The Secret Life of Secrets

Why does deception weigh so heavily on our minds? Psychologists may have an answer.

Source: The Secret Life of Secrets – The New Yorker

Tainted Leaks: Disinformation and Phishing With a Russian Nexus

Key Points Documents stolen from a prominent journalist and critic of the Russian government were manipulated and then released as a “leak” to discredit domestic and foreign critics of the government. We call this technique “tainted leaks.” The operation against the journalist led us to the discovery of a larger phishing operation, with over 200 unique targets spanning 39 countries (including members of 28 governments). The list includes a former Russian Prime Minister, members of cabinets from E

Source: Tainted Leaks: Disinformation and Phishing With a Russian Nexus – The Citizen Lab

Kafka in Vegas


Fred Steese served more than 20 years in prison for the murder of a Vegas circus performer even though evidence proved he didn’t do it. When the truth came to light, he was offered a confounding deal: he could go free, but only if he agreed to remain a convicted killer.

Source: Kafka in Vegas – ProPublica

Žalvarnis (Coracias garrulus) European Roller

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An ancient Nordic religion is inspiring white supremacist terror

Daniel Burnside, a regional leader of the NSM (National Socialist Movement) at his home in Ulysses, PA, 18 Feb 2017.

Source: An ancient Nordic religion is inspiring white supremacist terror | Reveal

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The Helicoide, the Venezuelan Icon That Became a Prison

Source: The Helicoide, the Venezuelan Icon That Became a Prison – CityLab

Capturing Racism on Camera

Source: Capturing Racism on Camera – PhotoShelter Blog

Stunning New Jupiter Images From NASA Juno Mission Shock Astronomers

Astronomers say we are looking at a whole new Jupiter.

Source: Stunning New Jupiter Images From NASA Juno Mission Shock Astronomers

Prehistoric sea monster the size of a bus discovered in Russia

The ancient marine reptile had a beak-like snout similar to a river dolphin and four large flippers which evolved from feet.

Source: Prehistoric sea monster the size of a bus discovered in Russia

The Economist explains: What is a brain computer?

There are already devices that transmit electrical signals to the brain. That is only the beginning

Source: The Economist explains: What is a brain computer? | The Economist

Robot hearts: medicine’s new frontier

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Russian ambassador said Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin

Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Donald Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports.

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On the road of bones

Photographer Jacob Aue Sobol’s pictures captured on the Kolyma Highway in Russia.

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Why am I now political after all these years?

A NUMBER OF MY CONSERVATIVE READERS HAVE WRITTEN TO ASK WHY AFTER SO MANY YEARS OF BEING NON POLITICAL I SUDDENLY AM POSTING SOME ANTI-TRUMP MATERIAL.
I CONSIDER TRUMP TO BE TRULY DANGEROUS A PERSON, DANGEROUS TO OUR NATION AND TO THE WORLD. WERE PENCE THE PRESIDENT, OR ANY OTHER OTHER PERSON, I WOULD REFRAIN FROM A POLITICAL STANCE. BUT AS ELIE WEIESEL HAS NOTED..WHEN THERE IS CLEAR AND APPARANT EVIL IN OUR WORLD, ONE CAN NOT STAY SILENT. YOU ARE EITHER FOR OR AGAINST THAT PERSON OR CAUSE. TO STAY SILENT IS TO GIVE TACIT APPROVAL.
I HOPE THEN THAT IF YOU ARE A REGISTERED REPUBLICAN, OR A CONSERVATIVE, YOU WILL STAY WITH MY SITE AND UNDERSTAND MY POSITION. IF NOT, I AM SORRY TO LOSE YOU.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Just Got Caught in Another Ethics Violation—Thanks to Instagram

Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner failed to disclose the couple’s multimillion-dollar art collection in public financial disclosures presented to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, artnet reports.

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Forget Supersonic. Hypersonic Is the U.S. Military’s New Speed

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GOP strategist admits he colluded with Russian hackers to hurt Hillary Clinton, Democrats

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There was a Russian spy in the FBI for 15 years, and even he warned of election tampering

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Joan Miró (1893-1983) “ Woman and Birds in the Night.”

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China is working on the largest infrastructure endeavor in human history

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Conservationists Could Be Saving More Biodiversity in Less Space

How a small but strategic increase in protected lands could triple the amount of bird and mammal diversity preserved worldwide.

