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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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    Entertainment

    Father John Misty Revives ‘The Suburbs’

    Father John Misty Revives ‘The Suburbs’

    Josh Tillman, AKA Father John Misty, AKA the guy who was the drummer for Fleet Foxes, has managed to make quite a splash with his assumed persona combining über hipster snark and Jim Morrison’s pelvic thrusting dance moves.For his latest in a stri...

    See why his Arcade Fire cover is breaking the Internet.

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    Lil' Kim performs during the 2015 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California, June 28, 2015.

    The BET Awards Outshines the Grammys

    The BET Awards Outshines the Grammys

    Sunday night saw this year’s BET Awards broadcast, and bless us all every one, they were exactly what you’d expect of them.Beyoncé won video of the year, video director of the year, and R&B/pop vocalist for “7/11”, despite the fact that Beyonc...

    The BET Awards is over-the-top, messy, and must-see TV. And the snooze-worthy Grammys has plenty to learn from its more fun and youthful competition.

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    Britney Spears Fires Back at Iggy Azalea

    Britney Spears Fires Back at Iggy Azalea

    Let’s get one thing straight: “Pretty Girls” is a very bad song. It sounds like “Fancy” if it was thrown in a blender with a pack of spotted hyenas, a set of dull knives, and shitty raps (“It’s just so funny…like bees to the honey!”) and set to “d...

    Azalea had some choice NSFW words for Spears about why their single ‘Pretty Girls’ bombed, and now Spears has fired back with her own burn.

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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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    Lil' Kim performs during the 2015 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California, June 28, 2015.

    The BET Awards Outshines the Grammys

    The BET Awards Outshines the Grammys

    Sunday night saw this year’s BET Awards broadcast, and bless us all every one, they were exactly what you’d expect of them.Beyoncé won video of the year, video director of the year, and R&B/pop vocalist for “7/11”, despite the fact that Beyonc...

    The BET Awards is over-the-top, messy, and must-see TV. And the snooze-worthy Grammys has plenty to learn from its more fun and youthful competition.

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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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    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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    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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    World News

    Anti-austerity protesters burn a euro note during a demonstration outside the European Union (EU) offices in Athens, Greece June 28, 2015. Greece said it may impose capital controls and keep its banks shut on Monday after creditors refused to extend the country's bailout and savers queued to withdraw cash, taking Athens' standoff with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to a dangerous new level. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis - RTX1I5FV

    The Pyromaniac Demagogue of Greece

    The Pyromaniac Demagogue of Greece

    PARIS—As I write on June 30, no one knows what turn the crisis in Greece will take.I have written enough about my anger at today’s soulless Europe, a Europe without a plan worthy of the name, one unfaithful both to its values and to its founding f...

    The Greek prime minister is trying to pass off responsibility for a looming train wreck that he, and he alone, has engineered.

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    An army soldier stands near a building destroyed during recent fighting between the army and al Qaeda-linked militants in the southern Yemeni city of Zinjibar June 21, 2012.

    Another Nice Mess the Saudis Got Us Into

    Another Nice Mess the Saudis Got Us Into

    If the results of U.S. policy missteps in the Middle East weren’t so tragic, you could easily run them as a series of Laurel and Hardy episodes. You remember those escapades where the thin and ever timid Stan Laurel and the large and always confid...

    Washington is getting sucked deeper and deeper into the Yemen war, and there is no upside to its involvement.

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    A tourist sits near flowers placed at the beachside of the Imperial Marhaba resort, which was attacked by a gunman in Sousse, Tunisia, June 28, 2015. Hundreds of armed police patrolled the streets of Tunisia's beach resorts on Sunday and the government said it will deploy hundreds more inside hotels after the Islamist militant attack in Sousse that killed 39 foreigners, mostly Britons.

    Britain’s Agony and Anger Over Massacre

    Britain’s Agony and Anger Over Massacre

    LONDON — While blood still seeped into the sand on Tunisia’s Mediterranean coast, one young couple who narrowly escaped the terrorist’s hail of bullets set out to prove that love cannot be defeated by hatred.Ben Wilton, 26, grabbed his girlfriend ...

    Thirty or more of the victims slaughtered by a jihadi on the beach at Sousse were British citizens. As counterterror measures are stepped up, the mourning has just begun.

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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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    An army soldier stands near a building destroyed during recent fighting between the army and al Qaeda-linked militants in the southern Yemeni city of Zinjibar June 21, 2012.

    Another Nice Mess the Saudis Got Us Into

    Another Nice Mess the Saudis Got Us Into

    If the results of U.S. policy missteps in the Middle East weren’t so tragic, you could easily run them as a series of Laurel and Hardy episodes. You remember those escapades where the thin and ever timid Stan Laurel and the large and always confid...

    Washington is getting sucked deeper and deeper into the Yemen war, and there is no upside to its involvement.

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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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    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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    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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    U.S. News

    Dillon Bracken attends the Burning Man 2014 "Caravansary" arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. Over 65,000 people from all over the world have gathered at the sold out festival to spend a week in the remote desert cut off from much of the outside world to experience art, music and the unique community that develops. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY) FOR USE WITH BURNING MAN RELATED REPORTING ONLY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS - RTR44DVK

    Harry Reid & Burning Man Vs. Toilets

    Harry Reid & Burning Man Vs. Toilets

    The Bureau of Land Management is under fire for asking a bunch of rich hippies for air conditioning and some flushing toilets.Bohemian arts bacchanalia Burning Man has become an annual pilgrimage of people looking to get wasted and wild—especially...

    The billionaire’s newest faux anarchy playground is bashing the Bureau of Land Management for requesting bare necessities in harsh desert.

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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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    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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    Dillon Bracken attends the Burning Man 2014 "Caravansary" arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, August 30, 2014. Over 65,000 people from all over the world have gathered at the sold out festival to spend a week in the remote desert cut off from much of the outside world to experience art, music and the unique community that develops. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY) FOR USE WITH BURNING MAN RELATED REPORTING ONLY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS - RTR44DVK

    Harry Reid & Burning Man Vs. Toilets

    Harry Reid & Burning Man Vs. Toilets

    The Bureau of Land Management is under fire for asking a bunch of rich hippies for air conditioning and some flushing toilets.Bohemian arts bacchanalia Burning Man has become an annual pilgrimage of people looking to get wasted and wild—especially...

    The billionaire’s newest faux anarchy playground is bashing the Bureau of Land Management for requesting bare necessities in harsh desert.

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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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    U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a eulogy in honor of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney during funeral services for Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina June 26, 2015. Pinckney is one of nine victims of a mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX1HZ68

    In Charleston, Christianity at its Best

    In Charleston, Christianity at its Best

    When President Obama eulogized Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine victims murdered at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., he called him a “model for his faith.” The same could be said for the eight other victims, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Sharonda C...

    Although young people are deserting Christianity in waves, the faith and humanity of the families of the Charleston Nine could be an inspiration.

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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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