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Late-night dining survival guide: 11 places to eat after last call

Eating after you've had a drink or two is one the finer pleasures in life. That is, after all, why before-dinner cocktails were invented and why so many restaurants direct you to the bar before you're seated. And while a five-course dinner is perfectly lovely after an aperitif, let us also consider …

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The Cathedral of Computation

We’re not living in an algorithmic culture so much as a computational theocracy.<p>Algorithms are everywhere, supposedly. We are living in an “algorithmic culture,” to use the author and communication scholar Ted Striphas’s name for it. Google’s search algorithms determine how we access information. …

What the shape of our cities says about the way that we live

Why the geometry of urban life is a much bigger deal than you ever thought<p>Even a roaming cartophile, looking through an airplane window at night, would be challenged to identify a city by its sodium-glow footprint. There are exceptions, like peninsular San Francisco or the archipelago of New York. …

Thomas Frank on Ronald Reagan’s secret tragedy: How ’70s and ’80s cynicism poisoned Democrats and America

Nixon’s lies and Reagan’s charms created the space for Clinton, Carter and Obama to redefine (and gut) liberalism<p>“The Invisible Bridge” is the third installment in Rick Perlstein’s grand history of conservatism, and like its predecessors, the book is filled with startling insights. It is the story …

Let’s all be a lot less honest: Lena Dunham, naked selfies, and the irony of oversharing

It’s time to drop our authenticity fetish and get real about the neglected art of playing social roles<p>Duke University law professor Jedediah Purdy, the author of a deeply smart and ambitious book I obsessed over in 1999, "For Common Things," recently published a curious opinion piece on the Daily …

America’s dark imperial legacy: It goes much deeper than George W. Bush

While our 43rd president rightly takes blame for his disastrous failed wars, there’s much more blame to go around<p>The United States unique today among major states in the degree of its reliance on military spending and its determination to stand astride the world, militarily as well as economically. …

Google’s secret NSA alliance: The terrifying deals between Silicon Valley and the security state

<b>Cover detail of "@War" by Shane Harris</b><p>Inside the high-level, complicated deals — and the rise of a virtually unchecked surveillance power<p>Shane Harris<p>November 16, 2014 11:58am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “@WAR: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex”<p>In mid-December 2009, engineers at Google’s …

Inside the Koch Brothers' Toxic Empire

Together, Charles and David Koch control one of the world's largest fortunes, which they are using to buy up our political system. But what they …

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Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …

West Coast apocalypse: How “earthquake storms” could devastate California

<b>The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, in the vicinity of Post St. and Grant Ave. (Wikimedia/photo tinting by Salon)</b><p>A major earthquake wouldn’t just be disastrous in its own right — it could trigger an even deadlier chain reaction<p>John Dvorak<p>February 15, 2014 7:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Earthquake …

Mark Kermode's Oscars diet: an Academy Award-winning film a day

Here's the easy way to become fitter, leaner and more (film) buff, in time for what will undoubtedly be a marathon Academy Awards night on 2 March. A 30-day 'diet' of Oscar-winning classics…<p>• Download and print Mark Kermode's 30-day Oscar diet calendar as a PDF here • Read Mark Kermode on this …

Silicon Valley's New Spy Satellites

Three startups are launching services—and orbiters—to provide real-time, better-than-Goo<p>Imagine an energy company which manages a pipeline through Canada’s taiga. The company’s charged with maintaining that pipeline, with making sure it isn’t leaking and hasn’t been compromised. So, every day, the …

Anxiety About Certain Things Can Be Hereditary

Through epigenetics, our parents' lives could influence our memories.<p>We all know our parents have a big impact on our lives, but new evidence is emerging that our parents’ behaviors before we are born may have a bigger influence on us than we previously imagined.<p>Epigenetic research is a hot-button …

Mr. Limbaugh if you’re nasty: How right-wing mean media keeps conservatives on the fringe

Outrage sells. Rush, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity might make megabucks and have real influence, but there’s a limit<p>Many will rightly note that American political media have always had outrageous elements. Whether we think of yellow journalism in the 1800s, firebrand Father Coughlin on the radio in …

Antibiotic resistance will mean the end of just about everything as we know it

<b>(Image Wizard/Shutterstock)</b><p>Tracing the full implications of a post-antibiotic future<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>November 20, 2013 10:56pm (UTC)<p>In the United States, 2 million people are infected with drug-resistant "superbugs" every year, and at least 23,000 die as a result. Such numbers, journalist Maryn …

Religion’s surprising emotional sense: New atheists are wrong again

Non-believers call me dogmatic, self-righteous, judgmental. Maybe they are. Here’s what they miss about belief<p>My daughter has just turned six. Some time over the next year or so, she will discover that her parents are <i>weird.</i> We’re weird because we go to church.<p>This means—well, as she gets older …

Has Architecture Lost Touch With the People?

28 great L.A. bakeries

Maybe it was the rise of <i>kouign amann</i> -- the uber-buttery, caramelized "it" pastry from Brittany -- and better access to fresh-baked baguettes that lately has helped reinvigorate an Angeleno culture of neighborhood bakeries, all butter and sugar and love.<p>There's a bakery out there to suit any …

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