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Why you’ll share this story: The new science of memes

More and more of the things that set the internet on fire are of that species of charmingly moronic pairing of text and image that allows even the post-literate to feel like they have partaken of a shared cultural moment. And now, scientists are beginning to understand how the curiously addictive …

Viral

The top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant

Top secret documents submitted to the court that oversees surveillance by US intelligence agencies show the judges have signed off on broad orders …

David Foster Wallace's Legendary Graduation Speech Is Now An Awesome Short Film

Novelist David Foster Wallace gave a speech called "This Is Water" to the 2005 graduating class at Kenyon College.<p>The speech, which has become legendary, discusses how meaningless daily routines take over our lives and that we have to choose how we think, and what we pay attention to.<p>"This Is …

David Foster Wallace

A Photographer Rediscovers The Crumbling Remains Of Tatooine

A photographer finds abandoned sets used in the Star Wars films crumbling in the desert.<p>In <i>Star Wars</i> (or <i>Episode IV</i> if you want to be like <i>that</i>), Luke Skywalker spends the first 15 minutes whining about his misfortune for having been born on Tatooine. He can’t go to Beggar’s Canyon to shoot womp rats …

SOC13: Devise Cycles’ Radical Adaptrac Equipped Zeppelin Fatbike

If you’re unfamiliar with Adaptrac, just imagine riding your bike and being able to instantly change your tire pressure, as you ride, without ever …

Expel Yourself: 33 High School Students Suspended for Twerking

To some, the act of twerking is a near-spiritual form of expression. To others, it’s “basically a slutty dance derived from strip clubs” (via Urban …

What Is Twerking? Maybe These Things, According To Anyone Over 20 (CHART)

We have a crisis on our hands, America. We're not sure exactly what it is, but it has something to do with Amanda Bynes.<p>Look, dance crazes and other trends get lost among generational divides all the time, but "twerking" (and its Bynes-friendly cousin, "twerking out") is reaching a breaking point. …

Amanda Bynes

The world’s largest gathering left behind an ecological disaster

The Kumbh Mela, the Hindu festival billed as the world’s largest human gathering, received plenty of positive press during its 55-day run earlier this year. In February, I traveled to the Kumbh with a global health research team from Harvard, and wrote up many sunny observations of the Kumbh’s …

Pollution

The World Trade Center is going to hit 1776 feet aka 541 meters. Via Imgur.

Private Chinese firms are investing millions in America

For a long time, China’s state-owned corporate behemoths have fueled the country’s growing tide of overseas investment, most of which has gone to East Asia or Africa. Now, more Chinese investment is flowing into the United States, and increasingly from private firms—a shift that could dramatically …

Communist Party