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The rats who sniff out tuberculosis

The African giant pouched rat can be trained to sniff out tuberculosis more accurately than most lab tests. So why is the medical profession still sceptical?<p>In a small, hot room in a compound located in Tanzania’s lush southern highlands, one day in mid-December, were three white-clad technicians, …

The Koch Brothers' Dirty War on Solar Power

All over the country, the Kochs and utilities have been blocking solar initiatives — but nowhere more so than in Florida<p>After decades of false …

Solar Power

CNN Debate Recap: Clinton & Sanders Make Their Cases

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton met on stage for the first time Thursday since his win in New Hampshire. They laid out their visions for the future as the election moves into states throughout the country. Clinton, who repeatedly embraced the presidency of …

The Millennial's Guide to the Fed Rate Hike

Here's what happened—and how it affects you<p>If you were born after the mid ’80s, something just took place that likely hasn’t happened in your adult …

The Isis papers: a masterplan for consolidating power

24-page document, translated here, outlines principles for governing territory under the group’s control and strategy for becoming a viable state<p>Islamic State<p><b>Caliphate on the prophetic methodology</b><p>In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful:<p>“No, by your Lord, they will not believe until they …

Forget Funny Movies--Just Watch These 7 TED Talks

Sometimes we need more than information to get us inspired. We also need entertainment. These 7 TED talks are up there with the funniest movies of all time.<p>As business, entertainment, and comedy become ever more intertwined, many top business speakers are turning to humor as the ultimate tool for …

TED Talks

The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Brain

Teach Yourself Italian

For a writer, a foreign language is a new kind of adventure.<p>Exile<p>My relationship with Italian takes place in exile, in a state of separation.<p>Every language belongs to a specific place. It can migrate, it can spread. But usually it’s tied to a geographical territory, a country. Italian belongs …

Here Are All of Our No. 1 Story Picks from This Year

<i>All through December, we’ll be featuring Longreads’ Best of 2015. To get you ready, here’s a list of every story that was chosen as No. 1 in our</i> …

A Reading List for the Democratic Presidential Debate

Tonight’s debate between the five declared contenders for the Democratic Presidential nomination is likely to be a calmer affair than last month’s cramped G.O.P. contest. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb, and Lincoln Chafee will join CNN’s Anderson Cooper, the moderator, …

Roughly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism

Exceptional nonfiction stories from 2014 that are still worth encountering today<p>Each year, I keep a running list of exceptional nonfiction that I encounter as I publish The Best of Journalism, an email newsletter that I send out once or twice a week. This is my annual attempt to bring some of those …

Journalism

Long Exposure Photographs of Fireflies in the Forests of Nagoya City by Yume Cyan | Colossal

<p>For the last month or so photographer Yume Cyan has been shooting some magical long exposure photographs of fireflies in a forested area around …

Architizer Journal: The Official Architizer Blog

For inspirational ceramic tile flooring, look no further than Catalonia.<p>Steven Holl collaborated with craftsmen on every element of this landmark performing arts building.<p>Dive into our essential guides on building-products to help you design your next project.<p>Exploring the potential of glue …

Architecture

This Bacterium-Sized Bunny Could Be The Future Of Bionic Brains

Scientists in Japan have created a new material that can be shaped into complex, conductive 3-D structures. Get ready for your custom brain electrodes.<p>The rabbit sculpture above is the size of a typical bacterium and is made of a new type of resin that has exciting implications for bionic implants. …

Environment: News & features

Environment

GMO Wheat Found In Oregon Field. How Did It Get There?

A farmer in Oregon has found some genetically engineered wheat growing on his land. It's an unwelcome surprise, because this type of wheat has never been approved for commercial planting.<p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it's investigating, trying to find out how this wheat got there. The …

Pictures: Top 10 Newly Discovered Species of 2012

Glowing cockroaches and a destructive fungus make the grade in Arizona State's list of top 10 new species of 2012.

Nature

Vaccine for Schmallenberg virus 'available this summer'

<b>A vaccine to protect sheep and cattle from a virus spread by midges has been approved by government vets.</b><p>The virus, which emerged in the Netherlands and Germany in 2011, can lead to sheep and cattle having stillborn or deformed offspring.<p>The disease has spread to every county in England and Wales, …

Public Health

Irish potato famine pathogen identified

<b>Scientists have used plant samples collected in the mid-19th Century to identify the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine.</b><p>A plant pest that causes potato blight spread to Ireland in 1845 triggering a famine that killed one million people.<p>DNA extracted from museum specimens shows the strain …

19th Century

NASA is funding a 3D food printer, and it'll start with pizza

NASA is funding research into 3D-printed food. As <i>Quartz</i> reveals, mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor received a $125,000 grant from the agency to build a prototype 3D printer with the aim of automating food creation. It's hoped the system could provide astronauts food during long-distance space …

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If you don’t have video in your content mix, you’re missing out. It’s simpler to make than ever, ...<p>November 1, 2017<p>Want to know how to make …