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Sonos bundles offer audio options for home theater, vinyl and more

As we head towards Sonos' home theater event on June 6th, the company has just revealed new speaker bundles that will help you save on a Sonos-based home sound system.<p>There are several speaker sets on offer. One deal offers two Sonos One speakers for $379, three of them for $549 and four Ones for …

Audiophile

Psychedelic Bamboozle: Want To Learn 255 Ways To Get High Without Drugs?

<i>“My attorney has never been able to accept the notion – often espoused by reformed drug abusers and especially popular among those on probation – that you can get a lot higher without drugs than with them. And neither have I, for that matter.” –</i> <b>Hunter S. Thompson</b><p>It began as an offer I couldn’t …

Writing

What Is Spacetime?

People have always taken space for granted. It is just emptiness, after all—a backdrop to everything else. Time, likewise, simply ticks on …

Quantum Mechanics

Lil Baby Is Destined For Rap Greatness

The prolific Atlanta star has only been rapping a year and has already made his name as one of the city's best storytellers. Drake's a fan—it's only a matter of time before everyone else is too.<p>A few days ago, Lil Baby bought a car that most people not only can't afford but probably don't even know …

Rap & Hip-Hop

A best-selling author tried LSD, shrooms, and DMT — and wrote about all 3 psychedelic trips

Shutterstock<p><b>In his new book, "How to Change Your Mind," best-selling author Michael Pollan writes about psychedelic drugs from his own personal</b> …

Magic Mushrooms

10 Under the Radar Artists to Discover This Week

If there’s one thing that gets most of us music-lovers through the day, it’s discovering new artists. Whether we’re scrolling through SoundCloud …

New Albums

Africa’s desperate youth are getting high on opioids and anything they can get their hands on

The actual details of the death of a young man called “Kenneth aka Dagba Junior” from the Lagos suburb of Ketu remain murky, but local news reports are clear on the culprit: gutter water.<p>His friends say Kenneth had gone out for the night at a local hotel and decided to indulge in the potent mix of …

Africa

Five Prolific Explorers Who Aren’t the Men You Thought They Were

Some were intricate liars and brutal murderers while others battled complex mental demons.<p>These stories are a little messier than the versions you …

Native Americans

Donald Glover’s Next Phase Is Here

Donald Glover kicked off his <i>Saturday Night Live</i> monologue this past weekend with a joke, a restated grudge, and a multistage introduction that all …

Donald Glover

How to understand Stephen Hawking's final paper. Or at least try

It all started with a Big Bang. But then what?<p>Renowned theoretical astrophysicist Stephen Hawking had been trying to answer that and other questions …

Quantum Mechanics

Psychedelic drugs appear to fundamentally reorganize the brain — and they're starting to turn into approved treatments

Like a May shower, the studies on psychedelic drugs' potential therapeutic benefits came — first as a sprinkle, then a steady downpour. Between 2012 and 2017, the papers abounded. One, published in 2016, suggested that magic mushrooms might alleviate anxiety in cancer patients; another in 2017 …

Depression

A teenager split from his girlfriend, wrote a song about it and reached the final of a national songwriting contest

Musicians from The Beatles and Elvis Presley to Justin Timberlake and Adele have sung about painful break-ups.<p>And now a Welsh would-be star is aiming …

Music

25 Unbelievable Things Found On Earth We Can’t Explain

In the modern age, we’d love to believe we have everything figured out. With science increasing our knowledge every day, it’s an easy thing to buy …

Breakthroughs

These LSD-Inspired Paintings Are Wild, Man

Don't let that fool you, they're really good!<p>The first time I ever got stoned, I told my college boyfriend that I <i>finally</i> understood The Beatles. Naturally, he laughed his ass off. Unlike most of us plebes, who get a little high and think we're creative geniuses, Vernon O'Meally turns his …

Alice In Wonderland

The New Science of Psychedelics

Recent studies are finding that drugs such as LSD and psilocybin can help to alleviate depression, anxiety and addiction—and may have profound things to teach us about how the mind works<p>To anyone who lived through the 1960s, the proposition that psychedelic drugs might have a positive contribution …

Consciousness

Shrooms Could Help Scientists Better Understand Consciousness

Could that psychedelic-induced dreamlike state help scientists figure out how to better treat mental illness?<p>“I suddenly became strangely inebriated. The external world became changed as in a dream. Objects appeared to gain in relief; they assumed unusual dimensions and colors became more glowing. …

Consciousness

The 9 Best Children’s Books to Buy in 2018

We all know that reading to our children is important for their overall development (not to mention the bonding factor), but finding just the right …

Kids

When it comes to success, your friends are just as important as your skills

When we think about success, we often think about skills, education, personal branding, and job performance. But as in career conversations with managers, new recruits, and other CEOs over the years, I’ve rarely had someone recognize another essential factor in a career path: surrounding yourself …

Self-improvement

The Oral History of Chance the Rapper's 'Acid Rap'

Five years ago, on April 30, 2013, Chance The Rapper released his sophomore mixtape, <i>Acid Rap</i>. It's the project that changed everything for …

Rap & Hip-Hop

24 Grocery Stores That Are Straight-Up Living In The Future

Um, my grocery store needs ALL of these things.

Grocery Stores

All The Best Electronic Music Playlists On Spotify Right Now

Whether you’re new to the world of electronic music or a seasoned raver, curated playlists offer a novel opportunity to dive right into a certain sound or style easily and with the benefit of context. Miss those hot sweaty nights when Larry Levan DJ-ed at Paradise Garage? There’s a playlist for …

Playlist

Who Were The Autistic People Of History?

It’s possible that hundreds of the most famous inventors, scientists, philosophers, artists could have been autistic<p>DeA / Icas94 via Getty …

Autism

Everything created is predicted by nature: A new video explains the physics of flow

Going with the flow isn’t just the cool thing to do. According to a prominent theory of physics, it’s a rule of evolution that dictates the design of all things and ensures individual survival.<p>The Duke University professor responsible for this theory, Adrian Bejan, received the 2018 Franklin …

Physics

The Diderot Effect: Enlightenment Philosopher Denis Diderot Explains the Psychology of Consumerism & Our Wasteful Spending

In pointing out the clear and present dangers posed by out-of-control consumerism, there is no need for Marxism 101 terms like “commodity fetishism.” …

Targeted Advertising

When Romania's Ruler Went Medieval on the Ottomans

It was a sight designed to break the spirit of even a battle-hardened sultan — some 20,000 corpses skewered on a forest of poles planted in a muddy …

World History

28 Trippy Optical Illusions As GIFs

This shit is CRAZY.

GIF Animations

Your Opinions About J. Cole Are Probably Dumb

The rapper's new album 'KOD' is his best effort yet, and deserves to be discussed beyond the classic-trash binary.<p>The discourse surrounding J. Cole’s music is that it has the unmatched ability to lull listeners to sleep as soon as they give it the time of day. The two most polarizing elements of …

Rap & Hip-Hop

How stories have shaped the world

From ancient epics to modern novels, some narratives have changed history and influenced the mindsets of generations, writes Martin Puchner.<p>From a young age, Alexander the Great was groomed to be the leader of Macedonia. The small kingdom in northern Greece was perpetually at war with its …

Literature

Can you solve it? The puzzle with a twist

Hi guzzlers,<p>Today’s puzzles are in honour of the German mathematician Felix Klein, who was born this week 169 years ago, on April 25, 1849.<p>1) <i>What is numerically interesting about Klein’s date of birth, and why is this year’s anniversary particularly noteworthy?</i><p>Klein is best known for describing, in …

Puzzles