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The dangerous economics of racial resentment during World War II

Just before 8 am on December 7, 1941, two waves of Japanese planes pierced the sky over Pearl Harbor, raining bombs on the US naval base there and killing 2,400 Americans. The next day, US president Franklin Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan. It took fewer than three months for …

19th Century

Staying Awake Is A Surprisingly Effective Way To Treat Depression

Using sleep deprivation to lift people out of severe depression may seem counterintuitive, but for some people, it's the only thing that works. Linda …

How To Breathe Properly - 12 Easy Breathing Techniques | Addict Help

One of the most effective and efficient methods of self-management is breath control. Breath control can stop the mind’s tendency to worry and …

Yoga

9 Questions With The World Record Breath Holder

Stig Severinsen began the experiment of holding his breath underwater as a kid at the swimming pool. But unlike the rest of us, Severinsen didn’t …

In Brazil's Most Polluted City, A Tough Choice Between Health And Money

SANTA GERTRUDES, Brazil – The sunset over Santa Gertrudes, a small town 175 miles west of the Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo, is renowned for its beauty at dusk, when shimmering red, orange and pink hues streak across the horizon.<p>But the dazzling display has a filthy source: Santa Gertrudes has …

Pollution

Air Pollution Is Killing Millions Around The Globe Each Year

A thick smog settled over New Delhi as winter began in India last year, forcing medical professionals to declare a public health emergency. Residents swarmed local hospitals complaining of respiratory problems. Cricket players were forced to put on anti-pollution masks during a national match …

Expanding on Facebook’s Surround 360 camera, Kandao Obsidian is ready for Hollywood

One of the cameras that is based on Facebook’s open source Surround 360 camera is now headed to early adopters. The Kandao Obsidian, a 3D panoramic …

Why Introverted Teachers Are Burning Out

Educators are feeling drained by the insistent emphasis on collaboration and “social learning”—and that could be undermining kids’ achievement.<p>Jayson Jones was my favorite person to call when I needed a substitute for my high-school English classes. Jayson was an aspiring teacher who was extremely …

Pedagogy

The Real Future of Work

Forget automation. The workplace is already cracking up in profound ways, and Washington is sorely behind on dealing with it.<p><b>In 2013, Diana Borland and 129 of her colleagues</b> filed into an auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Borland had worked there for the past 13 years as a …

Sherrod Brown

Tech-challenged designers are flocking to a guy they call “Adobe Jesus”

The design industry is drowning in tech. Not too long ago, creative professionals were limited to a few software programs to do their work. Graphic designers, for instance, had Adobe InDesign, Quark XPress and, for truly old-school layout whizzes, Aldus Pagemaker. Every update was an occasion to …

Eric Ries

1.1 What is a Commons Transition? - Commons Transition Primer

On this website, we explain the meaning of and relationship between the Commons and peer-to-peer (P2P) frameworks, and detail how a growing movement …

How to fix modernity’s Godzilla problem

Have you ever wondered why trees grow to a few hundred feet but not a mile? Did you realize that most companies stop growing at half a trillion in assets? Have you wondered why the city in which you live is much older than the state that issued your passport?<p>Growth and stagnation are so pervasive, …

British Philosophy

How Western Activists Prevent Africans From Planting a Life-Saving Fruit

I stood in a field of tall banana plants and had to hold back tears. The large green leaves from rows of evenly spaced plants created a dense ceiling …

Vitamin A

ConsenSys Teaming up with Sustainability International to Spearhead Research on Blockchain…

<i>Find out how ConsenSys’s Social Impact team is exploring blockchain’s potential as a tool for international development.</i><p><b>New York, NY — December 13,</b> …

Inside The World’s “Most Humane” Prison

It has a grocery store, workshops, and cells that look like dorm rooms. Could dignified design help reduce recidivism?<p>Can a prison be humane? In socially progressive Scandinavia, perhaps. The Danish Prison and Probation Service and architecture firm CF Møller have designed what they’re calling the …

The Retail Apocalypse Is Fueled by No-Name Clothes

A few months ago, Amazon.com Inc. representatives met with fashion designer Jackie Wilson as part of the expansion of Amazon’s surging apparel …

eCommerce

An AI that makes fake videos may facilitate the end of reality as we know it

Definitely Real<p>Anyone worried about the ability of artificial intelligences (AI) to mimic reality is likely to be concerned by Nvidia’s latest …

Can A.I. Be Taught to Explain Itself?

<b>In September,</b> Michal Kosinski published a study that he feared might end his career. The Economist broke the news first, giving it a self-consciously anodyne title: “Advances in A.I. Are Used to Spot Signs of Sexuality.” But the headlines quickly grew more alarmed. By the next day, the Human Rights …

Machine Learning

AWS launches Amazon Sumerian to build AR, VR and 3D apps quickly

We’d heard months ago that Amazon would be using its Re:Invent AWS event to roll out some a new service related to building in mixed reality — augmented reality and virtual reality. And on the eve of the conference kicking off, it’s done just that. Today the company announced Amazon Sumerian, a new …

Augmented Reality

All the risks of climate change, in a single graph

There are a lot of them.<p>The risks of climate change are not easy to communicate clearly. Since the atmosphere affects everything, everything will be affected by its warming — there’s no single risk, but a wide and varied array of risks, of different severities and scales, affecting different …

The Hydroponic, Robotic Future of Farming in Greenhouses

When you think of automation, you probably think of the assembly line, a dramatic dance of robot arms with nary a human laborer in sight. But that’s …

The Secret (but Healthy!) Diet Powering Kyrie and the NBA

<b>The M-V-P chants</b> shower Kyrie Irving as he toes the line for two free throws. The point guard is putting the finishing touches on a 35-point masterpiece against the Atlanta Hawks, and the crowd bellows with praise from every corner of the arena.<p>This kind of hero worship is commonplace for the star …

Kyrie Irving

Collective Debate

MIT

There's a Digital Media Crash. But No One Will Say It

Yesterday I appeared on a panel about digital publishers who are ‘pivoting to video’. I’ve written about this before. But in case you’re new to it, …

Venture Capital

Crowdsourcing the forest for the trees

• <i>A pair of drones and the efforts of nearly 3,000 volunteers are helping scientists study tree canopies within a Peruvian rainforest, representing a</i> …

Something is wrong on the internet

<i>I’m</i> <i>James Bridle</i><i>. I’m a writer and artist concerned with technology and culture. I usually write on my own blog, but frankly I don’t want what I’m</i> …

Internet

Brain Wave Basics – What You Need to Know about States of Consciousness

<b>The fact that our brains are electrical is a relatively new discovery.</b> The first article about electrical phenomena in the brains of monkeys and …

In The Future, You Could Eat This Edible Goo You Grow In Your Kitchen

This “bioreactor” is a concept design for a new kind of food production–where we just grow the nutritious cells, not the whole plant or animal.<p>While he worked in a lab as a PhD student, growing cells from berry plants that would later be used in pharmaceuticals or cosmetic manufacturing, Finnish …

Aquaponics

Organizational Development / Action Science / Chris Argyris

Action Science is a strategy for increasing the skills and confidence of individuals in groups to create any kind of organization and to foster …

Management

One Bitcoin Transaction Now Uses as Much Energy as Your House in a Week

Bitcoin’s surge in price has sent its electricity consumption soaring.<p>Bitcoin's incredible price run to break over $7,000 this year has sent its overall electricity consumption soaring, as people worldwide bring more energy-hungry computers online to mine the digital currency.<p>An index from …

Bitcoin