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9 Terrific Sights That Every American Must See In London

You’ve booked the flights, grabbed your umbrella and already started to practice your ‘ello’ guvnor’ to proudly announce your arrival…Yup, you’re on …

Luggage

Secrets and lies of a master spy: The agent who fooled the British, Russians, Italians, Japanese and the Nazis during WW2

In 1943, Peter Fleming, brother of Bond creator Ian, recruited a promising-looking Indian intelligence officer and code-named him Silver. His new recruit was a master of deception who worked for all the Axis powers as well as for the Soviets and the British - and fooled them all. Meet the only …

The moral challenge of military robots arises when we delegate fighting wars

Using drones or autonomous soldiers in modern warfare may avoid some of the awfulness but does it forfeit any ethical defence for fighting in the first place?<p>Long before undergoing any proper study of war, I remember believing I had the problem sorted. In primary school, I remember remarking to …

Six unexpected sources of renewable energy

Think: Las Vegas streetlights powered by footsteps.<p><i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>When it comes to discussions about renewable energy, solar and wind power often take center stage. To a lesser degree, other forms like geothermal energy and hydropower also get some attention. But many people may not be aware that …

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Minority Report-style AI learns to predict if people are criminals from their facial features

Researchers have created a machine that they claim can tell if a person is a convicted criminal simply from their facial features.<p>The artificial intelligence, created at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, was able to correctly identify criminals from a selection of 186 photos nine out of 10 times by …

The Constitution lets the electoral college choose the winner. They should choose Clinton.

By Lawrence Lessig<p><i>Lawrence Lessig is a professor at Harvard Law School and the author of “Republic, Lost: Version 2.0.” In 2015, he was a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary.</i><p>Conventional wisdom tells us that the electoral college requires that the person who lost the popular vote this …

Government

The First Tidal Generator in North America Is Now Online

The generator harnesses the power of the tides in the Bay of Fundy, and produces enough electricity to power 500 homes.<p>The first tidal generator in North America has gone online this month in the Bay of Fundy, and is expected to generate enough electricity to power 500 homes.<p>While most hydro …

Muhammad Was A Feminist

The prophet Muhammad would be appalled by how current Islamic Fundamentalists are treating women under their control. This suppression is done in the name of Islamic Law, known as <i>Sharia</i>. But the current suppression of women is shaped by cultural and history. It has little basis in the Quran and it …

Islam

7 Ways You Stress Yourself Out

Experts gave us insight into practices you may think are harmless—but are in fact disrupting your peace of mind.<p>Robin Hilmantel, <i>Life by Daily Burn</i><p>I …

The unexpected answer to the biggest mystery of the American Revolution

By Jeff Guo<p>In the grade-school version of American history, the Revolutionary War seems like a righteous inevitability. The typical narrative conflates taxes with tyranny, casting the rebellion as a break from British greed and oppression. “King George III didn’t seem to care what the colonists …

Leslie Beck: How do I lose weight but maintain – and gain – muscle?

<b>Question</b><p>I'm a 40-year-old male who needs to lose 20 pounds. I've cut my calorie intake and I am working out five days a week – a mix of cardio and free weights. How much protein do I need to eat to maintain muscle – even gain a little – while I lose body fat?<p><b>Answer</b><p>To lose body fat and maintain …

Top Ten Foods for Building Muscle | Poliquin Article

These are ten foods to include in your diet because they have a superior effect on protein synthesis, helping you build muscle in conjunction with a …

Here's the Russian jet that's terrorizing Syria's anti-Assad rebels

Among the planes Moscow has used to back the Syrian military's attempted advance is a Russian combat aircraft that some have compared to the US's venerated A-10 Warthog.<p>The Russian Su-25 Frogfoot is a low-flying tank-like plane that specializes in providing aerial cover and attacking ground targets.<p>…

6 documentaries on Netflix that will make you smarter

The reason these are the best of Netflix's many "brainy" entries is they all share a multifaceted approach — looking at the economics, social, and cultural angles of each problem while also keeping us tied to a single, compelling narrative.<p>Six incredible, stimulating documentaries, all streaming on …

