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The Grayzone: How Our Response to Paris Is Exactly What ISIS Wanted (Editorial)

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When we get scared, we tend to stop thinking rationally — that’s what makes fear such a powerful motivator. It’s part of the reason why the United States spends $125 billion a year on counter-terrorism but less than $2 billion on the leading cause of death in the country: heart disease (terrorism has killed roughly 3,500 Americans since 2001; heart disease kills more than 600,000 Americans every year). It’s also why many U.S. governors have responded to the Paris attacks by vowing

How to Trick Your Brain Into Seeing This Black and White Image In Full Color (Video)

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Our eyes are made up of two types of cells: rod cells, which are primarily responsible for perceiving light, and cone cells, which handle color. There are three types of cones — ones that handle green wavelengths of light, ones that handle blue and ones that handle red. If you overstimulate one type of cone by flooding your vision with a bunch of that color, those cones will become temporarily unresponsive. As a result, your eyes are forced to rely on the other two types of cones,

Why Millennials Fear the Future – Part IV: So What Now?

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If you’ve been reading this series over the past few days, you might be under the impression that I’m a nihilist who thinks the world is doomed no matter what we do. I wouldn’t blame you for this assessment of my views – I’ve spent three straight days ranting about how society is unwilling to address some of the biggest challenges we will face in the coming years. But despite all my gloom and doom talk, I’m actually quite optimistic

Why Millennials Fear the Future – Part III: The Wild World of Human Enhancement


Would you believe me if I told you that earlier this year, Chinese scientists genetically modified human embryos for the first time ever? Actually, it really doesn’t matter if you believe me, because either way it happened. Gene Editing If you weren’t aware of that fact before now, your first thought was probably something along the lines of, ‘Man, that seems like it could pose some serious ethical problems. I feel like we ought to come up with some basic

Why Millennials Fear the Future – Part II: Technology, Automation and the Obsolete Human Worker

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Editor’s Note: This is part two in a four-part series about the challenges facing millennials as we look ahead into the future. You can check out “Part I: The Inevitability of Climate Change” here. Be sure to come back tomorrow for “Part III: The Wild World of Human Enhancement”. Right now, we are all lab rats in a giant experiment: the experiment of modern technology. Of course, we’re not the first generation to find ourselves in uncharted waters. Indeed, every past generation has had to

Why Millenials Fear the Future – Part I: The Inevitability of Climate Change

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Anxiety: no other feeling does a better job of describing the current mental state of the Millennial Generation. Much of this anxiety stems from the fact that we are entering adulthood on the crest of a massive wave of advancement – a wave that could crash at any moment and that is being driven by forces moving far more swiftly than our ability to control them. From climate change to automation to human enhancement, we’re inheriting a world on the

PSA: What You Post On Facebook and Twitter Can Now Affect Your Credit Score

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Are you one of those people who likes to go out, get super drunk, and then talk about it on Facebook later? If so, you should know that what you say online can now hurt your credit score. Credit rating giant FICO — creator of the widely-used FICO credit scoring system — recently announced that it has widened the number of factors it looks at when trying to determine how creditworthy a person is. Among those new factors: what you post on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. “If you

Anonymous Is About to Expose “More Than 1,000” KKK Members. But Is It A Good Idea? (Editorial)


Are you ready to find out if your neighbor is a cross-burning Klan member? Tomorrow, the “hacktivist” group Anonymous will release a list including “more than 1,000” names of Ku Klux Klan members and affiliates, as well as the websites they use to coordinate with one another. In a press release about the operation, Anonymous writes, We are not oppressing you, Ku Klux Klan. We are not here to strip you of your Freedom of Speech. Anonymous will never strip

Party Rock: NASA Discovers Comet Emitting Large Amounts of Alcohol and Sugar

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If you ask around the cosmos, you’ll quickly learn that Comet Lovejoy is the life of the intergalactic party — how else could you describe a comet that’s giving out free shots to the universe? The comet, first discovered by NASA scientists back in 2011, is currently releasing massive amounts of alcohol into space. “We found that comet Lovejoy was releasing as much alcohol as in at least 500 bottles of wine every second during its peak activity,” said Nicolas Biver, an astronomer from

The Dying Middle Class: Majority of Americans Earn Less Than $30,000 A Year

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Since the 1970s, the American middle class has been getting slowly squeezed by rising costs and stagnant wages. And if the latest Wage Statistics report from the Social Security Administration is any indicator, the American middle class may very well be on its deathbed. The most unsettling number from the report: roughly 51 percent of American workers earn less than $30,000/year. And the majority of those workers are making significantly less than $30k. According to the report, 38 percent of American workers bring in less than

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