Darren Furlotte

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The Tale Of A 1986 Experiment That Proved Einstein Wrong

Yesterday a gentleman posted a comment on an article I wrote about the luminiferous aether. For those who aren’t familiar, the aether was an idea proposed in the 1800s to explain how light can travel through empty space. Several experiments trying to observe the aether were performed in the late …

The Wolves of K Street

The United States government stood at the brink of crisis. For more than three months, there had been no agreement in Congress over an appropriations …

So you’re surrounded by idiots. Guess who the real jerk is – Eric Schwitzgebel

Picture the world through the eyes of the jerk. The line of people in the post office is a mass of unimportant fools; it’s a felt injustice that you …

When cops become robbers

Inside one of America's most corrupt police squads<p>By Jessica Lussenhop<br>3 April 2018<p>Trackers<p>On the day of Aaron Anderson’s arrest, Detective David McDougall of the Harford County Sheriff’s Department rose around dawn and crept out of his house in rural Maryland before his family awoke. He drove south …

Crime

The ISIS Files: When Terrorists Run City Hall

We unearthed thousands of internal documents that help explain how the Islamic State stayed in power so long.

City Halls

“The Clock Is Ticking”: Inside the Worst U.S. Maritime Disaster in Decades

A recording salvaged from three miles deep tells the story of the doomed “El Faro,” a cargo ship engulfed by a hurricane.<p>I. “The Clock Is Ticking”<p>In the darkness before dawn on Thursday, October 1, 2015, an American merchant captain named Michael Davidson sailed a 790-foot U.S.-flagged cargo ship,</i> …

How One Man's 'Accidental' Death Exposed A Cross-Country Crime Spree

A HuffPost investigation connected dots that police, until now, didn't see.<p>NEW ORLEANS ― When Shawn Arthur’s family sent police to his apartment on Feb. 25, 2017, the last thing they’d expected was for him to be found dead.<p>His body, cool to the touch, was sprawled out on a mattress next to a small …

Crime

Logic

This article is about the systematic study of the form of arguments. For other uses, see Logic (disambiguation).<p><b>Logic</b> (from the Ancient Greek: …

Understanding the fake historian behind America’s religious right

Sam Brownback, new ambassador for religious freedom, is an admirer of controversial “scholar” David Barton.<p>With a tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Mike Pence, the Senate confirmed longtime religious-right figurehead and outgoing (and unpopular) Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to be the US’s …

The Case Against Juice Is Stronger Than Ever

Juice is the health trend that just won’t go away. There’s a juicing shop on practically every city block, and everyone from your Spin instructor to …

US government admits funding secret UFO programme

Department of Defense confirms it spent $22m a year from 2007 to 2012 to investigate unidentified flying objects.<p>The US Department of Defense has admitted that it used to fund a covert programme to investigate sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs), according to multiple media reports.<p>The …

Why Were Dinosaurs So Big?

The Facts and Theories Behind Dinosaur Gigantism<p>One of the things that makes dinosaurs so appealing to kids and adults is their sheer size: plant …

Dinosaurs

An American woman held in Taliban captivity for 5 years was 'defiled' in an underground prison where she gave birth by flashlight

American Caitlan Coleman said her "children have seen their mother defiled."<p>The family was rescued on Thursday after Pakistani security forces ambushed their captors . The family left Pakistan for an undisclosed location, according to US officials, after Boyle refused to board a US transport plane …

Evidence of Pangea's Breakup Found in Our Evolutionary History

Continents’ constant shifting is one of the first things you learn when you study the geologic history of Earth. South America fits into Africa like …

Our Galaxy's Supermassive Black Hole May Reveal the Universe's Hidden Fifth Force

Redefining Physics<p>For the most part, we seem to have our universe figured out: there are four fundamental forces that govern the interactions of …

Mummy DNA shows that the ancients don’t have much in common with modern Egyptians

This will pave the way for more genetics studies<p>Scientists have extracted and analyzed DNA from mummies that are thousands of years old, and they have found that the ancient Egyptians are actually more genetically similar to people living today in the Near East — countries like Israel, Lebanon, and …

Chef Shows How A $1 Knife Can Be Sharpened To Rival More Expensive Knives

Having a really sharp knife available in the kitchen cuts down on your prep time and therefore makes your cooking experience much more pleasant.<p>But …

I’ve worked in foreign aid for 50 years—Trump is right to end it, even if his reasons are wrong

A few years ago, a person named Jason Sadler wanted to help poor Africans by sending them a million free t-shirts. Sadler had never been to Africa, never worked in foreign aid, and while he evidently wanted to help the poor, his “1 Million T-Shirts” project was doomed by a mindless lack of …

Foreign Aid

Whatever, We're Probably Living in a Hologram Anyway, Says Neil deGrasse Tyson

<i>Our editors delve into Curiosity's top stories every day on a podcast that's shorter than your commute. Click here to listen and learn — in just a</i> …

Bold promises, fewer results: Trump's executive orders don't always live up to his claims

It's been one of President Trump's favorite boasts since he took office: By his order, new oil and gas pipelines built in the U.S. will be made from American steel.<p>As is often the case, Trump has wrapped the claim into an anecdote he often repeats. Referring to his orders to revive the Keystone XL …

U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Former Defense Secretary William Perry on why we didn't go to war with North Korea

In 1994, the United States was on the brink of war with North Korea. The Clinton administration had intelligence that North Korea was about to move fuel rods from its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon, north of Pyongyang, to a reprocessing center — the first step in making a nuclear weapon.<p>The Pentagon …

North Korea

A Lucky Jimmy Breslin Story

The first time I saw Jimmy Breslin, I barely got a glimpse. That’s because pretty much everyone else in my working-class Brooklyn neighborhood, circa …

The island of lost explorers

On Canada’s bleak Beechey Island are the remains of four men who died in the 19th Century. They weren’t famous in life – but their deaths sparked 165 years of searching for answers.<p>Through icy rain and mist, I could just make out the headstones of the graves on the bleak shores of Beechey Island. …

Combat High – A Brief But Sobering History of Drug Use in Wartime

Germany wasn’t the only power in World War Two to hand out amphetamines to its assault troops to make them fight harder. Military history often …

World History

Suddenly, Dubai Aims to Become First Blockchain-Powered City by 2020

In October 2016, Smart Dubai Office, hereinafter SDO, a technology initiative developed by the UAE government and Startup Incubator and Seed Fund …

How US history is taught around the world

The pervasiveness of American culture means that people around the world are constantly confronted with U.S. exports, whether through global …

This Is What You Need to Know Before You Use Alexa.Com

Do you know that as a blogger you need Alexa.com?<p>Are you aware of the site’s importance?<p>Do you know how to use the site to improve your blog’s …

How Is The Internet Doing? Mozilla's Ambitious Check-Up Effort

How can we monitor and assess the health of the Internet? What are the tools to be used for a diagnosis? Which are the markers to consider? With billions of websites and connected objects, the idea of being able to monitor their current conditions might seem overly ambitious, if not outright …

Cyber-attacks

New Horizons Probe Moves Beyond Pluto to Its Next Adventure

To Pluto and beyond!<p>Nearly two years after its historic encounter with the dwarf planet Pluto, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is getting ready for its next big adventure in the icy outskirts of the solar system.<p>Now, the spacecraft is on its way to a small, ancient object located about 1 billion …