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Amazon built one of the world's most efficient warehouses by embracing chaos

Robbinsville, NJ<p>When Dave Alperson got his first job at an Amazon warehouse in 1997, as a temporary hourly employee, it involved walking around the warehouse with a list of where to find products—mostly books—that customers had ordered.<p>Twenty years later, as a regional director of operations for …

We need to talk about an injustice

In an engaging and personal talk -- with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks -- human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some …

I trained an AI to copy my voice and it scared me silly

Over the past year, I wrote about a bunch of companies working on voice synthesis technology. They were very much in the early stages of development, and only had some pre-made samples to show off. Now, researchers hailing from the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms at the Universite de …

The tallest building in the world, Jeddah Tower, is set to open in Saudi Arabia - CNN Style

Saudi Arabia

The French Built a Fake Paris to Fool German Bombers in World War One

Imagine Paris in 1917. The city is on high alert, dangerously close to the front lines as World War I engulfs Europe. The Germans have become …

France

Stone Tools Point to Mysterious Neighbor of Flores ‘Hobbit’

The sharp-edged stones were made at least 60,000 years before modern humans reached the island of Sulawesi—but who made them?<p>Stone tools found on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi predate the arrival of modern humans to the area by more than 60,000 years—but researchers aren’t sure who made …

The people descended from Spartans

Long isolated from the rest of Greece, the Mani peninsula is home to a clannish community that claims warrior heritage.<p>The Mani peninsula’s jagged, rocky cliffs jut from the Peloponnese at the southernmost tip of mainland Greece, forcing the landscape to heave and billow like ocean waves. From the …

What Motivated Japanese Aggression in World War II?

In the 1930s and 1940s, Japan seemed intent on colonizing all of Asia. It seized vast swathes of land and numerous islands; Korea was already under …

Dark is beautiful: the battle to end the world's obsession with lighter skin

This is not bias, this is racism. There is a whiteness travelling from the US to shopping malls in other countries Sunil Bhatia<p>I was so surprised when I came to India that your chances of getting married depend on your skin colour Ema Trinidad<p>When the patient stops using the cream, the skin reacts …

Skin Care

Voyager: Inside the world's greatest space mission

In 1977, two spacecraft started a mission that has redefined our knowledge of the Solar System – and will soon become our ambassadors on a journey into the unknown. BBC Future looks at their legacy, 40 years after launch.<p>In a beige-coloured cubicle, on the ground floor of a nondescript suburban …

This foolish bird lover brought a few sparrows to America, and now there are 540 million of them

Don’t even mention the 220 million starlings…same guy<p>In the early 1850s, New York City’s trees were being ravaged by the larvae of the linden moth. …

Why Pakistan and India remain in denial 70 years on from partition

There is still a mystery at the dark heart of partition. It remains a history layered with absence and silences<p>On 3 June 1947, only six weeks before British India was carved up, a group of eight men sat around a table in New Delhi and agreed to partition the south Asian subcontinent.<p>Photographs …

Kilian Jornet: Ten things no one tells you before you climb Everest (twice in one week)

Give yourself a pat on the back if you're able to get any of these things done twice in a week: going to the gym; cycling to work; sleeping for 8 hours; cooking a new recipe; forgoing Love Island to spend the evening reading War and Peace.<p>Now, savour that sweet pat on the back, because it's the …

Here’s what it looks like when a presidency falls apart, courtesy of Nixon’s squalid final hours

‘You don’t need another nail if you’re already in the coffin’<p>On an overcast Friday morning in August 1974, Vice President Gerald Ford and his wife, …

It’s official: China suspects its “car-eating,” traffic-straddling bus is a total scam

China’s futuristic “car-eating” bus, already dead in its tracks, is now the focus of an investigation.<p>In theory, the Transit Elevated Bus, or TEB, is an electrically powered, 300-passenger vehicle that moves atop tracks straddling the highway while allowing road traffic to flow below. Billed as a …

