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Dunkirk Composer Hans Zimmer Knows How the World Is Supposed to Sound

On the heels of his 11th Oscar nomination, legendary composer Hans Zimmer talks about making the Dunkirk evacuation into a living thing, the secrets of his live tour, and that horn noise from Inception.<p>Hans Zimmer feels like talking. I have him for twenty minutes, but just as I get ready to wrap up …

Ryan Reynolds’ Snarky Out-of-Office Emails Are So Popular, They Melted His Gin Brand’s Servers – Adweek

Ryan Reynolds doesn’t mind telling you his email address. In fact, he just shared it on national television.<p>There’s just one problem if you’re trying …

The Nastiest Feud in Science

A Princeton geologist has endured decades of ridicule for arguing that the fifth extinction was caused not by an asteroid but by a series of colossal volcanic eruptions. But she’s reopened that debate.<p>1.<p>Gerta Keller was waiting for me at the Mumbai airport so we could catch a flight to Hyderabad …

Extinction

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

In 2014, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, Canada, named Cohl Furey rented a car and drove six hours south to Pennsylvania State …

Mathematics

The Wonderful World of Wes Anderson

Nothing looks quite like Wes Anderson movies. Even if they are often hilariously parodied, they’re never successfully imitated. Because the secret to Anderson’s work isn't in its meticulous set design or soundtrack: It’s the humor, warmth, and strangeness he brings out in his actors, even if it’s …

China's Dystopian Tech Could Be Contagious

The PRC’s “social credit” scheme might have consequences for life in cities everywhere.<p>For all the particularities of life in China, its big cities offer a familiar cosmopolitanism. Teenagers giggle over K-Pop videos in a Chengdu Starbucks. Strollers and dog walkers compete with an almighty clutter …

China

We’re All Guinea Pigs in a Decades-Long Failed Diet Experiment

"The change in dietary advice to promote low-fat foods is perhaps the biggest mistake in modern medical history." Lovely stuff.<p><i>Eddie Carmel with one day's worth of food. Photo via Getty. T</i><i>his article originally appeared on VICE US</i><p>Let's say you want to lose some weight. Which of these foods would …

For Kraft, Brady and Belichick, is this the beginning of the end?

<b>THE PROBLEM WITH</b> living your life under the spotlight is that the camera captures only the public eruption, not the months of silent anger. On Dec. …

The Men Behind Man City: a documentary not coming soon to a cinema near you

I have had an idea for the opening scene of Amazon Prime’s in-production fly-on-the-wall documentary about Manchester City’s 2017/2018 season. It …

A Mind-Bending Translation of the New Testament

David Bentley Hart’s text recaptures the awkward, multivoiced power of the original.<p>In the beginning was … well, what? A clap of the divine hands and a poetic shock wave? Or an itchy node of nothingness inconceivably scratching itself into somethingness? In the beginning was the Word, says the …

New Testament

Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer – Robert Epstein

No matter how hard they try, brain scientists and cognitive psychologists will never find a copy of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in the brain – or copies …

Singularity

How ‘Backyard Baseball’ Became a Cult Classic

Nick Mirkovich and Erik Haldi spent the 2001 baseball season dealing with biting trash talk. The two computer game designers were co-owners in an …

Andy Serkis read out Trump tweets as Gollum, and it was everything

• Donald Trump<br>• Lord of the Rings<p>The word "covfefe" has never sounded so good.<p>Andy Serkis has gamely read out some of Donald Trump‘s tweets in the style …

The Strange Brain of the World’s Greatest Solo Climber - Issue 39: Sport

Alex Honnold has his own verb. “To honnold”—usually written as “honnolding”—is to stand in some high, precarious place with your back to the wall, …

Climbing

Predicting the Unpredictable

Three years ago, Nasdaq faced a prickly problem. It wanted to reduce the tick size of its trading, which was then 1/8 of a dollar, to 1/16 and eventually down to 1/100. Among market professionals, the perceived wisdom was that the change would let buyers and sellers negotiate in more precise terms, …

