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Bernie Sanders just gave the most powerful speech of his campaign: Why his socialism address was a defining moment

Situating socialism within the larger American experience, Sanders forcefully challenged free market dogma<p>Bernie Sanders gave a remarkable speech yesterday at Georgetown University. It won’t receive the coverage it deserves, because Sanders doesn’t fit neatly into the media’s preferred narratives, …

Jihadism Is Not Nihilism

In the partisan battle over describing the Islamic State, Democrats have fastened on a philosophical term from 19th century European intellectual history. They're being too clever by half.<p>"Extremist nihilism" is what Barack Obama has called ISIS's ideology. In the second Democratic debate, Hillary …

25 Books Guaranteed to Make You a Better Writer

Everyone has a story to tell. And pretty much everyone (at least everyone of a certain variety) has dreamed about writing that story down and sharing …

10 Mind-Blowing Books That People Who Love Thinking Can't Miss

Books

Backpacker, Go Home: How Tourism Is Ruining Everything

One billion tourists now roam the planet—and the world’s most pristine spots are showing the strain. In the new film ‘Gringo Trails,’ the …

18 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Great artists, writers and innovators may have "messier minds."<p>Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly …

The eco guide to cleanliness

A friend of mine swears by Dr Bronner’s organic soap. She uses it to wash her hair and body, and also to clean the shower afterwards.<p>I used to think she was being puritanical; then I found out the average woman uses 12 toiletries per morning, containing 168 ingredients. Now I admire her brave …

Sustainability

Hundreds march down Beverly Boulevard to mark the anti-Sikh 'holocaust' of '84 in India

Janki Kaur was 22 when the rioting mob burst into her home and murdered her husband and father in front of her. She listened as they raped her mother in the next room.<p>More than three decades after living through that violence in the suburbs of New Delhi, she has only one explanation for why her …

Costa Rica Photos

See photos of Costa Rica (including the rain forest, beach, San Juan, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

Neuroscientist And Former Addict Explains What We Get Wrong About Addiction

He says addiction is "not a disease" -- and recognizing that may be the first step to better treating it.<p>The prevailing view that addiction is a disease, just like depression or diabetes, is wrong, according to a leading neuroscientist.<p>Marc Lewis, the author of <i>Memoirs of an Addicted Brain</i> and <i>The</i> …

Global warming could alter human reproduction, study suggests

The effects of climate change aren’t just limited to melting glaciers and rising sea levels. Global warming is likely to affect human societies in …

Climate Change

A Man In Colombia Got Cancer And It Came From A Tapeworm

In January 2013, a 41-year-old man came to a hospital in Medellin, Colombia. He was in bad shape. He'd lost weight, had a fever, a tapeworm infestation and also had trouble breathing. He had HIV but had stopped taking his medications a few months before.<p>It turned out to be a very strange medical …

10 of the most stunning images in the running for National Geographic's Photo Contest

The committee will be accepting entries until November 16. Photos are being judged in three different categories: people, places, and nature.<p>The grand-prize-winning image will be published in the magazine. The photographer will receive $10,000 and a trip to the National Geographic headquarters in …

This abandoned house was filled with thousands of flowers

Detroit’s Flower House installation temporarily transformed an abandoned building.<p>Detroit’s Flower House installation temporarily transformed an abandoned building.<p>DETROIT — A timeworn house overlooking a Detroit freeway seemed to hike itself up on its aged studs and stand a bit straighter for a …

How to Never Get Angry: 3 New Secrets From Neuroscience

They’re one inch from your face, boiling with rage, screaming and yelling at you.<p>And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that’s …

The Guide to Fearless Solo Female Travel

Become a fearless adventuress<p>Do you dream of traveling the world? Do you worry about your safety? Are you unsure you have what it takes to do it …

9 Ways to Stay Safe and Sane in Morocco

Wandering around the Fez medina, I could feel the stares. “Where are you going? Want to go to the tanneries? I’ll take you. No money. Don’t worry!” …

Canadian physician wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015

The winners of this year’s prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition were announced today at an awards ceremony held at London’s Natural History Museum. Canadian amateur photographer Don Gutoski was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 by a panel of international judges for …

6 Myths Everyone Believes about Space (Thanks to Movies)

Our knowledge of outer space is a lot like our knowledge of history -- it's <i>really</i> hard to separate what we know from research from what we picked up …

Black Holes

43 Books You Won't Be Able To Stop Talking About

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG<p><i>Note: Some entries have been edited for clarity and/or length.</i>

Changes to make in your 30s

Many people spend their 20s getting some unhealthy behaviors out of their system — like sleeping until 2 p.m. on Saturdays and spending all their disposable cash on new kicks.<p>But your 30s are an ideal time to cement the habits that will help you achieve personal and professional fulfillment for the …

Here are some of the most mind-blowing facts about the universe

<b>Between the beautiful supermoon last week and Nasa's announcement that strong evidence of flowing water has been discovered on Mars, many of us have</b> …

An atheist explains the real consequences of adopting an atheistic worldview

If you love to listen to the Cold Case Christianity podcast, as I do, then you know that in a recent episode, J. Warner Wallace mentioned a blog post …

7 Parenting Mistakes Everyone Makes But No One Talks About

As parents, we all want the best for our kids. But we all make mistakes. And while parenting mistakes may not be brought up at birthday parties and …

23 Pieces of Essential Gear for the Serious Hiker

Any experienced hiker knows that a good (or bad) piece of gear can have a huge impact on a trip. The off-brand tent that seemed like an awesome deal …

We've Missed the Entire Point About GMO Food -- A Farmer Explains Why

When it comes to the subject of GMO (Genetically-Modified Organism) food, it's hard not to have an opinion. You might be skeptical or inquisitive, outraged or indifferent; perhaps more often than not, you feel a little of each. Still, there's growing consensus on the issue. A recent poll states …

The 20 Best Natural Cures for Women

But for generations, herb-savvy women have been turning to the plant world for nontoxic, natural remedies for these common complaints. It’s time we …

A new study about blood pressure will change the way doctors practice medicine

<i>A single study will change the way I practice medicine, with guidelines from the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health soon to follow.</i><p>It's easy to get confused by the overly dramatic daily news about health and medicine. One day coffee is great for you; the next day it …

Here’s what happened when a group of friends built a scale model of the solar system in the desert

But in reality, the solar system is extremely vast.<p>To get an idea of just how far that is, it would take about 4 hours to reach the furthest planet from the sun at the speed of light.<p>In the words of James Irwin, an astronaut on Apollo 15:<p>As we got farther and farther away, the Earth diminished in …

10 Crazy Paradoxes That Will Blow Your Mind

A paradox is a premise that contradicts itself. It’s a situation that seems to defy logic by producing an inconsistency that goes against common …