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In the Pokémon universe, what do humans eat?

The world of Pokémon is one that starts to fall apart, or at least appear unsettling, if you think about it too hard: The entire series of games and anime is built upon humans capturing animals and keeping them cooped up in tiny plastic balls until they're ready to force the creatures to fight each …

50 Cent's Advice, Snowden's TV: The Week's Best Pop-Culture Writing

The most intriguing articles about entertainment we've come across in the past seven days<p>Click the links in the article titles to read the full pieces, and let us know what we've missed:<p><b>Maya Angelou: A Titan Who Lived as Though There Was No Tomorrow</b><p><b>Faking Cultural Literacy</b><p><b>Mad Men, Season 7,</b> …

How to Scramble an Egg Without Breaking Its Shell

The "Golden Goose" offers a unique way to enjoy your ovum.<p>Are you someone who enjoys swimming in a pool that's on a cruise ship that's gliding through the ocean? What about walking on those moving airport walkways?<p>If so, I'd like to introduce you to a little-known breakfast item called a "golden …

The Myth of Gay Affluence

Despite a commonly held belief that LGBT Americans tend to live it up in classy urban neighborhoods, they struggle with disproportionately high levels of poverty compared to straight people.<p>Who are America’s gays? To hear it as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia would have it, gays are a …

Resolved: GIFs Are Actually Important

A Q&A with the makers of Pop, the new app that lets you talk in text, pictures, videos ... and GIFs<p>There's something silly about GIFs. Perhaps it's the smell of the early, weird web. Or maybe it's in the nature of the loop itself. Or perhaps we think that such short clips cannot be meaningful, even …

How Novels Widen Your Vision

Author Dinaw Mengestu says good books help you to recognize yourself in the unfamiliar.<p>“It was, gentlemen, after a long absence—seven years to be exact, during which time I was studying in Europe—that I returned to my people.”<p>So begins Tayeb Salih’s 1966 novel <i>Season of Migration to the North</i>. This …

Black Boy Interrupted

On the unfinished life of Jordan Davis<p>I got up at 5 a.m. today in hopes of making the gym before my train to D.C. I handled business and with some time to spare, walked over to my favorite bakery for a touch of that summer love, now lost to my life upon these shores. The waitress addressed me in a …

A Typewriter In The Grass And The Beat Generation On The Edge

I woke up Wednesday, drank some coffee, and learned (thank you, Frank Morris and <i>Morning Edition</i>) that it was the 100th anniversary of William S. Burroughs' birth. Burroughs was born in St. Louis and died in Lawrence, Kansas – improbable geographic bookends to his really out-there life.<p>But this post …

Personal Identity Is (Mostly) Performance

Wearing, showing, and sharing the many things that make up your personal presence helps you understand yourself.<p>“Surely you don’t believe in that nonsense.”<p>It was intended as a rhetorical question, uttered with an implied wink and a smirk. The speaker, an ardent skeptic who prided himself on his …

Little Kid Is Upset Pokémon Aren't Real, Writes To Santa For Advice

Bless children and their earnest, trusting hearts. Without kids, who would keep the idea of Santa Claus alive?<p>There's always a point, of course, at …

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Michael B Jordan: 'I picked up stuff from The Wire that I still use every day'

"Women still want the old-fashioned love story, but it's 2014, and things are a little different now," says Michael B Jordan, authoritatively. "Thanks to Facebook, you can pretty much do a full background check on somebody before you even meet them, and with Tinder, you're constantly …

How Colleges Are Preparing Students for a Country Where Pot Is Legal

Students and professors across the country are exploring the complex economic, sociological, and legal questions raised by legalizing cannabis.<p>Back in 2010, California attracted national attention by putting a measure to legalize cannabis on the ballot. Many questions about the implications of the …

How the Internet Helped Me Cope With My Rare Disease

I have a condition that causes profound, random swelling and hives. The thing that’s helped me most so far is the amazing communities I've found online.<p>I've never been one to crave optimism. I didn't immerse myself in the triumph-over-adversity messaging of the <i>Chicken Soup for the Soul</i> series as an …

