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What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

The 'Real Unemployment Rate' Vs. The Spin: Where's The News Here?

Let me begin with this disclaimer: we pollsters are not a gracious lot. Picture a faculty review committee discussing merit pay or tenure. We are competitive, sanctimonious, and altogether not a very nice bunch of people. With that said, I am compelled to comment on the recent statements by Jim …

Will autocorrect make you too predictable?

Computers can now identify what you will say before you know yourself, and as philosopher Evan Selinger argues, this could subtly shape your conversations without you realising.<p>Do you know what you really want? Right now, there are computers all over the world busily trying to tell you the answer – …

The Most Likely Person to Read a Book? A College-Educated Black Woman

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In its look at the adoption of electronic book formats, Pew Research stumbled onto an interesting …

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The Ghanaian woman who made millions fighting skin-bleaching

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/947000/947385_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534476893_6bcb587b8da8b13c50cecb8ac3634ce1<p><b>Ghana's Grace Amey-Obeng, one of West Africa's most successful businesswomen, made her fortune promoting products which emphasised the beauty of the</b> …

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The solar system has a tail, NASA reveals

Our solar system, home to Earth and the other seven planets, may be the equivalent of our own backyard in astronomical terms, but it's still full of surprises. The latest, according to NASA, is that the entire solar system has a humongous tail, estimated to be a cool 93 billion miles long (1,000 …

Swiss Food Bliss

To those who think that the subject of Swiss cuisine can be summed up in one word — fondue — I say not so fast. In a country with four official languages (French, German, Italian, and Romansh) culinary traditions reflect a complex national identity.<p>Put your fondue prejudice aside in <b>Zürich</b> by …

Top 5 unmissable journeys by rail

There are few more memorable ways to travel than by train. Here are <i>Lonely Planet Traveller</i> magazine’s top five ways to get on board.<p>1. The Ghan, Australia: the luxury rail ride<p>The Australian outback is a place that’s hard to grasp: a vast, ill-defined area mapped by Aboriginal people not on paper …

Hey Fran Hey — Trying to figure out how to maintain clear and...

<b>Trying to figure out how to maintain clear and healthy skin the natural way?</b><p>Here are 2 <b>all-natural alternatives</b> to <b>store-bought cleansers</b>:<p>Here are <b>extra</b> …

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An ABZ of Love: Kurt Vonnegut’s Favorite Vintage Danish Illustrated Guide to Sexuality

<i>“If you are as interested in sex as you say you are, there is a really lovely book about it in my study — on a top shelf. It’s red, and it’s called The ABZ of Love,”</i> Kurt Vonnegut wrote to is wife Jane in a 1965 letter published in the fantastic new volume <i>Kurt Vonnegut: Letters</i>, and he signed, <i>“Love</i> …

14 Ways to Acquire Knowledge: A Timeless Guide from 1936

The quest for intellectual growth and self-improvement through education has occupied yesteryear’s luminaries like Bertrand Russell and modern-day thinkers like Sir Ken Robinson and Noam Chomsky. In 1936, at the zenith of the Great Depression, the prolific self-help guru and famous eccentric <b>James</b> …

How to Save Science: Education, the Gender Gap, and the Next Generation of Creative Thinkers

<i>“What is crucial is not that technical ability, but it is imagination in all of its applications,”</i> the great E. O. Wilson offered in his timeless advice to young scientists — a conviction shared by some of history’s greatest scientific minds. And yet it is rote memorization and the unimaginative …

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Florida Man Who Woke Up Speaking Swedish Is ID'd By Sister

One of the odder stories of the day is that of 61-year-old Michael Boatwright, "a Florida man who awoke speaking only Swedish, with no memory of his past, after he was found unconscious four months ago at a Southern California motel," as The Associated Press writes.<p>Now, <i>The Desert Sun</i> in Palm …

Spend On The Things You Do Every Day

I used to be guilty of spending money on the life I thought I lived, rather than the life I was actually living. To illustrate what I mean, consider the following past expenditures:<p>Snowboarding apparel, for my first and only snowboarding trip to date.<br>• Evening dresses from Bluefly.com. Yes, they were …

A Verdict but No Answer to Why Trayvon Martin Is Dead

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Trayvon Martin's death in February of last year became, as so many things do these days, a front in …

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

<i>When you stop chasing the wrong things you give<br>the right things a chance to catch you.</i><p>As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a …

Study: People With a Lot of Self-Control Are Happier

Improbably enough, people who are better able to resist impulses report being more satisfied with their lives.<p>austin hsieh/Flickr<p><b>PROBLEM:</b> "Among humankind's most valuable assets" is self-control, according to Wilhelm Hofmann and his team of researchers at the University of Chicago. They define it …

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Most Americans aspire to join the middle class, but many are failing to do so. In 2011, there were 36 million working-age (25 to 55), able-bodied[1] …

Oh, Hydrogen Peroxide. You do...

Oh, <b>Hydrogen Peroxide</b>. You do so many things. You deserve more attention.<p>Here’s a list of the many benefits of <b>Hydrogen Peroxide</b>!<p><i>1. Take one capful</i> …

Easy Grilled Fish Fillet in Foil Packets

<i>Did you make this recipe?</i> Leave a review »<p>1 Freestyle Points 194 calories<p><b>Total Time:</b><p>25 minutes<p><b>Prep Time:</b><p>10 minutes<p><b>Cook Time:</b><p>15 minutes<p>This super easy …

Supreme Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional (And It Was A Tax Case!)

Last December, the Supreme Court granted certiorari on two same sex marriage cases. Those cases include <i>Hollingsworth v. Perry</i>, a challenge to California’s controversial Proposition 8 measure, and a case out of New York, <i>U.S. v Windsor</i>, which considered the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of …