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    How Episcopalians Embraced Gay Marriage

    How Episcopalians Embraced Gay Marriage

    It’s hard to remember how difficult life in the Episcopal Church was for me a mere 12 years ago. In June of 2003, I had become the first openly gay priest to be elected a Bishop in historic Christianity. Not the first gay bishop, mind you, but the...

    Gene Robinson received death threats when he became the first openly gay Episcopalian bishop. Twelve years later, his church is performing gay weddings. That’s progress.

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    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pounds her fists as she responds to intense questioning on the September attacks on U.S. diplomatic sites in Benghazi, Libya, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington January 23, 2013.

    Mocked Senator Fires Back at Hillary

    Mocked Senator Fires Back at Hillary

    Back in 2009, Hillary Clinton and one of her aides had a snarky email exchange mocking a U.S. senator. Now that the exchange is public, the target of their vitriol isn’t amused—and feels deeply betrayed.The exchange between Clinton and Richard Ver...

    Clinton touts her ability to work across the aisle, but a 2009 email exchange reveals a different side—the mean girl. Now her target is responding.

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    Scott Brown's New Campaign: Diet Pills

    Scott Brown’s New Campaign: Diet Pills

    Scott Brown’s New Campaign: Diet Pills

    Last night, shirtless pictures of former Senator Scott Brown appeared in my inbox. He sent them.In one, he stood sunburned on the beach, his belly protruding over his khaki shorts and his arm around his sarong-wrapped wife, Gail. In another, he st...

    The short-lived senator from Massachusetts wants the world to know about his new weight-loss scheme via some very strange supplements.

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    How Episcopalians Embraced Gay Marriage

    How Episcopalians Embraced Gay Marriage

    It’s hard to remember how difficult life in the Episcopal Church was for me a mere 12 years ago. In June of 2003, I had become the first openly gay priest to be elected a Bishop in historic Christianity. Not the first gay bishop, mind you, but the...

    Gene Robinson received death threats when he became the first openly gay Episcopalian bishop. Twelve years later, his church is performing gay weddings. That’s progress.

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    Jeb Bush’s Big Lehman Brothers Problem

    Jeb Bush’s Big Lehman Brothers Problem

    Jeb Bush’s Big Lehman Brothers Problem

    Jeb Bush says he released 33 years of tax returns this week because he wants to be the most transparent candidate to run for president in 2016. But if that’s really the case, why is he continuing to obfuscate some of his most lucrative and potenti...

    Why won’t the Republican hopeful come clean about his involvement with two of Wall Street’s biggest banks?

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    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks during a "Roast & Ride" campaign event sponsored by Iowa Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) at the Central Iowa Expo in Boone, Iowa June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Dave Kaup - RTX1FFQQ

    How the Right Hijacked MLK

    How the Right Hijacked MLK

    In their fight against the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, leading conservatives have been turning to an unlikely source for inspiration:  Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (PDF), the collection of notes that King smug...

    A number of prominent conservatives seem convinced that Martin Luther King Jr. would have fought marriage equality. They are probably wrong.

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26:  Recording artist Miguel performs onstage during the Miguel "Centric Live" taping during the 2015 BET Experience at Club Nokia on June 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jerod Harris/BET/Getty Images for BET)

    Miguel Talks Sex: ‘I Love Porn!’

    Miguel Talks Sex: ‘I Love Porn!’

    R&B innovator Miguel Pimentel is the kind of guy who’ll tell you he feels “vulnerable” even when he sings lyrics like, “I wanna fuck you like we’re filming in the Valley.”The lyrics are from “The Valley,” the most sexually upfront song on the ...

    The Grammy-winning R&B star opens up about his new album, ‘Wildheart’—an ode to sex and porn—and his ‘aggressive’ bedroom proclivities.

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    Director Alan Taylor poses with Endoskeleton during the France Photocall of 'Terminator Genisys' at the Publicis Champs Elysees on June 19, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Dominique Charriau/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures) *** Local Caption *** Alan Taylor

    ‘Terminator Genisys' Makes No Damn Sense

    ‘Terminator Genisys' Makes No Damn Sense

    When I rang him to pick his brain about the new reboot in hopes of making sense of the wannabe blockbuster’s willy-nilly logic, confusing time travel conceits, and overcomplicated plotting, he was already bracing for endured endless queries from s...

