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I tried leaving Facebook. I couldn’t

Facebook is an emotional labor machine, and if you want to leave it, you’re going to have to start doing a lot of work<p>When I was in college, my high school best friend and I had a terrible falling-out. It was entirely because of Facebook.<p>“I think Allison got engaged?” our mutual friend Kaitlin …

Scientists Upload a Galloping Horse GIF Into Bacteria With Crispr

<i>E. coli</i> might best be known for giving street food connoisseurs occasional bouts of gastric regret. But the humble microbial workhorse, with its …

The Anteater's Tongue Is an Evolutionary Masterpiece

Anteaters are very good animals. They somehow pull off the whole “slurp up ants with their sticky, noodly, bendy straw tongues” so confidently you …

Diets

Facebook, Rushing Into Live Video, Wasn’t Ready for Its Dark Side

Nearly a year after Facebook Live’s rollout, the company is wrestling with how to censor violent live streaming; two months in ‘lockdown’<p>On orders from Mark Zuckerberg, more than 100 employees at Facebook Inc. were put into what the company calls “lockdown” when they showed up for work one Thursday …

President Trump's Allies Keep Talking About the 'Deep State.' What's That?

A far-right website loyal to Donald Trump says a so-called “Deep State” is the force behind a “covert resistance” to the new President. White House …

Meet the Hundreds of Officials Trump Has Quietly Installed Across the Government — ProPublica

A Trump campaign aide who argues that Democrats committed “ethnic cleansing” in a plot to “liquidate” the white working class. A former reality show …

Trump Administration

Trump Begins to Map Out $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

President suggests 90-day deadline for states to start projects; expresses interest in high-speed rail and spectrum auction<p>WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump pushed his White House team on Wednesday to craft a plan for $1 trillion in infrastructure spending that would pressure states to streamline …

The boys made to fight for IS

How two Yazidi teenagers were captured by so-called Islamic State and trained to kill<p>By Naomi Grimley<p>Forced to fight<p>Lovant<p>“They took us sometimes to big graves where they had the dead bodies of Muslim traitors who were spies of the regime or who took drugs,” says Sabbah. “Then they said that we …

Inside Donald Trump's War Against the State

At 6:35 a.m. on March 4, President Donald Trump launched an attack against the government of the United States. Deploying his favorite weapon, …

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.<p>In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide. They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been composed by a random individual, the other …

Critical Thinking

Welcome to Pleistocene Park

In Arctic Siberia, Russian scientists are trying to stave off catastrophic climate change—by resurrecting an Ice Age biome complete with lab-grown woolly mammoths.<p>Nikita Zimov’s nickname for the vehicle seemed odd at first. It didn’t look like a baby mammoth. It looked like a small tank, with …

Trump's policies and how they'll change America -- in charts

<b>(CNN) —</b> From his travel ban to his plan to repeal Obamacare, President Donald Trump's policy proposals are already affecting some Americans but have the potential to change the fabric of the US.<p>To what extent his policies will affect individual Americans is up for debate. The administration, for …

The Man Who Wants to Unmake the West

Europeans are starting to worry that Steve Bannon has the EU in his cross hairs. Here’s how the White House could genuinely help pull it apart.<p><b>It was the day after Britain voted to leave the</b> European Union in June, and the Western world was still absorbing the shock. With no clear plan for what …

Space Sex Is Serious Business

We’ve done almost no research into this area, but it’s key to living on Mars.<p>In January 1991, a couple of crazy kids got married. That these …

Space Exploration

Kellyanne’s Alternative Universe

Will the truth ever catch up with Trump’s most skilled spin artist?<p>Even in triumph, Kellyanne Conway nursed a grudge. As she reflected on Donald Trump’s November victory, she made clear that she hadn’t forgotten how people treated her back when they thought she was a sure loser. Their attitude …

How Anti-Science Forces Thrive On Facebook

<b>In January, Natural News shared</b> a big story on Facebook: A federal scientist had affirmed Donald Trump’s belief that vaccines cause autism.<p>According to this researcher, the government had supposedly suppressed study data showing that African-American boys had a “340 percent increased risk for …

