Politics

Potential Republican 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire April 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTR4XVCG

Rappers Vs. Trump As Stupid As It Sounds

Rappers Vs. Trump As Stupid As It Sounds

A sense of calm—celebration, even—returned to Baltimore on Friday, after State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that there was probable cause to file criminal charges against the six police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray. The ci...

On Twitter, it’s mogul against musicians, and no one comes out of it looking good.

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What Ben Franklin Can Teach the Clintons

What Ben Franklin Can Teach the Clintons

More than 200 years ago, we included in our Constitution a provision that forbids federal officers from accepting a gift of any kind whatever from foreign interests without first getting permission from Congress (Article I, Section 9, the so-calle...

The King of France gave Ben Franklin a snuff box. He did le roi no favors in return—but he soon came to see that that wasn’t good enough.

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz speaks during the IHS CERAWeek 2015 energy conference in Houston, Texas, April 22, 2015.

The Hidden Star of Obama’s Cabinet

The Hidden Star of Obama’s Cabinet

Energy secretary Ernest Moniz has trouble passing for a bureaucrat. With longish wavy gray hair and a cherubic smile, he looks like he could be cast as the genius scientist in a sci-fi movie.But don’t be fooled. This Stanford-trained MIT nuclear p...

There’s a lot more to Ernest Moniz that that haircut. In fact, he just might be our best hope to avoid war with Iran.

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Potential Republican 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire April 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTR4XVCG

Rappers Vs. Trump As Stupid As It Sounds

Rappers Vs. Trump As Stupid As It Sounds

A sense of calm—celebration, even—returned to Baltimore on Friday, after State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that there was probable cause to file criminal charges against the six police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray. The ci...

On Twitter, it’s mogul against musicians, and no one comes out of it looking good.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton attends a presentation of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, April 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Hillary and Liberals: Here’s the Deal

Hillary and Liberals: Here’s the Deal

In the last few days, I’ve heard from a couple of relatives who have, or know of friends who have, come down with a case of Hillary Anxiety. Having covered Clinton’s 2000 Senate race closely and spoken at the time with many New York women among wh...

You don’t have to say you love her, because the election isn’t even directly about her. It’s about finally undoing the Reagan revolution.

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Why it's hard for politicans to appear 'natural'

Let Candidates Be Weird and Phony

Let Candidates Be Weird and Phony

Running for president frequently involves the unnatural pursuit of the natural. It’s like trying to choose a spouse through the Miss America Pageant or The Bachelor. How do you begin to get a sense of what someone is really like through an oddly r...

Nobody is buying the transparently inauthentic “authenticity” the Hillary Clintons of the world keep selling. So why even bother with this very strange ritual of staged chats and pho...

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Entertainment

I am Big Bird

My Secret Life as Big Bird

My Secret Life as Big Bird

This 8-foot-tall canary needs no introduction. With his helium voice and eternally childlike wonder, Big Bird has lumbered down Sesame Street and into the hearts of   generations of audiences whose lives have been brightened by him over the last 4...

For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on 'Sesame Street.' Now 81, Spinney stars in a documentary that reveals how he overcame his dark past.

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Racing fans embrace near the paddock at Churchill Downs on the eve of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Friday, May 1, 2015. The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby will feature a field of twenty horses with the winner receiving a gold trophy and a $1.24 million payday. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Derby’s Best Pre-Race Instagrams

The Derby’s Best Pre-Race Instagrams

In case you couldn’t tell from all the people suddenly dressed like colorblind riverboat gamblers, it’s Kentucky Derby time. Unironically hailed as “the greatest two minutes in sports,” the 141-year-old horse race also holds the title as longest p...

Horses, mint julips and hats. It’s time for the ‘greatest two minutes in sports.’

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How Nolan and Snyder Ruined Superheroes

How Nolan and Snyder Ruined Superheroes

How Nolan and Snyder Ruined Superheroes

The other week, thanks to a particularly enterprising bootlegger, Warner Bros. was forced into an early reveal of the first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice—filmmaker Zack Snyder’s $200 million+ mega-blockbuster that pits Henry Cavil...