    The ‘Game of Thrones’ veteran hopes audiences (and critics) will shrug off the film’s unanswered questions. We didn’t let him off that easy. [Warning: movie spoilers ahead!]

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    Why Porn’s ‘Interracial’ Label Is Racist

    Why Porn’s ‘Interracial’ Label Is Racist

    It’s 2015. Gay marriage is legal, transgender Americans have been given a public platform, and our first black president is finishing up his second term. Here in the United States, we’re feeling mighty progressive, which might be why porn’s blatan...

    The porn industry is very segregated by race, with sites treating black-on-white sex especially as taboo. Here’s why it’s time to break down the barriers and ditch the ‘interracial’ ...

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    Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong playing his trumpet.  (Photo by Eliot Elisofon/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

    How Louis Armstrong Taught Us to Swing

    How Louis Armstrong Taught Us to Swing

    Louis Armstrong was a Yankee Doodle Dandy, born on July 4, 1900. At least that's the story Armstrong told. “They named me the firecracker baby,” he said. Who cares that it wasn't true—he was actually born on August 4, 1901 and died on Ju...

    This genius with a trumpet did not invent jazz, as some have said, but when he got through with it, America’s homegrown art form was changed almost beyond recognition.

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    Director Alan Taylor poses with Endoskeleton during the France Photocall of 'Terminator Genisys' at the Publicis Champs Elysees on June 19, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Dominique Charriau/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures) *** Local Caption *** Alan Taylor

    ‘Terminator Genisys' Makes No Damn Sense

    ‘Terminator Genisys' Makes No Damn Sense

    When I rang him to pick his brain about the new reboot in hopes of making sense of the wannabe blockbuster’s willy-nilly logic, confusing time travel conceits, and overcomplicated plotting, he was already bracing for endured endless queries from s...

    The ‘Game of Thrones’ veteran hopes audiences (and critics) will shrug off the film’s unanswered questions. We didn’t let him off that easy. [Warning: movie spoilers ahead!]

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    Who Killed Amy Winehouse?

    Who Killed Amy Winehouse?

    Who Killed Amy Winehouse?

    It’s the unfortunate circumstance of the legacy of Amy Winehouse: The death may be more famous than the life.Amy, the new documentary from filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Senna), intimately revisits that life—the God-given talent and incandescent soul—as ...

    The new documentary ‘Amy’ points fingers at several people close to the soul singer as culprits in her death. We ask director Asif Kapadia: Who is really to blame?

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    Stars Who Used to Be Strippers

    Stars Who Used to Be Strippers

    In honor of ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ here’s a list of big-name celebrities who began their showbiz careers in the lap dance-giving business.

    In honor of ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ here’s a list of big-name celebrities who began their showbiz careers in the lap dance-giving business.

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    How I Shot My Stunning Film on an iPhone

    How I Shot My Stunning Film on an iPhone

    It took three tiny cameras, a few groundbreaking gadgets, next to no budget, and a whole lot of indie spirit to pull off the fiercest, ballsiest, and heartwarming-est film you’ll ever see about a hooker’s rage-fueled odyssey across Los Angeles. Su...

    Shot on tricked out iPhone 5s’s along the streets of L.A., Sean Baker’s no-budget trans-venge odyssey ‘Tangerine’ is not only a staggering achievement, but a brilliant film.

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    Who Killed Amy Winehouse?

    Who Killed Amy Winehouse?

    Who Killed Amy Winehouse?

    It’s the unfortunate circumstance of the legacy of Amy Winehouse: The death may be more famous than the life.Amy, the new documentary from filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Senna), intimately revisits that life—the God-given talent and incandescent soul—as ...

    The new documentary ‘Amy’ points fingers at several people close to the soul singer as culprits in her death. We ask director Asif Kapadia: Who is really to blame?

