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Japan Ends Ban on Weapon Exports

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In response to a rising China.

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Kim Kardashian Isn’t Aspirational

The editor who invented high/low media says the Vogue cover is no scandal but, on the eve of the Women in the World Summit, she has a few ideas about women who really are cool.

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How Frozen Crushed the Box Office

‘Frozen’ is now the highest-grossing animated film in history, earning $1.072 billion worldwide. Here’s how it happened.

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Where Is the Humanities' Neil DeGrasse Tyson?

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Cosmos is a hit, again. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a pop science star. Thanks to him, kids dream about expanding human knowledge of the phenomenal universe. Now: Where’s a liberal arts rockstar to make people care about human culture that much?Read more…

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Have You Had an Excruciating Conversation About Porn With Your Teen?

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Naked men. Naked women. Naked dogs. All together, on the internet, fucking one another. As a parent, you know that your teen has probably watched thousands of hours of online M-F-Dog porn. But have you talked to them about it yet? Read more…

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Musharraf Indicted for Treason

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Could face death penalty.

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Torture Didn’t Aid Bin Laden Hunt

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According to Senate report.

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Turning Ukraine’s Bullets Into Art

As Ukraine’s Maidan burned under a government crackdown, Kiev’s artists on the barricades began collecting memorabilia to turn into creative projects—and they’re now displaying the first pieces commemorating the revolution.

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UN: Climate Change Getting Worse

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Civilization threatened.

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North Korea Fires on South Korea

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Sent warning via fax.

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Japan Forced to Halt Whaling

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By a U.N. Court.

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What the U.N.’s new climate report says about North America

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Global warming is a global crisis, but the effects of climate change are being felt differently in different corners of the globe. The latest report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns of a world wracked by hunger, violence, and extinctions. But the IPCC also dedicates chapters to impacts that are underway and anticipated in individual regions and continents. For North America, the report states there is “high confidence” of links between climate change and rising temperatures, ravaging downpours, and declining water supplies. Even if temperatures are allowed to rise by just 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 C), which is the goal of current international climate negotiations (a goal that won’t be met unless everybody gets a lot more serious about curbing greenhouse gas pollution), such severe weather is going to get a lot worse. North America’s coastal regions will continue to face a particularly long list of hazards, with climate change bringing growing risks of “sea-level rise, warming, ocean acidification, extratropical cyclones, altered upwelling, and hurricanes and other storms.” Here are some highlights from the North American chapter of the IPCC’s new report: Observed climate trends in North America include an increased occurrence of severe hot weather events over much of the US, decreases in frost days, and increases in heavy precipitation over much of North America … Global warming of approximately 2°C (above the pre-industrial baseline) is very likely to lead to more frequent extreme heat events and daily precipitation extremes over most areas of North America, more frequent low snow years, and shifts towards earlier snowmelt runoff over much of the western US and Canada. Together with climate hazards such as higher sea levels and associated storm surges, more intense droughts, and increased precipitation variability, these changes are projected to lead to increased stresses to water, agriculture, economic activities and urban and rural settlements. The following figure from the report shows how temperatures have already risen — and how they are expected to continue to rise in different parts of the continent under relatively low (“RCP2.6″) and high (“RCP8.5″) greenhouse gas pollution scenarios: IPCCClick to embiggen.And this figure shows that rain and snow are falling more heavily in parts of central and eastern U.S., but that the changes are more mixed in the West: IPCCClick to embiggen.Care about other parts of the world? Good for you! So do we. Here are links to chapters on other regions, along with our brief summaries of their findings: Africa. This already overheated continent can expect to experience faster warming than other parts of the world – we’re talking about as much as 11 degrees F of warming by the end of the century. Couple that with worsening water shortages in many areas and more severe floods, and many Africans are staring down a hellish long-term weather forecast. Europe. Worse floods and droughts, peppered with brutal winter winds over Central and Northern Europe. Asia. A bento box of impacts varying widely across the region. Water shortages and rising seas are among the big worries. Farmers in some countries might benefit, but rice growers will generally find it more difficult to feed Asia. “There are a number of regions that are already near the heat stress limits for rice,” the chapter states. Australasia. Crikey, them cyclones are gonna hit Down Under harder than a ‘roo on a bonnet. And that’s not all. Fires, heat waves, and flooding will continue to get worse in many areas of Australia and New Zealand. Central and South America. Temperatures will continue to rise, and rain and snow will fall harder in some places but grow scarcer in others. The Andes will continue to lose snow. Polar Regions. As the poles melt and grow more balmy, new biomes will appear. The report notes that the “tree line has moved northward and upward in many, but not all, Arctic areas … and significant increases in tall shrubs and grasses have been observed in many places.” Which sounds like a good thing, except that the melting permafrost is unleashing climate-changing methane. Small islands. Those island bits that remain above sea level will be buffeted by salty floods, which will make freshwater harder to come by. The coral reefs that foster the ecosystems that support the livelihoods of islanders will continue to bleach and die. The ocean. Three words: acidic rising seas.Filed under: Article, Climate & Energy

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Vatican Boots Con Men, Finally

A couple of con men tried to talk their way into the notorious Vatican Bank. They seemed to think they’d be right at home. But Pope Francis is cleaning house.

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Vatican Hustle

A couple of con men tried to talk their way into the notorious Vatican Bank. They seemed to think they’d be right at home. But Pope Francis is cleaning house

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‘Chocolate King’ to Save Ukraine?

Billionaire candy manufacturer Petro Poroshenko may well be elected president of Ukraine in May. His mission: take his country into Europe while making peace with Putin.

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PM’s Win: Still a Loss in Turkey

Despite possible corruption activity, the Prime Minister’s victory in Sunday’s elections proves his party is still stronger than the opposition.

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Noah Succesfully Threads the Cultural Needle

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Midway through Noah, after most of humanity has been annihilated and the ark is floating lonely amidst the flood, the title character sits his children down and regales them with the story of Creation. With this flashback, writer-director Darren Aronofsky grasps the hand of science and forces it to shake … More »

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