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Ancient DNA offers clues to the Canaanites’ fate

DNA is setting the record straight on ancient Canaanites.<p>For the first time, scientists have deciphered the complete genetic instruction manuals of …

Anthropology

Inside Tokyo's Long Love Affair with 'Dance Dance Revolution'

All across America hardened criminals are donning the cloaks of elves and slaying dragons all in orange jumpsuits, under blazing fluorescent lights and behind bars.<p>We meet with two former cellmates in who played D&D together in maximum security prison and how they are now using the game to …

J. K. Rowling

Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole

<b>Hi Andrew</b>,<p>I’m writing because I just can’t deal with my father anymore. He’s a 65-year-old super right-wing conservative who has basically turned …

Andrew W.K.

Ex-detective, startup champion Donald Carter discusses mayoral run, priorities

Community builder and former detective at the Kansas City Police Department Donald Carter has announced his candidacy for mayor for Kansas City, Mo.

XINONA

This tale of Indigenous resistance by Kaheró:ton takes place in an alternate universe. Or does it? An illustrated interactive reading experience …

The Muppets and Their Maker Take Queens

It’s time to play the music! It’s time to light the lights! Four years after the family of Jim Henson donated much of his puppeteer archive to the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens — a move announced by then-mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who planted a smooch on Miss Piggy — the work goes on …

Pop Culture

'Rumours,' Fleetwood Mac’s Break-Up Magnum Opus, Turns 40

The album is laced with songs that air out the band's legendary internal drama. Oh, and cocaine.<p>It's a small miracle that Fleetwood Mac, in its most famed iteration, remains still intact. With Christine McVie's return in 2014, each member of the quintet that defined popular music for the larger …

The Louisiana Environmental Apocalypse Road Trip

<i>Justin Nobel | Longreads | July 2017 | 16 minutes (4,000 words)</i><p>If you’re visiting New Orleans and want to see something truly amazing, take your beer …

Environment

Crisp Homemade Granola Recipe

Say hello to the lightest, crispiest, clumpiest granola around. The secret is buttermilk, which soaks into the grains to tenderize them from the inside out, giving this granola a wonderfully delicate crunch. The oats bake low and slow, picking up notes of caramel and brown butter along the way, …

The Butthole Surfers Were Drug Fuelled, Insane, Sell-Outs and They Were Brilliant

Read an extract from a new book about the Texas punk reprobates.<p>The most entertaining chapter of Michael Azerrad's cult book <i>Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981–1991</i>, chronicles Texan punk reprobates the Butthole Surfers. From stories about how the band, led …

Music

World Renowned Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease

We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. …

How a VC-funded company is undermining the open-source community

Is a $4 million venture capital-funded startup stealthily taking over popular coding tools and injecting ads and spyware into them?<p>That’s what some …

Software Development

A Simple Technique to Trick Yourself Into Finally Starting That New Healthy Habit

When it comes to forming healthy habits, self-trickery beats straight up willpower.<p>When it comes to healthy habits, the problem generally isn't information -- we know what's good and bad for us -- it's motivation. Whether it's an exercise regime, an earlier bedtime, or a productivity system, many …

Meditation

Hi Reddit - I am Christopher Darden, Prosecutor on O.J. Simpson's Murder Trial. Ask Me Anything!

I began my legal career in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. In 1994, I joined the prosecution team alongside Marcia Clark in the famous …

O.J. Simpson

Dalton Risner blocks (and talks) his way into K-State leadership role

As Kansas State’s five football captains assembled for a group picture at the end of Big 12 media days earlier this week, they decided to jazz up the …

Marcus Aurelius: How to Think Clearly

At 17, Marcus Aurelius was adopted. It made him heir to the throne of Rome.<p>Born into a wealthy family, Aurelius was primarily raised in the household …

Consciousness

The Supreme Court case that could shift how Americans vote rests on a simple math equation

Next year, one of the biggest flaws in the US electoral system could be on its way to getting fixed—or made much worse. On June 19, the US Supreme Court announced it would hear arguments on the Wisconsin partisan gerrymandering case, <i>Gill v. Whitford</i>.<p>Electoral districts are redrawn every 10 years, …

Judiciary

Design your personal growth

Over the years, I’ve been so lucky to work on teams that support my growth. Most notably, I’ve learned so much from Percolate, Dropbox, and …

Self-improvement

Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits

Google spent years studying successful teams and discovered insights that could forever change how teams are assembled.<p>Over the years, Google has embarked on countless quests, collected endless amounts of data and spent millions trying to better understand its people. One of their most interesting …

Google

The Mad Cheese Scientists Fighting to Save the Dairy Industry

In a usual year, Taco Bell juggles about 4,000 new menu ideas. A dozen, maybe, will ever see the light of day.<p>Trimming all this fat is the job of the …

Taco Bell

Massive Two-Ton Fish Species Discovered

It took scientists four years to find the newest species of the world’s largest bony fish.<p>A new species of enormous ocean sunfish was discovered after an intensive search, making it the first species of this type of fish to be identified in 130 years.<p>Despite being the largest bony fish in the world …

Biological Species

The Unsettled

It's easier than ever to live with no fixed address, but that doesn't come without a cost.

A beginner’s guide to the dark web

If you think search engines like Google and Bing let you probe the entire web, you’re totally wrong. You’re barely scratching the surface of the …

Encryption

How fuzzy is your organization's purpose? (3 stages and what to do no matter where you are.)

Connecting social entrepreneurs, Conquer for Good launches event series

To spur the creation of socially-conscious enterprises in Kansas City, brand strategy firm Will & Grail announced Thursday the launch of Conquer for …

Social Entrepreneurship

George A. Romero, ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Director, Dies at 77

George A. Romero, who launched the zombie film genre with his 1968 “Night of the Living Dead,” died on Sunday, <i>Variety</i> has confirmed. He was 77.<p>The …

Entertainment

Some thoughts and musings about making things for the web

A prescription of activities shown to improve health and well-being

Gyms, walking groups, gardening, cooking clubs and volunteering have all been shown to work in improving the health and well-being reported by a …

Science AMA Series: We’re Professor Kristine DeLong and documentary journalist Ben Raines, our discovery of a preserved underwater forest in the Gulf of Mexico that’s been submerged since an Ice Age 60,000 years ago when sea levels were 400 feet lower than they are today. Ask Us Anything!

PROFESSOR: Kristine DeLong, paleoclimatologist at Louisiana State UniversityDOCUMENTARY JOURNALIST: Ben Raines, AL.com environmental reporter …

Archaeology