Richard Isler

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A hack day project: Giving you great journalism in every new browser tab

Every so often on The Atlantic’s Product team, we drop what we’re doing and spend a day messing around. Lots of whiteboards, some frantic coding, usually ending with presentations over beers. We call it a “hack day,” but I think of it more as a talent show for ideas — a chance to take all those …

Building Blocks of Life Found on Mars

Exploring Mars<p>Two landmark discoveries reveal organic carbon on the red planet, shaping the future hunt for life on Mars.<p>Day to day, it’s easy to lose sight of an astonishing fact: Since 2012, humankind has been driving a nuclear-powered sciencemobile the size of an SUV on another planet.<p>This …

Astronomy

The New Science of Psychedelics

Recent studies are finding that drugs such as LSD and psilocybin can help to alleviate depression, anxiety and addiction—and may have profound things to teach us about how the mind works<p>To anyone who lived through the 1960s, the proposition that psychedelic drugs might have a positive contribution …

Mental Health

Facebook Says Social Media Isn’t Always Healthy for Democracy

Facebook Inc. acknowledged today that social media can have a negative impact on democracies, and that the company has more work to do in order to …

Is sex the answer to your relationship woes?

Michele Weiner-Davis, the marriage-guidance counsellor, explains why she thinks having sex – even if you don’t feel like it – is the foundation of a happy relationship<p>How does it make you feel when your partner is cold and distant? Or when they’re critical and prickly? Does it make you want to rip …

TED Talks

5 Household Products That Are Slowly Destroying the Environment

Having a clean house is great — but a clean environment is even better.<p>Many of the household and kitchen items we use on a daily basis may seem …

Cleaning

It Only Took This Instagram Co-Founder 1 Sentence to Provide the Perfect Cure for Procrastination

Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom uses this simple trick to avoid putting things off. And so can you.<p>Everyone at least occasionally puts things off. Everyone at least occasionally avoids doing things they need to do. Everyone, at some point, procrastinates.<p>And everyone who procrastinates <i>hates</i> the …

Procrastination

Here's why the US is getting colder while the world gets warmer

Anchorage, Alaska, was warmer Tuesday than Jacksonville, Florida. The weather in the U.S. is that upside down.<p>That's because the Arctic's <b>deeply</b> …

Global Warming

15 Things Psychologists Wish You Knew Can Gradually Destroy Self-Esteem

It can be tough to step outside yourself, and truly recognize what affects your self-esteem. That's because nobody wakes up in the morning <i>wanting</i> to …

Behold The Most Hilarious Wildlife Photos of 2017

Wildlife photographer Tibor Kércz would spend a few nights each year camped out in a tent near a tree, hoping to capture photos of little owls and …

Wildlife

The Science Fiction That Makes Me Hopeful

When we think about the future these days, it can often look bleak. That’s true of both reality and in fiction, since we tend to create futures that …

Gun ownership is not a human right | SE Smith

Bearing arms is something else: a privilege. And privileges are contingent on meeting reasonable standards of care and respect for others’ right to life<p>As the vicious debate over gun control continues unabated in the United States and the NRA distinguishes itself by constantly coming up with new …

Scientists say the Holocene is over

Scientists are calling for the official designation of a new earth epoch: the Anthropocene. Addressing the 'Planet under Pressure' gathering in …

How Much Do Solar Panels Cost -- and How Much Money Do They Save?

Much like electric cars, solar panels once seemed "alternative," even fanciful -- but are now soaring into the mainstream with ear-popping speed. There have been a lot of recent changes in the technology, bringing the price way down. And with the promise of lower energy bills, it's no wonder that …

KickassTorrents mirrors go down, but new KAT sites quickly spring up

The official KickassTorrents website (also known as Kickass Torrents, or just KAT) may be dead, but the war to keep its name alive rages on. The torrent site version of whack-a-mole is never-ending.<p>Earlier this month, the original KAT site went down after alleged founder Artem Vaulin was arrested. …

10 of the worst mistakes in DC movies that you probably never noticed

When DC revealed that it would be building its own movie universe, comic book fans the world over held their collective breath. It’s not that we …

Megaupload reboot? Founder Kim Dotcom plans a relaunch in 2017

Five years after the US government took down the site accusing it of piracy, tech entrepreneur tweets about plans and hints new website will use bitcoin<p>Flamboyant German tech entrepreneur Kim Dotcom is planning to relaunch file-sharing website Megaupload in January 2017, five years after the US …

Could we set aside half the Earth for nature?

Renowned biologist E.O. Wilson wants to set aside half of the planet as protected areas for nature. But is this possible? And, if so, how would it work?<p>As of today, the only place in the universe where we are certain life exists is on our little home, the third planet from the sun. But also as of …

Loneliness

10 Awesome Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Accessories

10 Awesome Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Accessories is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge often tops the list of best …

Hillary Clinton clinches Democratic presidential nomination

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, according to CNN's delegate and superdelegate count, and will become the first woman in the 240-year history of the United States to lead the presidential ticket of a major political party.<p>A strong showing in Puerto Rico's …

Government

Thousands of atheists gather in DC for 'Reason Rally'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Thousands of atheists turned out Saturday on a muggy Washington day to take part in "Reason Rally," dedicated to boosting the political power of the growing number of non-religious Americans.<p>"We are here, we are one, we are joined and we are celebrating our secular movement and …

Religion

5 common battery myths you probably believe

We here at Android Authority get a lot of feedback about the devices running our favorite operating system. However, the most negative comments usually have to do with battery life. And it makes sense: there’s nothing more frustrating than having this magical powerhouse of microtechnology suddenly …

Batteries

21 Places To Get Free Food On Your Birthday

Free food is the best food, clearly.

Confessions of a Happy Introvert

I like you, but the whole talking thing freaks me out.<p>I’ve always had a hard time “going out.” Don’t get me wrong. My love of travel has taken me all …

Hardscaping 101: Solar Panels Pros and Cons

If you want to reduce your utility bills—and your carbon footprint—solar power could be the answer. The initial investment can be expensive, but …

TP-Link is the first casualty in the FCC's war on open source router firmware

One of the most hackable (in a good way) router manufacturers on the market says it’s going to begin blocking open source firmware, at least in the United States.<p>For years, TP-Link has been an ideal solution for those seeking more control of their home network. A mix of solid hardware, crap …

Wi-Fi

The simplest way to get — and stay — happy, according to psychologists

In other words, when was the last time you were truly happy?<p>It's an amazing, but often fleeting, feeling. And many of us don't get enough of it.<p>What's more, there's a common belief that if we seek out things like a better career, more money, and meaningful companionship, we'll be happier as a …