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This app fuels the illicit trade of dumplings and pork knuckles in Southern California

Shirley Zhang knows she can get a perfectly reliable Chinese dumpling from a restaurant chain such as Din Tai Fung.<p>But to get that home-cooked taste — with dumpling skin that’s extra chewy and meat filling that’s always generous — the Chinatown resident turns to WeChat.<p>The Chinese messaging app is …

California

Welcome to Pleistocene Park

In Arctic Siberia, Russian scientists are trying to stave off catastrophic climate change—by resurrecting an Ice Age biome complete with lab-grown woolly mammoths.<p>Nikita Zimov’s nickname for the vehicle seemed odd at first. It didn’t look like a baby mammoth. It looked like a small tank, with …

Nature

Escape to another world

As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are dropping out of the job market to spend their time in an alternate reality. …

Game Development

Science and brutal travel led Kerr to rest stars

Over the years, Doc Rivers has spent hours agonizing about whether to rest his stars. As a former All-Star who played 13 years in the NBA during the …

NBA

The Sports Bubble Has Already Burst

There’s a word to describe the past year for sports on TV: brutal. NFL ratings declined. Sports debate programs were down year over year. NBA games …

TV

The Not-So-Secret Life of Terrence Malick

The Not-So-Secret Life of Terrence Malick<p>The world’s most private director turns his lens on the place where he’s always been most public: …

Texas

Is It Better to Be Poor in Bangladesh or the Mississippi Delta?

The Nobel laureate Angus Deaton discusses extreme poverty, opioid addiction, Trump voters, robots, and rent-seeking.<p>Angus Deaton studies the grand questions not just of economics but of life. What makes people happy? How should we measure well-being? Should countries give foreign aid? What can and …

Poverty

What does it mean to be human?

The game of the name

Both arguments make assumptions about language and how it relates to thoughts and attitudes -- a connection first made in 1946 by George Orwell in …

Linguistics

Is global history still possible, or has it had its moment? – Jeremy Adelman

Well, that was a short ride. Not long ago, one of the world’s leading historians, Lynn Hunt, stated with confidence in <i>Writing History in the Global</i> …

Globalization

Will Democracy Survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence?

We are in the middle of a technological upheaval that will transform the way society is organized. We must make the right decisions now

Artificial Intelligence

The future will be good for matchers and bad for strivers

Economist Tyler Cowen says a big part of thriving in the future will come down to attitude.<p>"Matchers gain, strivers lose," he writes in a new book, "The Complacent Class."<p>Matchers, aka enthusiasts, are people who are motivated by personal interests, whether that's record collecting, hiking, …

Vinyl Records

Cognitive science concepts relevant to misinformation

MisinfoCon Creative Studio Led by Cathy Deng, BuzzFeed Open Lab & Matt Stempeck , Microsoft [Joining with Combatting echo chambers topic suggested by …

The Coming Amnesia

[Image: Galaxy M101; full image credits].In a talk delivered in Amsterdam a few years ago, science fiction writer Alastair Reynolds outlined an …

Cosmology

Generative design software will give designers "superpowers"

Generative design tools that produce optimum forms for products and buildings without human intervention are set to transform both the physical world …

Our Miserable 21st Century

A<p>O <br>n the morning of November 8, 2016, America’s elite—its talking and deciding classes—woke up to a country they did not know. To most privileged and …

Conservative POV

Crony Beliefs

<i>Credits up front: This essay draws heavily from Overcoming Bias, Less Wrong, Slate Star Codex, Robert Kurzban, Robert Trivers, Thomas Schelling, and</i> …

Atheism

Who's in Charge of Our Minds? The Interpreter

One of the most fascinating discoveries of modern neuroscience is that <b>the brain is a collection of distinct modules (grouped, highly connected</b> …

The Brain

Republicans' Gerrymandering Could End Up Helping Democrats

The Tea Party wave of 2010 cost the Democrats the House, and then Republicans gerrymandered congressional districts to remain in power. But drawing districts with the intention of helping your party is an act of statistical modeling, and all models have assumptions, biases and flaws. A midterm …

Elections

Income inequality linked to export “complexity”

In a series of papers over the past 10 years, MIT Professor César Hidalgo and his collaborators have argued that the complexity of a country’s …

Income Inequality

The Downfall Of YouTube’s Biggest Star Is A Symptom Of A Bigger Illness

The schadenfreude over YouTube star Felix Kjellberg’s sudden fall from grace overlooks a much bigger, more insidious pattern of young men testing boundaries in the angriest corners of the internet.<p><i>This essay is a guest post from the Deputy Editor at</i> <b>Screener</b><i>, a site for critical writing on</i> …

You Tube

Is Trump finished?

Not yet. But it’s hard to see how Trump can last even one term unless his top advisers take away his phone, lock him in a closet, and let him out …

Government

The New Twitter Detectives Want To Bring Down Trump Without Becoming Alex Jones

While the White House pushes alternative facts, anti-Trumpers and voices on the left are launching their own 140-character investigations and growing ever more conspiratorial.<p>Just after 3 a.m. last Friday morning, <i>Huffington Post</i> contributor and progressive advocate Alex Mohajer set to work on a …

Conspiracies

Why Whole Foods is now struggling

Organic food has never been so popular among American consumers. Ironically, that’s bad news for the brand that made organic a household name — namely, the Austin-based Whole Foods.<p>On Wednesday, Whole Foods reported what is arguably its worst performance in a decade, announcing its sixth …

Whole Foods

Political Networking (how social networking is changing politics forever)

Social networking is changing politics, that fact should be clear by now. A simple proof: Trump wouldn't be in the White House without it.<p>But where …

Democracy

Becoming better fathers

Considerations On Cost Disease

<b>I.</b><p>Tyler Cowen writes about cost disease. I’d previously heard the term used to refer only to a specific theory of why costs are increasing, involving …

Health Care

Raising the Sanity Waterline

To paraphrase the Black Belt Bayesian: Behind every exciting, dramatic failure, there is a more important story about a larger and less dramatic …

Philosophy

Why magic is overrated

A few days ago you all were speculating about which fictional objects you might wish to own. I was struck by how the more extravagant answers seemed …

Economics

Letters From Jacqueline Kennedy to the Man She Didn’t Marry

LONDON — In November 1967, four years after her husband’s assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy traveled to the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia on a much-publicized trip with David Ormsby Gore, a friend of her husband and himself a recent widower.<p>There was much speculation of a romantic attachment. A …

Obituaries