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Why the Planet Earth II Episode on Cities Is So Startling

It gives us a glimpse of our strange future.<p>It used to happen a lot: Teetering home drunk and disconsolate late at night through the shadowy semi-suburbs of north London, I would turn a corner and find, staring placidly at me on the street, the silhouette of a fox.<p>Looking directly into the eyes of …

Cities

Norwegian robot learns to self-evolve and 3D print itself in the lab

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>For the first time we are seeing how it’s possible for robots in the future to design and evolve, manufacture and assemble …

Robots

Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster

We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation dangerously diminishing our skills?<p>When a sleepy Marc Dubois walked into the cockpit of his own aeroplane, he was confronted with a scene of confusion. The plane was …

Autos

Fake News Is About to Get Even Scarier than You Ever Dreamed

What we saw in the 2016 election is nothing compared to what we need to prepare for in 2020.<p>Less than a month after <b>Donald Trump</b> was improbably elected the 45th president of the United States, a strange story began to make its way across social media. In the quaint days before Russia’s dissemination …

Fake News

How to Be Lucky - Issue 44: Luck

“Luck is believing you’re lucky.”<br>—Tennessee Williams, <i>A Streetcar Named Desire</i><p>In 1995, a wounded 35-year-old woman named Anat Ben-Tov gave an …

Tennessee Williams

Alternate Endings

Movies that allow you to decide what happens next.<p>Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, young directors who go by the joint film credit Daniels, are known for reality-warped miniatures—short films, music videos, commercials—that are eerie yet playful in mood. In their work, people jump into other …

Tragedy Plus Time

How jokes won the election.<p>Since November 9th, we’ve heard a lot of talk about unreality, and how what’s normal bends when you’re in a state of incipient autocracy. There’s been a lot written about gaslighting (lies that make you feel crazy) and the rise of fake news (hoaxes that displace facts), …

Comedy

I Don’t Read The News Anymore, And It’s Great

After Donald Trump won the presidency more than a year ago, I, like many of my friends, vowed to cease paying attention to news for a while, fearing …

Mike Pence

Andrew Sullivan: My Distraction Sickness — and Yours

I was sitting in a large meditation hall in a converted novitiate in central Massachusetts when I reached into my pocket for my iPhone. A woman in …

Can an Amazon Echo Testify Against You?

Could what you ask your Amazon Echo be used against you in a court of law? A murder case in Bentonville, Arkansas, is putting that question to the …

The moral challenge of military robots arises when we delegate fighting wars

Using drones or autonomous soldiers in modern warfare may avoid some of the awfulness but does it forfeit any ethical defence for fighting in the first place?<p>Long before undergoing any proper study of war, I remember believing I had the problem sorted. In primary school, I remember remarking to …

How to Design a Nuclear Warning Symbol that Will Still Make Sense in 10,000 Years

<i>Roman Mars’ podcast</i> <i>99% Invisible</i> <i>covers design questions large and small, from</i> <i>his fascination with rebar</i> <i>to</i> <i>the history of slot machines</i> <i>to the</i> <i>great Los</i> …

The 🌏 is your canvas

<b>How — </b>Information depth in Mixed Reality<p>To disrupt everyday communication platforms and therefore our living spaces, Mixed Reality and Augmented …

Augmented Reality

After Thousands of Years, Earth's Frozen Life Forms Are Waking Up

What's happening in Siberia's thawing permafrost and Greenland's melting glaciers sounds borderline supernatural. Ancient viruses, bacteria, plants, …

Biology

The Death of the Telephone Call

When <b>Slate</b> was founded in 1996, people all over the world spent much of their day speaking into telephones. In 2016, as <b>Slate</b> celebrates its 20th …

Voice Mail

Divieto di link dalla Corte di giustizia UE

C’e’ questa decisione fresca fresca della Corte di giustizia UE che farà molto discutere<p>C0160_2015-EN-Reference-for-a-preliminary-ruling …

Your Guide To Generation Z: The Frugal, Brand-Wary, Determined Anti-Millennials

The generation forged during the Great Recession is entering college and the workforce. Here's what companies need to know about them.<p>It's a crisp late-summer day in Tacoma, Washington, and Maya Makino has just started her sophomore year at the University of Puget Sound. She's 19, which puts her at …

I fly 747s for a living. Here are the amazing things I see every day.

I've loved airplanes for as long as I can remember, but it wasn't until my late 20s that I started training to become a commercial airline pilot. My adult life before then consisted of a master's degree and about a third of a PhD (I like to say I did the ‘P'), followed by a stint as a management …

Helsinki Wants To Eliminate The Need For Car Ownership By 2025

Here's how they're going to do it.<p>Helsinki has an audacious goal: By 2025, it plans to eliminate the need for any city resident to own a private car. The idea is to combine public and private transport providers so citizens can assemble the fastest or cheapest mode of travel. "The city’s role is to …

The Curse of Culture

One of the seminal books on culture is Edgar Schein’s Organizational Culture and Leadership. Schein writes in the introduction:Perhaps the most …

Leadership

Humans Are 'Meathooked' But Not Designed For Meat-Eating

I encounter claims that humans were designed to eat meat — that it's in our genes, that we have teeth made for eating meat, that we need meat to get all the right nutrients — all the time in casual conversation and in media in stronger and weaker versions.<p>In Meathooked: The History and Science of …

Why New Yorkers Have Always Worn Black

In <i>Funny Face</i>, Kay Thompson (doing her Diana Vreeland imitation) rides the elevator to her high-up Manhattan office. “Think pink, think pink!” she …

The 10 biggest announcements from Google I/O 2016

At I/O this year, Google displayed its vision for a more ubiquitous and conversational way of interacting with technology. Its Assistant is chattier, answering natural language queries with a more human voice, and it’s found its way into several new Google products: the messenger Allo and the …

Google

An Astronaut Finds Himself in Greenland

Piers Sellers landed in Greenland on a frigid Monday morning in April, and as he stepped off the plane at Thule Air Base he regarded the surrounding snow-covered hills with delight. A former astronaut, six-time spacewalker, and presently the acting director of the Earth Sciences Division at NASA’s …

Climate Change

Why Aren't Bidets Common in the U.S.?

In a famous scene from <i>Crocodile Dundee</i>, Mick Dundee stands in the bathroom of his upscale New York City hotel room toiling with the bidet, attempting …

The Moving Revelations of Gay Home Movies

One home movie shows a telegenic group of men on a getaway at a shoreline cabin in the Bay Area town of Vallejo, in 1947. The friends sunbathe, laugh together, mug for the camera with more than a touch of theatricality. A man picks some orange flowers and tucks them behind his ear; another wears a …

San Francisco

Hiroshima

I—A Noiseless Flash<p>At exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning, on August 6, 1945, Japanese time, at the moment when the atomic bomb flashed above Hiroshima, Miss Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk in the personnel department of the East Asia Tin Works, had just sat down at her place in the plant …

Compassion

Head of the Class

How Donald Trump is winning over the white working class.<p>Last week, Donald Trump became the leader of the Republican Party. He thrashed his way to this summit by understanding what many intelligent people utterly failed to see: the decline of American institutions and mores, from Wall Street and …

Political Science