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Why Earth's History Appears So Miraculous

The strange, cosmic reason our evolutionary path will look ever luckier the longer we survive<p>It was hard times for the bomber pilots that floated over Europe, their planes incinerating cities below, like birds of prey. Even as they turned the once-bustling streets beneath to howling firestorms, …

Archaeologists Discover They’ve Been Excavating Lost Assyrian City

In 2013, archaeologists from the University of Tübingen in Germany began excavations on an ancient Assyrian city in the Kurdistan region of …

Archaeology

What Could Be the Best Solution Yet to the Ocean’s Plastic Problem Is About To Launch

When Boyan Slat first introduced his plan to rid the ocean of plastic five years ago, he was met with some skeptics. Slat was only 18 at the time, …

Pollution

“This Could Go to Hell in a Handbag”: Is John Bolton Playing Games with Trump?

The national security adviser is “creating a power dynamic that leads straight to him,” one source says. Another calls his lean new N.S.C. a “Republican wet dream.” Is he trying to outflank the secretary of state on North Korea?<p>After weeks of cheery rhetoric between President <b>Donald Trump</b> and North …

North Korea

25 Signs You May Be Clairsentient — Someone Who Feels Things Very Deeply

Everyone is born with the ability to intuit information different ways. This is why kids (and even animals) perceive, understand and are able to …

Move deliberately, fix things: How Coinbase is building a cryptocurrency empire

SAN FRANCISCO — From its office tower perch overlooking San Francisco’s financial district, Coinbase handles thousands of requests a day from investors who want to buy, sell or store bitcoin, or perhaps other cryptocurrencies supported on the nearly six-year-old exchange.<p>As bitcoin’s value surged …

Bitcoin

Dallas County candidate admits plan to reward his children who marry white, straight Christians

The estranged brother of a former judge running for county commissioner contacted the Dallas Morning News earlier this week with a bold assertion: that the candidate, Vickers ‘Vic’ Cunningham, was a lifelong racist.<p>Cunningham, a former criminal district judge, largely denied his brother’s …

Bill Cunningham

In blow to GOP, House fails to pass massive farm bill in face of conservative Republican showdown

A sweeping farm bill failed in the House on Friday in a blow to GOP leaders who were unable to placate conservative lawmakers demanding commitments on immigration.<p>The House leadership put the bill on the floor gambling it would pass despite unanimous Democratic opposition. They negotiated with …

Immigration

A Republican war breaks out over immigration, taking down the farm bill in the process

Simmering House GOP divisions over immigration burst into the open Friday as conservatives took out their frustrations with Republican leaders by voting down an unrelated, major farm-policy bill.<p>The dramatic failure demonstrated the turmoil inside the Republican Party as President Trump and his …

Immigration

A white lawyer threatened to call ICE on Spanish-speaking restaurant workers. Twitter is tearing him apart.

People are taking consequences into their own hands.<p>For the past few weeks, national attention has focused heavily on issues of racial profiling after a number of high-profile incidents involving white people calling the police on people of color spread on social media.<p>Now a video of a man …

Race & Ethnicity

The Michael Cohen Bribery Scandal Is Now a Trump Bribery Scandal

Last night, the <i>Daily Mail</i> reported a development in the Michael Cohen saga of seismic scale. In a December 2016 meeting in Trump Tower, the British …

Corruption

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Cohen 'asked Qatari investor for millions of dollars' which he said he would 'pass to Trump family members' at Trump Tower meeting - and Qatar's foreign minister was there too

• <b>Donald Trump's personal attorney is facing new claims that he asked for millions in cash after the president's election victory, DailyMail.com can</b> …

Donald Trump

As the plot thickens, President Trump is running out of excuses

President Trump received three doses of bad news on Wednesday.<p>First, the Senate Judiciary Committee released documents showing how interested Donald Trump Jr. was in finding dirt on Hillary Clinton from foreign sources. The Post reports: “Rinat Akhmetshin, a former Soviet soldier and …

Donald Trump

North Korea expands threat to cancel Trump-Kim summit, saying it won’t be pushed to abandon its nukes

SEOUL — North Korea is rapidly moving the goal posts for next month’s summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump, saying the United States must stop insisting that the North “unilaterally” abandon its nuclear weapons program and stop talking about a Libya-style solution to the …

North Korea

E.U. leader lights into Trump: ‘With friends like that, who needs enemies?’

