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Humans are pushing the Earth closer to a climate cliff | John Abraham

A new paper, just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has received a lot of media attention. The attention is justified because the paper paints a very grim picture of the climate and what humans may be doing to it. In particular, the authors of this study tried to …

Climate Change

Style Is an Algorithm

No one is original anymore, not even you.<p><i>The message of many things in America is “Like this or die.”</i><p><i>— George W.S. Trow,</i> <i>Within the Context of No Context</i><i>, 1980</i><p>The Seeing Robot<p>The camera is a small, white, curvilinear monolith on a pedestal. Inside its smooth casing are a microphone, a speaker, and …

Report: Darrell Issa considering running in district next door

Rep. Darrell Issa may run for the district next door his California 49th if Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter resigns from the seat, The Hill reports.<p><b>Why</b> …

Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving's Story Explains Why

On a melancholy Saturday this past February, Shalon Irving's "village" — the friends and family she had assembled to support her as a single mother — gathered at a funeral home in a prosperous black neighborhood in southwest Atlanta to say goodbye.<p>The afternoon light was gray but bright, flooding …

7 most popular essential oils and how they work

Since ancient times, essential oils have been used for a variety of purposes ranging from religious practices and food preparation to beauty and …

11 Little Mental Health Tips That Therapists Actually Give Their Patients

The goal of therapy is to give you the tools and strategies for navigating whatever is going on in your life—from stress or relationship issues to …

A subtle, unsettling shift in the world order

Donald Trump’s triumph of stupidity: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other G-7 leaders did all they could to convince Trump to remain part of the …

Review: Kedi Is a Love Letter to the Cats (and Humans) of Istanbul

It’s hard to say whether Ceyda Torun’s delightful and visually splendid <i>Kedi</i> is a documentary about Istanbul, with cats, or a documentary about cats …

One of the world's biggest archaeological mysteries is melting away before our eyes

The story of an ancient population that mysteriously disappeared centuries ago might be melting away with the ice in Greenland.<p>In a recent feature for the New Yorker, science writer Elizabeth Kolbert documented what is happening there. She describes the history that's being lost as the ice melts, …

Archaeology

America's First (Secret) Female President

President Woodrow Wilson lay with his mouth drooping, unconscious, having suffered a thrombosis on October 2, 1919, that left him paralyzed on his …