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Here’s a formula for chaos: Collect a diverse and volatile group of eccentric comedians and comedy writers, and give them a nearly impossible task with a just-barely-possible deadline. Oh, and […]
Protest music is a natural feature of humanity.
India finishes last of 60 countries in environment and sustainability, as ranked by the expats who work there.
Future evolution: from looks to brains and personality, how will humans change in the next 10,000 years?
Discussions of human evolution are usually backward looking, as if the greatest triumphs and challenges were in the distant past.
Trump is #45 but Pence is #48 – and other strange consequences of the curious office of vice president.
The Supermoon lunar eclipse of 2015 was the first such combination since 1982, and was the largest diameter Moon to be seen in lunar eclipse in more than three decades. […]
Being an American president is a powerful but dangerous job, a fact shown by many assassination attempts.
A new year. A new chance to make it big in the hyper-competitive field of commentary. Will you make the cut this week and get plucked from our 2 million Facebook followers?
Researchers tracked academic achievement, social cognition, executive function, and creativity in a longitudinal study of kids across the socioeconomic spectrum.
Socrates: what a dummy.
The ‘big event’ was billed as a first in 150 years. But is what we’re seeing really that rare? This January 31st, something quite rare and special will happen. At 1:30 […]
Edward Snowden and his allies are lobbying President Obama to pardon him.
In a referendum on 23 June, British voters will decide whether or not to leave the European Union, and Americans will decide in November between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
A helium extraction facility in Amarillo, TX. Image credit: Jennifer Tutop, BLM New Mexico Intern, under a c.c.-by-2.0 license. If it’s such a light element, why are Earth’s stores of […]
A live-blog event of an incredible public lecture by a scientist on the inside of James Webb’s team. “The [James Webb] telescope is basically designed to answer the big questions in […]
Some day fact-checking will be as easy as using spell-check.
The Wikimedia Foundation is taking the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice to court, challenging their large-scale surveillance program.
Wikipedia has lost thousands of editors due to a culture of deletionism, anti-expertism, bloated bureaucracy, horrible abuses of power, and its slightly condescending founder (They all work for free because […]
Lasting power is accorded to only a handful of presidents, especially after their death. There is no doubt that John Kennedy is one of the few. How did it happen?
There’s always something electric in the atmosphere when someone dares to assert spiritual convictions in a decidedly secular context. It’s almost like, “I can’t believe s/he had the courage to […]
If you are in the path of Sandy, by this point you have hopefully already completed your safety checklist that includes things like batteries and flashlights, food and water. So […]
In our last post, Meet The New “Power Woman,” we discussed the emergence of the Power Woman as a positive archetype in popular culture and we also pointed to the changing roles […]
So I’ve gotten some touching emails asking whether I was sick or dead because I hadn’t blogged for almost a whole week. Well, I was sick with an unfashionable or […]
The most active, often eloquent, and judgmental of our ex-presidents—Jimmy Carter—explains why he would be comfortable with President Mitt Romney: “I’d rather have a Democrat but I would be comfortable,” […]
According to the online community that has formed in opposition to the legislation, it amounts to online censorship. But is the controversy really about free speech, or is it just another showdown between rich and powerful Hollywood, and even richer and more powerful Silicon Valley? How will SOPA and PIPA affect everyone?
After all the media drama and the newspaper headlines and the cable news show hoopla over Newt Gingrich’s massive win in the South Carolina GOP primary last week has finally […]
A lot has been and will be written about Salman Khan. Though he already arrived in the spotlight of mainstream media, he is clearly just at the beginning of his […]