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Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain, an international team of researchers set out four buckets to gather a shower of viruses falling from the sky.<p>Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling the planet, above the planet’s weather systems but below the level of airline …

Biology

A real-life Lord of the Flies: the troubling legacy of the Robbers Cave experiment

In the early 1950s, the psychologist Muzafer Sherif brought together a group of boys at a US summer camp – and tried to make them fight each other. Does his work teach us anything about our age of resurgent tribalism?<p>• Read an extract from The Lost Boys<p>July 1953: late one evening in the woods …

Psychology

Dismantling Sainthood: Ambedkar On Gandhi

Snapshot<p>In the contest between Ambedkar and Gandhi, the man who truly was a Mahatma fought a man pretending to be one.<p>It is not that we do not …

India

‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower

The first time I met Christopher Wylie, he didn’t yet have pink hair. That comes later. As does his mission to rewind time. To put the genie back in the bottle.<p>By the time I met him in person, I’d already been talking to him on a daily basis for hours at a time. On the phone, he was clever, funny, …

Cambridge Analytica

Japan’s Prisons Are a Haven for Elderly Women

Every aging society faces distinct challenges. But Japan, with the world’s oldest population (27.3 percent of its citizens are 65 or older, almost …

Time I

The briefly inspirational and ultimately depressing story of the most heroic cow in Poland

By winter, reports had spread through Poland that an escaped farm cow was living free in the woods along the eastern border. It was spotted in January, foraging with a herd of bison. It looked healthy, maybe even happy.<p>This is not the story of that cow.<p>Nor do we suggest that our protagonist cow — …

Inspiration

The Population Bomb Has Been Defused

The Earth and humanity will survive as fertility rates fall almost everywhere.<p>Some of the most spectacularly wrong predictions in history have been made by those who claim that overpopulation is going to swamp the planet. Thomas Malthus, a British economist writing in the late 1700s, is the most …

Geography

This Multibillion-Dollar Corporation Is Controlled by a Penniless Yoga Superstar

Twenty-three years ago, when he was a poor young yoga instructor living at the foot of the Himalayas, Baba Ramdev pledged to spend the rest of his …

India

An Intuitive Guide To Exponential Functions & e

<b>e</b> has always bothered me — not the letter, but the <b>mathematical constant</b>. What does it really mean?<p>Math books and even my beloved Wikipedia describe e …

Mathematics

Ancient DNA Is Rewriting Human (and Neanderthal) History

The genomes of the long dead are turning up all sorts of unexpected and controversial findings.<p>Geneticist David Reich used to study the living, but now he studies the dead.<p>The precipitating event came in the form of 40,000-year-old Neanderthal bones found in a Croatian cave. So well-preserved were …

Anthropology

Vegetarian sections on restaurant menus encourage meat eating, study finds

Restaurants which include specific vegetarian sections on their menus may be inadvertently encouraging customers to eat meat, a new study suggests.<p>Although it may seem counterintuitive, the London School of Economics (LSE) found that if non-meat dishes are included amid the main courses, they are …

Footage of mysterious object above ocean stuns military personnel

Newly-released video of a mysterious object streaking over the Atlantic Ocean shows the Pentagon needs to take UFOs seriously, a researcher says.<p>The …

‘Picked Apart by Vultures’: The Last Days of Stan Lee

Months after losing his wife, the 95-year-old comic book legend is surrounded by charlatans and mountebanks.<p>You might expect Stan Lee, at age 95, to …

At Yale, we conducted an experiment to turn conservatives into liberals. The results say a lot about our political divisions.

When my daughter was growing up, she often wanted to rush off to do fun things with her friends — get into the water at the beach, ride off on her bike — without taking the proper safety precautions first. I’d have to stop her in her tracks to first put on the sunscreen, or her bike helmet and knee …

Psychology

The mystery of the ‘ghost trees’ may be solved

HENRY COWELL REDWOODS STATE PARK, Calif. — The redwood appears like a phantom: as if from thin air. What looked like a trick of the light a moment ago materializes into a trunk, branches, needles — a tree, roughly the height of a man, with delicate leaves the color of bone. It is an albino redwood, …

Botany

Albino Ghost Trees Shouldn't Exist — But They Do

Imagine a walk through a forest of giant redwoods. The giants seem to gather closer around you as you wander deeper into the woods. And then it …

Botany

Mirrors have revealed something new about manta rays – and it reflects badly on us

Humans make huge use of marine vertebrates, but manta rays may pass the self-awareness test and other fish potentially could too. Ethically, where does that leave us?<p>As a shark biologist, I enjoy nothing more than going scuba diving with sharks in the wild. However, I realise it’s an immense …

Manta Rays

What an ayahuasca retreat showed me about my life - Vox

What the psychedelic drug ayahuasca showed me about my life.<p>When I finally puked on the fourth night, I felt an odd sense of pride.<p>Inside the loud, stuffy ceremony room, people were laughing, crying, chanting, gyrating, and, yes, vomiting, around me. When my time finally comes, I think: Just aim …

Mind

‘I’m Just More Afraid of Climate Change Than I Am of Prison’

On Oct. 11, 2016, Michael Foster and two companions rose before dawn, left their budget hotel in Grand Forks, N.D., and drove a white rental sedan toward the Canadian border, diligently minding the speed limit. The day was cold and overcast, and Foster, his diminutive frame wrapped in a down …

Crime

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

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

“What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?" technologist Aviv Ovadya warns.

Artificial Intelligence

I Made My Shed the Top Rated Restaurant On TripAdvisor

And then served customers Iceland ready meals on its opening night.<p>Once upon a time, long before I began selling my face by the acre for features on VICE dot com, I worked other jobs. There was one in particular that really had an impact on me: writing fake reviews on TripAdvisor. Restaurant owners …

Hospitality

Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs

Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative. By Andy Beckett<p>Work is the master of the modern world. For most people, it is impossible to imagine society without it. It dominates and pervades everyday …

University of London

Indian population is growing much faster in the north – and the south is paying the price

The disparity in the rate of population growth could reshape the country politically, economically and culturally.<p>That India has a population problem …

India

The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari

Allegations against the comedian are proof that women are angry, temporarily powerful—and very, very dangerous.<p>Sexual mores in the West have changed so rapidly over the past 100 years that by the time you reach 50, intimate accounts of commonplace sexual events of the young seem like science …

Aziz Ansari

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 Mexico

NASA Just Proved It Can Navigate Space Using Pulsars. Where to Now?

Half a century ago, astronomers observed their first pulsar: a dead, distant, ludicrously dense star that emitted pulses of radiation with remarkable …

How DNA Testing Botched My Family's Heritage, and Probably Yours, Too

My grandfather was caramel-skinned with black eyes and thick, dark hair, and until he discovered that he was adopted, he had no reason to suspect …

Genealogy

Kazakhstan Cheers New Alphabet, Except for All Those Apostrophes

ALMATY, Kazakhstan — In his 26 years as Kazakhstan’s first and only president, Nursultan A. Nazarbayev has managed to keep a resurgent Russia at bay and navigate the treacherous geopolitical waters around Moscow, Beijing and Washington, keeping on good terms with all three capitals.<p>The …

Linguistics

How Dirt Could Save Humanity From an Infectious Apocalypse

Nobody scours Central Park looking for drugs quite the way Sean Brady does. On a sweltering Thursday, he hops out of a yellow cab, crosses Fifth …