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In praise of Arthur Chu, the game-theory nerd who broke “Jeopardy!”

Arthur Chu hacked “Jeopardy!” So why do people say he’s boring? He’s the exact opposite<p>Arthur Chu is making a lot of people angry just by being very good at what he does -- but then, the greatest geniuses were never understood in their own time.<p>The "Jeopardy!" champion has upended the unwritten …

How is Whole Foods thriving in Detroit?

Food justice activists teamed up with the company to adapt the store to the community<p>When we first heard Whole Foods was coming to Detroit, there were many concerns: How would it add value to the community? Would it actually serve the majority of people in the city, or just the gentrifying force …

Fast Company’s smartest women on Twitter

From Chelsea Clinton to Elizabeth Warren; a list of 25 women whose voices stand out of the social media crowd<p>As a woman CEO who writes about women in leadership, I'm frequently looking to make connections with other women on Twitter.<p>The main stumbling block to fully engaging professionally on …

UNC, Duke Student Governments Denounce North Carolina Voter ID Bill

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Duke University are normally bitter rivals, but their student governments put aside their differences this week to issue a joint statement denouncing the state's recently passed voter ID bill.<p>The student governments' executive branches called the …

Everything you know about drugs is wrong

Author Carl Hart says we focus too much on drugs’ dangers – and not enough on how racism affects drug policy<p>It’s not every day you read a book that blows the lid off of everything you’ve ever been taught about drugs, but Dr. Carl Hart’s recent work, "High Price," does just that. Part memoir, part …

Freshlyground 'Revolution/Redemption Song' (Live Acoustic)

Afro-pop activists <b>Freshlyground</b> are featured in the latest video presented by the <b>ONE Campaign's agit8 project</b>. The overcrowded, heavy-bassed, …

David Rakoff’s “Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish”

An excerpt from a novel in verse<p>Frankie, dubbed “Finn McCool” after the giant<br>Of myth, had his size, and was just as defiant;<br>Big as a draught-horse and strong as a steer<br>Frank had his enemies quaking in fear.<br>The tales of his strength and his temper abounded,<br>And God help the soul who might think them …

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When a hypothesis is neither true nor false

Mathematician Georg Cantor went mad trying to prove the Continuum Hypothesis. We’re still trying 100 years later<p>Georg Cantor died in 1918 in a sanatorium in Halle, Germany. A pre-eminent mathematician, he had laid the foundation for the theory of infinite numbers in the 1870s. At the time, his …

Hitchens wasn’t a philosopher

His style, the “brilliant uncle talking at a party,” doesn’t always hold up in the trenches of religious argument<p>Welcome to the next round of the “New Atheists” fight. Writer Curtis White put up an excerpt from his new book, “The Science Delusion: Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy …

“Zealot”: The real Jesus

Reza Aslan argues that the historical Jesus was not an unworldly pacifist preaching a creed of universal love<p>Very little is known about the historical Jesus, as opposed to the Jesus of myth who appears in the New Testament. He is mentioned by the 1st-century historian Flavius Josephus in reference …

“God is not great”: Christopher Hitchens is not a liar

A new book says the famed atheist thinker’s writing on religion is intellectually sloppy. It gets Hitch wrong<p>Of all the criticisms that could be leveled at Christopher Hitchens – and there are many – a boring style is not one of them. Despite some controversial positions and persuasions, his …

City living breeds creative genius

New research suggests that productivity and innovation in urban areas grow at roughly the same rate as population<p>I’d be the first to concede that the image of Archimedes yelling “Eureka” as he ran naked through the streets of Syracuse makes one fine visual for the concept of discovery.<p>Which is a …

Ice cream king Ben Cohen on campaign-finance reform: “Regular people can make their money talk”

Ben & Jerry’s founder Ben Cohen is traveling the nation getting citizens to stamp their dollars. Here’s why<p>Ben Cohen's life isn't all Chunky Monkey peddling.<p>The Ben & Jerry's co-founder has devoted himself to various political causes over the course of his career; this summer, it's a quest to …

8 cultural practices America should adopt

Who wouldn’t want to be garlanded with fresh flowers on their birthday like Israeli children?<p>It's a tough pill to swallow, but a lesson worth learning all the same:<p>Just because it's the way we've always done it doesn't mean it's the most awesome way.<p>In America, we have culture. We have things like …

How we do it: Maybe monogamy isn’t natural!

