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This Japanese Space Startup Raised $90.2 Million To Go To The Moon

Japanese-based space startup ispace announced today that it has raised $90.2 million in a series A round. This marks the biggest series A round for the commercial space sector outside of the United States. Investors in the round include Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, the Development Bank …

How to Stop Self-Sabotaging

According to experts, the key lies in your fears.<p>From the outside, self-sabotaging behavior seems like a problem with a simple fix: If you realize you keep flubbing opportunities to better your life, simply channel your inner Terry Crews and tell yourself to knock it off already. But the problem is …

What American kids can learn from Chinese schools about real “grit”

When Lenora Chu, a Chinese-American, enrolled her son in an elite public school in Shanghai, she was in for a few surprises. Her son was force-fed eggs, a food he hated. When Chu questioned the teacher about her methods, she was roundly reprimanded for questioning a teacher’s authority. Her child …

Middle School

Why don't facts matter?

<b>(CNN) —</b> At a time when polarization is at its peak and truth is a four-letter word, the question on everyone's minds is: Why does evidence seem to have little influence on people's beliefs, and what can be done?<p>How is it that citing clear evidence of a human role in global warming fails to persuade …

Psychology

Priyanka Chopra criticises Meghan Markle's latest cover story: "It's a little sexist"

Priyanka Chopra has criticised Vanity Fair over its recent cover story starring her close friend and fellow actress and activist Meghan Markle.The …

Your reading list just got longer—the 2017 National Book Awards longlist is here

Make room on your "to-be-read" list—National Book Awards season is here!<p>This week, the National Book Foundation is announcing the books longlisted …

Thanks to President Trump, dystopian novels are popular again

After the blockbuster success of Suzanne Collins’ <i>Hunger Games</i> franchise, dystopian novels became the Next Big Thing in the YA world: Veronica Roth’s</i> …

Books

10 Poets For People Who Think They Don’t Like Poetry

<i>Sponsored by Ecco, publishers of great poetry!</i>Ecco is proud to publish the work of award-winning poets like Charles Simic, Jorie Graham, David St. …

Bustle on Why Brains Love Poetry

Not only is reading poetry good for your brain, as <i>Bustle</i> reports, but it appears that our brains are in fact “wired” to enjoy poetry whether or not …

Editorial: The poetry inside you

<i>if you like my poems let them</i><p><i>walk in the evening, a little behind you</i><p><i>— e.e. cummings</i><p>This is just a reminder, for those who need it, that life is …

Literature

Kobe Bryant emerges from retirement with a slam poetry performance about...Steve Urkel?

Kobe Bryant is a legend on the basketball court, but he's much, much more than that.<p>The former shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers appeared on</i> …

Los Angeles

Coming to Terms With Loss in Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘One Art’

“One Art” is the only poem I’ve ever lost. My high-school English teacher gave me a wallet-sized copy that I misplaced, along with the wallet, the next year. The wallet I replaced, twice; the poem I did not. Still, a year walking around with it in my pocket was enough to learn the opening lines:<p>The …

You've Got To Write Good

Word length, grammar, typeface, first person, who cares? It's like debating shades of white in a paint store.<p>For anyone to notice your words, you've gotta "write good".<p>Obviously, this means it doesn't have to be technically correct (otherwise I'd have said "write well", so please don't email me …

Writing

The One Crucial Skill Our Education System Is Missing

<b>By Belinda Parmar</b><p>From <i>Blade Runner</i> to <i>I, Robot,</i> the big screens of Hollywood have predicted the rise of the machine. Automated intelligences will wait our tables and drive our cabs. They will serve us by performing menial tasks. But fact is now surpassing fiction. Automation has moved beyond the …

The next generation of jobs won’t be made up of professions

To prepare for the future, we need to shift from thinking about jobs and careers to thinking about challenges and problems, reports Alina Dizik.<p>When Jean-Philippe Michel, an Ottawa-based career coach, works with secondary school students, he doesn’t use the word profession. Neither does he focus on …

Employment

arctic

How a Melting Arctic Changes Everything<p>Part I: The Bare Arctic<p>Part I: The top of the world is melting even faster than scientists thought. Here’s how …

Eating Meat Is Bad For The Planet: But What About Just Eating Less Meat?

The new book The Reducetarian Solution makes the case that easing our carnivorous tendencies will curb climate change and probably make us all healthier—and is a better solution than trying to make a vegetarian world.<p>Around seven years ago, Brian Kateman was eating a hamburger on a plane as he flew …

Columbia University

Why Teachers Should Be Teaching Political Novels Like 1984 Now

Teaching political novels such as <i>1984</i> is enough to keep a teacher up at night. I know from experience. But if you’re considering buying a set, …

Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him. And he thinks you should be frightened too. Inside his efforts to influence the rapidly advancing field and its proponents, and to save humanity from machine-learning …

Privacy Concerns Loom as Congress Moves to Allow Internet Providers to Share Users' Sensitive Data

The House of Representatives voted this week to repeal a law previously passed by the Obama administration, requiring Internet Service Providers to gain permission from users in order to access and share certain pieces of personal information with advertisers (via <i>The Washington Post</i>).<p>The law, which …

Net Neutrality

Researchers Think Portals May Link Our Visible World With The "Dark Sector"

Long ago, physicists identified and categorized the components of the visible universe. Up until recently, 16 particles formed everything in the …

Dark Matter

‘Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun.’ The road to immortality

In California, radical scientists and billionaire backers think the technology to extend life – by uploading minds to exist separately from the body – is only a few years away<p>Here’s what happens. You are lying on an operating table, fully conscious, but rendered otherwise insensible, otherwise …

Singularity

The Bizarre Story of This AI Drone Calls the Future of Warfare Into Question

Autonomous Warfare<p>We hear all around us about the major breakthroughs that await just around the bend: of miraculous cures for cancer, of amazing …

Researchers Have Transformed a Spinach Leaf Into Working Heart Tissue

Researchers from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have transformed a spinach leaf into functional heart tissue. The team’s goal was to …

Repairs

Connected dolls and tell-tale teddy bears: Why we need to manage the Internet of Toys

The rapid rise in internet connected toys also raises concerns about children's safety and privacy. In particular, the way that data gathered by …

From Libya To The United States, These Exhibits Expose The Secret Mechanisms Of State Surveillance

If you’re reading these words in a public space, there’s a good chance that you’re under surveillance. From sidewalks to subways, security cameras are now ubiquitous, passively observing the guilty and innocent alike. A few years ago, the artist Andrew Hammerand brought these circumstances into …

Elon Musk wants to connect brains to computers with new company

Tesla and SpaceX founder launching Neuralink to explore technology of implanting tiny electrodes into the brain<p>Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is launching a new company called Neuralink with the intention of connecting computers directly to human brains, according to a report.<p>The Wall Street …

Singularity

The Weird World of Cyborg Animals Is Here

Roboticists frequently turn to nature for inspiration for their inventions, reverse engineering the traits that evolution has developed over …

Automation Could End Meaningless Jobs—And None Too Soon

What makes your work valuable?<p>Does it fulfill you? Allow you to connect with or help people? Contribute to a greater good?<p>Or does its value come from …

Inventions