Semantic Infiltration

By Paul D. Miller | Notes from the Edge of Digital Culture

I asked my student why he voted for Trump. The answer was thoughtful, smart, and terrifying.

This past October, I taught a weeklong seminar on the history of conservatism to honors students from around the state of Oklahoma. In five long …

Poverty

America Is Trembling: Jean Genet’s Answer to Donald Trump

“What is still called American dynamism is an endless trembling.” That is Jean Genet’s prophetic declaration, written for a speech he delivered on …

Spending Time Around Traffic Is Literally Destroying Your Brain | Motherboard

The highways around where I live in Portland, Oregon are like congestion voids—black holes or boundless oceans. You go in hoping to reappear elsewhere in the city or beyond, but without any assurance of exiting at all; time and space cease to have any meaning as waves and waves of Subarus roll …

Health

The Speed of Light is NOT About Light | Space Time | PBS Digital Studios

The butcher’s bill has come due: President Donald Trump is about to victimize his own voters

Our new president's supporters are likely to suffer from his regressive policies. I have no compassion for them<p>In the weeks between Election Day and Donald Trump’s inauguration, I have found a new hobby. On a daily basis I read various newspapers, magazines and websites in search of stories about …

Artificial intelligence is now smarter than the average American

Computers can already hold a massive amount of instantly-retrievable data in a manner that puts most humans to shame, but getting them to actually …

This new Periodic Table shows the astounding origins of every atom in your body

In the first episode of his famous TV series about space, "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," the late astronomer Carl Sagan wastes no time dramatically setting the stage.<p>"The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean," Sagan says. "Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We …

Space

This Is How You Future-Proof Your Brain Against Increasing Distractions

Is it possible to train your brain to cope with an ever more fast-paced world? In some cases, more tech might save us from tech overload.<p>It’s no secret that technology advancements have affected our brains. With instant messages, push notifications, wearable technology, and many other tech-driven …

The Brain

Robots Can Now Sense Your Emotions Via Radio Waves

Forget Stoicism: A leading philosopher explains why we shouldn’t try to control our emotions

On Friday, Donald Trump will become president of the United States. Many people do not want this to happen—but there’s nothing we can do to stop it. And so the philosophical question arises: What should we do about things we can’t do anything about?<p>According to Stoicism, an ancient school of …

Emotions

The Crazy Way Hitting Snooze Influences Your Dreams

Pretty cool discovery in the world of dreaming.<p>If you're a snooze button addict, that's something to work on. The habit can make you feel foggy and unproductive.<p>One silver lining? You may be prone to having cooler dreams than those who spring out of bed at the alarm's first beep. A study published …

Bedtime Stories

Sorry, But Your Brain Only Knows One Way To Multitask Effectively

Your brain can multitask really well when one of the tasks is a habit you've developed in that particular context.<p>The news that multitasking is bad isn't even news anymore. In recent years, people have begun to recognize what psychologists have known for decades: If you try to do two things at the …

Productivity

How Hacking Pushes Innovation in Game Design

<b>Hacking and modifying games can lead developers to push the limits.</b><p>In the mid-1990s, before he became an acclaimed indie designer, Brendon Chung was …

Entertainment Industry

Vowel sounds made by baboons show that the roots of human speech may go back 25 million years

Listen closely to those baboon calls — they may tell you a thing or two about human speech. Scientists who studied baboons’ wahoos, yaks, barks and other vocalizations have found evidence of five vowel-like sounds – a sign that the physical capacity for speech may have evolved over much longer …

Biology

Your heartbeat modulates your racial biases. Here’s how

In humans, the distance between the brain and heart can be a foot or more. But when it comes to processing such raw emotions as fear and racial prejudice, new research finds the two organs are closer than we may want to believe.<p>A study has demonstrated that the snap judgments many of us make about …

Psychology

Early Japanese Animations: The Origins of Anime (1917-1931)

