Alison Wheatley

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These maps show the world's insane population concentration in cities

In the simple map above lies a stark spatial imbalance: half the people in the world cram into just 1 percent of the Earth's surface (in yellow), and the other half sprawl across the remaining 99 percent (in black).<p>Data viz extraordinaire Max Galka created this map using NASA's gridded population …

Officials: 'Affluenza' teen, mother captured in Mexico, will be returned to U.S.

A teen fugitive who's known for using an "affluenza" defense and his mother attempted to disguise themselves and disappear among the American tourists thronging a Mexican resort city for the holidays, but are now in custody and will be returned to the U.S. after a cellphone used to order pizza gave …

Math, Language & 7 Other Intelligence Types You Need

If math or linguistics came easily to you, school was probably a far more enjoyable experience for you than others.<p>After all, these two types of …

Animated map shows how the world's first written languages spread

The introduction of writing systems changed the world. It allowed humans to physically express thoughts and language, as well as record events for …

DNC sanctions Bernie Sanders for improper Clinton voter data breach

<b>(Reuters/Joshua Roberts/AP/Ronda Churchill/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>The punishment comes just one day after Bernie sees his best day on the campaign trail yet<p>Sophia Tesfaye<p>December 18, 2015 3:08pm (UTC)<p>The Democratic National Committee has taken the extreme measure of suspending Bernie Sanders' …

The Star Wars Plot Device That's 150 Years Old

Marco Grob for TIME<p>TIME<p>TIME<p>Cover Credit: PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION FOR TIME BY JOHN WHITE. PHOTOGRAPH OF DARTH MAUL BY KEITH HAMSHERE ©LUCASFILM LTD. ALL …

The Japanese American internment decision: A dangerous relic

Friday marks the anniversary of one of the most infamous legal decisions in the history of our country, Korematsu vs. United States.<p>Seventy-three years ago, during World War II, the United States government forcibly removed 110,000 Japanese Americans from their homes and confined them in detention …

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On Art and Masturbation

On Art and Masturbation<p>No two subjects could seem further apart. The one: the summit of the human spirit and one of the ultimate sources of meaning. …

The Secret History of One Hundred Years of Solitude

A half-century ago, Gabriel García Márquez, after yet another visit to the pawnshop, sent his now signature novel to his publisher. As Solitude turns 50, Paul Elie interviews Gabo’s longtime agent—just weeks before her death, at 85—and discovers the events that led to a literary revelation.<p>The …

Donald Trump's Call To Ban Muslims Reflects America's Worrisome Past

This week, Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, urged that Muslims be banned from entering the United States. He demanded a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what's going on."<p>Trump's comments come at a …

In Ireland: English as a Foreign Language

Generally when I've moved to a new place I am in language learning mode: learning new words everyday, being puzzled by expressions, and dealing with …

I Learned to Speak Four Languages in a Few Years: Here's How

<i>Lifehacker reader Gabriel Wyner was tasked with learning four languages in the past few years for his career as an opera singer, and in the process</i> …

Here are the most popular lines from 'The Man in the High Castle' (the book)

• “Whom the gods notice they destroy. Be small . . . and you will escape the jealousy of the great.”<br>• “They want to be the agents, not the victims, of …

Did The Language You Speak Evolve Because Of The Heat?

English bursts with consonants. We have words that string one after another, like angst, diphthong and catchphrase. But other languages keep more vowels and open sounds. And that variability might be because they evolved in different habitats.<p>Consonant-heavy syllables don't carry very well in …

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Why Do Most Languages Have So Few Words for Smells?

And why do these two hunter-gatherer groups have so many?<p>Describe a banana. It's yellow, perhaps with some green edges. When peeled, it has a smooth, soft, mushy texture. It tastes sweet, maybe a little creamy.<p>And it smells like... well, it smells like a banana.<p>Every sense has its own “lexical …

Wine Tasting

Stephen King Creates a List of 82 Books for Aspiring Writers (to Supplement an Earlier List of 96 Recommend Books)

Stephen King has given writers a lot to think about these past few years in his numerous interviews and in his statement of craft, <i>On Writing</i>. He …

Linguistic genocide — why kill the Welsh language?

The new Apple emoji update could not have come at a better time. There is now an eye-roll emoji that portrays my exact feelings towards blog posts …

Why You’re Never Too Old To Learn A Language

“To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.”<br>– <b>Bernard Baruch</b>, American financier and philanthropist.<p>Dear reader, are you in the prime of …

Language Learning

Study: A fascinating aspect of language looks to be biologically hardwired in our brains

Does the Turkish word <i>küçük</i> (pronounced coo-chook) mean “big” or “small”? If you guessed the latter without knowing the language, you’re right—and there may be a cognitive explanation for your instinct.<p>In a study published in Cognition earlier this year, researchers tested people’s ability to guess …

Italy Off the Beaten Path

Encircled by towers and high fortress walls, Giglio Castello is a charming hilltop village in the middle of Giglio Island, off the shores of Tuscany. In the evening, sample the local aperitifs and robust wines before indulging in Tuscan delicacies such as wild rabbit or fresh seafood.<p>Wander off the …

20 historical sites that could disappear in your lifetime

Cultural heritage sites around the world are at risk, threatened by war, economic uncertainty and political insecurity.<p>But these sites are steeped in …

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11 female travel bloggers totally on the rise

<b>IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE BEST up-and-coming travel bloggers on the planet, you have come to the right place!</b> I have been following some incredible …

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The Secret To Sounding Smart? Using Simple Language

Put down the thesaurus: Using big words actually makes you appear less capable.<p>It might sound counterintuitive, but using four-syllable textbook words to demonstrate your smarts will actually make you appear less capable.<p>“So often, our intuitions about what will impress others are wrong,” says …

How good is Skype’s instant translation? We put it to the Chinese stress test

Skype recently announced a new translation tool that can interpret live speech in real time, across a number of languages. But the digital calling company’s demos and promo videos—currently only available as a “preview” on newer versions of Windows—are heavily edited and show people speaking from …

Einstein wouldn't like it: New test proves universe is spooky | Reuters

LONDON The universe really is weird, which is bad news both for Albert Einstein and for would-be hackers hoping to break into quantum encryption …

In 125 years, millions of people have looked at this painting. No one really saw it until recently.

I'm not easily impressed, OK?<p>I know Van Gogh was a genius. If the point of this were "Van Gogh was a mad genius," I would not be sharing this with …

Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' was re-created with bacteria. It's as cool as it sounds.

What do the Chicago skyline, a cat, a subway map, a Van Gogh, and a skull all have in common?<p><b>They've all been re-created into beautiful masterpieces</b> …

Room Writer Emma Donoghue: 'This Is Not a Horrifying Film'

Emma Donoghue’s 2010 bestselling novel <i>Room</i> is told from the point of view of 5-year-old Jack, who’s spent his entire life in a 10-by-10-ft. garden …

The most difficult grammar quiz you will take this year

Do you know where your apostrophes should or shouldn’t go?<p>John Sutherland, a professor of modern literature at University College London, has written …