Gerardo Parra

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Hating Queerness Without Hating the Queer

The views of religiously conservative Americans no longer dominate U.S. culture or law. How will LGBT supporters engage with their perspectives on sexuality?<p>Among socially conservative religious leaders, the rapid shift of the cultural and legal status quo on issues of sexuality has created a …

LGBTQI

The Hardest Places in the World to Visit

I traveled to every country on earth. In some cases, the adventure started before I could get there.<p>Last summer, my Royal Air Maroc flight from Casablanca landed at Malabo International Airport in Equatorial Guinea, and I completed a 50-year mission: I had officially, and legally, visited every …

International Criminal Court

Can You Cure Chronic Lateness?

The thorny habit is a tough one to break—but scientists say that managing it is possible.<p>In a Wait But Why analysis of people who are habitually late—whether it’s to work, social engagements, or major appointments—Tim Urban concludes that some members of this group, including himself, could be …

Self-help

Six maps that will make you rethink the world

We don’t often question the typical world map that hangs on the walls of classrooms — a patchwork of yellow, pink and green that separates the world into more than 200 nations. But Parag Khanna, a global strategist, says that this map is, essentially, obsolete.<p>Khanna is the author of the new book …

Globalization

The Really Big One

An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.<p>When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology. As the shaking started, everyone in …

Geology

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators

The psychological origins of waiting (... and waiting, and waiting) to work<p>Like most writers, I am an inveterate procrastinator. In the course of writing this one article, I have checked my e-mail approximately 3,000 times, made and discarded multiple grocery lists, conducted a lengthy Twitter …

The Indus Valley civilisation is 2,500 years older than previously believed

The Indus Valley civilisation may be even older than initially thought.<p>A group of researchers in India have used carbon dating techniques on animal remains and pottery fragments to conclude that the Indus Valley settlements could be 8,000 years old—2,500years older than previously believed.<p>That …

Anthropology

Oberlin activist students want conversations instead of exams, no below-'C' grades

Also, the college should pay them when they protest stuff<p>Life is hard for Oberlin College's activist undergraduates. Protesting against the injustices of society takes so much work and energy that they have little time for less important chores — like studying and taking tests.<p>And the elite Ohio …

Higher Education

Privilege is what allows Sanders supporters to say they’ll “never” vote for Clinton

The latest installment of “The Internet Explodes with Hatred for Hillary Clinton” happened earlier this month. The Democratic presidential candidate, whose own record on AIDS research and funding is better than any other candidate, mistakenly said that former US first lady Nancy Reagan was a key …

Middle-class

10 secret places in Paris you would never discover on your own

SECRET TOUR GUIDE and filmmaker Mathieu Stern reveals the top 10 secret places to discover in Paris.<p>1 – Jardin alpin (Map)<br>Nestled in the heart of the …

A folding robot made of pig parts that removes batteries from stomachs with magnets

Researchers from MIT, the University of Sheffield and the Tokyo Institute of Technology joined forces for a project that reads like something out of a William Burroughs novel. Crafted from dried pig intestines, the little origami robot is designed to hatch from inside a swallowed capsule and unfold …

Robotics

Algorithm Clones Van Gogh’s Artistic Style and Pastes It onto Other Images, Movies - MIT Technology Review

The nature of artistic style is something of a mystery to most people. Think of Vincent Van Gogh’s <i>Starry Night</i>, Picasso’s work on cubism, or Edvard …

Deep Learning
Archaeology

Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight

<i>11:20 a.m.: This post has been updated to include additional details from American Airlines.</i><p>On Thursday evening, a 40-year-old man — with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent — boarded a plane. It was a regional jet making a short, uneventful hop from Philadelphia to nearby …

Flying
Government

The best lines from Obama’s White House correspondents’ dinner speech

Obama’s last speech at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on Saturday night was, like his previous years, packed with jokes. Targets included the media, the 2016 presidential candidates, and specifically Donald Trump. There were a <i>lot</i> of Trump jokes.<p>[<i>Full story: For Obama’s final</i> …

The White House

Construction workers in Spain unearth 1,300 pound trove of ancient Roman coins

Some 1,300 pounds of bronze Roman coins dating to the 3rd and 4th centuries have been unearthed by construction workers digging ditches in Spain.<p>The find, in 19 amphoras — storage containers — is unique not only because of the volume of coins but because the coins appear to have never been in …

Archaeology

Quartz

SOLAR BLANKET<p>Saudi Arabia has a plan to wean its economy off oil. In the biggest sign of what the future of the Persian Gulf state would…<p>In the …

Cambridge Analytica

10 Secrets of the Louvre, The World's Most Visited Museum

<i>This piece originally appeared on Travel + Leisure.</i><p>For many people all over the world, a visit to the Louvre is a major bucket list item during a …

Museums

FBI has accessed San Bernardino shooter’s phone without Apple’s help

The Justice Department is abandoning its bid to force Apple to help it unlock the iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack because investigators have found a way in without the tech giant’s assistance, prosecutors wrote in a court filing Monday.<p>In a three-sentence …

Privacy

In Two Moves, AlphaGo and Lee Sedol Redefined the Future

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — In Game Two, the Google machine made a move that no human ever would. And it was beautiful. As the world looked on, the move so …

​A Culture of Sensitivity | Opinion | The Harvard Crimson

I used to believe that open discourse was a value all Americans hold dear. I presumed that when asked about what makes America so unique, many …

Government