Wheeling Through the Heartland

Over the river and across the plains, the Keys to Freeze cycle team finds stark beauty in the wide-open landscapes and backcountry roads of the American South.

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The most pernicious marijuana myth, debunked

A new study is raising hackles about pot-laced edibles. The statistics really aren’t as alarming as they seem

In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, Ashley Green trims a marijuana flower at the Pioneer Production and Processing marijuana growing facility in Arlington, Wash. Washington’s second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed, with some stores periodically closed because they didn’t have pot to sell and prices were through the roof. Six months later, the equation has flipped, bringing serious growing pains to the new industry. Prices are starting to come down in the state’s licensed pot shops, but due to a glut, growers are struggling to sell their marijuana. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, Ashley Green trims a marijuana flower at the Pioneer Production and Processing marijuana growing facility in Arlington, Wash. Washington’s second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed, with some stores periodically closed because they didn’t have pot to sell and prices were through the roof. Six months later, the equation has flipped, bringing serious growing pains to the new industry. Prices are starting to come down in the state’s licensed pot shops, but due to a glut, growers are struggling to sell their marijuana. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Do We Cheapen Philosophy When We Use It as Therapy?

Alain de Botton wants the sages to help us feel good. But when Nietzsche gives you a rush, beware.

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Ruben Natal San Miguel: A New York street photographer discovers the simple joys of life in the city (PHOTOS).

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Scenes from Skid Row

A photographer visits Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles and talks to some of the men and women living there.

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How An Epilepsy Treatment Shaped Our Understanding of Consciousness

How a radical epilepsy treatment in the early 20th century paved the way for modern-day understandings of perception, consciousness, and the self

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Circa 1957. Plymouth meets peaches in the first of a series of car crash news photos taken in and around Oakland, California.

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Activity trackers train users to love lives that are all workThe anthropologist Marcel Mauss once said that the difference between magic and religion is that people actually believe in magic. But wearing a FitBit, it is easy to imagine what it feels like to believe in God. Clipped on my bra strap or tucked into a pocket, my FitBit watches over me. It converts even the most pointless errand into a pilgrimage. The final destination is more steps.

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Why dentists are so darn rich

An American dentist paid &u0024;50,000 to travel to Zimbabwe, where he reportedly shot and killed a internationally renowned lion named Cecil earlier this month.

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Anti-whaling group Sea Sherpherd’s ad shows an actor pretending to be harpooned – Business Insider

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The graphic ad, entitled “Ultimate Death Scene,” sees actor David Field pretending to be violently harpooned.

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African lion hunting…documentary

Louis Theroux African Hunting Party (2008) American tourists pay to hunt wild animals in privately owned reserves.

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The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit | GQ

For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend—or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest

AUGUSTA, ME - OCTOBER 28: ADMISSION: Christ Knight is escorted into Kennebec County Superior Court on Monday in Augusta to enter pleas for multiple burglaries and thefts while living in the woods of Rome, ME, for 27 years.  The North Pond Hermit agreed to plead guilty in exchange for receiving an alternative sentence with the Co-Occurring Disorders Court, a special, intensive supervision program where he will live and work in the community while reporting weekly to a judge. (PhotoAndy Molloy/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, ME – OCTOBER 28: ADMISSION: Christ Knight is escorted into Kennebec County Superior Court on Monday in Augusta to enter pleas for multiple burglaries and thefts while living in the woods of Rome, ME, for 27 years. The North Pond Hermit agreed to plead guilty in exchange for receiving an alternative sentence with the Co-Occurring Disorders Court, a special, intensive supervision program where he will live and work in the community while reporting weekly to a judge. (PhotoAndy Molloy/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

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Picturing England: photographs of English life

From egg gatherers in Yorkshire to the Holborn viaduct under construction, a book by the Historic England Archive brings together photos dating from 1850

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Origins of life: New model may explain emergence of self-replication on early Earth

When life on Earth began nearly 4 billion years ago, long before humans, dinosaurs or even the earliest single-celled forms of life roamed, it may have started as a hiccup rather than a roar: small, simple molecular building blocks known as “monomers” coming together into longer “polymer” chains and falling apart in the warm pools of primordial ooze over and over again.

