Doctors who helped US torture detainees could face charges after report details 'collusion'

The American Psychological Association asked a former US attorney to investigate ‘collusion with the Bush administration to promote, support or facilitate’ torture.

Man walks his duckling

This quacked me up.

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“I was an invisible girlfriend for a month.”

“Once I started playing the role of Invisible s.o., it was strange and, due to a five-minute timer on every message, stressful.”

Book review: Neal Stephenson's “Seveneves” has too little humanity in the characters

Stephenson’s new novel doesn’t generate the kind of excitement for the future that we’ve come to expect from the author of Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, and Anathem.

Why Final Fantasy VII matters

Logos flicker on failing monitors, propped up in a quilt of urban junk. Light glitters on seawater beneath jutting pylons. Flowers swell up from the broken floorboards of an abandoned church…

Read The Joy of Cybersex, an online sex guide circa 1993

Enjoy this early internet guide to the subversive world of "erotic disks" and "teledildonics."

Watch: NASA celebrates 50 years of planetary science awesomeness

On July 14, 2015, New Horizons will take the first close-up pictures of Pluto, exactly 50 years to the day after Mariner 4 flew by Mars and took the first close-up pictures ever of another planet. Read the rest

Little Library: miniature book-charms for necklaces, bracelets and earrings

From Abigail in Sterling, Scotland: tiny, adorable, books you wear: The Hobbit, The Little Prince, Harry Potter, To Kill a Mockingbird, Sherlock Holmes, The Fault in Our Stars, Alice in Wonderland, and any other book you desire. Read the rest

Hot-air balloon made from recycled plastic bags

Argentine artist Tomás Saracen's installation, Becoming Aerosolar, is a gigantic hot-air balloon made from recycled plastic bags. Read the rest

Gorgeous Taschen book: Art of Burning Man

NK Guy writes, "I've spent the past 16 years photographing the spectacular art of the annual Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. And this book is the culmination of those years - 65,000 photos boiled down to a single volume representing the perfect day on the playa." Read the rest

WATCH: Sharks found living inside underwater volcano

Sharkcano! National Geographic ocean engineer Brennan Phillips sent a camera into Kavachi, an active underwater volcano in the Solomon Islands. He was surprised to find species of sharks living in the volcanic plume. Read the rest

Circular Infinite Bridge sculpture

The Danish Sculpture by the Sea festival includes a massive piece called Infinite Bridge extending out into the Thors Møllebæk River. Read the rest

WATCH: The most Russian tool of all time: the knife-flask shovel

After doing some digging, why not relax with some charcuterie and vodka? A knife acts as a cap for a handle flask on this clever Russian shovel.

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Wife plugged in to alarm clock

Alex of Weird Universe wrote: "Sounds to me like Anna Hindman had good cause for wanting to divorce her husband [in 1938], namely a) his belief that 4 hours sleep is all anyone needs, and b) wiring her bed to shock her every 4 hours to prevent her from sleeping longer than that. But according to the news reports, she eventually forgave him and withdrew her divorce petition — after he got rid of the 'shocking machine.'"

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The US starves its prisoners

Schuylkill County Prison in Pennsylvania feeds inmates portions that are “not even enough to fill a 5-year-old child,” according to a group of prisoners who have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit. It's not the only US prison starving its inmates. Legislators in some states are proposing that prisoners ought to be fed just twice a day, instead of three, and in Morgan County, Alabama, "federal authorities jailed Sheriff Greg Bartlett in 2009 after he admitted to depositing over $200,000 in state money allocated for prison meals into his personal account (in Alabama, sheriffs can keep excess state funds provided to pay for prisoners’ food)." The Marshall Project has recreated photos of meals in various US prisons. Read the rest

What it’s like to be profoundly face-blind

"It doesn’t matter if I know the person: I’ve walked right past my husband, my own mother, my daughter, my son, without being able to recognize them." -- 47-year-old consultant, writer, and part-time EMT, with developmental prosopagnosia. Alexa Tsoulis-Reay interviewed her for Science of Us.

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Ted Cruz sore that NY Times won't let him cheat his way onto best-seller list

Ted Cruz must not have a lot of confidence in his new book, A Time For Truth. Rather than let the book makes its way to the top on its own, he and his publisher Harper Collins resorted to sneaky tactics to ensure high sales. They paid people to buy the book.

In essence, The Times accused Cruz’s publisher of trying to buy its way onto the bestseller list by having a firm like Result Source hire thousands of people across America to individually purchase a copy of A Time For Truth, in the hope that some of those retailers are on the secret list of booksellers who report their sales to the Times, or that the aggregate purchasers will simply be too high for the Times to ignore.

Conservatives are furious with The New York Times, saying it should be okay for the presidential hopeful to buy his way onto the Bestseller List. The NYT, however, says they have “uniform standards" they follow and these standards don't include enticing book consumers with cash. A Time for Truth? Hardly. Read the rest

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