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The Best Articles of the Year
If the World Began Again, Would Life as We Know It Exist?
In less than five milliseconds, a Hydromantes salamander can launch its tongue—including the muscles, cartilage, and part of its skeleton—out of its mouth to snag a hapless insect mid-flight. Among amphibians, it is the quick draw champ.
Could this man hold the secret to human regeneration?
MODERN MEDICINE CLUTCHES at a number of dreams. Some, like developing an AIDS vaccine, can seem tantalizingly close. Others, like curing cancer, have frustrated so many minds for so many years that we’ve learned to temper our expectations. Then there’s regeneration.
God, Darwin and My College Biology Class
EVERY year around this time, with the college year starting, I give my students The Talk. It isn’t, as you might expect, about sex, but about evolution and religion, and how they get along. More to the point, how they don’t.
Giulio Selvaggi was asleep when the shaking started. It was the night of April 5, 2009, and the head of Italy’s National Earthquake Center had worked late into the night in Rome before going home to crash. From the motion of his bed, Selvaggi could tell the quake was big — but not close.
The Biology of Risk
SIX years after the financial meltdown there is once again talk about market bubbles. Are stocks succumbing to exuberance? Is real estate? We thought we had exorcised these demons.
Before he died, Albert Einstein requested that his whole body be cremated as soon as possible after death, and his ashes scattered in an undisclosed location. He didn’t want his mortal remains to be turned into a shrine, but his request was only partially heeded.
Moving to a Smaller Home, and Decluttering a Lifetime of Belongings
THE amount of goods a couple can accumulate over 44 years living in the same house can be overwhelming. And that is what Wendel and Carolyn Thompson, of Columbia, Md., have been grappling with since January as they prepare to leave their split level and move to a retirement community this month.
Rent or Buy? The Math Is Changing
Billy Gasparino and Jenna Dillon-Gasparino were savvy enough to wait out the housing boom of a decade ago as renters. Not until 2010, well into the bust, did they buy a house in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, less than a mile from the beach, for $810,000.
Where Can I Learn Home Improvement Skills?
Dear Lifehacker, I just moved into my own place! It's my first home, and I'm excited. However, I know there are repairs I'll have to do myself, and I have some improvements I'd like to make too. Problem is, I don't know where to begin.
The Best Gear for Small Apartments
To find pragmatic solutions that work for tiny-home owners as well as renters who can’t rebuild their space, we partnered with the folks at LifeEdited, who specialize in designing space-efficient apartments.
15 Singapore Homes so beautiful you won't believe they’re HDB flats
Who says your HDB flat can't be beautiful? On our sunny little island, we have a joke that says the worth of our homes is measured by the distance of the gate from our house. The longer the distance, the higher it's value.
Small Apartments Are The Homes Of The Future
Living in a small apartment shouldn’t be an inconvenient. Just because there are other much bigger spaces out there doesn’t mean you have to feel bad about your home. In fact, in highly populated areas, small apartments are the homes of the future.
The 10 Best Houses of the Year
It's architecture awards seasons right now, with honors and medals being doled out with what seems like daily regularity. Thankfully, the AIA's 2014 Housing Awards breaks up the march of zillion-dollar projects with something a little more real: Places where normal humans actually live.
Officer Darren Wilson's story is unbelievable. Literally.
We've finally heard from Officer Darren Wilson. Wilson had been publicly silent since the events of August 9, when he shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. And, even as the grand jury announced its decision not to indict him, he remained silent.
The Front Lines of Ferguson
I don’t know what made me buy a plane ticket to St. Louis at 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday. Maybe it was remembering that feeling of helplessness and guilt after learning of the Trayvon Martin verdict while embarking on a carefree cross-country road trip.
What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson:
Ferguson is about many things, starting first with race and policing in America. But it’s also about internet, net neutrality and algorithmic filtering.
Chronicle of a Riot Foretold in Ferguson
FERGUSON, Missouri—For a hundred and eight days, through the suffocating heat that turned the city into a kiln, through summer thunderstorms and the onset of an early winter, through bureaucratic callousness and the barbs of cynics who held that the effort was of no use and the prickly fear that t
How Not to Use a Grand Jury
Criminal procedure—the everyday rules of the road—gets a bad rap. It’s said to be rigid, routine, incapable of accommodating the nuances of human behavior.
Most Popular DIY Projects of 2014
Most Popular DIY Projects of 2014
DIY Travel Hacks That Will Change How You Pack Forever
Packing for a trip can be a daunting task, this we know. Whether you're concerned about saving space in your bag or the size restrictions on the liquid toiletries, organizing all of your belongings into one spot seems like an impossible feat.
Six Questions to Ask Yourself Before You DIY
Tackling some DIY projects can be daunting, but there can also be a payoff both in knowledge and cost. Here are some things to consider when deciding whether doing it yourself or hiring a project out is right for you.
11 Ideas For Building Your Own Modern Furniture From Scratch
The closest many of us have ever come to making our own furniture is piecing together the contents of an Ikea flatpack. But no matter how many mass-produced Grundtals and Dagstorps you’ve "built" in your lifetime, it’s never too late to try your hand at actually making furniture from scratch.
How to Be a Successful DIY Artist
Step One: Don’t be DIY. We see “DIY” a lot these days, it is a hot marketing term that is added to headlines like a bad seasoning. Successful musicians are being described as “DIY” all the time.
Build This Rustic Farmhouse Table
There's no better way to give thanks than to gather family and friends around an enormous table to share a feast. A farmhouse table would be the perfect spot. You could make one out of construction lumber and ordinary hardware in a couple of days. We're not talking precision woodworking here.
