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Dog missing 10 years found in Alabama, returning to owner

Scientists use skin cells to create human sperm

Slumber party: reptiles, like us, have REM sleep and may dream

Experience: I am 16 and live alone in the wilderness

Newborn Puppy and his Cat Family (The story isn't all THAT novel, but the animals are adorable!!!!)

Building on shells: Study starts unraveling mysteries of Calusa kingdom

Half of Western European men descended from one Bronze Age ‘king’

Kristen Griest on Course to Become First Female Army Officer Trained to Lead Troops Into Combat

School Dances, Sadie Hawkins, and Rock ‘N Roll: Looking Back

Excessive empathy can impair understanding of others

A Positive Life: How a Son Survived Being Injected with HIV by His Father

Scandal-plagued Rome is becoming a 'do it yourself' city

Rescued from bondage in south India, tribals work in brick cooperative

Hawaii's last sugar harvest paves the way for a fight over the land's future

Life in the last state where you can still drink and drive.

Four new genetic diseases defined within schizophrenia

Most states do bare minimum on fire-foam contamination

Scores arrested in violence at French labor law protests

How racism and bias criminalized marijuana

Flint residents tell civil rights panel of fear, distrust

Prisons Are Using Military-Grade Tear Gas to Punish People

Residents of Iraq's IS-held Fallujah suffer under siege
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Why I Came Out As A Gay Children’s Book Author

How epigenetics can blur the line between nature and nurture.

Scientists Stream Netflix Through a Pork Loin

Your gut bacteria are more than what you eat

Despite their small brains, ravens and crows may be just as clever as chimps, research suggests (No shit.)

These Linguists Want to Help You Speak Fluent Cat

Which Shakespeare Play Should I See? An Illustrated Flowchart

New Droopy Dinosaur Hung Its Head Like an Enormous Eeyore

The Impossibility of Reviving American Manufacturing

Free College for All Worked in the US for 100 Years Until Elite Took It Away

Why Typical Preschool Crafts Are a Total Waste of Time

6 World-Changing Ideas Ignored For Stupid Reasons

Half of Americans think presidential nominating system 'rigged'

Nurses thrust into guard duty at federal prisons

Immigrants Are Dying In Detention While ICE Ignores Its Own Medical Standards

This massive seagrass die-off is the latest sign we’re failing to protect the Everglades

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If this isn't just the cutest video you've watched today, you're lying.

Allure of the Antihero: Why we’re drawn to characters who act badly—and what that says about us

The Extraordinary Lives of Istanbul's Street Cats

Antibody infusions provide long-term defence against HIV-like infection

Gene therapy reverses sight loss and is long-lasting

The Age of Drone Vandalism Begins With an Epic NYC Tag (Older article)

When teachers think empathically, and not punitively, about misbehaving students, they cultivate better relationships and help reduce discipline problems, Stanford research shows.

Teen birthrate hits all-time low, led by 50 percent decline among Hispanics and blacks

Egypt explorers hunt gold in the desert, following ancients

René and Juan Carlos set out to convert their Colombian megachurch to Orthodox Judaism. This is what happened.

What Burglars Can Teach Architects

TV & Class

What online misogynists really want is silence

Hear no evil: Farmed fish found to be hard of hearing

Two of the world's top three insecticides harm bumblebees – study

Chinese Investors Reeling After Wealth Management Firm's Collapse

House committee votes to require women to register for draft

The truth about millennials in New York City

Insomnia That Kills

Myanmar protesters denounce term 'Rohingya' outside U.S. Embassy

Angry Venezuelans take to streets, setting up barricades and raiding shops for food

More Than 300 Million People in India Are Reeling From the Worst Drought in Four Decades

Oklahoma court: oral sex is not rape if victim is unconscious from drinking

Hunger Strike in San Francisco Puts a Spotlight on Police Brutality

For Nebraska’s Poor, Get Sick and Get Sued

Poor Children More Likely to Have Food Allergies

How Segregation Has Persisted in Little Rock

Great Barrier Reef bleaching made 175 times likelier by human-caused climate change, say scientists
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It's fun!

Yesterday our testing was interrupted by some kid outside playing on a recorder for literally hours (because it's Passover, all the public schools are having Spring Break), and you can't tell a kid to not make noise in the middle of the day.

But today was nice and quiet!

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At 12 I grew a beard and had a period

Socially meaningful sounds can change ear, improve hearing, study finds

What men and women wanted in a spouse in 1939 — and how different it is today

Artist Envisions Futuristic Fort-Like Homes Designed To Withstand Hurricanes

The gay Anzacs who refused to stay silent

Do bed bugs have favorite colors?

The sinister, secret history of a food that everybody loves

Nurturing during preschool years boosts child's brain growth

Unemployed? Hawaii wants you to move there so it can give you a job.

Extremely Accurate Charts for Book Nerds

Sorry, You Can’t Speed Read

The war of words over who does Saudi Arabia's housework

Bubble Runner Again Picked Up By Coast Guard, Which Is Tired of This

The disturbing thing scientists learned when they bribed babies with graham crackers

Rising tide of climate migrants spurs Dhaka to seek solutions

Old-growth forests may provide buffer against rising temperatures

Superman v. capitalism

A majority of millennials now reject capitalism, poll shows

Parents in prison: How to help US children?

In Florida prisons, mentally ill inmates have been tortured, driven to suicide, and killed by guards.

Why a Judge Ruled North Carolina's Voter-ID Law Constitutional

We Tracked Down the Lawyers Behind the Recent Wave of Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills

N.C. residents' question: How much is 'bathroom bill' going to cost us?

How License-Plate Readers Have Helped Police and Lenders Target the Poor

In the Footsteps of a Killer

Scarred Yazidi boys escape Islamic State combat training
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Why Bears Will Save Cherries From Climate Change But Not Apples

Final piece of type 1 diabetes puzzle solved

High alpine dairying may have begun over 3000 years ago

Five myths about Harriet Tubman

New state of water molecule discovered

These puzzling holes in the arid valleys of southern Peru tell us there was once a flourishing, sophisticated society here.

Why Are Our Cars Painted Such Boring Colors?

Ford’s new cars can read traffic signs and see around corners

XKCD: Women on 20s

Money making: A brief history of currency from the British Museum

What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money? We won't know until we try.

When Bitcoin Grows Up

The Victorians who flew as high as jumbo jets

How early is too early for word that tornadoes may come?

Why Won’t Hollywood Cast Asian Actors? (An excellent question.)

A compassionate judge sentences a veteran to 24 hours in jail, then joins him behind bars

Laid off Catholic worker finds surprise at unemployment office

The NYPD is Running Stings Against Immigrant-Owned Shops, Then Pushing For Warrantless Searches

Armenian migrants in Turkey live in shadow of century-old massacre

Slaying of 3 deaf women in Haiti highlights vulnerability
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to slither.io and, fair warning, it's pretty much eaten up all my spare time.
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Me: Hey, Eva, come here and pick up the Jenga that spilled.
Eva: The what?
Me: The Jenga.
Eva: The jingles?
Me: The Jenga.
Eva: Oh, the Jenga.
Me: That's what I said.
Eva: No it's not, you said Jenga.

twenty minutes later, we've confirmed: Eva does not have the pin/pen merger.

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With three times as many neurons, why doesn’t the elephant brain outperform ours?

Want Viagra? Come back tomorrow with a note, lawmaker says

Audubon Made Up At Least 28 Fake Species To Prank A Rival

10 Hidden Talents of the Octopus

Everybody knows the Great Pyramid of King Khufu, but you probably don’t know about the Shit Pyramids of his father, King Sneferu. This is a shame, because they are amazing.

Acquisition of Grammatical Categories through Qur’anic Memorization.

How have decades of mass media and technology changed us? A writer returns to his remote hometown — once isolated, now connected. And finds unexpected answers.

