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It's never felt more prophetic or satisfying to watch Garry Shandling's legendarily hostile sit-down with Ricky Gervais

As he once made the transition—circa 2007 or 2008 or so—from “beloved TV creator” to “Yeah, what?”, Ricky Gervais spent early 2018 transitioning his …

Comedy

Cardano: a rising cryptocurrency that wants to change the world

On Oct. 1, 2017, an unusual event caused a collective gasp in the world of cryptocurrencies. A little known cryptocurrency called Cardano — or ADA, …

Why Symmetry Continues to Beguile Mathematicians

You could forgive mathematicians for being drawn to the monster group, an algebraic object so enormous and mysterious that it took them nearly a …

Why Race Is Not a Thing, According to Genetics

Scientists are unlocking the secrets to how we’re all related—to each other and to the species that came before us.<p>Today, scientists routinely map the genomes of the long dead, from Neanderthals to medieval kings. What they’re finding out, says British geneticist Adam Rutherford in <i>A Brief History</i> …

Research finds people who play games are more culturally engaged

People who play video games are generally well educated and more likely to engage with other cultures, according to research conducted by innovation …

Game Development

Silicon Valley is a good example of what proper satire can accomplish

But it still has its issues<p><i>Silicon Valley</i> has spent its last three seasons highlighting and calling out various issues within, well, Silicon Valley. From the caffeine and drug-fueled world of startup culture to the cost of rent while trying to live in Palo Alto, <i>Silicon Valley</i> hits most of the …

How to improve anything you write in 2 minutes

Following are the simplest tips I can give you to easily — and forever — improve the quality of your writing.<p>Delete the word "that"<p>The word "that" can be removed from your writing at least 90% of the time, and it will instantly make your sentence stronger.<p><b>Example:</b> "You believe that I'm lying, but …

Marketing

Experiment Reaffirms Quantum Weirdness

Physicists are closing the door on an intriguing loophole around the quantum phenomenon Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.”<p>There might be …

Quantum Mechanics

Ask Ethan: What Is Spacetime?

When it comes to understanding the Universe, there are a few things everyone’s heard of: Schrödinger’s cat, the Twin Paradox and E = mc^2. But despite being around for over 100 years now, General Relativity — Einstein’s greatest achievement — is largely mysterious to everyone from the general …

Physics

Comedians: It's Not 'PC Culture', You're Just Not Funny

A recent article in <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> titled "For Stand-Up Comedians, Shows On Campus Are Often No Joke," reports the growing tension between comedians and young audiences, with big name comics such as Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld issuing statements that college audiences are simply too …

Comedy

Dissecting a Louis C.K. Joke to Highlight How Well the Comedian Uses Language to Create Humor

The Nerdwriter (Evan Puschak) dissects a joke by Louis C.K. about playing Monopoly with his daughters to highlight how well the comedian uses …

Louis C.K.

The Paradox About Play That Can Make You A Better Creative In 2017

Think you know what simple words like “play” and “fun” mean? Ian Bogost’s latest book Play Anything will bake your noodle.<p>In a world where creative hyphenates have become the norm, game designer-philosopher Ian Bogost stands out. His most famous game, <i>Cow Clicker</i>, began as an impish parody of …

Jokes

Galaxy clusters prove dark matter’s existence

You don’t have to detect a particle to know that dark matter is real.<p><i>“You may hate gravity, but gravity doesn’t care.” –</i>Clayton Christensen<p>In the …

How 'The Last Guardian' uses gameplay to tell its story

Like with many ambitious works of art, it's fair to say that the reaction to <i>The Last Guardian</i> was pretty divisive. While many recognized last month's PS4 exclusive as a brilliant achievement, it is undoubtedly a game that bears the scars of its troubled nine-year development. Yet, despite its …

'I fell out of bed laughing': writers on their favourite funny book

Nina Stibbe, David Nicholls, Bridget Christie and others reveal the books that made them laugh the most<p>Jonathan Coe: Will satire save us in the age of Trump?<p><b>At Freddie’s</b> <b>by</b> <b>Penelope Fitzgerald</b><p><b>Chosen by David Nicholls</b><p>So many of my early reading memories involve hysterical laughter. There was Adrian …

Books

Best local multiplayer games of 2016

Because Mario Party isn’t enough to ruin your friendships<p>2016 saw a slew of great online multiplayer games like <i>Overwatch</i>, <i>Titanfall 2</i> and <i>Battlefield 1</i>. But this year's offline, local multiplayer games are the real unsung heroes. Sure, it may be easier to just wear a headset and play with friends …

James Van Der Beek Will Play Diplo in TV Comedy Show, WHAT WOULD DIPLO DO?

Credit where its due: Adult Swim and Vice are doing some of the strangest and best stuff on TV. But where those two network differ is scripted …

TV

Finland Starts Handing Out a Basic Income - MIT Technology Review

Finland has become the first European country to implement a basic income. In a small experiment, 2,000 of the around 213,000 people in the country …

Basic Income

Quantum computers ready to leap out of the lab in 2017

Google, Microsoft and a host of labs and start-ups are racing to turn scientific curiosities into working machines.<p>Quantum computing has long seemed …

How Many Fundamental Constants Does It Take To Define Our Universe?

When we think about our Universe at a fundamental level, we think about all the particles in it and all the forces and interactions that occur between them. If you can describe those forces, interactions and particle properties, you have everything you need to reproduce our Universe, or at least a …

Physics

Best mobile games of 2016

Windows Phone

Rogue One's Killer UI Designs

UK design firm Blind successfully makes old aesthetics feel fresh<p>Spoiler-free comment on <i>Rogue One</i>: I was really impressed with the variety of UI …

Glitch art: Meet the artist who knitted Stuxnet into a scarf | Ars Technica

Ars investigates the nascent domain of turning source code and errors into art.<p>Glitch art resonates with the increasingly complex love-hate …

North America

The logic of unreliable narrators

In fiction, an unreliable narrator is a narrator whose credibility is in doubt – in other words, a proper reading of a narrative with an unreliable …

Creative Writing

15 Great Albums You Didn't Hear in 2016

Rolling Stone critics choose LPs that flew under the radar<p>15<p>By<p>These albums may not have burned through your playlists in 2016, but a <i>Rolling Stone</i> …

Fumito Ueda’s Slow Route to Perfection

In 1994, long before the celebrated video-game designer Fumito Ueda went to work for Sony, he took part in a competition that the company sponsored for young artists. Having made it through the opening rounds, Ueda, then a recent graduate of the Osaka University of Arts, used the thousand-dollar …

Game Design

The 33 Best Albums of 2016

From electro-protest anthems to rose-tinted remembrances of childhood.<p>Illustration by Dana Kim<p>Never question the efficacy of a great album. Dance singles offer concentrated dopamine hits and lengthy mixes offer IV drips of all sorts of pleasant neurotransmitters, but 2016's vast slate of electronic …

The “Bart And Lisa” Theory Of Information Design

In a new book, Jennifer Daniel uses design to illustrate the origin stories of everything, from Big Bang theory to earwax.<p>When she was working as graphics editor for the <i>New York Times</i>, Jennifer Daniel and her team developed a philosophy they termed the “Bart and Lisa approach” to designing …

Infographics

What Every Layperson Should Know About String Theory

It’s one of the most brilliant, controversial and unproven ideas in all of physics: string theory. At the heart of string theory is the thread of an idea that’s run through physics for centuries, that at some fundamental level, all the different forces, particles, interactions and manifestations of …

Quantum Mechanics