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The original sin of white privilege

Justus Walker was enjoying his Grade 11 class in sociology. Then came the lesson on white privilege. The teacher handed out a checklist with instructions for the students to score themselves on how much of it they had. The questions included things such as: "I can go into a supermarket and find the …

Erasing yourself from the internet is nearly impossible. But here's how you can try.

For those of us who spend a lot of time on the internet, there will be the occasional urge to simply disappear — delete your accounts, roll back your Google results and become invisible.<p>At this particular moment in time, a lot of people seem to be interested in making that a reality — or at least …

The Hoverboard's Patent Problem | Jeffrey A. Tucker

Shane Chen of Portland, Oregon, owns the patent to one of the hottest holiday gifts this season. It is a kind of hoverboard, a small item that keeps …

3 science ideas you’ll be hearing more about in 2016

Who said scientists can’t be world-famous celebrities? On Sunday, nearly $22 million in Breakthrough Prizes were handed out to the world’s top researchers in physics, the life sciences, and mathematics. The $3 million Breakthrough Prizes, at twice the dollar amount of the Nobel Prize, are the …

Genetics

The Gene Hackers

A powerful new technology enables us to manipulate our DNA more easily than ever before.<p>At thirty-four, Feng Zhang is the youngest member of the core faculty at the Broad Institute of Harvard and M.I.T. He is also among the most accomplished. In 1999, while still a high-school student, in Des …

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

6 high-tech bikes that bring cycling to a new level

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>For cyclists who want to go farther, ride faster and look cooler doing it, there are a lot of options on the market when it comes to high-end bikes. This week we're gawking over a few of the world's most technologically enhanced cycles. Some are electric hybrids; some transform for …

This Is the Number One Mistake Parents Make When Arguing With Kids

How do you deal with out of control kids?<p>The authors of the bestseller <i>How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk</i> have some great …

Parenting

Solar power in crisis: 'My panels generate enough power for two loads of washing'

Endless energy from the sun looked like a long-term solution for running our homes. But now the state has pulled the plug on the subsidies that made panels affordable for many. What happens now?<p>Sit back, relax, and read this story with an untroubled conscience: it has been created on a laptop and …

Solar Power

Elon Musk says he has a design for an electric jet

In fact, when asked during a recent Marketplace interview what Musk would be doing if Tesla didn't exist, he revealed that he already has a design for such an aircraft ready to go.<p>"I do like the idea of an electric aircraft company. I think one could do a pretty cool supersonic, vertical, take-off …

24 Daily Habits That Will Boost Your Intelligence

Can changing up your daily routine actually enhance your intelligence?<p>The inner workings of the human brain are still one of humanity's great mysteries.<p>As neuroscience has advanced, we've learned that we can train our brains to think more clearly, be more positive, and better express creativity.<p>In …

NASA confirms that liquid water flows on Mars

It's the first direct evidence of a long-suspected theory<p>Liquid water exists on the surface of Mars during the planet's warmer seasons, according to new research published in <i>Nature Geosciences</i><i>.</i> This revelation comes from new spectral data gathered by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), a …

Steve Jobs' widow just unveiled a massive plan to reinvent high school

The widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Powell Jobs is now spearheading a major campaign to rethink high school.<p>It's called XQ: The Super School Project.<p>The initiative tasks educators, innovators, business leaders, and even students to come up with imaginative ways to redesign the high school …

An architecture firm has an idea to turn the world’s oldest subway system into a giant moving sidewalk

A "travelator" is merely standard British English for the kind of moving walkway you find in the world's airports, but here it lends an appropriately sci-fi ring to the idea, which has roots in the underground cities imagined by writers such as Isaac Asimov and H.G. Wells.