You're Missing Shakespeare's Best, Most Sophisticated Boner Jokes

Gender stereotyping may start as young as three months, study of babies' cries shows

Mind. Blown. Brain-controlled drone race pushes future tech

The retired cops investigating unsolved murders in one of America’s most violent cities

The Reading Rush: What Educators Say About Kindergarten Reading Expectations

Ted Cruz Was Wrong on Murders in New York, but Perception Is Hard to Shake

Study links neighborhood greenness to reduction in chronic diseases

Amazon Doesn’t Consider the Race of Its Customers. Should It?

British spies hacked themselves and family members to get personal information to send birthday cards, new papers reveal

Fructose alters hundreds of brain genes, which can lead to a wide range of diseases. Scientists report that diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can reverse the damage

Girls scarred by Nepal quake share friendship, but not luck

Not All Money Troubles Are Created Equal

Roads to refuge are few as Aleppo fighting escalates

Ukraine children eat food tainted by Chernobyl

Texas Tech’s Katharine Hayhoe is one of the most respected experts on global warming in the country. She’s also an evangelical Christian who is trying to connect with the very people who most doubt her research. Too bad the temperature keeps rising.

Afghan drone war - data show unmanned flights dominate air campaign

Report: Third of suicides in US are among middle-aged whites
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and gave nearly all my series books to the school library. Milk crate after milk crate filled with Sweet Valley Twins, Baby-Sitters Club, and the like. I don't know what I bothered, I know for a fact only two of us ever used the library.

Consequently, our shelves have a very high caliber of children's and YA books, which I throw at the girls at every opportunity. They, of course, ignore my suggestions.

Today I started reading The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm to them - a book which I've tried numerous times over the past two years to get them to read, with no success. "Wow, Connie, what's the name of this one?" Yeah, I'm not telling you girls, you'll just read ahead. "Well, can you give us a hint?" Sure! It's one of the books I recommended you read last time you said there was nothing good to read in our house. "But Connie! That's hundreds of books!"

Well, maybe you should start taking my excellent advice, kids!
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Every semi-competent male hero has a ​more talented​ female sidekick. Why isn’t she the hero ​instead?

Shakespeare: The strange way people looked at food in the 16th Century

In major shift, Mexico president proposes relaxing marijuana laws

Why 19th-Century Naturalists Didn't Believe in the Platypus

Seed clue to how birds survived mass extinction

Monkey mariners made monumental migration 21 million years ago

Credit Bureaus Were the NSA of the 19th Century

Cells Appear to Age Faster in People With HIV, Study Finds

Frustrated by new U.S. program to take in migrants, Central American parents turn to smugglers

Refugees are running out of time

Syria conflict: 'Largest ever' siege evacuations carried out

Child brides sometimes tolerated in Nordic asylum centers despite bans

It's way past time to stop mistreating Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Boko Haram luring young people with loans, Nigerian military says
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The reason some TV shows have their characters using funky glass boards instead of regular whiteboards is so that we can see the equations and everybody's faces at the same time.

It's so simple.

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Why Nature Prefers Hexagons

Study backs pancreas cell transplants for severe diabetes

The U.S.’s Best High School Starts at 9:15 a.m.

Why I Write Scary Stories for Children

How children perceive faces: Seven-year-olds show different brain activities than adults

Nebraska Just Abolished Civil Forfeiture, Now Requires A Criminal Conviction To Take Property

What the subway adventures of Clinton and Sanders really show us

The Intelligent Life of the City Raccoon

Supreme Court Chief Justice learned sign language to swear in deaf lawyers

Atheists More Motivated by Compassion than the Faithful

Give drug felons food stamps, many states now say

Harriet Tubman is perfect for the $20 bill, but which Tubman?

Why Revolutionaries Love Spicy Food

Cities have individual microbial signatures

Top 10 Design Flaws in the Human Body

Carbonara Purists Can’t Stop the Pasta Revolution

The Card Catalog Is Officially Dead

A tiny forest tribe built a DIY drone from YouTube to fight off illegal loggers

The Average 29-Year-Old

Fuzzy Pigs, Squash Swords And More of the World's Amazing, Vanishing Heirloom Breeds

10 Disgusting Animal Defense Mechanisms

Lambert the lion is just like Linus from Charlie Brown: he always needs a blanket.

How American oligarchs created the concept of race to divide and conquer the poor

The Racist History of Peter Pan's Indian Tribe

Why Don’t Americans Save More Money?

It's not secular stagnation; it's financialization.

IRS Urges Americans: Come Clean Now, Before We Read Panama Papers

NYC monitoring of some mentally ill sparks rights concerns

How the “Daisy” Ad Changed Everything About Political Advertising

Payday Lending: Will Anything Better Replace It?

Pentagon misled lawmakers on military sexual assault cases

The Other Crisis on the Mexican Border
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I asked her what she was doing, and she said "Making beds".

"For fairies?"

"YES! :D HOW DID YOU KNOW?"

She IS an adorable kid.

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12 Secrets of the New York Subway

More proof that no matter what century you were born into you always just missed the good old days.

'Winner-winner' behavior may shape animal hierarchies, study argues

Brothers bring back Roy Rogers and its ‘holy trio’ of burgers, chicken, roast beef

The Minecraft Generation

What a Tiny Fish Can Tell Us About How Humans Stood Upright

School in a language you don't speak

The Tragic History of RC Cola

Go Ahead, Give Your Toddler A Kitchen Knife

New Evidence That Grandmothers Were Crucial for Human Evolution

Chernobyl - wilderness regained It comes with pictures. Seriously, isn't this the best pic of a wolf ever?

Are humans the new supercomputer? Team blurred the boundaries between man and mac

Today I Stumbled upon a Secret Kingdom of Lost Toys

The great escape: Inky the octopus legs it to freedom from aquarium

Fame of thrones: the world's most extraordinary toilets

What the history of dogs tells us about civilization in the Americas

Flexible 'wallpaper' cameras are just around the corner

Children of older mothers do better

'No differences' between children of same-sex and opposite-sex parents

A Revolutionary Discovery in China

The Untold Story of the Teen Hackers Who Transformed the Early Internet

Apple recovered 2,204 pounds of gold from broken iPhones last year

Mysterious bacteria claims another life in the Midwest

College Student Is Removed From Flight After Speaking Arabic on Plane

Persecuted Rohingya Muslims find rare refuge in Chicago

Burma’s Treatment of the Rohingya Is Not Genocide, Says U.S.

Myanmar's shame: Living inside Rohingya ghettos

How Seattle Gave Up on Busing and Allowed Its Public Schools to Become Alarmingly Resegregated

Prison historic site takes hard look at mass incarceration

Palestinians trapped in Syria "facing starvation," U.N. says
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Innocent man ends up pals with crooked cop that framed him

E-skin: How to paint an LED onto your body

New York has plenty of values that Ted Cruz wasn’t counting on

Never-before-seen galaxy spotted orbiting the Milky Way

Here's how to uncook an egg

Jack Lew nears decision to keep Hamilton on front of $10 bill, put a woman on the $20 ("The pro-Hamilton movement gained steam after the smash success of the hip-hop Broadway musical about his life this year.")

Behind the Rich Vocabulary of ‘Hamilton’

This Bakery Offers A Second Chance For Women After Prison

Most diamonds share a common origin story

When Are You Really an Adult?

