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This Is the Bleakest Moment for America in My Lifetime

Anyone who followed the presidential campaign saw this coming.<p>Back in February, before the prion disease that has afflicted conservative politics for four decades reached its current, virulent stage, and when people still thought that the president* had some sort of pivot left in him, his original …

California Is Ready To Recognize A Third Gender. Is The Rest Of The Country?

The most populous state is on track to become the first to legally recognize being nonbinary — neither male nor female — as a third gender option. Ready or not, America.<p><b>Late last year</b>, Star Hagen-Esquerra began thinking it was time for a legal name change. Star had been going by that name for two …

This 25-second trailer of two boys falling in love is going to make you cry

Get ready to feel a lot of warm and fuzzy feelings.<p>A 25-second trailer for the animated short film <i>In A Heartbeat</i> has social media users buzzing, …

Google plans to 'fix' Toronto by building smart city

Google has its sights set on piloting its vision for the smart city of the future in Canada's largest urban centre. But its reasons for picking …

This charred wood cabin can be rearranged in an infinite number of ways

This beautiful prefab house by Antony Gibbon Designs is made up of six modules that can be configured in an endless number of ways. Each unit has one …

Everything Is Energy — A New Discovery Shatters Our Understanding of Reality

Have you ever thought of what is really real? Well the latest discoveries in quantum physics show that nothing is as it seems. In fact, it has been …

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Simon Astridge stacks shipping containers to create backyard London office<p>See more<p>Blå Station's Pocket armchair has extra built-in storage for bags …

Seoul studio Everyday Practice talks about its collaborative approach to design

Seoul-based graphic design studio Everyday Practice was founded by Kwon Joonho, Kim Kyung-chul and Kim Eojin, and aims to address “the role of design …

Are We Having Too Much Fun?

In 1985, Neil Postman observed an America imprisoned by its own need for amusement. He was, it turns out, extremely prescient.<p>Earlier this month, thousands of protesters gathered at Washington’s National Mall to advocate for an assortment of causes: action against global climate change, federal …

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10 best sci-fi fonts

You may think there are lots of sci-fi films and TV shows out there, but they're just peanuts to the number of fonts floating around the internet. …

herzog & de meuron stacks 'beirut terraces' in lebanon

<b>herzog & de meuron has revealed new images of ‘beirut terraces’, the swiss firm’s first residential project in lebanon.</b> the new photographs, taken by</b> …

Iceberg Stops By Canadian Town, Just To Chill

"It’s the biggest one I ever seen around here.”<p>A town in Newfoundland received a high-profile visitor this month: a massive iceberg that has turned the little community of Ferryland into a tourist hotspot.<p>While the region is known for icebergs during this time of year, Canadian Press reported that …

20 Tiny but Powerful Ways to Accelerate Your Personal Growth | Inc.com

When it comes to self-development, it's the small stuff that often makes the biggest difference.<p>Too often, people think about big changes in terms of big decisions. They think it's a sweeping action that moves the needle, when really it's the incremental steps made on a day-to-day basis. Success, …

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Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point …

This French Beauty Brand Is Finally Coming to the U.S.—and It's a Vintage Fever Dream

Francophiles, prepare to swoon.<p>If you're like me and have watched <i>Midnight in Paris</i> about 30 times too many, you probably agree: There is nothing more glamorous than old-world France, and nothing quite as entrancing than a Parisian woman with amazing skin.<p>Lucky for us, one of the country's OG …

Meet the “malady within the American spirit”: Donald Trump is Martin Luther King, Jr’s greatest warning

A radical message from a half-century ago could tell us a lot about the president<p>You could hear the deep sadness in the preacher’s voice as he named “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government." With those words, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., launched a …

Shanghai is getting an entire ‘farming district’ with towering vertical farms and seed libraries

The city is planning a 250-acre agricultural district, which will function as a space to work, live, shop, and farm food. Called Sunqiao Shanghai, it will include new public plazas, parks, housing, stores, restaurants, greenhouses, and a science museum. Some of the crops will be grown …

16 of the coolest apps and gadgets you should use the next time you travel

Thanks to technology, gone are the days of overpaying for flights, struggling to book a place to stay when you travel, or suffering through terrible meals at subpar restaurants.<p>But with so many available apps and gadgets to help you out, which ones are really going to save you time and money or …

You Should Add Lemon Zest to Everything You Eat and Drink

Lemon zest belongs in pretty much any food or drink you'd care to ingest in the morning, except perhaps milk. Maybe even that, but I have yet to try …

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The White House forgets the Holocaust (again)

In a press conference on Tuesday, Sean Spicer claimed before an incredulous room of journalists that Adolf Hitler did not use chemical agents to kill people during the second world war. Beneath this stunning factual error lurks a horrifying moral one.<p>“We didn’t use chemical weapons in world war …

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Here's What Happens To Your Brain When You Meditate

<i>Missed our new meditation course the first time around? You’re in luck because this month we’re relaunching our first-ever meditation teacher</i> …

Hunt begins for wreck of ancient royal cruise ship

The search is on for the 2,000-year-old remains of Roman Emperor Caligula's infamous party boat.<p>Researchers exploring the depths of volcanic Lake …

Fighting Trump? Your best weapon is the one you least expect

The year 2017 has a surprise in store if you oppose Donald Trump and his policies.<p>So far you've probably been trying to manage a wild range of …

Sleep Is the New Status Symbol

At M.I.T.’s Media Lab, the digital futurist playground, David Rose is investigating swaddling, bedtime stories and hammocks, as well as lavender oil and cocoons. Mr. Rose, a researcher, an inventor-entrepreneur and the author of “Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire and the Internet of Things,” …

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Listening to John Adams: The true conception of liberty is far larger than mean-spirited conservative ideology

<b>John Adams; Thomas Jefferson (Wikicommons)</b><p>As debated by Adams and Jefferson, true “liberty” has nothing to do with today’s right-wing talking points<p>Nancy Isenberg • Andrew Burstein<p>April 8, 2017 12:00pm (UTC)<p>The sad conditions we face at this moment in our political life as a nation summon a …

A Body-Switching Teen Romance Anime Disaster Flick With 'Your Name.' On It

For the first two months of this year, the teen romance <i>Your Name.</i> (the period is part of the title) was the biggest box-office hit of 2017. Never heard of it? Well, it was bigger than <i>Fifty Shades Darker;</i> bigger than <i>Lego Batman</i>.<p>A surprise anime hit in its native Japan, and subsequently across Asia,</i> …

Trump's immigration policies are opening a door to the Silicon Valley of the North

It's a startup founder's dream: a community of 2,500 early-stage tech companies, a government investing in high-tech innovation and expediting work permits, and venture-capital investment levels not seen since the heyday of the dot-com bubble.<p>This isn't San Francisco, New York, or London — it's …

11 billion-dollar mega-projects that will transform New York City by 2035

Manhattan's most recent transportation upgrade came in the form of the glistening, $4.5 billion Second Avenue subway line, which opened on January 1.<p>On the other side of the island, Hudson Yards — the most expensive real estate development in American history— is under construction. And on an …