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    World News

    Real-Life Indiana Jones Vs. ISIS

    Real-Life Indiana Jones Vs. ISIS

    LONDON — Twenty-five prisoners with their hands bound behind their backs were lined up along a stage which had been constructed two millennia before. Stunning Roman colonnades in Palmyra, besmirched by the black flag of ISIS, bore witness as a row...

    It could be the plot of an adventure movie: Archaeologists race against time to save cultural treasures from marauding barbarians. Only it’s real.

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    Pope Francis conducts a mass before presenting palliums to Archbishops in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 29, 2015.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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    Green Pope Goes Medieval on Planet

    Green Pope Goes Medieval on Planet

    Some future historian, searching for the origins of a second Middle Ages, might fix on the summer of 2015 as its starting point. Here occurred the marriage of seemingly irreconcilable world views—that of the Catholic Church and official science—in...

    Pope Francis’s embrace of the direst ideas about climate change could usher in a new feudalism that stalls progress and penalizes the world’s poor in the name of environmental safety.

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    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gestures during a news conference with Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann at Maximos Mansion in Athens June 17, 2015. The Greek central bank warned on Wednesday that the country would be put on a "painful course" towards default and exiting the euro zone if the government and its international creditors failed to reach an agreement on an aid-for-reforms deal.  REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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    Greek Vote Is Do Or Die For E.U. Status

    Greek Vote Is Do Or Die For E.U. Status

    The face of Wolfgang Schäuble glowers down at me from a lamppost near the Greek parliament in the center of Athens. Scrawled just below the German Finance Minister’s image, menacingly represented on a poster, is the word “no.” On the afternoon bef...

    Polls are tight, and Yes and No voters are adamant in their positions. How Sunday’s referendum turns out will seal Greece’s fate… one way or another.

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    New volunteers for the Ukrainian interior ministry's "Azov" battalion pray after taking part in an exam before heading to the frontlines in eastern Ukraine, at the battalion's training centre in Kiev, Ukraine, June 13, 2015.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko - RTX1GCW5

    Is America Training Neonazis in Ukraine?

    Is America Training Neonazis in Ukraine?

    There are no doubts about the neo-Nazi and white supremacist background of the Azov Battalion, a militia that has positioned itself at the forefront of the fight against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. As the founder and head of the...

    Officially no, but no one in the U.S. government seem to know for sure.

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    Pope Francis conducts a mass before presenting palliums to Archbishops in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 29, 2015.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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    Green Pope Goes Medieval on Planet

    Green Pope Goes Medieval on Planet

    Some future historian, searching for the origins of a second Middle Ages, might fix on the summer of 2015 as its starting point. Here occurred the marriage of seemingly irreconcilable world views—that of the Catholic Church and official science—in...

    Pope Francis’s embrace of the direst ideas about climate change could usher in a new feudalism that stalls progress and penalizes the world’s poor in the name of environmental safety.

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    Policemen secure the site of a car bomb attack on the convoy of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat near his house at Heliopolis district in Cairo, Egypt, June 29, 2015. Barakat died from wounds sustained in a bomb attack on Monday that had targeted his convoy in Cairo, state news agency MENA said. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany - RTX1I9M9

    Egypt’s Self-Inflicted Slaughter

    Egypt’s Self-Inflicted Slaughter

    CAIRO — These last few days have been filled with panic and bloodshed across Cairo and in the Sinai. A car bomb killed Attorney General Hisham Barakat on Monday in the capital, followed the next day by two more car bombs that killed the drivers an...

    The grim record of this week demonstrates the failure of el-Sisi’s notion of law and his struggle for order.

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    A Syrian refugee family waits after crossing the Syrian border on January 16, 2014 in Karkamis, near the town of Gaziantep, south of Turkey. Two weeks of battles between Syrian rebels and jihadists have killed at least 1,069 people, mostly fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday. Among the dead, not all of whom were identified, were 608 Islamist and moderate rebels, 312 jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and 130 civilians, the Britain-based group said..

    The Gateway to ISIS's Caliphate

    The Gateway to ISIS's Caliphate

    KARKAMIS, Turkey — Locals in this desolate border town seemed to mistake this journalist’s Syrian translator for an ISIS jihadist when they paid a visit last Friday. The entrance to the terror group’s so-called “caliphate” sat just a short walk do...