Racially diverse 'new majority' set to reshape US public schools

Fresh look at trope about Eskimo words for snow

The One Thing, Historically, That's Prompted Countries to Raise Taxes on the Rich

This is the worst argument about the national debt you’ll ever find

The murky history of moderation, and how it’s shaping the future of free speech

‘Trickle of food’ helped deep sea creatures survive asteroid strike that wiped out the dinosaurs

Another aerial close call as Russian jet barrel-rolls over U.S. aircraft

Where the Abused, and Their Pets, Can Be Safe

There Is Nothing Accidental About School Segregation

You Know What’s Really Gross? Not Periods, But Taxes on Periods

Ancient mass graves discovered in Greece

March temperature smashes 100-year global record

Hundreds of Migrant Teens Are Being Held Indefinitely in Locked Detention

Republicans Are Blocking Black Voters, This Court Case Is Exposing Them
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Fossil fuels could be phased out worldwide in a decade, says new study

Refugee teachers go back to school to train for work in Germany

Thirteen Anonymous Genetic Superheroes Walk Among Us

The True Purpose of Microsoft Solitaire, Minesweeper, and FreeCell

Mothers' milk and the infant gut microbiota: An ancient symbiosis

What Caused the Great Crime Decline in the U.S.?

In these microbes, iron works like oxygen

The strange case of the woman who can't remember her past - or imagine her future

What kind of country gets its own phone number? And what happens when you call it?

Meet the "Micro-Engraver" Who Works Between Heartbeats to Keep His Hand Steady

Proud WWII Pilots Modelling their Personalised Flight Jackets

Forest discovery: Trees trade carbon among each other

Israeli kibbutz tries a new crop: high-tech startups

Iraq's Kurds declare independence in cyberspace with .krd domain name

How the NSA's CryptoKids Stole My FOIA Innocence

Obama is urging the FCC to open up the cable box so you can watch TV how you really want

Donation of surplus peanuts from US dismays Haiti farmers

The Battle Over the Sea-Monkey Fortune: A former 1960s bondage-film actress is waging legal combat with a toy company for ownership of her husband’s mail-order aquatic-pet empire.

In 1971, Dustin Hoffman’s cousin held an engineer at gunpoint at the famed Sound City studios. What happened next changed three lives

Southern Cities Move Past States on Liberal Social Issues

Matthew Keys Will Serve Two Years for Something That Was Barely a Crime. It’s a Travesty.

Thanks to Bernie Sanders, we now know how many big corporations don’t pay taxes

Families in the fields as annual Afghan poppy harvest begins

'What happened in World War II is happening again': Immigrant detention centers through the eyes of a therapist

Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more

Alabama woman keeps resurrecting shoddy day cares in God's name

Is empty nose syndrome real?

Some of Globe’s ‘Predictions’ for Trump’s America Have Already Come True

Giant prison for Afghan militants aims to avoid pitfalls of past

The oil industry knew about climate change before we landed on the moon

Clear-cutting destabilizes carbon in forest soils, study finds

Research shows — yet again — that there’s no scientific debate about climate change

Estranged From Russia, Turkey and Ukraine Join Forces

The Hell After ISIS

Will Congress Rein in U.S. Support for Syrian Kurds?
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But there's only so many creative things you can say.

Most of these links are serious and/or depressing, fyi.

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City moths avoid the light

How a US president and JP Morgan made Panama: and turned it into a tax haven

The US is dropping bombs quicker than it can make them

Neanderthals may have been infected by diseases carried out of Africa by humans

Radioactive wild boars rampaging around Fukushima nuclear site

People with anxiety show fundamental differences in perception

These Public Defenders Actually Want to Get Sued

Why Iraqis living under the Islamic State fear their liberators

There may be a hidden cost to the old adage of pulling oneself up by the bootstraps. Research suggests the unintended stress spurred by upward mobility can pose an unintended health risk later down the road.

Microsoft sues U.S. government over data requests

'I was struck with multiple blows': inside the secret violence of Homan Square

Chicago Police Dept. Plagued by Systemic Racism, Task Force Finds

Putin just sent Armenia MiG-29 fighters and military aid. Here are three key reasons why.

Dozens of killings by US police ruled justified without public being notified

Secrets of the Tax-Prep Business

China's Psychological War on Taiwan

Hoarding is a serious disorder — and it’s only getting worse in the U.S.

Why it’s getting harder to stop multinational corporations.

North Korean ships with corpses on board have been washing ashore in Japan

Ansaru: Boko Haram Splinter Group Sows Terror in Nigeria

The Pillaging of America's State Universities

What happened in East New York?
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The Plan to Move an Entire Swedish Town

Implant lets paralysed man 'play guitar'

Are Incomplete Sentences the New Thing Or...?

Enough With the Canon

A Dragonfly Helmet from 17th Century Japan

What happened to the self-sufficient people of the 1970s?

Obama to forgive the student debt of permanently disabled people

Research reveals trend in bird-shape evolution on islands

Obama can appoint Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court if the Senate does nothing (If they're not going to play ball, I wish he'd pick a better candidate, cause fuck 'em.)

California's two different visions for better foster care

Why Luck Matters More Than You Might Think

Murderers are mentors in prison once notorious for violence

The Prison Visit That Cost My Family $2,370

How Private Prison Companies Use Big Tax Breaks and Low Wages to Maximize Profit

What did Americans know as the Holocaust unfolded? Quite a lot, it turns out.

The dark side of Guardian comments

About 40,000 unionized Verizon workers walk off the job

Despite court ruling, China gay rights movement makes gains

What Freedom Looks Like

America's still racist

How China’s fishermen are fighting a covert war in the South China Sea

Why is America pulling down the projects?

In poor neighborhoods, is it better to fix up or move out?

Goldman Sachs Finally Admits it Defrauded Investors During the Financial Crisis

Closures and court cases leave Turkey's media increasingly muzzled

Letting them die: parents refuse medical help for children in the name of Christ

The Outrage of Body-Cavity Searches
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I'm clearly going to have to force my mother to binge seasons 1 and 2 with me, that's what.

(No luck forcing Jenn, but I bet I can rope Mommy into this.)

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Monster Mystery: Scientists Solve Decades-Long Puzzle of Alienlike Creature

The Heavily Judged Female Entertainers Who Crushed Stereotypes In the Old West

This Amazing Technicolor Castle has been Abandoned for more than 20 Years

Team stores digital images in DNA—and retrieves them perfectly

Animal or Vegetable? Legend of the Vegetable Lamb of Tartary

Possible lost Caravaggio painting found in attic in France

Tiger Numbers Rise for First Time in a Century

Oh, So Now I’m Bangladeshi?

I posit that the reason Superman has killed and the reason he is so unrecognizable as the hero we grew up with and the hero we loved and looked up to is because every essence of his Jewishness has been meticulously and calculatingly been scrubbed out.

The Secret of Grey Gardens

Rich Kids on Instagram Are Revealing Their Parents' Shadiness to Investigators

Handouts Are Often Better Than a Hand Up

Driverless bus in Greece has had no accidents in six months

Facebook has another hidden inbox you probably didn't realise was there

The Autism Shift: the visibly invisible – autistic people of color

Polish anti-abortion activists borrow tactics from US in push for total ban

Researchers help explain why we favor a black and white approach to morality

How the White House Went Easy on Drug Crime—But Not for Immigrants

Border Patrol Thieves? US Border Agents Stealing from Refugees

How a federal spy case turned into a child pornography prosecution

I Know Why Poor Whites Chant Trump, Trump, Trump

Remember how Trump raised $6 million for vets? Guess how much of that has actually gone to vets.

LA's new rule: homeless people are only allowed to own one trashcan's worth of things

Scientists Blame El Nino, Warming for 'Gruesome' Coral Death

World Bank ramps up help for poor to adapt to climate change

Idomeni: Macedonian police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at refugees trying to break through Greek border

The world looks away as blood flows in Burundi

Exclusive boarding schools face reckoning on sexual abuse
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Now, listen. How often is it that I nag and pester people to watch what I watch or read what I read or listen to what I listen to? Almost never, right? Soooooo... you all have to watch iZombie. You can thank me later.
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Yay!

