Harshvir Oberai

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How Two Years Of Instagram Stories Has Altered The Way We Love, Act And Play

Millions of us have embraced the 'film it all' era of social media. But what at first felt like carefree fun has for many become an endless, anxious routine of 'brand maintenance' that makes us act in ways we don't like or recognise. After a late night epiphany, Olivia Ovenden looks at where we are …

Social Media

18 science fiction and fantasy books to read this January

Start off your year with a good book (or two)<p>It’s a brand new year, and that means that it’s time to dust off the reading list and take a look at what’s coming ahead.<p>In the last days of 2017, I finally found some time to catch up on Brian K. Vaughn and FIonna Staples’s brilliant comic <i>Saga</i>. I’ve …

Amateur explorers discover vast underground passage beneath Montreal

A pair of amateur explorers in Canada have found a vast underground passage stretching hundreds of metres underneath the bustling streets of Montreal whose formation dates back more than 15,000 years ago to the Earth’s last ice age.<p>“It’s just beautiful,” said Luc Le Blanc, who found the network of …

This Epic 4K Film Captures the Beauty of Lightning at 1,000FPS

Photographer and filmmaker Dustin Farrell spent the summer chasing lightning with a $110,000 Phantom Flex4K high-speed camera. What resulted was this …

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These Photos of Airplanes From Above Show Their Birth, Life, and Death

<i>Life Cycles</i> is a new project by photographer Mike Kelley, who documented the creation, use, and destruction of airplanes through top-down photos …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2017

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It's almost impossible to understand how unfathomably massive our universe truly is

by Aeon November 6, 2017 Sci-Fi Visions 11057<p>Michael Strauss<p>As an astrophysicist, I am always struck by the fact that even the wildest …

Why Did Trump Release a Report Confirming Climate Change Is Real?

Last Friday, the White House stunned many after it released a sweeping report concluding that climate change is not only real, but it also poses as a …

We have to rethink what "educated" means in a post-truth world

It used to be fairly easy to explain what it means to be educated. Education involves schooling, and as a general rule, the more schooling you have, the better educated you become. Unfortunately, as I will argue below, that answer may no longer be sufficient; there is evidence to suggest that the …

Education

Trump, Assange, Bannon, Farage… bound together in an unholy alliance | Carole Cadwalladr

The WikiLeaks founder’s astonishing admission should prompt MPs finally to start asking questions<p>Last Wednesday, 11 months into Donald Trump’s new world order, in the first year of normalisation, a sudden unblurring of lines took place. A shift. A door of perception swung open.<p>Because that was the …

Donald Trump

17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed The Genre

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction …

Why don’t I enjoy sex? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Nichi Hodgson

Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries<p>If our bodies are built for pleasure, why is that so many of us struggle to enjoy sex? And how do we go about having a better time of it?<p>This was the …

World’s first “negative emissions” plant turns carbon dioxide into stone

There’s a colorless, odorless, and largely benign gas that humanity just can’t get enough of. We produce 40 trillion kg of carbon dioxide each year, and we’re on track to cross a crucial emissions threshold that will cause global temperature rise to pass the dangerous 2°C limit set by the Paris …

Carbon Dioxide

Follow These 4 Simple Rules from Elon Musk and Steve Jobs to Protect Your Ideas

The biggest threats to bringing genius ideas to market and how Apple and Tesla overcame them.<p>How did Steve Jobs create such exquisitely simple design (without junking them up with clunky features)?<p>How does Elon Musk create such masterfully innovative products (without dumbing them down)?<p>It all …

This 2-Word Quote From Writer Kurt Vonnegut Will Change the Way You Work

You're always going to be in the process of becoming who you want to be, so you may as well learn to enjoy it.<p>When it comes to insights about work, there are tweaks and there are game changers. Which isn't to diminish tweaks. Sometimes, the perfect scheduling hack or productivity ritual can …

Matthew James Kelly Photography

Emotional and authentic portraits through the lens of Matthew James Kelly.Matthew James Kelly is a young photographer based out of Philadelphia, …

Photography

As Germany and Spain prove, history – with all its wounds – is not over | Natalie Nougayrède

In Catalonia and the former East Germany, the shadow of 20th-century traumas still falls on EU citizens, and blights the future of Europe<p>History is back in Europe. The Catalan referendum and the German election illustrate this spectacularly. The scale of the far-right vote in what was once East …

Europe

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. <b>Paul Lewis</b> reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention<p>Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned …

Social Media

A new quantum atomic clock may finally reveal the nature of dark matter

Tick Tock<p>Scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder’s JILA (formerly the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics) have developed an …

3 scientists just won the Nobel Prize for discovering how body clocks are regulated — here's why that's such a big deal

The thing that makes you a "morning person" or a "night owl" isn't an arbitrary preference or tendency. It's something that's fundamentally part of your biological makeup — and something that we ignore at our own peril.<p>On Monday, Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael Young were awarded the …

Nobel Prize

Using Quantum Physics to "Prove" God's Existence

The observer effect in quantum mechanics indicates that the quantum wavefunction collapses when an observation is made by an observer. It is a …

Hubble discovers a unique type of object in the Solar System

heic1715 — Science Release<p>Hubble discovers a unique type of object in the Solar System<p>With the help of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, a …

How Pants Went From Banned to Required in the Roman Empire

Six hundred years in the history of trousers.<p>Go to a meeting with any male politician today and you’re almost certainly going to be standing in front …

Top 10 books about consciousness

From octupuses that might be thinking with their arms to early humans’ blind obedience to gods, these are some of the best guides to the deep enigma inside ordinary life<p>What is consciousness? At first blush this question appears to be rather simple, but with further investigation, it quickly …

Consciousness

Are these the greatest travel photographs of all time?

Unearthed near Hadrian’s Wall: lost secrets of first Roman soldiers to fight the barbarians

Dig team stumble across thousands of pristine artefacts at ancient Vindolanda garrison site in Northumberland<p>Archaeologists are likening the discovery to winning the lottery. A Roman cavalry barracks has been unearthed near Hadrian’s Wall, complete with extraordinary military and personal …

MIT Researchers Propose an Ancient Technology to Store Clean Energy

What's old may become new again.<p>A new proposal from MIT researchers looks at how firebricks, clay bricks used in ovens as far back as 3,000 years …

Why Renewable Energy Is Not as Clean as You Think

OK, so the fight against climate change isn’t going flawlessly. But there is some cause for optimism, right? Money is plowing into cheap solar …