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    A man waves a rainbow flag while marching in the San Francisco gay pride parade, two days after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country in San Francisco, California June 28, 2015.   REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage - RTX1I6IH

    The Week Cynicism Rested

    The Week Cynicism Rested

    Cynicism is as much a part of the human condition as the hope that, on balance, overtakes it. Particularly in the Information Age, it’s easy to get swept up in the torrent of news that streams neverendingly, forgetting all that came before. Engage...

    Before we move on to a new week of potential scandal, an LBJ biographer takes a second to remember the momentously positive week that was.

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    Image #: 37926739    Death penalty opponents demonstrate outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The high court ruled on the controversial execution drug that was used in a botched execution, congressional redistricting and Environmental Protection Agency limits on the emission of mercury and other toxic pollutants from power plants. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI. /LANDOV

    Divided Court Upholds Lethal Injection

    Divided Court Upholds Lethal Injection

    In a bitterly divided 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court today affirmed the constitutionality of lethal injection, even when the drugs used are untested, unproven, and possibly ineffective.Yet while the Court’s conservative majority prevailed, the ru...

    For the first time in 20 years, two sitting justices have suggested that the death penalty, itself, may be unconstitutional. Justice Scalia is having none of it.

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    Playwright Larry Kramer of the production 'The Normal Heart' in his apartment in Manhattan, New York on April 22, 2012.

    The Man Who Led the Fight for Gay Rights

    The Man Who Led the Fight for Gay Rights

    It’s been a pretty big week for legendary HIV/AIDS activist Larry Kramer, who celebrated his birthday on June 25, just one day before the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in favor of marriage equality. For a man who has lived with HIV (the virus ...

    Why we should all give thanks to ACT UP! founder and civil rights icon Larry Kramer.

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    A man waves a rainbow flag while marching in the San Francisco gay pride parade, two days after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country in San Francisco, California June 28, 2015.   REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage - RTX1I6IH

    The Week Cynicism Rested

    The Week Cynicism Rested

    Cynicism is as much a part of the human condition as the hope that, on balance, overtakes it. Particularly in the Information Age, it’s easy to get swept up in the torrent of news that streams neverendingly, forgetting all that came before. Engage...

    Before we move on to a new week of potential scandal, an LBJ biographer takes a second to remember the momentously positive week that was.

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    FILE - In this July 1, 2013, file photo, smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in in Colstrip, Mont. A seemingly divided Supreme Court on Wednesday weighed the Obama administration's first-ever regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.  (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

    SCOTUS: Pollution May Be Worth It

    SCOTUS: Pollution May Be Worth It

    While LGBTs and health-care reformers are still nursing their celebratory hangovers, the final Supreme Court case of the 2014-15 term just junked 20 years of environmental regulations.The case, Michigan v. EPA, specifically dealt with the EPA’s re...

    Siding with industry against the Environmental Protection Agency, Supreme Court holds the agency can only regulate air pollution when it’s cost-effective to do so.

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    Bristol Palin

    Let Bristol Palin Have a Sex Life

    Let Bristol Palin Have a Sex Life

    Who will bake Bristol Palin’s wedding cake?I’m only half-joking. With her second out-of-wedlock child on the way, the one-time “abstinence ambassador” has shown a disregard for “traditional marriage” that should offend any number of devout patisse...

    Expecting for the second time out of wedlock, the Palin scion has been forced to defend her pregnancy as ‘planned’—because what other reason could there be for sex before marriage?

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    Chris Pratt's Bizarro Lost SNL Skit

    Chris Pratt's Bizarro Lost SNL Skit

    Sometimes, Saturday Night Live cuts sketches from the live broadcast for time. Sometimes, they cut them because they're unbelievably bad. And sometimes—just sometimes—they cut sketches because they're simply too awesome for TV.This recen...

    Weird sketch from 'Jurassic World' star's hosting turn from last September.

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    Fans Draw on Bieber's Face

    Fans Draw on Bieber's Face

    Justin Bieber’s “Where Are U Now,” a dreamy collaboration with Diplo and Skrillex, gets an exquisite corpse treatment in the newly released music video. Bieber fans were invited to draw on still photos of the pop star at a Los Angeles gallery, and...

    The song features Diplo, Skrillex, and fan art.

