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21 Facts That Will Remind You How Complex The Universe Really Is

"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."


With Operation Popeye, the U.S. government made weather an instrument of war

As geo-engineering projects soar, the declassified project is newly relevant.<p>It was a seasonably chilly afternoon in 1974 when Senators Claiborne Pell, a Democrat from Rhode Island, and Clifford Case, a Republican from New Jersey, strode into the chambers of the Senate Committee on Foreign …

Rhode Island

The looming epidemic threat

A dangerous virus, as yet unknown, has the potential to wipe out millions of us. Yet public health bodies are mired in complacency<p>Somewhere out there a dangerous virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a bird, bat, monkey or pig, preparing to jump to a human being. It’s hard to comprehend the …


China’s New Frontiers in Dystopian Tech

Facial-recognition technologies are proliferating, from airports to bathrooms.<p>Dystopia starts with 23.6 inches of toilet paper. That’s how much the dispensers at the entrance of the public restrooms at Beijing’s Temple of Heaven dole out in a program involving facial-recognition scanners—part of …

Machine Learning

Here Is The Most Popular Book In Each State

Colorado and Kansas just don't give a f*ck.


Here Are The Most Popular Alcoholic Drinks In Each State, According To People Who Live There

What are YOU drinking?<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Deschutes Brewery

The Rise of the Post-Retirement Adventurer

“Being stopped by the Chinese army was fairly hair-raising,” says Bill Marr-Johnson with a chuckle. “We had come across a military maneuver — tanks …

Adventure Travel

Cottage in Muraste / KUU architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Estonians have historically been “forest dwellers”. Their experience in building from wood goes back to …

Baltic Sea

Ghana man teaching computing without computers becomes viral hit

<b>A teacher in Ghana who educates his students on computer technology - without any computers - has become a hit online.</b><p>The man from Kumasi used his blackboard to meticulously draw a diagram of the popular Microsoft Word program.<p>"Teaching of ICT in Ghana's school is very funny," he said in a Facebook …


These invasive ticks can appear in such numbers that they drain cattle of their blood — and they've now been found in the US for the first time

New Jersey residents know they need to look out for ticks. The state has one of the highest concentrations of Lyme disease in the country.<p>But one recent finding could lead Garden State residents to keep an even closer eye out for the bloodsuckers than normal.<p>Somehow, an east Asian tick that has the …


Vietnamese immigrants are stuck in limbo, detained indefinitely, lawsuit says

Hoang Trinh’s family arrived in the United States when he was 4 years old, fleeing postwar communist Vietnam in 1980. Trinh became a legal U.S. resident, married and raised two American children in California’s Orange County.<p>But he has spent the past seven months detained by Immigration and Customs …


Date Lab: He says she’s a catch. But is the feeling mutual?

Before they landed together in this magazine, Tom Dziadkowiec and Erin Kara were already on the same page in so many ways. Both have run marathons, both have considerable experience in Italy (he lived there for a year, she’s traveled there frequently), both have if-it-happens-it-happens attitudes …


Hydropower supply dries up with climate change

Water power is the largest renewable energy source in the world, but some plants are running out of water due to severe droughts. Is climate change …

Hydroelectric Power

Kitchen of the Week: A Katrin Arens Design in Sardinia with 250-Year-Old Wood

We’ve been followers of German designer Katrin Arens, an Italy-based master of old-as-new, for a while now. Arens, who is both a furniture and …

Home Improvement

The world’s most powerful passports belong to two Asian countries

Asian countries are increasingly challenging their European peers in terms of passport power.<p>As of early 2018, Germany has for five years in a row been ranked as having the world’s most powerful passport. However, the country just ceded that title to Japan and Singapore, according to a real-time …


A fluke breakthrough could be the missing link for an electric car age

In the 1970s, Dr Donald Highgate found a way to make contact lenses more comfortable. With colleagues at the University of Surrey, he developed a …

Clean Energy