    Only a small border gate manned by Turkish gendarmerie separates NATO country from Jihadistan—and locals are sick of ISIS’s two-way traffic through it.

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    The Greeks ‘Ate’ Their Way to Ruin

    How the Greeks ‘Ate’ Their Way to Ruin

    How the Greeks ‘Ate’ Their Way to Ruin

    A common and colorful way to describe corruption in modern Greek is to say that a particular politician “eats” a lot. This kind of gluttony has nothing to do with baklava or anything else edible; it denotes an appetite sated by the illegal devouri...

    One scenario paints a Greece of breadlines and children fainting from hunger. Another serves up an unflattering portrait of a country of duplicitous, lazy tax cheats. Choose both.

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    Policemen secure the site of a car bomb attack on the convoy of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat near his house at Heliopolis district in Cairo, Egypt, June 29, 2015. Barakat died from wounds sustained in a bomb attack on Monday that had targeted his convoy in Cairo, state news agency MENA said. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany - RTX1I9M9

    Egypt’s Self-Inflicted Slaughter

    Egypt’s Self-Inflicted Slaughter

    CAIRO — These last few days have been filled with panic and bloodshed across Cairo and in the Sinai. A car bomb killed Attorney General Hisham Barakat on Monday in the capital, followed the next day by two more car bombs that killed the drivers an...

    The grim record of this week demonstrates the failure of el-Sisi’s notion of law and his struggle for order.

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    U.S. News

    An evening view of the Emanuel AME Church June 18, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Dylann Storm Roof has been arrested in connection with a mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church Wednesday night. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Battle To Renovate Emanuel AME

    The Battle To Renovate Emanuel AME

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Congregants at Emanuel AME Church will have to repair more than their torn hearts: The church they call home is riddled with bullets, termites, and decay.After Dylann Roof allegedly killed nine parishioners here in the study roo...

    Many parishioners can’t bear to be in the study room where Dylann Roof’s bullets pockmarked the floor—and that’s not the worst of the damage.

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    Teddy Roosevelt’s Secret Safari Photos

    Teddy Roosevelt’s Secret Safari Photos

    Scenes from the adventurous life of the Rough Rider, as captured in the New York Explorers Club’s collection of hand-painted glass.

    Scenes from the adventurous life of the Rough Rider, as captured in the New York Explorers Club’s collection of hand-painted glass.

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    Who’s Cutting California Internet Cables?

    Who Cut California’s Internet Cables?

    Who Cut California’s Internet Cables?

    Someone (or some crew) has been skulking around northern California, possibly dressed as a cable technician, and snipping the fiber-optic lines that provide Internet, cable, and phone service. His motives are yet unknown. But the FBI has counted 1...

    Eleven times in the last year, fiber-optic lines have been snapped—cutting off 911 service in at least one community and leaving investigators scrambling.

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    An evening view of the Emanuel AME Church June 18, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Dylann Storm Roof has been arrested in connection with a mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church Wednesday night. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Battle To Renovate Emanuel AME

    The Battle To Renovate Emanuel AME

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Congregants at Emanuel AME Church will have to repair more than their torn hearts: The church they call home is riddled with bullets, termites, and decay.After Dylann Roof allegedly killed nine parishioners here in the study roo...

    Many parishioners can’t bear to be in the study room where Dylann Roof’s bullets pockmarked the floor—and that’s not the worst of the damage.

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    Can a Beauty Queen Eat 69 Hot Dogs?

    Can a Beauty Queen Eat 69 Hot Dogs?

    Sitting in a corner booth at Junior's in Brooklyn, furiously shoveling literal fistfuls of what had mere seconds ago been a pristine slice of strawberry cheesecake into my mouth—my hands now dripping with oleaginous, police siren-red, glucose...

    Well, we’re going to find out. This 23-year-old former Miss Earth New Zealand ate her way into this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Can she win it?