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    L to R: Darren Cross/Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll) & Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd)

    Meet Marvel’s Next Big Villain

    Meet Marvel’s Next Big Villain

    Corey Stoll is, typically, doomed.Maybe not always doomed, but certainly tortured.To begin with, there’s ill-fated Peter Russo in Season One of House of Cards, a character that fueled the bingeworthy success of the Netflix hit drama and turned Sto...

    After carving a niche as a character actor, the one-two punch of the boxing indie ‘Glass Chin’ and next month’s Marvel blockbuster ‘Ant-Man’ should change how we view Corey Stoll.

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    Joe Manganiello Strips Down

    Joe Manganiello Strips Down

    If there are two topics Joe Manganiello knows a little something about, they’re male strippers and the seminal Orlando boy band the Backstreet Boys.“I think that I speak for them when I say they would be offended by being called a boy band,” the M...

    The ‘True Blood’ star reprises his role as Big Dick Ritchie in the abtastic sequel ‘Magic Mike XXL.’ He discusses stripping, his love for the Backstreet Boys, and bedroom activities.

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    Fans Draw on Bieber's Face

    Fans Draw on Bieber's Face

    Justin Bieber’s “Where Are U Now,” a dreamy collaboration with Diplo and Skrillex, gets an exquisite corpse treatment in the newly released music video. Bieber fans were invited to draw on still photos of the pop star at a Los Angeles gallery, and...

    The song features Diplo, Skrillex, and fan art.

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    A boy runs near a Cuban flag painted on a shack with the words reading: "Always on alert" in Havana February 25, 2008. Young Cubans frustrated by a regimented and austere life under socialism said on Monday their hopes of change were disappointed by the naming of old guard revolutionaries to run Cuba after Fidel Castro.

    Don’t Buy the ‘Cuba Libre’ Lie

    Don’t Buy the ‘Cuba Libre’ Lie

    Growing up in Cuba, Jorge Gomez would sneak up to his roof with a metal coat hanger late at night and fashion it into a makeshift antenna, desperate to pick up sound waves from Miami radio stations. The fuzzy, clipped beats and melodies that cross...

    The musician Jorge Gomez has always fallen afoul of the Cuban authorities—and now he’s planning a musical about growing up under Castro’s dictatorship.

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    Taylor Kitsch Talks ‘True Detective’

    Taylor Kitsch Talks ‘True Detective’

    Not long after playing the closeted lawyer/gay rights crusader Bruce Niles in HBO’s The Normal Heart, Taylor Kitsch learned that he’d landed the role of Paul Woodrugh, a troubled motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol, on the second seas...

    The star of the HBO potboiler opens up about his mysterious Viagra-popping character, how he got cast on the show, and his bromance with creator Nic Pizzolatto.

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    LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER Feb. 22, 2015.

    John Oliver Slams CNN for Dildo Gaffe

    John Oliver Slams CNN for Dildo Gaffe

    Friday was a historic day for America. It was the day the Supreme Court, in a landmark 5-4 ruling, legalized gay marriage for all Americans—including the 13 states where same-sex marriages had been banned. There were mostly positive reactions to ...

    The incident occurred at a gay pride parade Saturday in London, and Oliver took the news network to task for the incredibly embarrassing mix-up.

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    A boy runs near a Cuban flag painted on a shack with the words reading: "Always on alert" in Havana February 25, 2008. Young Cubans frustrated by a regimented and austere life under socialism said on Monday their hopes of change were disappointed by the naming of old guard revolutionaries to run Cuba after Fidel Castro.

    Don’t Buy the ‘Cuba Libre’ Lie

    Don’t Buy the ‘Cuba Libre’ Lie

    Growing up in Cuba, Jorge Gomez would sneak up to his roof with a metal coat hanger late at night and fashion it into a makeshift antenna, desperate to pick up sound waves from Miami radio stations. The fuzzy, clipped beats and melodies that cross...

    The musician Jorge Gomez has always fallen afoul of the Cuban authorities—and now he’s planning a musical about growing up under Castro’s dictatorship.

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    World News

    Canadian Killer Gets a Dating Profile

    Canadian Killer Gets a Dating Profile

    Luka Magnotta is searching for that special someone.The man known as “the Cannibal Killer” posted a profile on a dating website connecting Canadian inmates with potential companions.Magnotta’s wish list stipulates the murder’s suitor must be a “si...

    ‘Cannibal Killer’ Luka Magnotta is looking for love online, while serving a life sentence for the grisly murder of his previous lover. Yikes.

