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Noam Chomsky on Trump, Climate Change, and Journalism

The MIT linguist and political philosopher was among those who predicted the rise of a figure like Donald Trump. So we asked him a few …

Donald Trump

Elon Musk Says His Smart Solar Roof Could Cost Less Than Your Dumbass Regular Roof

Shortly after shareholders approved the acquisition of renewable energy firm SolarCity on Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that his company’s …

Scientists Accidentally Discovered an Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol

Whoops! Figured out how to help revert climate change!<p>Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help avert climate change. Their findings were published in the journal</i> …

Ikea Re-Created a Syrian Home in Its Store to Shoppers' Surprise

Shoppers at Ikea's Norwegian flagship store in Slependen must have been shocked when they happened upon a showroom that didn't look at all like the retailer's typically sleek and minimalist rooms. Instead, this particular showroom had cinder block walls and scarce cooking supplies — the replica of …

Red Cross

Soldiers fight wars, not give their opinions about them

<b>To the editor:</b> David Max Korzen's "disdain for the Iraq war" causes him, even on Veterans Day, to react tersely when people thank him for his service. He misunderstands the appropriate professional role of the armed services and in doing so hints at the decreasing professionalization of our …

Pledge of Allegiance

Denver Allows Marijuana Use In Some Businesses — But Not Bars

Initiative 300 will allow businesses like cafes and yoga studios to set up areas where people over age 21 could consume their own weed, but a new regulation will ban establishments with liquor licenses from doing so.<p>While recreational marijuana sales have been legal since 2014 in Colorado, for many …

The FBI just got its hands on data that Twitter wouldn’t give the CIA

The FBI has a new view into what’s happening on Twitter. Last week, the bureau hired Dataminr, a Twitter-linked analytics firm, to provide an “advanced alerting tool” to over 200 users. Twitter owns a 5 percent stake in Dataminr and provides it with exclusive access to the full “firehose” of live …

Researchers claim quantum computing breakthrough, explain it using beer

A team of researchers say they have "taken a significant step closer" to the development of quantum computing.<p>Researchers at the University of …

Quantum Computing

U.S. Army, Interior Dept call for more review on Dakota pipeline | Reuters

(Reuters) - Federal authorities deferred a final decision on a controversial North Dakota section of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Monday in a statement that highlighted concerns about the “repeated” dispossession of tribal lands in the country’s past.<p>The Departments of the Army and Interior, in a …

Environment

Mysterious unidentified object crashes in Myanmar

A large, unidentified metal object fell from the sky Nov. 10 in the remote mountainous region of Myanmar.<p>The cylindrical object, which is about 12 feet long and 5 feet in diameter, blasted into the village of Lone Khin, near a jade mine. Villagers woke early in the morning to a loud boom and …

This World-First Brain Implant Is Letting a 'Locked-In' Woman Communicate

Paralysis is about to get a whole lot less lonely.<p>A paralysed woman in the Netherlands is the first to be fitted with a new type of brain implant …

Neurophilosophy

How the Electoral College Risks the Determination of a Winner in the Presidential Election

Just a few days ago, CGP Grey made an update to his 2011 video “The Trouble with the Electoral College” with information regarding the 2016 …

electoral

Now There’s a Women-Only Crowdfunding Platform

Women entrepreneurs face a distinct set of challenges. Want to raise money for your business? You’re most likely going to have to pitch to a table of …

NYT’s Stolberg Talks History of Harassment in D.C. -- No Clinton or Kennedy, Just Clarence Thomas

How does a reporter write about the history of sexual harassment in D.C. without mentioning Bill Clinton? The <i>New York Times</i> managed it, in a sharply …

Congress Demands Explanation for Clarence Thomas’ Exclusion From Black History Smithsonian

Seventeen members of Congress sent a letter to the secretary of the Smithsonian Thursday, inquiring why U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas …

Clarence Thomas

An Asian investor's haven for U.S. elections: yen and a basket of arms | Reuters

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - No matter who wins the race for the White House, markets are betting on one truly safe investment, and that is the currency of a country with bleak economic prospects - Japan.<p>Illustrative picture shows Japanese 10,000 yen bank notes spread out at an office of World Currency …

Dentsu raided again by Japan's labor ministry over suspected violations | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Dentsu Inc (4324.T), Japan’s largest advertising agency, said its offices were raided by the Labor Ministry on Monday - raids that local broadcaster NHK said were prompted by suspicion that several workers had been forced to work long hours in violation of labor laws.<p>A man speaks …