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I’m an English immigrant who did everything by the book. And I still ended up undocumented.

J-1. One letter, one number. To many they mean nothing, but to me they meant my legal entry into the United States. They would become the first of …

Director Mike Judge Says It's 'Scary' How Idiocracy Has Come True

And he's right.<p>It's been 10 years since Mike Judge released the movie <i>Idiocracy</i>, a comedy that has eerily become a prediction of the world in 2016. The 2006 satire starred Luke Wilson as a completely average man who was cryogenically frozen for 500 years and then wakes up at a time when everyone is …

How Mental Illness Can Lead to Overspending and Poverty

A "frictionless" cash system is creating the perfect shitstorm for people with money trouble. It's making people ill—and it's making ill people poorer.<p>Illustration by Marta Parszeniew<p><i>This post originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>It's never been easier to spend money. You may never touch hard cash before …

Mental Health

Watch Prophets of Rage Play Rooftop Show on Los Angeles’ Skid Row

Before heading off to “cause a ruckus” at the Republican National Convention, Prophets of Rage – the supergroup featuring members of Rage Against the …

How to change your life in five minutes

Meditation has gone mainstream.<p>Once considered a practice for hippies with lots of time on their hands, the benefits of meditation are now being …

Weak Brain Connections Linked to Anger Disorders

Weak brain connections linking regions of the brain associated with sensory input, language processing, and social interaction may explain impulsive …

Why we feel emotions in our guts, and what microbes have to do with it

In the dark, oxygen-free zone of our large intestines, a vast community of life is flourishing. Scientists say there are more than 100 trillion microbes living there, and if you gathered them all together, they would weigh more than our brains.<p>In his new book, "The Mind-Gut Connection," Dr. Emeran …

Humans Used to Sleep in Two Shifts, And Maybe We Should Do It Again

It's all about timing.<p>Around a third of the population have trouble sleeping, including difficulties maintaining sleep throughout the night.<p>While …

Chronic Disease

Elizabeth Warren just tore Paul Ryan apart

Low Self-Esteem Is Your Ego's Best Buddy

The Dalai Lama met with a group of western psychotherapists. He asked them what was the most prevalent issue that they encountered in their clients. They unanimously replied that it was low self-esteem.<p>Apparently the Dalai Lama hadn't heard of such a problem. He said that in the Tibetan culture …

Self-esteem

I transformed my Jeep into a moving house to travel Africa for 2 years — here's what it was like to build

A few years ago I drove a Jeep from Alaska to Argentina. I learned a lot on that trip about where I want to go and what kind of vehicle I want to live in.<p>After years of saving and planning, I bought a 2007 four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon to turn into a house on wheels to drive around …

Good riddance to the “Devil Wears Prada” economy: It’s not just exploitative, it’s a diversity killer

<b>Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada" (Twentieth Century Fox)</b><p>Low-paying jobs in “prestige” industries favor the kids of the rich—and that’s not what culture and politics need<p>Scott Timberg<p>May 31, 2016 4:13pm (UTC)<p>Is the “Devil Wears Prada” economy coming to a close? Will the …

Pew Research Center

Simple brain hack from Harvard can stop you forgetting important tasks

Remembering to turn the gas off, or water the plants before a weekend away, can prove an impossible feat when the mind is churning with other tasks.<p>But Harvard University has uncovered a simple ‘brain hack’ to bring back those forgotten to-do lists - the mental equivalent of tying a piece of string …

University of Pennsylvania

Snowden's Surveillance Leaks Made People Less Likely to Read About Surveillance

New Oxford study shows evidence of post-Snowden “chilling effects” in what people read on Wikipedia.<p>A new Oxford University study has published empirical evidence showing that government mass surveillance programs like those exposed by Edward Snowden make us significantly less likely to read about …

Six Things You Should Know About How Your Brain Learns

Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know …

5 Ways to Stop Your Mind From Sabotaging All Your Hard Work

Once you understand the effect your mental programming has on your life, use these simple strategies to overcome dysfunctional patterns and ensure future success.<p><i>The first article in this 3-part series ("</i>3 Parts of Your Mind That Affect Your Ability to Make Decisions<i>") explained the basic makeup of</i> …