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    The End of the Line for a 10-Year Teacher

    End of the Line for a 10-Year Teacher

    End of the Line for a 10-Year Teacher

    The girl in the back row has small, round holes between her front teeth. Almost perfect circles. She is small for her age, which is 10, but an undernourished kind of small, I think, like pictures you’ve seen of sweatshop children from a long time ...

    A former teacher realizes you can’t teach mercy.

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    Tech + Health

    Prince Harvey at the Apple Store, Manhattan, New York City

    He Made a Secret Album in an Apple Store

    He Made a Secret Album in an Apple Store

    Standing in the middle of the Upper West Side’s Apple Store in Manhattan, 25-year-old artist and rapper Prince Harvey seemed at home, almost like he knew what was going to happen next. “As soon as I jump on the table, they’re going to kick us out....

    Prince Harvey needed to make an album. So after his computer crashed, he spent four months in an Apple store singing the entire thing into a display computer.

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    Where to Work Out With Zombies

    Where to Work Out With Zombies

    The universal ingredient of action-adventure video games, like the much-anticipated Batman Arkham Knight or Star Wars Battlefront, is movement.But as the video gamers propel the protagonist of their epic story forward—diving, ducking, and dashing ...

    A new breed of apps for your smart phones are played as you exercise.

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    Sex Toys…in…SPACE!

    Sex Toys…in…SPACE!

    A new adult film plans to go boldly where no porno has gone before with a proposed a million-dollar project to create “the most epic sex adventure ever to be caught on tape” in space.Pornhub, the Internet’s largest adult film portal, is seeking $3...

    A proposed adult movie in space is just the latest tryst in the union between sex and technology.

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    Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks to members of the media at an Apple press event in San Francisco, California on March 09, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON        (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

    Apple’s War On Big Data

    Apple’s War On Big Data

    In recent remarks to the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook declared that “people have a fundamental right to privacy.” He has begun an assault on the business model of Big Data as currently shaped by Internet giants Googl...

    Tim Cook has launched an assault on Google and Facebook’s Big Data model, even as most consumers remain in the dark about how companies use their personal information.

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    Where to Work Out With Zombies

    Where to Work Out With Zombies

    The universal ingredient of action-adventure video games, like the much-anticipated Batman Arkham Knight or Star Wars Battlefront, is movement.But as the video gamers propel the protagonist of their epic story forward—diving, ducking, and dashing ...

    A new breed of apps for your smart phones are played as you exercise.

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    Reddit Fired the Woman Trying to Save It

    Reddit Fired the Woman Trying to Save It

    Reddit execs found themselves at war with their own massive userbase Thursday when over a thousand communities went dark to protest the termination of Victoria Taylor, the website's primary employee tasked with keeping its community less susc...

    After calling for more transparency and less harassment on Reddit, executives let go of one of the only routes to let executives know about the site’s rampant harassment and abuse.

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    How We’ll Live on Mars

    How We’ll Live on Mars

    In 1948, a German scientist named Wernher von Braun wrote a book called Das Marsprojekt—The Mars Project—that explained exactly how to build and fuel 10 spaceships that would carry the first humans to Mars.Von Braun’s fellow scientists mostly dism...

    The latest on efforts to create a self-sustaining colony on Mars—a process that may begin as early as 2027. Interplanetary species, here we come!

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    Are Sea Horses The Secret To Robots?

    Are Seahorses the Secret to Robots?

    Are Seahorses the Secret to Robots?

    The future of robotics may be defined by an unlikely source: the tails of seahorses.A new study cites the fish appendages as possible inspiration for a breakthrough after finding that its movements facilitate bending and twisting while also provid...

    With unique square-shaped tails, seahorses can bend and twist while still maintaining a resistance to crushing. How their anatomy may be a game changer for robotic engineers.

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    Reddit Fired the Woman Trying to Save It

    Reddit Fired the Woman Trying to Save It

    Reddit execs found themselves at war with their own massive userbase Thursday when over a thousand communities went dark to protest the termination of Victoria Taylor, the website's primary employee tasked with keeping its community less susc...

    After calling for more transparency and less harassment on Reddit, executives let go of one of the only routes to let executives know about the site’s rampant harassment and abuse.

