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A siege. A bomb. 48 dogs. And the black commune that would not surrender

I came to and a dude was dragging me by my hair and cops started kicking me in the head – Del Africa<p>We demonstrated against police brutality. And we did so uncompromisingly. Slavery never ended, it was just disguised – Janine Africa<p>The photograph is one of the standout images of the 1970s black …

Black Panther

The Scarface of Sex: The Millionaire Playboy Who Murdered His Way to the Top of Porn

“Well, Roger, you gotta do what you gotta do.”<p>King said that it was Underhill’s parents who convinced their son to co-operate with the FBI, after …

Crime

A House You Can Buy, But Never Own

African Americans in the same neighborhoods decimated by subprime lending are now being targeted with new predatory loan offerings, a lawsuit argues.<p>ATLANTA—It was not until a few years after he moved in that Zachary Anderson realized that he was not, in fact, the owner of the house he thought he’d …

Real Estate

When will Britain face up to its crimes against humanity?

After the abolition of slavery, Britain paid millions in compensation – but every penny of it went to slave owners, and nothing to those they enslaved. We must stop overlooking the brutality of British history. By Kris Manjapra<p>On 3 August 1835, somewhere in the City of London, two of Europe’s most …

Abolition

Execution Still Haunts Village, 50 Years After Che Guevara’s Death

LA HIGUERA, Bolivia — Irma Rosales, tired after decades of tending her tiny store, sat back one morning with a box full of photos and remembered the stranger who was shot in the local schoolhouse 50 years ago.<p>His hair was long and greasy, she said; his clothes so dirty that they might have belonged …

Are Space, Time, And Gravity All Just Illusions?

The Universe, as we know it, has a fundamental flaw staring us right in our faces, letting us know that our knowledge is incomplete. The four fundamental forces are described by two different and mutually incompatible frameworks: General Relativity for gravitation, and Quantum Field Theory for the …

Dark Matter

Why The Sky Is Blue, According To Science

One of the first questions a curious child often asks about the natural world is “why is the sky blue?” Yet despite how widespread this question is, there are many misconceptions and incorrect answers bandied about — because it reflects the ocean; because oxygen is a blue-colored gas; because …

Stepdaddy Dearest: Putting the Crime Into Crime Family

At 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, Rod Harrison was not a person you’d ever want to fuck with. People literally crossed the street when they saw his hulking …

The basis of the universe may not be energy or matter but information

There are lots of theories on what are the basis of the universe is. Some physicists say its subatomic particles. Others believe its energy or even …

What is a black professor in America allowed to say?

Tommy J Curry thought forcing a public discussion about race and violence was part of his job. It turned out that people didn’t want to hear it. By Steve Kolowich<p>One Thursday morning in May, Tommy J Curry walked through the offices of the philosophy department at Texas A&M University with a police …

Does drinking hot liquids on a hot day actually cool you off?

Yes, technically, but not nearly enough.<p>Every summer, reporters from around the world call Ollie Jay to ask one question: Does consuming hot liquids in the summer really cool you off?<p>“I think the old wives’ tale of drinking a hot drink on a hot day really resonates,” Jay says. He now heads the …

Every single Stephen King novella, ranked

There aren't many best-selling authors out there who still write novellas.<p>In publishing terms, the form is a tricky one: often too short to stand …

Charles Murray is once again peddling junk science about race and IQ

Podcaster and author Sam Harris is the latest to fall for it.<p>Charles Murray, the conservative scholar who co-authored <i>The Bell Curve</i> with the late Richard Herrnstein, was recently denied a platform at Middlebury College.Students shouted him down, and one of his hosts was hurt in a scuffle. But …

Army combat photographer snapped one last picture — seconds before an explosion killed her

By Derek Hawkins<p>, Reporter<p>Nearly four years ago, Spec. Hilda Clayton, a combat photographer in the U.S. Army, was documenting a live-fire exercise in Afghanistan when without warning a mortar tube accidentally exploded in front of her.<p>Clayton, 22, was killed in the blast, along with an Afghan …

Your Body Is Surrounded by Clouds of Skin and Fart Bacteria

Everywhere you go, in everything you do, you are surrounded by an aura of microbes. They drift down from your hair when you scratch your head, they …

An Accidental Nuclear Detonation "Will Happen"

It would be impossible to fully replicate the depth of dread and disbelief that <i>Command and Control</i>—Eric Schlosser's 2013 book chronicling the Air …

Archives

How Will We Travel to That Promising New Planet?

With an Earth-like planet orbiting our closest neighbor star, it's about time we start talking about how we could send a spacecraft there.<p>In case you didn't hear, there is an Earth-sized planet orbiting the closest star to us—the red dwarf Proxima Centauri—and it is within the star's habitable zone …

Northern Lights: The traditional explanation for the aurora borealis is wrong, physicist says

The Northern Lights are one of the most spectacular natural events on the planet.<p>The usual explanation given by tour guides and in books is that …

Is the mind just an accident of the universe?

The traditional view puts forward the idea that the vast majority of what there is in the universe is mindless. Panpsychism however claims that …

Could A New Type Of Supernova Eliminate Dark Energy?

Every once in a while, some Earth-shattering discoveries come along that forever change our view of the Universe. Back in the late 1990s, observations of distant supernovae made it clear that the Universe wasn’t only expanding, but that distant galaxies were actually speeding up as they moved away …

Supernovae

How do we know the age of the Universe?

13.8 billion years is a great number. But how sure are we of this, and how did we get there?<p><i>“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We</i> …

Voyager Journey to the Stars

Race And IQ. Again.

[Re-posted from earlier today]<p>I should know better than to bring this up again. But the effective firing of a researcher, Heritage’s Jason Richwine, …

Is Race Only A Social Construct?

Charles Mills makes the case dispassionately (and if you have the time, it’s well worth a full listen):<p>Since I really want to get to the bottom of …

The exploding Universe: the realm of Supernovae - online event!

SN 2011fe in M101: animation<p>To join the LIVE event click here !!!<p>Always at the first place in the world sharing the wonders of the Universe, with …

The 50 Most Spectacular Galaxy Pictures of all Time

Here are the 50 most spectacular galaxy pictures of all time -- from pictures of the Andromeda Galaxy to the pictures of the "Cosmic Tinker Bell …

Meet Your Ancestors (All of Them)

As you start reading this article, let’s list some questions you haven’t asked yourself in a while:<p>– Why do I exist?<p>– Why do I look the way I do?<p>– …

A Photon's Million-Year Journey From the Center of the Sun

by Avery Thompson August 26, 2015 Hard Science<p>It’s a well-known fact that the light we see from stars has taken hundreds, even thousands, of years to …

Scientists Propose New Way To Detect Dark Matter

by Futurism November 20, 2014 FromQuarkstoQuasars<p>You know the old saying: “if you want to hide something, put it in plain sight?” Well, according to …

Dark Matter