Artist adds monsters to everyday situations because life's boring

For anyone who's ever taken a photo, only to think, "this would be better with monsters trying to eat everyone," you're not alone.<p>Artist and …

These Clever T-shirts Are Designed With Icons To Make It Easier To Communicate In A Foreign Language

George, Steven and Florian, are three friends that got together to create a t-shirt that makes it easier to communicate in a foreign language when …

Why Thousands of Americans Are Lining Up to Get Arrested in D.C. This Week

Chanting, “Money ain’t speech, corporations aren’t people!” and “We are the 99 percent!” around 425 protesters were arrested Monday in a mass sit-in …

What a Minnesota poaching case says about the 4th Amendment and GPS

A judge dismissed all charges in a high-profile poaching case in Minnesota, based on a Supreme Court ruling about the Fourth Amendment and GPS …

At Sanders Rally in Wisconsin, Tim Robbins Delivers Fiery Speech Against Political Pragmatism

By now, you may have read about actor Tim Robbins’ introduction of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin. The headlines …

I'm obsessed with this app that has a robot read me any article I want

But lately I've become obsessed with a feature many Pocket users have probably never even heard of: Having a robot read articles to me.<p>This feature is called "Listen TTS" (text-to-speech), and has been available since last year on both iOS and Android.<p>The basic premise is that Pocket will scan the …

Apps

"Anchor babies” are a myth. Here are the real reasons women like me give birth in the US. - Vox

On the day my son Eden was born, the only thing I was anxious about was the paperwork. I'm from Ukraine and my husband is from Israel, and even though we both knew that the United States has birthright citizenship, I still wondered if my son would indeed get a birth certificate and become an …

Architecture, Psychology... and Furniture?

A Classroom Strategy for Furniture Design<p>In design thinking, working within constraints is key, so after the students understood their task, we set …

‘Chilling Effect’ of Mass Surveillance Is Silencing Dissent Online, Study Says

A new study shows people may be censoring themselves without realizing it.<p>Thanks largely to whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations in 2013, most Americans now realize that the intelligence community monitors and archives all sorts of online behaviors of both foreign nationals and US …

Surveillance

The great American rip-off: How big-money corruption fuels racial inequality

<b>David Koch, Donald Trump (AP/Mark Lennihan/Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>More than ever, America’s political fortunes are determined by a very wealthy — and very white — minority<p>Sean McElwee<p>December 21, 2014 11:59am (UTC)<p>In the wake of Citizens United, large donors dominate the …

Elon Musk Uses This Ancient Critical-Thinking Strategy To Outsmart Everybody Else

But while he dropped out of the program after only a few days, the field left an impression on the billionaire-to-be.<p>Perhaps most crucially, it trained him in <b>"first principles thinking,"</b> a mode of inquiry that relentlessly pursues the foundations of a problem.<p>"I think it's important to reason from …

Tesla

It's OK To Spend All Your Money On Traveling, Says Science

<i>By Christine Schoenwald</i><p>It turns out that it's not whoever has the most stuff wins; it's whomever has had the most experiences wins, and ends up being happier.<p><b>Say what? Aren't we supposed to save all our money so we can keep up with having the newest of phones, TVs, and cars?</b><p>It turns out that while …

Happiness

Ann Coulter’s nativist bigotry gets ripped to shreds in debate: “When it’s white people it’s irrelevant, but when it’s not white people it is primitive”

Cenk Uygur takes apart the right-wing shock jock’s hateful bigotry piece by piece in a wild new Politicon debate<p>Sophia Tesfaye<p>October 13, 2015 6:41pm (UTC)<p>Ann Coulter revealed her shock jock technique as the key to writing countless bestsellers, including her latest "¡Adios, America! The Left's …

These stock photos are trying to change the way people view pot smokers

The marijuana industry has a bone to pick with the media, and it involves beanies, tie-dye tees, and Sean Penn's iconic character, Jeff Spicoli.<p>In an interview with Tech Insider, Sharda Sekaran, managing director of communications at the Drug Policy Alliance, said she's tired of clicking links to …