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Super PAC to end all super PACs hits its $5 million funding goal

A crowdfunded super PAC designed to end all super PACs has achieved its funding goal. The Mayday PAC raised $5 million from over 50,000 small contributions over the past couple of months. Added to the $5 million matching contribution it's expecting and the $2 million it pulled in this past May, the …

How To Make A New Planet Home

Three simple steps for an intergalactic exit plan<p>The recipe for creating a habitable planet turns out to be surprisingly simple: Just add water—and atmospheric gases. Mars has both, relics from four billion years ago when the planet was warm and wet. “When it comes to Mars, and only Mars, the …

Rise of the myth busters: Why Piketty and Tyson are the icons America needs

<b>Thomas Piketty, Neil deGrasse Tyson (Reuters/Charles Platiau/AP/Frank Micelotta)</b><p>Thomas Piketty and Neil deGrasse Tyson are the breakout stars of 2014 — and not a moment too soon<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>June 8, 2014 5:00pm (UTC)<p>Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the 21st Century" was published on March 10, 2014, the …

The peril of hipster economics

On May 16, an artist, a railway service and a government agency spent $291,978 to block poverty from the public eye.<p>Called psychylustro, German artist Katharina Grosse's project is a large-scale work designed to distract Amtrak train riders from the dilapidated buildings and fallen factories of …

Restoring Science’s Place in Society Will Help Us Resolve the Big Debates (Op-Ed)

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Live Science's</i> Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

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Skype Translator Will Be Able to Interpret Calls in Real Time

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella showed off Skype Translator on Tuesday, an upcoming feature aiming at real-time interpretation of voice calls within two …

Fringe Factor: The Common Core Will Turn Your Kids as Gay as Possible

A Florida representative hates to be the bearer of bad news, but the Common Core will produce new armies of homosexuals.<p><b>Common Core Will Turn Your</b> …

Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity and Coulter intentionally tore America apart

<b>(Fox News)</b><p>False claims go unchallenged, racial fears are stoked — and political scientists discover it helps GOP at polls<p>Matthew W. Hughey • Gregory S. Parks<p>May 17, 2014 3:45pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Wrongs of the Right: Race and the Republican Party in the Age of Obama”<p>Right-wing political …

IBM Lab Accidentally Makes New Type of Super-Strong, Recyclable Polymer

Strong, durable materials are hard to recycle—they're designed to stand up to abuse. But research chemists at an IBM laboratory just published their …

Climate Change Is A Growing National Security Concern, Say Retired Military Leaders

A report released Tuesday from an advisory group of retired U.S. military leadership echoes the findings of other recent reports on climate change: It is real, it is already happening and it poses major threats to the U.S. and the rest of the world.<p>The federally funded Center for Naval Analyses and …

Benghazi nuts, anti-vaxxers, birthers: Do they really buy their own nonsense?

<b>Ted Cruz, Jenny McCarthy, Alex Jones (AP/Rick Bowmer/Reuters/Fred Prouser/Jim Bourg/Salon)</b><p>Alex Jones fans, Benghazi believers and antivaxxers have real impact. They’re wrong, but we need to understand them<p>Arthur Goldwag<p>May 13, 2014 6:53pm (UTC)<p>Why do people believe ridiculous things, in despite of …

Spurious Correlations finds the hidden, totally pointless connections between everything

Spurious Correlations is the virtual embodiment of a useful rhetorical cudgel: correlation does not equal causation. Sift through its data sets, and you'll find all sorts of statistics that can be mapped onto each other — margarine consumption and the divorce rate, crude oil imports and number of …

Reinventing the wheel with built-in shock absorbers

When Israeli farmer Gilad Wolf broke his pelvis in 2008, he resolved not to lets his crops wither on the vine and became determined to turn his …

The ultimate guide to shutting down conservative anti-Piketty hysteria

<b>Rush Limbaugh (AP/Chris Carlson/Salon)</b><p>“Capital in the 21st Century” has sent conservatives into a rage. Here’s how to debunk their favorite attacks<p>Sean McElwee<p>May 4, 2014 4:00pm (UTC)<p>Thomas Piketty’s wildly popular new book, "Capital in the 21st Century<i>,"</i> has been subject to more think pieces than …

