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Massive Attack visit Palestinian refugees in Lebanon: 'All of them have a right to a life of dignity and beauty'

Massive Attack have spoken of their ‘love and commitment’ to supporting the plight of young Palestinian refugees after the political band visited the …

Israel

A video posted Tuesday by Al Arabiya shows the destruction of the Gaza neighborhood of Beit Hanoun in one hour. According to the Israeli army, residents are given at least three minutes to evacuate their…

A video posted Tuesday by Al Arabiya shows the destruction of the Gaza neighborhood of Beit Hanoun in one hour. According to the Israeli army, …

Israel

Israel Is Making It Hard To Be Pro-Israel

A half-dozen years ago, I attended the first conference of J Street, a liberal pro-Israel organization, to debate the meaning of the term <i>pro-Israel</i> …

Israel’s Campaign to Send Gaza Back to the Stone Age

The power station, the port, government buildings, and private homes have all fallen prey to Operation Protective Edge.<p>GAZA CITY — Israel’s assault …

Israel

Clown Suffers Minor Injuries in Clown Car Crash

A clown suffered minor injuries on Monday after her clown car crashed into a utility pole in Westwood, New Jersey.<p>The victim, according to The …

Construction

Israeli Intelligence Officers Doubt Hamas Involvement In Incident That Sparked Gaza War

"We have come to conclude that these men were acting on their own."<p>HEBRON, West Bank — Three weeks into Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip, Israeli security officials are no closer to finding the men held responsible for the killings that sparked the assault, and some of those working on the case …

YouTube

Without Honor

I had been searching for fresh coriander. Fruitlessly, one might say. I found myself asking a shopkeeper whether they stocked it and he peered at me …

British Philosophy

Former Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke: Bush Committed War Crimes

In a Democracy Now! exclusive, the nation’s former top counterterrorism official has said he believes President George W. Bush is guilty of war …

National Security

There's No Such Thing as a Slut

A new longitudinal study examined how college students slut-shame—and found that the practice is as illogical as it is damaging.<p>In 2004, two women who were long past college age settled into a dorm room at a large public university in the Midwest. Elizabeth Armstrong, a sociology professor at the …

“Muslim gospel” excites “Da Vinci Code” conspiracists

A mysterious manuscript confiscated by Turkish police suggests it was Judas, not Jesus, who suffered crucifixion<p>In Amsterdam in 1709, philosopher John Toland set his eyes upon a remarkable manuscript—what he described in <i>Nazarenus</i> as "a Mahometan [i.e., Muslim] Gospel, never before publicly made …

PETA's worst campaign ever says milk causes autism

Above: The seriously douchey PETA campaign.<p>Just when you think PETA couldn't sink any lower with their outrageous publicity campaigns, they launch, …

Now THIS Is a Synapse

Every time I read about the synapse, the all-important junction between two neurons, the cartoon above pops into my head. It shows the gist of how a synapse works: An electrical pulse enters the cell on the left and activates those little blue balls, called vesicles, to release their chemical …

Neuroscience

ionline

Ukraine crisis: Donetsk region asks to join Russia

Request comes just two hours after referendum results show 90% voted for independence from Ukraine<p>The "People's Republic of Donetsk" declared itself an independent country on Monday and, within two hours of doing so, had asked to join Russia. The separatist leader Denis Pushilin told journalists …

Allen Ginsberg's LSD poem to William Buckley

Our shooting double standard: How do we decide which madmen are terrorists?

Fort Hood was the site of two awful rampages in recent years. But the two shooters were described very differently<p>Last month, U.S. Army Spc. Ivan Lopez killed three people and wounded 16 in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas. Four years earlier, U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people …

Looking at the Ordinary and Extraordinary Life of Andy Warhol

One of the great paradoxes of New York City is its penchant for change coupled with a romance for nostalgia.<p>There are few eras more romanticized than …

Associated Press News

Did Homer Simpson Actually Solve Fermat's Last Theorem? Take A Look

You don't have to notice, but if you do, it's like a hidden kiss. There have always been popular television shows that sneak bits of arcane learning into their storylines. <i>Star Trek</i> did this. <i>Dr. Who</i> (in Britain) did this. So, back in the day, did Rocky and Bullwinkle, and before them, a cartoon show …

Fossil Galaxy Provides a Window Into the Early Universe

The dwarf galaxy Segue 1 has remained largely unchanged for billions of years.<p>A tiny galaxy lying just beyond the edge of the Milky Way has failed to evolve normally over the last several billion years, say astronomers, and it represents a sample of the universe as it was in its infancy, around 13 …

Astrophysics

'Killer robots' to be debated at UN

See on Scoop.it - Knowmads, Infocology of the future<p>Killer robots will be debated during an informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva.<p>Two robotics experts, Prof Ronald Arkin and Prof Noel Sharkey, will debate the efficacy and necessity of killer robots.<p>The meeting will be held during the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW).<p>A report on the discussion will be presented to the CCW meeting in November.<p>This will be the first time that the issue of killer robots, or …

This Breakthrough Book About Water Safety Can Filter 4 Years’ Worth of Clean Water | Design | WIRED

See on Scoop.it - The Future of Water & Waste<p>Each page is its own little filter that can clean up to 100 liters of water (that’s around a 30-day supply).<p>In developing countries, clean drinking water is not a given. According to the World Health Organization, every year, around 3.4 million people die from water-related illnesses. To put it in perspective: That’s roughly equivalent to Los Angeles’ entire population. Accessing clean water often means waiting in line for a truck to haul it to you, …

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Easy listening robots can be the creepiest robots.

The Alaskan Sky on Fire

In February 2014 photographer Alexis Coram went to Alaska with an eye toward—hopefully—catching an aurora.<p>What she got was magic. And by that, of …

‘We Kill People Based on Metadata’

Supporters of the National Security Agency inevitably defend its sweeping collection of phone and Internet records on the ground that it is only …

The Bible backs same-sex couples: Point by point, why conservatives are wrong

I was taught the Bible condemned same-sex relationships. So I spent years with the text, and that’s simply not true<p>If the essence of marriage involves a covenant-keeping relationship of mutual self-giving, then two men or two women can fulfill that purpose as well as a man and a woman can. But is …

Whatever happened to Netscape?

Netscape's story reads like a proper fairy tale: takeovers, fierce and hostile competition, split-ups, a giant payout and even a dragon! While Netscape may now only be a sweet, sweet memory to those who used it to first discover the web, the browser's monstrous impact has cemented it as one of the …