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    The New Post-Homophobic Christianity

    The New Post-Homophobic Christianity

    Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that legalized marriage equality in America, some conservative Christians have been downright apoplectic. In a ridiculously offensive analogy, right wing anti-equality zealot Bryan Fischer...

    Most Christians are going to adapt to the new America just fine.

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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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    The New Post-Homophobic Christianity

    The New Post-Homophobic Christianity

    Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that legalized marriage equality in America, some conservative Christians have been downright apoplectic. In a ridiculously offensive analogy, right wing anti-equality zealot Bryan Fischer...

    Most Christians are going to adapt to the new America just fine.

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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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    Hollywood's Freebies for U.S. Gov't

    Hollywood’s Freebies for U.S. Gov’t

    Hollywood’s Freebies for U.S. Gov’t

    By Robert Faturechi, ProPublicaHollywood’s efforts to win political clout have always stretched across the country, from glitzy campaign fundraisers in Beverly Hills to cocktail parties with power brokers in Washington.Last year, the film industry...

    Four U.S. embassies got upgraded screening rooms last year, paid for by the lobbying arm of the big studios. The industry and the government say there were no strings attached.

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    Entertainment

    ‘True Detective’: The Big Gay Reveal

    ‘True Detective’: The Big Gay Reveal

    The third episode of HBO’s True Detective, “Maybe Tomorrow,” opens with an overstated dream sequence meant to further diminish its sad sack protagonist, Det. Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell). When we last left him, he was on the brink of losing shared...

    The third episode of HBO’s potboiler featured an ass-kicking Vince Vaughn, more layers of bureaucracy, and one big character reveal. [Warning: Spoilers]

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    Khloe Kardashian talks on the phone prior to Game 2 of a second-round NBA playoff basketball series between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks, Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Los Angeles. The Mavericks won 93-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Khloe Kardashian’s New Boyfriend

    Khloe Kardashian’s New Boyfriend

    For weeks, there have been tabloid rumblings that reality star Khloe Kardashian has been trying to rekindle her relationship with estranged husband—and former NBA player—Lamar Odom, with very dubious reports that she had a “meltdown” during Kanye ...

    For weeks, there have been rumblings that the coolest Kardashian has been dating NBA All-Star James Harden. Now, we can confirm it.

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    The Week in Viral Videos

    The Week in Viral Videos

    5. Stephen Colbert and Eminem on Michigan Public Access TVTotally unpredictable, and perfect in every way. Stephen Colbert fills in as host for ‘Only in Monroe,’ a local Michigan cable access show, and Eminem stops by for a chat.4. John Cage: Gay ...

    From a new ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ prequel to Colbert’s transcendent cable access performance, WATCH our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

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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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    Khloe Kardashian talks on the phone prior to Game 2 of a second-round NBA playoff basketball series between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks, Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Los Angeles. The Mavericks won 93-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Khloe Kardashian’s New Boyfriend

    Khloe Kardashian’s New Boyfriend

    For weeks, there have been tabloid rumblings that reality star Khloe Kardashian has been trying to rekindle her relationship with estranged husband—and former NBA player—Lamar Odom, with very dubious reports that she had a “meltdown” during Kanye ...

    For weeks, there have been rumblings that the coolest Kardashian has been dating NBA All-Star James Harden. Now, we can confirm it.

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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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    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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    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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    World News

    People shout slogans in front of the White Tower, city's landmark, in Thessaloniki on July 5, 2015, after early results showed those who rejected further austerity measures in a crucial bailout referendum were poised to win. Over 61 percent of Greek voters on July 5 rejected fresh austerity demands by the country's EU-IMF creditors in a historic referendum, official results from 50 percent of polling stations showed. AFP PHOTO /Sakis Mitrolidis        (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)

    Greece Tells Off EU, Asks For More Money

    Greece Tells Off EU, Asks For More Money

    ATHENS—“No to the Troika.” The message is stark and clear as I sit in a car outside a branch of Piraeus Bank in the working-class district of Ilion in western Athens. The words, two feet high, are graffitied on the bank’s wall. Next to them a man ...

    The rich people of Athens voted ‘yes’ in Sunday’s referendum. Almost no one else did—in a nightmare scenario both for Greece and the eurozone.

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    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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    Jun 30, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; United States forward Kelley O'Hara (5) celebrates her goal during the second half against Germany in the semifinals of the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports - RTX1IILX

    Want to Fix FIFA? Hire Women

    Want to Fix FIFA? Hire Women

    It’s been one month since FIFA combusted on the world stage, implicating the governing body’s highest-ranking leadership in massive-scale corruption and cronyism. So far, 14 individuals—including seven FIFA officials—have been indicted, and none o...

    Countless studies say women are less corruptible than men. So, there’s never been a better time for a female head of world soccer.

