Stephen Pietrowski

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Study: Velociraptor Was a 'Fluffy, Feathered Poodle From Hell'

Tens of millions of people have flocked to theaters this summer to see Jurassic World, an action flick “starring” a team of trained <i>Velociraptors</i> that …

Why a Buddhist Monk Doesn't Need an App to Meditate and Why You Do

A few years ago I traveled to Nepal to hike in the Himalayas, learn a bit more about myself and about the world from the Buddhist spiritual teachers. For over seven years I have went back and forth across the bridge between science and spirituality. I have studied both, trying to understand why we …

29 Travel Hacks Even Frequent Fliers Don't Know

Instead of insulting your intelligence with “hacks” like “pack light,” or “bring an empty water bottle,” we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks …

Kurdish militia claims Isis using poison gas in attacks against them

Islamic State used poison gas in attacks against Kurdish-controlled areas of north-east Syria in late June, a Syrian-Kurdish militia and a group monitoring the Syrian conflict have said.<p>The YPG militia said Isis had fired “makeshift chemical projectiles” on 28 June at a YPG-controlled area of the …

Middle East

Seven prison workers charged in connection with 'El Chapo' escape

<b>(CNN) —</b> Seven people who worked in the maximum-security prison that held Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman have been charged in connection with his escape, Mexico's attorney general said Friday in a statement.<p>The prison workers will be jailed in the state of Guanajuato and the investigation continues, the …

Elizabeth Warren insists 'day is coming' for American progressives at Netroots

The Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren has issued a rallying cry to progressive Americans, bloggers and reporters gathered for the Netroots Nation conference, telling thousands gathered in Phoenix, Arizona: “American people are progressive and our day is coming.”<p>Kicking off the weekend event on …

Middle-class

Ron Paul Backs Iran Nuclear Deal: "It's To The Benefit Of World Peace"

"They didn't say boo about Reagan doing it! And yet that was even a bigger gamble — but it was the right gamble to make."<p>Ron Paul expressed support for President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran in two interviews this week, saying in one that the agreement was "to the benefit of world peace."<p>The …

Latest images from Pluto probe reveal a bizarre polygonal plain

Scientists are continuing to report startling diversity on the surface of Pluto as close-up images trickle in from NASA's New Horizons probe.<p>In the latest views, released during a Friday news briefing in Washington, the discussion has shifted from Pluto's surprisingly tall ice mountains to an …

Is this Iran’s time in the Middle East?

<b>"A wild beast unleashed". This damning verdict from Saudi columnist Abdul Rahman Rashed, writing in the influential Ahsarq Al Awsat newspaper, largely sums up the tone of reaction to Iran's nuclear deal across the Arab media.</b><p>And judging from the conversations I've had with ordinary Egyptians here …

Elizabeth Warren Sends Hillary Clinton a Message

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren drew a red line on Friday for 2016 presidential candidates, calling for them to commit to end the so-called …