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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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    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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    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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    Road To Victory In New Hampshire Goes Through the VFW

    N.H. Vets to 2016ers: Impress Us

    N.H. Vets to 2016ers: Impress Us

    MANCHESTER, N.H. — In a state with a disproportionate influence over the presidential process, New Hampshire’s veterans stand at the top of the food chain. As dozens of Republicans and a handful of Democrats vie for their respective party’s nomina...

    When it comes to the presidential primary, Granite State veterans have a low tolerance for bullshit and a disproportionate impact on which candidate wins.

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    US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks during the American Bar Association (ABA) 59th annual "Antitrust Law Spring" meeting in Washington, DC, on March 31, 2011. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Did Dissenting Justices Suggest Treason?

    Did Dissenting Justices Suggest Treason?

    In controversial cases, is the role of jurist to inflame controversy, or quell it? In Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 case which found race-based marriage bans unconstitutional, Chief Justice Earl Warren built a 9-0 consensus—just as he’d done years...

    The conservative justices’ incendiary dissents in Obergefell are a shocking betrayal of judicial responsibility

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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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    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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    ‘True Detective’: The Man With No Dick

    ‘True Detective’: The Man With No Dick

    In college, my friends and I used to kill time during the oppressively cold Maine winters by playing a little game we invented: The CSI: Miami Drinking Game. Now, the exact rules escape me—this was a decade ago, and there were so many—but I recall...

    The second episode of the HBO drama was even darker than the first, and ended with a bullet-riddled cliffhanger. [Warning: Spoilers]

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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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    Steve Coogan as Thom in Happyish (Season 1, Episode 08). - Photo:  Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID:  happyish_108_02417.R

    Why We’ll Never Be Happy

    Why We’ll Never Be Happy

    HAPPYish, Showtime’s equal parts provocative and polarizing comedy about our culture’s unhealthy and ill-advised obsession with tarnish-free bliss, began its season with quite the opening salvo: “Fuck you, Thomas Jefferson.”The Founding Father’s g...

    Sunday’s season finale of the Showtime comedy ‘HAPPYish’ was bleak—but also enlightening. We talk with creator Shalom Auslander about why we need to stop pursuing happiness.

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    Shia LaBeouf: Rat-Tailed Rapper

    Shia LaBeouf: Rat-Tailed Rapper

    It seems we have now entered the WTF phase of Shia LaBeouf’s mystifying-yet-fascinating career.The 29-year-old who got his start collecting Daytime Emmys for his turn as a Dennis the Menace-like troublemaker on the Disney Channel’s Even Stevens ha...

    In a video going viral, LaBeouf delivers a freestyle rap comparing himself to Tupac. It’s only the latest in a long line of odd behavior from the former Disney star.

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    How ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Found God

    How ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Found God

    Powerlessness has been a central theme of Orange Is the New Black since the beginning, as is appropriate for a prison show. Unlike its companion Netflix hit House of Cards or other “prestige” TV dramas like Breaking Bad or Mad Men, it’s the opposi...

    The third season of the Netflix series ‘Orange Is the New Black’ is all about faith—how the ‘lie’ of organized religion lets us down, and it’s better to have faith in the small things.

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    Steve Coogan as Thom in Happyish (Season 1, Episode 08). - Photo:  Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID:  happyish_108_02417.R

    Why We’ll Never Be Happy

    Why We’ll Never Be Happy

    HAPPYish, Showtime’s equal parts provocative and polarizing comedy about our culture’s unhealthy and ill-advised obsession with tarnish-free bliss, began its season with quite the opening salvo: “Fuck you, Thomas Jefferson.”The Founding Father’s g...

    Sunday’s season finale of the Showtime comedy ‘HAPPYish’ was bleak—but also enlightening. We talk with creator Shalom Auslander about why we need to stop pursuing happiness.

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    World News

    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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    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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    Meet The Middle East’s Atheist Preacher

    Meet The Middle East’s Atheist Preacher

    Ismail Mohammed is a YouTube preacher who’s trying to turn Middle Easterners into believers–in atheism.Mohammed, 30, left Islam three years ago but he has become evangelical about his new faith. He created his YouTube channel, Black Ducks, in his ...

    In a region increasingly defined by its Islamic fundamentalism, Ismail Mohammed is vocal about his belief that there is no God. And he’s discovering that he’s not alone.

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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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    A participant attends the Christopher Street Day (CSD) gay parade in Berlin on June 27, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / ADAM BERRY        (Photo credit should read ADAM BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

    Crazy Global Pride After U.S. Decision

    Crazy Global Pride After U.S. Decision

    After the Supreme Court decision legalized same-sex marriage in the United States on Friday, Gay Pride weekend worldwide was especially heady.

