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Steve Ditko, Influential Comic-Book Artist Who Helped Create Spider-Man, Dies at 90

Steve Ditko, a comic-book artist best known for his role in creating Spider-Man, one of the most successful superhero properties ever, was found dead on June 29 at his home in Manhattan, the police said on Friday. He was 90.<p>The death was confirmed by Officer George Tsourovakas, a spokesman for the …

Comics

How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s On Tonight

The growing concern over online data and user privacy has been focused on tech giants like Facebook and devices like smartphones. But people’s data is also increasingly being vacuumed right out of their living rooms via their televisions, sometimes without their knowledge.<p>In recent years, data …

The Rise of Iraq's Young Secularists

On Facebook and in the cafés of decimated Mosul, they envision a country free from political Islam. Do they have a shot?<p>MOSUL, Iraq—Rayyan Hadidi was 18 years old when he lost his faith. It was July 2006, and he was on his way to school when he stumbled upon a cheering crowd that had gathered near …

Islam

Claude Lanzmann, director of 'Shoah,' dies at age 92

PARIS (AP) — French director Claude Lanzmann, whose 9½-hour masterpiece "Shoah" bore unflinching witness to the Holocaust through the testimonies of Jewish victims, German executioners and Polish bystanders, has died at the age of 92.<p>Gallimard, the publishing house for Lanzmann's autobiography, …

Film Festivals

Memorizing these three statistics will help you understand the world

<i>One of my favorite websites is OurWorldInData.org. Based at the University of Oxford, it uses statistics—on everything from health and population</i> …

Geography

The DNA Cops Who Make Sure the World’s Deadliest Viruses Aren’t Rebuilt

Ginkgo Bioworks is helping stop a new class of lethal biological weapons from being created.<p>Genetic engineering could help produce more resilient …

Obama Administration

The many deaths of liberalism

More than a century of death notices have not diminished the achievements and the necessity of liberalism<i>By Daniel H Cole & Aurelian Craiutu</i>Read at …

Political Science

Why LinkedIn wants to make original journalism

Having reached the point where more than a million posts, videos and articles are being shared on its platform every day, LinkedIn is now moving …

User Generated Content

The great firewall of China: Xi Jinping’s internet shutdown

Before Xi Jinping, the internet was becoming a more vibrant political space for Chinese citizens. But today the country has the largest and most sophisticated online censorship operation in the world. By Elizabeth C Economy<p>In December 2015, thousands of tech entrepreneurs and analysts, along with a …

China

How one typeface took over movie posters

Posters

Why Instagram conquered social media

Remember when people were amazed that Facebook would spend $1 billion on Instagram? Back in 2012, the mobile app was known primarily for retro …

Social Media

Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but the launch of Apple Maps went poorly. After a rough first impression, an apology from the CEO, several years of patching holes with data partnerships and some glimmers of light with long-awaited transit directions and improvements in business, parking and place …

Mobile Devices

Google Home review: Google Assistant runs circles around Alexa

Google Home<p>$129<p>View Product<p>The Good<p>Customizable base • Responsive voice controls • Google Assistant is way smarter than Alexa • Supports virtually …

Smart Homes

To appreciate its power, think of design as a drug

The search for some concoction or contraption to improve our performance at work is nothing new. Lawyers, bankers and other professionals have …

Placebos

Japan’s Vegetable-Eating Men

<b>Shuichi was 30 years old</b> and working as a systems engineer at a tech company in Tokyo when he was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease …

University of Cambridge

Richard Harrison, Known as "The Old Man" on 'Pawn Stars,' Dies at 77

"He will be tremendously missed by our family, the team at Gold & Silver Pawn and his many fans the world over," his son, Rick, says.<p>Richard …

Reality TV

You can rent a room above this bookstore by the sea and run the shop

And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related subjects.<p>Welcome to the weekly Vox book link roundup, a curated selection of the internet’s best writing on books and related subjects. First, some housekeeping: I’ll be away for the next two weeks at the National Critics Institute, …

Books

Is the Canon Pixma G4210 the Solution to Your Printer Ink Woes?

The Canon Pixma G4210 is not your ordinary inkjet printer. It's the fulfillment of a 3-year-old promise.<p>When introduced in 2015, supertank printers …

Printing

The Most Beautiful Kitchen Organizers You Can Buy on Amazon

It's no secret that we love a smart storage solution. A storage solution that <i>looks</i> smart too? Well, we just lose our minds over that kind of …

Storage Ideas

Tech companies just woke up to a big problem with their AI

Tech companies are beginning to accept that the artificial intelligence they’re building their futures on could be flawed. From studies showing that language-processing AI can be sexist to more recent research on facial recognition’s failures on darker skin tones, years of research have erupted …

Artificial Intelligence

Another Sadness | Not a Blog

Harlan Ellison died in his sleep the day before last. He was 84.<p>It was a gentle ending for a turbulent soul. Not entirely unexpected. Harlan had been …

Call of Duty

Rizal: The Tagalog Hamlet by Miguel de Unamuno (English translation) - The Centenary of the Rizal Monument

I. The Man<p>With close interest I have been reviewing Retana's translation of the diary that Rizal kept in Madrid as a student. Underneath those …

Literature

How Hilton hotels fought the Cold War with ice water, AC, and burgers

When the Park Lane Hilton opened in London in 1963, on the eastern edge of Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace was reportedly not pleased.<p>At 28 stories, it was the city’s tallest building—and the first to be higher than St Paul’s Cathedral, 2.5 miles to the east. According to news reports at the time, the …

Hospitality

110 Years After The Tunguska Event We Still Aren't Sure What Caused It

It was nothing of this earth, but a piece of the great outside; and as such dowered with outside properties and obedient to outside laws.<br>The Colour Out of Space by H.P. Lovecraft<p>At 7:15 on the morning of June 30, 1908, something happened in the sky above the Stony Tunguska (Podkamennaya Tunguska) …

Earth Science

The Surprising Reason Why the Battle of Gettysburg Took Place Where It Did

<i>This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. A version of the article below</i> …

Gettysburg

Being rational all the time isn’t going to do you any favors

When Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky published their paper on Prospect Theory in 1979, few people could have imagined the long-term implications.<p>The findings were still elementary at the time, and they hadn’t yet developed a full framework around it, but the seeds of change were there.<p>They had …

Critical Thinking

Could Quantum Computing Be the End of Free Will?

On the fear that too much processing power will make us cease to be human<p>Faster, more powerful computing has the potential to revolutionize fields from drug delivery to freight transportation. But some are also worried that the computers of the future could upend what it means to be human.<p>Quantum …

Quantum Computing

Donald Trump Made Justice Kennedy an Offer He Couldn’t Refuse

Behind the scenes, the president worked for months to assure Kennedy his legacy would be in good hands. “I think the Gorsuch nomination had a huge impact,” one law professor said.<p>The left was stunned by the announcement that Justice <b>Anthony Kennedy,</b> one of the decisive swing votes on the Supreme …

Donald Trump

Charles de Gaulle: The Last Romantic

“The facts may prove me wrong,” Charles de Gaulle one day declared to his Finance Minister, Antoine Pinay, “but history will prove me right.” To which M. Pinay replied: “But, mon Général, I thought history was written with facts.” Today many of the facts are known, but President de Gaulle's …

France

Something is making Americans sick in Cuba and China

WHEN THE first attacks on U.S. diplomats occurred in Cuba in late 2016, the causes were mysterious and the circumstances strange. Cuban authorities said they had no idea what was causing the odd noises nor the ill effects that followed. The speculation was equally thin — was it an acoustic weapon, …

Cuba