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    BeastStyle

    The Unkillable Shopping Catalog

    The Unkillable Shopping Catalog

    Everything you could ever want is at your fingertips. Literally.The digital age has allowed consumers to purchase almost anything from their laptop, handheld device or über-luxe Apple Watch.Want a hover scooter? Click.Some Uranium? Click.Someone t...

    With online shopping's ubiquity, you’d think the shopping catalog would be a retail dinosaur. Not so: it keeps the relationship between store and consumer alive.

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    Instagrammer of the Week: Lazy Mom

    Instagrammer of the Week: Lazy Mom

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    Instagram’s Absurdist Dynamic Duo

    Instagram’s Absurdist Dynamic Duo

    Instagram has transcended merely showcasing great photographers and artsy portraits of your latest gourmet meals, and has become a perfect digital gallery for visual artists of all kinds. One of our favorites is a collaboration between Josie Keefe...

    Pop and culture have never gone so well together.

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    Harry Truman’s Bourbon Rituals

    Harry Truman’s Bourbon Rituals

    Now that we are officially in the throes of the 2016 presidential election race, the media is obsessed with weighing the merits of one candidate’s platform versus another.   But let’s be honest: we are interested in more than just their politics...

    Truman’s fondness for bourbon not only broadened his appeal, but also helped him defeat his much-heralded opponent, Republican Thomas Dewey.

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    Sir Nicholas Winton attends a ceremony to receive the Order of White Lion, the highest order of the Czech Republic, from Czech President Milos Zeman during the Independence Day at Prague Castle on October 28, 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. 105-year-old Winton saved 669 mostly Jewish children by organising their escape from occupied Czechoslovakia to Great Britain, earning him the nickname the 'British Schindler'.  (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

    ‘British Schindler’ Saved 669 Kids

    ‘British Schindler’ Saved 669 Kids

    Between March and August 1939, eight trains carrying 669 children—most of them Jewish—left Prague for London, a journey that saved their lives and which was organised by Nicholas Winton. He died on July 1, aged 106.Inevitably, Winton was hailed by...

    Despite claiming he wasn’t heroic because he was never in danger, generations survived because of Nicholas Winton’s work on the Kindertransport.

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    A Beauty Contest for Vaginas

    A Beauty Contest for Vaginas

    The traditional beauty pageant may be in crisis, with Miss USA deserted not just by NBC, but also its hosts, Thomas Roberts and Brooke Burke, after Donald Trump’s ‘Mexican’ remarks.And so, thank goodness for Brian Sloan, a sex toy entrepreneur, wh...

    A $5,000 grand prize awaits the winner. But is this competition creepy and misogynist, or an opportunity to celebrate the vagina in all its varied expressions?

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    The Hamptons’ Most Glamorous July 4

    The Hamptons’ Most Glamorous July 4

    I was introduced to George Plimpton by a Brit friend shortly after moving to Manhattan in the middle 70s and it was one of the early encounters which made it clear to me that Manhattan was absolutely the right place to be.Plimpton was open to the ...

    The founder and editor of the ‘Paris Review’ oversaw the hottest Hamptons fireworks party, where the rich and famous came to mingle, gossip, and make mischief.

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    Sir Nicholas Winton attends a ceremony to receive the Order of White Lion, the highest order of the Czech Republic, from Czech President Milos Zeman during the Independence Day at Prague Castle on October 28, 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. 105-year-old Winton saved 669 mostly Jewish children by organising their escape from occupied Czechoslovakia to Great Britain, earning him the nickname the 'British Schindler'.  (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

    ‘British Schindler’ Saved 669 Kids

    ‘British Schindler’ Saved 669 Kids

    Between March and August 1939, eight trains carrying 669 children—most of them Jewish—left Prague for London, a journey that saved their lives and which was organised by Nicholas Winton. He died on July 1, aged 106.Inevitably, Winton was hailed by...

    Despite claiming he wasn’t heroic because he was never in danger, generations survived because of Nicholas Winton’s work on the Kindertransport.