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    Foreign fighters who joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to fight in their ranks against jihadists and Islamist rebels in northeastern Syria take part in a training session on April 30, 2015 in the south-west Syrian region of Ras al-Ain, close to the Turkish border.    AFP PHOTO / UYGAR ONDER SIMSEK        (Photo credit should read UYGAR ONDER SIMSEK/AFP/Getty Images)

    ISIS Strikes Back

    ISIS Strikes Back

    ISIS last week committed one of the worst massacre of civilians since its so-called “caliphate” was established a year ago. Around 30 jihadists infiltrated the Syrian border town of Kobani, set off car bombs and waged gunfire attacks, killing at l...

    After losing all week to Arab rebels and Kurds, the terror army is cleverly trying to turn its enemies against each other.

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    Turkey to Invade Syria to Stop Kurds

    Turkey to Invade Syria to Stop Kurds

    ISTANBUL — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning a military intervention into northern Syria to prevent Syrian Kurds from forming their own state there, despite concerns among his own generals and possible criticism from Washington a...

    The Turkish military is not enthusiastic and Washington may have its doubts, but President Erdogan appears determined to set up a buffer zone.

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    How Kim Kardashian Liberated Armenia

    How Kim Kardashian Liberated Armenia

    YEREVAN, Armenia — The streetlight on Baghramyan Prospect went off after midnight. Loud whistling and shouting could be heard as the crowd of several thousand protesters faded into blackness. It seemed oddly appropriate for a protest that began ov...

    There were many factors and underlying causes, but the reality TV star’s visit in April helped shake the country awake.

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    Foreign fighters who joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to fight in their ranks against jihadists and Islamist rebels in northeastern Syria take part in a training session on April 30, 2015 in the south-west Syrian region of Ras al-Ain, close to the Turkish border.    AFP PHOTO / UYGAR ONDER SIMSEK        (Photo credit should read UYGAR ONDER SIMSEK/AFP/Getty Images)

    ISIS Strikes Back

    ISIS Strikes Back

    ISIS last week committed one of the worst massacre of civilians since its so-called “caliphate” was established a year ago. Around 30 jihadists infiltrated the Syrian border town of Kobani, set off car bombs and waged gunfire attacks, killing at l...

    After losing all week to Arab rebels and Kurds, the terror army is cleverly trying to turn its enemies against each other.

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    Clouds are reflected in the Midi Tower, the headquarters of the National Pensions Office, in downtown Brussels in Belgium June 21, 2015. Picture taken June 21..

    The Week in Pictures

    The Week in Pictures

    From joy at the gay-marriage decision in Washington to lethal heat wave in Pakistan, a look at the most compelling images from the past seven days.

    From joy at the gay-marriage decision in Washington to lethal heat wave in Pakistan, a look at the most compelling images from the past seven days.

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    Pope Francis adjusts his glasses in front of his chair, which has an image of the Shroud of Turin woven into the red fabric, as he leads a mass during a two-day pastoral visit in Turin, Italy, June 21, 2015. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino - RTX1HFRA

    Pope Says Marital Splits Sometimes OK

    Pope Says Marital Splits Sometimes OK

    With the ruckus over the Pope’s encyclical on the environment settling down, papal watchers are turning their attention to Francis’s visit in September and, in particular, to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Many people are speculati...

    The pontiff didn’t endorse divorce, and marriage is still a sacrament, but Francis’s words on marital separations could save lives.

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    Ukraine’s Wonder Woman

    Ukraine’s Wonder Woman

    ODESSA, Ukraine — The vehicle jumped along the cracked and buckled road that runs from Odessa toward Romania, which is part of the European Union. We passed by poor villages on the left bank of the lower Danube, uncultivated fields, falling-apart ...

    More than 8.3 million people have seen Yulia Marushevska’s video from the Maidan uprising, but now she’s got to face down the bureaucracy she’s supposed to control.

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    Clouds are reflected in the Midi Tower, the headquarters of the National Pensions Office, in downtown Brussels in Belgium June 21, 2015. Picture taken June 21..

    The Week in Pictures

    The Week in Pictures

    From joy at the gay-marriage decision in Washington to lethal heat wave in Pakistan, a look at the most compelling images from the past seven days.

    From joy at the gay-marriage decision in Washington to lethal heat wave in Pakistan, a look at the most compelling images from the past seven days.

