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William Faulkner Resigns From His Post Office Job With a Spectacular Letter (1924)

Working a dull civil service job ill-suited to your talents does not make you a writer, but plenty of famous writers have worked such jobs. Nathaniel …

Watch: Boston Dynamics are being jerks to robots, for science

If you’ve ever wondered about the event that would make robots rise up and begin to fight back against their human oppressors, it probably looks a lot like the tests Boston Dynamics puts its Atlas robot through.<p>While it may look like pure jerk-ery, researchers are putting their humanoid robot …

Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird has died at age 89

Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird has died at age 89. She is pictured here visiting her hometown, Monroeville, Alabama, in 1961. (Donald Uhrbrock/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

This is the most profound explanation I've heard of what it means to detect gravitational waves

Albert Einstein predicted their existence 100 years ago but never believed we'd actually detect the waves. So right now if you hang around physicists, who can't contain their excitement, you're bound to hear some profound scientific poetry.<p>One scientist from the Laser Interferometer …

Gravitational Waves

PBS Doc “Memory Hackers” Shows The Future Of Memory Manipulation

Once the realm of science fiction, advances in technology, neurochemistry, and cognitive science are redefining what memory is, enabling us to erase …

The Brain

David Bowie's 100 Favorite Books

• First things first: David Bowie is dead, and the world is a worse place for it. Here, from 2013, is a list of his hundred favorite books, including DeLillo’s <i>White Noise</i>, Spark’s <i>The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie</i>, and, yes, <i>The Paris Review</i>’s collected Writers at Work interviews, among many others.<br>• While …

Queen Bitch

By Alex Abramovich January 11, 2016<p>A still from the “Blackstar” video.<p>Two days ago, Ben Greenman got a post up on <i>The New Yorker’s</i> Web site: THE BEAUTIFUL MEANINGLESSNESS OF DAVID BOWIE, the headline read. “His new album, <i>Blackstar</i>, embraces nonsense, and that makes it prime Bowie.”<p>That was on …

New Albums

The Closest Star System To Ours Doesn't Have Any Planets (Yet), After All

If you had looked to the skies just 25 years ago, you’d only be able to wonder about planets around other stars. “They must be there,” you’d reason, “since there’s no way our Solar System is unique in all the galaxy.” But where’s the proof? As the case always is in science, it’s in the data you …

Universe

Jean Debuffet's Savage, Chaotic "Art Brut"

• For the painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet, the most profound art was “art brut”—created from chaos and madness by the mentally ill. A new exhibition at the American Folk Art museum explores his ethos. Our managing editor, Nicole Rudick, explains: “Dubuffet advocated on behalf of art brut in …

Saul Bellow Interview

Lemmy Kilmister dies at 70; Motörhead singer helped pioneer hard rock

Ian Fraser Kilmister, the raucous singer and bassist known as Lemmy who helped pioneer hard rock and heavy metal with his band Motörhead, has died. He was 70.<p>Representatives for the band confirmed Kilmister's death, from what they described as "a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer," …

Jimi Hendrix

This Giant Salamander Isn't 200 Years Old, But It's Still Super Rare

The biggest amphibian on Earth is critically endangered due to habitat loss and demand as a delicacy.<p>If you’re ever wading through a river in China and step on something squishy, take care—you might be standing on <i>Andrias davidianus</i>, the largest amphibian on Earth.<p>This is exactly what Chinese media …

Can a Plant Remember? This One Seems to—Here’s the Evidence

There’s this plant I’ve heard about that had a really bad afternoon a few years ago. It was in its pot bothering nobody and then, suddenly, it fell. Not once, but 56 times. (I’ll explain in a minute.) But it’s a plant. Things happen to plants, and as far as I know, they go on as before. They don’t …

Electron "Lifespan" is at Least 5 Quintillion Times the Age of the Universe

Basic physics suggests that electrons are essentially immortal. A fascinating experiment recently failed to overthrow this fundamental assumption. …

Islamic State seizes Unesco heritage site in Libya

Fears for the future of the Roman theatre at Sabratha, one of the world's finest relics of classical antiquity<p>Islamic State fighters have seized control of the Libyan town of Sabratha, site of one of the world’s best-preserved ancient Roman theatres.<p>The fighters moved in a long column of Toyota …

We Finally Have the Full Story on Ceres' Mysterious Bright Spots

Water ice from a subterranean ocean? Giant salt deposits from an alien mining operation? Since March, dwarf planet Ceres’ bright spots have mystified …

Findings from AP Poll on Middle East immigrants and refugees

WASHINGTON (AP) — With his comments calling for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, Donald Trump may be tapping into widespread antipathy …

Apple increases iCloud Music Library limit to 100,000 tracks

Apple has made good on its promise to increase the iCloud Music Library limit to 100,000 tracks. This was previously set at 25,000, so the change increases the cap threefold. The move was first teased in June, with Eddy Cue, the company's SVP of Internet Software and Services, promising it would …

Germany: 965,000 migrants registered through November

BERLIN (AP) — The number of people registered as asylum-seekers in Germany this year hit 965,000 by the end of November, well above a forecast for …

Apple starts raising iTunes Match limit to 100,000 tracks

Back in June, Apple’s Eddy Cue promised that iTunes Match – Apple’s song matching service that syncs local music files to the iCloud for streaming anytime – would soon phase out its 25,000 track limit in favor of 100,000 tracks.<p>Sadly, we haven’t heard anything more about that since. But Apple might …

Silicon Protection? Anonymous accuses firm of protecting ISIS websites

Erdogan promises to resign if ISIS oil links to Turkey are confirmed

Microsoft laid off 30 people working on HoloLens in Israel

According to Ynet, the 60 jobs come from engineering, meaning they were directly involved in the design and production of the headset.<p>It's unclear where the 30 who remain will be relocated. It's also unclear whether other areas of HoloLens across Microsoft will be affected.<p>In a statement, the …

Remains of Su-24 pilot killed in Syria arrive in Russia

Woman who watered thirsty pigs faces threat of 10 years in jail

The case of Anita Krajnc has become a cause célèbre for animal welfare activists who say compassion is not a crime<p>The sight of pigs packed into a lorry on a sweltering June day was too much for Anita Krajnc who felt the animals should at least have some water on their journey to the …

Pigs

Migrants clash with border police as Macedonia builds fence around border

Balkans nation follows in footsteps of Hungary in closing off frontier<p>Macedonia became the latest European country to build a fence to restrict migrants over its frontier on Saturday, as border police clashed with groups of asylum seekers.<p>In a move that follows in the footsteps of the controversial …

Bomb-rigged mass Yazidi grave found in Iraq

Discovery is the sixth mass burial site near Sinjar uncovered since the Islamic State was ousted from the area and may contain as many as 123 people<p>A booby-trapped mass grave believed to hold the remains of more than 120 people killed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant has been discovered …

China joins hunt for extra-terrestrials with FAST - the world's biggest-ever telescope

The massive structure will allow scientists to gather signals from tens of billions of light years away when it is completed in 2016<p>China is in the final stages of building the world's largest-ever radio telescope, which will give Beijing a leading role in space research and the hunt for …

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York: Pictures

Animated Movies