Watch an awesome sixth-grader testify for marriage equality
Last night, twelve year-old Matthew Lannon delivered an impassioned testimony before Rhode Island’s Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of marriage equality. The sixth-grader from Providence, who has two moms and two dads, ended his statement by sa [...]
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This beige liquid could be the only food you need to eat for the rest of your life
Rob Rhinehart, a 24-year-old software engineer living in Atlanta, has invented the last food you’ll ever need to eat. He calls it Soylent, and it’s basically a very nutritious liquid meal, which is meant to be ingested the same way one might inge [...]
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Salt, sugar, and fat: Why we can’t quit junk food’s holy trinity
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us traces how these ingredients worked their way into our food in ever-larger amounts, not by accident but as part of a concerted effort by food companies to make their products as irresistible and addictive [...]
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How would you like to invest in immortality?
A new corporate entity that the Russian multi-millionaire will formally announce at an event in June will allow investors to bankroll research into neuroscience and human consciousness with the ultimate goal of transferring human minds into robots, e [...]
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Thanks for the oil, Iraq, here’s some cancer
Turns out depleted uranium (DU) munitions are a great thing to use when you’re going to war, so long as you plan on terrorizing people for generations to come. Military-related pollution is suspected of causing a huge spike in birth defects and all [...]
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America’s infrastructure grade improves to a still very sad D+
America is full of potholes, slumping levees, and fraying electrical grids. So it may surprise you to learn that the country’s physical infrastructure is actually apparently improving. For the first time in 15 years, the American Society of Civil [...]
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Conservatives vs. liberals: Who wastes more electricity?
In a comparison of electricity bills and voter registration records of 280,000 households, left-leaning voters were found to be more likely to leave their lights and air conditioners switched off and conserve more energy — especially in the summert [...]
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Should Colleges Buy Ammo for Student Gun Clubs?
Concealed-carry laws are not the only controversy to hit college campuses since the recent wave of mass shootings sparked a national debate about guns. Last week, the student congress of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill passed a bill maki [...]
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River full of dead, diseased pigs is just another food safety nightmare for China
One week after local residents first spotted them by a water treatment center, Chinese officials are still fishing dead pigs out of the Huangpu river. To date, they’ve used a dozen barges to pull 5,916 pigs out of the water. The pigs are believed t [...]
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Home towns struggle with legacy of Stalin and Hitler
The birth towns of Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler are divided on the issue of how to deal with the legacy of the dictators who slaughtered millions. In some ways it would be hard to imagine two more different places than Gori in Georgia and Braunau [...]
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Japan quake ‘heard at edge of space’
The great Tohoku earthquake in Japan two years ago was so big its effects were even felt at the edge of space. Scientists say the Magnitude 9.0 tremor on 11 March 2011 sent a ripple of sound through the atmosphere that was picked up by the Goce sate [...]
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