Then, somewhere along the line, these growing polymer chains developed the ability to make copies of themselves.

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Paddling the Persian Gulf –

Stand up paddle boarding is a great activity – especially in the sweltering heat of Qatar.

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Our Cities Will Be Beautiful In The Driverless Future–But First We Have To Get There

How can we push past public fear and political red tape to get to the beautiful world that awaits when no one drives anymore?

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GOODSTUFFs CYBER WORLD: GOODSTUFFs BLOGGING MAGAZINE (201st Issue)

This week, a magnificent Rule 5 photo blog, where Heidi Klum reminisces about Ernest Hemingway

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How to Inspire Creative Thinking: Details, Details

New research finds recollecting specific aspects of a recent event can inspire creativity, as measured by a key test.

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10 Drowned Towns You Can Visit | Mental Floss

Haunting waterworlds that got in the way of progress.

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The People Who Live On This Island Will Kill Anyone Who Tries To Come Ashore

North Sentinel Island, located in the Bay of Bengal, between Myanmar and Indonesia, is home to an isolated tribe that has never…

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Adultery and secret lives way before Ashley Madison

Long before Ashley Madison, married people found ways to cheat.

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Scientists Find a Natural Way to Clean Up Oil Spills, With a Plant-Based Molecule

Link between intelligence and longevity is mostly genetic

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Secret history of a northern slave state: How slavery was written into New Jersey’s DNA

Though eventually & thankfully on the right side of history, the North wasn’t immune to America’s original sin.

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Ellen McDermott photographs Deborah Neff’s collection of black dolls in the book, Black Dolls.

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What Could Be America’s Most Brutal Race Is Underway

Badwater Ultramarathon covers 135 miles, takes up to 48 hours to complete
(Newser) – Right now, as you sit in your air-conditioned living room or office goofing off online, there are 97 people pushing their bodies to the limit in what has been billed “the world’s toughest foot race.” The 135-mile slog known as the Badwater Ultramarathon kicked off yesterday in Death Valley’s Badwater Basin (North America’s lowest point of elevation), moves into altitudes as high as 8,300 feet, and ends tomorrow at Mount Whitney, the tallest summit in the contiguous US, per Mashable.

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Columbus, Georgia, circa 1951. “Military funeral.” One in a series of photos showing a quartet of flag-draped caskets

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Why Is It So Hard to Get a Great Bagel in California?

San Francisco bakeries have tried and tried again to replicate the chewy, crusty perfection of New York’s specialty. They are still trying.

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Can Madness Save the World?

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This bomb may be the most dangerous in US arsenal

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A precision-guided nuclear bomb.

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As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding for Career Change

Schools that offer accelerated training in digital skills are drawing more and more “career changers,” and graduates can make six-figure base salaries.

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Vintage Medical Photos Make Modern Medicine Seem Like Magic.

Medical photos taken in the 1800s reveal a world of terrifying medical malpractice.

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Secret Catholics at Jamestown

A newly discovered relic buried with one of Jamestown’s most prominent leaders suggests he could have been a crypto-Catholic.

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Turkey’s Political Influence Felt as Washington Turns Its Back on Kurds Fighting ISIS

Kurdish militias have provided a rare bright spot in the battle against the Islamic State. But they’re being left high and dry as Turkey flexes its political muscle in Washington and applies its military might in the region.

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5 articles by Malcolm Gladwell

How does it feel when the sauna-like certainties of your 100118_r19225_p646-144-110-23144737cherished beliefs are blasted by a brisk wind of doubt? Do you shiver and shrivel, or do you feel invigorated? Several years ago, Malcolm Gladwell started researching what social psychologists call the “just world” hypothesis. It’s the inclination to think that we deserve what we get, that we make our own luck. He was exploring particular ways in which the world—and our understanding of the world—might not be just. He would look at what we revered (the Ivy League!) and reviled (pit bulls!), and ask hard questions about why we classified and ranked things the way we did.

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Infamously Altered Photos, Before and After Their Edits |slide show

The Bronx Documentary Center exhibits 150 years of Photoshopped, manipulated, and posed photojournalism.

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