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The Koch Brothers' Election Funding Magic Trick

In August, 2015, Charles and David Koch gathered their fellow billionaires and multimillionaires at a semi-annual meeting of the Koch network "to save" the country, in the words of Charles Koch.<p>It was not exactly the same kind of meeting that occurred in July 1776 when the Founding Fathers gathered …

Middle-class

How to Steal a Democracy

Imagine that you are a group of rich and powerful people eager to be still richer and more powerful. But you live in a democratic society that gives each citizen an equal vote and thus sets sets limit on how much power you can amass. So you decide to steal the people's democracy.<p>How can this be …

Political Science

The GOP’s pathetic crybaby agenda: Trump, Scalia and the whiny, paranoid new face of the right

Republicans have no agenda. America won’t fall for culture/religion wars anymore. Petulance is all they have left<p>We are numbed by Charleston; by its irrefutable proof of our still virulent racism and violent, gun-crazed culture, by being made to stare once again into the face of evil. Yet when the …

Al Gore

Let’s kick God off the Court: Marriage isn’t the only place where the law has been infected by religion

It will take generations to do what Pat Buchanan fears: Purge the nation’s birth faith of power. It’s a worthy goal<p>A poll conducted a couple of years ago showed that 41 percent of American adults believed the End Times were upon us. Now, that same segment of our fellow citizens – those who have …

Religion

5 Conservative Freakouts About Last Week's Supreme Court Rulings

While many Americans celebrated an epic Pride weekend, conservatives lamented our newly "tyrannical" society<p>Conservatives were hit with a one-two …

Pumping iron failing to make you leaner? Blame your genes

You're a regular in the gym's weight room, grunting and sweating in hopes of turning fat into muscle and maybe even losing some weight. And yet your goal eludes you.<p>New research on women finds that some are resistant to resistance training. For these women, the new study suggests, a welter of …

20 Basic Cooking Techniques That Every Home Chef Should Master

<b>There are an endless amount of cooking techniques one should know</b>, but let's just start with the basics. Master these 20, and we'll definitely be coming over for dinner.

Cooking

Rachel Maddow demolishes GOP candidates — building their campaigns around “the luxury polo barons of America”

Hillary Clinton, however, is doing everything in her power to convince the Democratic base she’s Elizabeth Warren<p>Last night, Rachel Maddow argued that the respective trajectories of the Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns can be easily understood by examining who each candidate is …

Government

Looking at the GOP From the Outside

Not long ago, my wife and I visited the Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, NC. There was an exhibit highlighting the era of Jim Crow segregation with identical Coke machines. Presumably the machine that cost 5 cents for a soda was reserved for whites while the one costing 10 cents was for …

Affordable Care Act

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Neuroscience

Why would people 'choose' to be gay?

Those opposed to homosexuality regularly describe being gay as a choice, despite all evidence to the contrary. But what is never explained is why people would make this choice in the first place<p>I work in the field of psychiatry. I don’t bring this up when meeting people unless specifically asked, …

LGBTQI

Do Meat Substitutes Count as Real Food?

Imagine you’re an internet billionaire. Now come back from your Hawaiian estate for a second—imagine you’re the kind of internet billionaire who wants to improve the food system and ensure accessibility to nutrient-rich foods for all well into the future.<p>Do you spend billions guiding people’s food …

Agriculture

Toxic proteins damage nerve cells

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne and University College London have now unearthed the way in which a specific …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

Store Bikes Inside with CLUG Clip

Ever since the debut of our exclusive CH Edition Budnitz Bicycle last spring, we've been trying to find the best way to display the beauty at CH HQ. And, just in time for the spring riding season, it seems we have found the answer to our bicycle storage conundrum: the CLUG, a tiny wall-mounted tire …

Kickstarter

Spurious Correlations finds the hidden, totally pointless connections between everything

Spurious Correlations is the virtual embodiment of a useful rhetorical cudgel: correlation does not equal causation. Sift through its data sets, and you'll find all sorts of statistics that can be mapped onto each other — margarine consumption and the divorce rate, crude oil imports and number of …

The Cause Of Colony Collapse Disorder, Disappearing Bees Becoming More Clear

For the past eight years or so, we’ve been hearing the term “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD) to refer to the seemingly spontaneous abandonment of their hives by honeybees. Bees have been abandoning their hives for centuries, but the rate at which such collapses have been observed started to …

Scientists hope to stop counterfeit olive oil with magnetic DNA labels

Counterfeiting and adulteration is so rampant in the olive oil trade — one frequently cited study found as much as 69 percent of extra virgin olive oil in the US is substandard — that companies and distributors need a surefire way to verify the authenticity of product before it hits shelves. That's …

Reprieve for men: Y chromosome is not vanishing

Alarming shrinkage has stopped, researchers say, because the Y is a bastion of elite genes<p>The Y chromosome is definitely the runt of our chromosome litter. Among our 23 pairs of these precious genetic bundles, pairs one through 22 are basically equal in size. But the Y—which holds genes that …

Think Dirty App Reveals Just How Toxic Certain Beauty Products Are

<i>From Mother Nature Network's Starre Vartan:</i><p>I'm really not sure why we live in a world where living healthfully is so difficult and complicated (wouldn't making healthy choices easy save us the time, pain, and money illness causes?). But we do. For now, if you want to avoid toxins and chemicals in …

Orbotix launches Sphero education initiative

The creator of smartphone-controlled robotic toy Sphero has launched an initiative aimed at teaching kids programming, robotics and maths.<p><b>The creator</b> …

The U.S. Could Get More and More Super-Freezing Winters

Clinton Docs Offer Glimpse Into Failed Health Care Fight

Newly released documents from the Clinton White House reveal a candid assessment of the looming fight over the administration’s doomed health care plan, as advisers tried unsuccessfully to steer the sprawling legislation through Congress.<p>A series of 1993 memos and briefing notes shows how the …

Health Care
Medical Research

Chicago Just Had Its Coldest Winter In History. Here's Proof.

We knew it was a doozy, but new numbers make it official: Chicago's seemingly endless winter was also its coldest since records began in 1872.<p>According to a statement released Tuesday by the National Weather Service -- it was not, unfortunately, an April Fool's joke -- Chicago experienced its …

This Chart Proves That First-World Problems Are No Joke

People jokingly describe things like lines at Starbucks as first-world problems.<p>Actually, first-world problems are serious, involving things like elevated risk of death related to high blood pressure, tobacco, high blood sugar, obesity, and more.<p>Although low-income countries face so-called modern …

World Health Organization

Forgetting Is An Actively Controlled Process In The Brain

A study of genetically-modified roundworms has turned up a protein that is involved in eroding memory.<p>When it comes to maintaining sanity, forgetting is at least as important as remembering. Without it, the constant stream of stimuli--faces on the street, words read, items glanced at--would quickly …

Rethinking The Five-Second Rule: With Carpet, There's No Rush

Many of us will happily eat a gummy bear or cookie after it falls on the floor, as long as we snatch it up quickly. Say, five seconds or less, right?<p>Well, science just gave us another excuse to continue this food-saving habit, especially when it comes to carpet-dusted snacks.<p>Biology students at the …