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Remembering the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre

<b>Hebron, occupied Palestinian territories -</b> On February 25 1994, a US-born Israeli military physician walked into the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron armed with a Galil assault rifle. It was early morning during the holy month of Ramadan, and hundreds of Palestinians were crammed inside, bowed in …

Istanbul: City of the Future

From the October 2010 issue of <i>National Geographic Traveler</i><p><b>Beloved for its complex, layered past, Istanbul, where East meets West, may also offer a vision of what’s to come.</b> <br>I don’t think I’d ever stepped inside a cinema restroom to see little video screens along the wall projecting fashion runway …

Warning: Your Sriracha Supply Is in Serious Jeopardy

How one guy's $24 investment in bitcoins turned into an $886,000 payday

Bitcoins are the digital, peer-to-peer currency now accepted as payment in bars from Berlin to London and many other stores. They were first introduced in 2008.<p>A year later, Norwegian engineer Kristoffer Koch bought about $24 worth on a whim.<p>For years, Koch's bitcoins sat forgotten in his online …

The American Health Care System Sucks

Politicians say a lot of dumb things, but perhaps the dumbest thing they say is that the U.S. has "the finest health care system in the world." Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that in 2012, echoing a common Republican talking point in opposition to health care reform.<p>No. Stop …

Health Care

9 out of 10 Americans Are Completely Wrong About This Mind-Blowing Fact

US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document

A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima.<p>The document, …

9 Amazing Cave Villages You Can Still Visit

Since the dawn of time, caves have held a special attraction for people the world over, whether as a site for religious rituals, the den of legendary monsters, a place for some weekend exploring, or, simply, a cozy place to live. And due to their permanent nature, cave homes also happen to be …

Archaeology

CIA Kept Area 51 Secret Because Rumors Cooler Than Reality

A spy plane, an intelligence agency, and the magical logic of conspiracy theories all made an American legend.<p>Yesterday the CIA declassified a 400-page document about Area 51, the secret facility in the Nevada desert that has fascinated armchair historians and tormented conspiracy theorists for …

How To Build Your Own DIY Centrifuge

Get a lab-grade centrifuge (normally $2,000) for 50 bucks.<p>For any garage-ista ready to tackle molecular biology, the centrifuge is an essential laboratory tool. Its super-rapid spin supplies the right G-forces to neatly separate biological materials—including cells, proteins, and DNA—from a liquid. …

Mynd: A Free Scheduling App That Is Way More Than A Calendar

Mynd breaks down your day into people, places, tasks, and locations.<p>Several months back, we looked at an iOS app called NeverLate. It wasn’t as beautiful as most calendars, but it was incredibly smart, with the ability to pull off stunts like checking the traffic and alerting you if you should …

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7 Best Hikes in the US

From coast to coast, there are endless trails to trek through some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes. Rugged and technical to smooth and …

NSA surveillance may be legal — but it’s unconstitutional

<i>Laura K. Donohue is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center and director of Georgetown’s Center on National Security and the Law.</i><p>The National Security Agency’s recently revealed surveillance programs undermine the purpose of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which was established …

Why one million Brazilians are protesting over 20 cents

Brazilian public transit has been a source of wealth for elites and government but a financial burden for workers<p>Miguel Borba de Sa<p>June 23, 2013 2:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Jacobin.<p>For more than a week Brazilian workers have taken to the streets. Yesterday, the country witnessed …

How elite universities are killing the American dream

The American Dream isn’t dead. It’s just moved to Denmark.<p>Now, we like to think of ourselves as a classless society, but it isn’t true today. As the Brookings Institution has pointed out, America has turned into a place Horatio Alger would scarcely recognize: we have more inequality and less …

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