How the combined visions of Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder laid the groundwork for DC Comics’ moody, mirthless, and (so far) lame movie universe.

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Frontman of hip-hop duo OutKast, 'AndrÈ 3000' performs on the main stage of the 'Pop-Rock' music in the Island Festival on 'Hajogyar' (Shipyard) Island in Budapest on August 17, 2014 during their concert. Hungary's Sziget Festival, one of Europe's most popular outdoor music events in heart of Budapest city, began on August 11.  AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK        (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)

You Sing Our Songs But Ignore Our Anger

You Sing Our Songs But Ignore Our Anger

“I guess cuz I’m black born, I’m supposed to say ‘Peace,’ sing songs and get clapped on…” -2Pac (“Holler If Ya Hear Me,” 1993)There are two generations of American adults now who have grown up with hip-hop. Grown up with artists like 2Pac and Noto...

White America loves hip-hop and sad songs about “the hood.” But too many would rather ignore what creates “hoods” like Baltimore’s in the first place.

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Racing fans embrace near the paddock at Churchill Downs on the eve of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Friday, May 1, 2015. The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby will feature a field of twenty horses with the winner receiving a gold trophy and a $1.24 million payday. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Derby’s Best Pre-Race Instagrams

The Derby’s Best Pre-Race Instagrams

In case you couldn’t tell from all the people suddenly dressed like colorblind riverboat gamblers, it’s Kentucky Derby time. Unironically hailed as “the greatest two minutes in sports,” the 141-year-old horse race also holds the title as longest p...

Horses, mint julips and hats. It’s time for the ‘greatest two minutes in sports.’

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Scott Weiland Kills His Own Song

Scott Weiland Kills His Own Song

Scott Weiland has fought with drugs. He’s also fought with his fellow members of both the 90s grunge-adjacent Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, the toothless superband he formed with discarded Guns ‘n Roses personnel.Now, he’s fighting with...

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman ruins “Vasoline” at show with newest band.

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EN8NKX Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 28th April, 2015. A sign at the MGM Grand advertises about the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight on April 28 2015 in Las Vegas , the fight scheduled to May 2 2015 © Yaacov Dagan/Alamy Live News

Why I Won’t Watch Mayweather-Pacquiao

Why I Won’t Watch Mayweather-Pacquiao

I’ve long savored a definition of the sentimentalist from James Joyce’s Ulysses, but I've only recently come to see how it applies to sentimentalists like me who follow and chronicle professional boxing.Actually, the last part of that sentenc...

A lifelong boxing fan confronts the cost of the physical damage inflicted by the sport and decides that watching a match is a tacit endorsement of that damage.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05:  Singer Ben E. King performs during the 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute Benefit Concert at Symphony Space on December 5, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)

The Big Life: ‘Stand By Me’s Ben E. King

The Big Life: ‘Stand By Me’s Ben E. King

Ben E. King, a soul singer who spent a year with The Drifters, but had his greatest success with Stand By Me, which he co-wrote with the Brill Building stalwarts Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, died on Thursday. The song, covered countless times, w...

His impassioned vocals on one of the greatest songs of the last 100 years will live on forever.

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Scott Weiland Kills His Own Song

Scott Weiland Kills His Own Song

Scott Weiland has fought with drugs. He’s also fought with his fellow members of both the 90s grunge-adjacent Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, the toothless superband he formed with discarded Guns ‘n Roses personnel.Now, he’s fighting with...

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman ruins “Vasoline” at show with newest band.

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World News

People take pictures of a memorial for the victims of a fire that erupted at the Trade Union House (background) a year ago as they mark the one-year anniversary in Odessa, southern Ukraine, on May 2, 2015. A deadly fire that erupted on May 2, 2014 at the Trade Union House during clashes between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian groups had killed 42 people dead. AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOV        (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The Burning Hatred that Divides Odessa

The Burning Hatred that Divides Odessa

ODESSA, Ukraine—Several women surrounded a man taking a cell phone video of people laying flowers around photographs of victims killed in the horrific fire at Odessa's Trade Unions House last year.The women were hostile, even menacing. The ma...

This beautiful city on the Black Sea has become a symbol of the complex suspicions and conspiracies that plague Ukraine.

