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Laser Scans Reveal Maya "Megalopolis" Below Guatemalan Jungle

A vast, interconnected network of ancient cities was home to millions more people than previously thought.<p>Using a revolutionary technology known as LiDAR (short for “Light Detection And Ranging”), scholars digitally removed the tree canopy from aerial images of the now-unpopulated landscape, …

Being Lazy Is the Key to Success, According to the Best-Selling Author of 'Moneyball' | Inc.com

Do you think of yourself as lazy? If so, do you think that's a good thing? It just might be the key to success. That's according to Michael Lewis, author of the bestsellers <i>Moneyball</i>, <i>The Big Short</i>, and many more.<p>Lewis was a keynote speaker at the 2017 Insight Summit put on by online survey company …

Motivation

Is a Long Life Really Worth It?

That’s the question that reader John Harris has been asking himself lately. He’s not alone: In 1862, one of <i>The Atlantic</i>’s founders, Ralph Waldo Emerson, wondered the same thing about aging. Acknowledging that “the creed of the street is, Old Age is not disgraceful, but immensely disadvantageous,” …

Rare Black-Maned Ethiopian Lion Caught on Video

A National Geographic explorer spotted the adult male on a recent expedition to Bale Mountains National Park.<p>What would you do if you suddenly ran into the king of beasts on a dark road in Ethiopia? Scream? Run? Faint?<p>Not Çağan Şekercioğlu. Instead, he took a deep breath and kept his camera rolling …

15 Intimate Portraits of Lions

Cecil’s death has focused attention on wildlife crime. Lions aren’t the only threatened species. But they may well be the most charismatic.<p>The recent killing of Cecil the Lion, just one of one of many illegally hunted big cats, has put new emphasis on the destructive force of wildlife crime. It has …

Barack Obama Won The White House, But Democrats Lost The Country

What happened?<p>In 2000, Barack Obama had just lost a congressional race and was feeling blue. So when a friend suggested that he head to the …

Democratic Party

16 incredible quotes from 16 incredible books that got us through 2016

If there is one thing to celebrate from 2016, a year that has been very objectively and very scientifically determined to be a large, blazing garbage …

Hemingway in Cuba

Robert Manning, the executive editor of The Atlantic, looks back on his 1954 visit with the Nobel Prize–winning author.<p>On the shore of Havana's back harbor a stubborn hulk rests in drydock and erodes with time. Its engine and expensive fishing tackle are gone. The fading letters of its name, …

Literature

Despair and Hope in Trump’s America

Americans are optimistic about the communities they live in—but not their nation. Why?<p>I have been alive for a long time. I remember the assassination of John F. Kennedy, when I was a 10th-grader, and then watching with my family through the grim following days as newscasters said that something had …

Society

How to Kill the Middle Class

Strangling public-sector unions in Wisconsin has shrunk teachers’ pay and benefits. Who’s next?<p>Back in 2009, Rick Erickson was happy with his job as a teacher in one of the state’s northernmost school districts on the shores of Lake Superior. He made $35,770 a year teaching chemistry and physics, …

Health Care

Netflix Launches Video Previews: How The Company Landed On Its Biggest Redesign Ever

The streaming giant has replaced still photos with moving images to enhance user experience by (hopefully) cutting down on browsing time.<p>Several years ago, when Netflix was playing around with a redesign of its platform, Chris Jaffe, VP of user interface innovation, went to Barnes & Noble and …

Televisions

The Presidential Suite: A Look Back at Obama’s Musical Milestones

<i>’Cause I’m black and I’m proud</i><i><br>I’m ready and hyped plus I’m amped</i><i><br>Most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps</i><p>Chuck D’s gruff protest turns ironic as “Fight the Power” blares across the White House grounds. On a bright October afternoon, over manicured grass and against neo-classicalcolumns, Public …

The White House

In the future, cities may finally solve problems that have stumped the world’s biggest nations

Cities are shaping the future of global affairs.<p>Over the next seven days, tens of thousands of people from around the world will convene in Quito for Habitat III. Heads of state, mayors, corporate leaders, and civil society representatives will join this United Nations conference to explore ways in …

Smart Cities

The “Unmasking” of Elena Ferrante

The news that the true identity of the writer Elena Ferrante has, allegedly, been uncovered was published on the blog of <i>The</i> <i>New York Review of Books</i> at 1 <i>A.M.</i> on Sunday—the Internet’s witching hour, when salacious tidbits are unloaded online to greet the unsuspecting citizens of Twitter bright and …

