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Why I'm Leaving the Republican Party

This article was updated on Sunday, October 7 at 2:56 pm. Unlike Senator Susan Collins, who took pages upon pages of text on national television to tell us something we already knew, I will cut right to the chase: I am out of the Republican Party. I will also acknowledge right away what I assume will be the reaction of most of the remaining members of the GOP, ranging from "Good riddance" to "You


How the Finnish lifestyle of getting drunk while wearing pants became the new hygge

Many of us are familiar with the idea of stripping to our pants, opening a beer and watching TV. But in Finland 'Pantsdrunk' has been elevated to an official activity It's been a long day: one meeting after another. You leave your office, happy the working day is finally over. You could head out, network until the early hours, but somehow it doesn't appeal. What you need, more than anything, is t


Roman sætter fokus på syg virksomhedskultur: Vi arbejder os halvt ihjel for anerkendelse

Civilingeniør har skrevet en roman om, hvordan ambitioner og jagten på anerkendelse sender en it-projektleder ud på en nedtur med stress, angst og paranoia.



Why a Small Jewish Group is Supporting a German Party with Anti-Semitic Ties

Germany's largest far-right party has rebranded itself so successfully that it's attracting large shares of the national population, including some Jews, despite party members' record of making anti-Semitic remarks and trivializing the Holocaust. A small number of German Jews gathered Sunday to launch their own group within the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, calling themselves the "Jews in


Starwatch: Arcturus offers a glimpse of our sun's future

The brightest star in the Boötes constellation has used up its central stock of hydrogen fuel This week, shortly after sunset look west for the orange star Arcturus hanging low in the sky. It is by far the brightest star in the constellation of Boötes, the ploughman. The chart shows its position at 19:30 BST on 8 October 2018. Continue reading…


Ahead of US election, angst over hacking threats

At a Boston technology conference last month, computer scientist Alex Halderman showed how easy it was to hack into an electronic voting machine and change the result, without leaving a trace.


Golden blood: the rarest blood in the world

Fewer than 50 people worldwide have 'golden blood' — or Rh-null. Blood is considered Rh-null if it lacks all of the 61 possible antigens in the Rh system. It's also very dangerous to live with this blood type, as so few people have it. None Golden blood sounds like the latest in medical quackery. As in, get a golden blood transfusion to balance your tantric midichlorians and receive a free charco


What Makes the Human Foot Unique?

Adding a chapter in the story of what makes us human. — Read more on


How the Agricultural Revolution made us inequal

Modern society is possible because of the Agricultural Revolution. But it did require us to give up something that we have yet to recover, even today: egalitarianism. Today, food surpluses are actually a sign of big inequality. And the reason is more None Despite the racks of meat at my deli, the aisles of canned goods at my grocery store, and the dewy lettuce at my farmer's market, some research


Why the scientific journal industry needs oversight

A trio of academics have just admitted to writing nonsense articles and getting several of them published in scholarly journals. The articles were created to have phony data, absurd arguments, and conclusions that the journals' review boards would accept. It raises questions about academic rigor in some journals, but claims that this debunks entire branches of the humanities are unfounded. If you


Northeastern US seeks to prevent arrival of deer disease

Deer biologists across northern New England are dusting off their plans for dealing with a fatal disease that has been spreading across North America for a half-century and was recently discovered again on a Canadian game farm.


Ick factor: NYC so far turns up nose at food-scrap recycling

New Yorkers are so far turning up their noses at the city's ambitious organics collection program, which has stalled because not enough people are participating in the often-smelly chore of separating out all those table scraps, spoiled meat, rotten vegetables and cut grass.


Does Our Consciousness Continue After Death?

What is the experience of death? Can one's consciousness continue after death and if so, for how long? Catch an All New EXPEDITION UNKNOWN: SEARCH FOR THE AFTERLIFE Sunday 10p on Discovery. Stream Full Episodes of Expedition Unknown: Subscribe to Discovery: Join us on Facebook:


Flashy Science Hub and Vaping Parties Fail to Win Friends at W.H.O. Tobacco Talks

Industry representatives, who were barred from the negotiations, ultimately failed to get delegates to designate a special exemption for new products.


There Are Fat Bears in Alaska, and You Can Vote on Your Favorite

Katmai National Park in southern Alaska is home to thousands of bears. This week, rangers are celebrating the fattest through an online tournament.


