas out of parts of the earth long thought to be sucked dry, by injecting liquid at high pressure into a horizontal well below the surface. About 10 years ago, fracking — the common term for …

Fracking

'I do not accept him as my leader' — Uber CTO's explosive anti-Trump email reveals growing internal tensions

In the message, CTO Thuan Pham blasted Trump as a "deplorable person" and called his election a huge step backward — even comparing it to the rise of ruthless dictators such as Mao Zedong in China and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia after the Vietnam War.<p>The email was being circulated internally among …

Why Russia Loves the Idea of California Seceding

Once again, Moscow is winking at a long-shot breakaway movement in the U.S.<p>On a sunny late September day, a trio of tourists gathered on Moscow’s Red Square. Well-dressed, carrying a Russian flag, the visitors bunched in front of the Kremlin’s walls to snap a selfie. Like so many others before, the …

The Positive Reframe: Why Trump’s Inauguration is Not the Beginning of an Era — but the End

Why Trump’s Inauguration is Not the Beginning of an Era — but the End<p><i>“We are suffering just now from a bad attack of economic pessimism. It is common</i> …

Will Donald Trump’s divided America evoke the social turmoil of the ’60s? It might — and the 1860s too

<b>Chicago police officers confront a demonstrator during the Democratic National Convention, Aug. 26, 1968; protesters outside a Donald Trump rally, June 2, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (AP/Noah Berger/Salon)</b><p>Donald Trump’s polarized nation bears the scars of the 1960s — and divisions that go back much …

Today: Trump's America is starkly divided. Are states too different for us to reunite?

<b>This is Mic's daily read on Donald Trump's America — and how it affects you.</b><p><b>Welcome to America's only political newsletter powered by John Glenn's</b> …

Camera-phone Lucida

Of all the social networks, it’s the easiest, the simplest, the least full of harm. Let’s put it a different way. Facebook is Sauron. It’s also your …

The Age of Insight: How the Cross-Pollination of Art and Science in Early 20th-Century Vienna Shaped Modern Culture

Something unusual defined Vienna between 1890 and 1918, something that shaped more of Western culture than we dare suspect — artists, writers, thinkers and scientists across biology, medicine, and psychoanalysis came into regular contact and, in the process of these interactions, steered the course …

The Psychology of Time and the Paradox of How Impulsivity and Self-Control Mediate Our Capacity for Presence

“Consciousness is tied to corporeality and temporality: I experience myself as existing with a body over time.”<p><i>“Reality is never and nowhere more accessible than in the immediate moment of one’s own life,”</i> Kafka once told a teenage friend. <i>“It’s only there that it can be won or lost.”</i> The great …

The So-Called Alien Megastructure Just Got Even More Mysterious

Last fall, a little-known star called KIC 8462852 became our planetary obsession when astronomers said that its erratic flickering could be the …

Penn State

George R. R. Martin – A Feast For Crows - Brienne V - "Broken Men" Speech

"Ser? My lady?" said Podrick. "Is a broken man an outlaw?"<p>"More or less," Brienne answered.<p>Septon Meribald disagreed. "More less than more. There are …

TV Series

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is a masterpiece until it's a franchise movie

<i>2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the</i> Star Trek <i>franchise – and the release of</i> Star Trek Beyond<i>, the 13th feature film in the series.</i> <i>To celebrate</i> …

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Mind-Bender: ‘Game of Thrones’ Director on Original, Brutal Idea for ‘Hold the Door’

Jack Bender, filmmaker and artist, will always be the Elephant in the Room<p>In the <i>Game of Thrones</i> universe, Jack Bender is a walking spoiler alert. As …

TV Series

​Game of Thrones​ Has Lost the Ability to Surprise

<b>Spoilers for Game of Thrones past, present and future beyond this point.</b><p>As we pass the halfway point of <i>Game of Thrones</i>' sixth season, two things are …

6 Things We Learned From the New Winds of Winter Chapter

Over the weekend, George R.R. Martin gave fans yet another glimpse at <i>The Winds of Winter</i>, reading a never-before-seen Aeron Grey chapter, “The …

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*SPOILER POLICY*<p>While I've read all the ASOIAF books, I don't reblog or post spoilers beyond the current episode, episode preview or trailer. I'm in …

'Game Of Thrones' And 'A Song Of Ice And Fire' May End Very, Very Differently

<i>Game of Thrones</i> is making its way through its sixth season, and doing quite a good job of surprising book readers and show watchers alike with new twists and turns. The show has now sailed past the vast majority of the written material from George RR Martin’s <i>A Song of Ice and Fire</i> series. Some fans …

'Game of Thrones' Hodor Twist Different in Books, Says GRRM

We’re still processing the fallout from <i>Game of Thrones</i> Season 6's tearful “The Door,” amid news that the title revelation serves as one of three …

TV Series

Game of Thrones' “The Door” was a meta-commentary on the whole series

The play's the thing.<p><i>Every week throughout season six, a handful of Vox's writers will discuss the latest episode of</i> <b>Game of Thrones</b><i>. Before you dig in, check out our</i> <i>recap of Sunday's episode</i><i>, as well the archive of</i> <i>our entire discussion to date</i><i>. Next up is gender issues writer Emily Crockett.</i><p><b>Emily</b> …

George R.R. Martin revealed 3 huge shocks to Game of Thrones producers

Sunday’s Hodor revelation wasn’t the only stunning twist author George R.R. Martin revealed to the showrunners of <i>Game of Thrones</i>.<p>During the …

George R.R. Martin

This Explosive Game of Thrones Episode Explained How the White Walkers Could Take Westeros

The big twist even book readers didn't see coming.<p><i>This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 5 “The Door.” If you’re not caught up now is the time to leave.</i><p>For six seasons now the White Walkers have seemingly been wandering aimlessly around the North building up the ranks in …

White Walkers