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Aboriginal Traditions Describe The Complex Motions Of Planets, The 'Wandering Stars' Of The Sky

Image: iStock<p><i>Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this story may contain images and voices of people who have died.</i><p>The five …

Astronomy

Aboriginal traditions describe the complex motions of planets, the 'wandering stars' of the sky

<i>Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this story may contain images and voices of people who have died.</i><p>The five planets we …

Australia

How tech's richest plan to save themselves after the apocalypse

It’s a reduction of human evolution to a video game won by finding the escape hatch and bringing BFFs along for the ride<p>The very essence of what it means to be human is treated less as a feature than bug<p>Last year, I got invited to a super-deluxe private resort to deliver a keynote speech to what I …

Singularity

Central Europe is a lesson to liberals: don’t be anti-nationalist | Ivan Krastev

Central Europeans feel threatened not by migrants but by the void left by emigration over the last decade<p>‘I’ve only ever been afraid of signs and symbols, never of people and things,” wrote the Romanian novelist Mihail Sebastian at the start of For Two Thousand Years, the marvellous 1934 book that …

Europe

Unique neuronal firing patterns in our "second brain" observed for the first time

Using a newly developed imaging technique, a team of researchers in Australia has directly observed a unique neural motor firing pattern outside of …

'It's only a beer': the unwritten contracts between men and women

The first time I failed to pay up, I was a high school student at a bowling alley in my small town in central Pennsylvania. An older man bought me a beer and talked to me while he shot pool. Smoking and drinking in that grungy bowling alley bar in the seediest part of town, I felt cosmopolitan and …

Feminism

'These are beautiful houses': Why is the law so tough on tiny homes?

Pressure is mounting on local and state governments across the country to relax their planning regulations for tiny houses, the small-scale living …

The Handbook of Tyranny: stark infographics on human cruelty

<i>Handbook of Tyranny</i> tells the story of human cruelty in a series of beautifully designed inforgraphics, like this chart showing methods of crowd …

'I was a little bit ahead': Twitter co-founder saw the internet's problems coming

As Twitter co-founder Ev Williams' empire grew, he started to get a gnawing feeling that something wasn't right.

Switzerland is about to vote on whether to send its financial system back to the Dark Ages in a referendum to ban banks from creating money

• <b>A referendum in Switzerland could fundamentally change the country’s monetary system.</b>• <b><br>The vote will be on the introduction of the sovereign money</b> …

I Was in the ‘Wild Wild Country’ Cult and I Loved It

Today, Raymond van Mil is a nightlife photographer in Amsterdam. But back in the 90s he was swami Antar Sangit and lived in Osho’s ashram in India.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Netherlands.</i><p>Raymond van Mil has photographed the Amsterdam nightlife scene for the past eight years and …

Sympathy for the ‘Incel’

A young man like Jack Peterson, a self-described ‘incel,’ seems not so much a product of toxic masculinity as a failure of masculinity itself.<p>If you …

Amid the opioid epidemic, white means victim, black means addict

America’s social hierarchies rule everything – even the opioid epidemic. You don’t have to dig deep into the recovery process to find the hypocrisy to people of color<p>My cursor is hovering over the “unfriend” button, but I haven’t clicked it.<p>Today, my relationship-severing finger is poised to get …

Race & Ethnicity

Straight people don't exist – so why do half of bisexual men fear coming out?

