Chris Christie and family photographed relaxing on beach he closed to the public

It’s the quintessential story of a New Jersey summer: Man and family relax “down the shore” on Fourth of July weekend, enjoying sun, sand and no crowds to speak of because said man banned the public from the beach as part of a statewide government shutdown. On Sunday, embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was […]

The US just dropped a MOAB — the so-called ‘mother of all bombs’ — on Afghanistan

The United States military deployed a Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb — known as the “mother of all bombs” — in Afghanistan on Thursday, military officials told CNN. The strike was a coordinated attack against ISIS tunnels and personnel in the country’s Nangarhar province. MOAB is America’s largest non-nuclear form of munition, and can be guided […]

What our violent obsession with sex robots reveals about us

If you want to sleep with a robot, you don’t have to wait decades for a Westworld-style theme park of carnal delights. The future of virtual sex is already here. Strap on enough hardware, and the avatar of your dreams will grind to the beat of your teledildonics. Today’s smart dolls are becoming increasingly lifelike — nowhere […]

‘Hidden Figures’ beats ‘Star Wars’ at the box office. Here’s why that matters.

It was a close race that looked deadlocked Sunday, but Monday morning brought good news for Hidden Figures: The film won the box office this weekend and is officially the no. 1 movie in the country. The story of the under-appreciated black women mathematicians who helped get the United States’ first men into space beat the absolute […]

Judge rules doctors can refuse trans patients and women who have had abortions

On Saturday, a United States district judge ruled that doctors may turn away women who have had abortions and transgender patients on the basis of religious freedom. In his order, Judge Reed O’Connor argued laws that would otherwise forbid gender-based discrimination require doctors emove the categorical exclusion of transitions and abortions (a condition they assert is a […]

Vera Rubin, the woman who discovered the first evidence of dark matter, is dead at 88

Vera Rubin, the astrophysicist responsible for confirming the first existence of dark matter, died on Sunday night at the age of 88. Carnegie Institution president Matthew Scott called Rubin “a national treasure as an accomplished astronomer and a wonderful role model for young scientists” in a press release confirming the scientist’s death. For Vera Rubin, […]

Bill O’Reilly’s “white establishment” comments ignite firestorm over his bald-faced racism

Bill O’Reilly’s “white establishment” comments ignite firestorm over his bald-faced racism Fox News host Bill O’Reilly went on a white supremacism-laden rant Tuesday night, saying that the effort to abolish the Electoral College is an attempt by “the left” to take away power from the “white establishment.” O’Reilly went on to denounce Democrats for being […]