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A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box for DIY Guns

Five years ago, 25-year-old radical libertarian Cody Wilson stood on a remote central Texas gun range and pulled the trigger on the world’s first …

Guns

Sleepy in Songdo, Korea’s Smartest City

The hardest thing about living in an eco-friendly master-planned utopia? Meeting your neighbors.<p>Three years ago, 35-year-old Lee Mi-Jung followed her husband from the small coastal city of Pohang, best known for its steel industry and fish market, across the South Korean peninsula to Songdo. Billed …

The 'Unspeakably Disgusting' Way Stanley Kubrick Created 2001: A Space Odyssey's Trippiest Scene

Today is the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s landmark masterpiece <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, and to celebrate the iconic scifi film we have an …

Stanley Kubrick

Time's finally up for Hollywood's Lolita complex

Male directors have endlessly projected their sexual fantasies in films starring child actors having relationships with older men. Does #MeToo mark a watershed for the creeps?<p>The pairing of the older man and younger woman, in movies as in life, enjoys relative respectability. Somehow, daddy figures …

Terry Gross on the Art of the Q&A and the Guest That Most Surprised Her

“I wouldn’t be able to keep doing my job,” says <i>Fresh Air</i> host Terry Gross, sitting in her book-lined office at Philadelphia’s WHYY radio station, “if …

The Basics of Blockchain Technology, Explained in Plain English

Anything and everything you need to know about what makes blockchain technology tick.<p>Historically, no asset has been a greater source of wealth …

Blockchain

24 Scary Movies Coming In 2018 That Horror Fans Have To See

As the sun rises on 2018, it's time to look to the future, not back at the past. We have an entire year ahead of us, filled with potential, …

The 19 Best Horror Films Of 2017

Some of the best horror this year was also shockingly funny — in 2017, you had to laugh to keep from screaming.<p><b>Director:</b> Sean Byrne<b><br>Writer:</b> Sean Byrne<p>With his debut feature <i>The Loved Ones</i>, Sean Byrne established himself as an exciting new voice in horror, unafraid to balance thrills with the darkest …

Freud in the scanner

A revival of interest in the power of introspection and thought has brought Freud’s ideas back into the scientific fold<i>By M M Owen</i>Read at Aeon

The Best Movies of 2017

Celebrating the finest movies offered up by both the multiplex and the art house.<p>The end of the year is here, meaning it’s now time to definitively celebrate the finest movies that made their way to the multiplex and the art house. Over the past twelve months, moviegoers have been gifted with a …

Artist Blows Glass Vases Directly Into Slabs of Live Edge Wood

Artwork by Scott Slagerman <i>Wood & Glass</i> is an ongoing series of works by glass artist, Scott Slagerman, in collaboration with Jim Fishman.Each glass …

Anyone can log into your Mac without your password — here’s how to fix it

Anyone using MacOS High Sierra should be on high alert. A Twitter user revealed a massive security vulnerability which allows anyone to log into your …

The Serial-Killer Detector

A former journalist, equipped with an algorithm and the largest collection of murder records in the country, finds patterns in crime.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Thomas Hargrove is a homicide archivist. For the past seven years, he …

Crime

Elon Musk: The Architect of Tomorrow

It’s mid-afternoon on a Friday at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, and three of Elon Musk’s children are gathered around him – one of …

These secret Netflix codes uncover a list of 'hidden' films and TV shows — and it's easy to use them

To access the extra content, all you need to do is add the code for the desired genre or sub genre to the end of the usual Netflix URL.<p>For example, to access the list for "action & adventure," you would add the code 1365, making your URL become: http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/1365.<p>Niche sub …

TV shows

Long-Term Marijuana Use Changes Brain at the Cellular Level, Say Scientists

Chronic use leads to chronic problems.<p>In March, long-term marijuana smoker Woody Harrelson surprised fans by announcing he was giving up his chronic …

Wait a second: What came before the big bang?