As a child, I read or heard somewhere that hot bread is unhealthful. Even as a kid, this seemed to me to be the most ridiculous of old wives tales so I ate up. Turns out that the belief is somewhat more recent than I'd imagined, only the 1700s. Even the one about buttering a cat's feet when you move to a new home is older than that! (And I believe that one religiously.)

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Why Some People Respond to Stress by Falling Asleep

Watching a Laser Clean a Baking Tray is Surprisingly Satisfying

Brain scans show how LSD mimics mind of a baby

New Evidence on When Bible Was Written: Ancient Shopping Lists

A Map of the Brain Could Teach Machines to See Like You

Cubans embrace the English language as Cold War enmity fades

LOLWTF, Toronto?

The History Of How Los Angeles Became A City Of Palm Trees

Wealth of unsuspected new microbes expands tree of life

The Perilous Art of Iraqi Truffle Hunting

Teaching Neuroscience in Prison

Fetishizing family farms

How an internet mapping glitch turned a random Kansas farm into a digital hell

After the dodos were wiped out, almost all the specimens were lost – mostly due to outright carelessness.

Inequality linked to large, growing gap in lifespans

Director Brennan: CIA Won't Waterboard Again — Even if Ordered by Future President

Facial-Recognition Software Might Have a Racial Bias Problem

Study finds police fatally shoot unarmed black men at disproportionate rates

Condemned to 'private prison': the Brazilian women subjected to secret abuse

Shellfish behavior: US lobster industry at odds with Sweden

Fertilizer's legacy: Taking a toll on land and water

Denmark, a social welfare utopia, takes a nasty turn on refugees

Migrants Stuck in Limbo in Serbia After Balkan Route Closure

Syrian refugees in Lebanon at growing risk of forced labour: anti-slavery activists

Report: immigrant students blocked from enrolling in school

190 people in this Indiana town were diagnosed with HIV
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These Birds Can Sing Using Only Their Feathers

London has a Subterranean Veggie Farm in an Abandoned WWII Bunker

Watch Spider Jaws Move as Quickly as World's Fastest Runner

The Long Quest to Get Southerners to Stop Dueling

Future Solar Panels Will Generate Energy From Raindrops

More time in day nursery before age two is associated with higher cognitive scores at age four

The end of the Spanish siesta?

All the Colour they Left Behind

A basic ingredient of life, ribose, can form in comets, say researchers

Why Talented Black and Hispanic Students Can Go Undiscovered

Report: College Campus Attitudes Toward Free Speech Aren't What You Think

Who Decides If You're Too Young To Marry?

Coastal Cities Need to Radically Rethink How They Deal With Rising Waters

I'm an American living in Sweden. Here's why I came to embrace the higher taxes.

When Is It Okay To Dig Up The Dead?

Civic Education in the Age of Trump

A Filthy History: When New Yorkers Lived Knee-Deep in Trash

Human sacrifice helped ancient societies entrench class divide, study suggests

Inside America’s Auschwitz (DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS.)

Here's the latest travesty of secrecy from the NSA

Panama Papers vs NSA: How big is the latest leak?

From Panama to Sparta: A brief history of leaks

The Geography of Financial Secrecy

Wells Fargo admits deception in $1.2 billion U.S. mortgage accord

Earth Is Tipping Because of Climate Change

As Afghan war escalates, schools forced to close

Fates Diverging, Afghan and Syrian Migrants Clash in Greece
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Catholics react to Pope Francis' document on family life

Hillary Clinton’s MetroCard Adventure: Swipe. Wince. Repeat. (Hil! You were taking the 4! Did you see how very crowded that line is even without your camera crew? Throw us a bone, if you get elected, do something about funding public transportation!)

Blood-brain barrier breakthrough reported by researchers

We analyzed the names of almost every Chinese restaurant in America. This is what we learned

The Unbearable Whiteness of Baseball

What Is the Answer to Zeno’s Paradox?

Curiosity leads us to seek out unpleasant, painful outcomes

Why Are America's Most Innovative Companies Still Stuck in 1950s Suburbia?

Language Loss in a Time of War

DEA considers dropping marijuana from most dangerous category of drugs in next three months

Americans Have Been Cursing at Automated Checkouts Since 1937

Where The Hell Is Upstate NY?

Taking the Politics Out of American History (and Out of A.P.)

Why Do Some Poor Kids Thrive?

I Hadn't Gone Through Puberty In My 20s: 6 Hellish Realities

From Retail Palace to Zombie Mall: How Efficiency Killed the Department Store

The downfall of Paul Tanaka and the collapse of the blue wall of silence

According to a new study acetaminophen could be impeding error-detection in the brain. (How I feel about studies about how bad acetaminophen is depends on whether or not I have my period. Right now it's "Tylenol is of the devil!" but in a few weeks I'll be staring at the clock waiting for my next dose. This may be a mistake. I know I won't care, and if this study is right, I may not even know.)

The War on Planned Parenthood

Our wasted food is a huge environmental problem – and it’s only getting worse

Louisiana Is Not Taking Its Public Defenders Crisis Seriously

Boy's trans-Atlantic text, fast police work save 15 migrants

Auschwitz guard's death deprives survivors of justice they hoped for

After Bangladesh slaying, US considers refuge for bloggers
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The Brain That Wasn’t Supposed to Heal

5 Overlapping Fictional Universes You Won't Believe Exist

People will pick up and use almost 50% of random, discarded USB drives, study finds

9 Pictures of Baseball Around the World

'Topsy turvy' ocean circulation seen on distant planets

Unpacking the gay subtext of Robin, the Boy Wonder.

Scientists find surprise lurking in crocodilian jaw

6 Inspiring Ways Internet Mobs Have Come to the Rescue

Street Photography From the 1950s Offers a Glimpse Into Midcentury NYC Life

No, Wait, Short Conversations Really Can Reduce Prejudice

The Ideology Is Not The Movement

Research explains how you bite off the chocolate from nuts

Sweet drug clears cholesterol, reverses heart disease—and was found by parents

How megacities are changing the map of the world

Is America Having the Wrong Conversation About Income Inequality?

The 7 most dangerous myths about a $15 minimum wage

The sugar conspiracy

NASA Is Facing a Climate Change Countdown

The Photos that Exposed American Child Labor

Members of a U.N. peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic allegedly turned to sexual predation, betraying their duty to protect.

The GOP Is Now Bragging About Voter Suppression

It’s a “blow job” because it’s work: How guys push women to make oral sex as common as shaking hands

Global warming may be far worse than thought, cloud analysis suggests

Let’s End America’s Hopeless War for the Middle East

After facing off for decades, Armenia and Azerbaijan start shooting

Why Does St. Louis Keep Running Out of Ballots on Election Day?

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley: I Won't Bend to Pressure on Supreme Court Pick
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How Black Pepper Won Europe From a Better Pepper

Cuckolded fathers rare in human populations

Adult colouring book craze prompts global pencil shortage

Gut bacteria regulate nerve fibre insulation

Wasps Built These Colorful Nests with Colored Paper

The Hungarian Taxidermist Who Saw Frogs As People

Project to drill into 'dinosaur crater' gets under way

Fighting fiddler crabs call each other's bluff

The History of the Lorgnette

The psychology of who we find creepy and why

New state of matter detected in a two-dimensional material

How the Commodore Amiga Powered Your Cable System in the '90s

Bilingual baby brains show increased activity in executive function regions

Cats vs. birds: Natural enemies the focus of NY legal battle

That feeling when you hit a million followers, make more money than your mom, push a diet pill scheme, lose your blog, and turn 16.

Inside the company that provides fake paparazzi, pretend campaign supporters, and counterfeit protesters.

Billions in US remittances a lifeline for many in Mexico

America’s underground Chinese restaurant workers.

