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Pope Francis unveils his top 10 secrets to happiness

In a new interview with the Catholic News Service, Pope Francis provides his greatest tips for a happy life.

Weird Twitter interviews Glenn Greenwald

Last week, anonymous Twitter users @crushingbort and @blippoblappo assembled damning evidence that Buzzfeed's Benny Johnson had repeatedly plagiarized Wikipedia and other sources, forcing editor Ben Smith to fire him.

Allison Williams will star in NBC's Peter Pan Live

NBC has announced that Allison Williams will be playing the titular role in its upcoming production Peter Pan Live.

Daniel Radcliffe infiltrated Comic-Con disguised as Spider-Man

In his ongoing quest to prove he is Harry Potter no more, Daniel Radcliffe eschewed an invisibility cloak for a slightly more basic disguise at last weekend's Comic-Con convention.

The best places to find love -- and lust -- according to science


When readers email me about the research behind relationships and sex the most common question is always the same: Where?

Turkey's deputy PM: Women shouldn't laugh out loud

Turkey's deputy prime minister, Bülent Arinc, has some interesting advice for women: They should avoid laughing in public.

Today in history: "In God We Trust" becomes America's official motto


July 30, 1863: As the Civil War raged, President Abraham Lincoln issued his "eye-for-an-eye" order. It was described in the September issue of Harper's New Monthly Magazine (p.559) as follows: "The law of retaliation is formally announced by both the National and the Confederate authorities.

How do you convince a millennial to invest? Ask this Harvard guy.


The rap against millennials is that they believe they're exceptional and ought to be treated that way.

U.S. GDP surged 4 percent in Q2

The BLS' first measurement of Q2 GDP growth is out — and it brings two pleasant surprises. The economy expanded at a 4 percent annualized rate, significantly above the 3 percent rate that economists had expected.

Israel's 'Iron Dome' contractors reportedly hacked by China

Three of the defense contractors who built Israel's "Iron Dome," a shield that protects Israel from missiles, have been hacked by China, according to cybersecurity firm Cyber Engineering Services, Inc.

3 ridiculous myths about how technology is destroying your mind


Did you know that technology is terrible and is destroying our minds? It's true. It must be true, because people keep saying it.

European ransom payments now bankroll al Qaeda

European governments have quietly paid al Qaeda between $125 million and $165 million in ransoms for kidnapping victims since 2008, including at least $66 million in the past year alone, according to a New York Times investigation.

Yosemite fire threatens giant redwoods

A wildfire in Yosemite National Park grew on Tuesday, expanding to 3,060 acres and temporarily cutting off access to some of the California park.

10 things you need to know today: July 30, 2014


1. Humanitarian crisis worsens in Gaza Israel continued its intensified bombing and shelling of Gaza on Wednesday, killing an estimated 40 people overnight and pushing the Gaza death toll to 1,270.

Germany now gets 28.5 percent of its total energy from renewables

I have been convinced for a long while that renewable energy in general and solar energy in particular is on a pathway to becoming the world's dominant of energy.

Israeli tank shells kill 15 at U.N. school

Israeli tank shells killed 15 people at a U.N. school in the Jebaliya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip Wednesday morning.

Sex can't explain the culture war


Earlier this week, my colleague Damon Linker wrote a thoughtful essay on the nature of the culture war, distilling it down to how attitudes about sex changed radically over a very short period of time.

How to save Meet the Press


Last Sunday, there was a panel on Meet the Press that perfectly embodied everything that is wrong with NBC's faltering Sunday flagship.

How the battle for religious freedom became a nonsensical free-for-all


Journalists are generally expected to adhere to some sort of code. For traditional news reporters, this may mean avoiding the appearance of being biased.

Stop calling the GOP the party of new ideas


Paul Ryan, the perennial media darling and the Republican vice-presidential nominee in 2012, has released an anti-poverty plan that has been widely hailed by a group of conservative policy enthusiasts known as the reformicons.


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