Today, Stonewall published their LGBT in Britain – Work Report which has found one in three LGBT people fear telling colleagues their sexuality or gender identity. Whilst this figure alone is shocking, the report found that some of the biggest issues are felt by bisexual men.<p>According to the …

The demise of the nation state

After decades of globalisation, our political system has become obsolete – and spasms of resurgent nationalism are a sign of its irreversible decline. By Rana Dasgupta<p>What is happening to national politics? Every day in the US, events further exceed the imaginations of absurdist novelists and …

Civil Rights

Losing the booze: five ways to drink less without missing out

Sandwiched as it is between the first socially sanctioned dry periods of the year (Dry January, Febfast) and the later ones (Dry July, Ocsober), March can be a pretty boozy month. Those of us who abstained from drink after the excesses of Christmas have now probably eased back into our regular …

Alcohol

Some Of The Oldest-Ever Tattoos Found On Egyptian Mummies

The two well-preserved mummies from Egypt's Gebelein site – a male and a female — have been in the British Museum's collection for more than 100 years.<p>But thanks to new technology, archaeologists have just discovered that they have some of the world's oldest tattoos – and what they say are the …

Archaeology

40 Years of Data Suggest 3 Myths About Globalization

Three beliefs about globalization have propagated since the early 1980s. First, that globalization leads to a reduction in global inequality. Second, that high income growth among the richest will lift the incomes of the poorest. Third, that there is no alternative to rising inequality without …

China's Xinjiang surveillance is the dystopian future nobody wants

In July 2009, deadly riots broke out in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, China. Nearly 200 people died, the majority ethnic Han Chinese, and thousands of Chinese troops were brought in to quell the riots. An information battle soon followed, as mobile phone and internet service was cut off in the …

Social media is giving us trypophobia

Something is rotten in the state of technology.<p>But amid all the hand-wringing over fake news, the cries of election deforming Kremlin disinformation plots, the calls from political podia for tech giants to locate a social conscience, a knottier realization is taking shape.<p>Fake news and …

Your Phone Is a Prison

'Psychopolitics' discusses how social media has replaced freedom with the church of the internet.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i>.<p>In June 2017, Facebook announced it had passed the 2 billion users mark. It is, by far, the biggest social network, although Twitter, with 300 million users …

How I let drinking take over my life

Five years after his last taste of alcohol, William Leith tries to understand its powerful magic<p>I had my last drink five years ago, in the early hours of the morning on 1 January 2013. I think it might have been around 2am. I wouldn’t have described myself as drunk. I would have said I’d had a few …

Alcohol

Here's The Important Reason We Don't Get Mad Chemistry Kits For Christmas Any More

Those things were deadly.<p>For the first half of the 20th century, the humble chemistry kit was a hit with science-savvy children across the western …

I Spent 80 Days Trying to Get Abs and It Ruined My Life

I lost 30 pounds and a quarter of my body fat and all it cost was my social life, my relationship, and any joy I had.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>There is a photo of Hugh Jackman that's been circling the internet for awhile. It’s a side-by-side shot comparing Jackman's physique …

Former Facebook Exec: 'You Don’t Realize It But You Are Being Programmed'

This is the year everyone—including founding executives—began publicly questioning the impact of social media on our lives.<p>Last month, Facebook’s …

Palliative patient's last wish to see the beach granted by paramedic crew

Two Queensland paramedics who went out of their way to fulfil the final wish of a palliative patient and take her to the beach one last time say …

The Last of the Iron Lungs

Martha Lillard spends half of every day with her body encapsulated in a half-century old machine that forces her to breathe. Only her head sticks out …

The Tattooist for the Yakuza Explains Why Tattoos Should Never Be Seen

"When something becomes a fashion, it isn’t fascinating anymore."<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Australia</i>.<p>Growing up in a conservative Muslim household, if any of my cousins had tattoos they always had to keep them hidden. Tattoos were both a religious and cultural taboo. I remember when …

Author vows book exposing Chinese influence will go ahead after publisher pulls out

Allen & Unwin had cancelled plans to print Clive Hamilton’s Silent Invasion over fear of legal action by the Chinese government<p>Prominent Charles Sturt University author and ethicist Professor Clive Hamilton says his book exposing the Chinese Communist party’s activities in Australia will still be …

What's wrong with being 'fair and balanced'?

The ABC has been in the news a bit lately, not least because there is a push underway to make sure our journalism is fair and balanced.<p>In fact, there …