The Voorhes<p>Not everyone thinks the universe had a beginning.<p>Cosmologists used to think the universe was totally timeless: no beginning, no end. That might sound mind-melting, but it’s easier on the scientific brain than figuring out what a set starting point would mean, let alone when it would be. …

Dark Matter

Louise Bourgeois: Imagination Unfolds in All Dimensions

As an artist and a brand, Louise Bourgeois was a force of nature. She was a prolific if not obsessive maker of art — sculpture, drawings and especially prints. There was — and probably still is — plenty of product.<p>Bourgeois also had the advantage of a long life: from 1911, when she was born in …

Attacked by Rotten Tomatoes

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood had a horrible summer.<p>Between the first weekend in May and Labor Day, a sequel-stuffed period that typically accounts for 40 percent of annual ticket sales, box office revenue in North America totaled $3.8 billion, a 15 percent decline from the same span last year. To find a …

Why we fell for clean eating

The oh-so-Instagrammable food movement has been thoroughly debunked – but it shows no signs of going away. The real question is why we were so desperate to believe it. By Bee Wilson<p>In the spring of 2014, Jordan Younger noticed that her hair was falling out in clumps. “Not cool” was her reaction. At …

Nutrition

The TV That Created Donald Trump

Rewatching “The Apprentice,” the show that made his Presidency possible.<p>For months, it felt easier to avoid watching Donald Trump on television. It was like sniffing spoiled milk: you didn’t need a sip to know it was bad. Then, in June, the President held the first meeting of his complete Cabinet. …

Scientists Upload a Galloping Horse GIF Into Bacteria With Crispr

<i>E. coli</i> might best be known for giving street food connoisseurs occasional bouts of gastric regret. But the humble microbial workhorse, with its …

Laura Dern Reviews the New Twin Peaks: David Lynch "Blew My Mind"

Laura Dern may be one of the few people on the planet right now who knows more about <i>Twin Peaks</i> than you do. Not much, but just enough to be able to render something of a review. In a recent interview with <i>W</i>'s Lynn Hirschberg, Dern described the experience thusly: "What I know is he blew my mind in …

Tiffany & Co

Can we know what animals are thinking? – The Economist

<i>For the first of our new series of Medium stories about the animal kingdom, we’ve chosen a 2015 essay about the minds of animals. Animals think,</i> …

Strings Attached: How Symphonic Soul Scored Big In The 70s

<i>“We was thinking about Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Brahms… but maybe we should have had a little bit more Brown.” James Brown, ‘Dead On</i> …

David Lynch in the Beautiful World of Twin Peaks

Seventy-one years after David Lynch’s debut in Missoula, 40 years after the premiere of Eraserhead, and 25 years after Laura Palmer said good-bye to Special Agent Dale Cooper, the most daring auteur in Hollywood goes to the one place that seemed off-limits.<p>The Darkest, Sunniest Director in …

Scientists find 'oldest human ancestor'

<b>Researchers have discovered the earliest known ancestor of humans - along with a vast range of other species.</b><p>They say that fossilised traces of the 540-million-year-old creature are "exquisitely well preserved".<p>The microscopic sea animal is the earliest known step on the evolutionary path that led …

‘He Has This Deep Fear That He Is Not a Legitimate President’

On the eve of the inauguration, Trump’s biographers ponder his refusal to bend his ego to his new office.<p>In the days immediately after the election that shocked the world, POLITICO Magazine convened the group of people who know Donald J. Trump better than anyone outside his family. We asked his …

Donald Trump

The Perils of Empathy

In politics and policy, trying to feel the pain of others is a bad idea. Empathy distorts our reasoning and makes us biased, tribal and often cruel<p>Everywhere you turn in American politics, leaders talk about the need for empathy. The best-known instance, of course, comes from Bill Clinton, who told …

Empathy

How A Christmas Story Went from Low-Budget Fluke to an American Tradition

The cinematic season once ruled by Irving Berlin, Charles Dickens, and It’s a Wonderful Life now belongs to a little 1983 sleeper of a movie, A Christmas Story. A look back at how Bob Clark’s new holiday classic upended the sentimental old order by showing something every family could …