Sarah Gray

Six Insane Things About Hilton Hotel Heir's Outburst on a Plane

Last month the monstrous behavior of the youngest Hilton heir, Conrad Hughes Hilton III, was revealed to the public. In July aboard a 10-hour trans-Atlantic flight, Hilton threw an epic (and threatening) tantrum, and was charged with intimidating and assaulting several British Airways flight attendants.

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Noam Chomsky: “The World That We’re Creating For Our Grandchildren Is Grim”

Renowned linguist and well-respected political commentator, Noam Chomsky, was interviewed by journalist David Barsamian for Jacobin. In the fascinating and thought-provoking conversation the two touch on the origins of ISIS, America’s relationship with Israel, among other foreign policy topics. Below are a few choice selections from the interview, which can (and should) be read in full at Jacobin.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Meaning of Life to a “Six-and-Three-Quarter”-Year-Old Boy

Last night Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke to a crowd at Wilbur Theatre in Boston. There a boy aged “six-and-three-quarters” asked the astrophysicist a deeply profound question: “What is the meaning of life?”

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Bill Maher: 'It’s Not Okay to Make Decisions Based on Myth'

Bill Maher explained his choice to make decisions based on fact versus “ancient myth” in a video that aired online earlier this week. The video is a promotion for the Openly Secular campaign, which encourages “atheists, freethinkers, agnostics, humanists and nonreligious people” to be more forthcoming with their secular beliefs in order to help dispel discrimination.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Is Getting His Own Late-Night Talk Show

Neil deGrasse Tyson is taking his popular “StarTalk Radio” podcast to late-night television! The famed astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, host of “Cosmos” and spontaneous movie critic has landed a spot on National Geographic Channel.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: How To Destroy a Planet

Can a person blow up a planet as depicted in “Star Wars”? That was a question posed to Neil deGrasse Tyson on his podcast “StarTalk Radio.”

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The Year in Jon Stewart: Still the Reigning King of Political Comedy

This year saw the “fake news” landscape shift in unexpected ways, with the departure of “The Colbert Report,” and the swift rise of John Oliver. But through all of the changes, we’ve had the steady, but never boring, voice of Jon Stewart leading the way.

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16 Great Stephen Colbert Moments

As Stephen Colbert pointed out on Tuesday night, “The Colbert Report” is winding down — only 10 shows remain! But how’d he get here? While Colbert famously cut his teeth as a correspondent on “The Daily Show,” he took his most significant step toward hosting a show of his own when he began doing guest-hosting stints for Jon Stewart (10 times!) starting in 2001. Below we’ve compiled a selection of hosting highlights, from Colbert’s time on “The Daily Show” through the moment he announced his departure from “The Report.”

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Explaining Black Holes Is Just As Awesome as it Sounds

Neil deGrasse Tyson broke down the physics of two mysterious aspects of our universe: wormholes and black holes. In this recent video for Business Insider, Tyson explains why you wouldn’t want to venture into a black hole — you’d want to avoid them “at all costs!” Watch below:

Jon Stewart: I Have “Daily Show” Burnout

Jon Stewart was on the Howard Stern show earlier this week, and of the appearances Stewart’s done to promote his film “Rosewater,” this was one of the most interesting, organic conversations from the media tour.

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Colbert Mocks Media Hysteria Over Chocolate Shortage

Stephen Colbert counted down the three things he’s most afraid of in last night’s “Threat Down.” In descending order they are America’s standards of sexiness, the possibility we’ll run out of chocolate, and that Christopher Columbus may not have been the first person to sail to the Americas. (I have a bone to pick with Colbert, because of course his blowhard character neglected to mention the role of climate change in the declining production of chocolate.)

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Shares the Secret of Time Travel

Regardless of your feelings about Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” there’s no denying that it dabbles in some pretty interesting scientific ideas. (Astrophysicist Kipp Thorne did help Nolan make the film, after all.)

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16 Fascinating Tidbits We Just Learned from Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart has been hosting “The Daily Show” for 16 years — nearly two decades of deftly satirizing the media and politics. He still maintains that what he does is not journalism, and is skeptical that “The Daily Show” can be a medium to deliver change (which is perhaps self-defeating). Yet, satirical news has proliferated,”The Daily Show” remains as relevant as ever and alums including Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and soon Larry Wilmore have spun the genre out even further.

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Amazing: Pope Believes in Evolution and Says God Is Not a Magician

In an exciting declaration, Pope Francis I stated that God should not seen as a “magician with a magic wand,” while unveiling a statue of his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Pope Francis also stated that evolution and the Big Bang theory are both true and not incompatible with the church’s views on the origins of the universe and life.

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Why You Desperately Need That Cup of Coffee: It May Be in Your Genes

A team of researchers have identified six new genetic variants having to do with human response to coffee consumption — bringing the total to eight known genetic variations related to coffee intake.

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What You Need to Know About Ello, the New Social Network Stealing Users from Facebook

Facebook has been abuzz of late about a curious new phenomenon: People leavingFacebook in favor of a smaller, simpler social media site called Ello. The fervor for Ello took hold this week in light of Facebook’s recent “real names” crackdown – forcing folks to use their legal names on their profiles or be locked out of the service – which has especially affected members of the LGBTQ community.

