Rachel Connolly

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The 50 Best Podcasts of 2017

The shows that kept listeners refreshing their apps this year<p>Editor’s Note: Find all of <i>The Atlantic</i>’s “Best of 2017” coverage here.<p>This year, podcasts got funnier, sharper, and even more niche. Our recommendations here pass a vigorous audio smell test. First, the arrival of a new podcast episode …

TV

The compelling case for working a lot less

Mastering 'active rest' is far harder than it looks, but there are good reasons why we should keep working at it.<p>When I moved to Rome from Washington, DC, one sight struck me more than any ancient column or grand basilica: people doing nothing.<p>I’d frequently glimpse old women leaning out of their …

The Brain

Five Core Skills To Learn Online Today

With over 30 million small businesses in the U.S. alone, vying for the attention of consumers in today’s highly-competitive marketplace, setting yourself apart from the fray has become a monumental undertaking. Not only is there fierce competition amongst businesses, but getting a decent …

Marketing

The Hot New Millennial Housing Trend Is a Repeat of the Middle Ages

Communal living is hardly a departure from tradition—it's a return to how humans have been making their homes for thousands of years.<p>For most of human history, people were hunter-gatherers. They lived in large camps, depending on one another for food, childcare, and everything else—all without …

Why One Neuroscientist Started Blasting His Core

A new anatomical understanding of how movement controls the body’s stress response system<p>Elite tennis players have an uncanny ability to clear their heads after making errors. They constantly move on and start fresh for the next point. They can’t afford to dwell on mistakes.<p>Peter Strick is not a …

Ready to Snap at Work? Get in Touch With Your Inner Animal

Ever experienced a bout of anxiety at work?<p>I just did.<p>One day last week I had several assignments to finish in quick succession. I could feel thoughts pinging around in my brain as I tried and failed to decide what to focus on first. Once I was able to get the pandemonium under control, my brain …

Yoga

Building Your Big Data Infrastructure: 4 Key Components Every Business Needs To Consider

Big data can bring huge benefits to businesses of all sizes. However, as with any business project, proper preparation and planning is essential, especially when it comes to infrastructure. Until recently it was hard for companies to get into big data without making heavy infrastructure investments …

Big Data

Why G.O.P. and Teachers Are Uniting to Stop Obama Effort to Help Poor Schools

On April 4, a terse letter signed by the heads of the major education lobbying organizations in Washington — teachers unions, school boards, superintendents, principals and governors — landed on the desk of John King Jr., the secretary of education.<p>It had been less than three weeks since the Senate …

Education

The Complex Data on Girls in STEM

While the headlines about females excelling in science and engineering might grab the public’s eye, the underlying story is more complicated.<p>In an effort to measure students’ understanding of basic engineering and technology principles, a new national assessment aims to move beyond multiple-choice …

The Anger of the American People

A philosopher dissects the outrage that has fueled Trump and more in U.S. politics.<p>This U.S. presidential election cycle has been filled with anger. Fist-fights in Chicago. Protesters plucked out of rallies by police officers. Hurled accusations: Mexican immigrants as “rapists,” war-tattered …

Clear the Air

058 - Yurt<p>Yuri Shevnin<p>Russia<p>The purpose of the construction of the house lies in the social plane - the construction of movable property worthy of …

Deep learning will be huge — and here’s who will dominate it

Artificial intelligence* is developing much faster than we thought. Just last month, Google’s DeepMind AI beat Lee Sedol, a legendary Go player, at his own game in a defining moment for the industry. What enabled this win is a relatively new AI technique called deep learning, which is transforming …

Artificial Intelligence

Has Landscape Architecture Failed?

Welcome to the Anthropocene / The Topograph<i>“A sense of crisis has brought us together. What is merely offensive or disturbing today threatens life</i> …

Ecology

The Sleeper Future Of Data Visualization? Photography

In a new book, data-viz guru Nicholas Felton highlights a wave of photographers mixing deep data into their art.<p>Every data visualization you’ve ever seen is a lie. At least in part. Any graph or chart represents layers and layers of abstraction. Your Jawbone Up’s report on how you slept is just …

A Modest House for a Young Family in Sydney

In Sydney’s beachside suburb of Maroubra, a home that was once owned by the client’s grandmother was in need of a major renovation. At 70 years old, …

Fighting Cancer By Putting Tumor Cells On A Diet

Cancer dogma holds that most malignancies are caused by DNA mutations inside the nuclei of cells, mutations that ultimately lead to runaway cellular proliferation. Given the countless genetic blips that have been associated with various cancers, the illness has actually come to be seen as a complex …

Cancer

Unless It Changes, Capitalism Will Starve Humanity By 2050

Capitalism has generated massive wealth for some, but it’s devastated the planet and has failed to improve human well-being at scale.<p>• Species are going extinct at a rate 1,000 times faster than that of the natural rate over the previous 65 million years (see Center for Health and the Global …

Employment

The Most Important Skill in Data Science: Mining and Visualizing your Data

<i>While data scientists have many resources in their tool belt, our research shows that proficiency with data mining and visualization tools</i> …

Our Dangerous Mix of Climate Change and Resource Scarcity

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Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Take Antibiotics for a Sinus Infection

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/44124483743@N01/6558021051/">brownpau</a>/Flickr<p>Sinus infections are nasty beasts. They leave you exhausted, …

When Gut Bacteria Change Brain Function

Some researchers believe that the microbiome may play a role in regulating how people think and feel.<p>By now, the idea that gut bacteria affect a person’s health is not revolutionary. Many people know that these microbes influence digestion, allergies, and metabolism. The trend has become almost …

Immune System

The Overwhelming Whiteness of the Publishing Industry

A new survey examining the race and gender makeup of the publishing industry reveals what many writers and readers of color long suspected: Much like …

Feminism

Data Is Not The Same As Truth: Interpretation In The Big Data Era

One of the most common misconceptions of the “big data” world is that from data comes irrefutable truth. Yet, any given piece of data records only a small fragment of our existence and the same piece of data can often support multiple conclusions depending on how it is interpreted. What does this …

Computer Science

Keep Things Simple For A Healthy, Long Life

I'm often asked for medical advice by friends, family members, even new acquaintances: What about this diet? What should I do about this symptom? What about <i>this</i> medication?<p>People are usually disappointed when I don't share their enthusiasm about the latest health fads. Members of my family, in …

Costa Rica

Interactive Music List Features 1,387 Genres for Your Endless Listening Pleasure

What kind of music do you feel like listening to? Perhaps some bubblegum dance or Japanese standards, maybe even some chamber pop? With the website Every Noise at Once, you can effortlessly scroll through 1,387 genres, jamming to your favorite tunes while also discovering something fresh and …

Punk Music

The Math-Class Paradox

Mastering the subject has become less about learning and more about performance.<p>Why do so many students hate math, fear it, or both?<p>If you ask most students what they think their role is in math classrooms, they will tell you it is to get questions right. Students rarely think that they are in math …