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ISIS is 'worse than al Qaeda' — The terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reportedly surpassed al Qaeda's recruiting ability in Iraq and the broader Middle East. Younger militants seem to increasingly view al Qaeda as outdated and ineffective, expressing their dissatisfaction in online message boards.

This amazing phone lets you text smells to your friends — Your smartphone beeps. You have a text. But it's not an emoji-sprinkled flirt from the person you're dating. It's the smell of a fresh bouquet of roses. That may sound crazy, but Harvard professor David Edwards and his former student Rachel Field are already testing out a device that does just that.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @TheWeek: Behold, the 'smext': Inside the phone that lets you text smells to your friends.

The SEC should shine a light on dark political donations from corporations — Nate Silver has already dubbed the 2014 election as " the least important in years." But this year's midterms are still breaking records for at least one thing: secret political spending. A historically unprecedented amount of dark money has already been spent to influence the outcome of the elections.
Jul 24, 2014

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The disturbing lessons of Arizona's un-American execution — What happened Wednesday afternoon to Joseph Wood in Arizona was a state-sponsored, judicially sanctioned human experiment that went terribly wrong. The subject of the experiment, a convicted murderer, was supposed to die. And eventually he did. But it was not supposed to take nearly two hours for Arizona to kill him.
Jul 24, 2014

My new piece just up @TheWeek on the death of Joseph Wood: An American, and Un-American, Execution:…

The odds are 11 million to 1 that you'll die in a plane crash — There were two fatal airplane accidents over the weekend: Asiana Airlines Flight 214's crash landing in San Francisco killed two passengers, while the fiery crash of an air taxi in Alaska claimed the lives of all 10 people on board.

George Takei shares a pretty profound insight into America's strength and dangerous flaw — George Takei was 5 years old when armed U.S. soldiers came to his house and escorted him and his family to an internment camp for Japanese Americans in the swamps of Arkansas, he told Jon Stewart on Wednesday night's Daily Show.

Disabled puppy gets a new lease on life with a cart made of toy parts — All it took was a ferret harness, pipes from a toy welding kit, and wheels from a Fisher-Price helicopter for one woman to channel her inner MacGyver and create a tiny cart that gives a puppy the ability to walk. Turbo the Chihuahua was deemed a lost cause.