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Watch Meteoroids Strike the Moon's Surface in Awesome MIDAS Footage

Just how rare is this occurrence, anyway?<p>Ever seen a meteoroid hit the moon? Almost definitely not in person, but have you ever seen <i>video</i> of such …

European Space Agency

The complex art of apology in Japan

Roughly translated as an apologetic ‘excuse me’, ‘sumimasen’ rings out of doorways, taxis, shops and restaurants, leaving ‘arigatou’ (thank you) by the wayside.<p>It was 01:00 in Tokyo and we were trying to get into an apartment with a pair of stolen keys. We’d got lost trying to find our Airbnb, and …

Japan

35 Must-Read Books By Women From The Past 5 Years

A reading list for Women's History Month and beyond.<p>With so many different options and so few hours in the day, it can be overwhelming to choose what to read next ― and tough to know where to start if you want to make reading a habit.<p>As March is the designated month to celebrate the work of women …

Books

Texas Official After Harvey: The ‘Red Cross Was Not There’

The Red Cross’ anemic response to Hurricane Harvey left officials in several Texas counties seething, emails obtained by ProPublica show. In some …

Extreme Weather

100 Artists Were Invited to Paint an Entire School Before Its Renovation

Over the course of three weeks, 100 artists were given free reign to take over a dormitory in Paris, making it their canvas. As part of the Rehab 2 festival, the graffiti artists were invited to paint the interior of a student residence at the Cité Internationale Universitaire in Paris.<p>The space …

Streetwear

The True Meaning of Nostalgia

I recently had a brief chat with a hundred-year-old Jew. His name is Manuel Bromberg, and he's a resident of Woodstock, New York. Mr. Bromberg had written me a letter, to tell me that he had read and liked my latest book, and in the letter he mentioned that in a few days he would be hitting the …

Industry E-mail Newsletters for Professionals

If you thought it was creepy for Uber to track you at all times, it was actually much worse

Uber’s fortnight of scandal just got a whole lot worse: The New York Times just revealed the existence of an uber-creepy company tool called “Greyball” that tracks the phones of police and hostile local government officials.<p>The company has been known to push the boundaries of tracking users. It …

Is 2017 the year that memes are recognised as art?

2016 was undoubtedly the year of the meme, so it only makes sense that 2017 sees the internet phenomenon crowned as a legitimate art form.<p>Tomorrow, Los Angeles non-profit community space, Junior High, will open <i>by any memes necessary</i> a, you guessed it, exhibition dedicated entirely to memes. Curated …

Los Angeles

The Steep Price of Not Eating Enough Fruits and Veggies

A new study estimates that Canada wastes 3.3 billion $CAN yearly because its citizens don't eat enough fruit and veggies. Just imagine what that sum would be for the US<p>Super Bowl LI featured some great ads, quite a few of them for food. Who's advertising? McDonald's, KFC, Snickers, Skittles, and …

Chronic Disease

The French are hosting “intellectual rave parties” in 30 cities around the world

Could it be more French?<p>Between Jan. 26 and Jan. 29, French consulates in 30 cities around the world will be hosting free, all-night “intellectual rave parties” to wrestle with today’s most pressing matters. The Night of Philosophy and Ideas (<i>La Nuit des idées)</i> is a festival of philosophical …

New York City

An epidemiologist says Donald Trump is a virus that’s infected America—but we can contain it

As an epidemiologist, I’ve grown accustomed to viewing the world through the lens of epidemics. Research has shown that it’s not just diseases that are contagious; everything from smoking tobacco to fashion trends can spread amongst people via loose social contacts. And so I’ve been watching …

Donald Trump

Obama's Racial Legacy: Some Last Words On The First Black President

Barack Obama took to the podium in the press briefing room on Wednesday, the second-to-last day of the first black presidency, and after eight years of that becoming increasingly normal, the moment made it all start to seem strange again. <i>So this whole black leader-of-the-free-world thing really</i> …

Here's the Surprising way Swearing Affects how You're Perceived, According to Science

Depending on the context it can actually make you look better, or at least more believable.<p>Think of the most proper people you know. Most likely, these virtuous individuals don't use profanity. They're also probably not the people who you consider to be the most genuine. At least that's if you …