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What Is It About Narcissism That Almost Everyone Doesn't Understand?

In Greco-Roman myth, Narcissus, a beautiful young man, catches sight of his reflection in a body of water and falls deeply in love with his own image. This is where we get the word narcissism.

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7 Fascinating Scientific Mysteries: Black Holes, UFOs and the Origins of Everything

The point of science is to routinely test the boundaries of conventional wisdom, making incredible discoveries on the way. Thanks to the scientific process we know age of the Earth, have a cure for the plague, sent men to the moon and spacecraft into the far reaches of our solar system.

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Pick Your Doomsday: 9 End-of-the-World Theories that Will Haunt Your Dreams

Stephen Hawking once noted that Earth is a “fragile planet,” and if humanity does not find an alternative place to live — somewhere in space — we could be doomed. It is less of a rapture prediction than a reminder that resources are finite, there are greater forces than ourselves in the universe, and that we as a civilization trend on the self-destructive side of things.

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Watch: Cops Violently Drag Naked Grandmother Out of Her Apartment

Denise Stewart, a 48-year-old Brooklyn woman was dragged by NYPD from her apartment and arrested in the late hours of July 13, New York Daily News reported. The grandmother had just taken a shower and was only wearing a towel and pair of underpants when NYPD pounded on her door.

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Christian Right-Winger Wants to End US Space Program Because the Aliens Are All Going to Hell Anyway

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took those famous first steps on the Moon’s surface, uttering the well-known words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

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Here Are the States Where You Are Most Likely to Be Wiretapped

In terms of wiretapping — with a warrant — it turns out some states use the tactic far more than others.

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It's Debatable Whether We Should Be Eating at McDonald's at All -- But Getting Married at McDonald's? Oy Vey

There are several common associations people tend to make with McDonald’s: fondness for the days of childhood; head-shake-inducing regret; possibly Super Size Me-related disgust. Then, of course, there are the people who associate McDonald’s with even warmer feelings, like those of falling in love and committing to another person for life.

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WATCH: Comedy vs. Anti-Science: 10 Amazing Videos that Show How Humor Can Make a Difference

In the latest version of America’s long-running culture wars, conservatives (and even some liberals) have zeroed in what once might have seemed like an unlikely target. While all the usual suspects still find themselves in reactionary cross hairs — Hollywood, “lamestream”-media elites and the LGBT community to name a few — another group, the scientific establishment, has emerged as one of the most polarizing institutions in American political culture.

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Terrifying Riot Drone Is Equipped to Shoot Paint Balls, Plastic Bullets and Pepper Spray

In a bit of unsettling tech news, the South African company Desert Wolf told the BBC it received orders for its riot drone: Skunk. The drone, according to DefenceWeb, is aimed at subduing unruly crowds, without “endangering security staff.”

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5 Shows to Watch Now That Neil deGrasse Tyson’s 'Cosmos' Is Over

“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” came to a bittersweet conclusion last night. The episode was beautiful and inspiring, but its absence from Sunday night’s TV lineup will certainly be felt. (If you missed it, you can watch the whole episode here.) And if you’re looking to fill the void of stimulating science programming, here are some shows and documentaries — both old and new — to check out.

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5 “Cosmos” Moments that Made Creationists’ Heads Explode

Tonight marks the grand finale of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” Though we’re sad to see the series go, it can be surmised that some may not miss the weekly dose of thoughtful science: Young Earth creationists. The Ken Ham-helmed organization Answers in Genesis has responded week after week with blog posts attempting to explain away Neil deGrasse Tyson with a tedious Bible-based refrain.

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5 Most Important Lessons from “Cosmos”

Sunday marks the finale of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” Though the wonderful hours of being dazzled, stunned and educated by Tyson and his “Ship of the Imagination” are coming to a close, there is still plenty about our cosmos left to ponder. (Let’s face it, we’ll probably rewatch the series and learn something new with each subsequent viewing.)

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11 Reasons Why Neil deGrasse Tyson is Our Favorite Scientist

“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” is coming to an end on Sunday. The beautiful — and often mind-blowing — science program will certainly be missed. We’ll especially miss its host, the inimitable Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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People Would Rather Vote for a Cheater Than an Atheist

In the history of U.S. Presidents, none have been avowed atheists — despite the fact that Presidents Jefferson, Taft, Lincoln and Obama have been questioned about their beliefs. Also as of 2013, there were no “out” atheists in the current Congress, according toHuffington Post. (Former congressman, Barney Frank has stated since leaving office that he does not believe in god, and former Representative Pete Stark, was the only out atheist in congress until 2012.)

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This Week’s 5 Most Ridiculous Innovations - the Selfie-Photo Enhancer You Don't Want or Need

Every week, tech publications report on some really innovative new products: Smartphone apps, life hacks and gadgets that have astounding effects on our society. OoHo! is an edible membrane that holds water. The product costs under 10 cents to make and if successfully implemented could reduce the use of disposable plastic water bottles.

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