Nine-Year-Old Reporter Criticized for Breaking News of Town Tragedy

In central Africa, citizens are using social media to build democracy. Here’s how.

How does the next generation of clinical psychologists think about mental disorders?

U.S. weakens retirement advice rule, responding to industry

The Panama Papers prove it: we can afford a universal basic income

The Panama Papers leak, explained with an adorable comic about piggy banks

Inside the Secretive World of Tax-Avoidance Experts

PayPal withdraws from North Carolina because of new LGBT discrimination law

Aboriginal nutritional experiments had Ottawa's approval

Nigerian military opens camp to rehabilitate Boko Haram

Insulin cost in US more than doubles between 2002-2013

FBI Says a Mysterious Hacking Group Has Had Access to US Govt Files for Years

Uniting warring armies after a civil war sounds like a good idea. Here’s why it usually fails.

The feminist cupcake sale that led to death and rape threats

Increase in threats reported at US abortion clinics
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And I remembered in one of the Little House books they gave different words, about Old Grimes, who wore an old gray coat "that was buttoned down before".

25 odd years since I first read those books, and I finally realize - it wasn't buttoned down previously, it was buttoned down in the front. Now it all makes sense!
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OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG.

That is all.

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How to survive a mass extinction: Live fast, die young

Rise of Ad Blocking Is the Ad Industry's Fault, Says Outgoing FTC Commissioner

Vitamin D 'heals damaged hearts'

Biotech breakthrough: Sunlight can be used to produce chemicals and energy

Tattoos stay so long in the skin because the body thinks that it is under attack

Look at the Tiny Tourists and Bite Size Burglars of Japan's Mini World

Fantasy-based pretend play is beneficial to children's mental abilities

Gordon Korman wrote his first bestseller in seventh grade. Eighty-eight books (and counting) later, a movie adaptation revisits the early work of a man whose audience changes every graduation season. (You enjoyed reading the adoring comments over at Metafilter and Jezebel as well.)

In Australia, surfing soothes asylum-seekers' fears of sea

Prisoners in Multiple States Call for Strikes to Protest Forced Labor

Sacrifices of an immigrant caregiver

How Cultural Differences Affect Autism Diagnoses

As the poor die earlier, Social Security isn't paying off

Mexico tortures migrants – and citizens – in effort to slow Central American surge

Armenia warns Nagorno-Karabakh clashes could turn into all-out war
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Two Iraq veterans strive to be first combat amputees to climb Everest

Stunning Time-Lapse of a Dragonfly Growing Wings

Missouri veteran who escaped Nazi prison camp gets medal

Pressed to the Edge: Why vinyl hype is destroying the record

Why some libraries offer amnesty to scofflaw borrowers—and others call the cops.

Penguins’ Not-So-Adorable Contribution to Life in Antarctica

The Tampon of the Future

The Culinary Education of Mr. Mozzarella Sticks

Andrew Jackson, America’s Original Anti-Establishment Candidate

This puppy was frozen for 12,400 years, and its body is nearly intact — fur and all

Learning to Let the Wild Be Wild in Yellowstone

Scientists Say It's Time To End 'Parachute Research'

“He struggled and kept his guard up”: Hamilton in the Big House

How an 1870 Suffragist’s Diary Helped a Modern Mormon Feminist Find Her Voice

Is the end of days looming for fundamentalist sect in Utah?

Will this student graduate? White and black teachers don’t agree

After the Plane Crash—and the Cannibalism—a Life of Hope

Only One Country Offers Universal Health Care To All Migrants

U.S. military suicides remain high for 7th year

In West, region of guns and suicide, outreach to curb deaths

Another Western intervention in Libya looms

How to Live (Well) in New York City on Less Than Zero

Azerbaijan claims ceasefire in deadly feud; Armenia says violence still going

Uncertainty prevails on day before Greece starts returns of migrants

The Kurdish-Turkish conflict is playing out in Germany

In a devastated Turkish town, teenagers dream of joining the Kurdish guerrillas

Locked Up for Seeking Asylum

They were freed from Boko Haram’s rape camps. But their nightmare isn’t over.

Ukrainians Who Fled To Russia Find The Welcome Is No Longer Warm
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Honestly, I should have this pre-printed somewhere so I can just hand out cards.

Everywhere you go, you eventually find somebody who has this problem: Help! My mother (or whoever) doesn't accept my personal decision to homeschool/breastfeed/come out/change religion/get married/get divorced/join the circus/wear stripes with polka dots/whatever. I've talked to her and talked to her, but she keeps trying to change my mind and judging me! How can I convince her?

Solution: You can't. You've tried reasoning, and you've tried reasoning, and you've... tried reasoning, and the problem is that on this issue, your whoever is completely unreasonable. You can't reason with unreasonable people, so don't. You're an adult, you don't need to justify your decisions to anybody, and every time you discuss this particular decision with your whoever you're sending the message that it's up for discussion. And really, it's not. You don't need this person's approval*, so next time they bring it up, change the subject or leave.

This advice might not be that easy to follow, but it at least has a non-zero chance of working to accomplish your primary objective of "Get mom/dad/whoever to stop bugging me". Arguing with them doesn't, or you wouldn't be asking for help all over the internet.

And there we go! That, in a nutshell, is my sole piece of advice to everybody that covers almost every social situation ever, excluding the ones you've decided are best solved by "kill it with fire" and "kill it with kindness".

God knows why this advice is so revolutionary to so many people, but amazing swathes of the internet are astonished every time somebody suggests to them that the solution to this sort of interpersonal conflict is to stop fighting about it.

* Unless you do. Obviously if you want to homeschool and your husband, the kid's father, doesn't, you two will have to come to some sort of agreement about this. Likewise, you can't join the circus until you're 18, and so on. Use some common sense, please.
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Before You Judge Lazy Workers, Consider They Might Serve A Purpose

Horrible Jargon We Got Used To (Video)

10 Incredible Tales of Real Life Castaways

Stop Making Fun of Tyrannosaurs’ Tiny Arms

'Sexual depravity' of penguins that Antarctic scientist dared not reveal

'An Ostentation of Peacocks,' and Other Flowery Ways Medieval Hunters Grouped Birds

Scientists Have Developed Transparent Wood That Could Replace Glass In Windows

Fashionable Prosthetics Trade Realistic Color For Personal Pizzazz

Forests still large enough to double the world's tiger population, study finds

LSD could make you smarter, happier and healthier. Should we all try it?

Nigeria campaign to stop women giving birth in church

Your Quinoa Habit Really Did Help Peru's Poor. But There's Trouble Ahead

The Lazarus Phenomenon, Explained: Why Sometimes, the Deceased Are Not Dead, Yet

Surgeons save Brazilian man's hand from amputation by sewing it into his belly

The Man Who Almost Died From Drinking (Too Much) Tea

Migrant crisis: Migration to Europe explained in seven charts

Protests against migrants' presence in Greece and Turkey

E.U. Suspects Russian Agenda in Migrants’ Shifting Arctic Route

To Unify Europe, Face the Mideast as One

Zimbabwe deadline for firms to be black-owned passes

Researchers know that it’s expensive to be poor. But they are only beginning to understand the sum of the financial, psychological, and cultural disadvantages that come with poverty.

Tiny Tombstones: Inside the FLDS Graveyard for Babies Born from Incest

The Chinese bodies still being found in South Korea
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What’s In a Snout?

After Obama visit, Cubans await change, but wonder how soon

Squid beak insight shifts chitosan composites up the pecking order

Electric Fork Zaps Your Tongue to Make Food Taste Salty

Refugee chefs bring their recipes to NYC food company

The Enduring Mystery Of 'Jawn', Philadelphia's All-Purpose Noun

WWII War Paint: How Bomber-Jacket Art Emboldened Our Boys

Scientists developed artificial molecules

Learn Different: Silicon Valley disrupts education.