49 Clever Storage Solutions For Living With Kids
View this image › 1. Create a library wall. View this image › projectnursery.com A great way to keep books on your mind and at arm’s reach. 2. Use tote bags in place of toy bins. View this image › 6thstreetdesignschool.blogspot.com 3. Repurpose plant baskets as storage.
What God does to your brain
The controversial science of neurotheology aims to find the answer to an age-old question: why do we believe? When neuroscientist Andrew Newberg scanned the brain of “Kevin”, a staunch atheist, while he was meditating, he made a fascinating discovery.
The Dark Knight of the Soul
For some, meditation has become more curse than cure. Willoughby Britton wants to know why. Set back on quiet College Hill in Providence, Rhode Island, sits a dignified, four story, 19th-century house that belongs to Dr. Willoughby Britton. Inside, it is warm, spacious, and organized.
Taming the Mind
Dan Harris is a co-anchor of Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America on ABC News. He has reported from all over the world, covering wars in Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, and Iraq, and producing investigative reports in Haiti, Cambodia, and the Congo.
Between Godliness and Godlessness
ALMOST midway through Sam Harris’s new book, “Waking Up,” he paints a scene that will shock many of his fans, who know him as one of the country’s most prominent and articulate atheists. He describes a walk in Jesus’ footsteps, and the way he was touched by it.
Pope Francis: The Times They Are A-Changin'
Nearly every Wednesday in Rome, the faithful and the curious gather in St. Peter's Square for a general audience with the pope. Since the election of the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio last March, attendance at papal events has tripled to 6.6 million.
Beyond true and false
Western philosophers have not, on the whole, regarded Buddhist thought with much enthusiasm. As a colleague once said to me: ‘It’s all just mysticism.’ This attitude is due, in part, to ignorance. But it is also due to incomprehension.
Nick Spencer begins his spirited history of atheism with a fairy tale. Once upon a time, people lived in ignorant superstition, offering sacrifices to monsters in the sky.
Sinners in the Hands
Andy and Patty Grove never planned to settle outside of Texas. Their roots in the state reach back many generations.
The Destruction of Mecca
WHEN Malcolm X visited Mecca in 1964, he was enchanted. He found the city “as ancient as time itself,” and wrote that the partly constructed extension to the Sacred Mosque “will surpass the architectural beauty of India’s Taj Mahal.”
Why Hollywood Thinks Atheism Is Bad for Business
After Matthew McConaughey took the stage to accept his Best Actor award at the Oscars on Sunday, he began his speech by thanking God, praising the deity for giving him “opportunities that I know are not of my hand or of any other human hand.
The God decision
Ever since I read Richard Dawkins’s book The God Delusion (2006), one thing has stayed with me above all the fiery polemics.
Why Aren’t More Americans Atheists?
Many expressed surprise recently when, in one of its periodic surveys of Americans’ views of other faiths, the Pew Research Center found that atheists fare poorly—fully 40 percent of those polled described their views toward atheists as “cold.
Scientology’s Vanished Queen
After the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige disappeared from public view, in 2007, those who asked questions were stonewalled, or worse. Now interviews with former insiders provide a grim picture of Shelly Miscavige’s youth, marriage, and fall from grace—and an assessment of her fate.
Religion's sinister fairy tale: Extremists, the religious right, Reza Aslan and the fight for reason
Not long ago, I gave an interview in which I said that my biggest problem with so-called New Atheists like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins is that they give atheism a bad name.
Zionism and Israel’s War with Hamas in Gaza
My great-grandfather’s brother, Michael Adler, was a distinguished rabbi who in 1916 compiled the “Prayer Book for Jewish Sailors and Soldiers” at the front during World War I. As “chaplain,” he toured battlefields administering last rites.
Not believing in God isn't always based on reasoned arguments—and that's okay. Religious beliefs are remarkably various. But sometimes it can seem that there is only one way to be an atheist: asserting, on the basis of reasoned argument, that belief in God is irrational.
The destructive myth about religion that Americans disproportionately believe
The U.S. is the last remaining highly developed country that hasn't abandoned this problematic belief This article originally appeared on AlterNet. This week, Pew Research Center published the results of a survey conducted among 40,080 people in 40 countries between 2011 and 2013.
Bill Maher Isn’t the Only One Who Misunderstands Religion
BILL MAHER’s recent rant against Islam has set off a fierce debate about the problem of religious violence, particularly when it comes to Islam. Mr.
Lionel Messi Is Impossible
In their Group F World Cup match late last month, Argentina and Iran were still deadlocked after 90 minutes.
Silence in the favela
As part of its cleanup for the World Cup, in 2008 the Brazilian government began a police crackdown to sweep criminals out of the urban slums known as "favelas.
The ‘World Cup Is Over, Now What?’ Guide to Soccer
Just because the World Cup is over doesn’t mean soccer stops. Soccer never stops; that’s one of its biggest appeals.
The Most Shocking Result in World Cup History
We had Brazil favored to win Tuesday’s World Cup semifinal against Germany (even despite the absence of Neymar and Thiago Silva). Time to eat some crow. That prediction stunk.
Stop Making Sense
Should we talk about where we’ve just been? The group stage was one coup after another, a sequence of thrilling games that gradually dismantled the existing order of international soccer. The last two world champions died in their baths.
Vermeer's paintings might be 350 year-old color photographs
I was sitting in the bathtub in 2008 when I thought of a simple way Johannes Vermeer (Girl with a Pearl Earring) might have painted his photorealistic pictures 350 years ago, long before the invention of photography.
Why Banksy Is (Probably) a Woman
Banksy Does New York, a new documentary airing on HBO on Nov. 17, opens on a bunch of scofflaws trying to jack an inflatable word balloon reading "Banksy!" from the side of a low-rise building in Queens. These hooligans weren't Banksy.