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Pope Francis looks away at the end of  his weekly general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on September 3, 2014.    AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO        (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

Will Climate Change Split the Church?

Will Climate Change Split the Church?

Later this summer, Pope Francis will release his encyclical on the environment and human ecology. While Francis’s predecessors Benedict XVI and John Paul II regularly spoke on environmental issues, this will be the first papal document to focus on...

American conservatives may freak out over Pope Francis’ environmental message, but they’re out of touch with the mood among global Catholics.

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An Iranian Speaks Out—and Gets Hacked

An Iranian Speaks Out—and Gets Hacked

In hindsight, outspoken Iranian writer Roya Hakakian was an ideal target for hackers—especially ones who seemed to support the regime in Tehran. What’s curious is why it took them so long to go after her.The Tehran-born Hakakian has spent 30 years...

Harassing emails. Incessant Skype calls. Facebook impersonations. When Roya Hakakian’s dissident views were published in Farsi, she was targeted by an online dirty tricks campaign.

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Earthquake victims walk along a street next to collapsed houses in Sankhu, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, May 2, 2015. Bureaucracy at Kathmandu airport was holding up vital relief supplies for survivors of the April 25 earthquake in Nepal as the death toll from the disaster passed 6,600. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi - RTX1B8CA

Nepal One Week After the Big One

Nepal One Week After the Big One

CHAUTARA, Nepal—The immensity of the Nepal earthquake did not really hit me until i crossed the Dholaghat River, about 40 kilometers east of Kathmandu, and made my way into the hills—the “mid-hills” as they are called in this Himalayan nation. The...

While the devastated rural villages and towns continue to suffer, the performance of the government in Kathmandu raises fears of massive corruption.

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Pope Francis looks away at the end of  his weekly general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on September 3, 2014.    AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO        (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

Will Climate Change Split the Church?

Will Climate Change Split the Church?

Later this summer, Pope Francis will release his encyclical on the environment and human ecology. While Francis’s predecessors Benedict XVI and John Paul II regularly spoke on environmental issues, this will be the first papal document to focus on...

American conservatives may freak out over Pope Francis’ environmental message, but they’re out of touch with the mood among global Catholics.

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Members of the 2nd Iraqi police regiment celebrate their return to the southern Iraqi city of Basra on April 14, 2015 after fighting alongside government forces in the battle against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in Samarra and Tikrit.   AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI        (Photo credit should read HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

Tikrit: The Ghostown Ruled By Gunmen

Tikrit: The Ghostown Ruled By Gunmen

By Mustafa HabibTIKRIT, Iraq—It’s been a month since the fighters from the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, were expelled from Tikrit. We went there and found a graffiti-covered ghost town ruled by opposing groups of gunmen, none of whom trust on...

The extremists were forced out, but the people have not come back. Now Shia militias, government soldiers have carved up the city.

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Royal fans celebrate outside the Lindo wing at St Mary's hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015 after the news is passed that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William's second child, a daughter, was born. The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter weighing 8lbs 3oz, Kensington Palace announced.

Royal Baby Excitement Blankets London

Royal Baby Excitement Blankets London

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U.S. to ISIS: Go Nike Yourself

U.S. to ISIS: Go Nike Yourself

ISIS may have easily defeated the Iraqi Army at Mosul, but the group now has a new foe that will likely prove much more challenging: Nike.  Yep, the American sportswear company has now been banned by ISIS, according to fliers the terror group dist...

Hint: birds do it, bees do it. So to ISIS, Nikes are out. But don’t worry, Phil Knight. The group has lifted such bans before.

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Members of the 2nd Iraqi police regiment celebrate their return to the southern Iraqi city of Basra on April 14, 2015 after fighting alongside government forces in the battle against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in Samarra and Tikrit.   AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI        (Photo credit should read HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

Tikrit: The Ghostown Ruled By Gunmen

Tikrit: The Ghostown Ruled By Gunmen

By Mustafa HabibTIKRIT, Iraq—It’s been a month since the fighters from the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, were expelled from Tikrit. We went there and found a graffiti-covered ghost town ruled by opposing groups of gunmen, none of whom trust on...

