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    Rob Cameron: Battle of words over ‘EU army’

    EU plan to beef up military prompts battle of words over Nato Image copyright Getty Images Image caption France and Germany want joint development of military hardware such as helicopters The UK defence secretary was adamant. Britain remained firmly opposed to any move towards creating an EU army, Sir Michael Fallon said, as it would […] More

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    Were Paper Losses the Goal All Along?

    Say you’re a Swiss bank and you want to launder some money for high-net-worth clients. Here’s one way: Start by placing large quantities of the funds into a brokerage account at the bank under the name of a shell corporation. Then, conduct multiple financial transactions with the funds, confusing the true source of the money. […] More

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    Very Short Chat: What Law Would You Break on Mars?

    Christine and Kelly talk about what law they would break on Mars.Image: Kevin GillKelly Conaboy: this is good
    Do Earth Laws Apply To Mars Colonists?
    Kelly: what earth law would you most want to break on mars
    Christine Friar: “Their activities on Mars shouldn’t interfere with activities of others in space,” says von der Dunk.
    Christine: immediate space rivalry
    Christine: they egg the space station
    Kelly: we’re at war now
    Christine: you know a mars astronaut
    Christine: would bully
    Christine: a non mars astronaut
    Christine: what law would i break hm
    Kelly: “Currently, if you want .. More

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    The Global Smartphone Boom Is Over — Sorry Apple

    It couldn't go on forever. A little less than a decade after the release of the first iPhone in 2007, the meteoric rise of the smartphone as a must-have device in the modern world has finally leveled off. Smartphones aren't going anywhere; it's just that the global mobile phone market has plateaued, according to a […] More

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    What they didn’t talk about

    Presidential debate 2016: What Trump and Clinton didn't say Image copyright AP Image caption The candidates sparred for 90 minutes, but didn't mention a number of key issues Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump touched on many issues during their first televised debate. From the Iraq War and global trade deals to police violence against African-Americans, […] More


    Montreal Shouldn’t Ban Pit Bulls

    A proposed ban on pit bulls would technically grandfather existing pets in, but even owners who follow all the guidelines may not be able to keep their dogs safe. Ramonespelt/Thinkstock Mireille Goulet has spent 26 years in the Montreal home she fixed up herself. But now she’s considering moving to another part of the country […] More

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    Islamist jailed for ancient shrine attacks

    Mali Islamist jailed for nine years for Timbuktu shrine attacks Image copyright EPA Image caption Mahdi said he regretted his actions and asked for forgiveness The International Criminal Court has sentenced an Islamist militant who destroyed ancient shrines in Timbuktu to nine years in jail. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi admitted to leading rebel forces who destroyed […] More

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    Blast in Bronx ‘drug lab’ kills New York firefighter

    Blast in Bronx 'drug lab' kills New York firefighter Image copyright WABC An explosion at a suspected drug lab inside a New York home has killed at least one firefighter, authorities say. Fire crews were called to the two-storey house in the Bronx to attend to a gas leak shortly after 06:20 local time (10:20 […] More


    The Hacking Law That Can’t Hack It

    The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act was enacted in 1986 at a time when computer networks were largely confined to universities and military institutions. shironosov/Thinkstock This article is part of Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, and Slate. On Thursday, Sept. 29, Future Tense and New America’s Open Technology Institute will […] More


    Bruce Springsteen’s Brilliant Disguise

    Bruce Springsteen performs in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Sept. 14. Keith Bedford/Boston Globe via Getty Images <![CDATA[ requirejs(["jquery"], function($) { if ($(window).width() < 640) { $(".slate_image figure").width("100%"); } }); ]]> All celebrity memoirs come loaded with double barrels of doubt—“Did he even write it?” and “Is this actually necessary?” In the case of one Mr. Bruce […] More

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    First ‘three person baby’ born using new method

    First 'three person baby' born using new method The world's first baby has been born using a new "three person" fertility technique, New Scientist reveals. Five-month-old Abrahim Hassan has the usual DNA from his mum and dad, plus a tiny bit of genetic code from a donor. US doctors took the unprecedented step to ensure […] More

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    Good Things to Do

    Don’t you deserve something nice after last night? Oh, yes you do.
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    Texas Prisons Banned My Book About Texas Prisoners

    “The Walls” prison is pictured Nov. 5, 2007, in Huntsville, Texas. Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Fanny Carrier/AFP/Getty Images. <![CDATA[ requirejs(["jquery"], function($) { if ($(window).width() < 640) { $(".slate_image figure").width("100%"); } }); ]]> Banned Book Week, which started on Sunday, reminds us that no one sets out to write a banned book. But as […] More

  • Presidential debate: Trump criticises moderator Lester Holt

    Presidential debate: Trump criticises moderator Lester Holt Media captionKey moments from the Clinton-Trump debate Donald Trump has criticised the moderator in the first US presidential debate, Lester Holt, for being tougher on him than on Hillary Clinton. He also complained about his microphone crackling and being at a lower level than Mrs Clinton's. The two […] More

  • Global Smartphone Market Has Plateaued

    It couldn't go on forever. The meteoric rise of the smartphone as a must-have device in the modern world has finally leveled off. Smartphones aren't going anywhere; it's just that the global mobile phone market has plateaued, according to a new report out this week from CCS Insight saying that growth in the market is […] More


    The Vertical Video Revolution

    Photo illustration by Slate. Images by Creatas/Thinkstock and Dan Kois <![CDATA[ requirejs(["jquery"], function($) { if ($(window).width() < 640) { $(".slate_image figure").width("100%"); } }); ]]> As the video journalist and researcher Zena Barakat has noted, some of the first moving pictures ever made were shot in a vertical format. But more than a century of widescreen […] More

  • Beyond Sniffles and Sexism, What the Hell Was the Debate About?

    The first presidential debate was a head-scratcher, raising profound questions like: What is that man doing there? Why is no one telling him to shut up? What is he talking about? And why is he sniffling? In the few brief moments in which a scowling Donald Trump was not engaged in free association about himself, […] More

  • Trump And Clinton Sounded As If They Were Talking About Two Different Countries

    Sure, the post-debate buzz is more about tone than substance — who looked more presidential, whether Hillary Clinton got “under Donald Trump’s skin.” But in between the barbs and interruptions, there was plenty of policy to chew over in Monday’s night’s presidential debate. Trump and Clinton tangled over trade, taxes, criminal justice and foreign policy, and while neither candidate — particularly Trump — provided many policy details, the back-and-forth was sufficiently substantive to expose stark differences between the candidates on a range of issues. On the economy, in particular, Trump and Clinton offered sharply different diagnoses of the problems facing U.S. workers, and were even further apart on how to address those challenges.
    Perhaps just as striking were the issues that weren’t discussed at length. Energy, an issue Trump discusses frequently on the campaign trail, barely came up, apart from Trump’s dubious claim that the U.S. should have “taken the oil” in Iraq and Libya. (Cl.. More

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