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Jon Stewart Turns Trump's 'Gleeful Cruelty' and 'Dickishness' Into a Powerful Call to Action

The former Daily Show host returned to The Late Show to discuss how much the president screwed up immigration.<p>Rather than bother with the recap of horrors Donald Trump has wrought every waking moment of our current nightmare, let's instead jump right into the argument Jon Stewart crafted in his …

The Late Show

Is this the future of urban planting? Smart modular solutions from Italy ensure soil-free, no hassle indoor gardening | Style Magazine | South China Morning Post

Two Italian start-ups have devised smart modular solutions for hassle-free indoor gardening and on the external walls of buildings. With the help of …

Gardening

Become the creative you’ve always wanted to be by embracing these seven habits

The most commonly held belief about creativity is that it’s elusive, esoteric and unique only to the anointed few.<p>The ancient Greeks believed that creativity was a divine attendant spirit that came to human beings from some distant and unknowable source, for distant and unknowable reasons. They …

Creativity

The Best Way to Wipe Your Butt, According to the Experts

Curtis Asbury, MD sees it all the time. A patient comes in with blotchy, red, irritated rectum and insists they’re not doing anything unusual. …

Pets

The most dangerous and misunderstood threat to humanity is the human mind

The defining characteristic of humans is our capacity for complex thinking and advanced reasoning. These abilities have allowed us to develop innovations that transform our lives and our world. The impact of our intellect is so significant that the present era has been called the “Anthropocene,” in …

Artificial Intelligence

Eight Proven Steps To Write, Publish, Promote And Profit From A Book

Anyone can write a book, but almost nobody does. It’s hard.<p>If you choose to write a book — as well as publish, promote and profit from it — understand two things: First, it’s going to be a slog, so you’ll need to be mentally prepared. Second, most authors tend to throw the literary equivalent of …

Writing

Stop Buying Tangerines. Plant Them In A Flowerpot And You Will Always Have Hundreds Of Organic Tangerines!

Tangerines, of the Latin name Citrus reticulate, are also known as Mandarin oranges. Clementines are the seedless variety of these irresistible …

Google’s new mindblowing AI can negotiate your appointments for you with real people

Google debuted “Duplex” at its I/O developer conference on May 8, an AI system that could make virtual assistants as capable as humans available to anyone.<p>Today’s digital assistants tend to fall down as soon as they depart from their limited scripts. Programs that can understand natural language, …

Artificial Intelligence

Abusing And Threatening Politicians Does Not Cure Our Broken System

If we can’t manage a better political culture, we will never create a better, more compassionate country<p>Hannah Mckay / Reuters<p>“Burn in hell Amber …

With This Recipe, You Can Make Perfect Cheesecake Every Single Time

Cheesecake should never be a source of anything except pure bliss. Not distress. Not frustration.

Traditional Indian sweet snacks: a recipe for jalebi | Tamal Ray

Indian sweets are the Marmite of the pudding world: either you can’t stand their intense sweetness or you would happily sit chomping them all afternoon. Jalebi were my favourite as a child – golden, almost iridescent swirls of crisp batter soaked in a spiced sugar syrup. Traditionally, the batter …

Recipes

Google is using its dominance in search to hit Amazon where it hurts

People shop on Google. But they buy on Amazon. Google wants to change that.<p>The search giant is rolling out a program to make it easier to find products online—and take a cut of the resulting sales. As part of the new effort, US retailers will be able to list their products on Google platforms …

eCommerce

What Happened on Wednesday Will Be Talked About for Generations to Come

The children of our children won't believe National School Walkout had to be a thing.<p>The children of the children out on the streets today won’t believe it.<p>Just like the kids of the sixties couldn’t believe their grandmothers didn’t have the right to vote. Just like my peers couldn’t believe their …

Rude people secretly impress us, even if we don’t really like them

We don’t like rude people.<p>At least, that’s what we tell ourselves. The reality is, we allow them to be rude. On some level, we are impressed by their rudeness. So impressed, in fact, that sometimes we ask them to be president.<p>I’ve spent a year studying rudeness in all its many forms. I’ve looked at …

rude

Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: 'The system is failing'

