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How the First World War Kicked Off a Century of Conflict and Bloodshed

Americans have no accepted narrative of the Great War. Its causes remain obscure, its ending inconclusive, and its legacies contested. But for good …

Trump axed a rule that would help protect coastal properties like Mar-a-Lago from flooding

President Donald Trump has called climate change a “hoax” and a very expensive “tax” on American businesses that make the United States less competitive. In June, he announced that it was in the best interest of the country to withdraw from the Paris climate accord drawing on several bogus …

On this day in 1935: The death of Lawrence of Arabia

Thomas Chapman was an Anglo-Irish landowner. He ran away with his mistress, and moved around Britain and France. The couple adopted the name Lawrence, and Thomas Edward ("Ned") was born in Tremadoc in 1888. The family eventually settled in Oxford.<p>Lawrence attended Oxford High School, then won an …

20 Books Billionaire Bill Gates Recommends

Get a jump on your summer reading list with these suggestions from the billionaire and philanthropist.<p>Staff Writer. Covers media, tech, startups, culture and workplace trends.<p>This week, Bill Gates took to Twitter to provide some advice to the graduating class of 2017.<p>Gates exhorted the new grads to …

This Robot Can Complete a 2-Hour Brain Surgery Procedure in Just 2.5 Minutes

Hello, future.<p>Brain surgery is precision business, and one slip can spell doom for affected patients. Even in one of the most skilled jobs in the …

12 Features of white working-class Trump voters confirm depressed and traumatized multitudes voted for him

A nationwide survey reveals the sorry state of middle America<p>Looking to the past, not the future. Feeling lost, resenting immigrants. Feeling broke, picked on. Self-medicating, rejecting education. Wanting a rule-breaking leader to end the misery.<br>These are some of the characteristics of white …

The fiery partnership between two great psychologists can help explain why some relationships fall apart

They say that opposites attract. But we all know opposites can also repel. They both complement and combust—and this tension is at the center of Michael Lewis’s new book, <i>The Undoing Project</i>.<p><i>The Undoing Project</i> offers a keen-eyed look at the complex partnership between the great psychologists Daniel …

Psychology

A Novel Theory for Why Humans Evolved Selves

The human brain is naturally self-centered: Given no tasks to attend to, the neuroscience research indicates, it will turn inward, wandering through …

Psychology

Shantaram Book Review - Lunchtime Lit with Mel

Shantaram Book Review - Lunchtime Lit with Mel<p>Updated on September 13, 2015<p>Updates from my Rolling Reading Room<p>After slogging through The Brothers …

Climate change may shut down a current that keeps the North Atlantic warm

New research suggests this conveyer belt of warmth could be more fragile than we thought<p>Both Europe and North America are warmed in the winter by currents circulating in the Atlantic — but climate change threatens this source of warmth. If the Earth warms too much, it’s possible that this current …

A thousand and one translations

18 December is UN Arabic Language Day. We’re celebrating by reading <i>Arabian Nights’ Entertainments,</i> the most influential English translation of <i>Alf</i> …

Smog refugees flee Chinese cities as 'airpocalypse' blights half a billion

Thousands head to pollution-free regions as haze descends on the country’s northern industrial heartland<p>Tens of thousands of “smog refugees” have reportedly fled China’s pollution-stricken north after the country was hit by its latest “airpocalyse” forcing almost half a billion people to live under …

China

From bean to cup: how great coffee comes to be

When you next take a sip of coffee, spare a thought for how it got there. From the ideal soil to the mysteries of “split-roasting”, we lay bare the secret life of the coffee bean<p>Location, location, location<p>loading<p>As with wine, the “terroir” a coffee is grown in – that is, the soil, topography and …

Coffee

Jellyfish power could be the next big thing in renewable energy

Believe it or not, jellyfish power could be the next big thing in renewable energy. As Salon notes, solar power is not as renewable as you might …

Renewable Energy

Why Photographers Are Flocking To This 19th-Century Technology

Lomography’s Achromat lens may be based on a design from the 1830s, but it can produce some dreamy effects that your iPhone can’t.<p>Geoffrey Berliner knows a thing or two about old camera lenses. A photographer and the executive director of the Penumbra Foundation in New York, he exudes …

A 70-year-old existential text captures the psychology behind the alt-right troll

The emergence of a white supremacist “alt-right” movement is a deeply disturbing moment in US politics, and commentators are struggling to make sense of what motivates and how to define the group. But for insightful analysis on the psychology behind the alt-right’s trolling and bigotry, some of the …

Alt-Right

#254: The Fall of Rome by The Art of Manliness - Listen to music

Reimagining a Shadowy Medieval Brotherhood That Probably Didn’t Exist

In the early seventeenth century, a series of anonymous pamphlets were published in Germany, announcing the existence of the Fraternity of the Rosy Cross, a fellowship of mystics and alchemists who, it was claimed, were working in secret to transform European politics and religion. The first of the …

Machine Learning Is No Longer Just for Experts

If you’re not using deep learning already, you should be. That was the message from legendary Google engineer Jeff Dean at the end of his keynote earlier this year at a conference on web search and data mining. Dean was referring to the rapid increase in machine learning algorithms’ accuracy, …

The Corruption of Capitalism by Guy Standing review – work matters less than what you own

Our unfair system benefits rentiers, those who live on income from property and investments – from Goldman Sachs to Uber to landlords. Can capitalism be purified?<p>The time would come, Marx and Engels thought, when there would be only two classes, the proletariat and the bourgeoisie, and all people …

Income Inequality

Rising CO2 levels point to a new 'climate change reality'

We are now in a new era of climate change reality as CO2 levels have gone past an important threshold and it may not dip for "many …

Climate Change

Two Scientifically Plausible Conceptions of Time Travel and Their Bizarre Consequences

The time traveller of <i>The Time Machine</i> by HG Wells proclaims, “There are really four dimensions, three which we call the three planes of Space, and a …

Mail-order tests check for signs of early aging

Your cells might be aging faster than you are, and new tests purport to help you find out.<p>A few companies are offering mail-order testing to measure the length of people’s telomeres, the protective caps of DNA on the ends of chromosomes that have been likened to the plastic tips that prevent …

12 of the Best Books on Arts and Culture This Fall

As the temperature outside drops and the season becomes more appropriate for indoor living, sitting near a modest fire, and watching foliage change, the time is right to explore art through literature. Some books can help us understand aspects of the life of an artist whose work we’ve followed for …

Books

6 attempts at utopian settlements and where they are now

The word "utopia" is made up of two Greek words, together meaning "no place." The word suggests that no place on Earth could possibly be perfectly egalitarian, free of conflict, and sustainable.<p>That didn't stop people from trying, however. The Puritans believed in creating a utopia while escaping …

HG Wells made a series of utopian predictions 100 years ago and was right about nearly all of them

No writer is more renowned for his ability to foresee the future than HG Wells. His writing can be seen to have predicted the airplane, the tank, space travel, the atomic bomb, satellite television, and the World Wide Web. His fantastic fiction imagined time travel, alien invasion, flights to the …

Human Rights

35 Simple Ways to Lose Weight

By Helen West<p>To lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn.<p>However, reducing the amount of food you eat can be difficult in the long …

A former Marine uses the '2-minute rule' to help mental toughness clients tackle stress at work

In this case, the game is the "2-minute rule." Here's how it works.<p>Say your boss announces that he expects you to submit a project by 5 p.m. today. You know there's no way you can do that — you've got other assignments on your plate and just gathering the necessary resources to start the project …