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The Science Of The Death Star: The Physics Of Destroying An Earth-Sized Planet

One of the most iconic sequences in all of movie history comes from the original <b>Star Wars</b> film, where the Galactic Empire brings Princess Leia to her home planet, Alderaan, and threatens her with the destruction of her world using their “superlaser” unless she reveals the secret location of the …

Muslim cemetery sparks row in Texas town of Farmersville

<b>Residents in a small town in Texas are seeking to block plans to build an Islamic cemetery over fears it is part of a wider Muslim "takeover".</b><p>The proposed site in Farmersville, 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Dallas, was put forward by a local Islamic group.<p>Critics say they have concerns over Muslim …

Obama admin looks to ban some Social Security recipients from owning guns

The Obama administration wants to keep people collecting Social Security benefits from owning guns if it is determined they are unable to manage their own affairs, the Los Angeles Times reported.<p>The push, which could potentially affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by …

Obama Visits Federal Prison, A First For A Sitting President

President Obama toured a federal prison in Oklahoma on Thursday and said the nation needs to reconsider policies that contribute to a huge spike in the number of people behind bars.<p>In an unprecedented visit by a sitting president, Obama met with half a dozen inmates at the El Reno prison, outside …

Christie offering proposals to alter criminal justice system

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is calling for changes in the criminal justice system, seeking in part to give nonviolent drug …

Why Didn't a Background Check Stop Dylann Roof?

FBI Director James Comey said an error in the system allowed the Charleston shooter to obtain a gun he should have been barred from buying.<p>How did Dylann Roof pass a criminal background check to buy a gun? Initial reports suggested that Roof’s purchase of the gun he used to murder nine people at …

Rich Lowry and Megyn Kelly smugly dismiss the existence of white privilege as “an odious lie”

“We have a hideous history of racism in this country,” Lowry said, “but that doesn’t determine anyone’s future”<p>Scott Eric Kaufman<p>July 10, 2015 4:02pm (UTC)<p>On "The Kelly File" Thursday evening, National Review editor Rich Lowry spoke to host Megyn Kelly about an upcoming MTV documentary on white …

Why Is Everyone Angry? I'll Tell You Why

This is a short essay on voter anger -- its origin, its attributes, its meaning and its cure. Hint: Most Americans are worse off than they were a long time ago.<p>I started noticing voter anger around 2009. Initially, its locus was the Tea Party. They're the ones who would form a circle around a …

4 things we learned about John Roberts

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> He did it again.<p>Chief Justice John Roberts stepped in once more to vote in favor of the Obama administration's signature legislative achievement: health care. In a 6-3 decision, he sided with the President, just like he did in 2012, the first time the justices reviewed the …

Fighting ISIS: An Israeli Soldier Offers a Strategy Against The Islamic State

The artistic music video "Wrecking Ball" featuring former Disney star Miley Cyrus has accumulated hundreds of millions of views on Youtube. This provocative clip features an almost naked Cyrus suggestively cavorting on a simulated wrecking ball and nearly licking a metal phallic symbol.<p>From some …

What Is the Trans Pacific Partnership?

What is this 29-chapter trade bill called the Trans Pacific Partnership?<p>Both Republican and Democrat activists are working overtime to pressure Congress not to pass H.R. 1314, a bill that was defeated in the House on Friday, but is still in the process of being resurrected by Obama and Republicans …

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A Transcript of the Decent Speech Inside Donald Trump's Disastrous One

There's been a consensus, in the media and among the general public, that Donald Trump's recent announcement of his candidacy for President of the United States was a disaster. It was a disaster for all the reasons we've come to expect from The Donald: its egocentricity; its verbosity; and its …

Obama sends 1,500 troops to Iraq

President Barack Obama is sending up to 1,500 more soldiers to Iraq to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces to fight ISIS, in a deployment that would almost double the total number of American troops there to 2,900.<p>The White House said in a statement that it will also ask Congress for another $5.6 …

5 Widgets And Apps For Election Day

The 2014 midterm elections are closing in, and time's running out to brush up on the candidates and issues that matter this year. Worried you don't know the essentials? Fear not: We've compiled a list of some apps, widgets, and websites that will arm you with knowledge at the ballot box come …

Obama: Most kids to be sent home

President Barack Obama indicated Friday that many of the tens of thousands of children who have crossed the Texas border will eventually be sent back home.<p>“Children who do not have proper claims…will at some point be subject to repatriation to their home countries,” Obama said following a meeting …

Perry sticks by alcoholism and homosexuality comparison

<b>(CNN)</b> - Texas Gov. Rick Perry stood by his recent comments comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.<p>Appearing on CNN's "Crossfire" on Wednesday, Perry was asked by co-host Stephanie Cutter whether he believes homosexuality is a disease.<p>"I think my position has been fairly clear on that for a …

Cruz jumps into Iraq discussion

Ted Cruz broke his relative silence on Iraq on Wednesday evening, urging the U.S. to prepare to evacuate its citizens and warning against any deal with Iran.<p>The Texas Republican did not rule out some sort of military intervention in Iraq but said anything that President Barack Obama decides, it …

Mark Cuban talks about prejudice

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, attempting to make a nuanced point about society's challenges dealing with racism, acknowledged having his own …

Climate science is a hoax: Big Oil, GOP, God say so

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Yes, climate science is a hoax. Why? No solution. The problem is obvious. But talk’s cheap. No solution? No …

Colorado's legal recreational pot industry off to smoking start

Colorado's legal recreational marijuana industry kicked off Wednesday with an Iraq war veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder making the first pot purchase under the new law.<p>Sean Azzariti of Denver, who helped campaign for Amendment 64, bought an eighth of an ounce of a strain …

$1,000 Pill For Hepatitis C Spurs Debate Over Drug Prices

Federal regulators this month opened a new era in the treatment of a deadly liver virus that infects three to five times more people than HIV. Now the question is: Who will get access to the new drug for hepatitis C, and when?<p>The drug Sovaldi will cost $1,000 per pill. A typical course of treatment …

New York's Record Low Murder Rate Gets Even Lower

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The New York City mayor's office announced this week that there have been 332 murders in the city so …

Criticising popular things: why is it so popular?

There’s that thing that’s very popular right now. You probably know what this is referring to. It can’t be escaped, it’s everywhere. It’s at the top of every chart. It’s being played constantly on the radio and TV channels. Everybody owns one, and sometimes several. Presenters on all formats are …

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7 Cool Gifts For Music Nerds

As scientists toil away to discover what draws humans to music, how it stimulates our brains, and why it’s so integral to our history, we’ve compiled a list of the coolest gifts for the music enthusiasts in your life. This guide is perfect for the aspiring hipster who wants to break out of the …

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How To Argue With The Anti-Vaccine Crazies: A Guide

In honor of Jenny McCarthy's new seat at "The View"<p>Jenny McCarthy—savvy, telegenic, and pulchritudinous—is joining the popular daytime talk show "The View."<p>McCarthy is a strident proponent of not vaccinating kids, as she believes vaccinations made her son autistic. Now, many scientists and science …

The Energy Fix: Reinventing The Solar Array

Reinventing the array could usher in a new age for solar.<p>The solar market has been on fire. In the U.S., it's grown by 600 percent over the past five years, culminating in 3,313 installed megawatts in 2012. This past March, seven solar projects added the only new utility power of any kind to the …