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Inside the Secret Meme Lab Designed to Propel #NeverAgain Beyond the March

In an undisclosed strip-mall location, the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting—and a few key alumni allies—are building a social-media content studio that just might reform America’s crazy gun laws.<p>The blinds are all closed to the modest new #NeverAgain office in a nondescript …

Albert Einstein

Africa is changing China as much as China is changing Africa

Eight years ago I watched the movie “2012,” named after the year the Mayan calendar supposedly ends. In the film an American geologist learns that a solar flare is heating the core of the earth and causing its tectonic plates to shift drastically. Before long, mass earthquakes and tsunamis are …

Africa

Scott Walker Shows Again Why He Is The Most Transformational Governor Of The 21st Century

When it comes to passing transformational policy reforms, no state in the country can hold a candle to what Wisconsin has done, both in terms of the number and magnitude of the reforms enacted, since Governor Scott Walker (R) was elected and Republicans took control of the legislature in 2010. With …

Trump furious after court upholds block on travel ban

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump's travel ban will remain blocked, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.<p>The unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel means that citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries will continue to be able to travel to the US, despite Trump's executive order last month.<p>It is …

Immigration

Uncharted Play raises $7 million to help your household gadgets harness kinetic energy

Uncharted Play, the energy firm behind the SOCCKET ball, has closed its first major round of financing with an equity seed round of $7 million.<p>The …

Elon Musk’s Plan: Get Humans to Mars, and Beyond

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Elon Musk’s plans to get to Mars start with a really big rocket. He still needs to figure out how to pay for it.<p>For years, Mr. Musk, the billionaire founder of the SpaceX rocket company, has been offering hints and teases of his desire to colonize the big red planet.<p>In a talk …

The Aztecs Once Revered It. Will You Fall For Amaranth, Too?

If the popularity of quinoa has taught us anything, it's that Americans are increasingly open about exploring grains besides the familiar wheat and rice. Now, researchers at Tennessee State University are hoping consumers are ready to give another ancient grain a try: amaranth.<p>Amaranth was revered …

Inside Backstage: YouTube’s plan to bring photos, polls, and text to the video service

YouTube, the world’s largest video-sharing service, is looking beyond video to keep its homegrown stars — and their fans — from departing to competing platforms.<p>Amid competition from Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter, YouTube is developing a feature internally called Backstage where users can share …

Social Media

Apple bought a lot of startups that we don't even know about

Eddy Cue, Apple's head of internet services, told Backchannel how Apple buys smaller companies primarily for their talent — at a relatively prolific rate.<p>A large portion of Apple's talent in artificial intelligence comes from acquisitions.<p>"We've recently been buying 20 to 30 companies a year that …

This app will help you make your own Snapchat filters

You no longer need professional software to make your own filter for Snapchat.<p>A new iPhone app called Confetti aims to simplify the process. While …

After Campaign Shake-Up, It's Trump Versus the World

For months, Republican elders cautioned Donald Trump that his wild-eyed approach was dragging down his general election campaign. In reshuffling his top staff, Trump offered an emphatic response: Don’t tell me what to do.<p>By installing Breitbart executive Steve Bannon as campaign CEO and veteran …

Every Olympian Is Kind of a Cyborg

From the strictest purist's perspective, no one at the Olympics is there to "compete clean."<p>That's not to say everyone competing at the Games is …

UC Berkeley

5 Instagram Hacks That Social Media Experts Don't Want You To Know

Instagram isn’t what it used to be.<p>It’s much, much more.<p>Gone are the days of pixelated iPhone 4 shots of the salad you just ordered or your honeymoon trip to the Maldives.<p>Instagram has evolved from a simple social platform into a powerful tool you can use to significantly build brand awareness, …

Spotify And Netflix Are Tip-Toeing Into Each Other's Territory

If you didn’t notice Spotify trying to be Netflix last week, you probably were not alone.<p>After years of growing its curational prowess through playlists like the handpicked Rap Caviar and the algorithmic Discover Weekly, Spotify quietly revealed its first foray into original video content on …

Designer Fund – Bridge Posters by Moniker

A creative poster series developed by studio Moniker for the Designer Fund – Bridge speaker series.<p>Moniker is a graphic design and branding studio …

Vectorism: Vector Graphics Today – Book by Victionary

Book recommendation: <b>Vectorism: Vector graphics today</b>, a book publication by Victionary that gives you a vision of a simplified reality.<p>Consisting of …

Graphic Design

How Can You Tell if Something is "Overdesigned"?

Design is "a continual act of building up and breaking down"<p>As discussed last week, something designed minimally doesn't necessarily mean it is …

Airbnb is making it harder for hotels to price gouge customers

Here is a very bad piece of news for hotels: Airbnb is hurting them on their most profitable nights.<p>That’s per a recent report from UBS, which found that Airbnb is making it harder for hotels to charge through-the-roof rates on “compression nights”—i.e., nights where more than 95% of rooms are …

China dominates table tennis like no country in any other Olympic sport

Many countries are very good at this or that Olympic sport. Russia has a reputation for weightlifting. The United States, swimming. South Korea is impeccable in archery. But which country’s sporting supremacy is greatest?<p>We ran the numbers to find out, and nobody dominates a sport quite like China …