Mikey Reen

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Mapping The New York City No One Ever Sees

The new book Nonstop Metropolis maps the history, culture, and infrastructure fueling the city that never sleeps.<p>Popular perception of a place doesn’t always align with geographical accuracy, as a long history of psychic, or conceptual, mapping has taught us. To wit: New Yorkers consider their city …

El Chapo and the Secret History of the Heroin Crisis

<i>If you wonder why America is in the grips of a heroin epidemic that kills two hundred people a week, take a hard look at the legalization of pot, which destroyed the profits of the Mexican cartels. How did they respond to a major loss in revenue? Like any company, they created an irresistible new</i> …

Hokkaidō road trip: exploring Japan's wild north

With its wide-open spaces, national parks, active volcanoes, forests of silvery beech, forlorn coastlines and remote fishing towns, Hokkaidō is ideal for road trips.<p>Japan is famous for its efficient rail system and doesn't exactly scream road trip. But when most people think of Japan, they usually …

There Is Growing Evidence that Our Universe Is a Giant Hologram

If this depiction of space is correct, then like any computer, there is an inherent limit to the universe’s data storage and processing capacity.<p>If a friend told you that we were all living in a giant hologram, you'd probably tell him to lay off the kush. But incredibly, physicists across the world …

Too much human faeces on Mount Everest, says Nepal

Waste from the 700 climbers and guides a year who attempt to scale the mountain is becoming a health hazard<p>Human waste left by climbers on Mount Everest has become a problem that is causing pollution and threatening to spread disease on the world’s highest peak, the chief of Nepal’s mountaineering …

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success

The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence.<p><i>The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence.</i><p>Sergey Ivanov/Flickr<p>Everyone agrees the United States needs to improve its education system …

CERN To Attempt ‘Big Bang’ In March, Stephen Hawking Issues Warning

In the Basement of the Ivory Tower

The idea that a university education is for everyone is a destructive myth. An instructor at a “college of last resort” explains why.<p>Illustration by Marcellus Hall<p>I work part-time in the evenings as an adjunct instructor of English. I teach two courses, Introduction to College Writing (English 101) …

The Trip Treatment

Research into psychedelics, shut down for decades, is now yielding exciting results.<p>On an April Monday in 2010, Patrick Mettes, a fifty-four-year-old television news director being treated for a cancer of the bile ducts, read an article on the front page of the <i>Times</i> that would change his death. His …

Giving the Moon the Business: U.S. FAA Backs Bigelow

One small step for making business on the Moon a new economic sphere?<br>Credit: NASA<p>The FAA’s Office of the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space …

Skateboarding Makes Afghan Girls Feel Free

How the Skateistan school uses skateboarding as a tool for empowerment in a country worn down by 30 years of conflict and dislocation.<p>Seven years ago, Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich sparked a commotion on the streets of Kabul and inadvertently started a gender revolution. His board and …

What Plans Are Savvy Travelers Making Right Now?

<i>A:</i><p>The heart of winter is the ideal time to start planning that summer vacation. Thinking of going abroad this summer? According to Expedia's 2015 Air Travel Trends report, the cheapest international flights go on sale 171 days before departure—meaning if you want to tavel in June or July, now is …

Ten reasons why taking VC money might be a bad idea for your startup

What is one reason why taking VC money to build your startup might be a bad idea for your business?<p><b>Fatal distractions.</b> Pursuing VC money takes a huge amount of time and can be a fatal distraction for startups that are already pressed for time and resources. Find a couple of people who live in the …

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We Don't Need No Education

In early September, in a clapboard house situated on 43 acres just outside a small town in northern Vermont, two boys awaken. They are brothers; the older is 12, the younger 9, and they rise to a day that has barely emerged from the clutches of dark. It is not yet autumn, but already the air has …

Why are the feds harassing Navajo shepherds?

The still-operating Kayenta mine supplies approximately 7.5 million tons of low-sulfur thermal coal annually to the Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona. In 2013 the mine sold 7.9 million tons of coal.<p>Many Navajo resisted relocation. The federal government responded with a war of attrition …

Zap Wars: U.S. Navy Successfully Tests Laser Weapon in the Persian Gulf

For decades, the Pentagon has been saying that laser weapons are just around the corner. Thursday, the U.S. military finally turned that corner.<p>The …

Letter to the editor: Time to refocus on the American dream

For most of Americas existence it has been recognized by its administrations that the American dream of economic freedom and opportunity (free …

10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

Are we on the brink of creating artificial life? Scientists digitise the brain of a WORM and place it inside a robot

With 100 billion neurons and 37 trillion cells, the human body is simply too complex to be artificially designed by modern computers.<p>But in the quest …

Will We Build Colonies That Float Over Venus Like Buckminster Fuller's "Cloud Nine"?

This idea dates back to the Russians in the early 1970s. The surface of Venus is far too hot, and the atmosphere too dense, for Earth life. However, …

Utah may deprive NSA facility of all its water: “This is a bill about civil rights”

<b>The Utah Data Center located in Bluffdale, Utah (Swilsonmc/Wikimedia Commons)</b><p>No water for you<p>Joanna Rothkopf<p>November 20, 2014 10:13pm (UTC)<p>In what amounts to a pissing match on a national scale, a Utah state legislative committee will vote on a bill that could deprive a National Security Agency …

Japan raises military profile in naval war games with U.S.

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON PACIFIC OCEAN (Reuters) - Japan stepped up its role in large-scale war games with the United States this week, with one of its admirals commanding air and sea maneuvers that the U.S. military described as the most complex ever overseen by the Japanese navy.<p>U.S. Navy …

Sorry, But Saving Money Won't Make You Rich

If you think you can save your way to wealth, you’re wrong. Spending less than you make is not the path to riches. Instead, wealth comes and goes as asset prices -– real estate, stocks, and bonds -– rise and fall.<p>This is why most Americans have no shot at ever being wealthy, while the …

Use your phone's camera to solve equations with PhotoMath

The developer calls it the world's first camera calculator. I call it a valuable tool for a parent helping with his kid's math homework and attempting to remember grade-school arithmetic or middle-school algebra. With PhotoMath, you can simply snap a picture of a math equation and it instantly …

3D printing creates film without film

As our technologies increasingly move towards digitisation, perhaps the old techniques are becoming lost to younger generations. Take film. Although we still refer to motion pictures as "films", it is not often that we see film any more: we shoot moving images on our smartphones, watch films on …

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

Elon Musk Is Right: Colonizing the Solar System Is Humankind's Insurance Policy Against Extinction

Why blow billions of dollars on space exploration when billions of people are living in poverty here on Earth?<p>You’ve likely heard the justifications. …