Morgan Tanner Smith

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How elite universities are killing the American dream

The American Dream isn’t dead. It’s just moved to Denmark.<p>Now, we like to think of ourselves as a classless society, but it isn’t true today. As the Brookings Institution has pointed out, America has turned into a place Horatio Alger would scarcely recognize: we have more inequality and less …

Income Inequality

Super-Hydrophobic Spray Makes All Your Stuff Liquid-Proof

It should start showing up on store shelves in a few weeks.<p>It's definitely weird to watch the NeverWet chemists pump chocolate syrup onto a pair of white canvas shoes and to see the syrup roll off in ribbons. Or how about when the researchers dunk an iPhone into a beaker of water and then pull out …

Brain brew: can coffee stave off maladies of the mind?

Sure, a cup of coffee in the morning can add a little pep to your step. But it might very well do much more than that, according to a growing body of research into the potential health benefits of moderate java consumption. Most intriguing? The prospect that coffee could help stave off …

J. Cole’s ‘Born Sinner’ Will Include 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Dirty Projectors Singer

J. Cole has shared the track list for <i>Born Sinner</i>, via Twitter, and his forthcoming sophomore album will include a few surprise collaborations. While …

Rap & Hip-Hop

22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From One Another

Everyone knows Americans don't agree on pronunciations.<p>That's great, because regional accents are a major part of what makes American English so interesting.<p>Joshua Katz, a Ph.D. student of statistics at North Carolina State University, published a group of awesome visualizations of professor Bert …

Google+ isn't a social network; it's The Matrix

Pretty much everyone (myself included) has been reading Google+ wrongly. Because it bears many superficial resemblances to social networks such as …

Daft Punk Finally Scores First No.1 Album, Breaks Spotify Record

The French duo's first album since 2005 sold 339,000 copies in its first week alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan.<p>This means that Daft Punk also has the second-highest selling record of the year, next to Justin Timberlake's "20/20 Experience" — which sold 968,000 copies, according to …

Anatomy of a hack: even your 'complicated' password is easy to crack

In March, readers followed along as Nate Anderson, Ars Technica deputy editor and a self-admitted newbie to password cracking, downloaded a list of …

China Is Winning the Cyber War Because They Hacked U.S. Plans for Real War

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><i>The Washington Post</i>'s Ellen Nakashima reports in Tuesday's paper that Chinese cyberthieves have …

Abandoned baby rescued from sewage pipe in China

A newborn baby that had been flushed down a lavatory headfirst and became lodged in a sewerage pipe has been recued by Chinese fire fighters.<p>The abandoned two-day-old child was found in Jinhua, a city in the eastern province of Zhejiang, after residents of a tower block reported hearing …

Pregnancy

Watch A Mind-Blowing Visualization Of 'The Rite Of Spring'

Composer, pianist and software engineer Stephen Malinowski has created one brilliant solution to an age-old problem: how to communicate and understand what's going on in a piece of music, particularly if you don't know standard musical notation. Over the course of some forty years, he's honed what …

How America's 2-Tiered Education System Is Perpetuating Inequality

And how online courses might only exacerbate the problem<p>In 2006, Amherst College made a decision that administrators at some other schools considered radical. The critics said it would dent the value of the school's degree, or force it to "lower its standards." The school's then-president pushed …

What If There's No Internet?

I email. I search. I shop. I Facebook. I stream. I Skype. Every year I seem to do these things a little bit more. Stroke by stroke, as I slip deeper into the Internet's embrace, I find myself wondering:<p>"What would happen if the Internet went away?"<p>Can it? It was famously built to be indestructible, …

5 Ways Student Loans Hurt Middle-Class Kids

Student loans are supposed to help middle-class kids pay for a college education, but these days they can do more harm than good. It's high time we did something about that.<p>If you imagine a world where the federal government and private lenders actually partner with students, instead of treating …

New Music: Quadron feat. Kendrick Lamar “Better Off”

We first posted about this duo a few years back, but since then, the Danish group has gone on to work on solo projects and new material here and …

New Music: Daft Punk “Horizon” (Japan Bonus)

For those you enjoying Daft Punk’s latest release, <i>Random Access Memories</i>, there’s one other piece of audio from the album that may have not heard. …

The wide world of hacking in China

The Chinese have been known to be experts at hacking for quite some time. But what might surprise some is that it's epidemic across the country in all levels of society.<p>China has been cited as allegedly hacking into U.S. government and corporate networks for years now. Generally, the thinking has …

China

Eric Weinstein may have found the answer to physics' biggest problems

Two years ago, a mathematician and physicist whom I've known for more than 20 years arranged to meet me in a bar in New York. What he was about to …

Some words descended largely unchanged since end of last ice age

Seven major language families might all descend from an ancient language superfamily. Some words from that early language might be recognizable today.<p>…

Ice Age

Evolutionary theory gone wrong

Evolution? It is only a theory, many creationists will tell you.<p>"Only a theory" is meant to be dismissive, yet much of science is based on things …

Kendrick Lamar was principal for a day at a Rhode Island high school

The idea behind the Get Schooled Attendance Challenge is simple: if you just show up to class, Kendrick Lamar may show up to your school. The kids at …