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Does Antimatter Fall Up or Down? New Device May Tell

The mystery of whether antimatter falls up or down could be solved with a new experiment to weigh matter's odd cousin, researchers say.<p>Antimatter is …

Physics

Jack Kerouac on Kindness, the Self Illusion, and the “Golden Eternity”

In the mid-1950s, literary iconoclast and beat icon <b>Jack Kerouac</b> (March 12, 1922–October 21, 1969) became intensely interested in Buddhism, which began permeating his writing. It was the golden age of Eastern ideas drawing Western minds, from legendary composer John Cage to pioneering philosopher …

How to Master on the Art of Getting Noticed: Austin Kleon’s Advice to Aspiring Artists

In 2012, artist Austin Kleon gave us <i>Steal Like an Artist</i>, a modern manifesto for combinatorial creativity that went on to become one of the best art books that year. He now returns with <b>Show Your Work!</b> (<i>public library</i> | <i>IndieBound</i>) — “a book for people who hate the very idea of self-promotion,” in …

33 Books on How to Live: My Reading List for the Long Now Foundation’s Manual for Civilization

In a recent piece about the Manual for Civilization — the Long Now Foundation’s effort to assemble 3,500 books most essential for sustaining or rebuilding humanity, as part of their collaboratively curated library of 3,500 books for long-term thinking — I lamented the fact that Stewart Brand’s …

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on How to Live with Our Human Fragility

In 1988, Bill Moyers produced a series of intelligent, inspiring, provocative conversations with a diverse set of cultural icons, ranging from Isaac Asimov to Noam Chomsky to Chinua Achebe. It was unlike any public discourse to have ever graced the national television airwaves before. The following …

Einstein on Fairy Tales and Education

Albert Einstein, celebrated as “the quintessential modern genius,” is credited with many things — from era-defining scientific discoveries to great wisdom on everything from creativity to kindness to war to the secret to learning anything. Among them is also a sentiment of admirable insight yet …

Marketing the Moon: How NASA Sold Space to Earth

It wasn’t until the soft <i>beep…beep…beep</i> of the <i>Sputnik</i> satellite reached Earth on October 4, 1957 that the Soviet Union could declare the first unequivocal success of their space program. The Soviets had launched <i>Sputnik</i> in secret, and the news took the United States by surprise. It was Soviet policy …

How the Invention of the Alphabet Usurped Female Power in Society and Sparked the Rise of Patriarchy in Human Culture

The Rosetta Stone may be one of the 100 diagrams that changed the world and language may have propelled our evolution, but the invention of the written word was not without its costs. As Sophocles wisely observed, “nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse.” That curse is what <b>Leonard</b> …

Collect Raindrops: The Rhythm of the Seasons, in Gorgeous Cut-Paper Illustrations

There is something enormously enchanting about exploring the seasonability of life — of human life, of all life — in visual narratives, from French graphic artist Blexbolex’s thoughtful <i>Seasons</i> to Italian illustrator Alessandro Sanna’s <i>The River</i>, one of the most breathtaking books I’ve ever seen. In</b> …

Why Are People So Obsessed With Pi? A Non-Nerd Explainer

Today, as you’ve probably noticed, is Pi Day. Nerds are running around with pies, jokes about geometry you last thought about in high school are everywhere, and more than a few people are profoundly confused, if overjoyed that the one shy coworker brought in pie today. So, why the love of a Greek …

Sony Has Announced A Virtual Reality Headset For The PS4 Called 'Project Morpheus'

Sony<p>The PS4 and Xbox One may pack plenty of hardware power, but this generation of consoles has been a bit lacking in true innovation. Well, Sony’s looking to change that, as they’ve just announced a virtual reality headset for the PS4 called Project Morpheus.<p>The headset seems similar to the PC’s …

Liveblog Reminder: 'Arrow' Deploys The Suicide Squad Tonight

Yes, the moment we’ve been nerding out over is finally here: The Suicide Squad arrives on <i>Arrow</i>. Here’s a recap of what’s been happening.<p>Most of the episode actually took place on Flashback Island, as Slade, Sara, and Ollie stormed the <i>Amazo</i>. It ended with the boat’s prisoners escaping to the island, …

A Beginner’s Guide on How to Tie a Tie by CollegeHumor

CollegeHumor has created this handy video on “How to Tie a Tie” for the inept man-child.<p>In addition to this blog, Laughing Squid is also an …

Incredible Lifeforms That Are Now Extinct

The Brain Scoop host Emily Graslie guest hosts on Mental Floss to discuss a series of critters that are no longer around in “21 Mind-Blowing …

How to Speak Dothraki, A Parody of ‘Game of Thrones’ and the Muzzy Language-Learning System for Kids

Nacho Punch has created “How to Speak Dothraki,” a funny parody that brings together HBO‘s popular TV series <i>Game of Thrones</i> and Muzzy, the BBC‘s …

One Man's Quest To Find The 'Sonic Wonders Of The World'

Ever wonder why your voice sounds so much better when you sing in the shower? It has to do with an acoustic "blur" called reverberation. From classical to pop music, reverberation "makes music sound nicer," acoustic engineer Trevor Cox tells <i>Fresh Air</i>'s Terry Gross. It helps blend the sound, "but …

If You Think You're Anonymous Online, Think Again

Investigative reporter Julia Angwin was curious what Google knew about her, so she asked the company for her search data. "It turns out I had been doing about 26,000 Google searches a month ... and I was amazed at how revealing they were," she tells <i>Fresh Air</i>'s Dave Davies.<p>From NSA sweeps to …

26 Outrageous Facts About Children's TV Shows

In this week's episode, John Green goes behind the scenes of <i>Barney</i>, <i>Teletubbies</i>, <i>Schoolhouse Rock</i>, <i>Yo Gabba Gabba</i>, <i>Blue's Clues</i> and more. So next time …

Magical Hovercraft Transforms Into a Boat in Rough Waters

Of all the crazy machines we've seen lately, the poorly named but immensely awesome ATASD is the one we're ready to sign our lives away to drive.<p>This …

Market Insights

Marijuana Investments Are Riding High

This is probably no surprise.<p>Given intense media attention, legal sales of recreational cannabis in Colorado, and a full lineup of states moving toward medical legalization, <b>investments in marijuana-related firms have been posting stellar returns</b>.<p>That, at least, is the story if you believe the folks …

Pot-growing warehouses in short supply as demand for legal weed surges

Legal marijuana is delivering a powerful buzz to the typically unglamorous Denver industrial real estate market.<p>Booming sales of cannabis have pot …

Marijuana: Feds file to take David Krause's pot warehouse, $850K in seized funds

In addition to Krause, the 2013 indictment, on view below, names Conley Hoskins of Jane Medicals, as well as Dallan Dirkmaat, Brenden Joyce, Yesenia …

Recovery progress 6 months after historic Colorado floods

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