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The 38 Essential Tokyo Restaurants

Until you touch down in Tokyo, it is impossible to grasp the sheer size and density of the city — or the depth of its food culture. It is one of the largest conurbations on the planet, with well over 100,000 restaurants to feed its huge, hungry population. And there is so much more to eat than just …

Venture capital is a hell of a drug

There has been a lot of money sloshing around the startup world for the past few years. Cheap and accessible capital has advantages: More founders get the opportunity to pursue big dreams and previously “unfundable companies” not only raise huge amounts of money, but some ultimately achieve unicorn …

The science of why people insist on making idiotic choices

The gap between expert analysis and public opinion seems to be widening by the day. In the US, there is significant popular support for the policies of Donald Trump which the vast majority of experts regards as questionable, to say the least. In the UK, we have seen a broad consensus of economics …

Scientists finally know what stopped Mongol hordes from conquering Europe

The khan's ruthless tactics and loyal horde swept across Asia. One territory after another fell under the overwhelming force of the Mongol Empire, which would eventually stretch from the eastern shores of China. A series of successful forays in Hungary and Poland made even Europe seem within reach …

Russia is Trying to Bring Back a Leopard Species It Last Saw 100 Years Ago

SOCHI, Russia — The Russian resort of Sochi is best known for hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics. But now it's about to welcome a different kind of visitor — one that can break a goat's neck with a twist of its jaws.<p>The endangered Persian leopard is being reintroduced to the region after almost a …

English T-Shirts In Asia (20+ Pics)

One of the great things about the world we live in is the rich and diverse variety of languages that you can find across the globe. The only problem …

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Architectural Aquariums So Gorgeous, You Won’t Miss Your Dead Goldfish

In the realm of architecture for pets, designers have dogs and cats more than covered. But what about fish? Haruka Misawa, a Japanese designer based in Tokyo, is on it.<p>A protégé of celebrated designer Kenya Hara–Muji’s creative director–and a Nendo alum, Misawa created a series of sublime and …

Meet the girl who has spent 10 years sailing the world, and has brought a cat along for the adventure

Getting your cat on a boat and sailing the oceans of the earth sounds like the beginning of a best-selling children’s book, but for Liz Clark it’s a reality.<p>A self-proclaimed ‘Shepirate’ the 34 year-old San Diego native has been sailing around the world in an 11-by-40-foot Cal 40 boat that she was …

It's now illegal to Airbnb your entire apartment in Berlin

German capital cracks down on property listing site in attempt to keep housing rates affordable<p>As of this month, Berliners renting out their full apartments on Airbnb can face a fine of up to €100,000 ($115,000), under a new law aimed at curbing a rise in housing prices. The law, called</i> …

Estonia wants to become a 'country as a service' and already has 10,000 virtual residents

But its most radical project is e-residency — letting people from around the world become digital residents of Estonia online.<p>"The question is how can we increase the customer base in Estonia because if you want to be a richer country you need more customers and we don't get those customers," Taavi …

Google and Microsoft have made a pact to protect surveillance capitalism

Microsoft and Google, two of the world’s greatest monopolies, have been bitter rivals for nearly 20 years. But suddenly, in late April, they announced a startling accord. The companies have withdrawn all regulatory complaints against one another, globally. Rather than fighting their battles in …

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Craig Wright reveals himself as Satoshi Nakamoto

FIVE months after Craig Steven Wright, an Australian computer scientist and businessman, was outed against his will as Satoshi Nakamoto, he says he …

The joke was that Obama wasn't joking

The White House Correspondents' Dinner has become a strange event. It is, ostensibly, an evening when the president and the press can come together to share a few lighthearted laughs. But it's evolved into a recital of brutal truths — albeit one neither side ever really admits happened.<p>The joke of …

Asaba ryokan

After spending several days in Tokyo our little adventure in Japan took us to Asaba Ryokan in Shuzenji, a pictoresque village about 2 hours by train …

Lead developer quits Bitcoin saying it ‘has failed’

<i>(Reuters, Jemima Kelly)</i> – Bitcoin slid by 10 percent on Friday after one of its lead developers, Mike Hearn, said in a blogpost that he was ending his involvement with the cryptocurrency and selling all of his remaining holdings because it had “failed”.<p>Hearn, one of five senior developers who has …

101 Greatest Quotes About Success and How to Achieve It | Inc.com

What makes something smart? It can mean many things for many people.<p>But the kind of smart I'm talking about is the smart that inspires, the smart that speaks to us and makes sense, the smart that allows us to move past ourselves and do something about the things that keep us stuck.<p>Let these smart …

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Top 10 Izakayas or Japanese Bars in Shibuya

After a long day of sightseeing and shopping in Shibuya, head over to one of these izakayas to end the day with delicious food and drinks.

10 Epic Fish Taco Recipes to Start the Fiesta

Sometimes you just need a special dinner to make you <i>feel</i> like you’re on vacation, right? We all know a trip to a beachy getaway isn’t complete without a stop at a fish taco stand or the local taco hot spot. Luckily, fish tacos are pretty easy to make and are totally customizable. From …

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This Is Almost Certainly the World’s Best Bloody Mary

The first thing you should know about the best Bloody Mary in the world is that you won’t find it in Paris; or Portland, Oregon; or Austin, Texas; or …

The Dalai Lama’s 18 Rules For Living A Full Life

The current incarnation of the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born in 1935 and recognized as the 14th incarnation of the Dalai lama at the age of …

Google’s artificial-intelligence bot says the purpose of living is 'to live forever'

Researchers at the company programmed an advanced type of "chatbot" that learns how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialogue.<p>And the bot doesn't just answer by spitting out canned answers in response to certain words; it can form new answers from new …

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Vinyl’s difficult comeback

Can the creaking machinery of the few remaining record pressing plants cope with demand?<p>On an industrial estate in Röbel, 90 miles north of Berlin, the vinyl presses at the Optimal factory were grinding and pumping away. They made a percussive racket – regular clunks, wheezes, and hisses, underlain …

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Researchers Discover An Ancient Replica Of Our Solar System

The finding is good news for the search for intelligent alien life<p>Deep within the bowels of our Milky Way Galaxy, there is another solar system that is like a miniature replica of our own. Except this planetary system is just a tad older — by about 7 billion years.<p>Using images and data collected by …

30 Past Sundance Darlings To Stream NOW

Today marks the start of the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. What began as a small showcase of independent films has morphed into …

Dreamy Black and White Watercolors by Artist Elicia Edijanto | Colossal

<p>There’s an innate relationship between children and the animal kingdom. Our children sing songs about animals, the have toy animals, they have books …

Animal Collective's Panda Bear made us an eclectic playlist

If you’re a fan of Animal Collective, the pack of indie art-pop weirdos who’ve released a whopping nine albums together, you know its co-founder …

Vinyl Records

Haunting Footage Reveals How Chimps Mourn Death

Chimpanzees share over 90 percent of their DNA with humans -- but the similarities between these two species seems to extend beyond genetics alone. …

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