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Why It's So Hard To Stop Reading Books You Don't Even Like

Don't even try it, bucko.<p>In 2010, four employees of one of the world's largest mining companies were jailed and accused of stealing commercial …

Final Fantasy

A Very British Protest

As President Donald Trump spent the second day of his U.K. visit with Prime Minister Theresa May, thousands of people gathered in London to march in characteristically creative style.<p>LONDON—The first protestors began assembling on Portland Place, just outside the BBC’s London headquarters, on …

Donald Trump

‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice

A major new study questions the common wisdom about how we should choose our careers.<p>Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University, remembers asking an undergraduate seminar recently, “How many of you are waiting to find your passion?”<p>“Almost all of them raised their hand and got …

Self-improvement

The Upside of Being Awkward

upside

Designed with Kare: Influential Graphics of Apple's Early Macintosh Computers - 99% Invisible

From the friendly smiling startup icon to the dreaded bomb icon (signalling a fatal system error), it was the graphics that brought early Macintosh …

Graphic Design

For Teens, Dystopian Fiction Seems Pretty Real — And That's Why They Like It

<i>This piece originally ran in 2017.</i><p>The plots of dystopian novels can be amazing. A group of teens in Holland, Mich., tells me about some of their favorites:<p>In <i>Delirium</i> by Lauren Oliver, Love is considered a disease. Characters get a vaccine for it. In Marissa Meyer's <i>Renegades,</i> the collapse of society …

Books

Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish?

Since 2015, Alexander Hamilton’s story has been brought to life nearly every night with hip-hop infused lyrics on the Broadway stage. Lin-Manuel …

BBC reimagines the perfect human body and it'll give you nightmares

Humans aren't perfect, but anatomist Alice Roberts knows how they could be.<p>On Wednesday, BBCshared a terrifying video in which Roberts reimagines the …

Researchers recover audio of native languages with no surviving speakers from wax cylinders

Listen to the lost languages of California: Researchers recover audio of native languages with no surviving speakers from century-old wax</b> …

Rise of the machines: has technology evolved beyond our control? | Books | The Guardian

Technology is starting to behave in intelligent and unpredictable ways that even its creators don’t understand. As machines increasingly shape global events, how can we regain control?<p>The voice-activated gadget in the corner of your bedroom suddenly laughs maniacally, and sends a recording of your …

Artificial Intelligence

The Stanford Prison Experiment was massively influential. We just learned it was a fraud.

The most famous psychological studies are often wrong, fraudulent, or outdated. Textbooks need to catch up.<p>The Stanford Prison Experiment, one of the most famous and compelling psychological studies of all time, told us a tantalizingly simple story about human nature.<p>The study took paid …

Psychology

Honey Bees Are the First Insect Known to Grasp the Concept of Zero

By giving bees visual math quizzes, scientists discovered that these insects know a null set when they see one.<p>Despite their small brains, bees are capable of complex behavior, such as solving puzzles and learning skills through imitation. Now, researchers have discovered that honey bees also grasp …

Insects

He Grew Up With An Unfortunate Name He Hated — Now He's Owning It

He pronounces his last name "fyooks." Still, Allan Fuks grew up with a last name that, on paper, looks like the mother of all curse words — and, naturally, offered endless material for bullies.<p>Fuks, the son of Russian immigrants, grew up all over the U.S. — New York City, Northern California — …

Why You Shouldn't Kill Spiders, According to Entomology

You might as well just live-and-let-live.<p>I know it may be hard to convince you, but let me try: Don’t kill the next spider you see in your home.<p>Why? …

Insects

As Google Feeds Cats, Owl Lovers Cry Foul

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Silicon Valley is booming, and longtime residents are being driven out everywhere. But only in Shoreline Park are the newcomers eating the natives.<p>A handful of burrowing owls live in this 750-acre wildlife and recreation area, deep in the grass. As the breeding season …

A Dialect Coach Explains Why American Actors Are Bad At British Accents

He also looks into why people are under the illusion that British actors are better at mimicking the American accent.<p>Other than the phone and cable …

Modern-Day Segregation in Public Schools

The Department of Education has branded "tracking"—designating students for separate educational paths based on their academic performance—as a modern day form of segregation.<p>A U.S. Department of Education press release last month had a disorienting, retro ring to it: “Black students to be afforded …

Why People Are Spending A Lot Of Money Buying Cartoon Cats Online

Are the baseball cards/Beanie Babies of the digital world finally here? Or is it all a farce?<p>After a lifetime of nail biting, I asked a doctor to …

Why Do Cats Wag Their Tails?

Cats are enigmatic little creatures. It’s hard to get a read on them. Does your cat love you, or would it gladly stab you in your sleep, if only it …

Why It Seems as if Everyone Is Always Angry With You

Why do you look so angry? This article hasn’t even begun and already you disapprove. Why can’t I ever win with you? I see it in your face.<p>If this sounds unfamiliar, good for you. You don’t need this.<p>For the rest of us, it may be helpful to know that some people seem to have outsize difficulty with …

Psychology

DNA Analysis Of Ancient Excrement Reveals The Diets Of Centuries Past

When it comes to the nitty, gritty details, life in antiquity was pretty stinky – in a literal sense. Without high food and personal hygienic standards, most people probably contracted an intestinal worm at some point or another, says veterinary scientist Martin Søe. "I think it's fair to say it …

Biology

An Apology for the Internet — From the Architects Who Built It

<b>Something has gone wrong</b> with the internet. Even Mark Zuckerberg knows it. Testifying before Congress, the Facebook CEO ticked off a list of …

Breed the ‘Perfect Dog’ In This Satirical Game About Eugenics

The dog park is in peril, in Paolo Pedercini’s game Dogness<p>A “breedist dogmagogue” has taken over the dog park and convinced its residents that the only way to a happy society is breed homogeny.<p>That’s the (extremely satirical) premise of <i>Dogness</i>, developed by Paolo Pedercini. It’s is a game about …

The School Shooting Generation Has Had Enough

It’s lunchtime on a Tuesday, and the kids are piling into a pizzeria booth in Coral Springs, Fla., to plot a revolution. “The adults know that we’re …

Guns

Have You Herd? Farmer Writes A Memoo Using Cows And Satellite Imagery

Derek Klingenberg is kind of a farmer celebrity.<p>His YouTube channel draws more than 70,000 subscribers for ag-themed pop-music parodies, trombone covers and, more recently, cow art made with satellites.<p>This week, the Peabody, Kan., farmer took his cow art to the next level, or altitude. He posted a …

Cows

Why We Should Lower the Voting Age to 16

The young people who have come forward to call for gun control in the wake of the mass shooting at their high school in Parkland, Fla., are challenging the tiresome stereotype of American kids as indolent narcissists whose brains have been addled by smartphones. They offer an inspiring example of …

Guy Buys New Diving Board, Takes 'Breaking It In' Too Literally

Let's break down all the possible outcomes of meeting extraterrestrial life. None of them are good.<p>As hate groups have surged, so has the number of …

Hate Groups

"The Problem Child of Seasonal Flu": Beware This Winter's Virus

H3N2 is deadlier than many other influenza strains

Theater Gone Wrong: When Phillipa Soo Froze During Hamilton

London's Hamilton | Show footage & West End Schuyler Sisters interview

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