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Heritage Foundation's Michael Needham Tears Apart Right Wing

On a Thursday evening at the end of August, a respectable, older crowd waited in the ballroom of the Double Tree in Wilmington, Delaware, to hear Jim …

Modern GOP is still the party of Dixie

How the South poisons American conservatism and sabotages our politics<p>In two earlier articles (here and here), I argued that the Republican Party’s extremism can be traced to its increased dependence on an electorate that is largely rural, Southern and white. These voters, who figure prominently in …

Is sugar really toxic?

Consumption is as high as it’s been at any point in history — and we may be poisoning ourselves<p>Our very first experience of exceptional sweetness—a dollop of buttercream frosting on a parent’s finger; a spoonful of strawberry ice cream instead of the usual puréed carrots—is a gustatory revelation …

Plight of the sea turtles

“I LEFT in 1980 with only three dollars in my pocket,” recalls Li Sanqi. He was one of the first allowed to study overseas after the dark days of the …

China

America Is Not Doomed

Daniel Gross on why the U.S. is thriving while other countries struggle.<p>On this July Fourth weekend, it’s worth taking a step back. There’s a great …

16 Two-Ingredient Cocktails Anyone Can Make

Drinks so simple, even a BABY could make them! Not recommended for babies under 21.

Spices

“Game of Thrones,” inspired by true events

The Starks and Lannisters are flights of fancy, but the world of Westeros is lifted directly from the history books<p>In the interests of not kindling another salvo in the eternal war between those who read the books and those who <i>unimaginable vulgarity removed by editor</i> have decided not to, this is a …

How we do it: Maybe monogamy isn’t natural!

From incest to sperm competition and polyamory, anatomy — not social arrangements — explain how a species mates<p>It is tempting to assume that mating arrangements directly match the typical social pattern. For instance, in a pair-living species it might seem obvious that the adult male sires any …

Lynda Obst: Hollywood’s completely broken

When you stopped buying DVDs and started streaming on Netflix, Hollywood’s economics changed. So did the movies<p>I was driving west in a classically horrible L.A. morning commute on my way to Peter Chernin’s new office in Santa Monica, thinking about our regular lunches back when he ran the studio …

Confessions of a Playgirl editor

A former insider dishes on the magazine’s unmentionable gay fans, absurd photoshoots and bizarre reader mail<p>Blue vein meatroll, liver turner and purple-helmeted warrior of love. These were just a few of the words on the "13-page thesaurus of synonyms for penis" that Jessanne Collins collected as an …

The gaming headset that (literally) shocks your brain to attention | Ars Technica

Foc.us says a couple minutes of electricity to the head can improve your gaming.<p>SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Earlier this week, Ars showed up at a demo day for …

As Boston Plans Its Future Memorial, How Has Israel Memorialized Terror Victims? | Public Radio International

Authorities in Boston have started gathering up hundreds of items at memorial sites for the victims of the marathon bombings. With rain in the forecast, all the running shoes, notes, pictures and other personal tokens left in remembrance of those killed and injured are being taken and put into …

Sir Martin Rees on Star Trek: 'How post-humans could colonise other worlds'

Will we ever be able to cross the universe with the ease of the Enterprise? Astronomer Royal Martin Rees explores the science behind the fiction<p>The best <b>science</b> fiction, from H G Wells onwards, can nourish everyone’s imagination. It can widen the perspective of astronomers too – that strange breed …