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Photos: Lightning struck more than 300 wild reindeer in Norway

One of Europe’s biggest populations of wild reindeer has suffered a blow.<p>Last week, 318 reindeer in Norway’s Hardangervidda National Park died all together in a storm, reports the AFP. Five more were put down due to the severity of their injuries. Their bodies were found on Aug. 26.<p>Kjartan Knutsen, …

Reindeer

Apple’s next big products will be unveiled Sept. 7

What are you up to on Sept. 7? Apple wants to know.<p>The company sent out invitations to members of the press today (Aug. 29), with a somewhat cryptic message to be at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on Sept. 7.<p>While the invitations never overtly reveal what Apple’s main thrust of …

Apple News

Nearly 9,000 unaccompanied refugee children have gone missing in Germany

The number of unaccompanied refugee children reported missing in Germany has doubled in the past six months.<p>According to figures released by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) to the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (link in German), the total number of children who’ve gone missing after their …

Germany

Hillary Clinton’s top personal aide is finally separating from her scandal-ridden husband

Huma Abedin, a longtime member of Hillary Clinton’s inner circle, is leaving her scandal-ridden husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, after another lewd photo was leaked to the press, this one including the couple’s four year-old child.<p>Weiner resigned as a New York member of Congress in 2011 …

Hillary Clinton

Amazon, known for its soul-crushing work culture, is testing a 30-hour workweek

Amazon is reportedly piloting a program that will allow some technical teams to clock in just 30 hours per week.<p>These employees will be salaried and receive the same benefits as those working traditional 40-hour weeks, but their pay will be reduced proportionally by 25%, reports the Washington …

Amazon

Scientists determined that Lucy, our oldest human ancestor, probably died because she fell out of a tree

Lucy was a tiny—just three and a half feet tall and about 60 pounds. When she lived 3.2 million years ago in Ethiopia, she likely spent her days foraging for food and her nights sleeping in trees to avoid predators.<p>Unfortunately, her makeshift tree house was probably the cause of her death.<p>On Aug. …

University of Texas at Austin

China’s richest man, Wanda Group CEO Wang Jianlin, has declared war on Disneyland

China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin, wants to make sure the Magic Kingdom doesn’t make any money in China.<p>In an interview with Chinese talk show host Chen Luyu that aired on Aug. 26, the billionaire behind real estate giant Dalian Wanda Group showed off his Beijing headquarters, and shared a vision …

Walt Disney Company

Colin Kaepernick is the latest proof that American football is suddenly getting more political

Being a star in the NFL does not protect you from being a black man in the United States. With more instances of police brutality against African-American men coming to light in recent years—and officers often going unpunished—more NFL players are speaking up about social issues.<p>The latest example …

Colin Kaepernick

The most educated city in Europe is London. This is why it has no global equal

College students tend to flock to dense, urban areas after graduation, seeking the types of skilled-labor jobs that are most widely available in large cities. So it makes perfect sense, then, that London—the biggest city in Europe, with a population of 8.6 million—has the highest concentration of …

London

Colombian women made sure gender equality was at the center of a groundbreaking peace deal with the FARC

The Colombian government and the FARC, the country’s largest guerrilla group, signed a peace agreement to end their 50-plus-year war last week. The deal settles the main issues over which the two parties had been killing themselves and some 180,000 civilians (link in Spanish) over the course of …

Feminism

The racist reality of house-hunting in Singapore: “Sorry, your wife is Indian”

Last year, when Darius Cheung, co-founder of a property search portal, wanted to rent a house in Singapore, he met with many reluctant real estate agents. Many of them seemed interested at first, but would turn him down later. He found out why when one realtor gave him a rather shocking response: …

Singapore

India can stem the rising scourge of racism against Africans

India has seen a rise in incidents of racism by its citizens against foreign nationals, especially Africans, in recent times. As a country with the largest diaspora communities, India needs to be particularly worried by this development.<p>The country is home to a significant migrant population, most …

Racism

If you work in development in Africa, you need to get on board with Black Lives Matter

As a child of a Nigerian immigrant and an African American, I grew up in the US crossing and navigating many cultural lines. For the past seven years I have been living and working across Africa. In my time here, I have watched from afar, helplessly, as the numbers of our African American brothers …

African-American News

Silicon Valley may finally get special approval for foreign founders to enter the US

The hardest part of building a startup for many is just arriving in the United States. For six years straight, Silicon Valley lobbied hard to get Washington to offer visas to foreigners who wanted to launch companies in the US, but despite bipartisan support in Congress, the effort failed last year …

Silicon Valley

Here’s what dads can do at home to help their daughters grow into successful leaders

My dad loves to argue—and growing up, he’d do it with me any chance he got. As a kid, he offered me a pound in exchange for a five-minute fight (a reference to a Monty Python skit at an “argument clinic”). We debated about everything, from politics to my piano performances.<p>As an adult, I can’t say …