Why Nigerians melt their gold jewellery in Dubai

Parrot species in US cities may rival that in native Mexico

The sound of silence: classical music’s forgotten women

Coyote Bros: How Hard-Partying College Kids Became Immigrant Smugglers

Shutting Down Subway Lines Is What Grown-Up Systems Do

Can a Dress Shirt Be Racist?

Lost for Words

Grief in animals: It's arrogant to think we're the only animals who mourn

Lead paint is making New York City’s children sick — and some landlords see it as the cost of doing business.

How Habitat for Humanity Went to Brooklyn and Poor Families Lost Their Homes

The Challenge of Treating Anorexia in Adults

Poll: Seven-in-ten women have negative opinion of Trump

Shandra Woworuntu: My life as a sex-trafficking victim

Climate Catastrophe, Coming Even Sooner?

Syria cease-fire at risk as heavy fighting erupts

Mass grave found in Palmyra after recapture from Islamic State: military

Could you raise four children in a homeless shelter without spanking?

The controversial reason tens of thousands of people just lost their food stamps

AP Explains: The roots of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh
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The moon thought to play a major role in maintaining Earth's magnetic field

Scientists have a wild idea for hiding us from evil aliens

Vermont Governor on Marijuana Legalization: It’s What ‘Enlightened States’ Do

California and New York set to raise minimum wage to $15

The Sweetest Revolution: The History of the Ice Cream Truck

Why Use a Fridge When You Can Have a Pre-Fab Food Cellar?

Sign language that African Americans use is different from that of whites

Palpatine Trumps Democracy

In Many Ways, Author Says, Spanish Civil War Was 'The First Battle Of WWII'

The Death of the Last Veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade

Doctors applaud the end of Tennessee's fetal assault law

Here's why millennials aren't investing

Where College Admissions Went Wrong

Why Some Students Are Ditching America for Medical School in Cuba

The mysterious hanging coffins of the Bo people

Ancient DNA shows European wipe-out of early Americans

$2.13 an hour for dish-washing? Servers sue over side work

“Periods for Pence”: Women flood Indiana’s Republican governor with calls about their periods after he signs another restrictive anti-abortion law

Agricultural fungicides are 'bad news for neurons', study suggests

Missing children in southern Indian state raise trafficking fears

Thousands Could Lose Food Stamps as States Restore Pre-Recession Requirements

Turkey sees Islamic State as emerging foe over Kurds

Obama: troubled by trends in Turkey against free press, democracy

Rise of the ridiculously resilient ridge: California drought patterns becoming more common

Choking to Death in Detroit: Flint Isn't Michigan's Only Disaster
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The fire escape's quirky history in urban life

Promising lab-grown skin sprouts hair and grows glands

Baby's First Butcher Shop, Circa 1900

Foreign adoptions by Americans reach lowest mark since 1981

Look At These Snarky Yearbooks From 100 Years Ago (They certainly said a lot about each other!)

Can an Outsider Ever Truly Become Amish?

Why Orthodox Judaism Is Appealing to So Many Millennials

Lynx may be reintroduced to UK after 1,000 years following success of Spain programme

Is ‘Friends’ Still the Most Popular Show on TV?

Netflix says Geography, Age, and Gender are “Garbage” for Predicting Taste

East LA teen finds escape from gang singing Mexican corridos

Is the art of shorthand dying?

The Civil War Fighters Who Tempted Fate With North African Fashion

Wimps or warriors? Honey bee larvae absorb the social culture of the hive, study finds

Firming U.S. jobs market lures discouraged workers

The overwhelming whiteness of U.S. private schools, in six maps and charts

Hogancamp's Heroes: How Playing With Dolls Lets a Hate-Crime Survivor Fight Back

Old Main prison: A tour through American prison history

The Strange Case of a Nazi Who Became an Israeli Hitman

8-year-old lost daughter rejoins Syrian family in Cyprus

Fifty years ago, when Claire Wilson was eighteen, she was critically wounded during the 1966 University of Texas Tower shooting—the first massacre of its kind. How does the path of a bullet change a life?

Arizona’s voting outrage is a warning to the nation

Growing Up in a Bad Neighborhood Does More Harm Than We Thought

The Other N-Word: To Germans, There’s Something Familiar About Donald Trump

Inside the Trump machine: the bizarre psychology of America’s newest political movement

As the South China Sea becomes more militarised, the risks of conflict grow

Turkish military accuses media of damaging morale, launches legal action

What life is like after police ransack your house and take ‘every belonging’ — then the charges are dropped
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Mathematicians mapped out every “Game of Thrones” relationship to find the main character

An ancient site spotted from space could rewrite the history of Vikings in North America

Supreme Court Rules Against Freezing Assets Not Tied to Crimes More

Why Do We Even Have Toes?

Why Are Shoe Sizes as They Are?

Hopkins begins nation's first HIV-positive organ transplants

Rescued sea turtle undergoes experimental treatment in Seattle

Longer maternity leave linked to better infant health

Cornell study finds some people may be genetically programmed to be vegetarians

Haiti migrants no longer stranded on desolate border

With ‘Gigs’ Instead of Jobs, Workers Bear New Burdens

If you live in a city, this PBS quiz tells you you’re an elitist. Don’t believe it.

Starvation as babies makes bees stronger as adults

Extreme hoarding: NYC team tackles both mess and the mind

What's Behind the Voter Fraud Witch Hunt?

The feds have resumed a controversial program that lets cops take stuff and keep it

US to beef up military presence in Eastern Europe

The dangerous culture of male entitlement and sexual hostility hiding within America's national parks and forests.

A Trafficking Survivor Shares Why She's Anti-Criminalization

With jihadis at the door, Syrians rush to rescue history

How Prison Phone Calls Became A Tax On The Poor

Why Some Prisoners With HIV Get Better Treatment Than Others

Scientists nearly double sea level rise projections for 2100, because of Antarctica

Turkish president threatens to sue those who insult him

Violent times encourage a step to the right in some nations
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Eva: So Peter Parker isn't Spiderman, and now Miles Morales is... wait. Wait. Peter Parker. Miles Morales. Hey! Those names do that thing!

Me: Alliterate?

Eva: Yeah! And Clark Kent! And Lois Lane!

Me: Yeah, that's a thing.
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(Did you know there's a new one out?)

Anyway, I just now googled Nita's address and there's a real house there! Sadly, the local library does not seem quite as idyllic as described in the book.
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Names of Dogs in Ancient Greece

Unlocking the Science of Social Jet Lag and Sleep

200 Years of U.S. Immigration, in 1 Colorful Infographic

Fiction v nonfiction – English literature's made-up divide

The Surprising Origin Story of Wonder Woman

Traffic backed up? Bridge out? More states deploying drones

The physics of the "hardest move" in ballet (Video)

Interactive Maps That Reveal What Cities Sound Like

With No Inkling of the Contents: Viewing Narnia Through a Hindu Lens

Dating to Save Your Tiny Religion From Extinction

When An Autism Diagnosis Comes In Adulthood (Anybody who doubts the evil done by Autism Speaks should pay close attention to that third story. Don't read the comments, I'm convinced NPR has no moderation whatsoever.)

For Susan B. Anthony, Getting Support for Her "Revolution" Meant Taking on an Unusual Ally

Cities begin to challenge a bedrock of justice: They’re paying criminals not to kill

Why Are Educators Learning How to Interrogate Their Students?

When did porn become sex ed?

Call a Dog a Pit Bull and He May Have Trouble Finding a Home (And they ask "What's in a name?")

The Death-Penalty Abolitionist Who Invented the Guillotine

One Easter Sunday, the Alaska Ranger—a fishing boat out of Dutch Harbor—went down in the Bering Sea, 6,000 feet deep and thirty-two degrees cold. Forty-seven people were on board, and nearly half of them would spend hours floating alone in the darkness, in water so frigid it can kill a man in minutes. Forty-two of them would be rescued. Here’s how.

