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Tribalism Innate. How brain science can reduce conflict.

We are wired at birth to favor our own group over others. But science might be able to help us move past what divides us.

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How to Reconcile with a Romantic Partner


Study suggests the best strategy depends on gender

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Wonderland Arcade, Kansas City, Missouri (1968) – Flashbak

  In 1968, Wonderland Inc., of Kansas City, Missouri, was taken to court by the United States of America. The case was brought by the Tax Division of the Department of Justice. These images formed part of the case.   Kansas City’s Wonderland rakes in as the coppers and servicemen have fun. The 1,500 penny … Continue reading “Wonderland Arcade, Kansas City, Missouri (1968)”

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Coming Attractions: The Rise of VR Porn

Watching porn in virtual reality changes the experience: You feel like you’re actually there. That triggers empathy rather than distance.

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Bad antibodies made good: The immune system’s secret weapon uncovered

Scientists find a new form of immunity

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Kendrick Lamar Shakes Up the Pulitzer Game: Let’s Discuss

The rapper’s win for “DAMN.” is overdue recognition for hip-hop but raises concerns about the shrinking number of platforms for noncommercial work.

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Coober Pedy: An Australian Town That Lives Underground

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Is Ryan Kelly’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph an American ‘Guernica’?

Ryan Kelly’s iconic photograph from Charlottesville evokes a ‘Unite the Right’ moment from 1937 – and the anti-war masterpiece by Picasso that emerged from it.

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America Continues to Ignore the Risks of Election Hacking

Even without foreign interference, recent elections have been marred by software glitches, clerical errors, and machine failures that have prevented people from voting, and prompted others to give up and walk away.

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Bang and Vanish

A trip to Key West becomes an unexpected journey involving a sacred bird, a beloved dog, and the challenge of coming to terms with the nature of fate.

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Japan to trial ‘world’s first urine test’ to spot cancer

A Japanese firm is poised to carry out what it hailed as the world’s first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples, which would greatly facilitate screening for the deadly disease.

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Unforgettable Winning Images of the 2018 World Press Photo Contest

Since 1955, the organization has recognized the best in international photojournalism, and their selections are always incredible

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February 1937. “Abandoned house on the Withlacoochee Land Use Project, Florida.” Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

The world faces a future of floods, famine, and extreme heat — here’s what it’ll take to bounce back

We are on the cusp of the greatest disaster-response effort in history — here’s how we can be resilient in the face of weather catastrophes and rising seas

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Look Inside the Handmade Sketchbooks of an Incredible Artist

Over the last 13 years, artist José Naranja has been filling pocket-sized notebooks with his own visual diary.

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Science hinted that cancer patients could take less of a $148,000-a-year drug. Its maker tripled the price of a pill.

Taking fewer pills could save money — in theory.

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2nd Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says apps and quizzes like ‘Sex Compass’ gathered data from way more than 87 million Facebook users

Cambridge Analytica’s former business development director, Brittany Kaiser, says the firm harvested Facebook data through numerous quizzes.

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An 80-year Harvard study claims to have found the gateway to happiness

This study started tracking 268 Harvard sophomores in 1938 during the Great Depression.

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Hemp Is the Multibillion-Dollar Cannabis Opportunity Few Have Heard About

If the move to make it legal succeeds, entire industries could be revolutionized.

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Welcome to the Dollhouse?

Inside Germany’s first sex-doll brothel.

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WEED WEEK

Now with more weed

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Barbara‘s Backlash

GREENVILLE, SC – FEBRUARY 19: Former first lady Mrs. Barbara Bush listens to her son, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, at a campaign event February 19, 2016 in Greenville, South Carolina. The South Carolina Republican primary will be held Saturday, February 20. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Suddenly the First Lady is reported to be a woman so fiercely calculating she puts Nancy Reagan to shame. But while she remains her increasingly unpopular husband’s greatest asset, is Barbara Bush just demanding equal time after a long hard career as a devoted political wife?

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The first complete account of the fiercely guarded secrets of London’s clandestine interrogation center, operated by the British Secret Service from 1940 to 1948

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Anne Frank’s American pen pal


Although it was only a one-time letter exchange between two girls – one from a farm town in Iowa and the other living in Amsterdam – the surviving correspondence speaks volumes.

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On “Darwinism”

How a great name was turned into a slander

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At the Hookers Ball, strippers, dancers, and activists took over San Francisco and partied for sex…

The children’s poet Shel Silverstein even wrote a (semi)-naughty poem for the occasion

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Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Called “Talk to Books,” the AI-powered utility will scan every sentence in 100,000 books in half a second.

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The Restoration’s Filthiest Poet (and Why We Need Him)

Creature of the court, royalist and fop, dandy and dilettante, John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester, knew how to scandalize with verse.

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The Power of the Algorithms: Pedro Domingos on the Arms Race in Artificial Intelligence

In an interview, best-selling author and machine-learning expert Pedro Domingos discusses the global competition to take the lead in artificial intelligence, the advance of autocrats and the threats modern technology presents to Western democracies.

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What to do if you owe the IRS money

Million of taxpayers receive notices from the IRS about unpaid tax debts. Believe it or not, the agency understands.

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When Private Porn Goes Public

OZY’s Eugene S. Robinson addresses queries from the love-weary in Sex With Eugene.

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American Muslims Thrive in the Age of Trump Rhetoric and Hate Crimes

They’re a vibrant and increasingly visible part of the tapestry in communities across the nation.

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Scholars Have Found a Rare Copy of Heretical Writings on Jesus And His ‘Brother’

This didn’t make it into the Bible.

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Trump Enraged After Finding Out He Stood Up to Putin

We always hurt the ones we love.

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How France Cut Heroin Overdoses by 79 Percent in 4 Years

And the United States could, too

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