Wednesday, April 23, 2014

9 of Shakespeare's best sex jokes

You would have been embarrassed to read these out loud in high school. But they make the plays so much better.

9 of Shakespeare's best sex jokes

You would have been embarrassed to read these out loud in high school. But they make the plays so much better.

How Frozen is still making box office news

Inflation and international ticket sales play a part in why Frozen is so successful.

How Frozen is still making box office news

Inflation and international ticket sales play a part in why Frozen is so successful.

Michael Pollan explains our broken food system

Michael Pollan explains what studying the food system taught him about capitalism, and more

How bitcoin is like the internet in the 80s

Watch this and you'll finally understand Bitcoin

How bitcoin is like the internet in the 80s

Watch this and you'll finally understand Bitcoin

Obama's plan to cut prison sentences, explained

The Obama administration has been extremely stingy in granting pardons or relief to prisoners. That's about to change entirely.

Obama's plan to cut prison sentences, explained

The Obama administration has been extremely stingy in granting pardons or relief to prisoners. That's about to change entirely.

What’s the liberal equivalent of climate denial?

Parties are supposed to tamp down on their base's worst instincts. The GOP is failing.

What the Palestinian unity deal means for peace

Hamas and Fatah just agreed to form a unity government. It's a huge shakeup for Israelis and Palestinians alike.

8 films to watch on Shakespeare's 450th birthday

What are the best screen adaptations of the Bard's work?

Amazon's HBO deal doesn't come close to HBO Go

Amazon has announced it has worked out a deal with HBO and will be offering a very basic selection of HBO shows for Amazon Prime members.

No, lead pipes didn't destroy the Roman Empire

A new study provides another blow to a famous theory about the fall of ancient Rome.

A civil war in Ukraine is looking more likely

Violence is getting worse, Russia is getting pushier, and full-blown conflict is becoming a real possibility.

Is killing video game characters wrong?

Brian Tomasik argues that consciousness is a spectrum, and even the simplest processes — like computer opponents in video games — can be conscious. It's much worse, he says, to kill an animal than a bot, but the bot still matters.

Labor force dropouts are dragging wages down

A new study indicates that there's more room for monetary stimulus than a look at the unemployment rate alone would suggest.

Sales taxes majorly cut into Amazon's business

A new study of five states with online sales taxes shows that customers in those states cut their Amazon purchases by nearly 10 percent.

Obama's plan to cut prison sentences, explained

The Obama administration has been extremely stingy in granting pardons or relief to prisoners. That's about to change entirely.

Expanding Medicaid just got less expensive

States will spend 1.6 percent more to expand coverage to millions.

We’re thinking about economic sanctions all wrong

Why speaking loudly can sometimes be more effective than carrying a big stick.

Is buying a house a better investment than stock?

Buying a home is risky, but it often makes financial sense because it's so heavily subsidized. But that's not a reason to think the policy of subsidization is a good idea.

The feds' insane restrictions on medical marijuana

Even though it could help military veterans, the federal government considers marijuana more dangerous and less medically valuable than cocaine and meth.

You probably have herpes and don't know it

I'm not even kidding. Check out these stats.

We've wiped out 96 percent of Pacific bluefin tuna

The Pacific bluefin tuna has fallen to historically low levels in recent years — a victim of heavy fishing and Japan's boundless appetite for sushi.

Here's proof for the Big Bang theory

Most Americans don't believe in the theory — here's why they should

Video

How legalized pot would change America

Mark Kleiman – author, blogger, professor, and drug policy adviser – discusses the future of legalized pot with Ezra Klein. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Learning to code is an extremely valuable skill

The first students of the Access Code program in New York saw their incomes go from $15,000 to just over $72,000 six months after graduation.

The best advice for better health

Don’t read more health books. Read these 14 words from the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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