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Roads to nowhere: how infrastructure built on American inequality

From highways carved through thriving ‘ghettoes’ to walls segregating black and white areas, US city development has a long and divisive history<p>It’s a little after 3pm in Detroit’s 8 Mile neighbourhood, and the cicadas are buzzing loudly in the trees. Children weave down the pavements on bicycles, …

Urbanism

Just a quick reminder that this is literally what we're now being told is equivalent to Pearl Harbor https://t.co/gVX6ToVbkl

Economic collapse: The real message of the fall of Troy

<b>The fall and sack of the city of Troy at the hands of an avenging Greek army is one that has been told for some 3,000 years, but contained within it are clues to a much wider global collapse - with lessons for our own 21st Century.</b><p>In 1300BC, at the height of the Bronze Age, the great powers of …

Money for nothing: is Finland's universal basic income trial too good to be true?

Europe’s first national experiment in giving citizens free cash has attracted huge media attention. But one year in, what does this project really hope to prove?<p>One year on from its launch, the world remains fascinated by Finland’s groundbreaking universal basic income trial: Europe’s first …

Universal Basic Income

Logan Paul: Outrage over YouTuber's Japan dead man video

<b>An American YouTube star has prompted a barrage of criticism after he posted a video which showed the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan.</b><p>The video showed Logan Paul and friends at the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mount Fuji, known to be a frequent site of suicides.<p>Going in to film the …

Apple iOS 11.2.5 Release: It's A Big One

So far Apple iOS 11.2.5 is a mystery. Why Apple has jumped four version numbers (from iOS 11.2.1) is a mystery. What it contains is a mystery. But following the last week of iPhone power throttling revelations (and a fully deserved backlash), the upcoming iOS 11.2.5 just became the biggest and most …

iOS

Cod and haddock 'may vanish' from Scotland's west coast

<b>Cod, herring and haddock could migrate away from Scotland's west coast waters because of warming sea temperatures, according to researchers.</b><p>Scientists at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (Sams) predict the cold water species will vanish from the west coast by the year 2100.<p>The …

The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young review – what is it like to be a cow?

An organic farmer identifies empathy, happiness and eccentricity in her cattle. Despite the seeming naivety of her narrative voice, she is well aware of what she’s up to<p>What is it like to be a cow? If Rosamond Young is to be believed, it’s pretty much like being human. Cows are “besotted” by and …

Henry Jamison: The Wilds review – an unshowy, literate gem

(Akira)<p>There are so many songs about drinking. There are probably nearly as many about giving up. But there aren’t all that many songs about one modern situation: your lover’s new-found sobriety, and where that leaves you. A drinker? Supportive? In denial? Or, as Henry Jamison, an insightful …

Bon Iver

The Inner Life of Animals by Peter Wohlleben – review

The beauty of beasts is that we will never quite understand them – but this book gives it a decent shot<p>We don’t really know what makes animals behave the way they do, but several writers have had a stab at trying to work it out. These books include Marc Hauser’s <i>Wild Minds</i> in 2000, Jonathan …

Animals

The electricity required for a single bitcoin trade could power a house for a whole month

Bitcoin trades use a lot of electricity as a means to make verifying trades expensive, therefore making fraudulent transactions costly and deterring those who would seek to misuse the currency.<p>"By making sure that verifying transactions is a costly business, the integrity of the network can be …

Dear OnePlus, please stop spying on my phone [Update]

I was happy to switch from Xiaomi’s Mi 6 to the OnePlus 5 over the past month because, as I’ve made abundantly clear in multiple articles, I love me a headphone jack. Unfortunately, it seems that benefit has come at the cost of my personally identifiable data.<p>Security researcher Chris Moore …

OnePlus

Top Novels for American Literature Classes

Every school system and teacher have different methods for choosing the novels that students read each year of high school. Here is a list detailing …

Literature

The Philosophy of Fly-Fishing

When I was seventeen, I drove to Missoula, Montana, to learn how to fly-fish. The town is one of the best places to fish in the country. Rivers with names like the Bitterroot and Blackfoot crisscross the valley harboring trout the size of walruses. I spent that summer learning to cast and looking …

Net neutrality debate 'controlled by bots'