The extremists were forced out, but the people have not come back. Now Shia militias, government soldiers have carved up the city.

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U.S. News

NEW YORK - AUGUST 3:  Pamela Geller, author of the book The Post-American Presidency and a proponent of the proposed World Trade Center Islamic Center poses for a portrait inside her home on August 3, 2010 in New York City. Mrs. Geller has spoke and written heavily against the center on her blog Atlas Shrugs. (Photo by Jason Andrew/Getty Images)

Up to Speed: Who Is Pamela Geller?

Up to Speed: Who Is Pamela Geller?

The woman at the center of Sunday’s Draw Muhammad event, where three people were shot, is controversial blogger and activist Pamela Geller, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center has described as “the anti-Muslim movement’s most visible and flamboya...

She’s claimed Obama is the secret Muslim love child of Malcolm X and compared Muslims to savages. Meet the blogger behind the controversial Texas event that came under attack Sunday.

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Loser Wins Fistfight

Loser Wins Fistfight

Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr., who should be in jail, is still boxing, and on Saturday night in Las Vegas, the world champion, a recidivist abuser of women and wholly remorseless misogynist, unanimously defeated Manny Pacquiao in twelve rounds. The...

Even in the hours leading up to his biggest win on Saturday, Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s camp was trying as hard as it could to hide how big of a loser he really is.

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Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1824-1904). 'The Duel After the Masquerade,' 1857-1859. oil on canvas. Walters Art Museum (37.51): Acquired by William T. Walters, 1859.

A Talk With The Savage English Professor

A Talk With The Savage English Professor

Jonathan Gottschall is a Distinguished Fellow in the English Department at Washington & Jefferson College. His research at the intersection of science and art has frequently been covered in outlets such as The New York Times Magazine, The New ...

A Conversation between Sam Harris and Jonathan Gottschall

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NEW YORK - AUGUST 3:  Pamela Geller, author of the book The Post-American Presidency and a proponent of the proposed World Trade Center Islamic Center poses for a portrait inside her home on August 3, 2010 in New York City. Mrs. Geller has spoke and written heavily against the center on her blog Atlas Shrugs. (Photo by Jason Andrew/Getty Images)

Up to Speed: Who Is Pamela Geller?

Up to Speed: Who Is Pamela Geller?

The woman at the center of Sunday’s Draw Muhammad event, where three people were shot, is controversial blogger and activist Pamela Geller, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center has described as “the anti-Muslim movement’s most visible and flamboya...

She’s claimed Obama is the secret Muslim love child of Malcolm X and compared Muslims to savages. Meet the blogger behind the controversial Texas event that came under attack Sunday.

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BALTIMORE - DECEMBER 2:  A pedestrian passes a liquor store in the Middle East neighborhood, three blocks north of Johns Hopkins University Medical School, December 2, 2003 in East Baltimore, Maryland. According to a local news media report, the city will soon evict about 250 families in the area and transform it into a biotechnology park that will create 8,000 jobs and 2,000 new and renovated houses in ten years as a revitalization program of the area.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

America's Cities Mirror Baltimore's Woes

America's Cities Mirror Baltimore's Woes

The rioting that swept Baltimore the past few days, sadly, was no exception, but part of a bigger trend in some of our core cities towards social and economic collapse. Rather than enjoying the much ballyhooed urban “renaissance,” many of these ci...

Amid all the happy talk about the revival of U.S. urban areas, we have ignored the intractable problems of the nation’s inner cities, many of which date back to the ’60s.

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Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao pose for a photo during a press conference at KA Theatre.

Hey Haters: Boxing Still Packs a Punch

Hey Haters: Boxing Still Packs a Punch

In the spring of 1982, new to Manhattan and eager to write my first big sports piece for the Village Voice, I asked the late, great editor of The Ring, Bert Randolph Sugar, whether the upcoming Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney match qualified as a “Super...

Even its fans have written boxing’s obit for decades, but the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight has the biggest purse in the sport’s history. Maybe boxing has a pulse after all.

