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The Sounds of Nature, Transcribed and Composed

David Rothenberg, “In Svalbard, playing to whales” (2008) (photo by Andrea Galvani, courtesy apexart)

Sound maps of rivers and songs for cicadas are …


#Spocking Living Long and Prospering

By onMarch 3, 2015 in Art, News 0

Relief for Canadians as the subversive act of “Spocking” $5 bank notes is declared legal by the Bank of Canada, per …


Hacking North Korea

This article was taken from the April 2015 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online.

It can be hard listening to the stories of people who have escaped from North …

Korean Peninsula

DJ Spooky Pitches New Projects at APAP

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky came uptown to the Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference at the Midtown Hilton.


Here's what Project Ara phones will actually look like

Sure, we've seen prototypes of Google's Project Ara before, but these dummy modules from budget phone maker Yezz mobile are as good a hint to how the phone might actually look in real life. We already saw how Google envisioned Ara to look, but given its plans for a store where you'll be able to …


YouTube's top 100 channels have more than doubled their views in a year

With 517.3m monthly views, unboxing channel Funtoys Collector is now bigger than second-placed PewDiePie – and Taylor Swift hasn’t done badly either

YouTube’s top 100 channels have more than doubled their monthly views in the last year, with toy-unboxing channel Funtoys Collector emerging as the …


4 Ways Your Smartphone Is Making You Dumber

Like you, I love my smartphone. And like you, I probably love it more than anything else. But research is making it increasingly clear that our first love is hurting all the other relationships that it’s supposed to assist with.

Here’s how.

1. We’re tossing out a decent chunk of our IQ.

Phones can …


Why I’m Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft

I’m done sending my money and data to corporations I don’t trustContinue reading on Medium »


Martin Fink HP Discover General Session Day 2

At HP Labs, an effort to make the biggest change to computing since the 1940s

They call it “the Machine,” an ambitious project to create an entirely new computing architecture. HP Labs director Martin Fink outlines what it took to make it happen.

HP Labs has been Hewlett-Packard’s engine of innovation for decades, but the division won a lot of attention this year when it …


Noam Chomsky: Why Israel's Netanyahu Is So Desperate to Prevent Peace with Iran

The distinguished professor lays bare Israel's motives.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in the United States as part of his bid …


An Uneasy Relationship Between Telecom and Tech

BARCELONA, Spain — For the next four days, a sprawling conference center here will become the global hub for the telecommunications and technology industries.

More than 80,000 people — including heavy hitters like Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook; Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal …


Are humans getting cleverer?

IQ is rising in many parts of the world. What's behind the change and does it really mean people are cleverer than their grandparents?

It is not unusual for parents to comment that their children are brainier than they are. In doing so, they hide a boastful remark about their offspring behind a …


DJ Spooky: Multimedia Mixes to Save the Planet

Paul D. Miller synthesizes art, music, and data to spotlight environmental issues.

Editor's note: Paul D. Miller is one of National Geographic's 2014 Emerging Explorers, which honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and inspiring people to care about the …


The Neuroscience of ISIS

The gap is widening between visions of a brilliant future and one of deliberate Apocalyptic destruction.

This is the first of a series of columns for The Daily Beast about the intersection of medical technologies on the cusp of changing our lives, and how they fit into the real world. Join me every


The Age of Disbelief

It’s an old but troubling phenomenon: Many of us reject the evidence that scientists painstakingly compile.


The Hidden Language of Chess Players

From the column 'The Hidden Language'

In the Hidden Language, Nat Towsen interviews an insider of a particular subculture in order to examine the terms and phrases created by that subculture to serve its own needs. This is language innate to an insider and incomprehensible, if not invisible, to an


Can neuroscience give my brain the plasticity of a child’s?

Five years ago, in a new city and in search of a new hobby, I decided to try playing a musical instrument for the first time. I had never learned to …

The Brain

You would’ve hated your heroes: Why history’s great people seem so morally deficient

Winston Churchill was racist. Albert Einstein was a chauvinist. And that's not even the half of it!

In Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” the film’s protagonist finds himself transported back in time to the Paris of the 1920s, where he rubs shoulders with the likes of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott …


Long Before Net Neutrality, Rules Leveled The Landscape For Phone Services

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to regulate access to the Internet as it would a public utility, under something called Title 2 of the Communications Act of 1934. Critics of the FCC say it's an old, dusty law meant to apply to phone service, not the complexities of the modern …

Net Neutrality

How Dense Cities Reap Green Benefits

Backed up by research from the OECD, Emily Badger writes about a paradox of density.Publication Date: Sat, 02/28/2015


The One Thing That Can Transform An Idea Into A Phenomenon

Do you enjoy picking groceries up in your electric car? When you get to the store, do you prefer to pay with bitcoins? Do you have solar panels on your house? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you’re in the distinct minority. So much so, that a lot of people probably think you’re …


How Do You Do ... A Short Film on a Tiny Budget?

We asked a few of our favorite filmmakers for their tips and advice on making a short film for very little money — say, $500 or less. (That's very

Composing for Hollywood

Composing for Hollywood“Birdman” won the Oscar for Best Picture, but its score, composed by Antonio Sánchez (above), was deemed ineligible for a …


“The interests of the wealthy”: How the rich control politicians — even more than you think

Esteemed political scientist Michael Jay Barber tells Salon why America is a democracy ... for fat-cat donors

The American populace, as a whole, is not always a paragon of good judgment. Yet there’s at least one issue that they’ve got a pretty good handle on — the incredible degree of what Lawrence …

Lloyd Blankfein

The Joshua Generation


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Michelle Obama

That Subliminal Kid

A new book about Apps and the way they have changed everything! Featuring essays and articles by writers, artists, and theoreticians.

Yoko Ono

Net Neutrality: The Final Arguments (Finally)

Activists on both sides of the nasty political fight over new rules for Internet lines suited up for one last skirmish Wednesday as Federal Communications Commission officials made final tweaks to a plan expected to be approved Thursday.

Irritated House Republicans held the latest in a series of …

Net Neutrality