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Google will help the UN with climate change research since the U.S. government won’t

Yesterday, the UN announced a satellite data-sharing partnership with Google in an effort to make scarcely-funded climate data more accessible.<p>The …

Climate

A visual history of America’s love affair with nuclear weapons

25 cards<p>Declassified videos show the most powerful country on earth using the most powerful weapon humanity has ever known.

Nuclear Weapons

U.S. voting machines were vulnerable to remote hacking for six years

There is one rule voting machine makers swear by: do not connect to the internet. But according to a report from <i>Motherboard</i> Tuesday, the largest …

Voting

That was the most outrageous World Cup of my lifetime

Politics and sports perfectly commingled for an unpredictable, uneven event.<p>Every four years, without fail, the FIFA World Cup becomes a perpetual …

Roy Moore

Big surprise: Dudes still dominate film reviewing

A new study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film has found that the continued gender imbalance in film reviewing is having …

Animation

For the love of goddesses, stop deifying women

Divine Feminine Energy is not the empowering narrative you think it is.<p>According to new age types who care about this sort of thing, divine feminine …

Feminism

When detaching from someone you love is the only option

“I tried everything to help my brother, until I realized I had to save myself.”<p>It happens a few times a month at random, unexpected moments. I’ll …

Mental Health

The only stat about our plastic straw problem comes from... a nine-year-old boy

Back in 2011, a young environmental advocate made a few calls to straw manufacturers. When an environmental group published his findings, the figure …

Pollution

Ocasio-Cortez sees potential for a Freedom Caucus of the left

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the socialist organizer and politician who unseated 19-year congressman Joe Crowley in a primary in her Bronx district last …

Paul Ryan

This Amazon Prime Day, try not to be a scab

Side Note<p>Jul—16—2018 02:12PM EST<p>Paris Martineau<p>It’s Prime Day, that magical 36 hours out of the year where it for some reason becomes socially …

Shopping

Facebook ad micro-targeting can manipulate individual politicians

Turns out the Labour Party’s digital voter registration drive was for the few, not the many.<p>At least one political party is avoiding negotiating by …

Social Media

Sasha Baron Cohen’s new show manages to prove we are largely led by morons

That hardly seems like enough these days.<p>If you tuned in to watch Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Showtime show <i>Who is America?</i>, which premiered Sunday night …

baroncohen

Libraries are filling an affordable fitness void

Librarians are providing yoga and tai chi classes for communities that need them.<p>When Jessica Yates became the new adult programming librarian at the …

Makerspaces

Facebook gives oodles of money to Republicans

Yesterday, there was a brief internet kerfuffle when it was revealed that Elon Musk donated nearly $40,000 to the Protect the House PAC, a Republican …

Outsourcing

Borat: Where are they now?

It turns out being in Sacha Baron Cohen’s 2006 comedy didn’t ruin too many people’s lives!<p>It’s weird to watch <i>Borat</i> in 2018. In the decade-plus since …

Google Street View

Big Mouth, Nike shorts, sleeping on the train: What we loved this week

13 cards<p>What we loved this week<p>Here’s the entertainment that got us through the week of July 2, 2018.

Nike

Rand Paul is mad as hell about sexed-up, coked-out quails

I don’t really get Rand Paul. Like, he’s supposed to be the “Libertarian” Republican Senator because thinks weed should be legal and really hates the …

Rand Paul

The secret history of Marxist alien hunters

The branch of UFO investigation they don’t want you to know about.<p>In case you missed it — and there’s a lot of weird stuff going on, so it makes …

Paranormal

Tomorrow 123: Full Contact With Jeremy Gordon

Can you smell what Papa John is cooking? (It's unemployment.)<p>Tomorrow 122: <b>Full Court Press with Pema Levy</b><p>Tomorrow 121: <b>T.C. Sottek is on a …

Richard Simmons

‘Eighth Grade’ is a tender portrayal of your most uncomfortable years

Bo Burnham’s new film beautifully captures the secondhand embarrassment of watching a middle schooler learn how to not be weird.<p>For most of recent …

Middle School

Uber introduces constant, real-time surveillance of drivers’ criminal records

Uber has made an agreement with an instant criminal data service in order to provide real time, continuous background checks, according to a report …

Freedom of Information

Gamergate ringleader experiences moral crisis, four years late

The subreddit r/KotakuInAction, a wellspring of the GamerGate movement, was briefly shut down by its regretful creator<p>Last night, things got messy in …

Feminism

Sacha Baron Cohen has the best publicists alive: Dumb Republicans

I totally believe @SarahPalinUSA's account of the @SachaBaronCohen incident. Dressing up as a wounded veteran is absolutely stolen valor, his tactics …

Sacha Baron Cohen

Ethically speaking, who should you root for in the World Cup?

We asked professional ethicists how to watch the world’s most beloved competition.<p>Soccer is the beautiful game, but the organized sport isn’t so …

Domestic Violence

Digital ads are starting to feel psychic

Targeted advertising has become so uncanny, it feels like we’re being surveilled. Two artists want to hear these stories.<p>Earlier this year, my friend …

Wiretapping

‘Sorry to Bother You’ director Boots Riley finally staged his coup

With the success of ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ the musician and long-time radical is having an unexpected second act.<p>Very Intriguing Person<p>is a series …

hiphop

Twenty-foot-tall rice could feed a flooded planet

When climate change floods regions around the world, deepwater rice could thrive while other species die off.<p>By the end of the century, climate …

deepwater

Science says get out of your dead-end relationship

People (and mice, and rats) over-value sunk costs in their decision-making processes. Time for us to value the future more.<p>Sunk costs—the resources …

Sunk Costs

ICE contracts bring in millions for U.S. colleges

Northeastern’s $2.7-million contract is one of several.<p>Nearly 100 Northeastern University students convened Wednesday to protest their school’s …

College & University

‘Paid Off’ turns your student loan nightmare into a game show

A fast hand with a buzzer won’t fix our debt.<p>At this point, people are willing to do anything to get rid of their student loan debt. The nation’s …

Personal Finance