Streaming

A history lesson that explains Britain’s aloofness from Europe

“Nations have characters, as well as individuals.”<i><br>Benjamin Disraeli</i><p>The shortest distance across the English Channel is a mere 33.1 km (20.6 miles). In the run-up to Britain’s referendum on whether to stay in the European Union on June 23, a few choice words can make the continent seem a world …

World History

Supreme Court to render a verdict on Obama's use of executive authority

The Supreme Court has often dealt a big blow to presidents in their second term.<p>Harry Truman was rebuked for claiming the power to seize strike-bound steel mills during the Korean War. Richard Nixon resigned shortly after the court ruled unanimously he must turn over the Watergate tapes.<p>Bill …

Immigration

10 Ways to Lose Weight Without Even Trying

These little changes to your day could make a huge dent in your belly<p>You won’t lose fat by camping out on the couch. But you don’t have to train for two hours a day and eat nothing but salad, either.<p>The 10 following tips work on how to lose weight easily into your busy schedule—and are all proven …

Five Everyday Activities That Hurt Your Memory

Turns out there are several surprising and common activities people do that make them more forgetful.<p>You can’t find your phone. You don’t remember if you answered your client’s email. And you forgot the question you wanted to ask your colleague when you bump into her in the hallway.<p>If you’re …

Russia sends its most advanced tanks to Syria frontline

Deployment of T-90 tanks is latest sign that Kremlin is being forced to escalate its intervention from an air to a ground war<p>Russia is deploying its most advanced battlefield tanks in Syria, in the latest sign that the Kremlin is being forced to escalate its intervention from an air to a ground war.<p>…

Sorry, conservatives, but denying the gender wage gap is “truly delusional”

It’s time we understand inequality as a women’s issue, authors of a new report on women in the economy tell Salon<p>Elias Isquith<p>November 28, 2015 2:30pm (UTC)<p>For all of her talk of wanting to be (arguably) the first avowed feminist president, and wanting to use the office in order to champion the …

Most dietary supplements are useless, but here are the ones you should take

Or not.<p>Recent research finds that not only do these supplements most likely <i>not</i> help you slim down, bulk up, or get more energized — they're also harmful.<p>A large October study from the federal government linked supplements — sold under brand names like Hydroxycut and Xenadrine — with 20,000 ER …

Wellness

The Right Amount of Exercise to Protect Your Heart

Find out why 30 minutes a day might not be enough to stave off this serious condition<p>Your daily half-hour exercise session might not be enough to keep your heart healthy, according to a new meta-analysis published in the journal <i>Circulation</i>. After analyzing the exercise habits of almost 400,000 …

Ben Carson's lies reveal a fundamental truth about candidates' tall tales

From Ben Carson’s tale of maybe stabbing someone to Ted Cruz’s stories of the exploits of his father in the Cuban revolution that don’t seem to hold up to the light of inquiry, once again candidates are getting grilled for the anecdotes they have been telling audiences for years.<p>But in reporters’ …

Ted Cruz wants to be king: Make no mistake, the GOP extremists’ real goal is absolute control

<b>(AP/Reuters/Joshua Lott/David Becker/Chris Keane/John Minchillo)</b><p>Right-wingers pretend to pledge fealty to the Constitution. Their real goal is to cut out the part about democracy<p>Heather Cox Richardson<p>October 18, 2015 10:00am (UTC)<p>As Republicans in Washington struggle over who will assume the duties …

3 desperate ways the U.S. clings to the myth of American exceptionalism

<b>(AP/Carolyn Kaster)</b><p>The American empire has been reduced to dust. All that remains is the stale jingoism of our Republican candidates<p>Tom Engelhardt<p>October 1, 2015 8:15am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>Given the cluttered landscape of the last 14 years, can you even faintly …

Three Exceptional Facts About America

<b>It’s Safe to Be Paranoid in the U.S.</b><p><i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>Given the cluttered landscape of the last 14 years, can you even faintly remember the moment when the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War ended in a stunned silence of shock and triumph in Washington, Eastern Europe was freed, …

Is this why Americans are getting fatter?

Americans are drinking more diet soda and bottled water to stay slim, but they’re also eating more butter.<p>Butter sales in the U.S. were up 14% in …

Nutrition