BRUSSELS — Even by the stressed standards of relations between Europe and the United States in the Trump era, European Council President Donald Tusk’s Wednesday criticisms were unusually cutting.<p>At the outset of a summit of European leaders whose agenda items, point by point, have to do with the …

Donald Trump

Studies on dark energy show alien life is more likely to exist in multiverse than thought

Life could be a common phenomenon in many other universes beyond our own, suggest a new pair of papers that examine the effects dark energy has on …

Dark Matter

Watch Scott Pruitt accidentally admit to violating federal law

Oops.<p>During a Senate Appropriate Committee hearing on Wednesday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt accidentally admitted to …

Corruption

Rex Tillerson just majorly trolled Donald Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Rex Tillerson may be gone, but he hasn't forgotten.<p>Speaking to soon-to-be graduates of the Virginia Military Institute on Wednesday, Tillerson dropped this truth bomb:<p><i>"If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer</i> …

Donald Trump

President Trump didn’t tweet about Melania on Mother’s Day. Or her birthday. Or their anniversary.

President Trump loves to tweet. Full stop. He fires off hot takes on topics as varied as the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, rapper Kanye West, comedian Roseanne Barr and the “Fake News Media.” No subject is too big (or small) for a starring role on the commander in chief’s timeline. Except, of course, …

Donald Trump

A historian of Germany explains why Trump's 'cultivation of dishonesty' is strongly reminiscent of the Nazis

Mark Twain may have been correct: History does not repeat itself but it often does rhymes.<p><i>This article was originally published at Salon</i><p>Donald …

Donald Trump

How to immediately refresh your brain to restore high-level thinking

Mental clarity can escape anyone.<p>Surely even Einstein and Shakespeare had their moments. It happens.<p>It’s your ability to recover that matters.<p>You can …

Creativity

Why Ferrari should be worried by a resurgent Mercedes after Lewis Hamilton's Spanish Grand Prix win

The 2018 Spanish Grand Prix was always likely to struggle to match the dramatic chaos of Baku a fortnight ago. And so it turned out. Some of the sleepier races of recent years have been held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, a place the teams know so well through years of extensive testing …

Auto Racing

Mike Pence Is Reportedly Pissing the White House Off

It must be hell to play second fiddle to a flamboyant and vulgar ignoramus like the president of the United States of America, but that is exactly …

Donald Trump

The Multiverse Could Be Teeming With Life But Is Also Problematic, Says New Study

Hold on to your brain.<p>According to the current dominant theory, if there are other universes out there, they're not likely to have life. But now an …

Dark Matter

The Strange Cocoon of Trump and Hannity, Two Friends Who Like to Talk Before Bed

The call to the White House comes after ten o’clock most weeknights, when <i>Hannity</i> is over. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Sean Hannity …

Donald Trump

Genealogist Digs Up Records on John Kelly's Family After He Says Immigrants Don't 'Assimilate'

White House chief of staff John Kelly, made a highly offensive comments about immigrants during an interview with National Public Radio on …

17 Smart Jokes That'll Probably Hurt Your Brain A Little

Are you smart enough to understand them?<p>A blonde walks into a bank in New York City and asks for the loan officer. She says she's going to Europe on business for two weeks and needs to borrow $5,000. The bank officer says the bank will need some kind of security for the loan, so the blonde hands …

Comedy Central

What Happens After Death? New Theory Suggests Consciousness Moves To Another Universe?

A book titled “<i>Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe</i>“ has stirred up the internet, because …

Quantum Mechanics

The Donald Trump era in America is coming to a close

This is more or less what American politics is still about. But not for much longer.<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump is not American democracy’s worst threat - Vox

The golden age of American politics was illiberal, undemocratic, and bloody.<p>A university recently invited me to participate in a forum considering this question: Has American politics ever been this bad? The answer, clearly, is that it has been much worse. We had a Civil War, after all. Congress …

Political Science