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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 …

Blade Runner

Scientists have discovered the key psychological differences that can make you liberal or conservative

Politically, Americans are more divided than ever.<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 …


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 …


'Annihilation' Review: Director Alex Garland Transcends Sci-Fi Pulp

Adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy is a "bracing brainteaser with the courage of its own ambiguity"<p>To call <i>Annihilation</i> …

Science Fiction

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. …


19 Essential Classics to Read Before You Die - Signature

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 …

This Artist Re-Created Sexist Vintage Ads With The Roles Reversed And It's Too Perfect

"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 …

California says the only safe way to talk on your cell phone 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 …

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

A Dystopian Present<p>In a controversial move, the San Francisco SPCA, an animal advocacy and pet adoption group, is using an autonomous security robot …


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>

Black Mirror

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 …

Donald Trump

The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks

Film, especially science fiction, has always loved to explore the future we are most afraid of. That’s why nukes have been lighting up the screen for …

James Earl Jones

100 Great Works of Dystopian Fiction

We may or may not be living in a dystopian age, but we are certainly living in an age of dystopias. At every turn in a bookstore aisle, you’re …

A DNA App Store Is Here, but Proceed with Caution - MIT Technology Review

A Silicon Valley startup called Helix is betting on the notion that not only do people want to learn more about their DNA, but they'll also pay to …


Sarah Hall: ‘Short stories are a place for dark psychology’

The novelist on writing about sex, her turbulent home life and why short stories are particularly hard to craft<p><b>The Booker-shortlisted author is known for her sharp focus on wild landscapes and the natural world, winning fans with The Electric Michelangelo and</b> <b>The Wolf Border</b><b>. But her latest</b> …


The Most Effective Psychotherapy For Borderline Personality

What psychotherapy has the best outcome in the treatment of BPD?


The fine art of mental illness: What paintings tell us about someone’s psyche

Vincent van Gogh’s art is infused with isolation: a lonely chair, a grieving doctor, a brooding sky. For one psychiatrist, the French master’s paintings — and those of other artists throughout history — contain clues about mental illness, too.<p>James C. Harris, a professor of psychiatry and …

Mental Health

How I’m feeling six months in to taking antidepressants

I never thought I’d be someone who takes antidepressants.<p>I never imagined myself having alarms on my phone to take pills, chummily chatting with …


These hologram-like projections are so good they’ll make you question reality

These projections are so convincing they'll make you question reality.<p>Visual Studio THEORIZ developed technology that creates 3D hologram-like projections, designed to give you an immersive experience.<p>Interactive video is projected onto the walls and ground, responding to the movements of the …

Augmented Reality

A discussion about AI’s conflicts and challenges

Thirty five years ago having a PhD in computer vision was considered the height of unfashion, as artificial intelligence languished at the bottom of the trough of disillusionment.<p>Back then it could take a day for a computer vision algorithm to process a single image. How times change.<p>“The …