CT Scan Shows Pharoah Ramesses III Was Murdered by Multiple Assassins

Pakistan blasphemy killer's supporters clash with police near parliament

The Untold Stories Of Black Girls

Unconscious racism is pervasive. It starts early. And it creates a deadly empathy gap.

Iraqi Christians fear extinction, see no relief from Islamic State
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The fight against food fraud

The Lost Victorian Art of Egg Collecting

New Evidence That City Birds Might Be More Intelligent Than Rural Ones

Love, Loss And Beauty Pageants: Inside A Cuban HIV Sanitarium

23 Of Buffy’s Most Iconic Lines On “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”

What a Trip! The Toughest Animal Migrations on Earth

The Hidden Histories of Maps Made By Women: Early North America

Squirrels show flexibility and persistence when foraging

When Death Doesn’t Mean Goodbye

What Does it Mean to 'Look Autistic?'

What Urban Hunger Looks Like Now

Season of Birth Genetically Linked to Allergy Risk

Why many Christians in China have turned to underground churches

Terrorism in Western Europe Used to Be Much Worse

Children facing deportation from U.S. have right to attorneys, lawsuit argues

Guatemala: The indigenous population too poor to stay

Pentagon's Evolving Strategy: Treat The Islamic State Like A State

The families whose homes were demolished by mistake

Mapping the Sorry State of America's Bridges

U.K. Kids Spend Less Time Outside Than Prison Inmates, Study Says

Old Main prison: A tour through American prison history

The Rise of 1,000 Small Jails

Tay Exposes the Fairy Tales We Tell Ourselves About Racists

A Century Later, Slaughter Still Haunts Turkey and Armenia

Turkey's Erdogan criticizes foreign diplomats for attending journalists' trial

A 'Forgotten Disease' Is Suddenly Causing New Worries
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I don't mean the gray and gray morality, or the generally grimdark setting, I mean the fact that the set designers and producers apparently never met a dark alley, poorly lit basement, or amazingly spacious sewer that they didn't think was just perfect for a fight scene.

I thought for a while it was my monitor, but no, it's just impossible to see what's going on because it's so dark. Lighting! It's not a crime against art! New York City doesn't get that dark at night anyway! BECAUSE WE HAVE STREETLIGHTS! (In related subjects, light pollution is actually a bit of a problem over here.)

Currently watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. That show is well-lit.

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Quantum Computing Breakthrough Paves Way for Ultra-Powerful Machines

Yellowstone supervolcano eruptions were even bigger than we thought

Saturn's rings, moons may be younger than the dinosaurs

US prohibits imprisoning transgender inmates in cells based on birth anatomy

Why Race Matters in Planning Public Parks

Twilight of the Superheroes

At some point, there will be more dead Facebook users than living ones – and for those left behind, it is transforming how we experience the death of those around us.

A Force Unto Itself: A Military Leviathan Has Emerged as America’s 51st and Most Powerful State

New findings in humans provide encouraging foundation for upcoming AIDS vaccine clinical trial

Cambodia's zeal for rubber drives ethnic group from land

Insiders Say NYPD’s Nuisance Unit Skirts the Law and Relies on Unconfirmed Allegations

Can Religious Groups Ignore All Laws They Don’t Like? Or just those related to women's health?

The clockwork rise of Donald Trump and reorganization of American parties

How to inoculate people against Donald Trump’s fact-bending claims

LGBT backlash: N.C. law latest example of states overruling cities

Public sentencing of protesting workers backfires in China

How Do You Decide to Have a Baby When Climate Change Is Remaking Life on Earth?

The Deadly Consequences of Solitary With a Cellmate

Are 'Water Wars' imminent in Central Asia?

How come the US keeps killing ISIS number 2s?

Libya is on verge of implosion

The Kurds have taken advantage of chaos in the region, but remain divided

CIA-armed militias are shooting at Pentagon-armed ones in Syria

In Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is in retreat on multiple fronts

Tens of thousands of Yemenis mark a year of war, denounce Saudi-led offensive
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Raining money to spur the economy? Not as crazy as it sounds

Top medical experts say we should decriminalize all drugs and maybe go even further

The Mystery of the Phantom Page Turner

Woman convicted of working for decade as unlicensed attorney (And I bet you thought the premise of Suits was silly.)

Writing Women Characters Into Epic Fantasy Without Quotas

Beverly Cleary Talks Writing and Upcoming 100th Birthday

Goat Rituals and Tree-Trunk Gravestones: The Peculiar History of Life Insurance

One size does not fit all: How some Asian cultures use chopsticks differently

The Harvard Library That Protects The World's Rarest Colors

Netflix’s stunning admission: It throttles video speeds for some customers

North Carolina reins in local governments, transgender rule (Fucking jackasses.)

A Stranger Stole My Identity and Filed My Taxes

Arizona eyes punishment for local progressive policies

Removal of Confederate symbols turns nasty in New Orleans

Poor white kids are less likely to go to prison than rich black kids

Russian military plans buildup from West to Pacific

No Contraception? No Equality

SCOTUS Bros Clearly Don't Understand How Women Get Contraceptives

Indiana governor signs fetal defects abortion ban into law
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Them: We should do something this Easter!
Me: We could dye eggs.
Them: Okay!
Me: Of course, that's contingent on somebody eating the eggs. I don't like hardboiled eggs that much.
Them: We don't like them at all!
Me: And this is why we don't do much for Easter lately.

They've finally agreed to eat a few eggs, so tomorrow I'm going to confirm the final egg count. Fingers crossed that we don't end up tossing the lot in the compost. They never decompose properly.
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Ancient virus found hibernating in the human genome—and it might wake up

Scientists remove HIV-1 from genome of human immune cells

Parrots Are a Lot More Than ‘Pretty Bird’

Some bacteria found to thrive better in space than on Earth

Teen Titans Go! Ground Beef

Why watching comb jellies poop has stunned evolutionary biologists

Randall Munroe, XKCD Creator, Goes Back to High School

Two defining features of quantum mechanics never appear together

After 95 years, a Navy ship lost at sea with all hands is finally discovered

Slaughter at the bridge: Uncovering a colossal Bronze Age battle

Custody case of Native American girl appealed to high court

How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby?

Better safe than sorry: Babies make quick judgments about adults' anger

19 Yemeni Jews Arrive in Israel, Ending Secret Rescue Operation

How defiant churches are challenging Australia's strict asylum policy

Conservatives vs. contraceptives: In both Florida and in the Supreme Court, right wingers hungry to control women’s sexuality are targeting birth control

Employers fight rule that could broaden transgender rights

Death by gentrification: the killing that shamed San Francisco

America’s Twenty-Five-Year Fiasco in Iraq

Fear of bloody attacks becomes part of life in Europe
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Researchers from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have identified unique anatomical features in a species of blind, walking cavefish in Thailand that enable the fish to walk and climb waterfalls in a manner comparable to tetrapods, or four-footed mammals and amphibians.

What's Behind America's Unusual Fixation With Large Breasts

In Newly Created Life-Form, a Major Mystery

People Want Power Because They Want Autonomy

You can thank diverse yeasts for that coffee and chocolate

10 Vital Storytelling Lessons I Learned from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf (No transcript, unfortunately.)

Female fish develops male organs, impregnates itself

Prairie Dogs Are Serial Killers That Murder Their Competition

Heroin overdose antidote offers hope for vulnerable inmates

New York's First Female Crime Boss Started Her Own Crime School (I read about this in How to Lead a Life of Crime, but I didn't realize it was real!)

