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On talk circuit, George W. Bush makes millions but few waves

Since 2009, the former president has given at least 200 paid speeches, typically pocketing $100,000 to $175,000 per appearance.<p>Toward the end of his presidency, George W. Bush told Robert Draper, reporting for a book called <i>Dead Certain</i>, that he intended after vacating the Oval Office to “replenish …

By Studying Skinny Apes, Science Figured Out Why Humans Are So Fat

It involves our evolutionary ancestors learning to sweat and having weak arms.<p>A new study published in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> explains how humans became, as <i>Science</i> magazine puts it, "the fat primate." Over the course of about 30 years, two scientists studied the …

I Asked a Neuroscientist Why I Want to Crush Every Cute Animal I See

Have you ever said, "Oh my God that puppy is so adorable I could just KILL it?" That's called "cute aggression," and it's a well-documented psychological phenomenon.<p>You know that feeling when you're holding something adorable and suddenly want to mash its cute little ribcage into its lungs? It's a …

Sure, Just Give A Robot A Sword

Melee machine<p>In this eight-second clip, a sword-fighting robot successfully parries a human attacker. Both are wielding foam swords, which is a good safety practice and makes them look less like lab researchers and more like anachronistic cyberpunk live action role players. Watch the fight:<p>The …

The rich get government handouts just like the poor. Here are 10 of them.

In case you are still skeptical that many of the non-poor — and, in fact, a lot of the rich — receive benefits from government, too (for which we don't make them pee in a cup or promise not to buy luxuries), we've rounded up some more examples below.<p>1. <b>The mortgage interest deduction for big houses</b> …

Retirement

Here’s why you should care about ocean acidification: It’s behind Earth’s worst-ever mass extinction

<b>(Karen Grigoryan/Shutterstock)</b><p>Rapid carbon emissions 252 million years ago wiped out the majority of the planet’s species<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>April 9, 2015 8:16pm (UTC)<p>Ocean acidification is like global warming's sad, ignored twin. It results, like climate change, from human emissions of greenhouse gases, …

Exercise Versus Diet: Which Is More Important For Weight Loss?

Being healthy is simple, right? "Eat less, move more." That's easy to say, but practicality is one of the most important things when it comes to …

Fitness

Virginia Parents Whose Kids Were Found Locked in Cage Get No Prison Time

A Virginia mother and father who pleaded guilty to felony child neglect after their three young kids were found locked in a cage will not serve any prison time.<p>Scott Suggs, 28, and Brandy Kangas, 36, of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, pleaded guilty to the three counts on March 30 after their …

California Drought: Farmers Faced With Whether to Grow Crops or Sell Water

In drought-stricken California, where water has become a precious commodity, some of those who need it most are choosing to forego it.<p>Some rice farmers, whose livelihoods depend on hydrating their fields, may sell water instead of using it — and they could make $700 an acre-foot, more than they …

Russian Researchers Say 3D Printing with Animal Bone May Regenerate Human Bones, Manage Pain

Some of us have had the experience ourselves, regretfully, of enduring a trauma resulting in a broken limb which never completely healed. More often, …

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Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous

<i>Fareed Zakaria, a columnist for The Washington Post, is the host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN and the author of “In Defense of a Liberal Education.”</i><p>If Americans are united in any conviction these days, it is that we urgently need to shift the country’s education toward the teaching of specific, …

Endless City: Skyscraper Wraps Upward with Walkable Ramps

An urban pedestrian paradise, this conceptual design proposes to turn cities skyward with a system of flexible open spaces that gradually rise as …

Abortion Lies Doctors Are Forced to Tell

Arizona has a bill that would force docs to claim abortions can be reversed—just one of the lies they have to tell pregnant women.<p>If the bill sitting …

Slate Magazine - Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryPruitt Failed to Sabotage the EPA Mark Joseph Stern His successor will be masterful at it.<p>Scott Pruitt Was the Outlandish Epitome of …

Scott Pruitt

Ethan Hawke Discusses His New Documentary On Manhattan Piano Teacher Seymour Bernstein

<i>Photo: Robin Holland</i><p>Ethan Hawke’s highly praised new documentary, <i>Seymour: An Introduction,</i> on the Manhattan piano teacher, Seymour Bernstein, will have a sequel, the actor said at a recent screening.<p>Hawke made the movie after meeting Bernstein at a dinner party; he confided to Bernstein that he was …

15 major book moments missing from the 'Lord of the Rings' movies

<i>Major spoiler warnings for a 60-year-old trilogy ahead, proceed at your own risk.</i><p>Rejoice, for today is Tolkien Reading Day, an annual celebration …

Literature

Butch chic: how the gender-neutral trend has ruined my wardrobe

Arguably the biggest trend this season, unisex style is everywhere – from JW Anderson to Topshop and Cos. But what does it mean for women who have always dressed like this? <b>Sophie Wilkinson</b> explains<p>In next month’s US Vogue, actor Ellen Page explains in newsworthy fashion why coming out has rekindled …

Doctors told 'just because you can save babies' lives, doesn't mean you should'

New guidance says doctors should carefully consider the quality of life of babies and children with life-threatening conditions before deciding whether to continue with treatment<p>Doctors should not always intervene to save the lives of premature babies just because medical advances mean they might …

America’s ISIS next door: Mexico, billion-dollar cartels and the colossal failure of the war on drugs

<b>(Shutterstock/American Spirit)</b><p>They behead people by the hundreds. And like ISIL, Mexican gangs are flourishing as a result of failed U.S. policy<p>Rebecca Gordon<p>March 24, 2015 6:15pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>They behead people by the hundreds. They heap headless, handless …

Mexico

Google will fly a crazy, plane-like, 84-foot wind turbine next month

Astro Teller tells the crowd at SXSW that the 28-foot versions didn't crash<p>Google plans to fly an 84-foot wind turbine next month, according to Google X's Astro Teller, who spoke at SXSW today.<p>Google's wind turbines don't look like the ones you might see along the US coastline. They're more like …

Wind Power

Scientists Take DNA Sample From Woolly Mammoth Leg for Cloning Project

A group of Russian and South Korean researchers has begun their attempt to clone a woolly mammoth, starting by extracting DNA from a spectacularly well-preserved specimen discovered in the Siberian permafrost in 2013. The project is led by Hwang Woo-Suk, a Korean cloning scientist who was the focus …

The invisible downside of cheating in life

People who take shortcuts can trick themselves into believing they are smarter than they are, says Tom Stafford, and it comes back to bite them.<p>Honesty may be the best policy, but lying has its merits – even when we are deceiving ourselves. Numerous studies have shown that those who are practised …

Psychology