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Why Joaquin Phoenix is the Most Fascinating Actor Working in Film Today

Sporting his “Inherent Vice” shoulder-length hairstyle<br>and half-laced up boots, Joaquin Phoenix cut an intriguing figure at<br>this year’s New York Film …

Marlon Brando

Molly: The Dangerous Drug That’s Too Good to Quit

Despite recent deaths, fans tell Abby Haglage the trip is way too fun to give up.<p>The first time Adam tried Molly, he was 19. He loved it.<p>“I was …

Turns Out Your Kids Really Did Love That Music You Played

Way back in the 1980s, were you the one playing "When Doves Cry" over and over? Well, don't be surprised if your kids wind up doing the same thing.<p>Young adults have strong positive memories of the music their parents loved when they were the same age, a study finds. That flies in the face of the …

Found! 3 super-Earth planets that could support alien life - Science

This artist's impression shows the view from the exoplanet Gliese 667Cd looking towards the planet's parent star (Gliese 667C). Image released on June 25, 2013.<p>The habitable zone of a nearby star is filled to the brim with planets that could support alien life, scientists announced Tuesday.<p>An …

The Strange Scientific Connection Between Coffee Shops And Creativity

Researchers have found that the level of noise that matches the bustle of a coffeeshop–around 70 decibels–spurs more creative performance than the quiet of 50 decibels or the distracting blender volume of 85 decibels.<p>Something strangely productive happened in 17th-century England: The meeting spot …

One-fifth of US employees are undermining the companies they work for

More than half of Americans don’t like their jobs, according to a recent poll (pdf). What’s more, up to one in five aren’t just uninspired at work but are actively damaging their companies by draining resources and lowering morale.<p>According to polling firm Gallup’s survey of about 150,000 full and …

Employee Engagement

'Woman in red' sprayed with teargas becomes symbol of Turkey protests

Istanbul's police chief had said his forces would only use teargas as a last resort. But the images seem to show the officer targeting an unarmed …

Are there scientific reasons to oppose gay marriage?

The UK is on track to legalise same-sex marriage and on Wednesday France sees its first gay marriage. Like most people who don't think the universe …

LGBTQ

A Rainy Book-Filled Memorial Day Weekend Meets The Weeknd

</div><br/>Memorial Day Weekend usually makes me think of the beach, booze and (vegan) BBQs. However, it's been raining in New York City since the late 80s, so this year's Memorial Day Weekend has me thinking board games, booze and books. But what to read/listen to while trapped indoors? This …

Invention of the Day: Shoes That Generate Power From Your Steps

3 Ways to Harness the Power of Affirmations | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

When I first started using affirmations I didn’t really know what I was doing. I figured that if I said a statement enough times, I’d start to …

Motivation

5 Steps to Detoxify Your Inner Self | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Have you ever felt like you were bloated with all the negative thoughts that you have created for yourself? Have you ever been under deep pressure …

Self-improvement

47 unearthly lightning strikes [PICs]

IN THESE IMAGES, lightning appears close up, often seemingly just a few city blocks away. Don’t let the images fool you though — pro lightning …

On Remaining Artistic: An Interview With the Art Studio NY's Rebecca Schweiger

"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."<p>-Pablo Picasso<p>When is the last time you painted, wrote a poem, played the piano? For too many of us, the answer is, "I don't remember." But why don't we engage in the creative activities we enjoyed so much as kids? …

Artists

What Mattered in Obama's Speech Today: Ending the Open-Ended 'War on Terror'

Passed when the Pentagon and World Trade Center rubble were still smoking, the AUMF has been the basis for everything since.<p>This speech was very long -- nearly 7000 words, even longer than my profile of Jerry Brown! And I didn't expect anyone to listen to me read my article aloud. Also, I am not …

8 Awesome Disneyland Attractions That Were Never Built

Unfortunately these movie based rides never left the development stage, but I am still holding out hope that they will build an Atlantis: The Lost Empire attraction.

Superman: Illegal Alien?

Is Superman an illegal alien? I ask at the risk of getting blasted by heat vision or super breath, but exploring his status actually tells us a lot about America today.<p>First, let's be clear: Kal-El (do you think he'd mind if we just called him Kal for short? After all, he's got the same first name …

Immigration

Cormac McCarthy's The Road May Have the Scariest Passage in All of Literature

Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon, makes the case.<p>Doug McLean<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b><p>Masters of the horror genre know that monsters are scariest <i>before</i> they're seen.<p>This is why the makers of <i>Jaws</i>, according to co-writer …

Under the black flag of al-Qaeda, the Syrian city ruled by gangs of extremists

The black flag of al-Qaeda flies high over Raqqa’s main square in front of the smart new governor’s palace, its former occupant last seen in their prison. Their fighters, clad also in black, patrol the streets, or set up positions behind sandbags.<p>The Islamists smashed up one of the two shops that …

Middle East

Kid President Sends Heartfelt Mother's Day Salute to Moms

Kid President, the youthful powerhouse in a power suit who knows how to give one heck of a motivational pep talk, has taken his inspirational talents …

Was ending the draft a mistake?

Without conscription war has become an abstraction, enabling a new “era of persistent conflict”<p>Few probably recall the name Dwight Elliott Stone. But even if his name has faded from the national memory, the man remains historically significant. That's because on June 30, 1973, the 24-year-old …

3D-Printed Gun's Blueprints Downloaded 100,000 Times In Two Days (With Some Help From Kim Dotcom)

If gun control advocates hoped to prevent blueprints for the world’s first fully 3D-printable gun from spreading online, that horse has now left the barn about a hundred thousand times.<p>That’s the number of downloads of the 3D-printable file for the so-called “Liberator” gun that the high-tech …

The Like Generation

In the '60s and '70s, young people were referred to as the "Love Generation," partly because of their insistence on sexual freedom, which they proposed as an alternative ("make love, not war") to the Vietnam conflict. Today's young people could be more accurately identified as the "Like …

Were the Tsarnaevs nuts or revolutionaries?

We may find the Tsarnaevs’ ideology deluded, but we should take it seriously if we want to avoid others like them<p>Why do we Americans find it so important to believe that terrorists and assassins in the U.S. can be dismissed as mere emotionally disturbed maniacs, rather than viewed as …

History

Political Read: Psy, Katy Perry And Journalism In DC

WASHINGTON -- Lord help me, but I like Katy Perry. She had that one album of pop as perfectly synthetic as Cheez Whiz and as hooky as Neil Sedaka in his prime: sunny, mindless California.<p>So when I spotted her hurrying past me in a hotel corridor before the White House Correspondents' Dinner last …

Katy Perry

America's Response To The Boston Bombings Shows How Much This Country Has Grown Since 9/11

The magnitude of the two attacks was, of course, very different - thousands were killed and major national landmarks destroyed in 2001, whereas the Boston bombing killed three people and injured roughly 260.<p>Still, it was the first major attack on the United States since 2001, and the contrast …

Boston Marathon Bombing

Fear, Good and Bad: Lessons From an Awful Week in Boston

Last week taught us some important lessons about fear. One is that fear is neither good nor bad. What matters is how we let fear affect us, what we do with it. It spurred racism and suspicion and stress and shut down a major American city for a day. But it also created incredible unity, as often …

Bruce Schneier

Americans Lose Their Heads Over 'Terror' But Ignore Daily Gun Deaths

Nearly a million Bostonians were asked to stay in their homes - and willingly complied. Schools were closed; business shuttered; trains, subways and roads were empty; usually busy streets eerily resembled a post-apocalyptic movie set; even baseball games and cultural events were cancelled - all in …

Guns