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On 'I See You,' The xx's Palette Suddenly Bursts With Color

It's been four and a half years since The xx released <i>Coexist</i>, an album of barren, wounded ballads that drew their dramatic tension from the air between notes. Singers Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim made the most of the suffocating sparseness, but after a while, <i>Coexist</i> cried out for a bit of …

Why The Most Productive People Do These Six Things Every Day

The secrets behind four-minute meetings and scrapping your to-do list.<p>Of all our available resources, everyone has the same number of hours in a day. Some, however, happen to get more done. Are they faster or smarter? Do they have more help? Perhaps. But they’ve also learned tricks that can help …

37 questions to help you select a major or career

What do you want to study? What do you want to do for your career?<p>If you could use some help exploring your options, you’re not alone. The higher education research group Ruffalo Noel Levitz reports that 78% of students want help selecting an educational program.<p>Fortunately, it’s easier to clarify …

An Introduction to Confucius’ Life & Thought Through Two Animated Videos

Though it isn’t widely acknowledged, there’s been a longstanding and robust debate at least since the nineteenth century over whether or not a …

Confucius

The shrine of the thousand lanterns!

<b>Kasuga-Taisha is Nara’s most celebrated Shinto Shrine. I show you what to except in this UNESCO World Heritage site from 768 AD.</b><p>High up on the hills …

20 amazing things to do in Tokyo, Japan

A detailed list of all the major places to visit and things to do in Tokyo, Japan<p>If I had to name one city in this world I would most gladly spend …

MEPs vote on robots' legal status - and if a kill switch is required

<b>MEPs have called for the adoption of comprehensive rules for how humans will interact with artificial intelligence and robots.</b><p>The report makes it clear that it believes the world is on the cusp of a "new industrial" robot revolution.<p>It looks at whether to give robots legal status as "electronic …

Meditation, Monks, and Mountain Zen: What It’s Like to Stay at a Traditional Buddhist Temple in Japan

About 80 minutes south of Osaka by the limited-express Nankai Koya train is Koyasan, a place considered to be one of Japan’s most sacred sites. With 117 Shingon Buddhist temples, the mountain region was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004. As if being home to that weren’t enough, 52 of …

Japan

Human error in a nuclear facility nearly destroyed Arkansas

The new documentary, Command and Control, digs into the forgotten near-miss and premieres January 10th on PBS<p>Here in the US, we like to think that our nuclear weapons exist to prevent our enemies from detonating a nuclear explosion on US soil — that is, when we think about them at all. The thing …

What the World Might Look Like in 5 Years, According to U.S. Intelligence

Even America's own government analysts see the American Era drawing to a close.<p>Every four years, a group of U.S. intelligence analysts tries to predict the future. And this year, in a report released just weeks before Donald Trump assumes the presidency, those analysts forecast a massive shift in …

Geopolitics

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7 best things about Nagoya

Earlier on, when I first shared with a few friends of my planned Expedia trip to Nagoya, many gave me the puzzled look, or asked “where is Nagoya?”, …

Japan

An Animated Introduction to the Feminist Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir

How influential are the writings of Simone de Beauvoir? So influential that even the rushed, by all accounts shoddy first English translation …

Philosophy

Post-Truth & the Culture of Dissent in the World’s Largest Democracies – BLARB

<i>Political language … is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.</i><br>-George …

Political Science

The woman who looks after celebrities' skin

<b>Can you imagine telling an Oscar-winning actress that her face was sagging? It sounds like the stuff of a peculiar dream.</b><p>But that's precisely what London-based facialist Su-Man Hsu did. And the actress? None other than Juliette Binoche, star of films such as Chocolat, The English Patient and The …

How Japan has almost eradicated gun crime

<b>Japan has one of the lowest rates of gun crime in the world. In 2014 there were just six gun deaths, compared to 33,599 in the US. What is the secret?</b><p>If you want to buy a gun in Japan you need patience and determination. You have to attend an all-day class, take a written exam and pass a …

America's hypersensitive college culture could benefit from Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> As day follows day and January 20 approaches, my colleagues and students experience something along the lines of Shakespeare's Sonnet 60: "Like as the waves make toward the pebbled shore, / So do our minutes hasten to their end." As far as they're concerned, the ascent of Donald Trump …

Open Culture - The Best Free Cultural and Educational Media on the Web.

in <i>Art, Software, Technology</i> | December 6th, 2017<p>Just when you thought you've mastered Microsoft Excel--creating pivot tables, VLOOKUPs and the …

Prosperity, Not Upward Mobility, Is What Matters

There’s too much focus on whether Americans can move up the economic ladder, and not enough on the basic question of their quality of life.<p>Advancing social mobility—a phrase that’s shorthand for making it more likely that children will grow up to be better off financially than their parents—elicits …

Demographics

Download 243 Free eBooks on Design, Data, Software, Web Development & Business from O’Reilly Media

Last week we highlighted for you 20 Free eBooks on Design from O’Reilly Media. Little did we know that we were just scratching the surface of the …

Web Development

Philographics Presents a Visual Dictionary of Philosophy: 95 Philosophical Concepts as Graphic Designs

We so often hear pictures described as worth a thousand words apiece, but the Philographics project seems to have found a way to increase that value …

Procrastination? I'll get back to you...

<b>In these first days of the new year, millions of us will have embarked on a resolution for 2017.</b><p>And maybe a good percentage will already have given up and decided that maybe the following year will be the time to finally write that bestselling novel.<p>But why do we keep putting things off? Why is …

The slow life in rural Japan is converting more young people

Aging settlements nestled in mountain valleys or fishing villages are drawing more than just retirees who want to live in seclusion.<p>Nowadays, …

The top 5 things to do when visiting Hokkaido, Japan.

Heavenly Hokkaido<p>Few locations on earth offer such vast or varied options as Hokkaido, the most northerly of Japan’s islands. From top-rated skiing …

Escaping Japan’s super-cities for the ‘so-called wilderness’

Every country should have its Shangri-la. Perhaps this is Japan’s. The highland Eden of Kamikochi – 3,000 feet above sea level and tucked into the …

Japan

How To Be Joyful Being A Single: 20 Over-exaggerated Things In Relationships

There is a lot of pressure for people to be in relationships. And sometimes, people feel weird being single. But here’s how to be happy alone.<p>What’s …

Images Reveal How Perfectly Ansel Adams’ Photos Align With the Golden Ratio

Ansel Adams is one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, and photographer Elliot McGucken may have discovered a reason why. While viewing some of Adams’ public domain work, McGucken realized the presence of the golden ratio in the compositions. This aesthetically pleasing principle, …

White House photos, 2016: Behind the scenes with Obama

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a year-end tradition, Chief White House photographer Pete Souza has selected the best photos of President Barack Obama from 2016.<p>"As always, the editing for this project is both subjective and personal. Yes, there are some historic moments included but mostly I was looking for …

My Wonderful Weekend in Hell or My Vacation in Beppu

The final leg of my adventure around southern Japan with the Japan Airlines Japan Explorer Pass saw me leave the bright lights of Fukuoka for the …