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  • 8 hours ago
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    'Diablo' Animated Series Reportedly Coming Soon to Netflix

    Following a leak late last month alleging that a new Diablo television series was on the way, we've got even more information that suggests the deviously good story is officially coming to Netflix as well as first details on the potential new venture!

  • 3 days ago
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    How fascism works

    “Fascism” is a word that gets tossed around pretty loosely these days, usually as an epithet to discredit someone else’s politics. One consequence is that no one really knows what the term means anymore. Liberals see fascism as the culmination of conservative thinking: an authoritarian, nationalist, and racist system of government organized around corporate power. For conservatives, fascism is totalitarianism masquerading as the nanny state.

  • 5 days ago
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    Gene Editing Makes Mice Cocaine-Proof

    A new paper has taken a ingenious route towards treating cocaine addicted mice – by developing a CRISPR-powered skin grafts that produce an anti-cocaine enzyme.

  • 9 days ago
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    Elon Musk’s Boring Company wants its tunnel network to connect all the way to your garage

    Elon Musk has confirmed plans for the Boring Company’s tunnel network to be able to connect all the way to residential garages so that commuters can enter the high-speed loop directly from their homes. The project was first revealed by The Mercury News as The Boring Company sought and was granted approval from the Hawthorne City Council to build a shaft on a newly acquired property over their test tunnel.

  • 9 days ago
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    America’s Slide Toward Autocracy

    Twenty-one months into the Trump presidency, how far has the country rolled down the road to autocracy? It’s been such a distracting drive—so many crazy moments!—who can keep an eye on the odometer? Yet measuring the distance traveled is vital. As Abraham Lincoln superbly said in his “house divided” speech: “If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.”

  • 13 days ago
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    Russia says U.S. dropped phosphorus bombs over Syria's Deir al-Zor

    Russia's military said on Sunday that two US F-15 fighter jets had dropped phosphorus bombs over Syria's Deir al-Zor province on Saturday, the TASS and RIA news agencies reported. The air strikes targeted the village of Hadjin and resulted in fires, but there was no information about casualties, the Russian military said.

  • 13 days ago
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    Florence intensifies, expected to become 'an extremely dangerous' hurricane targeting the US

    Florence, the tropical storm churning in the Atlantic Ocean since late last week, is expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane by Monday en route to the southeastern U.S. coast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Sunday. The NOAA said that Florence currently has maximum sustained winds to near 75 miles per hour with strong gusts, and is likely to remain "an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday," when it is expected to make landfall in t...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Probiotics’ Effects on the Microbiome Vary Widely

    Probiotics are a booming business, with sales in the billions of dollars each year and millions of customers in the US alone. Companies claim that the microbial concoctions can help consumers do anything from lose weight to sleep better, but researchers report inconsistent effects on people’s microbiomes.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    We Cannot Fight Climate Change With Capitalism, Says Report

    As access to cheap, plentiful energy dries up and the effects of climate change take hold, we are entering a new era of profound challenge ― and free market capitalism cannot dig us out. This is the conclusion of a report produced for the United Nations by Bios, an independent research institute based in Finland.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Rare insects stolen from Northeast Philadelphia insectarium

    Many rare and valuable insects have been reported missing from the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion. "We found that the majority 80 to 90 percent of the creatures that we had in the museum were taken," says Insectarium CEO John Cambridge. "Any types of exotic tarantula, scorpions, millipedes. We specialize in the arthropods of the world and we use those to tell the story of biodiversity, etc." Both Cambridge and Philadelphia police believe it was an inside job....

  • 3 weeks ago
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    The Student Debt Problem Is Worse Than We Imagined

    Millions of students will arrive on college campuses soon, and they will share a similar burden: college debt. The typical student borrower will take out $6,600 in a single year, averaging $22,000 in debt by graduation, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. There are two ways to measure whether borrowers can repay those loans: There’s what the federal government looks at to judge colleges, and then there’s the real story. The latter is coming to light, and it’s not pretty.

  • 1 month ago
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    Analyst predicts EA's 'Battlefield V' will be a 'serious disappointment,' citing weak preorders

    EA's most important nonsports game for this holiday season is struggling, according to Cowen. The firm reiterated its market perform rating for Electronic Arts shares, citing weak preorders for the publisher's "Battlefield V" title. "EA's Battlefield V currently appears to potentially be headed for serious disappointment," analyst Doug Creutz said in a note on Monday. It is lagging far behind "Call of Duty," "Red Dead Redemption 2" and "...

  • 1 month ago
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    Trump hits New York Times for implying White House counsel is a ‘rat’

    President Trump early Sunday attacked the “failing” New York Times for a report that he said implied White House counsel Don McGahn must be a “John Dean type 'RAT.' ” “The failing @nytimes wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel, he must be a John Dean type 'RAT.' But I allowed him and all others to testify - I didn’t have to. I have nothing to hide,” Trump tweeted...

  • 1 month ago
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    Marvel Comics' Stan Lee wins renewed protection against alleged elder abuse

    Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee won renewal of a protective order on Friday against a onetime business manager accused of subjecting the 95-year-old Spider-Man co-creator to elder abuse after taking charge of his affairs earlier this year. Keya Morgan, a New York-based memorabilia collector who became involved with Lee following the death of Lee’s wife last year, must stay least 100 yards away from the Marvel magnate for the next three years, the restraining order states.

  • 1 month ago
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    The Voice Of Pokemon’s Professor Oak Has Passed Away 

    In some incredibly sad news for the world of Pokémon, it’s been announced that Unsho Ishizuka, the voice actor for the iconic Professor Oak in the original Japanese anime, has passed away.

  • 1 month ago
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    Testosterone and cortisol interact to predict caregiving quality in fathers, study finds

    A new study has found that testosterone and cortisol levels are associated with parental caregiving quality in fathers. The findings appear in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology. “Father involvement in parenting is on the rise, but research on quality of caregiving in fathers is very scarce. And although the role of hormones in parents is becoming more clear in the past decade, in fathers it has hardly been investigated,” said study author Peter A. Bos of Utrecht University.

  • 1 month ago
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    A Puzzle About Conspiracy Theorists (Part I)

    You might think that conspiracy theorists like the flat earthers don't really think about things. But if you've ever argued with one, you'll find that they do. They have an answer for everything. So how do we reconcile their irrationality with their rational thinking?