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When climate change gets bad, the ocean will make it worse

You won't like the sea when it’s angry.<p>Twenty millennia ago, when the Earth was cool and glaciers were at their most massive, scientists believe the …

Global Warming

A brief history of songs called “Freebird 2”

The Lynyrd Skynyrd classic has had many unofficial sequels — all of which are meant as a joke of some sort.<p>This morning, Parquet Courts — Brooklyn’s …

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Reddit cracks down on posts attacking Florida shooting survivor David Hogg

Members of Reddit’s Trust and Safety team reached out to mods to curb the spread of harassment.<p>Reddit staffers are working with sub moderators to …

Internet

The subversive body horror of Annihilation

The sci-fi thriller allows women to explore life without giving literal birth to it.<p>As is appropriate for a film intimately concerned with genesis, …

Roman Polanski

The backwards logic of putting guns in schools

Students don't want “good guys” with guns to protect them from school shooters.<p>Four days after a gunman killed 17 of his former classmates and …

Guns

My self-storage hell

Self-storage facilities profit off of their customers’ laziness — people like me.<p>After two and a half years and nearly $2,000, I recently liberated …

Class Action

You can actually ban the Nazis

The “marketplace of ideas” has failed, and Twitter should pay attention to what Medium is doing.<p>Companies like Twitter and Facebook strive to meddle …

Internet

Why does anyone still use Tinder?

On this episode of The Outline World Dispatch, we swiped left.<p><i>Every Monday through Thursday, The Outline World Dispatch brings you stories about</i> …

Tinder

This year’s hottest cultural trend is 1998

Get ready for more media about things that happened 20 years ago.<p>Many wise people have told me the importance of living life in the present and not …

Mike Pence

People share bad opinions online because everyone is exhausted

Congrats Facebook: people are sharing more and more because they have lost all perspective of what should or shouldn't be shared.<p>Oversharing was once …

Social Media

We are in an information crisis

Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are not going to fix this. We are.<p>Yes, something is wrong on the internet. The way we communicate information of …

Internet

The future of history lessons is a VR headset

A conversation with Derek Ham about his new virtual reality experience “I Am A Man,” which takes you inside the protests leading up to Martin Luther …

Black History

Alt-right leaders can no longer spread disinformation on Medium

A complete overhaul of the platform's rules caught some awful people in the crossfire.<p>Medium has suspended the accounts of Mike Cernovich, Jack …

Internet

If your Apple Watch knows you’ll get diabetes, who can it tell?

Silicon Valley is starting to publish research using Apple Watch data, but there are still no laws about what information they keep, sell, or …

Digital Health

Should you get therapy by text message?

On this episode of The Outline World Dispatch, we delve into the world of text message-based therapy apps.<p><i>Every Monday through Thursday, The Outline</i> …

Apps

Wakandans miss Vine, too

The best joke in ‘Black Panther’ pays homage to the lost app.<p>In <i>Black Panther</i>, citizens of Wakanda have the best of everything in the world: …

Comics

Your therapist is typing

Ads for text therapy are everywhere, but people who have tried it say it’s surprisingly unhelpful and expensive.<p>Sheyda Brown had seen the ads for …

Internet

Fight for your right to spray paint

A conversation with graffiti artist Lady Pink about the demolition of legendary graffiti spot 5Pointz — and the lawsuit that may prevent a similar …

Streetwear

Wikipedia stops paying data costs for developing countries

The practice wasn't consistent with net neutrality, which Wikipedia has supported in the US.<p>Wikipedia announced on Friday that it would be ending its …

Internet

How to write about weed without sounding high

Surveying the past, present, and future of marijuana journalism.<p><i>“The caramel-chocolate flavored candy bar looked so innocent, like the Sky Bars I</i> …

Cannabis

Millennials are not ruining sex

Boomers claim we’re heading toward puritanism — but if we are, it’s their fault<p>A new venue for paternalistic scolding has emerged recently, and with …

Catherine Deneuve

Waiting for Kingdom Hearts 3

On this episode, we’re talking about ‘Kingdom Hearts’ and the joy of video games.<p><i>Every Monday through Thursday, The Outline World Dispatch brings you</i> …

Donald Duck

“What’s a spliff?” And other things doctors need to learn about legal weed

One doctor explains to his peers how to talk to patients about marijuana, plus the right formats and amounts.<p>Many doctors, according to Portland …

Cannabis

Pakistan’s white-picket fences

Privately developed suburbs are booming in Pakistan. But at what cost?<p>There’s an intersection in Karachi where the road suddenly becomes smooth. I …

Pakistan

No one is teaching kids how to spot fake news

Media literacy programs in schools are so outdated, they’re backwards.<p>In the fifteen months since Donald Trump was elected president of the United …

Journalism

Artifact-sniffing dogs are coming to stop you from selling that sacred statue

If you're a drug dog who happens to be reading our site right now, maybe consider changing careers?<p>Weird, unintended consequence of the increasing …

Pets

If the Space Tesla crashes into the earth, Elon Musk should have to clean it up

Over the next million years, there’s a six percent chance that the Tesla launched into the solar system will come back and hit the planet. That's …

Tesla

‘The Young Karl Marx’ and the original “dirtbag left”

By glossing over Karl Marx’s numerous personal misdeeds, Raoul Peck’s biopic ‘The Young Karl Marx’ fails to give his collaborators their due.<p>A …

Vicky Krieps

Alaska runs on bare bear butts

New research suggests that seeds spread by pooping bears are vital to the Alaskan ecosystem.<p>According to a study recently published by researchers at …

Forests

A Russian oligarch indicted for election meddling tried to erase himself from the internet

The Russian oligarch Yevengy Prigozhin sued to de-index news stories about his connection to a Russian “troll farm” just as the company was stepping …

Russia