NASA’s Kepler Mission Announces Largest Collection of Planets Ever Discovered

This artist’s concept depicts select planetary discoveries made to date by NASA’s Kepler space telescope. / Credit NASA, W. Stenzel NASA’s Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets – the single largest finding of planets to date. “This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler,” said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at[…]

Europe’s Mosaic of Languages By Dr. Haarald Haarmann Linguist Europe is a continent of great linguistic and cultural differences, and Europeans have always been conscious of linguistic diversity. The distribution of languages is extremely uneven. In the regions where the number of indigenous languages is relatively small (western Europe), we encounter the largest number of immigrant languages. In[…]

The Ego’s Death Trip – Use of Psychedelics for Therapeutic Purposes

Recent neuroscientific findings have lent new credence to a fundamental Freudian psychoanalytic concept and to the therapeutic use of psychedelics in dealing with it By Natasha Young / 05.09.2016 Only recently has “ego death” escaped the shopworn tropes of an appropriated Eastern spirituality. The ego’s association with LSD dates to 1964 (if not before) with[…]

Prehistoric Architecture

Stonehenge / Wikimedia Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh Brewminate Editor-in-Chief The term prehistory references the period before history was written down, prior to any kind of written explanation of culture and civilization.  This discussion covers architecture during the period we call the Late New Stone Age.  This is a very small segment or cross-section[…]

West Virginia Feels the Bern with a Sanders Win

Chicago Tribune By Matthew A. McIntosh / 05.10.2016 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief As pundits have begun changing their tunes ever-so-slightly, from “Bernie has no chance” to “it’s uphill, but Bernie has a chance and will at the very least have powerful leverage at the convention”, the senator has pulled out another victory in the West Virginia primary[…]

Study Calls On Obama to Withdraw Legal Memo That Allows Faith-based Charities to Discriminate

USACE HQ / Foter / Creative Commons The paper published by Columbia University is signed by a coalition of 15 prominent constitutional scholars across the country. By Sarah Smith / 05.10.2016 The Obama administration has roundly criticized states such as North Carolina and Mississippi for passing laws that allow discrimination in the name of religious[…]

Mob Economics and Lynching Narratives

By Dr. Jason Morgan Ward Associate Professor of History Mississippi State University African American Intellectual History Society On May 5, 1919, an estimated 2,500 attendees descended on New York City’s Carnegie Hall for the National Conference on Lynching. Organized by the NAACP, the gathering was interracial, interregional, and bipartisan—speakers included 1916 Republican presidential nominee Charles[…]