Scientists get the drop on the cell's nucleus

A team of physicists has devised a novel strategy that uses naturally occurring motions inside the human cell nucleus to measure the physical properties of the nucleus and its components. The method offers a potential new means for illuminating the physical properties of unhealthy cells, such as those linked to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.


What Was the Most Significant Breakup in History?

Graham Roumieu Sofia Alvarez, screenwriter, To All the Boys I've Loved Before In my lifetime, for story purposes alone, I don't think one can top Charles and Diana. Has there been a more public, twisted, and tragic union and parting? Jenny Han, author, P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean Beyoncé and Destiny's Child: When God closes a door, he opens a window. Jasmine Guillory,


Underestimating combined threats of deforestation and wildlife trade will push Southeast Asian birds

The combined impact of deforestation and wildlife exploitation on bird numbers is severely underestimated and could lead to some species becoming extinct, a study has found.


Universal vaccine platform that's cheaper and shelf stable

Researchers have developed less expensive way to produce vaccines that cuts the costs of vaccine production and storage by up to 80 percent without decreasing safety or effectiveness.


Pressure Canning 101 | Alaska: The Last Frontier

Eve Kilcher talks pressure canning and the importance of proper food storage on the Homestead. Catch the Season Premiere of ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER Sunday 9p on Discovery. Stream Full Episodes of Alaska: The Last Frontier: Subscribe to Discovery: Join us on Facebook:


Standard treatment for common STD doesn't eliminate parasite in some women

A new study led by an infectious disease epidemiologist could change the way doctors treat a common sexually transmitted disease.


Drunk Birds? How a Small Minnesota City Stumbled Into the Spotlight

A police chief's notice that birds were getting tipsy off fermented berries prompted a media blitz. But experts say there are other explanations.


How Bad Is Bacon for You, Really?

It's a debate that plays out in everyone's head during a weekend brunch: Should I be eating this much bacon?


How Did Christopher Columbus Become a National Symbol?

An anthropologist tells the story of how Columbus actually came close to falling into historical obscurity, until American hubris got in the way.


The Problem with Ice Age Overkill

A new study highlights a communication breakdown in sciences concerned with ice age extinction — Read more on


A Man Took Antibiotics Before Going to the Dentist. He Developed An Ultra-Rare Brain Side Effect

As scary as it may sound, a root canal is a fairly routine dental procedure. But for one 60-year-old man, the procedure turned life threatening.


Larger cities have smaller water footprint than less populated counterparts

Global sustainability is important now more than ever due to increasing urban populations and the resulting stress it can have on natural resources. But increased populations in cities may lead to greater efficiency, as researchers discovered when they analyzed the water footprint of 65 mid- to large-sized US cities.


Spaces and Politics of Motherhood review – Truths about breastfeeding

From breastfeeding in public to the difficulties of leaving the home with their babies, two timely books explore the culture facing new mothers in the 21st century


Saturday Night Live Whiffs the Kavanaugh Confirmation

After one of the most bruising, divisive, emotional weeks in American political history, the most subversive thing on Saturday Night Live this weekend was Mitch McConnell's chin. Attached to the neck of the cast member Beck Bennett, the chin sidled into shot with an apparent life of its own, replete with folds and dimples and what looked like messages in ancient Sumerian. As Bennett emulated McCo


Tænkeboks: Hvad måler bordets radius?

Her kommer uge 40's tænkeboks-opgave.


Thieves want to steal your gadgets—use these tips to thwart them

DIY Preparation is key. You should take steps to prevent thieves from pinching your gadgets—and even if they get past your defenses, a little preparation can minimize the damage.


Monkeypox cases put UK's tropical disease response to the test

Unprecedented diagnoses show system set up after Ebola works well, medics says Late on a Friday night Dr Mike Beadsworth left the Royal Liverpool hospital after a "pretty hellish couple of weeks". The clinical director of tropical and infectious diseases and his team had spent weeks trying to save the life of a Middle Eastern man who had been diagnosed with a deadly virus. The man had contracted


Norge og Sverige starter rumkapløb over polarcirklen

Rumfarten oplever en revolution i disse år, og vores skandinaviske naboer er med på bølgen. Danmark risikerer at sakke bagud, mener DTU Space-direktør.