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    U.S. News

    12 Jun 1967, Washington, DC, USA --- The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a Virginia law banning marriage between African Americans and Caucasians was unconstitutional, thus nullifying similar statues in 15 other states. The decision came in a case involving Richard Perry Loving, a white construction worker and his African American wife, Mildred. The couple married in the District of Columbia in 1958 and were arrested upon their return to their native Caroline County, Virginia. They were given one year suspended sentences on condition that they stay out of the state for 25 years. The Lovings decided in 1963 to return home and fight banishment, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

    SCOTUS’s Other Famous Marriage Ruling

    SCOTUS’s Other Famous Marriage Ruling

    Writing for the majority in the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling that nationalized the right to marry for same-sex couples, Justice Anthony Kennedy cited another landmark case: Loving v. Virginia (1967), which struck down bans on interracial marriage.No...

    The court’s ruling on interracial marriage—and the states’ reactions to it—serve as a good history lesson for what may lie ahead for gay marriage.

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    Dylann Roof and the New Online Racism

    Dylann Roof and the New Online Racism

    To understand Dylann Roof’s thinking, he tells us, we have to go back to 2012. To Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, the moment that Roof writes in his manifesto that he was reborn as a white nationalist. Roof’s inspirations are clear in a way t...

    4chan’s trolling culture didn’t just birth Guy Fawkes hacktivism—it also inspired the racist and neo-fascist sites where the Charleston terrorist lurked.

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    Bristol Palin

    Let Bristol Palin Have a Sex Life

    Let Bristol Palin Have a Sex Life

    Who will bake Bristol Palin’s wedding cake?I’m only half-joking. With her second out-of-wedlock child on the way, the one-time “abstinence ambassador” has shown a disregard for “traditional marriage” that should offend any number of devout patisse...

    Expecting for the second time out of wedlock, the Palin scion has been forced to defend her pregnancy as ‘planned’—because what other reason could there be for sex before marriage?

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    12 Jun 1967, Washington, DC, USA --- The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a Virginia law banning marriage between African Americans and Caucasians was unconstitutional, thus nullifying similar statues in 15 other states. The decision came in a case involving Richard Perry Loving, a white construction worker and his African American wife, Mildred. The couple married in the District of Columbia in 1958 and were arrested upon their return to their native Caroline County, Virginia. They were given one year suspended sentences on condition that they stay out of the state for 25 years. The Lovings decided in 1963 to return home and fight banishment, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

    SCOTUS’s Other Famous Marriage Ruling

    SCOTUS’s Other Famous Marriage Ruling

    Writing for the majority in the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling that nationalized the right to marry for same-sex couples, Justice Anthony Kennedy cited another landmark case: Loving v. Virginia (1967), which struck down bans on interracial marriage.No...

    The court’s ruling on interracial marriage—and the states’ reactions to it—serve as a good history lesson for what may lie ahead for gay marriage.

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    Northwest Nazarene Fires Tenured Professor for Being ‘Too Liberal’

    Conservative Witch Hunt Claims a Scalp

    Conservative Witch Hunt Claims a Scalp

    Right-wing conservatives in the Church of the Nazarene have driven another scholar from their ranks.The trustees of Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) announced on June 26 the termination of Dr. Tom Oord, tenured professor of theology, ordained N...

    The intellectual crisis deepens in the Church of the Nazarene as another scholar is forced out of one of its universities.

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    Blame Jefferson for the Confederate Flag

    Blame Jefferson for the Confederate Flag

    As the call to remove the Confederate flag from its official position in states across the South gathers momentum, the question that remains is, How far should this process go?New York Times columnist David Brooks has responded to that question by...

    The Confederate flag debate has lately included the problematical Robert E. Lee. But Lee is not our real problem regarding slavery’s legacy. Thomas Jefferson is.

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    Tech + Health

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    Rats Dream About Tomorrow’s Plans

    Rats Dream About Tomorrow’s Plans

    Humans aren’t the only ones thinking about a better tomorrow. Rats too spend their nights dreaming of their desired futures, according to new research.The study, out of the University College London (UCL), says that sleeping rats “dream” of findin...

    New research out of the University College London suggest rats dream about the future.

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    We’re Not The Dinos: We’re The Asteroid

    We’re Not The Dinos: We’re The Asteroid

    Extinction is an inevitable consequence of evolution. Environments change, new species arrive and crowd out the old, any number of factors make a formerly successful species unsuccessful. No less an authority than Charles Darwin wrote in The Origi...