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Tech + Health

Artwork on the cover of Nancy Drew mystery book  ''The Mystery of the 99 Steps'' in Davenport, Iowa Thursday August 2, 2012. (Credit Image: © Jeff Cook/Quad-City Times/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Nancy Drew, Gaming Sleuth

Nancy Drew, Gaming Sleuth

Nancy Drew never let a locked door, nosy neighbor or kidnapping attempt stop her from solving a mystery. The fearless amateur detective’s cases have taken her to Crocodile Island and Tokyo, Japan, despite warnings from mysterious characters and he...

Literature's beloved female detective goes digital with a series of addictive interactive games.

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EN8NKX Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 28th April, 2015. A sign at the MGM Grand advertises about the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight on April 28 2015 in Las Vegas , the fight scheduled to May 2 2015 © Yaacov Dagan/Alamy Live News

Why I Won’t Watch Mayweather-Pacquiao

Why I Won’t Watch Mayweather-Pacquiao

I’ve long savored a definition of the sentimentalist from James Joyce’s Ulysses, but I've only recently come to see how it applies to sentimentalists like me who follow and chronicle professional boxing.Actually, the last part of that sentenc...

A lifelong boxing fan confronts the cost of the physical damage inflicted by the sport and decides that watching a match is a tacit endorsement of that damage.

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Fewer than 1/3 of Military Sex Assaults are reported

Female GIs Afraid to Seek Post-Rape Care

Female GIs Afraid to Seek Post-Rape Care

Military servicewomen who have been victims of sexual assault are unlikely to seek post-abuse care, a new study has found. Fewer than a third of those questioned sought medical help after their ordeal, while less than 2 percent of the 207 women in...

Fewer than a third of military servicewomen asked for medical help after a sexual assault, according to a new study.

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Rubella is gone - why it's a BFD

Could Anti-Vaxxers Bring Rubella Back?

Could Anti-Vaxxers Bring Rubella Back?

A few days ago, I learned that part of my medical education has been rendered essentially obsolete, and I couldn’t be happier about it.In a joint statement issued on April 29, the Pan American Health Organization and its parent agency the World He...

Rubella, which causes terrible birth defects in unborn infants, has finally been eradicated from the Americas. Let’s hope it’s gone for good.

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EN8NKX Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 28th April, 2015. A sign at the MGM Grand advertises about the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight on April 28 2015 in Las Vegas , the fight scheduled to May 2 2015 © Yaacov Dagan/Alamy Live News

Why I Won’t Watch Mayweather-Pacquiao

Why I Won’t Watch Mayweather-Pacquiao

I’ve long savored a definition of the sentimentalist from James Joyce’s Ulysses, but I've only recently come to see how it applies to sentimentalists like me who follow and chronicle professional boxing.Actually, the last part of that sentenc...

A lifelong boxing fan confronts the cost of the physical damage inflicted by the sport and decides that watching a match is a tacit endorsement of that damage.

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Messenger crashes into Mercury - what can we learn from space probes?

MESSENGER Probe Crashes Into Mercury

MESSENGER Probe Crashes Into Mercury

Pour one out for MESSENGER space probe. Today, at around 3:30 PM EST, MESSENGER crashed into the planet Mercury, no doubt shouting “SCIENCE!” as it went. That final crash marks the end of an amazingly successful scientific mission, extended to fou...

At 3:30 PM EST, the little space probe that could completed its final mission. But do not weep because MESSENGER died as it lived—bringing us a greater understanding of mysterious Me...

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Scientists Can Make You Feel Ghosts

Scientists Can Make You Feel Ghosts

Scientists in Switzerland are using ghosts to battle the effects of some mental disorders. Okay, not Patrick-Swayze-and-the-pottery-wheel ghosts, or even throw-a-sheet-over-me-and-call-me-spooky ghosts like Casper, but instead the sort of ghostly ...

New technology creates digital ghosts to help the psychotic.

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Poorna Jagannathan, Rukhsar Kabir, Priyanka, Bose, Japjit Kaur in a scene from "Nirbhaya." Photo Credit: Timmy Blupe

Making Art Out of Sexual Trauma

Making Art Out of Sexual Trauma

Nirbhaya, the new play based on the atrocious 2012 gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh in Delhi, is composed of the stories of sexual violence from five women, who were unified by the news of Singh’s attack. Better known around the world by her ps...

