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Why can’t we read anymore?

Or, can books save us from what digital does to our brains?<p>Last year, I read four books.<p>The reasons for that low number are, I guess, the same as …

TV shows

How to Find New Music You'll Actually Like

Some people can dig up great music like magic, or have friends inside the industry who keep them updated. Some people are contented with their weekly …

Soundtracks

To Save Our Infrastructure, Make Every Road a Toll Road

Few things exemplify the United States’ disconnect between personal freedom and collective responsibility like our automobile habit. Drivers travel …

Why Do So Many Managers Forget They’re Human Beings?

In our assessments, surveys, and interviews of over a thousand leaders, many comments stood out, but one in particular was especially powerful and thought-provoking. “Leadership today,” Javier Pladevall, CEO of Volkswagen Audi Retail in Spain, told us, “is about unlearning management and relearning …

Leadership

The idea that everything from spoons to stones is conscious is gaining academic credibility

Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present in every particle and all physical matter.<p>This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue …

Consciousness

If Birds Left Tracks in the Sky, They’d Look Like This

A photographer captures the paths that birds make across the sky.<p><b>If birds left tracks in the sky, what would they look like?</b> For years Barcelona-based photographer Xavi Bou has been fascinated by this question. Just as a sinuous impression appears when a snake slides across sand, he imagined, so …

Evolution unleashed

Is evolutionary science due for a major overhaul – or is talk of ‘revolution’ misguided?<i>By Kevin Laland</i>Read at Aeon

Biology

Shame on you

Unburdening ourselves online can feel radical and liberating. But is baring and sharing all as emancipatory as it seems?<i>By Firmin deBrabander</i>Read at …

Social Media

Burning Man 2017 from above - 4K

• 4 months ago<br>• 51.2k VŪZ<br>• 90<br>• 46<p>Share thisFacebookGoogle+TwitterEmbed<p>Video Iframe Code<p>×<p><iframe …

Music Festivals

Social Media Cheat Sheet 2018: Must-Have Image Sizes!

Searching for the ultimate <b>social media cheat sheet?</b><p>I’ve been looking for<i>ever</i>, and can’t find one that’s completely correct. So I made my own!<p>Simple – …

Social Media

Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain

(Sequel here: <i>Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future.</i>)<p><i>Everyone says the blockchain, the technology underpinning</i> …

Blockchain

The Songs of Trees: A Biologist’s Lyrical Ode to How Relationships Weave the Fabric of Life

“We cannot step outside life’s songs. This music made us; it is our nature.”<p><i>“Trees speak to the mind, and tell us many things, and teach us many good lessons,”</i> an English gardener wrote in the seventeenth century. <i>“When we have learned how to listen to trees,”</i> Hermann Hesse rhapsodized two centuries …

Literature

Do We Want to Live in Facebook’s Utopia?

Last Wednesday, Facebook summoned nonprofit workers and journalists to debut new community tools at its second annual Social Good Forum. Mark …

Life goes deeper

The Earth is not a solid mass of rock: its hot, dark, fractured subsurface is home to weird and wonderful life forms<i>By Gaetan Borgonie & Maggie …

Biology

Two Stars Slammed Into Each Other And Solved Half Of Astronomy’s Problems. What Comes Next?

Progress, as they say, is slow. In science, this is often true even for major breakthroughs; rarely is an entire field of research remade in a single …

LIGO

Why You Should Write Three Pages of Garbage Every Morning

Every morning—just about—I write three pages, stream-of-consciousness, longhand in a notebook. I sit down, I write for three pages, I stop. And I …

Happiness Is Other People

In a particularly low moment a few years back, after arriving friendless and lonely from Britain to live in the United States, I downloaded a “happiness app” onto my phone. It was surprisingly hard to choose one. There were close to a thousand bliss-promising options in the app store — ones that …

Happiness

Why Math Is the Best Way to Make Sense of the World

When Rebecca Goldin spoke to a recent class of incoming freshmen at George Mason University, she relayed a disheartening statistic: According to a …

One of Africa's best kept secrets - its history

<b>Africa has a rich and complex history but there is widespread ignorance of this heritage. A celebrated British historian once said there was only the history of Europeans in Africa. Zeinab Badawi has been asking what is behind this lack of knowledge and looking at the historical record for an</b> …

Ancient History

Computers are starting to reason like humans

How many parks are near the new home you’re thinking of buying? What’s the best dinner-wine pairing at a restaurant? These everyday questions require …

Machine Learning

Statements on Climate Change from Major Scientific Academies, Societies, and Associations (January 2017 update) [Significant Figures by Peter Gleick]

<b>(Updated January 2017 by Dr. Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute)</b>Scientific understanding of the role of humans in influencing and altering the global …

Climate Change

Read the full text of Mark Zuckerberg's 2017 Harvard commencement speech on success, failure and entrepreneurship

<i>Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed the graduates of the 366th class of Harvard University on Thursday. He called upon graduates to</i> …

Middle School

Telling children 'hard work gets you to the top' is simply a lie

I know about social mobility: I went to underperforming state schools, and am now a barrister. Could somebody take the same route today? It’s highly unlikely<p>It is a common promise made to the next generation. “If you work hard, and do the right thing, you will be able to get on in life.” I believe …

Inner Cities

John Coltrane Draws a Picture Illustrating the Mathematics of Music

Physicist and saxophonist Stephon Alexander has argued in his many public lectures and his book <i>The Jazz of Physics</i> that Albert Einstein and John …

You're not going to believe what I'm about to tell you

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Geek Humor

You weren’t bad at maths — you just weren’t looking at it the right way

Mental representations in mathematics<p>What does mathematics look like to you? Do you see a wondrous landscape filled with connected ideas, or a …

Mathematics

The Most Important Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of

For 60 years, American drivers unknowingly poisoned themselves by pumping leaded gasoline into their tanks. Here is the lifelong saga of Clair …

A roadmap to becoming a web developer in 2017

These charts were created by GitHub user Kamranahmedse. They visualize three roadmaps to becoming a web developer.<p>Even though I disagree with some of …

Product Management

Roger Moore dead: This anecdote about the James Bond actor just keeps getting better as you read

Sir Roger Moore died at the age of 89 yesterday, and tributes have poured in for the kind and benevolent <i>James Bond</i> star from friends, family and …

James Bond