Coraline film ed is GTA Online's unofficial war correspondent

On a day-to-day basis, the world of <i>Grand Theft Auto Online</i> can be total mayhem.<p>It's that kind of chaos that caught the eye of Christopher Murrie — a man who now plays the game as a combat photographer. While in passive mode, Murrie explores the streets of Los Santos looking for action.<p>In the real …

From epic to album: Behind the scenes with the soundtrack of The Banner Saga

<i>The Banner Saga</i> uses many tools to grab the player, but the game’s use of music is particularly effective.<p>The music was written by Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory, and the soundtrack is available now. It’s a strong, evocative score, but putting together a linear soundtrack, complete with …

More Than 11 Million Young People Have Fled Facebook Since 2011

Skeptics of Facebook’s business model have long pointed to anecdotal evidence that the social network is losing its luster with teens as evidence …

Single bitcoin will be worth $100,000 says Silicon Valley VC

Just a year ago, a bitcoin was worth $13 (£8). And today, the same piece of digital currency is valued at more than $800 (£489) on popular online …

Write a tune, get it 3D-printed with Music Drop

Though they only allow simple tunes, there's something rather fascinating about music boxes and turning their handles and watching their pin-and-comb …

Spotify lifts time limits -- letting users listen on and on

Spotify upped the ante in the music streaming game on Wednesday by getting rid of all time restrictions on Web listening. Now, users in all countries where Spotify operates can stream music for free on the Web endlessly.<p>"In the past, we had to restrict your listening time to some hours a month once …

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#IamSatoshi: How an alliance of Bitcoin traders could catalyze a new digital civilization

Bitcoin is a trend with all the ingredients necessary for changing the world. It spreads virally, funds its own growth, and can’t be controlled from any central point. Like the Web, it could eat the world.<p>Bitcoin could be the beginning of a massive transfer not only of wealth, but of power — a …

How Not to Write an Online Dating Message

Six trite, absurd, insulting, expressions of the soul-sucking vortex known as humanity<p>I knew, very literally, that love wasn’t going to happen overnight. I am not a patient person. Nor am I very accepting of change. But I also knew that if I really wanted to meet someone as much as I was saying I …

How to Spot a Narcissist Online

Studies have shown narcissists post more self-promoting content on social media, but it's not always so easy to tell if someone's doing it for the attention.<p>It’s not hard to see why the Internet would be a good cave for a narcissist to burrow into. Generally speaking, they prefer shallow …

The Farewell Fave Is the Best Kind of Fave

It's an efficient, and polite, way of announcing, "Aaaand … scene."<p>Let's talk, for a minute, about favorites. Let's talk, in particular, about the nuanced uses of Twitter's most multifunctional button. People use the star for everything from bookmarking (the save fave) to props-giving (the rave …

The Danger of Telling Poor Kids That College Is the Key to Social Mobility

Higher education should be promoted to all students as an opportunity to experience an intellectual awakening, not just increase their earning power.<p>A 12th-grader wrote a college admissions essay about wanting to pursue a career in oceanography. Let’s call her Isabella. A few months ago, we edited …

Scientists Have Compiled The Ultimate Workout Playlist

As the excesses of the Christmas season fade into memory, New Year resolutions to stay fit and healthy become increasingly difficult to maintain.<p>So sports scientists at Brunel University has joined forces with music-streaming service Spotify to create the ultimate workout playlist - after studying …

Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts in High School

A look at who takes the Advanced Placement computer science exam—and who doesn't<p>When people talk about how to diversify the tech field, a common solution is, "Start earlier." Rather than focus on getting women and minorities hired at tech startups or encouraging them to major in computer science in …

An Under-The-Radar Albums Preview For 2014

We're one week into 2014, and I'll bet everyone reading this has a list of must-hear new releases. We're waiting for biggies like U2, Beck, Tori Amos and possibly Adele; zeitgeist-y visionaries from art queen St. Vincent to rapper-singer Future and punk iconoclasts Against Me!; beloved veterans, …

When Misogynist Trolls Make Journalism Miserable for Women

How many talented women dropped out of the blogosphere rather than deal with hateful Internet feedback?<p>Online threats against women are the subject of a lengthy <i>Pacific Standard</i> article by Amanda Hess, who argues that gendered harassment has severe implications for women’s status on the Internet and …

Scientists May Have Decoded Your Social Circle