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By Joseph Matheny | The inside look at the outside culture

How Mike Hearn Sold All His Bitcoins in 2016 and Market Proved Him Wrong

On Jan. 15, 2016, former Bitcoin Core developer Mike Hearn left the Bitcoin community and industry with a highly controversial blog post entitled …

Bitcoin

Medieval voices: recording England’s early church graffiti

What can graffiti, whether impulsive or ornate, tell us about the hopes, fears, and interests of our medieval forebears? <b>Matthew Champion</b> describes a …

Ancient History

Magician Found Dead in Closet at Hollywood’s Magic Castle

A man was found dead Friday night at Hollywood’s Magic Castle, with an employee discovering the body in a closet of the invite-only club. According …

Entertainment

Gustave Moreau | Oedipus and the Sphinx | The Met

Moreau, at mid-career, made his mark with this painting at the Salon of 1864. It represents the Greek hero Oedipus confronting the Sphinx outside …

Art

Divided federal appeals court rules you have the right to film the police

Filming cops, 2-1 court rules, ensures that they "are not abusing their power."<p>A divided federal appeals court is ruling for the First Amendment, …

Policing

Churches Are Readying Homes And Underground Railroads To Hide Immigrants From Deportation Under Trump

“I really feel like what we’re doing is what God would want us to do.”<p>Churches across the US are fighting back against the Trump administration’s mandate to ramp up deportations with new sanctuary practices of their own, using private homes in their congregations as shelter and potentially creating …

Religion

38,000-Year-Old Engravings Confirm Ancient Origins Of Technique Used By Seurat, Van Gogh

A newly discovered trove of 16 engraved and otherwise modified limestone blocks, created 38,000 years ago, confirms the ancient origins of the …

Inside Facebook’s AI Machine

The Applied Machine Learning group helps Facebook see, talk, and understand. It may even root out fake news.<p>W<b>hen asked to head Facebook’s</b> Applied …

Machine Learning

Oklahoma City Official Trailer 1 (2017) - Documentary

Hollywood's Greatest Trick Documentary

Plain packets help smokers quit by killing brand identities

Smokers no longer derive a sense of identity from cigarette brands after plain packaging rule was introduced in Australia, helping them to kick the …

Smoking

How David Bowie Came Out As Gay (And What He Meant By It)

<i>Simon Reynolds</i> | Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-first Century | <i>Dey Street Books</i>| <i>October 2016</i> | <i>19 minutes</i> …

Brazil’s Love Affair With Uber Has Been Ruined by Kidnapping, Robbery, and Murder - VICE

In less than three years, a honeymoon between Brazil and Uber, fueled by complimentary mints and bottled water in the back seats of luxury sedans, turned into a turbulent, unsafe relationship, with some rides ending in kidnapping, robbery, and murder.<p>Several drivers and passengers interviewed by …

Uber

Wisconsin man sentenced to prison for cutting off woman's finger in Juggalo ritual

A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison after pleading no contest last year to cutting off a woman's finger as part of a video-recorded ritual to honor a fellow rap music fan.<p>Twenty-four-year-old Jonathan Schrap was sentenced Friday on one count of second-degree reckless …

Crime

A Colorado county is sending students to college on the $445,000 it made from legal weed

Higher education takes on new meaning in Pueblo County, Colorado.<p>In February, local officials announced that a first-of-its-kind scholarship program will create $475,000 in funding to help send the county's graduating high school seniors to local colleges. A majority of the fund — about $425,000 — …

Cannabis

NASA Considers Putting Astronauts Aboard The First Megarocket Flight

Eventually NASA intends to use the rocket for their first manned mission to Mars.<p>NASA is weighing the risk of adding astronauts to the first flight of its new megarocket, designed to eventually send crews to Mars.<p>The space agency's human exploration chief said Friday that his boss and the Trump …

Space Travel

Razzie Awards: Full list of winners led by ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

The Razzie Awards, honoring the worst of moviemaking, were handed out on Feb. 25 (one day before the Oscars) in a virtual ceremony. While “Zoolander …

Movies

This gorgeous video about the Hubble Space Telescope puts our existence into perspective

‘We’re smaller than we can readily comprehend’<p>In 1995, astronomers pointed the Hubble Space Telescope toward a seemingly empty region of space to see what was there. What they found was astounding: almost 3,000 objects, too faint to see with the naked eye. In a short animated video from Vimeo user …

Astronomy

The Phantom Time Hypothesis — Do We Really Live in the Year 1714?

Students of the Middle Ages all know that the Holy Roman Empire was, in the words of Voltaire, ‘neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire’. But did this …

Tesla's CFO Abrupt Resignation Doesn't Pass The Smell Test

It is unusual to say the least that a major company’s CFO informs the CEO that he will be leaving the company the day before an earnings announcement and that he will be resigning within a few days when its 10-K is filed (but staying on for about 5-6 weeks to “ensure a smooth transition”). It is …

Elon Musk

A New Documentary Explores The Troubled, Brilliant Life Of Pianist Bill Evans

Bill Evans was a genius: The jazz world, which can be roiled by factions and jealousies, usually agrees on that. He was a composer and pianist with a light, lyrical touch that was once described as what you might hear at the gates of heaven. But like many geniuses, Evans died too young — in 1980, …

Documentaries

Sean Spicer linked legal marijuana to the opioid crisis. He couldn't have been more wrong.

On Thursday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer predicted "greater enforcement" of the federal law against marijuana use — even in states that …

Marijuana

Meditation Apps Are Becoming a Source of Zen in an Overstressed World

As stress levels rise and attention spans shrink, consumers are increasingly using technology to tap into Zen. Approximately 18 million Americans …

Meditation

Celebrities launch pot brands as California legalizes drug

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the California pot market.<p>The market is expected to explode …

Cannabis

remembering radical chinese photographer ren hang

We're incredibly saddened by the news that one the world's most radical contemporary photographers has passed away. Ren Hang — who was just 29 years old — was frequently referred to as one of the most provocative photographers in China. It's certainly hard not to see how repression of sexuality in …

Photography

Trump Administration’s dubious claims about pot and opioids are dead wrong

The Trump administration hinted yesterday of a forthcoming federal crackdown in the eight states that have elected to regulate their marijuana …

Marijuana

Holdouts remain as law enforcement moves into Dakota Access protest camps

Law enforcement on Thursday entered the largest Dakota Access pipeline protest camp, where just a few dozen opponents of the pipeline remained amid mud and snow in defiance of a federal deadline to evacuate.<p>Gov. Doug Burgum of North Dakota said late Wednesday that protesters “will have every …

Injustice

Fact or Fiction?: We Can Push the Planet into a Runaway Greenhouse Apocalypse

“Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice,” the poet Robert Frost mused in 1920. Frost famously held “with those who favor fire,” and …

Carbon Dioxide

ACDC - Let There Be Rock: The Movie – Live in Paris - 1979