Japanese animation, AKA anime, might be filled with large-eyed maidens, way cool robots, and large-eyed, way cool maiden/robot hybrids, but it often …

Google's new image compression tool uses 75% less bandwidth

HooliGoogle just released an image compression technology called RAISR (Rapid and Accurate Super Image Resolution) designed to save your precious data without sacrificing photo quality.<p>Claiming to use up to 75 percent less bandwidth, RAISR analyzes both low and high-quality versions of the same …

Google

Vinyl is set to become a ‘billion dollar industry’

Vinyl looks set to become a billion dollar industry.<p>Read more!<p>UK vinyl sales reached a high of 3.2million in 2016 – a massive increase of 53% from …

Vinyl Records

How Martin Luther King, Jr. Used Hegel, Kant & Nietzsche to Overturn Segregation in America

The influence of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel on the revolutionary philosophy of Karl Marx and Frederich Engels is well known. Marx wrote a critique …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

World’s 8 Richest Have as Much Wealth as Bottom Half, Oxfam Says

<b>Michael R. Bloomberg</b>, the former mayor of New York and founder of the media and financial-data giant Bloomberg L.L.P., $40 billion.<p>How concentrated has wealth become in the globalized modern world? Here’s one answer: Just eight of the richest people on earth own as much combined wealth as half the …

Wealth

With All Due Disrespect

<i>Follow The New York Times Opinion section on Facebook and Twitter (@NYTopinion), and sign up for the Opinion Today newsletter.</i><p>As a young man, Congressman John Lewis, who represents most of Atlanta, literally put his life on the line in pursuit of justice. As a key civil rights leader, he endured …

A hellscape of lies and distorted reality awaits journalists covering President Trump

At the northeast corner of the National Archives building sits Robert Aitken’s sculpture “The Future,” inscribed with some famous words from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”: “What is past is prologue.”<p>If you buy that, it’s possible to have a solid idea of what Donald Trump’s presidency will be like for …

Media Industry

Winning the Climate Change War: It's The Economy, Stupid

In the lead up to the 2016 election, we saw headlines like this from respected publications: “<b>The 2016 Election Will Be the Biggest Referendum on</b> …

Climate Change

The best optical illusions to bend your eyes and blow your mind – in pictures

Clive Gifford’s book Eye Benders: The Science of Seeing and Believing has just been crowned winner of the Royal Society Young People’s book prize 2014, which is judged by young people<p>Here Clive shares some his favourite optical illusions from the book

8 Beautiful, Weird, and Scary Things Ice Can Do

Epic Antarctic voyage maps seafloor to predict ocean rise as glacier the size of California melts

Global research group will trace Totten glacier’s history back to last ice age, in hope of predicting future melting patterns<p>In East Antarctica, 3,000km south of the West Australian town of Albany, an ice shelf the size of California is melting from below.<p>The concerning trend was confirmed by …

Environment

‘Kompromat’ and the Danger of Doubt and Confusion in a Democracy

“Living like that is horrible,” she said. “It is exhausting.”<p>WASHINGTON — Since the emergence of an unverified dossier with salacious claims about President-elect Donald J. Trump, Americans have debated the ramifications of the arrival of “kompromat” as a feature of American politics.<p>But those …

Crimes Against Humanity

What the World Might Look Like in 5 Years, According to U.S. Intelligence

Even America's own government analysts see the American Era drawing to a close.<p>Every four years, a group of U.S. intelligence analysts tries to predict the future. And this year, in a report released just weeks before Donald Trump assumes the presidency, those analysts forecast a massive shift in …

Foreign Policy

Levels of e-waste soar in Asia as gadgets become affordable, UN says

Amount of electronic waste up 63% in five years, with China’s more than doubling, United Nations University report finds<p>Levels of electronic waste are rising sharply across Asia as higher incomes mean hundreds of millions of people can afford smartphones and other gadgets, according to a UN …

Environment