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How to Make Friends, According to Science

To begin, don’t dismiss the humble acquaintance.<p>“What are friends for?” This isn’t a rhetorical question. Friendship is one of life’s most important features, and one too often taken for granted.<p>The human desire for companionship may feel boundless, but research suggests that our social capital is …


Trevor Noah’s feud with France over race, identity, and Africa, explained

The feud involves the World Cup, jokes, differing ideas of citizenship, and Noah’s French accent.<p>An important intellectual debate is currently playing out involving the French ambassador to the United States — and a late-night comedy host.<p>During a Monday monologue, Daily Show host Trevor Noah made …

United States

The French Don’t Understand American Identity Politics

Trevor Noah and a French diplomat had a very public spat over race.<p>If you were looking for a textbook example of the differences between how the United States and France think of themselves as multiethnic nations, look no further than the tiff this week between <i>The Daily Show</i>’s Trevor Noah and …

South Africa

The streaming era is ignoring classic movies. Twitter is helping keep them alive.

It’s harder than ever to find classic films on streaming services like Netflix. Thank goodness for social media.<p>“It just took off like lightning,” Jennifer Dorian says.<p>The “it” in question is a Twitter meme that became all but ubiquitous when it spread across the platform in April, asking people to …

Social Media

Statue of Liberty Climber: ‘In a Democracy, We Do Not Put Children in Cages’

In a Manhattan federal court on Thursday, Therese Patricia Okoumou, the 44-year-old woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July to …

Amber Tamblyn Is Advocating for Women, and Herself

In the summer of her 35th year, Amber Tamblyn is modeling female provocation. Also self-acceptance. Which is why she wants to show me the whisker on …

Triple-Star Test Shows Einstein Was Right, Again

A natural stellar laboratory probes a prediction of general relativity to unprecedented precision

More Recycling Won't Solve Plastic Pollution

It’s a lie that wasteful consumers cause the problem and that changing our individual habits can fix it


A Frightening New Reason to Worry About Air Pollution

A massive study solidifies the link between particulates from cars and diabetes.<p>It’s fairly well known that a bad diet, a lack of exercise, and genetics can all contribute to type 2 diabetes. But a new global study points to an additional, surprising culprit: the air pollution emitted by cars and …


Mister Rogers, Art Critic

Fred Rogers and Leonard Streckfus during the filming of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” Episode 1712, “Sharing,” February 8, 1997My son Adam used to be …

3 Reasons Why the U.S. is Vulnerable to Big Disaster

Many of us live in areas at risk, particularly along the coasts

This Photo Of A Newborn Planet Is About To Rock Your World

The universe is a big place, and we're constantly developing new ways of looking more deeply into it. When a real sighting eventually comes, it's an …

Rising seas: 'Florida is about to be wiped off the map'

In 1890, just over six thousand people lived in the damp lowlands of south Florida. Since then the wetlands that covered half the state have been largely drained, strip malls have replaced Seminole camps, and the population has increased a thousandfold. Over roughly the same amount of time the …

Global Warming

The Tao of Tau

There are plenty of arguments for why the lesser known Greek letter should be as popular as its more famous cousin

Why Tau Trumps Pi

A growing movement argues that killing pi would make mathematics simpler, easier and even more beautiful

benedict redgrove + INK capture the observatory of chile's atacama desert

<b>in the vast reaches of chile’s lonely atacama desert lies the the largest optical-infrared observatory in the southern hemisphere.</b> the atacama is the …

Atacama Desert

The Most Dangerous Countries For Women List Puts The U.S. In A Surprising Position

There are some rankings that you just don't want to top. A recent survey from the Thomas Reuters Foundation created a ranking of the most dangerous …

Supreme Court shies away from test on the math of voting rights

In a democracy, voters get to pick their leaders. And every vote should have the same weight in selecting the winner. Indeed, under the U.S. …

The reason thousands of Swedish people are inserting microchips into themselves

Thousands of people in Sweden have inserted microchips, which can function as contactless credit cards, key cards, and even rail cards, into their bodies. Once the chip is underneath your skin, there is no longer any need to worry about misplacing a card or carrying a heavy wallet. But for many …


Could Multiple Personality Disorder Explain Life, the Universe and Everything?

A new paper argues that the condition now known as “Dissociative Identity Disorder” might help us understand the fundamental nature of reality


Bird's Song Staying Power Implies Culture

Certain motifs in swamp sparrow songs can last hundreds, even thousands of years—evidence of a cultural tradition in the birds. Christopher …

Einstein's Greatest Theory Validated on a Galactic Scale

Astronomers have used a pair of galaxies far beyond the Milky Way to test general relativity with unprecedented precision

Koko the Gorilla’s Most Iconic Moments

Earlier this week, Koko — a western lowland gorilla who achieved international fame after mastering sign language — died at the age of 46. Upon her …

a special type of bee makes beautiful nests from flower petals

<b>whilst bees are better known for being colonial insects, outside of the hive a particular species of bee known as the osmia avosetta has crafted a</b> …

American Museum of Natural History

Rising ground under West Antarctica could prevent ice sheet collapse

A new study finds that the ground underneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet region is rebounding, or rising, at an extraordinarily rapid rate.<p><b>Why this</b> …

Global Warming

The most important skill nobody taught you

Before dying at the age of 39, Blaise Pascal made huge contributions to both physics and mathematics, notably in fluids, geometry, and probability.<p>This work, however, would influence more than just the realm of the natural sciences. Many fields that we now classify under the heading of social …


anish kapoor sues NRA for pro-gun ad featuring ‘cloud gate'

<b>anish kapoor is suing the national rifle association (NRA) for using images of the artist’s famed public sculpture cloud gate, in a pro-gun ad last</b> …

ukiyo-e project celebrates david bowie with limited-edition woodblock prints

<b>ukiyo-e project pays homage to the late david bowie and his fascination with japan in a set of unique woodblock prints.</b> after his initial interest in …

David Bowie

This American Gun Ownership Statistic Reveals How Far Apart We Stand From The Rest Of The World

Gun violence has drawn headlines again and again in the United States, shooting after shooting. Now, a study shows that not only are the number of …

The Erosion of Reality

The most immediate AI threat may be the distortion of truth; something we, and other species, have been doing for a long time