3 Things Are Holding Back Your Analytics, and Technology Isn’t One of Them

During the past decade, business analytics platforms have evolved from supporting IT and finance functions to enabling business users across the enterprise. But many firms find themselves struggling to take advantage of its promise. We’ve found three main obstacles to realizing analytics’ full …

The Best Approach to Decision Making Combines Data and Managers’ Expertise

Data is now the critical tool for managing many corporate functions, including marketing, pricing, supply chain, operations, and more. This movement is being further fueled by the promise of artificial intelligence and machine learning, and by the ease of collecting and storing data about every …

A Better Way to Set Strategic Priorities

Smart leaders understand that their job requires them to identify trade-offs, choosing what <i>not</i> to do as much as what <i>to</i> do. Grading the importance of various initiatives in an environment of finite resources is a primary test of leadership.<p>To meet this challenge, leaders often turn to rank ordering …

Why the Camera Adds 10 Pounds: Seeing Ourselves In Pictures

A week ago, a short TED talk by Duncan Davidson called “Why do we hate seeing photos of ourselves” went viral in the blogosphere. While I agree with …

Teenager Wins $400,000 For His Video Explaining Einstein's Theory of Relativity

Still baffled by Einstein’s theory of relativity, or even the parts in the movie Interstellar when everyone experiences time differently? Well, this …

Democrats Have a Religion Problem

A conversation with Michael Wear, a former Obama White House staffer, about the party’s illiteracy on and hostility toward white evangelicals<p>There aren’t many people like Michael Wear in today’s Democratic Party. The former director of Barack Obama’s 2012 faith-outreach efforts is a theologically …

Love Actually Is the Least Romantic Film of All Time

The movie knows little—and cares less—about how people fall in love.<p>I confess that it wasn’t until recently that I understood the degree to which <i>Love Actually</i>, the 2003 romantic comedy by writer/director Richard Curtis, had been gradually reevaluated and granted the status of a “classic” holiday …

The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb

There’s a fun game I like to play in a group of trusted friends called “Controversial Opinion.” The rules are simple: Don’t talk about what was …

The smug style in American liberalism - Vox

There is a smug style in American liberalism. It has been growing these past decades. It is a way of conducting politics, predicated on the belief that American life is not divided by moral difference or policy divergence — not really — but by the failure of half the country to know what's good for …

Society

The Rise of Dating-App Fatigue

Services like Tinder and Hinge are no longer shiny new toys, and some users are starting to find them more frustrating than fun.<p>“Apocalypse” seems like a bit much. I thought that last fall when <i>Vanity Fair</i> titled Nancy Jo Sales’s article on dating apps “Tinder and the Dawn of the ‘Dating …

Relationships

A Google Maps for the Human Body

A group of scientists has taken the first important steps towards creating the Human Cell Atlas—a complete inventory of our staggeringly diverse cells.<p>Earlier this year, Steve McCarroll announced that his team had discovered the gene that most powerfully drives our risk of schizophrenia. Known as …

Genetics

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2016 Finalists

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2016 (see 2015 here) came to an end on October 1st, and the shortlisted final 40 entries have finally been …

These portable antennas let you send texts with friends, even when you don't have service

Daniela Perdomo, CEO and co-founder of the communications startup goTenna, actually despises it.<p>"When you go to Coachella, your text messages should not go to a tower," Perdomo tells Business Insider.<p>That's why goTenna launched its first product last year, a portable antenna that uses VHF radio …

Mesh Network

Greatest game nobody ever saw

Excerpted fromDREAM TEAMby Jack McCallum. Copyright © 2012 by Jack McCallum. Published by arrangement with Ballantine Books, an imprint of The Random …

Is Violence in America Going Up or Down?

See how your own perception of crime in America stacks up against the reality.<p>Americans don’t feel safe. More than half worry “a great deal” about crime and violence, the highest rate seen in 15 years. Nearly the same proportion believe shootings will become more common over the next decade. And …

Black Lives Matter