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The demise of the nation state

After decades of globalisation, our political system has become obsolete – and spasms of resurgent nationalism are a sign of its irreversible decline. By Rana Dasgupta<p>What is happening to national politics? Every day in the US, events further exceed the imaginations of absurdist novelists and …

Geopolitics

Steve Jobs Practiced 1 Habit That Turned Good Presentations into Great Ones | Inc.com

Steve Jobs was a master showman. In my opinion, Jobs was the best business storyteller of our time. Every product launch was brilliantly performed. Every move, demo, image and slide was in sync and beautifully choreographed. If I sound like I'm describing a Broadway show, you're right. A Steve Jobs …

Public Speaking

There's No Way Out

Trump’s presidency may be a dysfunctional disaster, but there’s no apparent way to end it.<p>Last week, which brought the release of Michael Wolff’s <i>Fire and Fury</i>, was rough for the White House. But this week has been worse still, and the damage has been almost entirely inflicted by the president …

Donald Trump

Facebook Finally Blinks

Mark Zuckerberg’s radical decision to reinvent the News Feed is a plea for mercy.<p>Mark Zuckerberg moved fast and broke shit, lots of shit.<p>He broke journalism, by radically deflating the value of the digital advertising on which the livelihood of media now depends; he broke the reading habits of his …

Social Media

Trump Is America’s First Lawless President

…and the Republican Party is following his lead as America’s republic breaks down.<p>The Founding Fathers weren’t all that interested in creating a …

Donald Trump

Here is how tech companies are responding to the repeal of net neutrality

Unless you’ve been in living under a rock the past several months, you knew that a vote on net neutrality was coming. It played out just as everyone suspected and the FCC voted to reclassify internet service providers like Comcast, Spectrum, and Verizon. The vote removed restrictions on the …

‘He Would Probably Be a Dictator by Now’

Two charter leaders of the #NeverTrump movement assess Year One.<p><i>Subscribe to The Global POLITICO on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here.</i><p>Last year, Eliot Cohen rallied dozens of fellow veterans of Republican administrations, people like him who had served in the upper reaches of the …

Political Science

Ten Video Shots to Use When You're Out of Ideas and Need to Get Footage

Life as a videographer or photographer would be awesome if every shoot and subject had the time and patience to allow us to think through every shot …

McCain again takes on Trump, says 'it's time to wake up'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Sen. John McCain warned of the dangers that he said nationalist and isolationist ideas pose to democracy in a speech at the US Naval Academy Monday night, his latest veiled swipe at the policies of President Donald Trump, though he didn't mention the President by name.<p>The Arizona …

Donald Trump

Congressional Republicans are helping Trump with a big cover-up

And even they don’t know what it is.<p>For nearly a year now, congressional Republicans have been helping Donald Trump cover up something shady in his personal finances and doing so without having any real idea what it is that’s being covered up. The specter of “collusion” — whatever that means …

Donald Trump

This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like

Far from the booming metropolis of Beijing, China is building a sprawling system that combines dystopian technology and human policing. “It’s a kind of frontline laboratory for surveillance.”<p>KASHGAR, China — This is a city where growing a beard can get you reported to the police. So can inviting …

Surveillance

What Mongolian Nomads Teach Us About the Digital Future

People who pack up and transport their house twice a year become choosy about their possessions. I recently traveled among the nomads of Mongolia for …

Eye-opening maps reveal how and where Americans die

To see those patterns, you need more granular data points.<p>The Institutes for Health Metrics and Evaluation has that information. Relying on 2014 government data, IHME offers an online tool that can sort mortality by cause of death, age, sex, location, or any combination of the four, all based on …

Public Health

A microbiologist explains why he hasn't slept without this on his bed in 25 years

New York University microbiologist Philip Tierno hasn't slept a night in 25 years without something on his mattress that few people even think of buying.<p>It's a super-thin, largely invisible cover that slips over the mattress. And it protects him from what he calls a "zoologic park" of bacteria and …

Sleep

Inside India’s race to cool 1.3 billion people in a warming world

How do you cool 7.5 billion people on a warming planet?<p>When Rutam Vora was growing up in Vadodara, a city of about 2 million people near the western coast of India, his parents kept cool each summer by drenching bedsheets in water and hanging them in the windows of their house. When the scorching …

Climate Change
Donald Trump

A Requiem for Florida, the Paradise That Should Never Have Been

As Hurricane Irma prepares to strike, it’s worth remembering that Mother Nature never intended us to live here.<p>ORLANDO, Fla.—The first Americans to spend much time in South Florida were the U.S. Army men who chased the Seminole Indians around the peninsula in the 1830s. And they hated it. Today, …

U.S. Army

What the Rich Won’t Tell You

Over lunch in a downtown restaurant, Beatrice, a New Yorker in her late 30s, told me about two decisions she and her husband were considering. They were thinking about where to buy a second home and whether their young children should go to private school. Then she made a confession: She took the …

Middle-class

Physicists Want to Rebuild Quantum Theory From Scratch

Scientists have been using quantum theory for almost a century now, but embarrassingly they still don’t know what it means. An informal poll taken at …

There Once Was a Great Nation With an Unstable Leader

What happens when the people of a great nation gradually realize that their leader may not be, er, quite right in the head?<p>When Caligula became Roman emperor in A.D. 37, the people rejoiced. “On all sides, you could see nothing but altars and sacrifices, men and women decked in their holiday best …

Ancient History

I’m a White Man. Hear Me Out.

I’m a white man, so you should listen to absolutely nothing I say, at least on matters of social justice. I have no standing. No way to relate. My color and gender nullify me, and it gets worse: I grew up in the suburbs. Dad made six figures. We had a backyard pool. From the 10th through 12th …

Ronald Reagan

When Will the Planet Be Too Hot for Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

<i>To read an annotated version of this article, complete with interviews with scientists and links to further reading, click</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p><b>I.</b> ‘Doomsday’<p><i>Peering</i> …

The Book That Predicted Trump’s Rise Offers the Left a Roadmap for Defeating Him

Twenty years ago, Richard Rorty warned that “a spectatorial, disgusted, mocking Left” would give rise to a populist demagogue. Is it ready now to take his advice?<p>Twenty years ago, in a series of lectures on the history of American civilization, the philosopher Richard Rorty offered a prediction. …

Political Science

AI-Powered Software Makes It Incredibly Easy to Colorize Black and White Photos

AI-powered software that can automatically colorize old black and white photos exists, but it’s often far from perfect. In comparison, manually …

Tutorials

10 best free music apps for Android

Finding free music is a lot easier than it used to be. No longer is piracy the easiest way. These days, you can find pretty much any song you want using just a few apps. Streaming services pop up and go down every year, but there are a few that have managed to stand out above the rest. Let’s take a …

Voting

The Best Items For Your DSLR

If you've had a DSLR for any amount of time, you've likely realized a few things.First, there's a lot to learn about how to use your camera.Second, …

Landscape Photography

Researchers develop printed transistors for use in smart packaging- Technology News, Firstpost

Imagine a milk carton sending you an alert on smartphone when its content is about to go out-of-date. This could soon be possible, thanks to the …

Nanotech

Customising your Canon DSLR: Part 2

<b>From changing the role of buttons to registering options for easy recall, Matt Golowczynski explains how to get the most out of your Canon DSLR camera</b><p>…

Tutorials

When the President Is Ignorant of His Own Ignorance

How prepared is our president for the next great foreign, economic or terrorist crisis?<p>After a little more than two months in office, President Trump has raised doubts about his ability to deal with what the former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld famously described as the “known unknowns” and …

Political Science