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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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    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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    A Cuban gives the thumbs up from his balcony decorated with the US and Cuban flags in Havana, on January 16, 2015. The United States will ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba on Friday, marking the first concrete steps towards restoring normal ties with the Cold War-era foe since announcing a historic rapprochement. AFP PHOTO/YAMIL Lage        (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Can Airbnb Help Turn Cuba Capitalist?

    Can Airbnb Help Turn Cuba Capitalist?

    COJIMAR, Cuba — The streets of Cojimar are confusing. In this small city about 13 miles outside Havana, signs are scarce, roads are winding, and native taxi drivers often have to stop and ask for directions block by block.After 15 minutes of stop-...

    More than 2,000 listings have been posted on the site since it began operations on the island in April. A growing number of these are illegal. Why Cubans are willing to take the risk.

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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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    A Cuban gives the thumbs up from his balcony decorated with the US and Cuban flags in Havana, on January 16, 2015. The United States will ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba on Friday, marking the first concrete steps towards restoring normal ties with the Cold War-era foe since announcing a historic rapprochement. AFP PHOTO/YAMIL Lage        (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Can Airbnb Help Turn Cuba Capitalist?

    Can Airbnb Help Turn Cuba Capitalist?

    COJIMAR, Cuba — The streets of Cojimar are confusing. In this small city about 13 miles outside Havana, signs are scarce, roads are winding, and native taxi drivers often have to stop and ask for directions block by block.After 15 minutes of stop-...

    More than 2,000 listings have been posted on the site since it began operations on the island in April. A growing number of these are illegal. Why Cubans are willing to take the risk.

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    U.S. News

    US player Serena Williams serves against Hungary's Timea Babos during their women's singles second round match on day three of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 1, 2015.   RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE  --   AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS        (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Secret World of Tennis Gambling

    The Secret World of Tennis Gambling

    The bookies knew something was up. Eleven bettors, nine of them based in Russia, had just put millions of dollars via the English sportsbook Betfair on Martin Vassallo Arguello beating Nikolay Davydenko in their match at the Orange Prokrom Open in...

    One study concludes over 20 first-round pro tennis matches are fixed every year. Why? Because it's almost too easy to throw a match.

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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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    Teddy Roosevelt’s Safari Photos

    Teddy Roosevelt’s 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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    US player Serena Williams serves against Hungary's Timea Babos during their women's singles second round match on day three of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 1, 2015.   RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE  --   AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS        (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Secret World of Tennis Gambling

    The Secret World of Tennis Gambling

    The bookies knew something was up. Eleven bettors, nine of them based in Russia, had just put millions of dollars via the English sportsbook Betfair on Martin Vassallo Arguello beating Nikolay Davydenko in their match at the Orange Prokrom Open in...

    One study concludes over 20 first-round pro tennis matches are fixed every year. Why? Because it's almost too easy to throw a match.

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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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    Old Glory in New York: Flags In The City

    Old Glory in New York: Flags In The City

    From 232nd Street to Coney Island, I canvassed the five boroughs of New York City with a very specific target—interesting moments where people and our national flag combined.

    From 232nd Street to Coney Island, I canvassed the five boroughs of New York City with a very specific target—interesting moments where people and our national flag combined.

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    Tech + Health

    Why We Believe in Alien Abductions

    Why We Believe in Alien Abductions

    Recently, Grammy-winning country star Kacey Musgraves, best known for her hit single “Follow Your Arrow,” declared that her greatest fear is being abducted by aliens. It might surprise you to learn that such a successful, rational-appearing person...

    It’s no coincidence that alien abductions, which presumably never happen, are described so consistently. Inside the neurological patterns that bring extraterrestrial fears to life.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, carries Princess Charlotte of Cambridge as they arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England.  (Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

    George Steals Show at Christening

    George Steals Show at Christening

    Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George and Princess Charlotte appeared as a family of four today for the first time in public, on the occasion of the new princess’s christening.Prince George captured the hearts of the nation, waving regally...

    Prince George captures the hearts of the nation, waving regally to the crowds as he attends sister Charlotte’s christening.

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    My Sex-Segregated Party Boycott

    My Sex-Segregated Party Boycott

    It’s the same scene over and over: men and women dressed in their brand-name best, shimmering and besuited, men’s hair gelled and women’s highlighted and curled, tumbling to their waists. They walk in the party together and then separate. The men ...

    The sexes rarely interact at parties in my Afghan-American community—and I’ve had enough of the segregation.

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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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    My Sex-Segregated Party Boycott

    My Sex-Segregated Party Boycott

    It’s the same scene over and over: men and women dressed in their brand-name best, shimmering and besuited, men’s hair gelled and women’s highlighted and curled, tumbling to their waists. They walk in the party together and then separate. The men ...

    The sexes rarely interact at parties in my Afghan-American community—and I’ve had enough of the segregation.

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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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    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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    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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    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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