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Coursera launches Data Science Masters program for a fraction of university prices

Higher education degrees are appealing, but involve significant financial sacrifice: in America, an opportunity for a higher paying job also comes with a sentence of paying more student loans for longer. That’s why Coursera is busy establishing a host of masters courses, today announcing a new Data …

There's a new bar trend sweeping the nation

Upstairs from Slowly Shirley is the Happiest Hour, from the same owners, where there's a menu of greatest hits—Sazeracs, Manhattans, Tom Collinses, etc.—offered alongside a slew of thoughtful soda-based mixers ready to be customized with the well spirit of the patron's choice. Old-Fashioneds come …

A research team has an unsettling explanation for why we haven't found aliens

Given the size and age of the universe, he said, and the statistical probability of life emerging in other solar systems, why is it that humanity has not seen any indications of intelligent life in the cosmos?<p>This query, known as the Fermi Paradox, continues to haunt us to this day.<p>If there are …

The Universe’s Dark Ages May Hold The Secrets To Dark Matter, Inflation, And Even String Theory

How the future of astronomy — and something we can’t even see — might open up the dark Universe.<p><i>This post is written by Sabine Hossenfelder, a</i> …

Former US defense secretary describes the 2 main factors that led to the rise of ISIS

Gates, who is promoting his new book, "A Passion for Leadership," gave his take on US policy in the Middle East.<p>He said the Syrian civil war and the policies of Iraq's former prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, contributed to the terrorist group flourishing in the region more so than the 2003 US …

Are Cosmologists Fooling Themselves About The Big Bang, Dark Matter And More?

Richard Feynman once said of the scientific process, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.” The idea that scientists might be fooling themselves (whether out of ignorance or in order to preserve their jobs) is a common accusation made by …

Dark Matter

Guns are more dangerous than ISIS

Sunday night, President Obama delivered a nationwide address from the Oval Office in the wake of the latest American mass shooting in San Bernardino, …

5 Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Writing | Inc.com

I've been coaching a couple of clients to help them improve their writing, and one thing I'm noticing is how much trouble they have editing their own stuff. They work hard to create a first draft, but then have difficulty making that draft better. As one person told me, "I read what I've written, …

A Wall Street CEO perfectly explained the hot theory for the economy, markets and everything

Moelis & Co. chief executive Ken Moelis was on CNBC's Closing Bell on Thursday, and brought up one of his favorite topics: technological deflation.<p>The idea here is that technological advancements help drive prices down, whether it's through lowering the cost of production (think manufacturing), …

What It Feels Like to Cover Gun Violence in America

<i>Since this story appeared in</i> Vogue’s <i>December 2015 issue, there have been 17 mass shootings in America, including the June 2016 rampage at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 people, and the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas strip on October 1, 2017, where at</i> …

Guns

Here Are All of Our No. 1 Story Picks from This Year

<i>All through December, we’ll be featuring Longreads’ Best of 2015. To get you ready, here’s a list of every story that was chosen as No. 1 in our</i> …

'UNPRECEDENTED': New report paints a worrisome picture of ISIS in America

CNN/screenshot A new report out Tuesday paints a bleak picture of ISIS infiltration in the US.<p>Researchers at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University investigated the presence of American ISIS supporters on social media and found that "ISIS-related mobilization in …

How to Use Honeycomb Grids for Portrait Photography

You may not think that speedlights are the most versatile when it comes to shooting portraits. There isn’t a lot that you can do with them, right? …

Who Gets a Public Defender?

7<p>SHARES<p>On the morning of Keon Clark's 34th day in jail, he rode a bus packed with other inmates, past scrap yards and factories along the Mississippi …

Kate Moss dripping with jewels, Winston Churchill looking fearsome … a new show of work by the world’s best photographers contains some very revealing black-and-white portraits, from the supermodel gang in a united front to the film star caught off guard

Winston Churchill

Less than half of the world's population can answer this incredibly simple financial question

McGraw Hill Financial (which owns S&P), the World Bank, and Gallup have produced the S&P Global Financial Literacy Survey, which attempted to get an idea of how financially literate the world is by polling 150,000 adults in more than 140 countries.<p>The group defined financial literacy as the ability …

The Foolproof, Step-by-Step Guide to Cooking Spaghetti Squash

Pasta has a well-deserved rep as the perfect dinner food: It's easy to cook, the topping possibilities are endless, and let's be real—it's delicious. …

28 Christmas Cocktails for a Jolly Good Time

Raise your glass with these festive ideas.<p>It isn't a party without one of these tried-and-true cocktail recipes, featuring classic holiday flavors like cranberry, candy canes and even apple pie!

Candy Canes

These Craft Beers For Christmas Hit the Shelves

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.<p>With Halloween now past, retailers are in full-on holiday mode. And craft brewers aren’t far behind. …

How to make a matcha latte, the healthy new coffee alternative people are obsessed with

Thanks to its many health benefits, matcha tea is a trendy new coffee alternative.<p>Matcha is essentially a finely ground powder made from green tea leaves, and one serving of matcha tea has the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea, as well as 137 times more …

Exorcism and the Catholic Church

Although there are several types of exorcism, the one most commonly imagined in popular culture is the solemn or “major” exorcism, a ritual to rid a …

Make It: Maple Bourbon Smash | Valet.

As the weather dips, you need a cocktail that packs a warm punch but is still refreshing. This is a riff on a classic Old Fashioned, that comes …

Bourbon Whiskey

Too many people are pretending to be rich

His mother- and father-in-law are in their early seventies and have virtually nothing put away for retirement. Before too long, they're going to be unable to work, and because his spouse is an only child, his in-laws are expecting that Tim's family will take them in.<p>On the other hand, Tim's parents …

Advice for Aspiring Food Photographers

In our latest resource, The Professional’s Guide to Food Photography, we interviewed Andrew Scrivani, a former teacher turned food photographer who …

Food Photography

10 Scary Books That Will Seriously Keep You Up At Night

Readers beware.<p>In a recent interview with HuffPost, Goosebumps author R.L. Stine said he thought most fears were “universal,” and, for him at least, linked closely with humor. “It’s that same guttural reaction,” he said.<p>Unlike Stine, I’ve never equated scary with funny -- my <i>guttural reaction</i> to …

How to Become a Unicorn Data Scientist and Make More than $240,000

What makes a good data scientist? And if you are a good data scientist, how much should you expect to get paid?Owen Zhang, ranked #1 on Kaggle, the …