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No, Extreme Human Longevity Won’t Destroy the Planet

It’s only a matter of time before humanity solves the aging problem. And resistance to radical life extension has already begun, driven by fears of …

The Central Problem With Steven Moffat's Doctor Who

This Saturday, we witness the end of Steven Moffat's third season as <i>Doctor Who</i> showrunner. And what an ambitious run thus far: a single story, …

New Documents Reveal How a 1980s Nuclear War Scare Became a Full-Blown Crisis

During 10 days in November 1983, the United States and the Soviet Union nearly started a nuclear war. Newly declassified documents from the CIA, NSA, …

Technology isn't Magic: Why Clarke's Third Law always bugged me

Arthur C Clarke was a brilliant futurist and writer, but he is probably most widely known for the third of his famous three laws, "Any sufficiently …

Gigaom | Betaworks acquires Marco Arment’s read-it-later platform Instapaper

Advertisement<p>New media incubator and venture firm Betaworks has acquired a majority stake in Marco Arment’s read-it-later platform Instapaper, the …

Who Is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Man at the Center of the Boston Manhunt?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>On Friday, after a chaotic evening saw his partner in crime (and apparently his older brother) …

NBC's Pete Williams: Media Hero of the Boston Bombing Coverage

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>When CNN became the butt of jokes for its erroneous reporting Wednesday, NBC's Pete Williams' clear, …

You Might Never Upload Your Brain Into a Computer

Many futurists predict that one day we'll upload our minds into computers, where we'll romp around in virtual reality environments. That's possible — …

Netflix plans its move from Microsoft Silverlight to HTML5 video

Last month Google announced that Netflix was now available on ARM-based Samsung Chromebooks thanks to the use of HTML5 video — and now the streaming service has outlined its larger plans to eventually move to the format for all computers. Currently, Netflix primarily uses the Microsoft Silverlight …

How a Texas Tuner and a Technicality Took Down the World's Fastest Car

The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport's three-year reign as the world's fastest production car has ended. Not with a bang, but with a whimper. Or, rather, a …

The History Channel’s Vikings Is Getting a Second Season. If You’re Not Watching, Here’s Why You Should Start.

I don’t know how many of our readers watch the History Channel’s <i>Vikings</i>, an historical drama about… well, about Vikings. Viking political intrigue. …

The New Spoiler Culture: Game of Thrones and the Fight to Live Uninformed

__<i>The following includes major spoilers for</i> Game of Thrones <i>(seriously),</i> Twin Peaks*,<i>The Sopranos</i>,* Citizen Kane*,* The Crying Game*, and* The Empire …

Google going its own way, forking WebKit rendering engine

Claims that new "Blink" engine will allow faster innovation for all WebKit users.<p>Google announced today that it is forking the WebKit rendering …

Hugh Howey: Self-publishing is the future — and great for writers

<b>(Kativ via iStock/yuriy kulik via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Books have changed forever, and that’s good. Writers will find readers and make more money going it alone, like me<p>Hugh Howey<p>April 4, 2013 11:45am (UTC)<p>Contrary to recent reports, I am not the story of self-publishing.<p>The story of self-publishing …

I do not fear death

<b>Roger Ebert (Twitter)</b><p>I will pass away sooner than most people who read this, but that doesn’t shake my sense of wonder and joy<p>Roger Ebert<p>September 15, 2011 3:01pm (UTC)<p>Roger Ebert was always a great friend of Salon’s. We’re deeply saddened by reports of his death, and are re-printing this essay, …

Italian police seize $1.7b in mafia-owned wind and solar energy assets

Italian authorities have made their largest ever seizure of mafia-linked assets, appropriating properties and bank accounts worth a reported 1.3 billion euros ($1.7 billion) connected to renewable energy farms. According to the <i>AP</i>, local police seized 43 wind and solar energy companies and 66 bank …

How the Digital Public Library of America hopes to build a real public commons

Long-awaited network will open access to museum and library collections nationwide<p>The Digital Public Library of America is a beautiful idea. Take the physical-to-digital ambition of Google Books and wed it to the civic spirit of the US public library system, providing a centralized portal to a …

Why Spend a Billion Dollars to Map the Human Brain?

Barack Obama announced an initiative yesterday that involves significant government investment in neuroscience. So begins the international race to understand the brain<p>CubaGallery/Flickr<p>In January, the European Commission pledged 500 million euros to work towards creating a functional model of the …

Did High-Stakes Testing Cause the Atlanta Schools Cheating Scandal?

35 school district employees, including the former superintendent, face jail time and heavy fines for allegedly falsifying student answers on statewide standardized tests.<p>The details of the indictment are stunning -- teachers and school administrators allegedly engaged in a vast conspiracy, all for …

How the UN Covered Up a Cholera Epidemic in Zimbabwe

A country chief got too close to the Zanu-PF and fired an officer who was trying to stop a deadly disease.<p>Zimbabwe, a potential economic powerhouse ruined at the hands of one of the most restrictive and longest-tenured dictatorships on earth, is heading for a potential turning point. A mostly …

New strain of bird flu hops to humans in China

Nine confirmed infections, three deaths, and lots of questions.<p>Even as global health experts were nervously eyeing a new coronavirus that has caused …

The extent of the suffering

IT IS difficult to find words to describe the extent of the suffering in Syria, where the civil war is now in its third year. Numbers are more …

5 things you may not know about death penalty

<b>(AP)</b><p>With Maryland becoming the latest state to abolish its use, we look back on capital punishment’s tortured history<p>Stephen Hartnett<p>April 3, 2013 1:05pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>On March 15, 2013 Maryland became the sixth state in the U.S. to either abolish the death …

Anti-Imperial Presidency

Grover Cleveland was the only Democrat to serve as president in the second half of the 19th century, and he was arguably the last conservative …

Geopolitics

Larry Thomas, 'Soup Nazi' Actor, Pushes Serbu Firearms To Pull Pro-Gun T-Shirt Featuring His Face

No T-shirts for you. Ever.<p>That's what Larry Thomas, the actor best known for his role as the Soup Nazi on "Seinfeld," is telling Serbu Firearms after the company used his likeness without his permission on a T-shirt advertising its products.<p>The T-shirt in question, which said “No Serbu For You,” …

Iain M. Banks posts a sad, brave announcement of his impending death

Iain M. Banks is without a doubt one of the greatest writers of the turn of the century, both for his science fiction Culture series and his literary …

Disney Shuts Down LucasArts, Cancels Star Wars 1313 And Star Wars: First Assault

Disney has laid off the staff of LucasArts and cancelled all current projects.<p>Staff were informed of the shutdown this morning, according to a …

What Your Favorite Pixar Movie Says About You

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Pixar movies are kids movies on the surface, sure, but decades of Academy acceptance and a warehouse …

Will Kevin Ware Ever Play Basketball Again?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The leg injury suffered by Louisville's Kevin Ware this weekend was so devastating that some people …