Wendy Washington

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The Call of the Billboard

The roadside battle for people’s attention has been raging for more than a century. An Object Lesson.<p>You can download the blueprint for the world’s first “sweating” billboard online. And for about $280, you can build it, too. The Mosquito Killer Billboard, designed and launched by Brazilian ad …

Rio De Janeiro

These College Students Finding Love Via Snapchat Is Better Than A Movie

Tinder, Bumble, and OkCupid are so over. Everyone is using Snapchat to find love.<p>Well, two students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison did when …

College & University

18 awful vintage ads from the 20th century that show how far we have progressed

In the pre-Civil Rights era, major brands like Kellogg's featured sexist slogans, like "The Harder A Wife Works, The Cuter She Looks."<p>Other companies promoted pseudoscience that we now know to be utter bunk: 7-Up told moms to add the soda to their babies' milk; Camel cigarettes was marketed as "the …

Black culture isn't the problem – systemic inequality is

The idea that it is black folks and our supposedly immoral and savage culture that creates our disproportionate rates of poverty and imprisonment is everywhere: cop shows, news media, movies set in black neighborhoods and high-school social studies classes have all perpetuated this misconception. …

How to Build a Story With Your Brand

Creating new stories with your brand is a great marketing strategy.<p>Brands have to be more responsible than ever before. These days' customers are looking for more than someone who can sell a product at the most affordable price. They are looking deeper into what companies are doing in order to …

Your Freckles Actually Exist for a Scientific Reason

They're not just an adorable feature, FYI.<p>Freckled women (and men) are major trendsetters right now. Those adorable little natural spots are a trend of their own on Instagram, and some of the most famous make-up artists in the world encourage us to draw them on for a more unique, youthful look. So …

The $100 Million Hunt for Alien Life

If its first quarter is anything to go by, 2016 may be shaping up historically as the 1491 of space discovery. The month preceding Valentine’s Day …

5 Myths About America’s Gender Gap

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Why Do Some Poor Kids Thrive?

Researchers tracked hundreds of students in Baltimore to find out what top achievers had that others didn’t.<p>Despite the challenge of growing up in tough areas with few resources, thousands of inner city kids manage to excel academically. But even some students who seem to thrive early on run a …

The Value of Using Podcasts in Class

Ironically, they can encourage students to read more.<p>Two years ago, I was practically begging a student to read a novel in my high-school English class. This isn’t an unusual problem. The girl, who’s a relatively bright, college-bound athlete, told me that she “just gets too distracted after five …

Therapy can actually make things worse for some people

For all the talk about dangerous side effects from medication, you rarely hear about negative consequences from psychological treatment. But researchers have found a significant minority of people who feel they are worse off after therapy.<p>A team led by mental health research professor Mike …

‘I see colours you cannot perceive or imagine’

Some women are born with hyper-sensitive eyes that can see the world in ways most of us cannot even imagine. What’s it like to live with this gift?<p>A few years ago, the artist Concetta Antico discovered that she was carrying a genetic mutation that gave her astonishingly sensitive perception of …

University of California

This Is Why We Make Mistakes

According to research published in the journal <i>Neuron</i>, you shouldn't feel bad about making mistakes—it's just how our brains work.<p>In attempt to figure out why people can't seem to help but mess up—because even seasoned models trip on the runway sometimes—researchers at Duke University recorded …

Meet Japan's Most Viral Teenager

TOKYO — Reika Oozeki has a cold. But as she sits in her agency's office in jeans and a hoodie, drinking a cup of tea, it's clear that — cold or no cold — Reika IRL is not the hyperactive teenager she plays six seconds at a time on the internet. It is hard to believe that this is the same …

Social Media

How the changing media is changing terrorism | Jason Burke

Just like news organisations, terrorists need an audience – and both have adapted their tactics to keep your attention<p>Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old petty criminal, spent much of the last 36 hours of his life crouched over a laptop in his small apartment in the south‑western French city of Toulouse. …

Terrorism

Inside the Artificial Intelligence Revolution: A Special Report, Pt. 2

It’s a weird feeling, cruising around Silicon Valley in a car driven by no one. I am in the back seat of one of Google’s self-driving cars – a …

The most successful creative people constantly say 'no'

One of the most interesting things about his project was how many people said "no."<p><b>Management writer Peter Drucker</b>: "One of the secrets of productivity (in which I believe whereas I do not believe in creativity) is to have a VERY BIG waste paper basket to take care of ALL invitations such as …

The Matter of Black Lives

A new kind of movement found its moment. What will its future be?<p>On February 18th, as part of the official recognition of Black History Month, President Obama met with a group of African-American leaders at the White House to discuss civil-rights issues. The guests—who included Representative John …