Books

Netflix's 'Luke Cage' Is A Great Show Marred By A Terrible Third Act

This weekend, Netflix released <i>Luke Cage</i>, the latest puzzle piece in Marvel’s grand cinematic universe that spans a series of never-ending blockbuster films, at least two network shows and now three programs on the streaming service. <i>Luke Cage</i> is in the same Manhattan “microverse” alongside <i>Daredevil</i> …

Comics

Typecast as a terrorist

As my acting career developed, I was no longer cast as a radical Muslim – except at the airport<p>To begin with, auditions taught me to get through airports. In the end, it was the other way around. I’m an actor. Since I was a teenager I have had to play different characters, negotiating the cultural …

Time I

‘Have You No Sense of Decency, Mr. Trump?’

Why the GOP nominee’s criticism of a Gold Star family could be a McCarthy-like turning point.<p>“Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?” Those cutting words, delivered on national television, effectively ended the career of Senator Joe McCarthy. For four …

Donald Trump

16 hot UK fintech startups that could one day be worth $1 billion

Many lenders are losing business to more innovative and customer-focused startups offering cheaper, quicker, online services.<p>London is leading the way in Europe, with two fintech startups there already reaching "unicorn" status — the coveted $1 billion (£650 million) valuation. They are …

Online

Forget Obama, John Maynard Keynes Predicted Donald Trump And Bernie Sanders

It’s no major insight at this point to say that the presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump signal something amiss within the electorate. Voters are plainly mad about something, and the something is likely economic. Does anyone seriously believe Trump and Sanders would be part of …

Economics

Forget Technology. The Real Military Edge Comes From Promoting Smart People

<b>Let us not conflate military innovation with</b> technology, as if that were the problem. Those who claim the United States lost its recent wars do not …

You Can Go Home Again: The Transformative Joy Of Rereading

Returning to a book you've read multiple times can feel like drinks with an old friend. There's a welcome familiarity — but also sometimes a slight suspicion that time has changed you both, and thus the relationship. But books don't change, people do. And that's what makes the act of rereading so …

Books

The Strange Case of the Missing Crisis

What emerging markets have—and haven't—learned from earlier downturns<p>Capital has been flowing out of emerging markets for several years, driven by slowing growth, tumbling commodity prices, and the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates. Oddly enough, no big emerging country has gone bust as a …

Weird

Dark and romantic night cityscapes by Russian artist Alexei Butirskiy

If you love cities as much as Russian artist Alexei Butirskiy, then you'll appreciate his elegant cityscape paintings – almost always depicting urban …

Do Emotions and Morality Mix?

A philosopher explains how feelings influence right and wrong.<p>Daily life is peppered with moral decisions. Some are so automatic that they fail to register—like holding the door for a mother struggling with a stroller, or resisting a passing urge to elbow the guy who cut you in line at Starbucks. …

Consciousness

Top 20 Wildlife Photos on 500px So Far This Year

At the end of every year we do a “Best of *inset year here*” series, in which we count down the top 10 most popular photos in every single category. …

Iranian Vote Affirms Obama Administration Nuclear Deal

Iranians recently voted for a new parliament (Majlis) as well as Assembly of Experts, tasked with choosing the successor to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Moderate reformers did well in both bodies, vindicating the Obama administration's decision to try diplomacy after years of …

South Asia

The Obama Doctrine

The U.S. president talks through his hardest decisions about America’s role in the world.<p>Friday, August 30, 2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America’s reign as the world’s sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered …

Geopolitics

Why so many scientists are so ignorant

Science has enormous cachet and authority in our culture — for very understandable reasons! And that has led scientists (and non-scientists who claim …

Umberto Eco in quotes – 10 of the best

A bestselling novelist, semiotician, philosopher, essayist, literary critic... no matter the form, Umberto Eco explored the intricacies of human behaviour, love and literature with grace and nuance. Here are some of his best quotes<p>Italian author Umberto Eco dies aged 84 Obituary: Umberto Eco, …

Literature

Splits in the Keynesian camp: a Galilean Dialogue

As Paul Krugman pointed out a year ago, a sharp difference of views about US monetary policy has developed between two camps of Keynesians who …

Federal Reserve