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The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations

The nation’s famed mastery of rail travel has been aided by some subtle behavioral tricks.<p>It is a scene that plays out each weekday morning across Tokyo. Suit-clad office workers, gaggles of schoolchildren, and other travelers gamely wend their way through the city’s sprawling rail stations.<p>To the …

Trains

The 100 stories that shaped the world

BBC Culture asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society.<p>“I rarely find someone, really anyone, who doesn’t know some part of this story – the idea of the lost man who can’t get home after the war… the woman at home with …

Literature

The 24 Most Popular Book Club Picks This Month, According To Goodreads

If you've ever been in a book club and been tasked with <i>picking the next month's book,</i> then you already know: It's a high stress, big stakes …

The future of sex work – a photo essay

It has been 23 years since New South Wales decriminalised sex work. How much has changed for sex workers?<p>In 1995 New South Wales became one of the first places in the world to decriminalise sex work. Against a backdrop of the Aids epidemic and a recommendation to fight police corruption from a …

Wales

In reaction to Trump, millions of Americans are joining protests and getting political - The Washington Post

Tens of millions of Americans have joined protests and rallies in the past two years, their activism often driven by admiration or outrage toward President Trump, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll showing a new activism that could affect November elections.<p>One in five …

Rights & Freedoms

Mini Brains Just Got Creepier—They’re Growing Their Own Veins

The first human brain balls—aka cortical spheroids, aka neural organoids—agglomerated into existence just a few short years ago. In the beginning, …

Millennials destroyed the rules of written English – and created something better

The spelling and grammar rules do not apply on the Millennial Internet™.<p>That's because millennials have created a new rulebook for a variant of …

Invisibilia: We All Think We Know The People We Love. We're All Deluded

<i>Welcome to a new season of</i> Invisibilia<i>! The NPR program and</i> podcast <i>explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior. Episode 3 involves two brothers who are happy about the polite, helpful tenant who moves into their mother's house, until they start to suspect he has sinister motives. Here</i> …

Psychology

Paul Ehrlich: 'Collapse of civilisation is a near certainty within decades'

Fifty years after the publication of his controversial book The Population Bomb, biologist Paul Ehrlich warns overpopulation and overconsumption are driving us over the edge<p>A shattering collapse of civilisation is a “near certainty” in the next few decades due to humanity’s continuing destruction …

Civil Rights

This Compilation of Synth Music Is Chilling, Dystopian, and Cool as Hell

'Holodeck Vision One' brings together Texas' best—including Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of 'Stranger Things' fame—together with a community of similarly electronics torturers from across the globe.<p>Texas isn’t the most likely exporter of dark electronic music, but since 2012 the team at …

These key psychological differences can determine whether you're liberal or conservative

Politically, Americans are highly divided.<p>When it comes to issues of race, immigration, national security, and environmental protection, they disagree about how the government should handle things like never before.<p>Relative to polls in the 1990s, Republicans are now much more likely to say poor …

Pew Research Center

25 Amazing Books by African-American Writers You Need to Read

Black History Month gives us 28 days to honor African Americans and the ever-expanding contributions they make to culture. Literature in particular …

What I Saw Treating the Victims From Parkland Should Change the Debate on Guns

They weren’t the first mass-shooting victims the Florida radiologist saw—but their wounds were radically different.<p>As I opened the CT scan last week to read the next case, I was baffled. The history simply read “gunshot wound.” I have been a radiologist in one of the busiest trauma centers in the …

Guns

‘Annihilation’ Review: Director Alex Garland Transcends Sci-Fi Pulp

To call <i>Annihilation</i> writer-director Alex Garland the thinking geek’s new sci-fi guru is probably to jinx his box-office chances. Look where …

How burnout became a sinister and insidious epidemic

Half a million people in the UK suffer from work-related stress, and psychological breakdown can creep up without warning. But what, exactly, is this ‘state of vital exhaustion’, and how can you come back from it?<p>In a bedroom in North Yorkshire at 2am, Sara Cox lay next to her sleeping husband in …

Mental Health

This Is How Generation Z Will Bypass College

Coming soon(er) to a workplace near you is Generation Z after participating in these education alternatives.<p>School originated to train obedient factory workers but hasn't evolved much since then.<p>Coursera and the University of Phoenix paved the way for people to digitally learn from a distance. …

18 Essential Classics to Read Before You Die

Various<p>If one-stop shopping for the classics appeals to you, look no further than this box set. It features eighty books celebrating a wide range of classic literature from drama to poetry, and fiction to history, and includes works from Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe, Joseph Conrad and many …

Literature

An Artist Reversed The Gender Roles In Sexist Vintage Ads To Point Out How Absurd They Really Are

"Show him it's a woman's world."

Living in a parking lot amid Santa Barbara's wealth is a kind of middle-class homelessness

Kathy is a senior citizen, Marva is a nurse, Santiago is a chef and Luis is an eighth-grade student.<p>All of them live in Santa Barbara with one thing in common.<p>When night falls, they head to designated parking lots and sleep in their vehicles, all clients in the region’s Safe Parking program.<p>“I was …

Santa Barbara

California says the only safe way to talk on your cellphone is to text

Earlier this month, the California department of health released guidelines warning residents to avoid putting mobile phones up to their heads.<p>“Keep your phone away from your body,” the state health department writes. “Although the science is still evolving, some laboratory experiments and human …

Community Health

Why humans are cruel

A psychologist explains why humans are so terrible to each other.<p>Why are human beings so cruel to each other? And how do we justify acts of sheer inhumanity?<p>The conventional explanation is that people are able to do terrible things to other people only after having dehumanized them. In the case of …

In a dystopian move, the SPCA is using a robot to scare off homeless people

by Chelsea Gohd December 13, 2017 Robots & Machines 11141<p>A Dystopian Present<p>In a controversial move, the San Francisco SPCA, an animal advocacy and …

27 LGBT Movies That Actually Have Happy Endings

There's a happy ending at the bottom of the rainbow.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

The Tattooist for the Yakuza Explains Why Tattoos Should Never Be Seen

"When something becomes a fashion, it isn’t fascinating anymore."<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Australia</i>.<p>Growing up in a conservative Muslim household, if any of my cousins had tattoos they always had to keep them hidden. Tattoos were both a religious and cultural taboo. I remember when …

14 Female Horror Movie Villains Who Absolutely Slay

Horror's best Ladies Who Lash Out.<p><i>This post was translated from French.</i>

The Inksect, A Short Film About a Dystopian Future Where Books Are Banned and Burned for Energy

<i>The Insekt</i> is a short film, created by writer and director Pablo Calvillo and the team at MaliArts, set in a bleak future where fossil fuels are …

25 Films That Have Made A Difference To The LGBT Community

While equal representation is still an issue, these films represent a positive step forward.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

39 Books That Are Actually Scary

Um... maybe don't read these if you're home alone.<p><i>Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

If everyone became vegetarian, would the planet actually be better off?

Cutting back on red meat is probably the best place to start, but eating the right types of veggies is important, too.<p>People forego eating meat for a variety of reasons. Some do it in an attempt to eat healthier meals while others make the shift because they think cows and pigs are simply cuter …

Plant-Based Diet

5 things Trump did this week while you weren't looking

Hurricane Harvey dominated the news but the Trump administration keeps changing policy.<p>Politics took a back seat this week as Hurricane Harvey devastated southeastern Texas, dropping more than 50 inches of rain in some locations and killing more than three dozen people. Officials are just beginning …

U.S. Department of Justice