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Who will be remembered in 1,000 years?

Hopeful contenders for everlasting fame must run the gauntlet of numerous challenges, including the jealousy of rivals and possible extinction of their own civilisation and language. How do you remain remembered for generations?<p>I’m in the secluded western corner of London’s Highgate cemetery, …

Ancient History

Experts Say These 9 Things Are The Secret to Living a Longer Life

The mystery of the blue zones.<p>"Blue zones" are areas of the world where people live considerably longer lives. On these territories we can find …

6 Morning Routines That Are Hard to Adopt But Will Pay Off For Life

To start your day right, you've got to get into some good habits.<p>The early birds will inherit the earth.<p>At least that’s what a 2009 University of …

香港人看臺灣:一黨獨大的危機

努力去愛人,但不要勉強別人來愛自己

《99%上班族不知道的工作祕密》:六個月內成為專家的百本閱讀法

How to cycle across South America with absolutely no money

Starting on the Pacific coast of Ecuador, adventurer and philanthropist Laura Bingham relies on foraging, fishing, and favours from locals to reach …

Traveling Across Japan

Hiroyuki Ito covered a lot of ground this summer: Moji, Dazaifu, Hakata, Yanagawa and Kumamoto on Japan’s Kyushu Island; Kochi-city and Cape Ashizuri in Kochi; Atami in Shizuoka and Omiya, Saitama. 54 cities in 18 prefectures, to be exact.<p>He was looking to capture the way people live outside of …

Japan

The mystery of the lost Roman herb

Julius Caesar kept a cache of it in the government treasury and the Greeks even put it on their money. It was worth its weight in gold – but no one knows if it still exists.<p>Long ago, in the ancient city of Cyrene, there was a herb called silphium. It didn’t look like much – with stout roots, stumpy …

Ancient History

Why China’s internet use has overtaken the West

We’ve reached a watershed moment in Chinese people’s online lives – and their innovation will lead the way for the rest of the world.<p>Four years ago, the British anthropologist Tom McDonald set-up home in Anshan, a small rural town between Beijing and Shanghai. His aim was to study the way local …

China

In quickness and in health: A love story

We arrived at the courthouse just before 10 a.m., after those in line for jury duty had made it through security. Once cleared, we rode the escalator down to the basement, rounded two corners and located the office at the end of the hall.<p>After signing in, we took a seat and waited for our names to …

Love Stories

2016年《紐約時報》最受歡迎的100篇報導

Inside the brain of the man who would be 'Blindfold King' of chess

Next month, Timur Gareyev will play nearly 50 opponents at once - blindfolded. Can neuroscientists reveal how he performs such incredible mental feats?<p>Even by world record standards, it sets a high bar for human performance. Next month in Las Vegas a chess player named Timur Gareyev plans to take …

The Brain

The mesmerising journey whisky takes from barley to barrel

We followed the process of making whisky across Scotland – and distilled 21 steps down to three hypnotising minutes<p>When you’re holding a glass of Scotch whisky, it’s easy to forget that it took several years to get from barley-covered fields to that distinctive spirit enjoyed around the world.<p>We …

Scotland

Why the present day could be the best time to be alive

It feels like it’s been a bad year, but scientific and societal strides forward in recent decades have transformed global living standards. The world is far from perfect, however, which is why BBC Future is staging a unique event in November to address our global challenges.<p>Imagine you had the …

Space Travel

北京能否阻止香港的分離主義者? - 紐約時報中文網

香港——在中國領導人關上香港政治改革的大門兩年後,六名憑藉分離主義政治綱要競選的年輕候選人,在9月4日的香港立法機構選舉中贏得了議員席位。一個決意要為香港爭取更多獨立的年輕政治群體迅速崛起,而這正是北京收緊對該前英國殖民地的控制直接造成的。<p>分離主義者的崛起不僅是香港政府和北京的一場危機,後者本就面臨著西藏、新疆和台灣境內的獨立運動。它還威脅著日漸年邁的香港民主陣營領袖的政治權力。幾十年來他們一直倡導政治改革,現在卻發現自己被年輕的激進分子超越了。對北京日漸專制的行事方式,這些激進分子沒什麼耐心。<p>這六名新當選的分離派議員均不到40歲。他們是受了2014年雨傘運動的鼓舞。當時,香港出現了歷時79天 …

The computer designed in the 1800s

In the video above, discover how punched cards were proposed as a way to program 19th Century ‘computers’.<p>When we interact with computers today, we type into keyboards or press on screens. But the earliest programmers in the 1800s had to use much more rudimentary methods to control their …

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The tragic fate of the people who stop sleeping

A handful of families are cursed with “fatal insomnia”, a cruel disease that leads to months of sleepless nights and terrible exhaustion. Will a controversial cure save their lives?<p>Silvano was on a cruise ship when the family curse struck. An elegant 53-year-old with striking red hair who enjoyed …

Medical Journals

What is deja vu?

Is it all just an illusion? In the video below, Greg Foot of Britlab explains the fascinating history and perplexing science of this strange feeling.

Science

2015十大必讀推薦書:讀過後會有一種「WOW」的感覺

趁今年快結束了,新的一年即將到來之際,推選出今年讀過的2015年十大必讀好書,每本好書也都有書評。<p>和往常一樣,這些好書,不僅要內容豐富精彩,文筆生動流暢、深入淺出地具有高可讀性,在讀過後還有一種「WOW」的感覺,即使沒有毀三觀(世界觀、價值觀、人生觀),也讓你對世界的認識又提升了一層。<p>除了十大必讀好書,今年也同時列出去年最大的遺珠,特別推介一本好友的好書,以及一些小弟掛名推薦的好書。<p>另外,因為太多人問我怎麼讀這麼多書,其實也沒有很多,今年總共才五六十本而已T.T,所以就寫了這篇〈APP時代的讀書術〉和大家切蹉 。<p>也希望來年能讀更多好書來和大家分享 ^_^<p>以下順序僅依書評刊出的時間排序:<p>《好人總 …

Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.<p>Deeply strange reports have been emerging from the Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, until recently the world’s happiest shoe store. This spring, by order of the CEO, Tony Hsieh, the company …

The Most Interesting Part of Apple's Presentation Wasn't a Gadget

It was the company’s new upgrade program, which signals that iPhones are becoming a utility.<p>Apple’s announcement on Wednesday was chock full of shiny new hardware: new phones, new tablets, a new TV-set-top box. But perhaps the most important announcement from the company—and definitely the most …

Dial-Up on the Bosphorus

<b>As part of our Innovators issue, we asked four writers to reflect on an innovation that changed their lives. We’ll be posting their essays in the course of the week.</b><p>When I was six, middle-aged men in crumpled suits regularly showed up at my Istanbul elementary school, pulled out a dog-eared address …

10 New Tricks to Improve Your Memory

Research says these tips can boost your memory:<p>Closing your eyes does improve recall of information. And trust your memory: double checking makes you …