Investing

13 Tips for the Perfect Campervan Trip

Adventure<p>Looking to live your best #vanlife? Take this advice.<p>The campervan craze is sweeping the globe. Scan through your social media accounts, and you’re bound to land on someone’s trip through the Pacific Northwest, New Zealand, or Iceland in one of these converted vehicles. Their popularity …

The Epic Untold Story of Nike’s (Almost) Perfect Marathon

<b>On the night</b> of May 5, 2017, Eliud Kipchoge, the world’s best marathon runner, lay awake with his eyes open and his mind racing.<p>Under ordinary …

Programmers who use spaces in their code get paid more than those who use tabs

No joke. Spaces vs. tabs has literally been dubbed the "eternal holy war," and is the subject of many a heated debate.<p>The debate centers on how to best line up those indented lines so that they are uniform, making the code easier to read.<p>Spaces vs. tabs was made famous by HBO's comedy "Silicon …

Silicon Valley

The secret origin story of the iPhone

An exclusive excerpt from The One Device<p><i>This month marks 10 years since Apple launched the first iPhone, a device that would fundamentally transform how we interact with technology, culture, and each other. Ahead of that anniversary,</i> Motherboard <i>editor Brian Merchant embarked on an investigation to</i> …

Why you might want to disinherit your kids

(This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. It is adapted from the new book, “Entitlemania” by Richard Watts.)<p>Somewhere in our DNA …

Manchester United condemn urban climbers who broke into Old Trafford in the wake of terror attack

Manchester United have blasted the 'stupid and irresponsible' men who sneaked into Old Trafford before climbing the stadium roof.<p>In a video released to Youtube called 'Sneaking into Manchester Stadium (Old Trafford), the parkour enthusiasts scaled the outside of the stadium before running across …

Israel-Palestine: the real reason there’s still no peace

The possibility of a lasting deal seems as far away as ever – and the history of failed negotiations suggests it’s largely because Israel prefers the status quo<p>Scattered over the land between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean Sea lie the remnants of failed peace plans, international summits, …

Israel

Earth - The real reasons why childbirth is so painful and dangerous

Giving birth can be a long and painful process. It can also be deadly. The World Health Organization estimates that about 830 women die every day because of complications during pregnancy and childbirth – and that statistic is actually a 44% reduction on the 1990 level.<p>"The figures are just …

Childbirth

Fifa: the video game that changed football | Simon Parkin

Fifa belongs to a select group of titles familiar to people who have no interest in gaming – or even real football. What’s the secret of its success?<p>Jan Tian stood in nervous silence in the departure hall of Beijing Capital International Airport. Beside him, his sister held an envelope containing a …

Flowers

Obama deserves praise for showing restraint on Syria

<b>To the editor:</b> When it comes to Syria, it is unfair to call a no-win situation a foreign policy failure. ("The tragic, unsurprising fall of Aleppo," Opinion, Dec. 18)<p>On the contrary, President Obama considered the long-term national security of the U.S. in deciding not to put large numbers of …

Amazon and online shopping are creating a huge problem for FedEx

Underneath those headline results, the company's release and subsequent earnings call revealed a growing challenge for the company: too many packages.<p>In a possible case of "too much, too soon" it appears that the growth of online shopping through Amazon and others has burdened FedEx with a sudden …

Holland appointed as England's assistant manager

REUTERS - Steve Holland has been appointed England’s full-time assistant manager after an interim spell in the job, the Football Association (FA) said on its website.<p>Football Soccer - Swansea City v Chelsea - Barclays Premier League - Liberty Stadium - 9/4/16 Chelsea assistant first team coach …

Moving US embassy to Jerusalem could provoke violent 'chaos', experts warn

Donald Trump’s oft-stated desire to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv has been seen by many as a grave threat to the Israel-Palestine peace process<p>Donald Trump’s plan to move the Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would be a “game changer”, according to diplomats, as senior Palestinian …

Israel

Why Jessica Alba's Honest Company Should Stop Acting Like a Tech Startup

Since its founding in 2011, the Honest Company has managed to tick all of the boxes required for a seemingly successful tech startup: regular …