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Stacking concrete blocks is a surprisingly efficient way to store energy

Thanks to the modern electric grid, you have access to electricity whenever you want. But the grid only works when electricity is generated in the same amounts as it is consumed. That said, it’s impossible to get the balance right all the time. So operators make grids more flexible by adding ways …

Energy Storage

Archaeologists explore a rural field in Kansas, and a lost city emerges

Of all the places to discover a lost city, this pleasing little community seems an unlikely candidate.<p>There are no vine-covered temples or impenetrable jungles here — just an old-fashioned downtown, a drug store that serves up root beer floats and rambling houses along shady brick lanes.<p>Yet there’s …

Archaeology

Lee Miller’s Nude Bent Forward: phallic curves from a pioneering female surrealist

Bottom’s up ...<p>This suggestive upside-down image of a woman is all phallic curves: a marble-white, semi-abstract totem.<p>Bits and pieces ...<p>Surrealist photography is full of nude women, often headless and with their bodies arranged to suggest penises. True to Freud’s emerging theories, such images …

Avant-garde

The Two Easiest Ways to Gain More Muscle in Less Time

These methods will reduce the length of your workouts by up to 50 percent while still delivering identical gains in size and strength.<p>If you're like most people, you want more muscle than you have right now, but you’re busy and you don’t have much free time to go to the gym and lift weights. If …

Muscle

Trump Says White House Is No Place for Lying Lowlife from Reality Show

BEDMINSTER, New Jersey (The Borowitz Report)—Blasting his former colleague Omarosa Manigault, Donald J. Trump said on Monday that “the White House is no place for a lying lowlife from a reality show.”<p>“People were impressed by Omarosa because they saw her on a TV show,” Trump told reporters from his …

Donald Trump

Google location tracking: Turn it off for real

Google is watching you. That's what everyone says half-jokingly about the search giant, which has often been accused of Big Brother-style monitoring of your searches, voice activity and location.<p>Now it appears that even if you manually disable Google Location History, Google Maps and other apps may …

Maps

5 European cities where you can retire on less than $35,000 a year

Retiring in Europe is a dream within the grasp of American couples picking up two Social Security checks per month.<p>A recent survey found five European cities where life is affordable for a couple living off an average income of $33,696 — a minimum annual salary calculated using the average Social …

Social Security

73 Years Later, the "A-Bomb" Ginkgo Trees Still Grow in Hiroshima

"There’s a huge paradox at the heart of this ginkgo story."<p>On August 6, 1945, an Allied plane dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, creating a …

Hiroshima

A Better Way to Ban Alex Jones

Let me start by making a few things abundantly clear. First, Alex Jones is a loathsome conspiracy theorist who generates loathsome content. Second, there is no First Amendment violation when a private company chooses to boot anyone off a private platform. Third, it seems reasonably clear that Mr. …

Rights & Freedoms

Apple banned Alex Jones’s Infowars. Then the dominoes started to fall.

Apple’s Infowars ban altered an industry overnight — and dealt a significant blow to fake news.<p>Within the past 24 hours, Apple, Facebook, and YouTube have all joined in summarily banning far-right broadcaster and known conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars network from their platforms.<p>The …

Internet

The Quietest Place in America Is Becoming a Warzone

<b>N 47.51575°, W 123.52133°</b>—Amid the panoply of greenery that makes up the Hoh Rainforest, a gap in the old growth forest arises. Well, more accurately …

National Parks

While We Sleep, Our Mind Goes on an Amazing Journey

Magazine<p>Our floodlit society has made sleep deprivation a lifestyle. But we know more than ever about how we rest—and how it keeps us healthy.<p><b>Nearly every night</b> of our lives, we undergo a startling metamorphosis.<p>Our brain profoundly alters its behavior and purpose, dimming our consciousness. For a …

Sleep

Why eight hours a night isn’t enough, according to a leading sleep scientist

For something that we spend a third of our lives doing (if we’re lucky), sleep is something that we know relatively little about. “Sleep is actually a relatively recent discovery,” says Daniel Gartenberg, a sleep scientist who is currently an assistant adjunct professor in biobehavioral health at …

Brainwaves

Yuval Noah Harari: ‘The idea of free information is extremely dangerous’

Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli historian who has written two bestsellers: <i>Sapiens</i>, which examined the course of early human history, and <i>Homo Deus</i>, which speculated on where we might be heading as a post-human species. His new book, <i>21 Lessons for the 21st Century</i>, is an exploration of the …

Fake News

Chameleons’ Craziest Color Changes Aren’t for Camouflage

Animals<p>Despite what a widespread myth and fake videos suggest, the creatures have an unexpected motivation to show their most brilliant colors.<p>Some people are like chameleons: They can blend into any environment with ease. But are chameleons, themselves, like... chameleons?<p>Yes, and no, scientists …

Zoology

President Trump admits he’s trying to kill Obamacare. That’s illegal.

