William Farrell

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The best ways to make your own GIFs

3 ways to make your own memes.<p>First introduced to the world by Compuserve in 1987, the graphics interchange format—better known as the GIF—is having a real moment. Your mom loves ‘em, your social media feed loves ‘em, even politicians are getting in on the action, because who doesn’t need the tiny …

The World's Most Tourist-friendly Countries

Tourist service infrastructure doesn’t sound very exciting, but a country’s readiness to greet visitors can make or break a vacation.<p>In the World …

What Diamonds Leave Behind

Last March, I spent the whole month in the Russian Far East producing a photographic essay about a place where life is unique.<p>Some 8,500 km [around 5,200 miles] east of Moscow and 820 km [500 miles] west of Yakutsk, in the Sakha Republic, there is a town that owes its existence to the discovery of …

Apple Is About to Profoundly Change the Podcast Industry

Last week’s Apple developers’ conference, WWDC, is one of those major tech events where big announcements are made, products are unveiled, and bold …

Radio Industry

Is It Hateful To Believe In Hell? Bernie Sanders' Questions Prompt Backlash

A low-profile confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill this week raised eyebrows when the questioning turned to theology — specifically, damnation.<p>Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont pressed Russell Vought, nominated by President Trump to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, about his …

Looking For Right And Wrong In The Philippines

I went back to the Philippines to see the farm my family left behind, and to try to understand why they — and most of the country — have rallied around a president most Westerners see as a violent, dangerous despot.<p><b>I</b><p><b>My Uncle Pepo</b> didn’t want to take us to the farm. It was too dangerous, he said, …

50 Books Recommended by This Year's TED Speakers

The much-buzzed-about conference generated a gargantuan list of intriguing book recommendations.<p>TED is one of the world's premier cultural events, providing not just a chance for the thousand or so attendees to hear from some of the smartest people around, but also opening up this knowledge to …

Books

The Basin: Where coal is life, Trump seen as savior

In the coal town of Gillette, Wyoming, residents feel hopeful with Donald Trump in the White House, but experts urge caution.

How Barry Levinson and Robert De Niro Captured Bernie Madoff, the $65 Billion Con Man

The Oscar-winning director discusses his fascinating Bernie Madoff character study starring Robert De Niro.<p><b>Bernie Madoff</b> is one of the most fascinating villains of the 21st century—the avuncular Manhattan fraudster who operated the largest Ponzi scheme in history and bilked $65 billion from his …

22 common mental health myths you need to stop believing

The best way to stop the stigma surrounding mental illness? Learning the facts.<p>As more people speak out about living with mental illness, conditions like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder are finding a healthy place in public conversation. But there are still a ton of mental health …

Today, even US water is overly medicated—these scientists want to change that

With billions of US meds, algae, fish, and insects getting high on contaminated sewage.<p>Sylvia Lee, PhD, is a scientist at the Cary Institute of …

New York State

A neuroscientist reveals why you're so bad at remembering names

We've all been there, you're having a nice conversation with someone you just met and suddenly you realize you've forgotten their name.<p>It's embarrassing, but the good news is there's actually an evolutionary reason behind it. Dr. Dean Buonomano, professor of neurobiology at UCLA, explains why …

The Brain

Antarctica’s Blood Falls Helps Unravel the Inner Workings of Glaciers

In 1911, during an expedition to the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, geologist Thomas Griffith Taylor discovered something strange: a glacier …

Glaciers

How rich hippies and developers went to war over Instagram’s favourite beach

With its Mayan ruins and moonlight raves, Tulum has become Mexico’s hippest holiday destination. But a spate of violent evictions reveals a darker side<p>Reviews of Uno Astrolodge, a boutique new age-style hotel on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, lean heavily on words such as “magic”, “paradise” and …

Riviera Maya

Does fasting on alternate days work? A new study weighs in

<b>(CNN) —</b> Whether you watch what you eat by counting your daily calories or practicing intermittent fasting, either approach can be effective for weight loss, a new obesity study suggests.<p>Intermittent or alternate-day fasting requires routinely alternating between eating little or no food and then …

Holistic Medicine

The Blood of the Crab

"Every man, woman, and child and domestic animal on this planet that uses medical services is connected to the horseshoe crab."<p>"They're very hearty. But I think they pay a price for that."<p>"It also made us realize we don't know what these guys do most of the year."

How a California Anesthesiologist Became One of America’s Largest Antiquities Looters

The Robots Are Coming For Your Wardrobe

The husband and wife duo behind Chennai-born AI startup Mad Street Den are determined to change the way you shop for clothes.<p>Artificial intelligence is rapidly changing just about every industry, with billions being poured into algorithms for everything from self-driving cars to detecting cancer to …

Highlights From the New Trump Tax Plan — Rates, Deductions, More

Here’s a guide to the tax plan unveiled Wednesday by the White House, highlighting the proposed changes. What does the tax plan propose? The plan unveiled by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn envisions deep reductions in business tax rates and major …

Dow Jones

15 Enlightening Rumi Quotes That Will Change Your Perspective on Life

Rumi was a famous poet who has influenced countless generations across the world.<p>He has been described as the most popular poet ever and best selling …

Spirituality

How Peer-To-Peer Payment Pioneer Venmo Grew Up And Got Serious

Under parent company PayPal, the millennial-focused payments app is finally ready to make some money.<p>It started with a simple dare: All Mike Linshi had to do was buy a certain shirt from a store nearby and wear it.<p>The bet was offered up in the easy evening hours after a music and innovation …

Why I Take Fake Pills

So here they are,” John Kelley said, taking a paper bag off his desk and pulling out a big amber pill bottle. He looked momentarily uncertain. “I …

Increased spontaneous MEG signal diversity for psychoactive doses of ketamine, LSD and psilocybin

Abstract<p>What is the level of consciousness of the psychedelic state? Empirically, measures of neural signal diversity such as entropy and Lempel-Ziv …

Consciousness

This Mother and Her Four Kids Built Their Own House After Watching Youtube Tutorials

Nine Normal Cars That Will Turn Anyone Into an Enthusiast

U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on ISIS Caves in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The United States dropped the “mother of all bombs” — the most powerful conventional bomb in the American arsenal — on an Islamic State cave complex in Afghanistan on Thursday, the Pentagon said, unleashing a weapon so massive that it had to be dropped from the rear of a cargo …

The Inside Story of the Kushner-Bannon Civil War

West Wing sources come clean about the backstabbing, the bullying, the distrust, and the buzzing flies.<p>I. Buzzing Flies<p>The West Wing of the White House is a cramped collection of tiny offices, some of them windowless, linked by narrow hallways. New inhabitants are sometimes surprised at just how …

3 Important Things to Do Before the Tax Deadline

With the tax deadline rapidly approaching, here are three things you want to make sure to do.<p>The 2017 tax deadline is coming up fast. Your federal …

Retirement

Why the Tom's of Maine Founder Thinks He Can Create the Next Patagonia

Tom Chappell built Tom's of Maine into a $100 million business. Now he's trying to create the next great made-in-America fashion company. Which turns out to be a lot harder than selling fennel toothpaste.<p>On an icy day in early January, Tom Chappell peers across the rolling pasture of his 85-acre …

That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think

SAN FRANCISCO — Fingerprint sensors have turned modern smartphones into miracles of convenience. A touch of a finger unlocks the phone — no password required. With services like Apple Pay or Android Pay, a fingerprint can buy a bag of groceries, a new laptop or even a $1 million vintage Aston …