Hirshhorn Announces Free Timed Passes for Hotly Anticipated Yayoi Kusama Show

Exhibitions<p>The museum is bracing for a blockbuster.<p>,<p>In anticipation of the blockbuster Yayoi Kusama retrospective coming to the Hirshhorn Museum and …

I finally stepped out of my progressive bubble—and now I understand why people hate “the liberal elite”

On Dec. 4, Italians went to the polls to decide on a reform referendum that would redefine the power of local governments and reduce the power of the senate. With a high turnout, my countrymen rejected the reform. In the press, the voters’ decision was described as an Italian Brexit, and a triumph …

Europe

Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions

And why their "bad" decisions might be more rational than you'd think.<p>In August, <i>Science</i> published a landmark study concluding that poverty, itself, hurts our ability to make decisions about school, finances, and life, imposing a mental burden similar to losing 13 IQ points.<p>It was widely seen as a …

Years after transatlantic slavery, DNA tests give clarity

<b>ALISON STEWART, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND ANCHOR:</b><p>In the past decade, companies like 23andMe and ancestry.com, which offer DNA testing to help people learn …

Genealogy

The Average 29-Year-Old

Forget media archetypes of older Millennials as college-educated singles living in cities. The typical 29-year-old is living with a partner in the suburbs—without a bachelor’s degree.<p>What is the typical life experience for an American on the verge of turning 30?<p>This is a hard question to answer, no …

The man who studies the spread of ignorance

How do people or companies with vested interests spread ignorance and obfuscate knowledge? Georgina Kenyon finds there is a term which defines this phenomenon.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>In 1979, a secret memo from the tobacco …

UC Berkeley

5 books the head of MIT Media Lab thinks you should read

Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, and many others shared their favorite reads with the hashtag #ReadtoLead.<p>One of those influencers is Joi Ito, the head of MIT Media Lab. Ito picked five titles that should help anyone get a feel for where the future is headed.<p>Here's what to read in 2017 if you …

Books

32 Easy Exercises to Boost Your Creativity Everyday

You don't need to be a talented artist to pick up a creative habit.<p>For a lot of people, creativity is a talent that few people have.<p>For me, creativity is a skill we all have and can improve with regular exercise.<p>"Creativity is not just for artists. It's for businesspeople looking for a new way to …

6 Ways to Develop the Self-Discipline You Need to Reach Your Goals

Boosting your willpower is the secret to creating lasting change.<p>Have you ever heard someone say, "I wish I had that kind of willpower," when her friend orders the salad instead of the fried chicken? It's as if they are convinced some people were born with supreme self-control. But self-discipline …

When There's No Therapist, How Can The Depressed Find Help?

For a revolutionary, Deepali Vishwakarma is more quiet and reflective than you might expect. She's in her 30s, small, with a round face that holds intense brown eyes and a shy grin.<p>Vishwakarma is a lay counselor in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India — a well-trained community member who goes out …

The 9 Most Anticipated Fantasy Books of 2017

From old favorites like V.E. Schwab to debut authors like Vic James, here's the year in fantasy.<p>As 2017 approaches, the real world has become a …

These Incredible Images Capture the Passage of Time as Light Changes Throughout the Day

Fong Qi Wei is a photographer with a unique vision: He wanted to depict the passage of time with still images rather than with video as is …

The Japanese philosophy of Kaizen offers an effective, manageable way to achieve long-term goals

<i>“Compounding is the greatest mathematical discovery of all time.” — Albert Einstein</i><p>The quest to become a better version of yourself often feels like a roller coaster ride. It’s hard. And it’s usually so uneven. You can end in failure. But life is a journey, not a marathon, so you always have …

The best books of 2016 list you get when you combine 36 “Best Books of 2016” lists

Slavery. Racism. Urbanism. Disease. While 2016 may not have been a banner year for liberal democracy in the world at large, it should definitely go down as a woke time in book publishing.<p>For dedicated bibliophiles, the low thrum of literary FOMO that bubbles up around May has by mid-December …

Books

Truth is evaporating before our eyes | Francine Prose

The US election showed that honesty is not as important as we might have wished. If all politicians lie, all that matters is what they lie <i>about</i><p>Given how little content the 2016 presidential debates contained, how rarely specific policies or programs were outlined or even mentioned, it often seemed …