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Patagonia Dreaming: Adventures in Torres del Paine

If anywhere can make you feel like a dwarf before nature, it’s <b>Torres del Paine National Park</b> in Chilean Patagonia.<p>If the rugged Cordillera del Paine mountains are the 600,000-acre park’s backbone, the 9,300-foot granite spires form its heart.<p>Along Torres del Paine’s western edge, massive fingers of …

Scott Weiland: 'This Is My Life, a Cautionary Tale. Maybe Somebody Can Learn from It.'

"I guess the reason we're here is I feel like there's been only one side of my story told. People know rock stars only on the surface, people know celebrities only on the surface, and people know me only on the surface: I'm the junkie rock star handcuffed in the backseat of a cop car..."<p><i>In 2005,</i> …

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Demographics

Millennials overtake Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation

Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living generation, according to population estimates released this month by the U.S. …

Middle-class

Senator Rand Paul Loves Riding But Opposes Funding for Bike Lanes

The presidential candidate tweets that he loves riding, but his bike politics are lukewarm<p>Kentucky Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul loves riding his bike, but is less enamored of government spending on bike lanes.<p>On Thursday, Paul was asked on Twitter about what he enjoys …

Rand Paul

Constitution-loving Rand Paul wants to kill the postal service — which is established in the Constitution

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), like most libertarian-leaning conservatives, love to boast about their strict fidelity to the U.S. Constitution.<p>But it’s never …

Rand Paul

Becoming Bernie: The 6 Chapters Of Sanders' Life

<i>This story comes from Vermont Public Radio and is an abridged version of its feature "Becoming Bernie: His Rise And His Record."</i> You can view the full story here.<p>Bernie Sanders is an improbable politician. Independent, occasionally irascible, he came from the far left and an urban background to win …

Middle-class

Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life

The shock and disbelief with which many political pundits have responded to Bernie Sanders' description of himself as a "democratic socialist"--a supporter of democratic control of the economy--provide a clear indication of how little they know about the popularity and influence of democratic …

Bernie Sanders: Hillary Clinton At Her Worst Would Be Better Than The GOP Candidate

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tempered his recent critiques of Hillary Clinton in an interview on Sunday, while continuing to stress his political differences with the former secretary of state.<p>Sanders told the Boston Globe editorial board earlier this week that "I disagree with Hillary Clinton on …

Middle-class

10 Reasons I'm Only Voting for Bernie Sanders and Will Not Support Hillary Clinton

According to CBS News, an alarming percentage of Democrats either won't vote for Hillary Clinton or would only support her nomination to prevent a Republican from winning:<p>Just under half of Democratic primary voters nationwide say they would enthusiastically support Clinton if she became the …

Middle-class

The Young Survivors of Boko Haram

In Nigeria, what happened on the night of April 14th, 2014, can seem like a fever dream, a surreal nightmare that, as soon as you wake up, lingers uncomfortably, poking at the edges of your waking life. In the early hours of the 15th, members of the Boko Haram terrorist group arrived at a girls’ …

Africa

Defeating ISIS: The Board Game

Who can devise the most convoluted way to wipe out the Islamic State?<p>Everyone with a stake in Middle Eastern geopolitics publicly declares that ISIS must be defeated. Yet opinions range widely on how this should be achieved.<p>Saudi Arabia, for example, believes ISIS cannot be defeated unless Syrian …

Middle East

Kenyan Artist Digs Through Electronic Refuse and Found Metal to Create Dazzling Sculptural Eyewear | Colossal

<p>Digging through electronic refuse and found metal in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi, Cyrus Kabiru refashions found materials into different wearable …

Art

The Magnus Effect

I had never heard of the Magnus Effect before, but if it explains this weird flying basketball, clue me in! Derek Muller shows us how his buddies …

Viral

Photo Gallery from Kiev

South and North Korean relatives reunited – in pictures

North and South Korean family members separated since the 1950-53 Korean war have met in the first reunion ceremonies for three years. Reunions are being held at North Korea’s Kumgang Mountain resort

Amazing Cityscape Views from the Rooftops of Dubai

Photographer Karim Nafatni gives new energy to the glowing lights of bustling Dubai in his stunning series of cityscapes, simply called <i>Rooftop Photography</i>. As we have seen before, the Dubai-based photographer and major airline pilot is certainly not afraid of heights! In his ongoing series, Nafatni …

Photography

Meeting His Holiness: TIME's Portrait of the Dalai Lama

Marco Grob for TIME<p>1 of 1<p>Everyone talks about the magical presence that accompanies His Holiness the Dalai Lama wherever he walks. They are right.<p>On …

Climate Change: The State of the Science

Geography in the News: Bananas, the Top Fruit

<i>By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner,</i> <i>Geography in the NewsTM</i><p><b>The Banana Story</b><p>An interesting book published in 2012 detailed the life of “Sam the Banana Man” Samuel Zemurray. Therein lies an interesting economic geography of international intrigue and business success with lessons to be …

Mapping The Wealth Of U.S. ZIP Codes Shows The Haves Hiding From The Have-Nots

This interactive graphic, which lets you see the economic stats for every ZIP code in the country, shows the emergence of “Super ZIPs”–communities where nearly everyone is wealthy.<p>The Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel calls it the “skyboxification of American life”–the way in which the wealthy and …

The World Has Lost an Unbelievable Amount of Forest Since 1999

Murmur: Photos by Richard Barnes

Murmur: Photos by Richard Barnes<p>Photos of dense flocks of European starlings.<p>The birds are beloved by tourists and reviled by locals—understandably, …

100 Diagrams That Changed the World by Scott Christianson. From The Earliest Cave Paintings to the Innovation of the iPod

Infographics are cool (and trending) but you know what is cool? 100 most important diagrams that changed the human history, Scott Christianson decide to compile the most awesome diagrams in this book: you think that prismatic circle that you see on photoshop is a creation from Adobe, well Moses Harris did it in 1766, do you remember Dante’s Inferno, well there’s a diagram for that, phases of the moon? Yeah Galileo did it, and of course Da Vinci Vitruvian Man is there too.

13 Everyday Phrases That Actually Came From Shakespeare

Whether a fan or not though, you probably use many of Shakespeare's phrases on a regular basis.<p>Here's a list of 13 popular, albeit strange, sayings The Bard coined. In fact, we say or write some of these so often, they've become clichés.<p><b>1. "Green-eyed monster"</b><p>Meaning: jealousy.<p>In "Othello," Iago …

Literature

10 Modern Coloring Books That Aren’t Just for Kids

Who says you have to be a kid to love a good coloring book? Not us, that’s for sure! When we read about <i>Outside the Lines</i>, the latest cool coloring book on the art scene, we knew it was time to round up a whole bunch of modern coloring books for folks who can’t resist a good set of markers filling …

Coloring Book

Observing the Earth: Incredible Satellite Photos of Earth from the European Space Agency | Colossal

<p>Though I don’t have a homepage set, the first page in my daily rounds is always the Astronomy Picture of the Day (site currently down), a website …