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Jimmy Carter: Peace Now Could Be More Difficult Than When I Was President

"I think that what John Kerry faces now is even maybe more formidable than it was back in those days."<p>Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that he didn't think Israel-Palestinian peace is easier today than when he was president. Carter said so while participating in a discussion on the status …

Beyond Sharknado: shark movie posters - in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/film/gallery/2013/jul/19/sharknado-shark-movie-posters-in-pictures<p>720<p>Made-for-TV film Sharknado has achieved instant cult …

Buddha Had It Right: Relax The Mind And Productivity Will Follow

Eastern thought and meditation are pushing ever-closer to the mainstream. Today, many ancient teachings coincide perfectly with modern research on improved mental agility.<p>“The great enigma for psychologists and philosophers is the mind.”<br>–Bhante Wimala<p>Several decades ago, the term ‘mindfulness’ used …

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The Hard Luck and Beautiful Life of Liam Neeson

Actor, ass-kicker, widower, philosophizer, big man, funny man, capable drinker of pinot noir: may we introduce to you, the man you've known for all these years<p><i>Originally published in the March issue</i><p><b>Liam Neeson and I</b> last spoke a week before I wrote this sentence. At that time, I asked him what he …

Stop and Smell the Corpse Flower

The U.S. Botanic Garden is hosting the world's stinkiest plant.<p><b>With a name like corpse flower, you know the titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) isn't going to be smelling like a rose.</b><p><b>But until you've gotten up close and personal with the putrid plant, it's not clear just how terrible a flower can</b> …

Bombs Dropped Add to Long List of Great Barrier Reef Threats

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is under siege from a host of man-made threats.<p><b>Last week's dumping of four unarmed bombs into Australia's Great Barrier Reef by two American fighter jets during a training exercise gone awry is just the latest insult to a delicate ecosystem already under siege from a</b> …

Five Surprising Facts About Daydreaming

New computer model aims to simulate our mental escapes.<p><b>Whether it's worrying or fantasizing, all of us daydream—or let our minds escape from the task at hand.</b><p>Now, a new computer model that simulates these periods of mental wandering may give scientists clues about how our brains work. Specifically, …

World’s Stinkiest Flower Finally Blooms

After a week of anticipation, the titan arum opened on Sunday.<p><b>On a typical day at the U.S. Botanic Garden it's very easy to stop and smell the roses. On Monday, however, the line to enter wrapped around the corner and halfway down the block. Floral fanatics and curious office workers alike came to</b> …

Climate Change Imperils Efforts to Save Lynx from Extinction, Study Finds

Almost 100 million euros (U.S.$ 130 million) has been spent so far on conservation efforts for the last 250 remaining Iberian lynxes in the wild, but the world’s most endangered cat species is likely to go extinct within 50 years because the management plans do not provide for the effects of …

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5 Amazing Antarctic Research Buildings

New designs make suffering through freezing desolation in the name of research actually look okay.<p>It's not easy designing buildings for the harsh conditions of Antarctica: architects have to account for ever-piling snow, freezing cold, and violent winds. A new touring exhibition opening next week,</i> …

‘Sharknado’ Got One Thing Right: Aquatic Animals Sometimes Do Fall From the Sky

Changing Planet<p>Tornadoes over water are too weak to lift sharks, but strong enough to bring smaller animals ashore.<p>Sharks fell from the sky in the SyFy Channel’s “Sharknado,” a campy movie that stirred up Internet buzz and is getting a sequel.<p>The premise of the movie can be summed up in this line …

Island Bliss on the Mainland

After drying my gills in the desert, I decided it was time for some island fun. No, Max didn’t have a snorkel, and I wasn’t attempting to drive to Hawaii. I was simply heading over a bridge to a private Island in San Diego’s Mission Bay.<p>The island is home to a resort called Paradise Point, and …

World's Oldest Calendar Discovered in U.K.

A series of large pits were dug by Mesolithic people to track the cycle of the moon.<p><b>Archaeologists working in Scotland have uncovered what they believe to be the world's oldest lunar calendar</b>—<b>a series of 12 large, specially shaped pits that were designed to mimic the various phases of the moon. The</b> …