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That whole Panama Papers scandal? The U.S. also needs to take a look at itself

WASHINGTON – OCTOBER 20: Volunteers help roll up a giant banner printed with the Preamble to the United States Constitution during a demonstration against the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall October 20, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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For 4,500 years, Stone Age humans returned to this mysterious cave

45,000 years ago in Ethiopia, humans built a paint workshop and used it for millennia.

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Air rage: why does flying make us so angry? Science says it’s about class


‘If the rich continue to take the lion’s share of economic gains, unrest will spread far beyond the unfriendly skies.’ Illustration: Rosie Roberts
Air rage: why does flying make us so angry? Science says it’s about class

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33 Rare Photos Show American Stores from the Late 19th Century

Source: vintage everyday: 33 Rare Photos Show American Stores from the Late 19th Century

FDA Clears First Cancer Drug Based on Genetics of Disease, Not Tumor Location

Diseases with these traits occur throughout the body

Source: FDA Clears First Cancer Drug Based on Genetics of Disease, Not Tumor Location – Scientific American

One Calgary Man’s Big Idea: Tiny, Tiny Street Food

It’s more adorable than filling.

Source: One Calgary Man’s Big Idea: Tiny, Tiny Street Food – Atlas Obscura

Residency: John Kacere [erotic gallery=art]

visual inspiration mood board blog

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Scientists are about to perform an Experiment to See if the Human Mind Is Bound by Physics

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 Spain’s medieval clifftop skyscrapers

Built in the Middle Ages, Cuenca’s skyscrapers sit precariously on the edge of a cliff, offering residents spectacular views of the Spanish countryside.

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Tied Up in His Grave, The Strange ‘Dancing Skeleton’ of Ust-Ivanovka

A Dark Ages man aged around 30 years old was found in a medieval graveyard for unusually old people in the Russian Far East. “We were struck by his unusual position,” said the scientist about the skeleton which dates from the 7th to the 9th centuries.

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Mind…Brain…etc

Source: 8 ways smart people act stupid and how to fix it

Source: Is personalized learning the future? This high school thinks so.

Source: Emotional Intelligence Test

Source: Is Intelligence Genetic?

Major finding in human anatomy has implications for many brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s

Kari Alitalo had studied lymphatic vessels for more than two decades. So he knew that this network, which carries immune cells throughout the body and removes waste and toxins, didn’t extend …

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For the Illiterate Adult, Learning to Read Produces Enormous Brain Changes

Surprises turn up in scans of the newly literate—a possible boon for dyslexics

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Millennials’ buying power affects music | OppenheimerFunds

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40 years ago this month, the Grateful Dead went from hippie holdovers to true stadium rockers

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Why Reading Is The Best Workout For Your Brain

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The Longform Guide to Fire by Matthew Teague, David Grann, Robert Sanchez, Pamela Colloff, Dave Jamieson, Sean Flynn, Kyle Dickman, N.R. Kleinfeld

A collection of picks on arsonists, fire fighters and more.

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Dinosaur Mummy Discovered

Discovered in 2011, the dinosaur mummy is now on display at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta, Canada.

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your brain

Source: Storing a memory involves distant parts of the brain

Source: Newly discovered brain network offers clues to social cognition

Source: The brain detects disease in others even before it breaks out

How to BBQ Using Science

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Amazing photographs of elderly New Yorkers in the 1840s

These amazing images are believed to have been captured by New York photographer Matthew Brady in the 1840s and feature elderly people who had all been born in the 1700s.

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Top 10 Bizarre Tales Of Modern-Day Witchcraft

In many parts of the world, people still believe in magic. Whether it’s wishful thinking or a product of being raised in an isolated society, there are many who go to witch doctors and self-proclaimed shamans. Even in modern society, some people study ancient occult teachings in order to achieve the results they’re looking for—whether it’s eternal life, wealth, political power, or a curse upon their enemies. 10 Not-So-Bulletproof Spell Witch doctors still practice in many African countries, and they actually make a very good living. In 2001, a group of roughly 15 men in a village called Lambu in

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Saudi Arabia pushes Donald Trump to rescind 9/11 lawsuit law |

Saudi Arabia is lobbying Trump to help it overturn the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, a 2016 law allowing 9/11 families to sue.

Source: Saudi Arabia pushes Donald Trump to rescind 9/11 lawsuit law | McClatchy Washington Bureau