Lauren J

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An Economic Analysis of the Somali Pirate Business Model | WIRED

<b>The rough fishermen</b> of the so-called Somali coast guard are unrepentant criminals, yes, but they're more than that. They're innovators. Where earlier …

Blue Feed, Red Feed - WSJ.com

Methodology<p>What is this?<p>Recent posts from sources where the majority of shared articles aligned “very liberal” (blue, on the left) and “very conservative” (red, on the right) in a large Facebook study.<p>In 2015, the journal Science published a research paper by Facebook scientists (Bakshy, Eytan; …

Social Media

4 Steps to Finding Your Ideal Writing Voice - Copyblogger

Voice is one of the most important elements of a successful blog. Period.<p>Without voice, new arrivals to your blog won’t read beyond the first …

Content Marketing

A Journey into the Dark Corners of the Deep Web

I’ll never forget the time that I came across a huge archive of old BBS text files, back when cell phones were still bricks and dialup was the norm. There were hundreds of them, and these text files captured my attention for months. As a kid, the Internet fascinated me like nothing in my life had …

The Extraordinary Career of the Photojournalist Max Desfor

The photographer Max Desfor covered many of the most significant events and personalities of the 20th century while working for the Associated Press. Beginning in the 1930s, Desfor traveled the world, photographing daily life, unrest, celebrities, warfare, and more. Much of his reporting took place …

NASA just released a jaw-dropping 360 degree photo that makes you feel like you're on Mars

If you've ever wondered what it might be like to be inside of a giant crater on Mars, then check out this incredible footage NASA released this week from its Curiosity Mars rover.<p>The video below is interactive, making the experience more realistic than simply looking at a picture. Just click on the …

Genius Students Made a Coat That Turns into Shelter for Refugees

As we noted earlier this week, the world is facing the worst refugee crisis since WWII, with nearly 60 million people displaced worldwide. There are …

Microsoft let a bunch of top sci-fi authors into its research labs — and the results are amazing

I know. I was skeptical, too. It came out in early November, but now that I've actually had a chance to read "Future Visions," it's actually super great!<p>Featuring stories from Elizabeth Bear, Greg Bear, David Brin, Nancy Kress, Ann Leckie, Jack McDevitt, Seanan McGuire, Robert J. Sawyer — all big …

12 People Who Regret Asking The Internet For Help In 2015

It's probably best to do your own photoshopping.

Vocabulary

Russia sentences blogger to 5 years in Siberian prison as Internet crackdown intensifies

Russia on Wednesday sentenced a blogger in the city of Tomsk to five years in a Siberian prison for "inciting extremism and hatred" after he …

5 Things to Watch For in 3D Printing in 2016

What is 3D printing good for?<p>That’s a question that’s become increasingly relevant in 2015, as the majesty of showing off 3D-printed trinkets has …

Disney's New Robot Can Climb Walls

Disney Research is developing a new generation of robots as a potential successor to the miniature smartphone-controlled Sphero BB-8 that you can buy …

Ancient DNA sheds light on Irish origins

<b>Scientists have sequenced the first ancient human genomes from Ireland, shedding light on the genesis of Celtic populations.</b><p>The genome is the instruction booklet for building a human, comprising three billion paired DNA "letters".<p>The work shows that early Irish farmers were similar to southern …

You Need To See This "Dirty Thunderstorm" Over Mount Etna

Fire and ash and lightning, oh my.<p>Etna sits on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, and is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. On Wednesday 2 December its Voragine crater, one of five craters at the volcano's summit, began erupting.<p>Scientists think volcanic lightning – also known as a “dirty …

Thunderstorms

Science reveals if getting married makes us happier

As society progresses and evolves, marriage seems to become a more complicated issue with every passing year. It’s so acceptable now to live with …

Scientist have discovered new clues about the earliest known Americans

Their new discoveries challenge a popular view in archaeology that people entered South America no earlier than 15,000 years ago.<p>Excavations in southern Chile indicate that ancient human groups sporadically passed through that area over a 4,000-year stretch, say archaeologist Tom Dillehay of …

GOP candidates mock Obama's climate speech

Republican presidential candidates and their allies made fun of President Barack Obama’s comments about climate change in Paris on Monday.<p>Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, during a town hall in Iowa, said Obama “apparently thinks having an SUV in your driveway is more dangerous than a bunch of terrorists trying …

Clean Technology

Egypt '90% sure' there are hidden chambers in King Tut's tomb

Search for hidden chamber in Luxor, once the pharaonic capital, points to chamber that some say could hold remains of Queen Nefertiti<p>Egypt has said there is a 90% chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun’s tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the …

Ancient History

An Ancient Chinese Ginkgo Tree Drops an Ocean of Golden Leaves | Colossal

<p>This towering ginkgo tree is located within the walls of the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in the Zhongnan Mountains in China. Every autumn the green …

How Europeans became tall and fair-skinned 8,500 years ago

When agriculture arrived in Europe some 8,500 years ago, humans didn’t simply adapt their lifestyles and eating habits, but also their genes.<p>Researchers, led by geneticist David Reich at Harvard Medical School, analyzed the DNA of 230 ancient humans who lived between 3,000 and 8,500 years ago and …

Anthropology

Beijing residents told to stay inside as smog levels soar

Beijing’s residents have been advised to stay indoors after air pollution in the Chinese capital reached hazardous levels.<p>The warning comes as the governments of more than 190 nations gather in Paris to discuss a possible new global agreement on climate change.<p>Airpocalypse now: China pollution …

Pollution

Early men and women were equal, say scientists

Our prehistoric forebears are often portrayed as spear-wielding savages, but the earliest human societies are likely to have been founded on enlightened egalitarian principles, according to scientists.<p>A study has shown that in contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes, men and women tend to have equal …

Anthropology

Close up and personal: Pedro Jarque Krebs's haunting animal portraits - Telegraph

Animals

These defiant robots are learning to reject human orders

Robots that we interact with in today’s society are programmed to carry out tasks without deviation. The robots of the future might just be a little more defiant.<p>Researchers at the Tufts University Human-Robot Interaction Lab in Massachusetts are trying something that many-a-science fiction movie …

Robotics

There Are Now Just THREE Northern White Rhinos Left In The World

One of the last four northern white rhinoceroses (<i>Ceratotherium simum cottoni</i>) has died at San Diego Zoo, leaving just three individuals …

Wildlife

Snapchat is Trying to Lure Political Ads

The messaging and social media app Snapchat is making a play for the heap of political ad money that’s going to be spent on the 2016 election. The …

Scientists find medicinal use for sticky prehistoric 'goo' which was Earth's source of life

Researchers in Australia replicated a primordial goo which was the source of life on Earth and confirmed it has medicinal benefits – the first such finding since it was discovered in the 1950s<p>Scientists in Australia have discovered that a sticky brown prehistoric “goo” which was the source of life …

Prehistory

Eleven Years Later, Only 34 People Have Solved the 'Not Pron' Internet Puzzle

You’d think all the answers would be on Pastebin by now, but surprise! They’re not.<p>Not Pron (or Not Pr0n) hands this fact to you right up front. It's not porn. It's about furthest thing away from porn—it's a site that bills itself as "the hardest riddle available on the internet." And despite …

Your School Shapes How You Think About Inequality

Ask yourself this question: Were you aware of inequality growing up?<p>Your answer may depend in part on where you went to high school. Students at racially diverse schools, particularly black and Hispanic students, are more tuned in to injustice than students going to school mostly with kids that …

Education