Meet the Law Professor Who’s Running for President to Get Ted Cruz Disqualified

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Victor Williams has a theory about Ted Cruz. He believes the Canadian-born senator is not a “natural born citizen” and is thus ineligible to be president. And he’s decided to prove it the only way he can: by running for president himself. Cruz is pulling “a long con” on the American people, says Williams, a law professor at the Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC. He believes Cruz is attempting to be “born again”—not … MORE

Bruce Springsteen to North Carolina: No Rock for You

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Add Bruce Springsteen to the growing list of people who are not fans of North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law. On Friday, just two days before a scheduled show in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Boss announced that he was canceling his appearance in a gesture of protest against the legislation. “Some things are more important than a rock show and [the] fight against prejudice and bigotry—which is happening as I write—is one of them,” the rock … MORE

Sanders Extends Winning Streak in Wyoming

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Bernie Sanders won the Democratic caucuses in Wyoming on Saturday, adding to his winning streak over the past several weeks. Sanders captured 56 percent of the vote, to 44 percent for Hillary Clinton. But Sanders’ margin of victory wasn’t enough for him to cut into Clinton’s lead in pledged delegates. Each candidate won seven delegates in Wyoming. Both campaigns put in appearances in Wyoming during the past week. The Clinton campaign sent Bill Clinton to … MORE

The World’s Largest Coal Company Just Filed for Bankruptcy

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These are truly dark days for coal. The year started off badly for the industry when Arch Coal, the second-biggest coal producer in the United States, filed for bankruptcy. That announcement was swiftly followed by more: China said it plans to close 1,000 coal mines, US coal production dipped to its lowest level in three decades, and the Obama administration laid out plans to raise the cost coal mining on federal land. On Wednesday, the … MORE

Dangerous Work for “Crap Money”: The Dark Side of Recycling

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Darkness had enveloped the Newell Recycling yard by the time Erik Hilario climbed into a front-end loader on a cold evening in January 2011. Hilario, a 19-year-old undocumented immigrant from Mexico, earned $8 an hour at the industrial park in East Point, Georgia, working amid jagged piles of scrap metal eventually bound for the smelter. On this day, Hilario was driving a loader in a paved section of the nine-acre yard known as the defueler … MORE

The New York Primary Will Be a Big Fracking Deal

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This story was originally published by Fusion and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. On April 19, when New Yorkers get their turn to vote on the country’s next leader, the future of natural gas—specifically gas that comes from hydraulic fracturing—will be on many people’s minds. How the 2016 contenders will deal with climate change The Ultimate Presidential Climate Matrix Donald Trump Thinks Climate Change Is a Hoax Scientists: Ted Cruz’s … MORE

Octopus Brains Are So Much Cooler Than You Think

Let’s clear up one thing right off the bat: “Octopuses” is a perfectly acceptable plural of “octopus”—and it makes a heck of a lot more sense than “octopi.” That’s because the word derives from Greek (oktopous, meaning “eight feet”), not Latin. This week’s episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast is all about octopuses, specifically how these amazing cephalopods—the group of marine invertebrates that also includes squid and cuttlefish—are vastly more intelligent than they get credit … MORE

Rising Seas Could Deluge US Coastal Cities Sooner Than We Thought

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This story originally appeared on Newsweek and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Boston and other coastal cities may want to batten down the hatches. A new study from climate scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Pennsylvania State University warns estimates of future sea level rise may be significantly underestimated. The real picture 100 to 500 years from now, they claim, will be ugly for US coastal cities from … MORE

Obama Just Shut Down Pfizer’s Attempt To Avoid Paying Taxes

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The Treasury Department just grew some cojones and clamped down on companies who want to move their “headquarters” to other countries. This was sparked by a deal that the drug company Pfizer had made to move their company to Ireland to avoid paying taxes here. The outcry from the public was so great that the Obama administration took notice and acted. The outrage over large corporations moving so much of their business — and tax … MORE

Can you think yourself into a different person?

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We used to believe our brains couldn’t be changed. Now we believe they can – if we want it enough. But is that true? Will Storr wades through the facts and fiction. For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another break-up and in despair about her future, she felt as if she’d failed at it all, and she was tired of … MORE