Public Health

Kellyanne Conway Is the Real First Lady of Trump’s America

On the third floor of the West Wing, one flight past the stairwell portrait of President Donald Trump talking on his Android phone, is an office once …

Why Eliminating Government Agencies Is A Lot Easier Said Than Done

President Trump's budget blueprint calls for eliminating dozens of government programs and zeroing out funding for 19 independent agencies. And that may only be a preview of things to come as the Trump administration seeks to reorganize the executive branch.<p>On Monday, Trump signed the "Presidential …

Six big takeaways from Congress’s extraordinary hearing on Russia, President Trump and wiretapping

By Amber Phillips<p>Amber Phillips<p>Reporter for The Fix covering Congress, statehouses<p>Email Bio Follow<p>On Monday, unsubstantiated claims that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during last year's presidential campaign, substantiated claims about Russia's meddling in the U.S. election to help …

U.S. Politics

What the Republican online privacy bill means for you

The new Republican Congress hasn’t gotten much done in its first three months, but one thing it has accomplished is rolling back internet privacy regulations passed in the waning days of the Obama administration.<p>The regulations, if they had gone into effect, would have prohibited internet service …

Who is ‘Source D’? The man said to be behind the Trump-Russia dossier’s most salacious claim.

By Rosalind S. Helderman and<p>Rosalind S. Helderman<p>Reporter focusing on political enterprise stories and investigations<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Tom Hamburger<p>Tom Hamburger<p>Investigative reporter focused on the intersection of money and politics in Washington<p>Email Bio Follow<p>In June, a Belarusan American …

Donald Trump

Who's who in Trump-Russia saga

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Justice Department and both chambers of Congress are all now investigating alleged Russian attempts to meddle in the 2016 elections and whether President Donald Trump's associates colluded with Moscow -- an ever-evolving saga that is showing no signs of slowing down despite …

Foreign Policy

The environmental cost of one day on Earth

For Earth Day 2017, our Econundrum series asks what is the environmental impact of 24 hours on Earth.

Turner Broadcasting

Feel the burn: why do we love chilli?

It’s not just about the flavour – or even the pain. In this extract from his new book, Bob Holmes uncovers the pharmacology and psychology behind humanity’s heat-seeking desire<p>I<b>’</b>ve been procrastinating. On my dining room table I have lined up three hot peppers: one habanero, flame-orange and …

Chilli

Read James Comey’s full farewell letter

CNN obtained a letter Comey presumably sent out to his friends and FBI staff after President Donald Trump officially removed him from office.<p>“I’m not …

Inside Trump’s anger and impatience — and his sudden decision to fire Comey

By Philip Rucker ,<p>Philip Rucker<p>White House Bureau Chief<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Ashley Parker ,<p>Ashley Parker<p>White House reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Sari Horwitz and<p>Sari Horwitz<p>Reporter covering the Justice Department and criminal justice issues for The Washington Post's national security team<p>Email Bio …

The White House

Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming as biased as we are

When you perform a Google search for every day queries, you don’t typically expect systemic racism to rear its ugly head. Yet, if you’re a woman searching for a hairstyle, that’s exactly what you might find.<p>A simple Google image search for ‘women’s professional hairstyles’ returns the …

Artificial Intelligence

You Don't Really Need an Anti-Virus App Anymore

Ten years ago the first thing you needed to load on a brand new computer were anti-virus and malware applications. The internet was a mine field of …

Information Systems

'I can’t trust YouTube any more': creators speak out in Google advertising row

Inconsistencies behind the company’s ability to police advertising on controversial content are coming to light<p>Google’s decision-making process over which YouTube videos are deemed “advertiser friendly” faces scrutiny from both brands and creators, highlighting once again the challenge of …

The Like Button Ruined the Internet

How “engagement” made the web a less engaging place<p>Here’s a little parable. A friend of mine was so enamored of Google Reader that he built a clone when it died. It was just like the original, except that you could add pictures to your posts, and you could Like comments. The original Reader was …