A powerful new play on the 2012 gang rape and murder of an Indian student showcases actresses who have survived sexual violence in their own lives.

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Messenger crashes into Mercury - what can we learn from space probes?

MESSENGER Probe Crashes Into Mercury

MESSENGER Probe Crashes Into Mercury

Pour one out for MESSENGER space probe. Today, at around 3:30 PM EST, MESSENGER crashed into the planet Mercury, no doubt shouting “SCIENCE!” as it went. That final crash marks the end of an amazingly successful scientific mission, extended to fou...

At 3:30 PM EST, the little space probe that could completed its final mission. But do not weep because MESSENGER died as it lived—bringing us a greater understanding of mysterious Me...

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BeastStyle

Like The ‘Onion,’ But For Feminists

Like The ‘Onion,’ But For Feminists

“We’re Piercing My Baby’s Tongue. Here’s Why.”“Dying Woman Finally Achieves Body Acceptance”“How to Make Your Vagina Look More Like His Man Cave”Such were just a few of the headlines on Friday’s homepage of the satirical website Reductress, the ‘O...

The sharply witty ‘Reductress’ site doesn’t just satirize the sexism women face, but also the inadequacies and failings of feminism itself.

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Norway's Queen Sonja together with architect Peter Zumthor (R) and Jerry Gorovoy (L) assistant to the late artist Louise Bourgeois, stand inside the glass house of the witch monument Steilneset memorial in Vardo June 23, 2011. The witch monument, a collaboration between the artist Louise Bourgeois and Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, is a memorial to the victims of atrocities during the burning of witches in Vardo. In the 16th and 17th centuries, 135 persons were indicted and 91 were executed as witches in Finnmark, the vast majority in Vardo, and many of them of indigenous Sami ancestry. The monument, consisting of a chair enveloped in flames and enclosed in a 125-meter-high building, with a window built for each victim of the witch hunt, is erected at the place where the burning of witches originally happened, Steilneset in Vardo. At centre right is guide Helene Willumsen.      REUTERS/Heiko Junge/ Scanpix (NORWAY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ROYALS POLITICS) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. NORWAY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES INNORWAY - RTR2NZQU

Norway Is Very Sorry For Killing Witches

Norway Is Very Sorry For Killing Witches

The site of one of Europe’s most brutal witch hunts has been transformed into a modernist memorial monument, perched above the Arctic Circle on the rugged coast of Norway’s most northeastern tip.As Europe killed more than 40,000 people accused of ...

The town of Vardø, known as ‘the witch capital of Norway,’ has built a monument dedicated to the memory of the men and women who were burnt or tortured to death, accused of sorcery.

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How Irish Whiskey Won Our Hearts--Again

How Irish Whiskey Won Our Hearts—Again

How Irish Whiskey Won Our Hearts—Again

At the New Midleton Distillery just outside of Cork, Ireland, three of the world’s largest operating copper stills stand two stories high, visible through floor to ceiling glass windows on the outside.The hand-hammered beauties hold over 75,000 li...

It has had a turbulent history, but a younger generation of drinkers into its mixable qualities has bought Irish whiskey back center stage.

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You've Never Seen Cuba Like This

You've Never Seen Cuba Like This

Photographer Marius Jovaisa was the first foreign photographer given permission to photograph Cuba from the air, and his images capture the unique beauty of the island nation.

Photographer Marius Jovaisa was the first foreign photographer given permission to photograph Cuba from the air, and his images capture the unique beauty of the island nation.