From incest to sperm competition and polyamory, anatomy — not social arrangements — explain how a species mates<p>It is tempting to assume that mating arrangements directly match the typical social pattern. For instance, in a pair-living species it might seem obvious that the adult male sires any …

David Brooks: The last Stalinist

Edward Snowden offended the commentator by declining to honor his oaths. There’s a history behind such bromides<p>David Brooks disapproves of NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.<p>Snowden’s actions, Brooks says, are a betrayal of virtually every commitment and connection Snowden has ever made: his oath to …

Stop blaming technology for high unemployment!

If our government invested more in education and raised the minimum wage, we wouldn’t be having this inane debate<p>Jobs are returning with depressing slowness, and most of the new jobs pay less than the jobs that were lost in the Great Recession.<p>Economic determinists — fatalists, really — assume that …

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Chocolate Strawberry Nutella Cake

I made this cake on a whim. I didn’t feel like making ganache, so in desperation, I reached for the the half-eaten tub of Nutella I’d hidden on the …

You only hate grad school because you think you’re supposed to

So many publications are bashing the experience that dissatisfaction has almost become a self-fulfilling prophecy<p>It’s almost impossible to miss. So much gloom has been cast upon graduate school lately — and much of it is rooted in very real, very rational concerns about the bleak state of the …

From global warming to fluoride: Why do people deny science?

The potent combination of our powerful intelligence with our massive reality denial has led to a dangerous world<p>The potent combination of our powerful intelligence with our massive reality denial has led to a dangerous world. Less obvious, but in the long term more dangerous, are threats resulting …

Isaac Newton’s universal language

The famed physicist and mathematician also had a passion for linguistics — and even devised his own idiom<p>Isaac Newton laid the foundations of modern science. He discovered gravity and the principles governing motion, light, and cooling. He invented a reflecting telescope, counterfeit-proof coins, …

Does the Tea Party understand the Constitution?

<b>Rand Paul, Michele Bachmann (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/AP/Stacy Bengs)</b><p>The Right constantly claims devotion to our founding documents. The problem: Its policies completely violate them<p>John D'Amico<p>May 11, 2013 3:30pm (UTC)<p>Last month, 20 House Republicans, along with staffers from nearly 40 congressional …

Margaret Cho: I’d like to be a role model for minority women

The star of “Drop Dead Diva” reflects on hanging out at J.J. Abrams’ house, Confucius and her next tattoo<p><b>From your early days, you often use your family as material in your stand-up — and your mother was the "headliner" in your latest tour. How did your parents and your cultural upbringing</b> …

How the GOP cast Obama as Gatsby (minus the parties)

He’s a flawed, handsome idealist with a puzzling life story, hounded by his enemies as a sinister outsider<p>One of the biggest differences between F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” and Baz Luhrmann’s overblown new movie version, as Richard Brody of the New Yorker has pointed out, is that …

Kansas governor: It’s OK to ignore federal gun laws

A new law makes it a crime for agents to enforce federal legislation on “Made in Kansas” firearms<p>As we detailed yesterday, dozens of states are considering bills that attempt to nullify federal gun laws. One such bill became a law last month in Kansas. It exempts “Made in Kansas” guns from federal …

Austerity never works: Deficit hawks are amoral — and wrong

The 1 percent and the financial class caused the Great Recession. So why do we keep allowing them to shape policy?<p>In this, the fifth year of a prolonged downturn triggered by a financial crash, the prevailing view is that we all must pay for yesterday’s excess. This case is made in both economic …

Long Hidden, Vatican Painting Linked To Native Americans

For close to 400 years, the painting was closed off to the world. For the past 124 years, millions of visitors walked by without noticing an intriguing scene covered with centuries of grime.<p>Only now, the Vatican says a detail in a newly cleaned 15th century fresco shows what may be one of the first …