    Yes, humans are probably to blame for the Earth’s sixth mass extinction event, which is wiping out species at a rate 53 times greater than normal.

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    Biologists vs. Engineers

    Biologists vs. Engineers

    In less than a generation, IT has smashed, recast and obliterated entire industries. Now the wunderkinds who brought us the Internet and apps for buying Jimmy Choos are laying siege to health care, eager to shake up this most bloated of industries...

    As IT feverishly vies to disrupt health care—and to hack the human organism—engineers are running up against a mindset that’s planets apart from their own.

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    What’s So Fun About Fake Data?

    What’s So Fun About Fake Data?

    Fake data have been in the news lately. First there was Michael LaCour, the grad student who claimed to have done a study last year on political persuasion and attitudes toward gay rights. No voters were harmed in this nonexistent survey, but LaC...

    From fabricated studies on changing attitudes toward gay rights to stats-skewing by esteemed columnists, we’re awash in fake data. So what’s a reader to do?

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    We’re Not The Dinos: We’re The Asteroid

    We’re Not The Dinos: We’re The Asteroid

    Extinction is an inevitable consequence of evolution. Environments change, new species arrive and crowd out the old, any number of factors make a formerly successful species unsuccessful. No less an authority than Charles Darwin wrote in The Origi...

    Yes, humans are probably to blame for the Earth’s sixth mass extinction event, which is wiping out species at a rate 53 times greater than normal.

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    I Watched 100 Cat Videos for Science

    I Watched 100 Cat Videos for Science

    Grumpy Cat isn’t just an Internet phenomenon, movie star and cause of procrastination across the globe: watching the curmudgeonly kitty and her feline friends can actually benefit your health, according to a new study. As if the hours of entertain...

    A new study says cat videos are good for your mental health. So 100 of them in a row must be even better, right?

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    She Paved the Way for Helen Keller

    She Paved the Way for Helen Keller

    The last week of June is annually designated as Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week, as decreed in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan to coincide with the anniversary of Helen Keller’s birth on June 27, 1880.The emphasis of this national campaign,...

    In the 19th century, Helen Keller was just ‘the second Laura Bridgman,’ a blind-deaf pioneer called the most famous woman alive after Queen Victoria.

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    This colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted a flagellated Vibrio vulnificus bacterium; Mag. 26367x.

Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium in the same family as those that cause cholera. It normally lives in warm seawater and is part of a group of vibrios that are called  halophilic  because they require salt. V. vulnificus can cause disease in those who eat contaminated seafood or have an open wound that is exposed to contaminated seawater. Among healthy people, ingestion of V. vulnificus can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. In immunocompromised persons, particularly those with chronic liver disease, V. vulnificus can infect the bloodstream, causing a severe and life-threatening illness characterized by fever and chills, decreased blood pressure (septic shock), and blistering skin lesions. V. vulnificus bloodstream infections are fatal about 50% of the time.

    Flesh-Eating Bacteria Back For Summer

    Flesh-Eating Bacteria Back For Summer

    Vibrio vulnificus.No, it’s not a spell from Harry Potter.When you think of deadly attacks in the Gulf of Mexico, your mind probably fills with images of toothy sharks. But swimmers on the Gulf Coast have something far more insidious–and hard to av...

    The deadly bacteria vibrio vulnificus is back just in time for beach season.

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    I Watched 100 Cat Videos for Science

    I Watched 100 Cat Videos for Science

    Grumpy Cat isn’t just an Internet phenomenon, movie star and cause of procrastination across the globe: watching the curmudgeonly kitty and her feline friends can actually benefit your health, according to a new study. As if the hours of entertain...

    A new study says cat videos are good for your mental health. So 100 of them in a row must be even better, right?

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    Miami’s Wild Museum of Sex

    Miami’s Wild Museum of Sex

    MIAMI BEACH, Florida — I’m in a dark room above a Miami Beach nightclub surrounded by penises.No, I’m not at TWIST, the famous South Beach gay club with seven bars, two stories, and one ornately framed portrait of Ricky Martin, although that’s onl...

    Miami’s World Erotic Art Museum is every bit as raunchy as you would hope, with penises, vulvas, and the Kama Sutra carved into a four-poster bed.

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    Philippe Parreno, Danny La Rue, 2013(detail)

    When Creepy Kids Are Part of an Art Show

    When Creepy Kids Are Part of an Art Show

    Her body is limp. Her eyes are void. A tiny girl—about 9 years old—is surrounded by a group of people who stared silently as she tried to understand what was happening around her.Slowly, her head spins almost 180 degrees. Her vacant eyes lock on m...

