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skunkbear: Because of their adaptive abilities — rapid growth,...

Photo Credit: David Wiltshire Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons Photo Credit: Scott Portelli Photo Credit: Albert Kok/Wikimedia Commons skunkbear: Because of their adaptive abilities — rapid growth, short lifespans and flexible development — cephalopods are sometimes called “the weeds of the sea.” And it seems like that might be serving them well. Show More Summary

The True Cost of Online Crime

Photo Credit: User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-4.0 You can't believe everything you read on the Internet. That's a lesson I learned long before testifying in 2000 at the trial of a man who'd sold 10,000 fake luxury goods through a website, including counterfeit Rolex, Cartier, and Movado watches. Show More Summary

Why Physics Experiments at the Subatomic Level May Cause 'Unknown Unknowns' to Destroy the World

Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons, a simulated particle collision at the Large Hadron Collider, Lucas Taylor "There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. Show More Summary

Comments of the Week: On American Exceptionalism, Malcolm X and That Notorious Las Vegas Convention

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Nevit Dilmen / Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA) Last Sunday marked the launch of our weekly feature highlighting just a few of the comments out of many that caught our editors’ attention on a number of topics—from hard news to opinion to...Show More Summary

Greek F-16s Intercept Delta Airlines Flight Over Greece

By m01229 from USA – Delta airplane @ MSP, CC BY 2.0, Greek F-16s Intercept Delta Airlines Flight Over Greece There are some local Greek media reports that two F-16s intercepted a Delta Airlines flight around the same area that EgyptAir Flight 804 disappeared a few days ago. Show More Summary

Passengers: Delta Flight Attendants “Fat, Worn Out, Old”

By Pablo Andrés Ortega Chávez – Flickr, GFDL 1.2, Passengers: Delta Flight Attendants “Fat, Worn Out, Old” A new real-time feedback, Delta Pulse, that was created by Delta Airlines...Show More Summary

Terrorism Fears Impact U.S. Airline Stocks

By Katrina.Tuliao –, CC BY 2.0, Terrorism Fears Impact U.S. Airline Stocks The disappearance of an EgyptAir flight yesterday, and its supposed connection to terrorism that is suspected by the Egyptian government, had an impact on U.S. Show More Summary

My Chinese Restaurant “Twilight Zone” Moment

Photo by Jim.henderson, via Wikimedia Commons Having set foot in nearly 7,000 Chinese restaurants, there is a certain sameness to the premises. Yes, there are fancy restaurants, dumpy restaurants, big restaurants, little restaurants,...Show More Summary

Comments of the Week: Inaugural Edition

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Nevit Dilmen / Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA) Since Truthdig’s launch just over a decade ago, our staff has always considered our comment community to be an integral part of the site. We’ve been given pointers, feedback, story tips, links,...Show More Summary

Could The Transgender Bathroom Debacle Been Avoided?

Source: Wikimedia Commons The latest shot across the bow in the transgender bathroom access debate was the Obama administration telling schools and colleges nationwide that they must allow transgender students access to bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. Show More Summary

Does a Third-Party Candidate Have a Real Chance at Winning?

The only president ever to win as a third-party candidate: George Washington. (Wikimedia Commons) This election season, with its angry comments sections and nasty memes, is getting seriously heated. A Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton...Show More Summary

Freedom for Tooting – the by-election to fill Sadiq’s seat could be tight

Picture credit: Wikimedia Commons Alastair Meeks assesses the chances Zac Goldsmith’s father once said that when a man married his mistress, that created a vacancy.  In the same way, his successful opponent for the Mayor of London contest can be expected shortly to be standing down as MP for Tooting, giving rise to a fascinating […]

Eye Candy for Today: Gaston La Touche’s Joyous Festival

The Joyous Festival, Gaston La Touche Link is to a zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Dixon Gallery and Gardens (no images). In his subject matter and intention, late 19th century French painter Gaston La Touche was more influenced by the Rococo style of the 18th […]

The Legacy of May Day Violence isn't a Maypole—It's the 8-Hour Workday

Workers in a fuse factory in the 1800s. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain) May Day is a confusing holiday in America. For most who think of it, it celebrates the ancient Celtic day of flowers and rebirth, with laughing children dancing around the maypole. Show More Summary

Prince's lack of a will highlights the need for estate and inheritance tax planning

The estate planning world is stunned by the news that Prince passed away without a will. Prince performing at Coachella in 2008. Photo by Scott Penner CC BY-SA 3.0 via Flickr and Wikimedia Commons While lots of folks delay officially...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Edwin Landseer scene from Shakespeare

Scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Titania and Bottom, Edwin Landseer Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the National Gallery of Victoria, which also has a zoomable version. Edwin Landseer was a Victorian painter noted in particular for his sensitive and beautifully portrayals of […]

Eye Candy for Today: Edward Poynter’s Helena and Hermia

Helena and Hermia, Edward John Poynter Link is to a zoomable version on the Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Art Gallery of South Australia. Victorian painter Edward Poynter gives us a beautiful and sensitive portrayal of the characters from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At once idealized and […]

Hannibal's Route Over The Alps or just Horse S?

Hannibal embodying perseverance at the Mausoleum of Engelbert II of Nassau and Cimburga van Baden in the Grote Kerk or Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Church of Our Lady) in Breda, Netherlands.Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user Vassil. Digitally enhanced by Mary Harrsch. Show More Summary

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