How the rich stole our money — and made us think they were doing us a favor

<b>Donald Trump, Mitt Romney, Lloyd Blankfein (lev radin via Shutterstock/Reuters/Steve Marcus/Jim Young/Salon)</b><p>Pushing people toward stocks, real estate and credit cards have all come at a cost — and with one goal in mind<p>David Atkins<p>May 4, 2014 10:59am (UTC)<p>If you've paid attention to the economy over …

Democracy's Deepening Recession

Around the world, the advance of freedom hinges on "swing states." And they're swinging in the wrong direction.<p>While the world’s attention has been riveted on Ukraine and what move an emboldened Vladimir Putin will make next, diverse threats to democracy have intensified on other fronts as well. …

Imogen Heap’s sensor-packed gloves will change digital music making forever (interview)

Digital music is made out of square and sine waves. These sounds don’t have bodies. They don’t have a character, but according to musical mastermind Imogen Heap, wearables can bring them to life.<p>Heap believes she’s found a way to make digital music making a bit more human. And all it takes is a …

Will nuclear-powered spaceships take us to the stars?

In the 1950s, rocket scientists dreamed of atomic-powered spaceships. Now these far-fetched designs might help a new generation explore the cosmos.<p>Project Orion has to be the most audacious, dangerous and downright absurd space programme ever funded by the US taxpayer. This 1950s design involved …

Meet the doctor who gave $1 million of his own money to keep his gun violence research going

After House Republicans eviscerated public funding, Dr. Garen Wintemute decided to pony up to “keep the lights on”<p>Lois Beckett<p>April 26, 2014 4:00pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on ProPublica.<p>Federal funding for research on gun violence has been restricted for nearly two decades. President Obama …

Falling Solar Energy Costs Are Poised To Reshape The World's Economy

Jeremy Rifkin recently published a book called <i>The Zero Marginal Cost Society.</i> <i></i>As an industry analyst it is my job to stay on top of technologies that have the chance to transform industry. Indeed, when MHI went through a very throrough research project to identify megatrends that will reshape …

Startup offering DNA screening of 'hypothetical babies' raises fears over designer children

Two days after Anne Morriss took her newborn son home from hospital, she received a bone-chilling phone call. The stranger on the end of the line asked her whether she was sure her baby was still alive. Rushing to the next room, she was relieved to find the baby was fine, but the call was from a …

No Party for This Young Man: A Millennial Storms the Gates of Washington

Nick Troi­ano star­ted a small busi­ness, ran a non­profit group, and was named “Fu­ture Lead­er of Pike County” in Pennsylvania be­fore turn­ing 25. …

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Ai Weiwei's acting debut 'a bit more badass than big teddy bear'

BEIJING -- Sculptor, dissident, activist, blogger, rock 'n' roller, barber. Multi-hyphenate Ai Weiwei wasn't really in need of another descriptor, but now you can add this: actor.<p>The roly-poly, 56-year-old Chinese artist makes his acting debut in a 10-minute sci-fi short called "The Sand Storm" …

The First Amendment Doesn’t Protect the Right to Buy the American Government

The Supreme Court ruled in McCutcheon that a cap on campaign donations violates freedom of speech. This is a dangerous misunderstanding of the First …

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

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If you back a Kickstarter project that sells for $2 billion, do you deserve to get rich?

Oculus's backers could have had a 145x return on their donation. Here's why that never would have happened<p>The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset raised $2.4 million on Kickstarter, no strings attached. Those donors weren’t looking for a payout; they wanted to support something they believed in, …

Here's What Tesla And The Other Silicon Valley 'Disruptors' Don't Get About Politics

You might be surprised to see me launch this column by defending a conservative like Gov. Chris Christie, but when it comes to his administration's beef with Tesla Motors, I think he might be getting a bad rap.<p>There's no question Tesla is innovative. Their luxury electric cars and the hardware they …

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Paul Krugman: Tax the rich to thwart American aristocracy!

<b>Paul Krugman (Reuters/Anton Golubev)</b><p>The New York Times columnist slams those who say raising taxes on the wealthy is un-American<p>Elias Isquith<p>March 28, 2014 1:18pm (UTC)<p>In his latest column for the New York Times, award-winning economist and best-selling author Paul Krugman argues that raising taxes …