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“You’re a Sacrifice”: An Open Letter to Edward Snowden

Screenshot from <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/09/edward-snowden-nsa-whistleblower-surveillance">The Guardian</a><p>Looking for news …

Farc negotiator: Colombian conflict 'nearing an end'

<b>The chief peace negotiator for Colombia's Farc rebel group has said the armed conflict that has lasted more than five decades is nearing an end.</b><p>Ivan Marquez, who is taking part in talks with the Colombian government in Cuba, has called on left-wing parties and unions to join the effort to achieve …

South America

Why Does John Malkovich Want to Kill Me?

It used to be just a trickle, a steady drip-drip of hate mail which arrived once a week, castigating me for reporting on the killing of innocent …

How To Turn A Match Into A Tiny Rocket [VIDEO]

Blast off!<p>The swift strike of a match on July 4 typically precedes sky-high spectacles. But matches themselves can be fireworks. When ignited, the bulb of fuel on a match's tip combusts into space-hogging gases. By containing the gas in aluminum foil and directing it downward, you can create a …

William Hague is betraying Britain's values in its response to the Egyptian coup

William Hague can’t tell the truth about Morsi’s departure from power in Egypt for fear of upsetting the US<p>I want to be fair to Mr Hague. He is Britain’s cleverest and most hard-working foreign secretary since Robin Cook. He is the master of his brief. Unlike his dreadful predecessors, David …

Building Better Calf Muscles: How the Calf Works and How to Work It

<b>Take a gander at the muscles on the back of your lower leg.</b> Which category applies to you: Are they short and bulky? Long and bulky? Average size? …

Tai Chi

Easy Meals and Easy Recipes

Cedric Angeles<p>Lemon-Tarragon Halibut en Papillote<p><b>The Situation:</b><br>Important Business Dinner<p><b>Perfect Meal to Make:</b><br>Lemon-Tarragon Halibut en Papillote<p>The right meal (and the proper presentation) shows you're sophisticated and serious about your career, and that you have creativity and flair. Sealing fish …

Cakes ready in one minute with new baking kit

Mary Berry would perhaps not approve, but for those who despair at slaving away in the kitchen for less than perfect deserts there could be an answer to their prayers.<p>The “One Minute Cake Maker” allows those wanting to impress their guests to create a desert in just seconds in the microwave.<p>Baking …

Why we created The Incomplete Map of the Cosmic Genome

I am often lucky enough to be the biggest idiot in the room. In the past few years, I have found myself meeting particle physicists of repute, …

John Pilger: forcing down Evo Morales's plane was an act of air piracy: http://bit.ly/16STg9b Imagine the aircraft of the president of France being forced down in Latin America on "suspicion" that it was carrying a political refugee to safety – and not just any refugee but someone who has provided the people of the world with proof of criminal activity on an epic scale. Denying the Bolivian president air space was a metaphor for the gangsterism that now rules the world. European states were told Snowden was on Morales plane, says Spain: http://bit.ly/1cYn5qm Photograph: Zuma/Rex Features

A Harvard Economist's Surprisingly Simple Productivity Secret

ASPEN, Colo. -- It's one of the most common complaints in the professional world: too little time.<p>Workers who log 60-plus hour weeks gripe that they …

How to Take More Action: 9 Powerful Tips

Image by goodsurfers2008 (license).<p><i>“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to</i> …

Mouse Cloned From A Mere Drop Of Blood

Scientists in Japan have been able, for the first time, to successfully clone a mouse from a blood sample drawn from a living donor's tail.<p>Scientists at the Riken BioResource Center in Japan have managed to clone a mouse from a minuscule, peripheral blood sample for the first time. The method …

Dad Sequences Daughter's Genome To Pinpoint Her Rare Syndrome

The extreme possibilities of personalized medicine<p>Dads all have their talents. Mine was a whiz at fixing mechanical toys, such as my orange, flower-printed, wind-up owl. Bea Reinhoff's dad trained as a geneticist in the 1980s, although he ultimately chose to leave medicine in order to fund biotech …

The Mistake Smart People Make: Being In Motion vs. Taking Action

There is a common mistake that often happens to smart people — in many cases, without you ever realizing it.<p>The mistake has to do with the difference …

Procrastination

How algorithms rule the world

On 4 August 2005, the police department of Memphis, Tennessee, made so many arrests over a three-hour period that it ran out of vehicles to transport …

Do you need a job and look like Adolf Hitler? Well, you could be in luck

<b>Is your uncanny resemblance to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler harming your job prospects? Well this might just be the role for you.</b><p>Looking like one of …

US Senate passes far-reaching immigration reform bill

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/990000/990327_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522585332_e3d22c506b8bcc97cad9394e03607a25<p><b>The US Senate has passed a broad immigration reform bill that includes a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.</b><p>The …

Immigration

Daily chart: America's hospitals are the most expensive part of the world's most expensive medical system. Health care consumes nearly a fifth of economic output. Today's chart compares per patient per day hospital costs and reveals that Americans spend more than four times as much on hospital care as many other countries http://econ.st/17pl0U3

Everyday Foods Transformed Into Appealing Sculptures

Romanian artist Dan Cretu sees the potential for art in all of the foods around him. In his work, he transforms the most basic of nourishment–fruits and vegetables, sunflower seeds, and even slices of salami–into elaborate food art. Since he began his work in this type of sculpture, even just the …

Art