    H {N}Y P N{Y} OSIS, Philippe Parreno’s latest large-scale exhibition, is as mystifying as it is memorable.

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    The Molecular Music Written In DNA

    The Molecular Music Written In DNA

    On a recent Friday in London, an audience was bathed in music—and not in a metaphorical sense.UK-based artist Charlotte Jarvis, in collaboration with the biochemist Dr. Nick Goldman, encoded a new musical composition by the Kreutzer Quartet into D...

    An artist suspended the ‘musical DNA’ of a Kreutzer Quartet composition into soap bubbles.

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    Carole Middleton, mother of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, waves as she travels with Britain?s Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to Buckingham Palace in a Semi-State Landau, along the Procession Route, after the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in Westminster Abbey, in central London April 29, 2011.   (ROYAL WEDDING/ PROCESSION) REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN  - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)   - RTR2LR8W

    The Rise of Kate Middleton’s Mom

    The Rise of Kate Middleton’s Mom

    With her grandson perched on her shoulders as they wandered around a local petting zoo, Carole Middleton looked just like any other doting grandparent on a day out with her grandson. Except, of course, she isn’t. For the bald fact is that Carole M...

    As grandma to the future royal king, Carole Middleton is one of the most trusted intimates in Kate and William’s circle.

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    Philippe Parreno, Danny La Rue, 2013(detail)

    When Creepy Kids Are Part of an Art Show

    When Creepy Kids Are Part of an Art Show

    Her body is limp. Her eyes are void. A tiny girl—about 9 years old—is surrounded by a group of people who stared silently as she tried to understand what was happening around her.Slowly, her head spins almost 180 degrees. Her vacant eyes lock on m...

    H {N}Y P N{Y} OSIS, Philippe Parreno’s latest large-scale exhibition, is as mystifying as it is memorable.

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    ‘Pat’ Macnee: Bookie, Actor, Nudist, Spy

    ‘Pat’ Macnee: Bookie, Actor, Nudist, Spy

    Patrick Macnee created one of the greatest characters in television history in his role as the secret agent John Steed in The Avengers, which wove together classic English eccentricity, the Swinging Sixties, high camp and surrealism. He died on Ju...

    He’s best known for playing John Steed in ‘The Avengers,’ but the oh-so-English actor had a more interesting life than you can imagine.

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    Chefs of the sushi restaurant chain Sushi Zanmai hold a freshly cut piece of a blue fin tuna at the chain's main restaurant at the outer Tsukiji market in Tokyo January 5, 2015. The 180 kg blue fin tuna traded at a price of 4.5 million yen (37,500 USD) and was the most expensive fish at this year's New Year auction at the Tsukiji market, local media reported.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS ANIMALS FOOD SOCIETY) - RTR4K2P2

    Inside Tokyo’s Amazing Temple Of Fish

    Inside Tokyo’s Amazing Temple Of Fish

    Hiroyuki Hirai has been here for 50 years, each day much the same as the last. He smells strongly of saltwater and cheap soap. His face is friendly and flat as a beaten coin.He chuckles a lot, especially at his own jokes, and his smile animates th...

    It’s a vivid scene of blood, guts, and expertise—even tuna is cut according to a ‘conversation.’ What would be lost if Tsukiji fish market was moved to a climate-controlled distribut...

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    Max's Kansas City Part II

    Where Punks Always Got the Best Table

    Where Punks Always Got the Best Table

    ‘Same As It Ever Was, Same As It Ever Was,’ a lyric by the Talking Heads, former regulars at Max’s Kansas City, caught the mood at the Bowery Electric during their celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of that long-defunct club.Max’s was on Park...

    First it was the art-world hangout. Then the Punks descended. And Max’s Kansas City story isn’t over.

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    ‘Pat’ Macnee: Bookie, Actor, Nudist, Spy

    ‘Pat’ Macnee: Bookie, Actor, Nudist, Spy

    Patrick Macnee created one of the greatest characters in television history in his role as the secret agent John Steed in The Avengers, which wove together classic English eccentricity, the Swinging Sixties, high camp and surrealism. He died on Ju...

    He’s best known for playing John Steed in ‘The Avengers,’ but the oh-so-English actor had a more interesting life than you can imagine.

