Marcel Gagne

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How Women Ended Up Removing Hair From Their Entire Bodies: A History

Hair removal is annoying. It's tedious, sometimes painful, and not always effective. But if you're a woman who subscribes to the current beauty …

Beauty

A Woman From Roy Moore's Baptist Movement Just Revealed The Real Reason Behind His Sex Scandal

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s claims that he did not date or have sex with underage girls when he was in his thirties ring especially false in …

Religion

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative?<p>Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for …

Capitalism

Why Disney staffers reportedly point with two fingers

Disney is all about the details.<p>Sure, every Disney fan knows that the rides, snacks, and the parks themselves are meticulously designed and maintained so visitors can be delighted at every turn, but did you know that this very thoughtful mentality also extends to the park’s staff as well?<p>Take, for …

Walt Disney Company

Comic: Patriotism vs. Nationalism

Political cartoonist and comics editor for Splinter.

Nationalism

Televangelist threatens viewers’ grandkids with eternal damnation unless they buy his pancake mix

Disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker stoked fears of presidential assassination while claiming that their grandchildren of his audience could face …

Religion

6 Reasons Why Linux is Better than Windows For Servers

A server is a computer software or a machine that offers services to other programs or devices, referred to as “<b>clients</b>“. There are different types …

Linux

Don’t flip out, but even the robots are more athletic than you — watch the latest from Boston Dynamics

I can’t even do jumping jacks without fear of pulling something. Now the robots do backflips?!<p>In a new video posted on YouTube Thursday, Boston …

Robots

The Scientific Reason You Can't Read While You Dream

Chances are, you've never done it in your sleep.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Sleep, Batman, Biology, Neuroscience & Psychology<p>In a legendary episode of <i>Batman:</i> …

Scientific Research

Killing medical tax break will hammer U.S. middle-class seniors

(The writer is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.)<p>CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. Republican lawmakers want to cut taxes for corporations and wealthy people by $1.3 trillion - and they seem to want seniors to foot a good chunk of the bill.<p>Their 2018 budget plan would chop $473 …

Long-Term Care

What Will Replace the Smartphone?

Today, nearly eight in 10 Americans own a smartphone, and we've become accustomed to using them for everything from listening to music, taking …

The Future

Donald Trump reverses ban on elephant trophy imports into US

Donald Trump has agreed to allow legally hunted elephant trophies to be imported to the United States from two African countries.<p>President Trump’s administration has reversed a Barack Obama-era ban on the remains of elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia entering the US, arguing it can actually …

Wildlife

Libre Tritium SBC Mini PC Supports Linux And Android From Just $9

Following on from the successful launch of their Le Potato Single Board mini PC offering a Raspberry Pi form factor together with 2 GB of RAM, HDMI …

Raspberry Pi

Over 400 Scientific Papers Have Cited a 'Phantom' Reference That Never Existed

There's a ghost haunting your bibliography.<p>It can be pretty frustrating when you're searching for an academic reference and just can't find it …

Research

Elon Musk: The Architect of Tomorrow

Inside the inventor's world-changing plans to inhabit outer space, revolutionize high-speed transportation, reinvent cars – and hopefully find love …

Elon Musk

The 16 biggest data breaches of the 21st century

Data breaches happen daily, in too many places at once to keep count. But what constitutes a huge breach versus a small one? CSO compiled a list of …

People for sale: Where lives are auctioned for $400

Not a used car, a piece of land, or an item of furniture. Not "merchandise" at all, but two human beings.<p>One of the unidentified men being sold in the grainy cell phone video obtained by CNN is Nigerian. He appears to be in his twenties and is wearing a pale shirt and sweatpants.<p>He has been offered …

Refugees

POLL: White Evangelicals Have Warmed To Politicians Who Commit 'Immoral' Acts

Quick: do you think politicians can still do their jobs if they've screwed up in their personal lives?<p>Many Americans answer this question differently now than they would have five years ago. And for white evangelical Protestants, it's especially likely their opinion has changed.<p>That's what a new …

Religion

Roy Moore's alleged pursuit of a young girl is the symptom of a larger problem in evangelical circles

We need to talk about the segment of American culture that probably doesn’t think the allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore are particularly damning, the segment that will blanch at only two accusations in the Washington Post expose: He pursued a 14-year-old-girl without first …

Religion

​Linux totally dominates supercomputers

It finally happened. Today, all 500 of the world's top 500 supercomputers are running Linux.<p><i>Video: US to invest $258M in supercomputer race with China</i><p>…

Linux

God denies allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage virgin

God has come forward to strenuously deny allegations that He behaved in a sexually inappropriate manner with a young teenage girl who was a virgin at …

Corruption

Your house is a gigantic bug habitat, and there’s nothing you can do about it

Michelle Trautwein hates to break it to you, but your home belongs to the bugs.<p>They're in your basement and your attic. They're scuttling along floorboards and windowsills. They've turned your kitchen cabinets into complex ecosystems — complete with scavengers and parasites, predators and prey. And …

Scientific Research

One Year After Trump’s Election, Revisiting “Autocracy: Rules for Survival”

A year ago, panicked friends were writing to ask me what to do now that the United States had elected Donald Trump. Like I’d know: I had spent years writing and organizing in opposition to Vladimir Putin, only to have to leave Russia. But a decade and a half in Putin’s Russia taught me something …

Danica Roem

Has Evangelical Christianity Become Sociopathic?

Psychology Today listed sixteen characteristics of sociopathic behaviors. We see examples of these kinds of behaviors in church leaders and followers.

Religion

19 Odd Things About America That Americans Haven't Realized

There's no place like the U.S. of A. Just ask foreign visitors. Here are some of our foibles that seem super-weird to our friends …

Style Guides

No more Uber, Hertz, or even car owners: How Amazon and Apple will take us all for a ride

As driverless technologies improve, cars will likely become more of a membership perk than objects of ownership.<p><i>Video: MIT thinks 3,000 Uber rides</i> …

Driverless Cars

Ancient shark with 300 teeth that may have inspired tales of 'sea serpents' captured by researchers

Maybe it’s time we Homo sapiens re-evaluated our relationship with the oceans of the world.<p>It has been a good few millennia, sure, but our love …

Oceans

Women less likely than men to get CPR from bystanders: study

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die, a new study suggests, and researchers think …

Medicine

Harvard scientists think they might have pinpointed the source of human consciousness

• <b>A study of 36 patients with brainstem lesions revealed that the majority of those in comas had damage in a specific area of the brainstem, while most conscious patients did not.</b>• <b><br>The identification of the areas of the brain responsible for consciousness could lead to new treatment options for</b> …

Consciousness

IBM makes 20 qubit quantum computing machine available as a cloud service

IBM has been offering quantum computing as a cloud service since last year when it came out with a 5 qubit version of the advanced computers. Today, the company announced that it’s releasing 20-qubit quantum computers, quite a leap in just 18 months. A qubit is a single unit of quantum …

Quantum Mechanics