Letters: 'My Culture Was in My DNA.'

Your DNA Is Not Your Culture In September, Sarah Zhang explored how DNA-testing companies conflate genetics and culture while promoting their products. The discussion should be, "Your Culture Is Your DNA." As an African American whose elementary and high school books in New York said my ancestors were oppressed, passive people, I was concerned because I heard a different message at home and in my


Puppy Cuteness Is Perfectly Timed to Manipulate Humans

"A ll puppies are cute," explains Clive Wynne, the head of Arizona State University's canine-science laboratory. "But not all puppies are equally cute." Indeed, breeders have long found that puppies become their cutest selves at the eight-week mark; any older, and some breeders offer a discount to bolster would-be owners' weakened desire. Such fine-tuned preferences might seem arbitrary, even cru


What's better for your brain – 15 minutes of jogging or 15 minutes of relaxation?

Researchers compared jogging versus relaxing for 15 minutes. Jogging provided clear cognitive and mood benefits. The relaxing group had much less energy. If you wanted a quick boost for your mind, what's the best activity to engage in? Scientists looked at whether a brief relaxation or a jog would boost your cognition and have a definitive winner. Lace up your sneakers! There's already been evide


The Reemergence of the Stormy Daniels Story Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Also, President Trump said some things that got very, very strong reactions.


Tesla's Quarterly Numbers, Honda's Big Self-Driving Check, and More Car News

Plus, California is fighting the EPA over vehicle emissions, and a self-driving truck company comes out of stealth.


How to Hop on an Asteroid

Making tiny rovers move around in low gravity requires some serious ingenuity — Read more on


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Requiem for the Supreme Court

What, I asked my parents, was the Supreme Court? It was the mid-1950s. I was a white boy in the upper South. Around me, adults could not stop talking about the Supreme Court. They spoke of it as a distant force, a threat. The court had told the white South to change the way it lived. Most white people I knew felt intensely that the court intervention, and the court itself, were illegitimate. Our


How Fruit Became So Sugary

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with food journalist Frederick Kaufman about how humans have bred fruit to be more sugary.


Sony WH1000XM3 Review: Bose Beaters

Sony's latest wireless headphones match or best Bose in just about every way.


The Fate of Obamacare's Most Popular Provision

Remarkably, against all the odds and years of campaign promises, most of the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. In 2010, the passage of the most sweeping health reform in a half century galvanized conservatives, lending to Republican victories in Congress and becoming a major contributor to the party's current dominance across all three branches of government. In the last decade of


This puppy: Fluffy time-waster or productivity hack?

Looking at cute things can supercharge your mental focus. It triggers the nurturing part of the brain and can actually help you achieve more. Don't quote us when your boss catches you looking at puppy videos, though!


After Troubles in Myanmar, Facebook Charges Ahead in Africa

Activists say Facebook has learned lessons from its experience in developing countries, but they question its ability, and willingness, to control misinformation and hate speech.


How Are Planets Made? With Very Little Stuff, It Seems

Exoplanets are far more massive than the material they're made of. New evidence suggests our planet-building theories are incomplete.


IRL Glasses Block All the Screens Around You

Had enough of the TV, the computer, the phone, the billboard, and the iPad? Slip on some IRL Glasses and be done with all of it.


Insektbekæmpelse med sex-dufte skal gøre planteavl mere bæredygtigt

Dansk iværksætter får kapitalindsprøjtning fra store spillere på agromarkedet til at opskalere produktionen, så ugiftige feromonbaserede midler kan være på markedet inden for få år.


Danske Jens er blandt verdens førende klimaforskere: Der er altid nogen, som vil overbevise mig om, at det er forkert

Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen er med til at lave en af verdens vigtigste klimarapporter, der bliver en af grundstene for 200 landes klimapolitik i de næste årtier.


The Long Hollywood History of A Star Is Born

This article contains some spoilers for A Star Is Born. In the spring of 1937, Louis B. Mayer, the gimlet-eyed ruler of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (and, at the time, the highest paid man in America) had special reason to be proud of his protean son-in-law David O. Selznick, the husband of his favorite daughter, Irene. Selznick had just produced a compelling motion picture about the doomed romance of an


Spørg Fagfolket: Hvordan transmitteres radiobølger i rummet?