The inventor of the world wide web remains an optimist but sees a ‘nasty wind’ blowing amid concerns over advertising, net neutrality and fake news<p>Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s optimism about the future of the web is starting to wane in the face of a “nasty storm” of issues including the rollback of net …

Net Neutrality

The Political Thrill of Having an Enemy

Knowing what you’re against has a way of clarifying the mind and sharpening the focus.<p>I didn’t have a cause to die for. If I was at a sit-in protesting government repression, and the military threatened to come in and “clear” the square, I’d probably run for the hills. The one time I was …

The simple metaphor that’s increasingly getting in the way of scientific progress

Once upon a time, people believed in the soul, a god-given vital force that animated human beings and left the body upon death. Around the 1500s, this theory of vitalism fell from fashion and we started to see beings as more like machines.<p>Dissections and anatomical drawings showed scientists body …

Consciousness

Google set to dominate Apple, Amazon and Samsung in the race for the best voice assistant

The concept of virtual assistance has been in consumers’ mind for more than half a century, first introduced through Sci-Fi movies such as <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i> (1968) featuring virtual assistant HAL and infamous quote “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”<p>Portrayed as a must-have feature by …

Buying An Electric Vehicle? Here's The 1 Astonishing Reason Why They Just Aren't Worth It

It all seemed to point to good sense. Then this data came out.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Is trying to save the world really worth it?<p>Look around you and consider whether all your fellow humans really deserve this lovely …

Electric Vehicles

Guess what? A compelling new mathematical definition makes our humble moon a planet

Deciding what makes a big, round thing a “planet” is surprisingly difficult—just ask Pluto.<p>UCLA professor Jean-Luc Margot has proposed a new, mathematical definition that would apply to bodies both inside and outside our solar system. By his calculations, detailed in a paper that has been accepted …

Pluto

Paris Attacks: Refugees Blamed For Terrorist Acts, One Person Nails The Response

The horrific terrorist attacks on Paris have unleashed a wave of anti-refugee sentiment as people seek to apportion blame for the killings.<p>Even stars …

Paris Attacks

Powerful 'Gene Drive' Can Quickly Change An Entire Species

Biologist Ethan Bier runs a laboratory at the University of California, San Diego where fruit flies are used to help unravel the processes that lead to some human diseases. One day recently, a graduate student in the lab called him over to take a look at the results of the latest experiment.<p>Bier …

Genetics

15 Gorgeous Unseen Pictures From India By The Photojournalist Behind “Afghan Girl”

The man behind the famous "Afghan Girl" photo has released a new set of pictures of life in India, spanning three decades.<p>Thirty-seven pictures by American photographer Steve McCurry of everyday life in India are to go on display at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York in November, including many …

A world of greener cars is coming sooner than we ever might have guessed

If you’re an average consumer, you’ve had little reason to take electric cars seriously—they cost too much, and don’t go far enough on a charge. But starting about this time next year, you will.<p>It’s hard to keep track of all the competing mainstream electrics coming soon to showrooms, as major …

Electric Vehicles

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for the Modern World review - designed to diminish

<b>Tate Britain, London</b><p>Cramped, bereft of natural light and undermined by rivals, Hepworth suffers from the Tate's bid to reposition her as an …

Beautifully Designed Furniture Reveals Much More Than Meets the Eye

Sebastian Errazuriz is a Chilean-born, New York City-based designer whose stunning furniture cleverly transforms into something completely unexpected. Using woods like maple and bamboo, he crafts pieces that can look fairly innocuous but be manipulated in ways rarely seen in cabinet building. Each …

How to take better photos in low light

Low-light photography doesn't always mean taking photos at night. There are plenty of situations where your eyes may be able to adjust to lower light …

Critics fear tech giant dominance of airborne internet

The arrival of smartphones has resulted in a dramatic growth in the number of internet users, but more than half of the world, 4.2 billion people, are still not connected to the internet.<p>Many of these people live in areas without fibre and mobile networks, making it expensive for them to go …

#SaalEkShuruaatAnek: PM's letter

'Post-traumatic stress disorder is higher in drone operators'

Aviation expert and former RAF man Peter Gray speaks about the dark side of modern warfare<p>Drone operators – the pilots who go to war by "remote control", often experiencing combat thousands of miles away from their targets – might not conform to the traditional image of the battle-weary warrior, …