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Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting? By Jacob Mikanowski<p>On 16 May, a lawyer named Aaron Schlossberg was in a New York cafe when he heard several members of staff speaking Spanish. He reacted with immediate fury, threatening …

Language

Let It Flow: 10 of the Best Books on Creativity

The best books about creativity can simultaneously spark new ideas in the reader while also giving them a compelling narrative to follow. Sometimes this can come from writers or artists taking a step back and recounting the ways in which their craft comes together; in other cases, it might involve …

From Miami to Mumbai: What Makes Cities Competitive?

It is every mayor's dream to govern a city where businesses thrive, jobs are abundant, and people are happy. So mayors spend long hours trying to attract investors and please citizens. It is a tough job. They know they compete with other cities, both at home and abroad. They have zero control over …

What Really Happens When You Get Shot

Staff Sergeant Nick Lavery wasn’t only the most physically imposing Green Beret on our team, he was the most physically imposing soldier any of us …

Why Do I Sweat More Than Everyone Else?!

It’s halfway through the first plank series in barre class, and you’re sweating so much it looks like you just jumped in a pool—yet your friend is …

Heatstroke

Hallucigenia is the adorable new face of your nightmares

A fifty-year-old mystery surrounding one of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever discovered has been solved -- and an ancient worm-like creature …

Big Question: Why Am I a Horrible Person When I Drive?

Here's a scenario that should be familiar: You're driving along on the highway. Suddenly, without signaling, a massive SUV comes barreling into your …

BrakePack smart backpack keeps bicyclists safe on the road

More and more people are commuting to work each and every day, and with that comes increased risk for injury from cars and obstacles. It’s no surprise that bikers are coming up with more innovative ways to protect themselves. Enter BrakePack – a simple backpack that has built-in braking and turn …

iOS Apps

Mystery radio signals that baffled astronomers for years came from the staff microwave

A telescope started picking up the signals in 1998<p>Beginning in the late '90s, once or twice a year, astronomers operating the telescope at the Parkes Observatory in New South Wales, Australia would pick up mysterious radio signals. These signals were known as perytons, described in a recent report …

Sundance 2015 review: The End of the Tour – Jason Segel passes infinite test of playing David Foster Wallace

When you first see Jason Segel in The End of the Tour it looks like he’s wearing a David Foster Wallace Halloween costume. The sweats, the longhair peeking out from a bandana, the glasses and the grin. But the only people who would chuckle in recognition are the ones with some degree of familiarity …

A Japanese Hashtag Is Mocking ISIS Amid Hostage Threats

The hashtag #ISISクソコラグランプリ, meaning something along the lines of "ISIS Photoshop grand prix," started spreading on January 20.<p>The hashtag was a near immediate response to an ISIS video on Jan. 19 that promised to execute two Japanese hostages unless Japan paid the group $200 million.<p>Peter Payne, an …

Japan

These 36 questions can make you 'fall in love with anyone'

A simple test claims to be able to make two people fall head-over-heels in love, by helping them seem vulnerable to each other. Why not give it a try?<p>The path to true love just got a whole lot smoother.<p>The key? To ask someone the 36 questions below - and answer them yourself. Doing this, …

10 Safest Low-Cost Airlines In The World

The low-cost airline business model has only been around for a couple of decades, but it has developed a major presence in the airline business.<p>According to PWC, low-cost airlines account for more than 25% of the world's aviation business.<p>From a pool of 449 carriers around the world, …

Aviation

13 Weird Moments In The History Of Water Fountains

When was the last time you gave serious thought to a drinking fountain? Maybe it was in elementary school, when they were the only way to wet your whistle. Or maybe never. That would be perfectly understandable. They seem boring!<p>But they're not. Far from it.<p>About a month ago, I started looking into …

Hyde Park

Do We Need Hierarchy?

The words “future of work” and “hierarchy” don’t exactly go together. I have never come across an executive who said they wanted to add more layers to their organizations or create MORE hierarchy. In fact in today’s rapidly changing business landscape most companies are trying to flatten out their …

I tried a brain-altering wearable that allows users to change their moods on demand

The ambiance of the luxury suite on the 14th floor of the Wynn Hotel is at once both sybaritic—the remains of a generous lunch are visible piled on a large tray as I enter the door—and clinical, with an array of wires, patches, electrodes in evidence scattered on tables and other flat surfaces. It …

Wearable Tech

The Degree Is Doomed

The credential — the degree or certificate — has long been the quintessential value proposition of higher education. Americans have embraced degrees with a fervor generally reserved for bologna or hot dogs. Everyone should have them! Many and often! And their perceived value elsewhere in the world …

You can play nearly 2,400 classic MS-DOS games for free right now

From Wolfenstein 3D to Prince of Persia, all in your browser<p>The Internet Archive is turning into one hell of an arcade. After releasing emulators so that you could play hundreds of Atari and arcade games right in your browser, the site has made its gaming library even bigger: starting now you can …

id Software

Review: OXO Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Cold brew is exploding. Sure, people have been brewing coffee by letting grounds sit overnight in room-temperature water since the days of the Bishop …

Tips for Using Shutter Speed Creatively

Shutter speed is one of those things that is initially a problem to be solved, but once you do that it becomes a tool that allows you to take better …

Super Cuts

Neil Gaiman's reading of 'The Graveyard Book' makes me squeal like a schoolgirl

Come for the storytelling, stay for the Q&A segment<p>"Neil Gaiman, best known for being a low-rent version of Terry Pratchett in a leather jacket," quips one of my colleagues — name withheld to protect the heathen — amid a discussion of my beloved author's reading of <i>The Graveyard Book</i>. I won't lie. I …

How to Take Free Courses from Top Universities

You can continue your education with some amazing and free online resources available from top universities. These institutions offer many of their …

8 Lady Video Bloggers Who Make The Internet A Better Place

The Internet can be a scary place for women. (See here, here and here.) There are, however, <i>many</i> badass women bravely combatting online misogyny. Many of these fierce females can be found right on YouTube, talking about a range of important issues every day -- and they deserve a round of …

7 Simple Ways to Make Every City Friendlier to Pedestrians

San Jose is expected to grow faster than any city in the Bay Area in the next few decades. The local government is working to meet that demand with …

If Someone Secretly Controlled What You Say, Would Anyone Notice?

The subject enters a room in which a 12-year-old boy is seated. A 20-minute conversation ensues. The subject quizzes the boy about current events and …

My coworkers made me use Mac OS 9 for their (and your) amusement

If you want to appreciate the present, try living in the past for a few days.<p>jonathan: perhaps AndrewC should have to use OS 9 for a day or two …

Emma Watson's UN Speech and Sam Pepper "Prank" - Feminist Fridays

IK Multimedia introduces its new iRig Pads portable MIDI controller for iOS and Mac/PC

With the popularity of grid controllers on the rise, IK Multimedia has now unveiled the latest addition to its iRig line of recording and DJ gear. iRig Pads is an “ultra-portable” grid-style MIDI controller for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac/PC.<p>Head below for more on what the “ultimate travel companion …

Take 12 minutes to erase your chances at sleeping tonight

Good art will change you, and sometimes that means knotting your stomach for obvious or obscure reasons. <i>Circle of Abstract Ritual</i> is a film that does it both ways. Without giving too much away, it starts off innocently enough with time-lapses of clouds and stars — the types of <i>visual menagerie</i> that …