    After the Supreme Court decision legalized same-sex marriage in the United States on Friday, Gay Pride weekend worldwide was especially heady.

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    Meet The Middle East’s Atheist Preacher

    Meet The Middle East’s Atheist Preacher

    Ismail Mohammed is a YouTube preacher who’s trying to turn Middle Easterners into believers–in atheism.Mohammed, 30, left Islam three years ago but he has become evangelical about his new faith. He created his YouTube channel, Black Ducks, in his ...

    In a region increasingly defined by its Islamic fundamentalism, Ismail Mohammed is vocal about his belief that there is no God. And he’s discovering that he’s not alone.

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    U.S. News

    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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    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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    Thanks, Westboro, For Gay Marriage!

    Thanks, Westboro, For Gay Marriage!

    In the realm of hate filled religious extremists, the Westboro Baptist Church have their own special planet, one filled with the vilest and vitriolic views and actions. The human filth picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in action and the vi...

    Nate Phelps took to social media to ‘congratulate’ the church for being so awful.

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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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    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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    American Muslims Supporting Gay Marriage Speak Up

    Muslims Supporting Gay Marriage Speak Up

    Muslims Supporting Gay Marriage Speak Up

    Mu’min Marcos Arquero Castenada is an openly gay Muslim fasting in this Islamic holy month of Ramadan. He ululated when he heard the Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage nationwide on Friday, then he went to his Oakland mosque to do his Frida...

    Often thought of as hostile to homosexuality, some American Muslims celebrated Friday’s Supreme Court decision and chided their co-religionists who said judgment day was nigh.

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    Tech + Health

    How the Weather Became Predictable

    Darwin’s Captain Was 1800s’ Al Roker

    Darwin’s Captain Was 1800s’ Al Roker

    Growing up, I was advised that one of the better careers to seek out was that of weatherman—they managed to get plenty wrong and yet keep their jobs.In reality, the modern weather prediction we largely take for granted is pretty reliable, certainl...

    Only in the 19th century did scientists get a grip on weather prediction, and the storms they studied often paled when compared the ferocity of the partisan infighting.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Gay Conversion Therapy Takes a Legal Hit

    Gay Conversion Therapy Takes a Legal Hit

    Three Jews and a Mormon walk into a courtroom…No, it’s not the setup to a punchline, it’s the premise behind a major judicial blow to anti-LGBT conversion therapy in the United States.On Thursday, while the nation waited for a Supreme Court ruling...

    Trying to ‘turn’ people straight is medically unsound, but it’s still being practiced across the nation. A landmark verdict Thursday calling it consumer fraud could change that.

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    BBC Says 18-Year-Old Kids Should Freeze Their Sperm

    Should 18-Year-Olds Freeze Their Sperm?

    Should 18-Year-Olds Freeze Their Sperm?

    A UK bioethicist is recommending all 18-year-olds freeze their sperm to be used later in life to avoid the potential health risks that come with fathering a child at an older age.According to a study in the journal JAMA Psychiatry as cited by the ...

    Men should freeze their sperm to protect their future children from health risks, a UK Bioethicist recommends.

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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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    BeastStyle

    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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    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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    THE AVENGERS DIANA RIGG, PATRICK MACNEE AVG 083

    ‘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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    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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    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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    Just 10 kilometres from Postojna Cave stands one of the most picturesque wonders of human history: Predjama Castle. For more than 700 years it has perched proudly on its 123 metre cliff: powerful, defiant and impregnable, the perfect hideout for the bold, headstrong and rebellious knight Erazem of Predjama, a 'robber baron' who is the subject of a romantic and beautiful legend.

    Robin Hood’s Secret Castle

    Robin Hood’s Secret Castle

    A cliffside Slovenian castle sits on not just a network of secret caves that hid an infamously swashbuckling knight—who successfully held off a full offensive by the Holy Roman Empire for more than a year—but also a cache of buried treasure.Fitted...

    A stunning mountain castle served as a fortress for Slovenia’s Robin Hood and once hid a long-buried treasure.

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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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    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

    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 ...

    Over the 4th of July weekend, the Grateful Dead culminate 50 years of performing with a series of final concerts. Here’s a great portrait of the band in its heyday.

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    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Directed by David Yates
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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’

    How a Fox News Host Handled Sex Assault

    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 ...

    Over the 4th of July weekend, the Grateful Dead culminate 50 years of performing with a series of final concerts. Here’s a great portrait of the band in its heyday.

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