Four cities have just filed suit, arguing that Trump’s attempts to undermine the law violate the Constitution.<p><i>Abbe Gluck argued, in October 2017, that President Trump’s “sabotage” of the Affordable Care Act violated his duty under the Constitution to ensure laws passed by Congress are executed.</i> …

Health Care

The Useless French Language and Why We Learn It

<i>JE SUIS la jeune fille</i>: though I’ve never formally studied French, I’ve had that phrase stuck deep in my linguistic consciousness since childhood. …

Language

Ditch Your Cumbersome Portable Air Conditioner Units and Pick Up This Smart Cooling Cube

Take advantage of this 25% discount before summer's over.<p>Setting up for a summertime camping trip, beach picnic, or any outdoor activity, you …

Portable

I talked about racism with 10 strangers over dinner. It did not go well

A few weeks ago I had dinner with 10 strangers of different races and ethnicities. The topic at the table was racism.<p>We were brought together by L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson’s embRACE L.A. project, a series of intimate dinners in homes across the city held with the goal of fostering a …

Women of Color

Your Viewing Guide To The Best Meteor Shower In Years: 2018's Perseids

When it comes to meteor showers, we have these dazzling pictures in our minds of seeing streaks of light appear all over the sky: rapidly, brightly, and profusely. Yet in real life, many of us have had experiences that pale in comparison, where we might spend an entire hour outside only to see five …

Astronomy

25 Epic Kitchen Renovations to Tack to Your Inspiration Board

Before you plunge into your own project, spark some ideas with these exemplary kitchen makeovers.<p>From older kitchens that received a much-needed update to those that tagged along as part of total home renovations, these fresh spaces are sure to inspire ideas for your next big project.<p>1. A Beach …

Kitchens

A Stanford neurologist’s nine simple tips for quality sleep

The serious consequences of sleep deprivation perennially capture society’s attention. And, as kids head back to school, sleep and a lack of it are of particular concern.<p>Compared to historical norms, how have our contemporary expectations of sleep changed? What are the effects of inadequate sleep? …

Sleep

How a Bunch of Lava Lamps Protect Us From Hackers

Edward Craven Walker lived to see his greatest invention, the lava lamp, make its late-’90s cultural comeback. But the British tinkerer (and famed …

San Francisco

An expat's guide to Paris

<i>“</i>Paris? It’s too real and too beautiful. It never lets you forget anything.<p>“It reaches in and opens you wide, and you stay that way.”<p><i>—</i> Gene Kelly as Jerry Mulligan in <i>“</i>An American in Paris”<p>Paris allows you to discover its secrets slowly. It kept my wife and me at bay in the 1990s when we lived and …

France

The 14 Best Calorie-Burning Exercises, Ranked In Order of Effectiveness

What does the science say about the best way to burn?<p>If you’re dedicating valuable time in your day to a staying in shape, you want to know it’s actually worth your time, right? You’ve probably heard some people say cardio is the ultimate calorie-burner, while others swear by weight lifting—so what …

Exercise

These Sound Engineer-Approved Earbuds Work Just Like A Home Theater System

If you’re an audiophile, you may have resigned yourself to a lifetime of subpar earbuds, but there's one set of earbuds that, according to industry …

Consumer Tech

Humans Have Unleashed a ‘Landscape of Fear’

By killing the biggest animals, we’ve allowed smaller and more vulnerable species to remodel the terrain.<p>The more humans have flourished, the more the biggest animals have not. We have always hunted large mammals, downsizing the fauna of whatever continent we happen to visit. Mammoths, woolly …

South Africa

My Mother and Her Scammer

She was fooled by a group of expert criminals. The rest of us were fooled by her.<p>The voice mail was from my mother’s longtime stockbroker, in the private-client department at Charles Schwab. “We’ve had some requests for large cash withdrawals from her account,” she said, and asked me to call her …

Siblings

I've Been to 100 Caribbean Islands—This Is the One I Always Recommend

The Caribbean is synonymous with idyllic white-sand beaches and azure water, but for traveler and journalist Ashlan Cousteau, that's just one of the …

Reporter Shows The Links Between The Men Behind Brexit And The Trump Campaign

<i>The Guardian</i>'s Carole Cadwalladr's investigation into Cambridge Analytica's role in Brexit has led her to Russian connections and the Trump campaign. She says British investigators are now "working very closely with the FBI."

Donald Trump