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How The Wire became the greatest TV show ever made

The Baltimore-based series broke new moulds and gave birth to the ‘must-watch' TV genre, writes Emma Jones.<p>It won no Emmys, was dwarfed by The Sopranos in its viewing figures, and every season was a struggle to get recommissioned. A decade ago this spring, The Wire finally ended, after five …

TV

We're on the Brink of a New Era of Innovation. Will You Survive It?

It's better to prepare than adapt because, by the time you see the need to adapt, it may already be too late<p>One of the most interesting things I discuss in my book <i>Mapping Innovation</i> is what I call the new era of innovation, which will create profoundly new technologies, classes of data and business …

Innovation

Watch the history of humanity unfold on this fascinating map

This video is an awesome teaching tool, but it's thought-provoking for us all.<p>What an undertaking it must have been to map the progress of humanity …

Who pays federal taxes, by income

The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to release its tax bill on Thursday — after being delayed a day — and it's sure to come under fire …

NFL ratings are off 11 percent this year

NFL games aren't scoring a touchdown with viewers so far this season.<p>Through three weeks, viewership for national telecasts of NFL games is down 11 …

The party's over: Republicans and Democrats are both finished

Stick a fork in the Democrats and Republicans.<p>Wednesday night's latest round of deal making between President Donald Trump and Democratic …

A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack

<i>Editor’s note, 9/1/2017</i>: For more than 150 years, <i>The Nation</i> has been committed to fearless, independent journalism. We have a long history of seeking …

Teenagers Recorded a Drowning Man and Laughed

The video was shocking in Florida, where shocking videos seem like a genre. A group of teenagers laughed and watched as a man struggled in the water of a pond. The man drowned, and his body was not found for days.<p>The five teenagers did nothing to help him, not even call 911, but after examining the …

Where to See Some of the World’s Oldest and Most Interesting Maps

Back when mapmaking was still a fledgling profession in the U.S., cartographers had a trick up their sleeves: they would insert fake towns into the …

PM defends $10.5M payout, apology to convicted terrorist Omar Khadr

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says an apology and reported $10.5 million compensation payment to former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr was a basic …

A Total Eclipse Will Sweep The U.S. In August, And People Are Going Nuts For It

On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be visible across America. The last time the contiguous United States saw a total eclipse was 1979, and it will be the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years, reports The Associated Press.<p>A partial eclipse will be visible throughout the United …

South Carolina

How Illinois became America's most messed-up state

Politicians are notorious for making promises they can't keep. But they really outdid themselves in Illinois -- and now the state is paying for it.<p>Illinois is on the verge of becoming America's first state with a junk credit rating. The financial mess is the inevitable result of spending more on …

Finance

Why It’s No Longer Possible for Any Country to Win a War

The last few decades have been the most peaceful era in human history. For the first time ever, fewer people die today from human violence than from …

Geopolitics

ProtonMail makes its free VPN service available to everyone

ProtonMail, the encrypted email created by CERN and MIT scientists, has released a new product in response to the administration's roll back of Obama-era internet privacy rules. Starting today, you can try out the company's VPN service, which was in beta testing by 10,000 initial users for a year, …

Entertainment - MarketWatch.com

Legendary bassist looks to correspondents for the answers<p>4:52 p.m. Today4:52 p.m. April 29, 2018<p>Walt Disney Co.’s superhero epic “Avengers: Infinity …

Multiverse: have astronomers found evidence of parallel universes?

To many these past 12 months seem as if we have already slipped into a parallel universe but Brexit and Trump are nothing compared to the alternate universes some astronomers are contemplating<p>They call it the multiverse. It’s a cosmos in which there are multiple universes. And by multiple, I mean …

Dark Matter

A new report reveals Obama misled the public about a quiet giveaway to Iran

His prison swap was a bigger gift to Iran than he ever let on.<p>The Obama White House’s high-profile prisoner swap with Iran in 2016 was a much bigger gift to Iran than the administration ever let on.<p>That’s the takeaway from an investigative report from Politico published Monday, which details how …

South Asia

Newly discovered 'super-Earth' may be the 'most exciting exoplanet'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Over the last year, researchers have found nearby exoplanets that could potentially support life, like Proxima b and the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets. Now, a "super-Earth" has been found 39 light-years away, according to new research in the journal Nature.<p>Researchers believe it may be one of …

Universe

Are We Simulated Beings Living in a Simulated Universe?

Is the universe real? Or are all the stars and planets (including Earth and everything and everyone on it) just simulations in some colossal video game? What sounds like a silly question is actually one that some scientists have begun to take seriously.<p>It’s hard to come up with a way to tell for …

Universe

US 'asked Cameron to keep botched Trident missile launch a SECRET over fears about its own missiles'

• <b>Malfunction occurred just weeks before key Commons vote on Trident renewal</b>• <b><br>But Downing Street imposed a 'news blackout' about the failed test last …

Trump believes millions voted illegally, WH says -- but provides no proof

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump believes millions of votes were cast illegally in last year's election, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Tuesday, but he wouldn't provide any concrete evidence for the claim, which has long been debunked.<p>"The President does believe that, I …

Donald Trump

The Hero’s Journey

<b>The Hero’s Journey</b> is a pattern discovered in mythological stories by the American Scholar, Joseph Campbell. Campbell maintained that all …

The Biggest Intelligence Questions Raised by the Trump Dossier

There are even deeper issues here than whether or not the unsubstantiated allegations are true.<p>I’ve spent nearly 20 years looking at intelligence challenges, including failures. That means getting into what I call the “silent but deadly” organizational causes of failure—so while the news tends to …

Donald Trump

Something About This Russia Story Stinks

In an extraordinary development Thursday, the Obama administration announced a series of sanctions against Russia. Thirty-five Russian nationals will …

Russia

Want to understand how Trump happened? Study quantum physics

The past decade will be remembered as the period when the global underclass revolt snowballed into a movement with political bite. From Occupy Wall Street to Brexit to Donald Trump’s election, these post-financial crisis years have featured many unsynchronized awakenings that are forcing a …

Stephen Hawking

Rasmussen National Poll: Donald Trump 44%, Hillary Clinton 37%…

Two months ago we first mentioned how the national head-to-head “media polling” would eventually have to be <i>walked back</i> to find alignment with reality.<p>…

COUNTDOWN: Universe enters old age as scientists warn only an EIGHTH of its life left

GETTYThe universe will tear itself apart in 2.8 billion years<p>Experts say the universe will be torn apart in 2.8 billion years, and with 14 billion …

'Screw the next generation' and 'Harry Reid's a pompous a**': Democratic congressman writes Anonymous tell-all book slamming 'nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep' as he admits he never reads bills he votes on

• <b>'My main job is to keep my job, to get reelected. It takes precedence over everything,' an anonymous member of Congress writes in a new book</b>• <b><br>'Voters</b> …

Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin

A massive leak of documents shines new light on the fabulous fortunes of the Russian president’s inner circle<p>A network of secret offshore deals and vast loans worth $2bn has laid a trail to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin.<p>An unprecedented leak of documents shows how this money has made members …

Corruption