A 20-year-old is planning a 62-mile floating wall to make the ocean 'self-cleaning'

Three years ago, Boyan Slat was a precocious 18-year-old on a TEDx stage in the Netherlands, eloquently introducing people to his radical idea to clean up the ocean. He would build a network of floating walls that would work with the oceans' currents to catch the millions — maybe even trillions— of …

Australian father infiltrates drug gangs in China to find his dead son’s suppliers

Rod Bridge, whose 16-year-old son died after taking a synthetic drug, travelled to China and recorded meetings with local drug bosses<p>An Australian man whose son died after taking a synthetic drug has gone undercover and travelled to China to infiltrate the crime gangs which have been exporting the …

Silk Road

Tesla is in the middle of a huge debate about the future of driving

On one side is Morgan Stanley's lead auto analyst, Adam Jonas, who last week revisited his futuristic theory that individual ownership of cars is going away and that the "potential end of human driving" could be coming.<p>On the other side is an unlikely team of insurance analysts at Citi led by Todd …

Andrés Gómez Emilsson My Interest Shifted from Mathematics to Consciousness after a THC Experience

if topical_image_articles}{/if}My interest in consciousness is in part the result of a marijuana experience I had when I was 16. To understand why, I …

Marijuana

2 climbers crawled through a suffocatingly tiny cave and discovered a new human ancestor that could be 'one of the greatest fossil discoveries of the past half century'

A couple of cavers stumbled across the remains of at least 15 individuals in South Africa's Cave of Stars. The species, which is named Homo naledi ("naledi" means "star" in the South African language Sotho)<i>,</i> had a small brain, yet remarkably humanlike features. And the bones appear to have been …

Would Elon Musk’s Plan to Nuke Mars Actually Work?

Tesla

Here's the real reason artificial intelligence could be a threat

Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk are just a few notable people who have warned about the perilous consequences associated with developing AI systems.<p>"The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race," Hawking cautioned last year.<p>Musk …

Everyone on the planet seems to be using Apple headphones and that's a mistake

It's time to face the cold, hard truth, everyone.<p>Apple's standard headphones — also known as "EarPods," which everyone seems to use on a daily basis — are just not that good.<p>Sure, they do lots of fancy things, and Apple puts those two buttons on the cord to great use. But when it comes to actual …

Your New Mantra: Done Is Better Than Perfect | Inc.com

At the elite level, mental performance--and mental toughness--is what separates the vast pool of "really goods" from the truly exceptional.<p>And, just like any other world class skill, elite mental toughness isn't something you pick up in a few hours, or over the weekend. Building and keeping it is …

Workouts

Here's what to do in college if you don't want to lose your job to a robot

A 2013 Oxford study estimated that 47% of all American employment could be automated.<p>Jerry Kaplan, author of "Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence," told Tech Insider that there's no secret key to succeeding in a workplace that's being overcome by …

Artificial Intelligence

12 Scientifically Proven Habits That Will Change Your Life | Inc.com

Research says the best way to bring change into your life is by creating new routines and sticking to them until they become habits.<p>The way to make sure we cultivate the new behavior is to reward ourselves. With motivation, we repeat the action again and again until it becomes ingrained.<p>How you go …

Happiness

Anime Insiders Share How Much Producing a Season Costs - Interest

Hint: It's too high compared to revenue<p>Although it's a far cry from the supersized budgets of Hollywood, the anime industry is a labor-intensive and …

6 Life-Changing Decisions Successful and Happy People Make | Inc.com

While luck certainly plays a part, success is usually the result of making a number of smart choices.<p>And so is happiness.<p>Here's a guest post from Ryan Robinson, an entrepreneur and marketer who teaches people how to create meaningful self-employed careers. (His online courses "Launching a Business …

Entrepreneurship

'The Great Fall of China' is hitting other markets

China's leading Shanghai Composite index has fallen by over 30% over the last 3 weeks. The collapse has largely been contained within China so far, but there are signs that it's starting to impact other markets.<p>Oil prices dropped 7.8% overnight to as low as $52.48 (£33.85) a barrel — the biggest …

Stock Markets