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What a $1,000 Per Month Universal Basic Income Would Look Like

A universal basic income, with the government providing, say, $1,000 a month to each and every American, is impossible. It would cost too much.<p>That …

Economics

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

New findings are fueling an old suspicion that fundamental particles and forces spring from strange eight-part numbers called “octonions.”

Physics

My complicated quest to find the perfect meditation app

My iPhone, normally the quotidian keeper of grocery lists and Fitbit stats, has lately begun to feel like a sprawling self-help library. The …

How do I stop being lonely? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Kate Leaver

Every day millions of people ask Google life’s most difficult questions. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries<p>Loneliness is a stealthy bastard. It can settle in on your soul without you even noticing, until the texture of the words appear on your tongue one day: “I’m lonely.” It’s a …

Loneliness

Comprehensive, open tutorial on using data analysis in social science research

Benjamin Mako Hill (previously) collaborated with colleagues involved in critical technology studies to write a textbook chapter analyzing the use of …

Data Science

Social scientists have warned Zuck all along that the Facebook theory of interaction would make people angry and miserable

Since the earliest days of Facebook, social scientists have sent up warnings saying that the ability to maintain separate "contexts" (where you …

Social Media

Redirect Notice

35 Amazing Real World Examples Of How Blockchain Is Changing Our World

It’s quickly becoming apparent that blockchain technology is about far more than just Bitcoin. Across finance, healthcare, media, government and other sectors, innovative uses are appearing every day.<p>Here is a list of 35 which I have come across. While some may fail to live up to their promises, …

Blockchain

The issue with millennials isn't narcissism but our depressing culture of mass consumption

If you're a young person feeling lonely these days, you're in good company. Youth everywhere are experiencing record rates of depression and anxiety, surrounded by a cultural climate of both isolation and overexposure. The moniker "snowflake generation" seems an apt phrase, then, to describe our …

Psychology

This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures

The United States comprises several different regions, each with its own rich history and cultural identity.<p>Exactly where those regions start and end has been a long-running debate, but according to author Colin Woodard, the United States can be divided into 11 distinct sub-nations.<p>Woodard mapped …

New Orleans

What teens wish their parents knew about social media

By Ana Homayoun<p>When teens were asked, recently, if they believe their parents know “a little” or “nothing” about what they do or say online, or even what social-media apps and sites they use, more than a quarter of them agreed.<p>After visiting schools around the country, it seems to me they’re likely …

Social Media

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<b>SHAP (SHapley Additive exPlanations)</b> is a unified approach to explain the output of any machine learning model. SHAP connects game theory with local …

D.H. Lawrence on the Antidote to the Malady of Materialism

“Owners and owned, they are like the two sides of a ghastly disease. One feels a sort of madness come over one, as if the world had become hell. But it is only superimposed: it is only a temporary disease. It can be cleaned away.”<p><i>“It is now the most vitally important thing for all of us… to try to</i> …

2018 - Top 10 Transformative Technology Trends

<b>1. Augmented Lifestyle with AI, Intelligent Apps and Analytics</b><p>As AI, Intelligent apps and Analytics are getting more embedded into our lifestyle we are beginning to create technology that has started augmenting human lifestyle. We will see designers integrating and augmenting our everyday …

Top 10

The Guardian view on capitalism without capital | Editorial

<b>An idea whose time has come:</b> Over the holiday season the Guardian is examining themes that have emerged to give shape to 2018. Today we look at intangible economies<p>No country is governed by a Capitalist party, although there is no shortage of capitalism on the planet. There have been Socialist …

Does mental illness show up in tweets?

Psychiatrists aren’t supposed to characterize the mental health of public figures from afar. A new study raises an uncomfortable question: Is …

The Other Tech Bubble

<b>In September,</b> I met with a prominent entrepreneur looking for positive press on his new project. Meetings like these are a common, usually formulaic, …

Modern life is lonely. We all need someone to help | Deborah Orr

You can feel it on the bus, in school, at the shops: the threat of isolation, hardwired into our lives<p>Hopping on the bus home on Wednesday night, I was greeted by the sight of a young woman hunched over her phone, alone in a seat, bawling for England. Or, as it turned out, Scotland. As I plonked …

Loneliness

A New Hypothesis Suggests That Parallel Universes Might Interact after All

Quantum mechanics is hard to do. The great physicist Richard Feynman once remarked “<b>It is safe to say that nobody understands quantum mechanics</b>” and …

This Is What It's Actually Like to Live With Bipolar Disorder

A lot of people only know bipolar disorder as it's shown on TV or in movies. You know the trope: One minute characters are catatonically depressed, …

I'm a sex coach, and my male clients have had 3 main responses to all the harassment allegations recently

As a clinical sexologist, my job is to help my clients make sense of the most sensitive, taboo areas: their sex lives and intimate relationships.<p>Honest sharing is par for the course in my work, and yet my clients' trust never fails to amaze and humble me.<p>Lately, the conversations I've been having …

Sexual Harassment

What Do All The Different Types Of Yoga Actually Mean?

• Grazia<br>• Life<br>• Home<p>by Jazmin Kopotsha | 25 07 2017<p>Because we hatha no ideaIllustration by Sara Maese<p>We've finally reached a point where everyone knows …

The Pitfalls of Using Google Ngram to Study Language

Five years ago, Google unveiled a shiny new toy for nerds. The Google Ngram Viewer is seductively simple: Type in a word or phrase and out pops a …

I Will Not Be Put in a Box: I Am Not What I Do, Own, Think, or Feel

<b>“All that I seek is already in me. “ ~Louise Hay</b><p>My world collapsed the day I became unemployed. After a successful thirteen-year career in a …

Saving Lives Via Text Message

<i>This is the first story in an NPR series, "Take a Number," that will explore problems around the world and the people who are trying to solve them.</i><p>Elisheva Adler was 20 years old, sitting in pajamas in her childhood bedroom in Long Island, the first time she saved someone's life via text …

More than a Million Pro-Repeal Net Neutrality Comments were Likely Faked

I used natural language processing techniques to analyze net neutrality comments submitted to the FCC from April-October 2017, and the results were …

The number of young American girls turning to self-harm is skyrocketing

Suicide rates among American teens are rising, as are rates of depression and anxiety. A new study in JAMA shows the pattern is similar for self-harm, with alarmingly high rates among young girls.<p>Until 2008, the rate of self-inflicted injuries bad enough to land a young person in the emergency room …

Mental Health

The emotional benefits of small talk outweigh your fear of being awkward

At an early age, you’re taught not to talk to strangers. Originally meant to protect us from childhood harm, this rule follows most of us into adulthood.<p>We keep to ourselves in public places. We avert our eyes on public transport. We stand frozen in the corners of cocktail parties and extended …

Psychology

Finance trumps patients at every level – UK healthcare needs an inquiry | Aseem Malhotra

The healthcare system faces a crisis of trust; ill-informed doctors and poor research are harming patients<p>The healthcare system is facing failure, rooted in an epidemic of misinformed doctors and patients.<p>During a recent keynote lecture at the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and …

Health Care

How technology's built in "engagement maximization" destroys mental health in the Trump age, and what to do about it

We live in a weaponized news-cycle, a political moment in which a cadre of ruthless looters are destroying the world, magnified by technology's …