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Eighties Babies Are Officially the Brokest Generation, Federal Reserve Study Concludes

Right after the Great Recession, it was a little hard to tell who had it worse: Millennials or Gen X. On the one hand, those of us in our twenties …

Demographics

«Rimane il fatto che capire la gente non è vivere. Vivere è capirla male, capirla male e poi male e, dopo un attento riesame, ancora male. Ecco come sappiamo di essere vivi: sbagliando.» Philip Roth, grande della letteratura del 20° secolo, si è spento ieri sera. Aveva 85 anni. https://t.co/sup0EIEx0N

'Impossible' EM drive may actually be impossible after all

If something sounds too good to be true then it probably is, so goes the old saying. And unfortunately, it now seems this is also applicable to the "impossible" EM drive, first touted over a decade ago as a way to generate thrust using microwaves, thereby eliminating the need for fuel in deep space …

Microwaves

How global university rankings are changing higher education

EARLIER this month Peking University played host to perhaps the grandest global gathering ever of the higher-education business. Senior figures from …

Higher Education

NASA's 'Impossible' Space Engine Tested—Here Are the Results

The first independent tests of the EmDrive suggest there's a mundane explanation for the wildly controversial device.<p>Spaceflight is hard. Blasting heavy cargo, spacecraft, and maybe people to respectable speeds over interplanetary distances (not to mention the luxury of stopping at destinations) …

Space Science

This tree beautifully reveals the relationships between languages

For reasons both poetic and pragmatic, the tree has historically been the designer's go-to inspiration for mapping relationships. In the graphic below, Finish-Swedish illustrator Minna Sundberg artfully uses this format to trace the world's largest language families.<p>All of the languages illustrated …

Language

Out Maps

The May 1918 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> included an oversized map of the western front, the 400-mile battle line across France and Belgium where much of the fighting in World War I took place. The roughly 2 by 3 foot sheet was the first supplement map—a folded bonus map tucked into the magazine’s …

Travel Photography

Scientists declare octopi life from another world

Evidence of the octopus evolution show it would have happened too quickly to have begun here on Earth. Published in the <i>Progress in Biophysics and</i> …

Biology

As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’

WASHINGTON — As a teenager, Keoni Gandall already was operating a cutting-edge research laboratory in his bedroom in Huntington Beach, Calif. While his friends were buying video games, he acquired more than a dozen pieces of equipment — a transilluminator, a centrifuge, two thermocyclers — in …

Genetics

How Fortnite Captured Teens’ Hearts and Minds

The craze for the third-person shooter game has elements of Beatlemania, the opioid crisis, and eating Tide Pods.<p>It was getting late in Tomato Town. The storm was closing in, and meteors pelted the ground. Gizzard Lizard had made his way there after plundering the sparsely populated barns and …

Angry Birds

What the Sunday Times Rich List tells us about trickle-down economics – it's a big, fat lie

There are 145 billionaires now resident in the UK according to the 30th annual <i>Sunday Times</i> Rich List. How much is a billion? Well put it this way: to …

Economics

How the 50-mm Lens Became ‘Normal’

It’s often called the optic that best approximates human vision, but approximation is relative. An Object Lesson.<p>It was the curved shape of the lens that led to its name being borrowed, in the late 17th century, from the Latin name of the lentil plant, <i>lens culinaris</i>. In French, another word for …

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Number of children in Japan shrinks to new record low

<b>Tokyo (CNN) —</b> The number of children in Japan has fallen for the 37th straight year in a row, a sign the country's attempts to offset the country's severely aging population are failing.<p>As of April 1, 2018, there were 15.53 million children under the age of 14 in Japan, down 170,000 from the …

Demographics

The Vineyard Where Retired French Soldiers Make Wine

In Provence, Foreign Legion veterans report for duty among the vines.<p><i>“Tu n’abandonnes jamais les tiens, ni au combat, ni dans la vie.”</i> These words …

Pneumonia

I vini bianchi che sanno invecchiare

Il mondo dei vini ci sorprende ogni anno, un mondo vivo che cambia da vitigno a vitigno, da botte a botte, da persona a persona.<br>Si è chiusa …

An Anti-Aging Pundit Solves a Decades-Old Math Problem

In 1950 Edward Nelson, then a student at the University of Chicago, asked the kind of deceptively simple question that can give mathematicians fits …

Mathematics

Lego Millennium Falcon

Star Wars fans rejoice! The most iconic LEGO Star Wars set ever made is finally available for purchase (it’s been out of stock for quite some time). …

David Bowie’s Self Portraits

<b>David Bowie: Self-Portraits And Other Paintings</b> Berlin landscape with JO – 1978 (Portrait of Iggy Pop (James Osterberg)) David Bowie (8 January 1947 …

David Bowie

Your Coffee Addiction, by Decade

<b>Early Twenties (Experimentation)</b><p>The woman behind the counter raises an eyebrow and scowls as she hands you twelve ounces of syrupy lavender-mocha latte buried under whipped cream. You don’t have time to figure out why baristas are such judgmental jerks. You have a midterm paper to write. You take a …

Coffee

Chinese students being taught 'us and them' brand of diplomacy

Future diplomats in the Chinese foreign service are taught that a particular set of ideas and ways of thinking are "correct". Above all, they are …

NASA’s virtual tour of the moon in 4K will blow your mind

The moon can look spectacular enough from here on Earth, but a just-posted NASA video showing the lunar surface in amazing close-up detail is also …

From AI to Russia, Here’s How Estonia’s President Is Planning for the Future

At 48 years old, Kersti Kaljulaid is Estonia’s youngest president ever, and its first female president. A marathon runner with degrees in genetics …

Made this chart last year as a Kickstarter award but am now making the image available as a free download. Just right click and save and feel free to share. https://t.co/4BLh0aEBsT

“The Clock Is Ticking”: Inside the Worst U.S. Maritime Disaster in Decades

A recording salvaged from three miles deep tells the story of the doomed “El Faro,” a cargo ship engulfed by a hurricane.<p>I. “The Clock Is Ticking”<p>In the darkness before dawn on Thursday, October 1, 2015, an American merchant captain named Michael Davidson sailed a 790-foot U.S.-flagged cargo ship,</i> …

Sailing

Nobody knows anything about China — including the Chinese government

As a foreigner in China, you get used to hearing the retort "you don't know China!" spat at you by locals.<p>It's usually a knee-jerk reaction to some uncomfortable modern issue or in defense of one of the many historical myths children in the mainland are taught as unshakeable facts about the world. …

China

Tiangong-1 crash: everything you need to know

Most of China’s broken eight-tonne space station will burn up, though there is a chance some parts will survive. Should you worry about getting hit?<p>China’s prototype space station, Tiangong-1 or “heavenly place”, is falling to Earth and could re-enter the atmosphere as soon as this week.<p>While most …

Space Exploration

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I often think of wines in musical terms—and vice versa. And that got me wondering, can synergies with music make a wine in the glass better and add …

Remembering When ‘The New York Times’ Explained Pizza

No “pizzas” here, only “pizze.”<p>On September 20, 1944, the <i>New York Times</i> published its “News of Food” column. A new dish was being offered in the …

Fall of the Western Roman Empire

To many historians, the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century CE has always been viewed as the end of the ancient world and the onset …

Ancient History

The Worst Government Possible, on Purpose

I worry less about Kim Jong-Un than I do Betsy DeVos. The North Korean dictator, for one, doesn't have dominion over the educational futures of …

Education