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This Photo Captures a Near-Death Experience—and Later Trauma

After surviving an avalanche, climber and photographer Cory Richards captured the moment. But then what?<p>I took this photo about an hour after digging out of an avalanche that nearly killed me and two friends as we were descending the world’s 13th tallest mountain. It was February 4, 2011, and we’d …

Mountaineering

Facebook can’t be trusted — and everyone in the tech world is piling on

Mark Zuckerberg has valid arguments about his company’s plight. But is it too late to save Facebook’s reputation?<p>Facebook’s public relations nightmare is only getting worse. Apple CEO Tim Cook and several other technology executives are publicly bashing the social network in unprecedented ways for …

Social Media

Extreme frugality allowed me to retire at 32 – and regain control of my life

Elizabeth Willard Thames abandoned a successful career in the city and embraced frugality to create a more meaningful life. It enabled her to retire at 32 with her family to a homestead in the Vermont woods<p>As I write this, I’m sitting on the back porch of the rural Vermont homestead I share with my …

Personal Finance

What sugar does to your brain

To tell the story of what sugar does to your brain, you have to start with the thought that triggers your need for a hit of sweetness.<p>It often …

The Brain

30 years after Prozac arrived, we still buy the lie that chemical imbalances cause depression

Some 2,000 years ago, the Ancient Greek scholar Hippocrates argued that all ailments, including mental illnesses such as melancholia, could be explained by imbalances in the four bodily fluids, or “humors.” Today, most of us like to think we know better: Depression—our term for melancholia—is …

FDA

The 'Star Wars' Refresher You Are Looking for Before 'The Last Jedi'

In case you need a reminder of where all the main players were the last time we saw them...<p>It’s been two years since <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> was …

Former Facebook executive: social media is ripping society apart

Chamath Palihapitiya, former vice-president of user growth, expressed regret for his part in building tools that destroy ‘the social fabric of how society works’<p>A former Facebook executive has said he feels “tremendous guilt” over his work on “tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how …

Social Media

The Sea Level Threat To Cities Depends On Where The Ice Melts — Not Just How Fast

The world's oceans are rising. Over the past century, they're up an average of about eight inches. But the seas are rising more in some places than others. And scientists are now finding that how much sea level rises in, say, New York City, has a lot to do with exactly where the ice is melting.<p>A …

Sea Level

15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Are Warning Humankind We Are Screwed

Human impacts on the environment are putting our future at risk, they say.<p>More than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries warn the evidence is clear: Current and future human health and wellbeing are at serious risk from climate change, deforestation, loss of access to freshwater, species …

Climate Change

How to make a custom ringtone for your iPhone, with GarageBand on iOS

With the latest version of iTunes, Apple buried the interface for making ringtones on the Mac. It’s still possible but a lot more cumbersome to manage.<p>A little-known secret is that you can actually make custom alert ringtones for iOS on your iPhone itself, using GarageBand. Here’s how.<p>This feature …

Biography of Salvador Dalí, Surrealist Artist

A Life as Strange as His Paintings<p>Spanish Catalan artist Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) became known for his surreal creations and his flamboyant life. …

Art

Is Internet Porn Making Young Men Impotent?

Thousands of men claim that porn addiction has led to erectile dysfunction – but many in the the medical community are skeptical<p>One afternoon last …

This is how your world could end

In an extract from his book Ends of the World, Peter Brannen examines mass extinction events and the catastrophic outcome of rising temperatures for all the world’s population<p>Many of us share some dim apprehension that the world is flying out of control, that the centre cannot hold. Raging …

Climate Change

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Parenting

People chose AI-made artwork over actual Art Basel pieces

We’ve learnt in the last few years that AI can be arty as fuck: those hallucinogenic DeepDream pics, the AI that made questionably attractive paint colours. Now, research has shown that bots are better at making art than creatives at Art Basel, and even Andy Warhol.<p>A study by researchers at Rutgers …

Our Minds Have Been Hijacked by Our Phones. Tristan Harris Wants to Rescue Them

Sometimes our smart phones are our friends, sometimes they seem like our lovers, and sometimes they’re our dope dealers. And no one, in the past 12 …

9 plagues that could destroy everything we love about life on Earth

Our climate is changing rapidly, whether you like it or not. Unfortunately, denial seems to be one approach many are taking to deal with this …

Climate Change

The sixth mass extinction is killing off wildlife 100 times faster than “normal”

For years, scientists have warned that Earth is entering it sixth mass extinction — an era in which three-quarters of all species die off within only …

Biodiversity

When Will the Planet Be Too Hot For Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

<i>To read an annotated version of this article, complete with interviews with scientists and links to further reading, click</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p><b>I.</b> ‘Doomsday’<p><i>Peering</i> …

How Georgia O’Keeffe Turned Her Life Into A Work Of Art

Some artists create works of art; others practice self-creation as an art form. Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) did both. Best known for her paintings …

Art

Gregg Allman, legendary leader of the Allman Brothers Band, dead at 69

The pioneering keyboardist, guitarist and singer passed away from liver cancer today<p>According to a statement on his website and from his management, Gregg Allman, the leader and co-founder of the rock group the Allman Brothers Band, died today due to a reoccurrence of liver cancer. The keyboardist, …

Guitar
Journalism

Recon Camper Nissan NV200

Recon Campers teamed up with Nissan to offer a modern-day version of a VW Westphalia.<p>The NV200 (conversions from $6,000 to $25,000) is a fully insulated, finished camper, with a bed, fridge, sink, running water, solar panels, awning, exterior shower, and a pop-top roof with toy-hauling bars. Even …

Nissan

The Secret to Happiness? Simplify.

For centuries, people leaned into the popular (and false) belief that possession—material wealth and stature—was synonymous with happiness. But now minimalism is on the rise, and for good reason: it works. With the popular Netflix film <i>Minimalism: A Documentary About Important Things</i> and the massive …

Minimalism

America’s hidden water affordability crisis

<i>This story was originally published by Fusion and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>When Elizabeth Mack wondered about a …

Extensive Hockney Retrospective Opens at Tate Britain: Pictures

If you want to get smarter, speed-reading is worse than not reading at all

We all know that reading is important. But we’re also busy. So we try to optimize by reading more quickly. And in this way, we miss the point of reading entirely.<p>I’ve noticed this tendency since I began posting about what I learn from reading over 100 books a year. One of the most frequent …

Hall of Fame

‘Who’s a good boy?’ you might ask. But does your dog care?

When you speak to dogs, do you use a dog voice?<p>You know, <i>a dog voice</i> — higher pitched, slower, maybe a little sing-song-y? The kind of voice you’d use when speaking with a baby, except . . . directed at a dog?<p>New research shows that puppies might actually react to that voice, though that’s not the …

Puppies