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Neil deGrasse Tyson Tells GMO Critics to "Chill Out"

Cosmos star Neil deGrasse Tyson is known for defending climate science and the science of evolution. And now, in a video recently posted on YouTube (the actual date when it was recorded is unclear), he takes a strong stand on another...Show More Summary

Contact: Gene Ween Grows Up

Ween co-founder Aaron Freeman in Brooklyn. Jacob Blickenstaff Puss n Boots Holly Williams Ben Watt Joe Henry Gabriel Kahane Jolie Holland Rodney Crowell Jill Sobule Benmont Tench Leyla McCalla Keith & Tex Declan O'Rourke Michael Daves As...Show More Summary

Contact: Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper's Super-Laid-Back Supergroup

Puss n Boots at the Jalopy Theater. Jacob Blickenstaff Holly Williams Ben Watt Joe Henry Gabriel Kahane Jolie Holland Rodney Crowell Jill Sobule Benmont Tench Leyla McCalla Keith & Tex Declan O'Rourke Michael Daves Puss n Boots might...Show More Summary

2008 Obama Would Have Slammed 2014 Obama for This Case

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama hammered George W. Bush for expanding government secrecy. Obama promised that his would be the most transparent and open administration ever. In particular, Obama criticized the Bush administration's use of a legal loophole known as the state secrets privilege. Show More Summary

Designer Butterflies, See-Through Frogs, Giant Neural Networks…and Other Works of Modern Art

American artist Deborah Aschheim makes the "invisible visible": In one series of works, she created room-size installations that allowed art lovers to walk through a nervous system, with each subsequent installation becoming "smarter" than the previous one. Show More Summary

Don't Call Them "Climate Deniers." Call them "Climate Optimists."

This story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Las Vegas is parched. A 14-year drought has left Lake Mead, the local water source, dangerously low. It has dropped 100 feet in the past decade. Show More Summary

Mitch McConnell Runs Away From Paul Ryan

Three years ago, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was a huge cheerleader for the controversial budget plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) that would have partially privatized Medicare and slashed social spending programs. Show More Summary

Contact: Country Music Heiress Holly Williams Waves Her Flag of Independence

Holly Williams in Brooklyn. Jacob Blickenstaff Ben Watt Joe Henry Gabriel Kahane Jolie Holland Rodney Crowell Jill Sobule Benmont Tench Leyla McCalla Keith & Tex Declan O'Rourke Michael Daves As the granddaughter of Hank Williams Sr....Show More Summary

Kool A.D.'s Bizarre Pop-Culture Carnival

A lot of musicians can't run fast enough from their first big hit. Led Zeppelin wouldn't play "Stairway to Heaven." Madonna hates "Like a Virgin." And if you ask Radiohead to play "Creep," Thom Yorke might tell you to fuck off (if he...Show More Summary

Baby Catapulting and Other Batshit Hypotheses That Teach You How Science Works

There's nothing quite as satisfying as a really good joke. Someone has made a clever new connection between two mundane things that we've all encountered—and suddenly we have a lovely "aha" moment. We find it funny. That sense of revelation...Show More Summary

A Political History of "True Blood"

"How progressive of him." That was one of the first sentences that Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyer), a nearly two-century-old vampire, ever uttered to his one true love Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) in the HBO series True Blood. Show More Summary

Who Would Win the World Cup of Climate Change?

This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. There are lots of reasons for the green-inclined to give the World Cup a red card. The list of contentious points may include:...Show More Summary

Welsh Rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen Aim "Right to the Top"

Van McCann, the gleeful 21-year-old frontman of Welsh indie-rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen, doesn't appear to have a sarcastic bone in his body. We meet in a shady spot on Randall's Island in New York City, at the Governor's Ball music festival. Show More Summary

The Woman Who Forgot the Names of Animals

We've all been mesmerized by them—those beautiful brain scan images that make us feel like we're on the cutting edge of scientifically decoding how we think. But as soon as one neuroscience study purports to show which brain region lights...Show More Summary

A Guide to the Scandals Plaguing the World Cup

When the FIFA World Cup opens today in Sao Paulo, the eyes of the world will be glued to the action on the field—but recent developments off the pitch are threatening to steal the spotlight. From the news of strikes and protests coming...Show More Summary

Why David Brat is Completely Wrong About Climate Science

David Brat, the Virginia economics professor and tea partier who just beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary, is a staunch libertarian. And these days, that doesn't just mean thinking the free market should run most things, from the energy sector to healthcare. Show More Summary

David Brat, the Libertarian Who Beat Eric Cantor, Doesn't Believe in the "Common" Good

When tea party challenger David Brat sent Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the House majority leader, to the ash heap on Tuesday night, vanquishing the incumbent by more than 10 points in the primary race, the politerati were stunned. Political...Show More Summary

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