<b>More than 80% of the comments submitted to a US regulator on the future of net neutrality came from bots, according to researchers.</b><p>Data analytics company Gravwell said only 17.4% of the comments were unique.<p>Most of the 22 million comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission over the …

How Blade Runner got its name from a dystopian book about health care

Most fans of Ridley Scott’s 1982 film <i>Blade Runner</i> are aware that it’s based on a novel by Philip K. Dick, and that the book is not called <i>Blade Runner</i>. If you pick up Dick’s novel <i>Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?</i>, you’ll notice the term never appears in it. Even in the movie, “blade runner” is a …

A state-sponsored Russian company is providing internet for North Korea and cybersecurity experts are worried

Internet analysts began noticing routing databases pick up TransTeleCom-provided connections for North Korea around 5:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, The Washington Post reported. Analysts say the new connection is handling around 60% of the country's internet traffic, according to …

Sex robot molested, destroyed at electronics show

The past year has seen a proliferation of sex robots, with plenty of accompanying controversy.<p><i>Robots, drones, flying cars? How Americans feel about</i> …

Why are smartphone chips suddenly including an AI processor?

If virtual assistants have been the breakthrough technology in this year’s smartphone software, then the AI processor is surely the equivalent on the hardware side.<p>Apple has taken to calling its latest SoC the A11 Bionic on account of its new AI “Neural Engine”. Huawei’s latest Kirin 970 boasts a …

Machine Learning

Google warns that govt is demanding more of your private data than ever

And thousands more user accounts have been affected by US national security orders than previously reported.<p>Google received more government requests …

Surveillance

The iPhone 8 has a gigabit LTE modem (updated)

At first blush, iFixit's tech autopsy on the iPhone 8 didn't reveal anything particularly notable, besides some different screws and a way to remove the glass backing. So far, so meh. But then when it came to the laundry list of chips and modems all crammed inside Apple's latest smartphones, we …

IPhone 8

Worlds from the Word’s End by Joanna Walsh review – existential games

Witty short stories toy with notions of realism versus fantasy and autobiography versus fiction<p>We have not yet resolved the “auto-fic dilemma”: when is a novel autobiographical and when is it not? Who decides – the reader or the author – and with reference to what? Are novels in which the narrator …

Canadian airport in Inuit 'ill-omen' art row

<b>A veteran politician says an installation of traditional Inuit art outside Toronto airport resembles a symbol of ill-omen.</b><p>Piita Irniq says one of three inuksuks - stone cairns that are sometimes built in a human shape - outside Terminal One of Pearson International Airport was "put together wrong". …

23 Brilliant Books That Are Short Enough To Read In A Weekend

Get ready to make some room on your bookshelf.<p><i>We hope you love these book reccomendations! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.</i><p><i>Note: submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Amazon is beating Google in the race to the home computer

Amazon wants Alexa everywhere<p>Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung are all chasing voice-based artificial intelligence with smart digital assistants that you talk to. It’s a future we’ve been promised for years: a computer you can talk to at home, and now the competition to make it a …

FCC asks Apple to activate the iPhone’s hidden FM radio to aid public safety

FCC chairman Ajit Pai wants Apple to turn on the FM radio that’s hidden inside of every iPhone. In a statement today, he asked that Apple “reconsider its position, given the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.” The FM radio, he said, can be used to receive “life-saving …

22 Classic Novels That Won't Bore You To Death

Fifty Shades versus the book she told you not to worry about.<p><i>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.</i>

Why 'Why Buddhism Is True' Is True

Here is one thing author Robert Wright and I agree on when it comes to Buddhist meditation: It's really, really boring.<p>At least, it's boring in the beginning. But there is another thing we agree on, too. That <i>initial</i> meditative boredom is actually a door. It's an opening that can lead us to …

Meditation

Company bosses 'lack cyber-attack training'

<b>More than two thirds of companies say their directors have no training in responding to cyber-attacks, according to a government survey.</b><p>Of 105 businesses in the FTSE 350 questioned, one in 10 revealed they have no plan to cope with hacking.<p>Digital Minister Matthew Hancock said May's NHS attack …

Alt-right cancels California book burning of 'degenerate literature' after organizer says he fears liberals

Juan Cadavid organized a book-burning event with Brian Enright of the Three Percenters to be held at Huntington State Beach in California. The event …

Rights & Freedoms