What Causes Wildfires?


The wildfire season started early this month in the northwestern U.S. and the huge blaze still burns in Fort McMurray Canada after three weeks of fighting the flames. What causes wildfires on this scale, and how can we prevent them?

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It is Time to Shine a Light on the Islamic State’s Hidden Executions

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A soldier from the Iraqi Security Forces ran out of ammunition in the midst of a firefight with Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) forces in Fallujah, Iraq in May of last year. After being wounded the soldier was captured by ISIL, paraded around as a prize, and—in a scene reminiscent of the four U.S. contractors killed in 2004—was hung from Employees’ Bridge in Fallujah.

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All The Things You Are – Charlie Parker And Dizzy Gill.

Sarah Vaughan – I cried for you.

Anita O’Day – You’re the top.

Police shootings and race in America: Five essential reads


Protests erupted against the killing of black men by police in Tulsa and Charlotte. This roundup looks at research on racial violence and explains where there might be potential solutions.

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A Tribute to Leonard Cohen, on His 82nd Birthday

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Philosophy, the Sartre blend: uncovering the birth of existentialism


Want to know why 50,000 people showed up to pay their respects at the funeral of Jean-Paul Sartre? Three new books may provide the answer.

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IoT Ecosystem – Internet of Things Forecasts & Business Opportunities


Get ahead of the next industrial revolution, the Internet of Things. See forecasts and business opportunities for IoT that’s set to explode by 2020.

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14 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of NYC Taxi Drivers


Be nice to them: A secret button under the dash can ruin your day in a hurry.

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Tardigrades can live 30 years in a freezer and survive in space, and now we know why


Scientists discover adaptations to life in extreme environments in the tardigrade genome

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China’s Artificial Islands Are Bigger (And a Bigger Deal) Than You Think


Surely you have heard the news — China has been dredging up coral reefs and creating artificial islands in the South China Sea with the purpose of enforcin

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Ghostly Graffiti of a Notorious University Prison


Wait a second, I recognise this room from somewhere, I thought to myself, squinting my eyes at the computer screen, cocking my head to one side. I was looking at this photograph above that I’d found while digging around some forums on Flickr, and it seemed so familiar– that corner by the wind

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Comics In The Kitchen: Humorous Illustrations By Massimo Fenati

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Rethinking madness: inside the world’s oldest mental asylum


How one British institution shaped the future of mental health around the world

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The most ancient civilisation on Earth is still around today


A new world-first DNA study has revealed that Indigenous Australian civilisation dates back more than 50,000 years.

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Horses, Drink And God: Martin Parr’s Visions Of Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland 1981-1983


. Taken during his time living in Boyle, Co. Roscommon from 1981-1983, the photographs are laced with Parr’s characteristic wit and affection for his subject.

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You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen

They’re lining up the prisoners And the guards are taking aim

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The Secret Strategic Plans of Darius the Great


To the north of the Persian Empire, around both sides of Caucasus Mountain, various Scythian (Palaeo-Slavian / Staroslavianskje) tribes lived. They were nomadic, i.e.

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MacArthur “Genius” Grant Winner Battles Drug-Resistant Infections


Dianne Newman, who studies both geology and medicine, says she is a “pied piper” of microbes

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Photos: Moon shots – The Big Picture


The moon is captured by photographers from many different spots on earth, from different perspectives.

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Two Admissions Essay Tips From Someone Who Got Into Every Ivy League School


Getting accepted into an Ivy League University is a big accomplishment for most folks. Kwasi Enin got accepted into all eight schools, so if there’s somebody who knows a thing or two about writing a good admissions essay, it’s him.

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Royal Society’s remarkable 2016 nature photo finalists


Royal Society’s remarkable 2016 nature photo finalists

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Your Battery Usage Is the Only Authentic You


Everything we do online is a performance. Tasked with artificially representing ourselves, it’s pretty much inevitable. The best way to get to know someone is IRL. But who has time for that? Luckily, there’s an easy hack for figuring out someone else’s interior life. Buried deep inside their phone are dark secrets that reveal the most sinister parts of who they are. Someone’s battery usage—which you can find by going to Settings > Battery on the iPhone—tells you everything you need to know.

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9 Bizarre and Surprising Insights from Data Science


The petabytes of information currently available to analysts amounts to a boundless playing field of possible truths

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Planning an Emotional Budget


Planning an emotional budget can help save your energy for the important things.

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11 Health and Wellness Trends That Are In (and What’s OUT)


The 2017 health and wellness trends will see us ditching the juice cleanse for a sweat lodge. Find out what other trends are about to blow up.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda [writer of the musical Hamilton] Is Ready for His Next Act


Just before he heads to London, Miranda talks about leaving Hamilton, his preoccupation with death, and finding some peace on the subway.

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Family Heirloom, National Treasure: Rare Photos Show Black Civil War Soldiers : NPR


Capt. William Prickitt commanded a company of black soldiers during the Civil War. When he took ill, they saved him. A photo album that he carried the rest of his life has preserved their identities.

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Spiral Tower of Krásno – Krásno, Czech Republic


A spiral staircase twists to the top of this unusual Czech lookout tower.

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Tired of war: South Sudan street artists calling for peace – in pictures


Ana Taban, meaning ‘I am tired’, is a youth campaign designed to end conflict – and their message is timely on the UN’s International Day of Peace

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Even an extra five pounds can hurt your job chances

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The judgement continues

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14 cutting edge firms funded by the CIA


In-Q-Tel (named after “Q” in the James Bond films) invests in companies that can deliver useful technology to the intelligence community within 36 months.

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Sculpture left by widow at Vietnam Wall shows the tragic effects of war


Some have found the artwork hard to look at, but it makes a point about war does to a soldier.

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40 Alan Watts Quotes to Quench Your Existential Thirst


40 of the best Alan Watts quotes you’ll find on the Internet, covering everything from love, death, and our place in the cosmos.

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How the Brain Decodes Sentences


New research advances neuroscientists’ understanding of the complexities of language processing

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The Autumn Equinox Is Almost Here—What You Need to Know


Find out what an equinox is and how the day is linked to the reason for the seasons.

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US spy agencies are significantly expanding operations against Russia

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American intelligence agencies are diverting counterterrorist resources to Russian accounts, prompting some commentators to describe the move as the greatest expansion of spy operations against Russia since the Cold War.

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The Biggest Difference Between Parents and Non-Parents


In search of lost time.

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A Site to Help Get Wedding Bells Ringing and Ringing and Ringing – [want a few more wives?]


A British entrepreneur saw a business opportunity in matching up married men who want to add wives, and single women who’d be happy sharing a spouse.

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How the American online sex trade continues to thrive


Two criminologists wanted to learn the tricks of the trade so they went to the source, interviewing over 70 pimps.

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 La Bella Italia – Beautiful Abandoned Italy

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Microsoft Will ‘Solve’ Cancer Within The Next 10 Years By Treating It Like A Computer Virus, Says Company

Microsoft is serious about finding a cure for cancer. In June, Microsoft researchers published a paper that shows how analyzing online activities can provide clues as to a person’s chances of having cancer. They were able to identify internet users who had pancreatic cancer even before they’d been diagnosed, all from analyzing web query logs. Several months later, researchers on behalf of the company now say they will “solve” cancer within the next 10 years by treating it like a computer virus that invades

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100 Great Articles about Science and Technology

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Test Tubes of Colored Liquid


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A Recreated Arch of Palmyra Unveiled in New York City


The original was destroyed by the Islamic State in 2015.

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