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'NeuroTribes' Examines The History — And Myths — Of The Autism Spectrum

In 1938, an Austrian pediatrician named Hans Asperger gave the first public talk on autism in history. Asperger was speaking to an audience of Nazis, and he feared that his patients — children who fell onto what we now call the autism spectrum — were in danger of being sent to Nazi extermination …

Autism

Cheap coal is a lie – stand up to the industry’s cynical fightback

Vested interests are pushing the dirtiest fossil fuel as the energy solution in poor nations. In fact, the argument for investing in solar is overwhelming<p>It is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the reality that the days of coal as a source of energy are numbered. In a world where carbon …

Fossil Fuels

No one could see the color blue until modern times

It's about the way that humans see the world and how until we have a way to describe something, even something so fundamental as a color, we may not even notice that it's there.<p>Until relatively recently in human history, "blue" didn't exist, not in the way we think of it.<p>As the delightful Radiolab …

Linguistics

15 TV Shows You Should Totally Be Watching But Probably Aren't

We know your DVR is already full of conflicts, but these underappreciated series are worth your attention.

The history of measles: A scourge for centuries

Measles has been a scourge for centuries, afflicting millions of people. It has been blamed, in part, for decimating native populations of the Americas as Europeans explored the New World. In modern times, before a vaccine was developed, nearly every American contracted the virus, with its telltale …

Isis: the inside story

One of the Islamic State’s senior commanders reveals exclusive details of the terror group’s origins inside an Iraqi prison – right under the noses of their American jailers. Report by Martin Chulov<p>اقرأ التقرير باللغة العربية<p>In the summer of 2004, a young jihadist in shackles and chains was walked …

Afghanistan: The Making of a Narco State

After 13 years of war, we haven't defeated the Taliban, but we have managed to create a nation ruled by drug lords<p>Helmand Province in southern …

Obama’s Disastrous Iraq Policy: An Autopsy

The president ignored the country and its increasingly dictatorial prime minister for years.<p>Yes, the Iraq War was a disaster of historic proportions. Yes, seeing its architects return to prime time to smugly slam President Obama while taking no responsibility for their own, far greater, failures is …

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …

Lorde - Tennis Court (Flume Remix)

Lorde

No Rest For The Wicked by LykkeLi - Listen to music

The Murmurations of Starlings

When starlings flock together, wheeling and darting through the sky in tight, fluid formations, we call it a murmuration. These murmurations can range from small groups of a few hundred starlings in a small ball, to undulating seas of millions of birds, blocking out the sun. I thought today would …

Striking Images of Ukraine Before and After the Recent Riots

Gizmodo's Jesus Diaz uses Photoshop to merge together photos of Kiev that were taken before and after the recent Ukraine riots, creating devastating images that juxtapose the previous peace of of the city with the destruction and violence that raged after the protests began. Although the visuals …

Russia

5 Amazing Stories of Devoted Dogs

A new book shows how our canine companions enrich our lives.<p><b>Dog owners know how how much joy our beloved canine companions bring to our lives.</b><p>They enrich us in small and undramatic ways every day—by making us laugh, keeping us company, and offering us unconditional love. My new National Geographic …

The Week’s Best Longreads for June 22, 2013

The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week. By David Sessions.<p><b>The Price of Loyalty in SyriaRobert F. Worth, The New York</b> …

Flipboard for Neighborhood Activists, Issue Advocates, Political Junkies and Pols

Inside Flipboard / May 7, 2013<p>Flipboard 2.0 gives readers a new outlet for their creative potential and tools to express their views, passions and …

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats - in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2013/may/06/hungry-planet-what-world-eats<p>720<p>Californian photographer Peter Menzel visited 24 …