Michael Massey

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Elon Musk: Triumph of His Will

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.<p>…

Running Zork in DOS on Chrome while offline? Yup, you can do that

Each week we recommend either a Chrome(s goog) app or extension on our Chrome Show podcast and this week harkens back to well before Chrome. And long …

America's Wealth Is Staggeringly Concentrated in the Northeast Corridor

What The Heck Will Google Do With These Scary Military Robots?

Let’s see, we have a company that already knows everything about us, has possibly the world’s largest computer network, has recently built one of the biggest artificial-intelligence teams in the world–a company so powerful that it feels the need to soften its dominance with the informal motto, …

Distractify

An average NFL game: more than 100 commercials and just 11 minutes of play

For five months of the year, the National Football League dominates Sundays in the United States; it’s more popular than church.<p>The NFL’s popularity is all the more remarkable when you inspect the fare it has to offer each week on television. An average professional football game lasts 3 hours and …

NFL

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Time to Move On? The Case Against Daylight Saving Time

Changing our clocks twice a year doesn't save us energy or money, experts say.<p>Clocks "fall back" this Sunday, November 3, and people are again asking: Why do we bother with daylight saving time?<p>The latest Rasmussen Report from March 2013 found that only 37 percent of Americans surveyed thought …

I went $230,000 into debt to become a doctor in America

Dear Washington, D.C.:<p>I am writing this letter because I feel that our leaders and lawmakers do not have an accurate picture of what it actually entails to become a physician today; specifically, the financial, intellectual, social, mental, and physical demands of the profession. This is an opinion …

College & University

Yep, Being a Young, American Adult Is a Financial Nightmare

Here are the graphs to prove it.<p>Poverty is an astonishingly common experience here in the world's richest country. As I wrote this morning, almost 40 percent of American adults experience it for at least a year by age 60.<p>But you know who poverty is especially common among? Young adults.<p>Based on the …

The Life and Times of an Aging Superhero Captured in Oil Paintings by Andreas Englund | Colossal

<p>In his ongoing series of photorealistic oil paintings called the <i>Aging Superhero</i>, Swedish artist Andreas Englund takes us into the candidly humorous …

The God of Rap: Why Kanye West brought Jesus on Stage

On the opening night of the <i>Yeezus Tour</i>, multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning rapper Kanye West brought out an actor to portray Jesus during his …

What The Nation’s First Electoral Map Reveals About Today’s Partisan Divide

The first map of how the U.S. voted came out in 1880. More than a century later, the country is as divided as it was then. But it doesn’t have to be that way.<p>In the wake of the government shutdown and debt crisis, it seems that Congress can’t sink to worse lows of partisanship.<p>In light of today’s …

Why 'Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin' Doesn't Work

A few years back I did the below interview with New Direction in which I told the story someone once told to me of a gay son. In it I emphasize the …

Giant Hovering Roundabout for Cyclists in the Netherlands

<i>Hovenring</i> is an incredible suspended roundabout conceptualized and designed by IPV Delft specifically for cyclists to safely make their way across congested traffic by traveling overhead. Located between Eindhoven and Veldhoven in the Netherlands, above the Heerbaan/Meerenakkerweg intersection, the …

Bill Gates Thinks Tech Billionaires Have Their Priorities Totally Out Of Whack

"Take this malaria vaccine, [this] weird thing that I'm thinking of," Gates told Richard Waters of FT. "Hmm, which is more important, connectivity or malaria vaccine? If you think connectivity is the key thing, that's great. I don't."<p>It's a not-so-thinly-veiled shot at tech giants like Google and …

AP College Basketball Poll 2013: Complete Preseason Rankings Released

The first AP Top 25 college basketball poll of the 2013-14 season features Kentucky at the top, followed by a number of blue bloods close behind.<p>The Wildcats narrowly earned the top spot in the poll thanks to an excellent recruiting class that was ranked No. 1 in the country by 247Sports, despite …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. …

Mathematics

Shannon Hampton

The Innovative Mosaic Of American Symphonies

Our country's culture is a vast conglomeration of more than 200 years of influences from all over the world. We have taken what began as an extraordinary European tradition and expanded that legacy on American soil. We have added our essential egalitarianism, our love of experimentation, our …

The Sisyphean Problem Of Email

<b>Advice that should be given to modern people considering marriage:</b> “Before you marry, consider this, ‘Is this the person I’d like to watch stare at their phone for the rest of my and their life?”<p>In the Greek myth of Sisyphus, Sisyphus, as punishment for aspiring to immortality, is given the task to …

Bike-Sharing Programs Roll Into Cities Across The U.S.

It's a good time to be a cyclist in America.<p>New York kicked off a new bike-sharing program this week, with Chicago and San Francisco both close behind. Those cities are expected to launch similar systems this summer.<p>The sharing programs are all check-in, check-out systems, with automated stations …