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    The Man Who Photographed the West

    The Man Who Photographed the West

    Edward S Curtis’s photographs of Native Americans and the West have been known to move viewers to tears.

    Edward S Curtis’s photographs of Native Americans and the West have been known to move viewers to tears.

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      Green Pope Goes Medieval on Planet

      Green Pope Goes Medieval on Planet

      Some future historian, searching for the origins of a second Middle Ages, might fix on the summer of 2015 as its starting point. Here occurred the marriage of seemingly irreconcilable world views—that of the Catholic Church and official science—in...

      Pope Francis’s embrace of the direst ideas about climate change could usher in a new feudalism that stalls progress and penalizes the world’s poor in the name of environmental safety.

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    Best of Breslin: War And Independence

    Best of Breslin: War And Independence

    The Independence was 120 miles out through darkness and rain squalls which began when the plane left the drab coastline and ended when the plane flew out of towering clouds and into the bright sun over the carrier, which was moving at 16 knots in ...

    Jimmy Breslin learns the aircraft carrier Independence was fighting a ‘grimy little thing.’

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    Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong playing his trumpet. (Photo by Eliot Elisofon/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

    How Louis Armstrong Taught Us to Swing

    How Louis Armstrong Taught Us to Swing

    Louis Armstrong was a Yankee Doodle Dandy, born on July 4, 1900. At least that's the story Armstrong told. “They named me the firecracker baby,” he said. Who cares that it wasn't true—he was actually born on August 4, 1901 and died on Ju...

    This genius with a trumpet did not invent jazz, as some have said, but when he got through with it, America’s homegrown art form was changed almost beyond recognition.

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    Harry Truman’s Bourbon Rituals

    Harry Truman’s Bourbon Rituals

    Now that we are officially in the throes of the 2016 presidential election race, the media is obsessed with weighing the merits of one candidate’s platform versus another.   But let’s be honest: we are interested in more than just their politics...

    Truman’s fondness for bourbon not only broadened his appeal, but also helped him defeat his much-heralded opponent, Republican Thomas Dewey.

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    Best of Breslin: War And Independence

    Best of Breslin: War And Independence

    The Independence was 120 miles out through darkness and rain squalls which began when the plane left the drab coastline and ended when the plane flew out of towering clouds and into the bright sun over the carrier, which was moving at 16 knots in ...

    Jimmy Breslin learns the aircraft carrier Independence was fighting a ‘grimy little thing.’

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    Revolution's Losers Weren't All British

    Revolution's Losers Weren't All British

    The story of the American Revolution has been so often told that it’s sometimes hard to believe there’s anything new left to say.Even those traditionally left out—women, Native and African Americans, the poor—have seen their lives folded into the ...

    Pawns of the colonists, the British, and other colonial powers with a stake in North America, African American slaves and Native American tribes were often collateral damage in the...

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    America’s Presidential Daddy Issues

    America’s Presidential Daddy Issues

    Americans have always looked back to the Founders, formerly “the Founding Fathers.” And why shouldn’t we?For all of their shared and respective sins, faults, and failings, which historians have been doing a pretty good job of exposing, they didn’t...

    Who would Jefferson have liked best: FDR, Reagan—or the Tea Party? Three new books look at Americans’ never-ending fixation with what our formative figures would want us to do.

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    The Hamptons’ Most Glamorous July 4

    The Hamptons’ Most Glamorous July 4

    I was introduced to George Plimpton by a Brit friend shortly after moving to Manhattan in the middle 70s and it was one of the early encounters which made it clear to me that Manhattan was absolutely the right place to be.Plimpton was open to the ...

    The founder and editor of the ‘Paris Review’ oversaw the hottest Hamptons fireworks party, where the rich and famous came to mingle, gossip, and make mischief.

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    Revolution's Losers Weren't All British

    Revolution's Losers Weren't All British

    The story of the American Revolution has been so often told that it’s sometimes hard to believe there’s anything new left to say.Even those traditionally left out—women, Native and African Americans, the poor—have seen their lives folded into the ...

    Pawns of the colonists, the British, and other colonial powers with a stake in North America, African American slaves and Native American tribes were often collateral damage in the...

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