Malala Yousafzai

The Olympics may be over, but you can spend the next two days watching the world’s best young Scrabble players compete

The Olympics may have ended, but that doesn’t mean your appetite for intense, global competition has been satisfied! Fortunately, today (Aug. 28) and tomorrow (Aug. 29) are the final days of the World Youth Scrabble Championships. Even better, they are being streamed live, on Twitch.<p>More than a …

Scrabble

The controversial TTIP trade deal between the EU and the US is failing

Germany’s economy minister Sigmar Gabriel has described negotiations between the US and the EU over the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as “failed,” the Associated Press is reporting.<p>The TTIP is a gargantuan free trade deal that aims to streamline integration between US and …

European Union

Overworked America’s obsession with Burning Man is a cry for help

This week, tens of thousands of people are packing their tents and heading to the Nevada desert for Burning Man, a festival focused on “radical self expression.” Those attending build “Black Rock City” from scratch for the event, leaving no trace behind when they pack up after one week, and …

Festivals

One of the most famous living philosophers says much of philosophy today is “self-indulgent”

Daniel Dennett’s philosophical achievements cannot be neatly summarized. To some, he’s familiar as one of the four horsemen of new atheism, alongside Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. He’s known for his focus on Darwinism, and applying the evolutionary theory to ideas and …

Consciousness

There’s a productive way to approach wasting time online

There is a productivity-destroying epidemic infiltrating workplaces across the world, and chances are you’re guilty of it. It’s called “cyberloafing”—the act of wasting time on the Internet while on the clock—and much like work itself, it’s bleeding into people’s personal lives.<p>Whether it’s …

Productivity

Years of genomics research is riddled with errors thanks to a bunch of botched Excel spreadsheets

For many people, working with error-ridden spreadsheets is a way of life. This takes on added meaning for genomics researchers, who study the building blocks of life. It turns out that their work, too, is rife with dodgy spreadsheets.<p>A new paper has revealed the vast extent of errors in published …

Genomics

Daydreaming can become so maladaptive, it looks like a psychiatric disorder

We all daydream. Allowing the mind to wander is a chance to create an inner world and explore our fantasies. And studies suggest that a wandering mind is a sign of strong working memory.<p>But daydreaming can have a dark side. For some people, daydreaming isn’t just a few hours gazing out the window …

Eiffel Tower

This animated map shows why animals can’t survive climate change without our help

As the global climate gets hotter both people and animals will have to adapt to changes in their local environments. However, while people can shed clothes or turn up the A/C, animals have fewer options to maintain the conditions they need to survive. If their home habitats change too much, they’ll …

Climate Change

How a 19th century Russian novelist predicted Donald Trump’s America

As a professor of Russian literature, I’ve come to realize that it’s never a good sign when real life resembles a Fyodor Dostoevsky novel.<p>Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, with its riotous rhetoric and steady stream of scandals, calls to mind Dostoevsky’s most political novel, <i>Demons</i>, written in …

Donald Trump

Ancient Egyptians’ 4,000-year-old strategy for dealing with an “argumentative superior”

Patience is a virtue. Don’t bug your partner about their weight. Try not to vex your boss. As a new translation of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs reveals, the fundamental rules of human behavior have changed little in the last 4,000 years—and wisdom from the times of the pharaohs still rings wry and …

Ancient Egypt

The GOP’s web addresses can be hacked

It’s the digital equivalent of using a marker to deface a campaign poster; like scribbling “don’t” at the top of a “vote Trump” sign. Yet the Republican party has left itself open to this kind of tomfoolery when it has the power to prevent it.<p>The party’s website, gop.com, is configured to forward …

Republican National Committee

This is what Burning Man 2016 looks like from space

Burning Man, the annual countercultural festival that brings tens of thousands of revelers to the Nevada desert, begins tomorrow. But it’s clear from satellite imagery the work on constructing a temporary city is well underway.<p>Data from satellite images processed by Quartz show that as of the most …

Satellites

A NASA-funded, year-long experiment in Hawaii to mimic life on Mars has come to an end

Life on Mars is closer than you think. Six people just lived “there” for a whole year. But today (Aug. 28), the crew of a NASA-fundedMars simulation in Hawaii can finally take off their helmets and return to earth.<p>NASA hopes to send humans to Mars by 2030. In preparation, HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space …

National Parks

Apple is imaginging a future where iPhones can track and identify their thieves

In Apple’s vision of the future, an iPhone can catch its own thief.<p>According to a patent application filed Aug. 25, the iPhone maker is exploring the possibility of designing devices that covertly capture the fingerprints, photos, videos, and audio of unauthorized users.<p>The proposed technology …

iPhone

SpaceX’s biggest rival is developing “space trucks” to ferry cargo in an orbital economy

The big kahuna of American rocket companies is the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin that until this year held a monopoly on the lucrative business of launching rockets for the US Air Force.<p>But that monopoly is no more. The company faces a new era of competition …

SpaceX