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    Books

    Blame Jefferson for the Confederate Flag

    Blame Jefferson for the Confederate Flag

    As the call to remove the Confederate flag from its official position in states across the South gathers momentum, the question that remains is, How far should this process go?New York Times columnist David Brooks has responded to that question by...

    The Confederate flag debate has lately included the problematical Robert E. Lee. But Lee is not our real problem regarding slavery’s legacy. Thomas Jefferson is.

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    • The Week’s Best Longreads

      The Week’s Best Longreads

      Many thanks to our friends at Longreads who inspire us every week.‘They Ask for Equal Dignity in the Eyes of the Law’ By Justice Anthony Kennedy, The Supreme Court of the United States Read Justice Kennedy’s historic and moving ruling that states ...

      Marriage equality, hostage negotiations, and the Internet sleuths. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.

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    Congress: It’s Time to Legalize Drugs

    Congress: It’s Time to Legalize Drugs

    Let me come right our and say what you won’t tell the American people. The War on Drugs is unwinnable. It was unwinnable for Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and now Obama. At forty-four years, it’s America’s longest war and t...

    Bestselling author Don Winslow, whose new novel ‘The Cartel’ is now available, on how the only way to win the trillion-dollar War on Drugs is to stop fighting. This piece is also run...

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    Remains of a burned-out U.S. helicopter lies in front of abandoned chopper in the eastern desert region of Iran, April 27,1980, one day after an abortive American commando raid to free the U.S. Embassy hostages. (AP Photo)

    A Husband’s Death And Hostages’ Freedom

    A Husband’s Death And Hostages’ Freedom

    Editor’s note: On April 24, 1980, the United States mounted a risky rescue attempt of American diplomats being held hostage by Iran—Operation Eagle Claw. It failed horribly, leaving eight U.S. servicemen and one Iranian civilian dead. It also help...

    The widow of an American engineer who died trying to save hostages being held by Iran finally finds some peace with their release.

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    She Paved the Way for Helen Keller

    The last week of June is annually designated as Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week, as decreed in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan to coincide with the anniversary of Helen Keller’s birth on June 27, 1880.The emphasis of this national campaign,...

    In the 19th century, Helen Keller was just ‘the second Laura Bridgman,’ a blind-deaf pioneer called the most famous woman alive after Queen Victoria.

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    Congress: It’s Time to Legalize Drugs

    Congress: It’s Time to Legalize Drugs

    Let me come right our and say what you won’t tell the American people. The War on Drugs is unwinnable. It was unwinnable for Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and now Obama. At forty-four years, it’s America’s longest war and t...

    Bestselling author Don Winslow, whose new novel ‘The Cartel’ is now available, on how the only way to win the trillion-dollar War on Drugs is to stop fighting. This piece is also run...

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    Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead performs on stage at the Tivoli Concert Hall in April 1972 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

    How the Grateful Dead Became Immortal

    How the Grateful Dead Became Immortal

    On July 9, 1995 at Soldier Field in Chicago, the Grateful Dead performed for the last time with Jerry Garcia, their extraordinarily talented lead guitarist and songwriter who died the following month at the age of 53. Twenty years later, the Dead ...

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    Harry Potter’s Sex and Drugs Years?

    Harry Potter’s Sex and Drugs Years?

    LONDON — A decade after J.K. Rowling completed the final Harry Potter book, the world’s favorite wizard will return to action next summer.Muggles desperate for another glimpse into the wizarding world will have to travel to London to find out what...

    Harry Potter is back. J.K. Rowling announced that the next installment of Harry’s story will appear on stage in London next year.

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    Excerpt From Her Memoir, ‘Getting Real’

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    How a Fox News Host Handled Sex Assault

    Gretchen Carlson was crowned Miss America in 1989. In an excerpt from her new book, Getting Real, the Fox News host describes what it felt like to crown the next winner, Debbye Lynn Turner, and how being Miss America opened doors. She also discuss...

    In her new memoir, Fox News host Gretchen Carlson talks about life post-Miss America, the importance of mentoring, and the scourge of sexual harassment.

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    Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead performs on stage at the Tivoli Concert Hall in April 1972 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

    How the Grateful Dead Became Immortal

    How the Grateful Dead Became Immortal

    On July 9, 1995 at Soldier Field in Chicago, the Grateful Dead performed for the last time with Jerry Garcia, their extraordinarily talented lead guitarist and songwriter who died the following month at the age of 53. Twenty years later, the Dead ...

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