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This conversation explains a vital reason why Trump is so popular on the right

“It’s about the survival of the Christian nation,” said one woman — expressing the white backlash politics at the heart of Trumpism.<p>Newspapers love to send correspondents into “Trump country” to interview the president’s supporters, an exercise that’s so common and so often pointless that it’s …

Donald Trump

RIP American Exceptionalism, 1776-2018

When Benjamin Franklin went to France on a mission to win support for America’s fledging revolution, his fur hat intrigued Parisians, spurring …

Geopolitics

Here's What You Really Need to Know About Blockchain

Eliminating information bottlenecks is how blockchain will truly make an impact<p>In 1970, a scientist at IBM Research named Edgar F. Codd make a remarkable discovery that would truly change the world. Though few realized it at the time, including at IBM, which neglected to commercialize it. It was …

Databases

The 5 Best Exercises at the Gym, According to Personal Trainers

Don’t hit the weight room again until these are on your to-do list.<p>Maybe you're new to working out. Maybe you've been working out for so long that you just realized you've been doing the <i>same six exercises</i> for the last three years. Or perhaps you were recently engaged in some next-level TRX workout …

Workouts

Watching the Deletion of Democracy Before Our Eyes

Larry Harmon hadn’t voted in a while. He sat out the 2012 presidential election, supposedly because he was unimpressed by the choices of Barack Obama …

Government

The Secret Backstory Behind Kazakhstan's Rocket Launch Site

On June 6, if all goes according to plan, three people will rocket into space from a cosmodrome in Kazakhstan that has a fascinating history.<p>The …

This is crazy: $350 roundtrip SFO-Hong Kong, nonstop

Fare war erupts across the Pacific<p>Recently I've written a lot about all the new nonstops between San Francisco and Hong Kong.<p>There are now up to SIX flights per day in the SFO-HKG market-- that means there is a LOT of competition.<p>TravelSkills with Chris McGinnis sponsored by<p>Well, this week another …

These 10 Thought-Provoking Documentaries on HBO Go Are Actually Worth Your Time

We know it sounds counterintuitive: Sit on your couch and stream these films to gain greater insight into the state of the world. While traveling is …

The Top 10 Alt.Country Artists Of All Time

The musicians who came to define the alt.country boom of the late 80s and 90s believed themselves to be outside of the country music establishment …

Is the Two-Party System Doomed?

Thomas Piketty, the French economist whose 2013 bestseller <i>Capital in the 21st Century</i>awoke upscale Americans to the shocking news that their economic …

Learn How to Fold a World-Record-Setting Paper Airplane

Growing up with six brothers, John Collins got really good at folding paper planes.<p>"Anything you can beat your siblings at is good," he says.<p>But he …

Siblings

This Senate Democrat has a plan to end preexisting conditions for good

No senator knows preexisting conditions better than Tammy Baldwin.<p>Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) was labeled with a preexisting condition when she was just 9 years old. Today, she is readying a countermove to the Trump administration’s recent push to expand policies that could bring preexisting …

NASA Space Tourism Posters – Free To Download & Print

Reading time: about 1 minute.<p>American<br>• Art<br>• Space<p>These NASA Space Tourism Posters were developed by a creative team of visual strategists inside JPL …

How the Republicans rigged Congress — new documents reveal an untold story

<b>(Getty Images)</b><p>Exclusive: Insider documents unveil Republicans’ years-long scheme to gerrymander America and undermine democracy<p>David Daley<p>February 6, 2018 10:00am (UTC)<p>Delegates to the 2009 Republican Legislative Campaign Committee’s national meeting stayed in style at The Hermitage, Nashville’s …

Government

How China will win the next war

IT’S a war the United States is not prepared to fight. After decades facing off against Russia in Europe, and a ‘whack-a-mole’ approach to containing …

Liberals Need to Take Their Fingers Out of Their Ears

Given the triumph of contemporary conservatism, it may be time for liberals to take a look at the vulnerabilities of their own orthodoxies.<p>Democrats who yearn for President Trump to be taken down should examine this list of Republican strengths: victories in all three contested special elections …

Trump Has a Plan to Save Coal and Hobble Clean Energy

President Donald Trump may soon have a chance to prove wrong the notion that economics will kill the U.S. coal industry and keep clean energy …

The First White President

The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.<p><b>It is insufficient</b> <b>to state</b> the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office …

Donald Trump

The data that transformed AI research—and possibly the world

In 2006, Fei-Fei Li started ruminating on an idea.<p>Li, a newly-minted computer science professor at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, saw her colleagues across academia and the AI industry hammering away at the same concept: a better algorithm would make better decisions, regardless of the …

Deep Learning

Mediterranean style diet may prevent dementia

<b>(CNN) —</b> Meals from the sunny Mediterranean have been linked to stronger bones, a healthier heart and longer life, along with a reduced risk for diabetes and high blood pressure.<p>Now you can add lowering your risk for dementia to the ever growing list of reasons to follow the Mediterranean diet or …

Holistic Medicine

Donald Trump is a total love god — at least to his supporters. How does the left fight that?

<b>Donald Trump (Getty/Sean Gallup)</b><p>For Trump’s most loyal supporters, he is a fantasy love object who can do no wrong. Reason cannot defeat that<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>July 15, 2017 1:00pm (UTC)<p>Donald Trump is amazing. At this early point in his tenure, Trump is one of the most unpopular presidents ever. …

Democratic Party

Microsoft made its AI work on a $10 Raspberry Pi

When you're far from a cell tower and need to figure out if that bluebird is <i>Sialia sialis</i> or <i>Sialia mexicana</i>, no cloud server is going to help you. That's why companies are squeezing AI onto portable devices, and Microsoft has just taken that to a new extreme by putting deep learning algorithms onto …

Present at the Destruction: How Rex Tillerson Is Wrecking the State Department

I worked in Foggy Bottom for 6 years. I’ve never seen anything like this.<p>The deconstruction of the State Department is well underway.<p>I recently returned to Foggy Bottom for the first time since January 20 to attend the departure of a former colleague and career midlevel official—something that had …

China IT's Continuing Snowden-NSA Windfall

China for decades was a cozy world for techies with a U.S. education, ethnic Chinese roots, and an interest in coming to the mainland to work, especially for a multinational company. Joe Chang knows: He once lived that life.<p>“I was at Cisco and Microsoft (in China), and the game we played was that …

Yoga and Meditation Can Change Your Genes, Study Says

Yoga and meditation may do more than just help you feel relaxed in the moment. A new scientific review suggests that these and other mindfulness …

The best Z-Wave in-wall dimmer

<i>By Rachel Cericola</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>After spending more …

The 5 longest flights you can take

I'm weird. I like long flights. I like the idea of sitting down for a few hours, watching a movie or three and ending up on the far side of the world. I've taken several of the longest flights you can. And now even longer flights are possible thanks to new routes and aircraft.<p>And by "longest" I …

School’s Out: How Singapore Keeps University Reserved for the Elites

The Singapore government’s recent revelation that it wants to restrict two-thirds of its citizenry from receiving public university education has generated a strong reaction among its population.<p>Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung said at the 47th St. Gallen Symposium …