World Enough

By chairkicker | Things that last, and things that don't.

Public Interface

nodegoat by LAB1100. nodegoat is a web-based data management, analysis visualisation environment. nodegoat allows scholars to build data sets based …

Life on Mars

In a white dome on a bare mountain, six of us are road-testing life in a Martian colony. This is what I’ve learned so far<i>By Sheyna Gifford</i>Read at Aeon

Mauna Kea

Poll: Nearly 10 Percent Of College Grads Think Judge Judy Is On SCOTUS

Nearly 10 percent of college graduates surveyed in a poll released this month believed that Judith Sheindlin, known on TV as Judge Judy, serves on …

United States

We are not edging up to a mass extinction – Stewart Brand

The way the public hears about conservation issues is nearly always in the mode of ‘[Beloved Animal] Threatened With Extinction’. That makes for …

Biodiversity

How Utah Became a Bizarre, Blissful Epicenter for Get-Rich-Quick Schemes

stories that cut to the quick<p>Alice Hines | June 09, 2015<p>Three years ago I walked out of my house and put a .32 pistol to my head.”<p>Jared Allen, a …

Salt Lake City

The future of loneliness

As we moved our lives online, the internet promised an end to isolation. But can we find real intimacy amid shifting identities and permanent surveillance?<p>At the end of last winter, a gigantic billboard advertising Android, Google’s operating system, appeared over Times Square in New York. In a …

Art

The Grantland Q&A: Errol Morris

Some factual statements I can definitively make about Errol Morris as of the morning of February 9, 2015, four days after his 67th birthday: He met …

Documentaries

Salt Crystals and Selfies: Curiosity after the Seven Minutes of Terror

In October 02013, NASA engineer Adam Steltzner spoke to the Long Now about landing the Curiosity rover on Mars. A decade of exhausted alternatives …

Space

The Cathedral of Computation

We’re not living in an algorithmic culture so much as a computational theocracy.<p>Algorithms are everywhere, supposedly. We are living in an “algorithmic culture,” to use the author and communication scholar Ted Striphas’s name for it. Google’s search algorithms determine how we access information. …

Algorithms

Invasion of the hedge fund almonds

By Tom Philpott | Mon Jan. 12, 2015 6:00 AM ET<p>On a sunbaked August morning, off a rural road in the heart of California's Central Valley, a low-slung …

World War II Sites, Then and Now

About two years ago, we shared with you a set of enhanced photographs that visualized the transformation of World-War-II-era Leningrad into …

History

New frontiers in pain compliance

Not long ago, viewers of CBS’s <i>60 Minutes</i> were treated to an intriguing bit of political theater when, in a story called “The Pentagon’s Ray Gun,” a …

The body is Brooklyn-based artist Trina Merry’s canvas, as she seamlessly blends her subject into the NYC landscape.

The Drugging of the American Boy

By the time they reach high school, nearly 20 percent of all American boys will be diagnosed with ADHD. Millions of those boys will be prescribed a powerful stimulant to "normalize" them. A great many of those boys will suffer serious side effects from those drugs. The shocking truth is that many …

ADHD

A Brief History of the Corporation: 1600 to 2100

On 8 June, a Scottish banker named Alexander Fordyce shorted the collapsing Company’s shares in the London markets. But a momentary bounce-back in …

Facades

I’ve got a soft spot for Photoshopped architecture photos, so Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy’s Façades series is right up my alley. Gaudrillot-Roy removes …

mattmurdockisredbatman:

This is why education and science communication are important.<p>I was laughing at this until it dawned on me that these people were not being ironic.<p>Now I’m depressed.

The Secret Auden

1.<p>W.H. Auden had a secret life that his closest friends knew little or nothing about. Everything about it was generous and honorable. He kept it …

Why do we assume the future will be short? Blame the Bible – J L Schellenberg

In <i>Time’s Arrow, Time’s Cycle</i> (1987),Stephen Jay Gould tells the story of one John Playfair, who in 1788 accompanied the great British geologist James …

Charles Darwin

Brand minimalism

Shopping in a supermarket can be visually overwhelming. Designer Mehmet Gozetlik took the packaging of some well-known brands and simplified them …

What Happened On Easter Island — A New (Even Scarier) Scenario

We all know the story, or think we do.<p>Let me tell it the old way, then the new way. See which worries you most.<p>First version: Easter Island is a small 63-square-mile patch of land — more than a thousand miles from the next inhabited spot in the Pacific Ocean. In A.D. 1200 (or thereabouts), a small …

The Science of Citizenship

ONE OF THE MOST remarkable scenes in Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 work of science journalism, <i>The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</i>, happens about halfway …

Education

That Goddamned Blue Bird and Me: How Twitter Hijacked My Mind

I joined Twitter, with very bad grace, on March 5, 2010. I was a few months away from publishing my first book, and my agent, editor, publicist, and …

The Evolution of Little Red Riding Hood

We in the Western world are not the only ones who grow up with the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood.<p>Stories about young children who face off …

Little Red Riding Hood

CABINET // Forensic Topology

In the 1990s, Los Angeles held the dubious title of “bank robbery capital of the world.” At its height, the city’s bank crime rate hit the incredible …

Built Environment

Why The Best Teams Might Be Temporary

When we think of high-performing teams, we often think of them as long-term allies—a band of brothers in the organizational world. It takes a while for teams to move through the traditional phases of <i>storming</i> and <i>norming</i> before they start to really perform. It’s logical, then, to assume that the …

The Ideal English Major

Soon college students all over America will be trundling to their advisers' offices to choose a major. In this moment of financial insecurity, …

Literature

Leveling up conferences

tags: communityLast month I went to AdaCamp and learned a ton partly because the Ada Initiative runs it both as a place to discuss solving problems …

Networking