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Quantum Thermodynamics Could Revolutionize Energy and Information Technology | WIRED

Author: Natalie Wolchover. Natalie Wolchover Science<p>Date of Publication: 05.06.17.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>What Happens When You Mix …

Luxury Travel Redefined: New Tokyo Hotel Gives You Real Taste Of Japanese Culture

Tokyo is one of the world’s great cities, especially for tourists, with vibrancy, culture, amazing food and plenty of exotic flair. It also has a slew of top luxury hotels, and all the big brands are represented. Which palatial accommodations you choose here has long been driven by location in the …

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This man makes amazing surreal animations from famous artwork

Famous pieces of artwork are fun to look at, but it turns out they're even more fun to animate.<p>Kajetan Obarski (a.k.a. Kiszkiloszki) is an …

Britain’s divorce from the EU will be bitter. Yet the failure is Europe’s too

It wasn’t Britain’s absence from the EU’s birthday celebration last week that shamed me. It was the sight, while I was in Berlin, of our union flag projected on to the Brandenburg Gate. Even as Europe’s capitals stood in loyal solidarity with ours, we plotted a divorce.<p>The story after the …

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The Strange Second Life of String Theory

The theory failed to unite gravity and quantum mechanics. But it still has become one of the most useful tools in science.<p>String theory strutted onto the scene some 30 years ago as perfection itself, a promise of elegant simplicity that would solve knotty problems in fundamental physics—including …

Are We Ready for War With China?

<i>This article is an edited version of a report by the Rand Corp.</i> <i>The full report</i> <i>may be found in PDF format or online here.</i><p>As its military advantage …

The death of neoliberalism and the crisis in western politics

The western financial crisis of 2007-8 was the worst since 1931, yet its immediate repercussions were surprisingly modest. The crisis challenged the foundation stones of the long-dominant neoliberal ideology but it seemed to emerge largely unscathed. The banks were bailed out; hardly any bankers on …

Economics

The Best Animated Movies for Adults

Some are ridiculous, some are sad. Some pair well with drugs. But none of these are for kids.<p>Ever since Pixar released the masterful <i>Toy Story</i> on an unsuspecting public, animated films have taken on a new kind of life in the American cinematic landscape. No longer content to be opiates for masses of …

Animation

Inside the Greatest X-Rated Animated Film You've Never Heard Of

At the 1973 Berlin Film Festival, overenthusiastic parents, eager to take their kids to a "family-friendly" animated film, crowded into a German …

Anime

Hand-colored photos capture Japanese life in the 1890s

Scenes of Meiji Japan<p>A dreamily colored glimpse inside a newly opened nation<p>Photography was first introduced to Japan not long after its invention, …

See Amazing Photos of Earth Taken by a Japanese Satellite

Red glows indicate the presence of heat from Bezymianny volcano (bottom) and Klyuchevskaya volcano (top) in Kamchatka, R<p>... VIEW …

Quantum Chess: Where No Entrepreneur Has Gone Before

So what does world renowned scientist Dr. Steven Hawking, Ant-Man actor Paul Rudd, Matrix actor Keanu Reeves, Hollywood actor, director, and screenwriter Alex Winter, Ultima Online creator Richard Garriott, USC Ph.D. student Chris Cantwell, and Caltech Scientist Spiros Michalakis all have in …

Your Brain Is Hardwired to Snap

The same group of neurons could make you a hero—or a rage-filled aggressor.<p>We’ve all been there: Some jerk cuts you off on the highway. You lean on the horn, scream abuse. You want to get out the car and kick the @#$% out of the bozo’s SUV.<p>Road rage is just one example of what neurobiologist …

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Hilarious Short Film Tells 47 Dark Little Stories in 8 Minutes

These surreal mini-stories tackle the relationships between humans and the natural world.<p>Some of the stories in Réka Bucsi's <i>Symphony No. 42</i> are so short that you might miss them if you happen to sneeze at the wrong time, but each one is a fully-formed story nonetheless. They often tackle the …

8 Nutella Recipes You'd Be Insane Not To Try

1<p>Does life get better than Nutella and Salted Caramel Stuffed Double Chocolate Chip Cookies?! Well, when you film them in stop motion not only do …

We Asked a Philosopher Whether It’s OK to Take Drugs

What would John Stewart Mill say about weed? Are psychedelics OK if they expand your mind? And are drugs morally a bad thing? We asked an expert.<p>Philosopher Peg O' Connor is no stranger to drugs. In fact, she's pretty much made thinking about them her life's work. Her blog, "Philosophy Stirred, Not …

Psychedelia

Why China is now the world’s biggest champion for a united Africa

Beijing’s selection of South Africa to host the China-Africa Cooperation Forum (FOCAC) may indicate Chinese President Xi Jinping’s personal commitment to the continent. This is the first time the summit is being held at this level in Africa.<p>It may also show his desire to reassure Africa that, …

China

No Such Thing As a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy by Linsey McGoey – review

Ten years ago, when the Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates was midway through his startling metamorphosis from monopolistic software magnate to possibly the world’s most admired philanthropist, he made a speech declaring that the traditional American high school was “obsolete”. Instead, his hugely …

Bill Gates

Sri Lanka: geography from heaven and history from hell

All evening in London, Sri Lanka was close by. In the wine bar in Temple, where John Gimlette works as a lawyer on clinical-negligence cases when he’s not writing award-winning travel books, our drinks arrived with a ramekin of nibbles. “Ah,” said Gimlette, “the Jaffna mix is here.”<p>At the end, on …

General Relativity: 100 Years Old And Still Full Of Surprises

Dark energy, gravitational waves, and black holes may be just the beginning<p>In 1913, Albert Einstein had stalled in his efforts to construct his general theory of relativity. He pleaded with his friend Marcel Grossmann for a mathematical boost: “Grossmann, you’ve got to help me, otherwise I’ll go …

Physics

Scientists Find 15 Amazing Benefits Of Listening To Music

If you love listening to music, you’re in good company. Charles Darwin once remarked, “If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule …

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