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How Earth Changed In 2015: The View From Far Above

Sometimes the best way to witness planetary happenings — and to gain perspective on them — is from high above. Below are satellite images and aerial photos from the NASA Earth Observatory that capture some of the more dramatic changes that shaped the earth over the past year.<p>Large rivers run atop …

United Nations

Song of the Sea review – a wonderful family animation, rich in Irish folklore

A gorgeous, almost painterly tale of two siblings trying to reach home, but waylaid by witches, owls and faeries<p>No animation has ever won the Oscar for best film, yet this year’s animated feature nominees – which included <i>The Tale of The Princess Kaguya</i>, <i>The Boxtrolls</i>, and <i>Song of the Sea</i> – proved …

Animation

Sketching with Data Opens the Mind’s Eye

When does drawing become design? When does design become a story?<p>The first storyboards for <i>Close Encounters of the Third Kind</i> were drawn by Steven Spielberg, who used stick figures. Artist Edward Carlson penciled his vision for Seattle’s Space Needle on a napkin in a coffee house. The inventors of</i> …

The traits that make human beings unique

We’re all just animals… right? Not so fast, says Melissa Hogenboom, a few things make us different from any other species.<p>"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." So said the physicist Robert Oppenheimer, who helped to invent the atomic bomb.<p>The two bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in …

Chimpanzees

‘Spectacular discovery’ of how memories are formed and learning takes place

Brain scientists in the UK and US have collaborated to make ‘a spectacular discovery’ – for the first time in human studies – of how memories are …

History's great thinkers tell you how to get happy

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's almost like clockwork: Just when things in our lives are going well, a problem at work or school or with a loved one will crop up to bring us down.<p>Even if "getting happy" is something we actively pursue as a goal, it can be a struggle to find happiness and hold onto it. Those unhappy …

Happiness

5 Rarely Considered Obstacles To 21st Century Education

What are the biggest obstacles to changing education? Some are economic. Others are infrastructural. Few are technological. The most significant challenges are philosophical. We are wedded to particular ways of thinking about school and learning and life that are limiting our ability to best serve …

Learning

Artists are just this screwed: When capitalism markets rebellion, how does the rebel stand outside?

Dada laid the roots for real attitude and rebellion — and also for its co-optation. It also shows the way forward<p>A wordy headline in the New York Times Magazine recently caught my attention: “Distressed jeans turn punk rock’s battered bad attitude into a commodified style for those with the social …

Art
Japan

Five reasons we should celebrate Albert Einstein

From his radical thinking to his radical politics, his disavowal of celebrity to his wild hairstyle, the great physicist’s significance endures, argues his biographer<p><b>1. His science</b><p>Einstein was, first and foremost, a scientist. In 1905 and again in 1916, he radically revised our understanding of the …

Albert Einstein

Sex, robots, and virtual reality — the future is now

In case you needed a reminder that “lonely men with lots of disposable income” is a great target demographic for your products, well here you go: <i>The</i> …

Virtual Reality

Fastest Growing Religion In Each Country Around The World

<i>Map created by reddit user KaliKwad</i><p>The map above shows which religion is the fastest growing in each country around the world based on data from Pew …

'The Witcher 3's' Business Model Is A Revolution

Video games aren’t cheap to make. And among video games, open world games are special: you’ve got to make more content than most people can feasibly experience, you’ve got to record giant amounts of dialogue, you’ve got to make assets for all of that, and you’ve got to make functional mechanics to …

The Witcher

The age of consent around the world. More age of consent maps

The world as 100 people over the last 200 years.<p>Europeans are divided along ideological lines in their views of the EU, but this division is not a …

At Iran anti-IS cartoon contest, pens also jab the West

Political cartoons have a long tradition in Iran, despite many restrictions in the staunchly conservative Islamic republic on taboo subjects such as the supreme leader, the clergy and military.<p>The competition called on cartoonists to submit drawings that reveal the "true nature" of IS as "no human …

Middle East

Karl Marx Was Right | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

A bust of Karl Marx. (Photo: gravitat-OFF / CC BY 2.0)<p><i>On Saturday at the Left Forum in New York City, Chris Hedges joined professors Richard Wolffand</i> …

These customizable headphones are designed for different music genres

The debate over what’s the best headphone really comes down to preference. A bass-loving EDM-head might love the depth of Beats, but a indie folk …

How to Turn Your Worthless College Degree into a Job in the Music Industry

Believe it or not, there are jobs in music besides being a musician. We talked to more than 20 people in the industry to find out how they got to where they are.<p><i>Image by Alex Cook</i><p>Congratulations, graduates! You've earned your degree, stepped out for one last wistful toss of the Frisbee, and …

Employment

Want to work out smarter? Trick your brain with music

What songs get you moving? For cognitive scientists, researchers and now music streaming apps, the answer is in your brain.<p>Spotify announced last …

Does Terrorism Work?

Rebel groups that employ terror in civil wars seldom win or gain concessions—but they tend to prolong conflicts, a new paper finds.<p>Nearly 14 years into the war on terror, there are signs of terrorism all around us, from Memorial Day tributes to the victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the …

Political Science

Noam Chomsky: The New York Times is pure propaganda

The celebrated linguist says our paper of record has carried the government’s water, from Laos to the Middle East<p>A front-page article is devoted to a flawed story about a campus rape in the journal Rolling Stone, exposed in the leading academic journal of media critique. So severe is this departure …

Middle East

All the Conditions of Democracy Can Only Be Met When People Live by Islamic Moral Values

by Adnan Oktar<p>1- SOCIAL JUSTICE: Almighty God commands social justice and sharing<p>Social justice is one of the basic principles of democracy. People …

Faith
Archaeology

What’s Up With WhatsApp’s Monthly Active User Numbers?

This week, WhatsApp passed a milestone when CEO Jan Koum revealed that it had broken 800 million active users. That’s quite something in this age, when the leading global social networks and Internet services are well established. Breaking into that club isn’t easy, but WhatsApp has done it — …

Windows Phone

Student comes up with an idea for an International Flag of Earth

A student has come up with an international flag of earth and we think it’s pretty cool.<p>Made up of seven white rings in an interlocking pattern on a …

Nature Or Nurture? The Long-Running Debate May Finally Be Settled

It's an age-old debate: do our genes make us who we are, or is it the environment in which we were raised?<p>There's long been agreement that both "nature" and "nurture" play some role in determining many aspects of our physical and mental selves, from our height and weight to our intelligence and …

Genetics

12 of the worst economic predictions ever made by highly intelligent people

But get it wrong, and you'll never be able to take it back. Your predictions will live on, and potentially sound extremely funny one day.<p>The past half a century is riddled with grand projections about national economies and the way the world is going. Some have aged much worse than the others.<p>These …

Economics

America Is Getting Less Christian And Less Religious, Study Shows

Even though some politicians claim America is a "Christian nation," the share of the population that identifies as Christian has declined significantly in recent years.<p>New statistics from the Pew Research Center show that between 2007 and 2014, the number of Americans who identify as Christian …

Religion

How Marketers Are Plotting To Use Neuroscience To Control What You Buy

Ever felt exceedingly pleased with yourself after splurging on a luxury good?<p>Blame marketers, who are becoming increasingly sophisticated and increasingly Orwellian. Case in point: A recent study published in the <i>Journal of Marketing Research</i> used brain imaging tech to test how the amount of grey …