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Can Venezuela Be Saved?

There’s a page in a book in a stack on the floor at the house of Leopoldo López that I think about sometimes. It’s a page that López revisits often; one to which he has returned so many times these past few years, scribbling new ideas in the margin and underlining words and phrases in three …

Venezuela

LOL Something Matters

We’ve been told that facts have lost their power, that debunking lies only makes them stronger, and that the internet divides us. Don’t believe any …

Critical Thinking

Drinking three to four cups of coffee a day is more likely to benefit your health than harm it

Drinking moderate amounts of coffee—about three or four cups a day—is more likely to benefit our health than harm it, our latest research shows. This is important to know because around the world over two billion cups of coffee are consumed every day.<p>Earlier studies have suggested beneficial links …

Coffee

50 Books Recommended by This Year's TED Speakers | Inc.com

<i>Thank You for Being Late</i> by Thomas L. Friedman; recommended by World Bank president Jim Yong Kim and Martin Ford. Amazon calls it "a field guide to the 21st century."<p><i>Success Through Stillness</i> by Russell Simmons and Chris Morrow and; recommended by Serena Williams. The hip-hop mogul on</i> …

Books

One in four forced to pay bribe in Asia - report

A survey of more than 20,000 people in 16 Asian countries has found corruption among public officials continues to be rife. An estimated 900 million …

Corruption

There's a New Cognitive Bias in Town: SPOT

We write often on <i>Big Think</i> about cognitive biases, and researchers in England have just discovered a new one we didn’t know about. You may be …

How Big Is Space? Check Back In A Few Billion Years

<i>The questions that kids ask about science aren’t always easy to answer. Sometimes, their little brains can lead to big places that adults forget to</i> …

Universe

Despite Modi’s anti-corruption drive, 70% of Indians must still pay bribes for basic services

For all of prime minister Narendra Modi’s promises to tackle India’s deep-rooted corruption, citizens are still forced to pay bribes for even basic needs.<p>Nearly seven in 10 Indians (69%) have had to pay a bribe to access public services, notably at government-run schools and hospitals, according to …

A Physicist Explained Why The Large Hadron Collider Disproves The Existence of Ghosts

He's got a point.<p>Recent polls have found that 42 percent of Americans and 52 percent of people in the UK believe in ghosts - a huge percentage when …

Our rotten world: New data shows 85% of humans live under a corrupt government

According to the data, despite the illusion of elected government in half the world's countries, democracy is losing.<p>Only two countries scored 90 out …

Corruption

Forget Nineteen Eighty-Four. These five dystopias better reflect Trump’s US

George Orwell’s tale of doublespeak and Big Brother is flying off the shelf after the president’s inauguration. But other imaginary worlds are closer to reality<p>Since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has shot up the bestseller …

Literature

Cognitive science suggests Trump makes us more accepting of the morally outrageous

In October 2015, a college student named Lauren Batchelder stood up at a campaign forum in Manchester, New Hampshire, and challenged Donald Trump's record on women's issues. “Maybe I’m wrong,” she said, “maybe you can prove me wrong, but I don’t think you’re a friend to women.”<p>So far, this might …

Donald Trump

9 podcasts that will change how you think about human behavior

Fortunately, there are no shortage of podcasts designed to cater to that interest — whether it's a short one-one-one chat about building good habits or an hour-long compilation of novel ideas.<p>Here are some of the best podcasts that help put life in perspective.

Self-improvement

Be happy, not mindful

As post-Trump anxiety rates go through the roof, it’s time for less introspection and more social engagement<p>“Happiness comes from within,” declare a thousand advice blogs and books, fridge magnets and Facebook memes. Or “withinwards” as my local yoga studio prefers to call it.<p>The idea that …

Self-improvement

2016's best bits: breakthroughs in science

From the discovery of gravitational waves to a promising male contraceptive, it was a groundbreaking year for science<p>It came from beyond the Large Magellanic Cloud. The signal, a mere 20 milliseconds long, captured the moment when two black holes slammed together – a cataclysm that sent ripples …

Magic Mushrooms

These 9 space facts will change your perception of the universe

Space is so unfathomably large and so unbelievably weird, that it can sometimes be difficult to convey basic facts. For example, you can fit all of our solar system's planets in the space between the Earth and our moon. Here are 9 facts that may bewilder and dumbfound your perceptions of</b> …

Universe

18 travel quotes that remind us to live our lives to the fullest

THERE ARE FEW THINGS we do in our lives that wind up changing how we see the world. There are few things that can be measured in unexpected …

The True Cause of All Middle East Conflicts

In November 2016, the International Monetary Fund approved a $12 billion loan to help Egypt cope with an economic crisis.<p><b>Jordan</b> - Kingdom ruled by 92 …

The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age

Experts say human impact on Earth so profound that Holocene must give way to epoch defined by nuclear tests, plastic pollution and domesticated chicken<p>Humanity’s impact on the Earth is now so profound that a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – needs to be declared, according to an official …

Earth Science

Forget what you heard: Jupiter does not orbit the sun

NASA's Juno probe just passed closer to Jupiter than any human-made craft ever. And no surprise, photos confirm that the fifth planet from the sun looks huge up close. <i>Huge.</i><p>It's so huge, in fact, that it doesn't actually orbit the sun. Not exactly. With 2.5 times the mass of all the other planets in …

Astronomy

Why your smart friends can seem like such slackers

People who like to use their brains are a lot less physically active than people who don't, according to research published this month in the Journal of Health Psychology.<p>Now, you may think this isn't terribly surprising. Smarter people are probably more likely to go to college and take jobs that …

Exercise

Visualizations of Empires and SuperPowers Throughout History

An <b>empire</b> is defined as “an aggregate of nations or people ruled over by an emperor or other powerful sovereign or government, usually a territory of …

Why You Should Actually Look Forward to Being Alone Forever

We asked a psychologist about how playing the long game as someone who doesn't commit to romantic relationships can pay off.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i><p>For years, single people have been painted as failures. Hollywood has managed to make three Bridget Jones films on that loose …

Happiness

Our collective amnesia on climate change

George Monbiot’s article (The climate crisis is already here – but no one’s telling us, 3 August) reinforced something I’ve been aware of since the Paris climate talks – a dearth of information and emphasis in the media regarding action worldwide aiming to ensure that the world’s average …

Costa Rica

News Suite by Sony

THE ONLY NEWS APP YOU NEED<br>With News Suite, you no longer have to visit multiple sites and apps to stay in the know. It organizes articles from 1000s …

15 Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Arriving This August

The end of summer is slowly approaching, but there’s no wrong time to do some lazy-day reading. Or, as the case may be, …

This science fiction novel is a perfect antidote to U.S. election season | Ars Technica

Malka Older's Infomocracy is a realistic picture of a future global democracy.<p>Sometimes you need to escape from the news by plunging into a …

Democratic Party

How Sci-fi Ships...

<b>The Fastest Ship in the Universe: How Sci-fi Ships Stack Up</b><p>From the Millennium Falcon to the USS Enterprise, science fiction has shown us a vast …

Science Fiction

The end of capitalism has begun

Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian<p>The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during …

Economics

13 reasons you need to travel to Turkey this summer

1. Many of the best attractions are completely free.<p>Explore the sensory overload that is Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Look up to take in the intricate …

Black Sea