When I explain cultural misappropriation to children, I use the example of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Gay parents fight for custody with surrogate in Thailand

Choosing Love or the Mormon Church

People with rage disorder twice as likely to have latent toxoplasmosis parasite infection

‘Unpredictability’ on Nukes Among Trump Keys to Muslim Respect (No fucking joke, if he wins, I run for the border. Any border.)

Does Engineering Education Breed Terrorists?

The South Carolina Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would require refugees to register with the state and hold their sponsors liable if they commit an act of terror or violent crime.

Here's how America's middle class stacks up against the rest of the world's

Efforts to curtail world temps will almost surely fail

Talking Publicly About Harassment Generates More Harassment

Ground-nesting bees on farms lack food, grow smaller
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First they have gratuitous Pat Kiernan cameos. Now Matt's eating in a restaurant I think I've actually patronized. Like, in the real world.

Their vision of a gritty Hell's Kitchen in 2016 is bizarre, and actually our summers have been cool and wet lately, and I can't figure out why the other superheroes namedropped have no interest in the going's on in that neighborhood... but they definitely get their extra credit on the physical setting. They have done their homework.
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Prehistoric Town of Akrotiri

McDonald's Says its Wage Hikes Are Improving Service (Wow, whodathunkit?)

Boaty McBoatface leads public vote to name a new £200m research vessel (This is even LESS surprising than the McDonald's news. They're just lucky it isn't a dirty word.)

Small birds' vision: Not so sharp but superfast

For Transgender New Yorkers, a Center of Their Own in the Bronx

How a simple SIM card makes farmers more efficient—and possibly saves lives

Autism genes are in all of us, new research reveals

The Man Who Develops the World's Found Film

Swedish nursery to teach rare Viking-era language

Hummingbird's hover surprisingly easy to hack

Old Kindles will be disconnected from the internet unless you update by Tuesday

Banned by Amazon for returning faulty goods

Is Prostitution Just Another Job?

On a Tuesday morning last November, Harold Backer went for a bike ride and disappeared.

New York City Fights Scavengers Over a Treasure: Trash

UN: After hot 2015, new normal is hotter world temperatures

How Locking Up Judges Could End Debtors’ Prisons

Prison phone company says rate caps will make inmates angry and dangerous (LOLWUT?)

In Louisiana, the Poor Lack Legal Defense

How Chicago racked up a $662 million police misconduct bill

Weimar America?
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Japanese Master Restores Old Books With Simple Tools And Magical Techniques

Watch This Mesmerizing Time Lapse Of Spring Flowers In Bloom

Smaller, cheaper microbial fuel cells turn urine into electricity

Six and a Half Magic Hours (1958)

Photosynthesis more ancient than thought, and most living things could do it

Against the Odds, A 40-Year Old West African Village in South Carolina Has Thrived

For black Cubans, Obama visit a source of pride, inspiration

Genesis chapter 1 through 1500 years of English

Pregnant T-rex discovery sheds light on evolution of egg-laying

The Woman Who Saved The California Desert

So what exactly is this “black sound” I am insisting exists?

Selfish bumblebees are not prepared to share expertise

Assimilation is a long process for Somalis in US farm town

Why Afghanistan's Nowruz has been interrupted

The Obama Doctrine

Totally Appropriate Responses to Unsolicited Parenting Advice

A Journey to the Medical Netherworld

Amid cycling boom, penalties for errant drivers remain light

The lives of elevators.

The making and unmaking of a half-billion-dollar treasure hunt

The Real Irish-American Story Not Taught in Schools

Inside the Shady, Dangerous Business of Shipbreaking

She Wanted to Do Her Research. He Wanted to Talk ‘Feelings.’

In Mississippi, retiring officials can pocket campaign cash

Sea level rise is happening. How bad can it get? (Video)

IS suffers blows in Iraq, Syria but still launches attacks

These women secretly filmed inside the ISIS capital — here’s the terrifying world they saw
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Dissecting the animal diet, past and present

Skyslide airlifted to downtown Los Angeles skyscraper

Secrets of the Wave Pilots

Giant web probes spider's sense of vibration

In Israel, new generation of ultra-Orthodox Jews integrating

Why Do People Stick Out and Bite Their Tongues When Concentrating? (They give an interesting answer. I wonder how they'd explain the fact that at least one human in the world - namely, me - fidgets her tongue while thinking instead of keeping it very still.)

Proof of evolution that you can find on your body

Cat befriending bobcat. "so the best thing about this is that bobcats, like just about every feline besides lions and domestic cats, are pretty solitary. they don’t really have friends. they aren’t really equipped to make friends."

As NY demands paperless prescribing, doctors are mixed

The linguistics of signifying time: The human gesture as clock

“My God, that fiddle sounds incredible.”

With its mathematical layout and earthworks longer than the Great Wall of China, Benin City was one of the best planned cities in the world when London was a place of ‘thievery and murder’. So why is nothing left?

The Radio Show That Reunited Inmates and Families

Elderly Inmates Burden State Prisons

History of the Loomis Gang: The largest organized crime family in 19th century America

An Experimental Autism Treatment Cost Me My Marriage (If you read nothing else, read this.)

Why smart people are better off with fewer friends

Black Americans were disproportionately targeted in the “war on drugs.” Now state laws and steep regulatory costs have left them far more likely to be shut out of America’s profitable marijuana boom

Unity government aims to save Libya, but has to get in first

PBS airs segment with Trump-supporting family, doesn’t notice mother’s white supremacist tattoos

Democracy is a joke, says China – just look at Donald Trump

Study Shows That Pay Drops Universally in Male-Dominated Fields When Women Join En Masse

A look at the cost of 5 years of conflict in Syria
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Apparently, the next Piggie and Elephant book will be the last.

Oh, no!
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Turning mortal enemies into allies? Ants can

How Gut Bacteria Are Shaking Up Cancer Research

How Superhero Costumes Are Made

Free Tampons Are Coming To 25 NYC Public Schools

A man’s discovery of bones under his pub could forever change what we know about the Irish

Fascinating Photos from the Secret Trash Collection in a New York Sanitation Garage

Andrea Reed's Amazing Lips Are Somehow Not Photoshops

When U.S. air force discovered the flaw of averages

Forgetting to learn: Neural mechanisms in mouse brains indicate that we actively forget as we learn

Xena Reboot Series to Turn Implied Homoerotic Undertones into Glorious Homoerotic Overtones

How David Beats Goliath: When underdogs break the rules.

The European weather forecast model already kicking America’s butt just improved

The 19th-Century Night Soil Men Who Carted Away America’s Waste

With Few Public Toilets, New York Has No Place to Go if You Have to Go

People with autism 'die younger', warns charity (OMG!)

Syria's Kurds declare de-facto federal region in north

Breitbart quitters shocked to discover they’d been working at a sleazeball propaganda mill

Anger in China's coal country as miners feel left behind

Why is the Federal Poverty Line So Far Off?

You Don’t Have to Hate Anybody to be a Bigot

EU, Turkey strike heralded migrant deal but costs are high

Sentencing reform alone won’t fix crime and punishment in America

Youths protest labor reforms across France

A sinking jail: The environmental disaster that is Rikers Island

Charter Schools Suspend Black and Disabled Students More, Study Says (Never saw that coming.)

Iraq's only ballet and music school faces funding crisis

Democracy in retreat

Refugee child's drawings trace harrowing journey to Europe
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All the livelong day
The Ides of March are upon us
We cannot get away
Do not think you can escape them
At home, or anywhere else
The Ides of March are upon us
Till somebody gets stabbed!

Back in the 8th grade, we did Julius Caesar. When our teacher asked why Caesar got stabbed, I said it was his destiny and he should have paid more heed to omens and mad soothsayers. Apparently, it wasn't an open-ended question, and also, that woman had no sense of humor. I maintain that my answer was perfectly valid.
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