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Norway's Queen Sonja together with architect Peter Zumthor (R) and Jerry Gorovoy (L) assistant to the late artist Louise Bourgeois, stand inside the glass house of the witch monument Steilneset memorial in Vardo June 23, 2011. The witch monument, a collaboration between the artist Louise Bourgeois and Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, is a memorial to the victims of atrocities during the burning of witches in Vardo. In the 16th and 17th centuries, 135 persons were indicted and 91 were executed as witches in Finnmark, the vast majority in Vardo, and many of them of indigenous Sami ancestry. The monument, consisting of a chair enveloped in flames and enclosed in a 125-meter-high building, with a window built for each victim of the witch hunt, is erected at the place where the burning of witches originally happened, Steilneset in Vardo. At centre right is guide Helene Willumsen.      REUTERS/Heiko Junge/ Scanpix (NORWAY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ROYALS POLITICS) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. NORWAY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES INNORWAY - RTR2NZQU

Norway Is Very Sorry For Killing Witches

Norway Is Very Sorry For Killing Witches

The site of one of Europe’s most brutal witch hunts has been transformed into a modernist memorial monument, perched above the Arctic Circle on the rugged coast of Norway’s most northeastern tip.As Europe killed more than 40,000 people accused of ...

The town of Vardø, known as ‘the witch capital of Norway,’ has built a monument dedicated to the memory of the men and women who were burnt or tortured to death, accused of sorcery.

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Pippa Middleton

Does Pippa Middleton Want a Quiet Life?

Does Pippa Middleton Want a Quiet Life?

With a new royal baby on the way, the focus has been off Pippa Middleton, Kate’s younger sister, in recent months.If you were to believe some of the popular myths and internet gossip about Pippa, you might think she would be jealous not to be the ...

Kate’s sister stole the show at the Royal Wedding. Since then, her writing has made her a figure of fun. But the paps still follow her.

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1968:  Full-length image of American art collector Peggy Guggenheim (1898 - 1979) standing in front of a Picasso painting 'On The Beach' at the Peggy Guggenheim museum, Venice, Italy. She wears a light blue cape and a floral dress.  (Photo by Tony Vaccaro/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Art of Being Peggy Guggenheim

The Art of Being Peggy Guggenheim

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection sits on the banks of the Grand Canal in Venice, a somewhat unassuming one-story, white-walled palace that is filled with one of the most visited collections of modern and contemporary art in the world.Millions of ar...

Hers is one of the premier collections of modern art in the world, and Peggy Guggenheim’s private life was as passionate and colorful as her collecting.

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Inside the $23M Mathematical House

Inside the $23M Mathematical House

Inside the most talked-about house in Canada—an edifice that’s been described as “an accordion of wood and glass”—a robust young man stops a party in its tracks with his blast of “Nessum Dorma” from Puccini’s Turandot.Standing guard, in a room as ...

A coveted architectural jewel, Toronto’s Integral House—the brainchild of math prof James Stewart—is going up for sale. Which very rich person will buy it?

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Pippa Middleton

Does Pippa Middleton Want a Quiet Life?

Does Pippa Middleton Want a Quiet Life?

With a new royal baby on the way, the focus has been off Pippa Middleton, Kate’s younger sister, in recent months.If you were to believe some of the popular myths and internet gossip about Pippa, you might think she would be jealous not to be the ...

Kate’s sister stole the show at the Royal Wedding. Since then, her writing has made her a figure of fun. But the paps still follow her.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

“We Ain’t Choosing No Sides; We Just Choosing Our Side” By Amy K. Nelson, Medium’s Matter The gangs of Baltimore believe they can do a better job policing their community than the police. ZPM Espresso and the Rage of the Jilted Crowdfunder By ...

Baltimore gangs, jilted Kickstarters and Oliver Sacks. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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  • WILLIAM FAULKNER US novelist and screenwriter here about 1955

    William Faulkner’s Tragic Air Circus

    William Faulkner’s Tragic Air Circus

    William Faulkner had recently begun a draft of “Dark House,” the novel that would ultimately become Absalom, Absalom!, when he arrived in New Orleans on February 15, 1934. He came to attend an air circus that was being thrown to celebrate the open...

    Alicensed pilot himself, Faulkner tackled the bizarre subculture of daredevil fliers in ‘Pylon,’ a novel permeated with the Depression’s desperate neuroticism.

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Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?

Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?

The ghosts of many philosophers haunt the pages of Matthew Crawford’s new book, The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction. Rather than embracing the standard coffee-mug view of philosophy as a repository of sag...

It’s increasingly difficult to pay attention in the blooming, buzzing confusion of the modern world. Matthew Crawford argues persuasively that it’s time to fight back.

