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Babies in Mexico City Show Signs of Alzheimer’s. Blame Air Pollution.

A new study, published Wednesday, suggests the disease takes shape earlier than previously suspected and that environmental factors may be to blame.<p>A …

Neuroscience

Take a Trip Through New York City in the Year 1911

Back in 1911, the Swedish film production company Svenska Biografteatern visited New York City during a trip to America and shot footage of various …

New York City

A Pocket Knife that Works like Panther-claws

The way Caswell’s Morphing Karambit knife opens and closes is a thing of sheer beauty. It uses a parallel motion linkage, as opposed to a …

Industrial Design

How Syria Came to This

A story of ethnic and sectarian conflict, international connivance, and above all civilian suffering<p>Seven years of horrific twists and turns in the Syrian Civil War make it hard to remember that it all started with a little graffiti.<p>In March 2011, four children in the southern city of Der’a …

Middle East

Watch: The TED Talk that people at TED were talking about

“I can’t call these things social networks anymore — I call them behavior modification empires.”<p>This year’s TED conference — this past week in Vancouver — kicked off with a series of talks lamenting the state of society, from sexual harassment to school shootings.<p>The talk from the bunch that seemed …

TED Talks

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Rare Earth

Youtube channel mundane yet quite weird

In the spirit of The Dullest Blog comes this YouTube channel -- same mundanity, but somewhat more surreal -- with videos such as kicking a tree, not …

YouTube

Classic Cuban Midnight (Medianoche) Sandwich Recipe

"This is one of the more famous sandwiches straight out of the island of Cuba. This recipe came from my uncle who used to work at a restaurant in …

Cuba

'Mr. Zuckerberg' explains the internet to elderly senators

In what will probably be the premise of <i>The Social Network 2</i>,Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by members of the U.S. Senate on …

Social Media

Meet the cartographer mapping the size of your favorite video game

How Big Is The Map? answers a very basic question: How big is the map?<p>As video game technology has progressed, the games have gotten much, much …

Gaming Industry

The ‘g’ in Google’s Old Logo Is Really Weird

A tale of two “g”s<p>In a recent study delightfully titled “The Devil’s in the ‘g’-Tails,” researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that most people are unaware of the common form of the lowercase “g” that appears in books. It looks like this: g. If you glossed right over that, notice that the …

Typography

Best Far Cry 5 Guns And Weapons

Previous Far Cry games have always sported a diverse roster of weapons, and Far Cry 5 is no different. With so many options available, you're probably asking which weapons are worth purchasing. To help you out, we've highlighted in the video above nine weapons that we believe to be some of the best …

Far Cry 5

Animatron lets you create awesome videos with little know-how

popsci shop<p>Get lifetime access to this animation studio for $49.99.<p>When you have something to sell or a message to get across, video is your friend. Animatron Studio Pro is an innovative platform that lets you create captivating animations without any special design skills. Used by the likes of …

GIF Animations

Gelion is a Sans Serif Typeface with a Geometric Touch

Letter Omega shared an awesome post about their new typeface. Gelion is a Sans serif with a geometric touch with a minimal contrast of strokes, …

Typography

The most powerful Mac on the market isn't even sold by Apple and it's 6 years old

Most users that use a Mac for pro applications usually turn to the Mac Pro as their computer of choice because of its computing prowess. The Mac Pro …

MacBook Pro

The Week In Games: Wait A Minit

After a week of cult fighting, we’ve got a slower, more contemplative week of new games coming down the pipe.<p><i>Minit</i>, a game where you’ve only got a …

PS Vita

Christopher Ward C5 Malvern 595 - The Thin Mechanical Watch You've Been Looking For

The Christopher Ward C5 Malvern 595 ($680) is under 6mm thick which is an amazing feat for a mechanical watch. To do this they utilized the …

Watches

How ‘Smallville’ Actress Allison Mack Became a Women-Branding Cult Leader

A former Hollywood actress, Mack rose up the ranks of the cult Nxivm—whose founder, Keith Raniere, was recently arrested in Mexico—to second in …

Teen Choice Awards

You Need to Get Organized, Let a Filmmaker Show You How

Being organized was somewhat of a luxury until I became self-employed; now it's the bedrock of my life. Filmmaker Matti Haapoja walks you through how …

Productivity

The World Is Headed for a Food Security Crisis. Here's How We Can Avert It

The world currently produces more than enough food to feed everyone, yet 815 million people (roughly 11% of the global population) went hungry in …

Agriculture

Behind the Scenes of Spike Jonze’s ‘Welcome Home’ HomePod Music Video

Tim Nudd, writing for AdWeek:<p>Apple’s short film “Welcome Home,” directed by Spike Jonze and starring FKA twigs as a beleaguered city dweller whose …

Spike Jonze

A prisoner is given a deal he can’t refuse in an excerpt from S.J. Morden’s sci-fi novel One Way

Mars is a prison you can’t escape<p>Science fiction as a genre has long been obsessed with the possibility of reaching Mars, for both expeditions, such as Andy Weir’s novel <i>The Martian</i>, and colonizations, like in Kim Stanley Robinson’s <i>Mars</i> trilogy. A new novel, <i>One Way</i>, by S.J. Morden, falls in the …

Computer Science

The Many Eras of Al Pacino's Stardom

Running through some of the best, and strangest, performances given by the legendary actor, who helped reshape Hollywood’s masculine ideal<p>When Al Pacino was up for the lead role of Michael Corleone in <i>The Godfather,</i> according to Hollywood folklore, the studio balked at casting him. Not just because …

Robin Williams

Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach is a time-travel adventure full to the brim with ideas

A sharp, optimistic time travel adventure<p>Time travel is a classic trope in science fiction, posing questions about fixing the past, paradoxes, or simply spectating in a time long before your own. In her new book, <i>Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach</i>, author Kelly Robson spins out a fantastic story …

Time Travel

Man perfectly responds to a Twitter request made by a woman 7 years ago

Exchanges like this are what Twitter was made for.<p>Way back in summer 2011 @_ZeeTaughtMe posted the following open request.<p>Flash forward to the …

Social Media

Almas Fronterizas Soundtracks A Night Of Big Hair And Lowriders On 'Rosa Tropical'

A year ago, I was eating and drinking my way through Mexico City — oh, how I miss street tacos, and the churros and hot chocolate at El Moro — but it's not a trip out of town until I hit the record shops. Retroactivo, in the city's Roma Norte neighborhood, was exactly my speed: second-hand vinyl …

Soundtracks

What happened to Cuba's forgotten cinemas?

<b>(CNN) —</b> It took photographer Carolina Sandretto four years and three round trip journeys to Cuba to put together a comprehensive book about the architectural opulence of its movie theaters.<p>During the 1950s, Cuba's economy, then dominated by American players, was prosperous enough to give rise to …

Cuba

Inside the Two Years That Shook Facebook—and the World

One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook’s employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks. His …

Social Media

CryptoKitties raises $12M from Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures

CryptoKitties, the virtual collectible kitten game that turned into a viral sensation has raised $12M in funding and will be spun out from Axiom Zen, the Vancouver and San Francisco-based design studio that originally built the game.<p>The round is being led by Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square …

Venture Capital