Semantic Infiltration

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

WHO: 90 percent of world's population breathe dirty air

UN body's new report blames air pollution for global "health emergency" killing millions per year.<p>Nine out of 10 people globally live in places with poor air quality, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said, blaming a worldwide air pollution crisis for being a major factor in millions of …

Geography

The Filmmaking Couple Kidnapped by Kim Jong-il to Put North Korean Cinema on the Map

Some stories are spread for their strangeness. Take, for example, the story of famed actress Choi Eun-hee and filmmaker Shin Sang-ok, who were kidnapped in 1978 by North Korean agents of notorious dictator Kim Jong-il. It's a well-known story in Korea and serves as the subject of a 2015 book, <i>A Kim</i> …

Kim Jong-Il

A Brief History of the Right’s Racist Hate: From 1885 to Trump

Since the late 1800s, the wolf at the door has taken many different forms: Jews, African Americans, Catholics, Communists, humanists, institutions of …

What Are Pheromones & Can They Help You Get Laid?

Drawing Sound III: Composing the City

The Falsity of False Equivalence

If Donald Trump becomes president, the news media will bear a large share of the blame. I know some (many) journalists are busy denying responsibility, but this is absurd, and I think they know it. As Nick Kristof says, polls showing that the public considers Hillary Clinton, a minor fibber at …

Liberal News

Hacking, Cryptography, and the Countdown to Quantum Computing

Given the recent ubiquity of cyber-scandals—Colin Powell’s stolen e-mails, Simone Biles’s leaked medical records, half a billion plundered Yahoo accounts—you might get the impression that hackers can already break into just about any computer they want. But the situation could be a lot worse. The …

Encryption

The universe is officially going nowhere, scientists confirm

The universe isn’t going anywhere, scientists have confirmed.<p>A new study shows that the universe is expanding the same way in all directions, not …

This Chilling New Netflix Documentary Will Connect America's Prison System to Slavery

13th comes from Selma director Ava DuVernay.<p>As true crime takes hold of the entertainment industry, the American criminal justice system has been examined through dozens of cases, angles, and programs ranging from narrative historical fiction to investigative journalism. Given the simmering racial …

Netflix

Animated Short “Voyager” Imagines the Spacecraft’s Return to Earth

In 1977, Voyagers 1 and 2 were sent hurtling off into space on missions to explore our solar system and beyond, carrying 12-inch, gold-plated copper …

Datebook: Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky) at The Drawing Center, New York

The Drawing Center in New York will host a performance art event titled “Drawing Sound III: Composing the City” on September 28, 2016.The program …

DJs

The Black Lives Matter Founders Are Among the World's Greatest Leaders

They succeeded where Occupy Wall Street failed.<p><i>The staff of Fortune and a panel of experts recently assembled our 2016 list of the World’s Greatest Leaders. Here’s a short profile of three of them.</i><p>Modern social movements often fizzle after their moment in the national news (Occupy Wall Street and …

Black Lives Matter

It's good to talk? Actually, no, I'll send you a message, say mobile phone users

The mobile telephone call could soon be extinct, research shows amid a surge in Britons of all ages instead using email, video and social media.<p>Almost one in three respondents in a major survey claimed they had not made any standard voice calls on their handsets in the last week.<p>In 2012, four …

Phones

A Haunting Short Film Set in a World Where Evolution Happens Rapidly -- And Is Often Deadly

GIF<p>In the dystopian world of <i>Dust</i>, evolution occurs at a breakneck rate, forming organisms that may hold miraculous powers or trigger deadly plagues. …

Short Films

How Your Brain Simplifies Complex Reality

The Importance of Mentors: Learning From Ansel Adams

Back in the late '90s—long before websites and other digital portals became the showcase for photographers—I made regular visits to New York City to share my portfolio with magazine clients.<p>On one of those visits, while walking out of the building that houses <i>Rolling Stone</i> and <i>Men's Journal</i>, I …

I asked 10 historians to nominate the 'worst' year in history — here are their picks

Terror attacks, Zika, Brexit, police shootings, Syria, Trump, record-hot temperatures, the losses of Prince and David Bowie—this has been one unrelenting turn around the calendar.<p>Have terrifying events truly piled up on each other in 2016, in a way they didn’t in any other year in human history? Or …

Terrorism

The haunting song of climate change, in D minor

Cross-posted from Climate Central<p>Despite spending countless hours of her PhD at Stanford making visits to remote stretches of Alaska, poring over …

Environmentalism

Google's Project Shield helps any news site beat DDoS attacks

Independent news sources can get help from Google's massive infrastructure to stay online.<p>The distributed denial-of-service attack, better know as a DDoS, is one of the more basic but effective ways of shutting down a website you might want to torment. Often, hackers use them to silence sites who …

Google

Security writer recovers from massive revenge cyberattack

The incident raises questions about journalism in an era when it's easy to force websites offline.<p>Journalists are no stranger to making enemies bent on retaliation. However, it's becoming increasingly difficult to survive that retaliation in internet era... just ask security writer Brian Krebs. An …

Security

What Are The World's Most 'Miserable Economies'?

17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed The Genre

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction …

Andrew Sullivan: My Distraction Sickness — and Yours

I was sitting in a large meditation hall in a converted novitiate in central Massachusetts when I reached into my pocket for my iPhone. A woman in …

Meditation

Science Shows How to Achieve Your Full Potential

Intelligence is not a monolithic capacity but varies over the years. In fact, when we are young we have a smoother intelligence and with the passing …

Intelligence

Frequency illusion and exploding Samsung phones

Just because you're hearing about Samsung phones exploding, doesn't mean it's actually happening more often.<p>Did you hear?! A Samsung phone caught …

Samsung

Nasa: Earth is warming at a pace 'unprecedented in 1,000 years'

The planet is warming at a pace not experienced within the past 1,000 years, at least, making it “very unlikely” that the world will stay within a crucial temperature limit agreed by nations just last year, according to Nasa’s top climate scientist.<p>This year has already seen scorching heat around …

NASA

Recalculating the Climate Math

The future of humanity depends on math. And the numbers in a new study released Thursday are the most ominous yet.<p>Those numbers spell out, in simple …

With Polyphasic Sleep, You Can Thrive on as Little as Two Hours per Night

Nikola Tesla, Franz Kafka, and Winston Churchill all practiced polyphasic sleep. <br>Read More

Sleep

The price of connection: 'surveillance capitalism'

Shifts in our communication infrastructures have reshaped the very possibilities of social order driven by markets and commercial exploitation. Marc …