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You've Never Seen Cuba Like This

You've Never Seen Cuba Like This

Photographer Marius Jovaisa was the first foreign photographer given permission to photograph Cuba from the air, and his images capture the unique beauty of the island nation.

Photographer Marius Jovaisa was the first foreign photographer given permission to photograph Cuba from the air, and his images capture the unique beauty of the island nation.

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BALTIMORE - DECEMBER 2: A pedestrian passes a liquor store in the Middle East neighborhood, three blocks north of Johns Hopkins University Medical School, December 2, 2003 in East Baltimore, Maryland. According to a local news media report, the city will soon evict about 250 families in the area and transform it into a biotechnology park that will create 8,000 jobs and 2,000 new and renovated houses in ten years as a revitalization program of the area. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

America's Cities Mirror Baltimore's Woes

America's Cities Mirror Baltimore's Woes

The rioting that swept Baltimore the past few days, sadly, was no exception, but part of a bigger trend in some of our core cities towards social and economic collapse. Rather than enjoying the much ballyhooed urban “renaissance,” many of these ci...

Amid all the happy talk about the revival of U.S. urban areas, we have ignored the intractable problems of the nation’s inner cities, many of which date back to the ’60s.

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Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?

Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?

The ghosts of many philosophers haunt the pages of Matthew Crawford’s new book, The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction. Rather than embracing the standard coffee-mug view of philosophy as a repository of sag...

It’s increasingly difficult to pay attention in the blooming, buzzing confusion of the modern world. Matthew Crawford argues persuasively that it’s time to fight back.

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Artwork on the cover of Nancy Drew mystery book  ''The Mystery of the 99 Steps'' in Davenport, Iowa Thursday August 2, 2012. (Credit Image: © Jeff Cook/Quad-City Times/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Nancy Drew, Gaming Sleuth

Nancy Drew, Gaming Sleuth

Nancy Drew never let a locked door, nosy neighbor or kidnapping attempt stop her from solving a mystery. The fearless amateur detective’s cases have taken her to Crocodile Island and Tokyo, Japan, despite warnings from mysterious characters and he...

Literature's beloved female detective goes digital with a series of addictive interactive games.

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Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao pose for a photo during a press conference at KA Theatre.

Hey Haters: Boxing Still Packs a Punch

Hey Haters: Boxing Still Packs a Punch

In the spring of 1982, new to Manhattan and eager to write my first big sports piece for the Village Voice, I asked the late, great editor of The Ring, Bert Randolph Sugar, whether the upcoming Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney match qualified as a “Super...

Even its fans have written boxing’s obit for decades, but the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight has the biggest purse in the sport’s history. Maybe boxing has a pulse after all.

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 The lynching of Leo Frank, who was accused of raping Mary Phagan, an employee of his Georgia pencil factory, and convicted on very little evidence in a decision that many belief was motivated by anti-Semitism. Instead of waiting for the courts to carry out Frank's death sentence, an angry mob stole Leo Frank out of prison and lynched him in the woods.

America's Only Anti-Semitic Lynching

America's Only Anti-Semitic Lynching

When I was a young boy I remember watching my grandfather, Nathan Belth, write at the dining room table of his Upper West Side apartment. He spread out research materials over the big surface and wrote in longhand on yellow legal pads. He was not ...

The only Jew ever lynched in the U.S., Leo Frank was in custody and appealing his conviction of the murder of Atlanta factory worker Mary Phagan when a mob caught up with him.

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Artwork on the cover of Nancy Drew mystery book  ''The Mystery of the 99 Steps'' in Davenport, Iowa Thursday August 2, 2012. (Credit Image: © Jeff Cook/Quad-City Times/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Nancy Drew, Gaming Sleuth

Nancy Drew, Gaming Sleuth

Nancy Drew never let a locked door, nosy neighbor or kidnapping attempt stop her from solving a mystery. The fearless amateur detective’s cases have taken her to Crocodile Island and Tokyo, Japan, despite warnings from mysterious characters and he...

Literature's beloved female detective goes digital with a series of addictive interactive games.

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