Et par læsere undrer sig over, hvordan radiobølger bevæger sig i rummet, når der ikke er noget medie at bevæge sig i. DTU Space giver et svar.


Yusaku Maezawa: Why I've bought a ticket to the Moon

Space X's mission to the Moon will be the first lunar journey by humans since 1972.


Five women who missed out on the Nobel prize

Donna Strickland's Nobel prize ends half a century in which the committee ignored big breakthroughs by female physicists Last week, Donna Strickland (above) was awarded the 2018 Nobel prize for physics jointly with Arthur Ashkin and Gérard Mourou for their work on high-intensity lasers. It's the first time in 55 years that a woman has won this prestigious prize, but why has it taken so long? We lo


The Apollo programme: first steps into space, 50 years on

This week marks half a century since the launch of Apollo 7. The photographs from that mission and those that followed still have the power to astonish Fifty years ago this week, the first Apollo spacecraft to carry humans into space was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The sequence of missions begun by Apollo 7 would eventually see American astronauts land on the moon nine mont


Vinelsker? Derfor får du blå tænder, når du drikker rødvin

Rødvin indeholder garvesyre, og det farver smilet hos nogle. Men det er hvidvin, der er mest skadelig for tænderne, siger forsker.


Gene which decreases risk of social network-related stress, increases finance-related stress risk

Researchers have discovered that the same gene which increases your risk of depression following financial stress as you grow older also reduces your chance of depression associated with friendship and relationships stresses when young- your social network.This may have implications for treatment, but also offers a possible answer to a question which has puzzled scientists: why has depression surv


Study shows diet and weight may affect response to bipolar disorder treatment

Data from a clinical trial has shown that how people respond to treatment for Bipolar Disorder may be influenced by their weight and the overall quality of their diet, including whether they are eating a diet high in foods thought to contribute to general inflammation. These are early results, but if replicated may mean that treatment of some mental health problems could benefit from the inclusion


Two Moderate Senators, Two Very Different Paths

On Saturday afternoon, the upper chamber concluded one of the most bitter nomination fights in modern history. Senators voted 50–48 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Only one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, crossed party lines. It was a huge victory for Republicans, a favorable close to a chapter on which Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had staked his legacy . Minority


Florida Oaks Host Exciting Parasite-on-Parasite Action

There's no honor among thieves —


Midterm Time Capsule, 31 Days to Go: Kavanaugh Will Change the Court

Brett Kavanaugh's impending arrival on the Supreme Court is like Donald Trump's attainment of the presidency, in this important way: By the rules of politics that prevailed until 2016, neither of them would have come close to consideration for their respective offices. For Trump, the reasons are obvious ; for Kavanaugh, they're brilliantly summarized by one of Kavanaugh's long-term friends here ,



Highway Crossings Protect Migrating Pronghorns–and Motorists

Twice a year, thousands of pronghorn antelope and mule deer migrate through Wyoming, and newly built highway crossings are sparing the lives of animals—and motorists. Jason G. Goldman… — Read more on


How the smiths took over Europe

'Smith' is not just the most common surname in many English-speaking countries In local translations, it's also the most common occupational surname in a large part of Europe Ironically, Smiths are so ubiquitous today because smiths were so special a few centuries ago Although very few people are smiths by profession these days, there are millions of Smiths by surname the world over. It's the mos


'Hambi stays!': Thousands join German forest demo in anti-coal battle

Thousands of anti-coal demonstrators descended on Germany's Hambach forest Saturday, celebrating an unexpected court victory that suspended an energy company's planned razing of the woodland to expand a giant open-cast mine.


Uforklarlig kraft i vores solsystem: Forskere på sporet af den mystiske "Planet 9"

Der er muligvis en niende planet i vores solsystem. Nu har en dværgplanet med et underligt kredsløb sendt forskere på sporet.


The Chinese Motherboard Hack Is a Crisis, Even If It Didn't Really Happen

It's easy to forget in the app era, but Silicon Valley got its name from microchips. The generation that transformed orchards into Oracle did so by manufacturing electronic circuits that encrust "chips" of a semiconductor material, usually made of silicon. In the fertile purlicue south of San Francisco, the foundations of the electronic revolution were invented, designed, and manufactured. Shockl




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