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First Do No Harm

<b>I.</b><p><b>On Thursday, November 20, 2008,</b> shortly before midnight, Dustin King arrived at an apartment hangout in downtown Brockville, Ontario. He was …

The Surprising Science Behind Hoarding

129<p>SHARES<p>Orange-juice containers, newspapers, six-pack cardboard carriers, plastic and paper bags, green compost bins, pill bottles, rain gear, old</i> …

Why It Took Decades of Blaming Parents Before We Banned Lead Paint

As with soda, demanding that all mechanisms of harm be completely understood before regulations are put in place is frightening.<p>Melissa Hillier/Flickr<p>Some died slow deaths. Others went into convulsions. Tens of thousands yet to be born were at risk of permanent damage.<p>Lead paint initially seemed …

This Is What Humane Slaughter Looks Like. Is It Good Enough?

<i>Modern Farmer</i> visits one of the most uncompromising cattle ranches in the U.S. to find out.<p>By Mac McClelland on April 17, 2013<p>Photography by Michael …

What Killed the New Electric Car

Fisker Automotive, maker of the Karma, a hundred-thousand-dollar electric-gas hybrid sports car, is in deep trouble. It’s laid off seventy-five per cent of its workforce, hasn’t produced a single car in nine months, and may well declare bankruptcy in the next couple of weeks. And opponents of the …

My ghosts

My childhood robbed me of being a kid.<p>I was on survival mode every day.<p>I was removed from my crack-addicted mother when I was sixyears old and raised …

Mental Health

Green Bank, W.V., where the electrosensitive can escape the modern world.

You can turn your phone on in Green Bank, W.Va., but you won’t get a trace of a signal. If you hit scan on your car’s radio, it’ll cycle through the …

In prison, education is a route to self-respect

You OK?" said Casey.<p>"Yeah fine. I'm all right," I said, but I wasn't.<p>"It was an upsetting morning," he said. "I feel upset myself."<p>"Tell you what, …

The Dream Recorder (of 1926)

0<p>SHARES<p>Last week, new research was published that showed the first objective recording of the contents from a dream. Using an MRI machine and images …

The Story Of A Failed Startup And A Founder Driven To Suicide

A few months ago, on Sunday, January 27, an entrepreneur named Jody Sherman had plans to see a movie with a friend.<p>But that afternoon, the friend received a call from Jody's wife, Kerri.<p>Jody had gone missing. Three hours later, Kerri notified the Las Vegas Police Department, fearing something might …

The Bitcoin Bubble and the Future of Currency

A few days ago, the value of all the bitcoins in the world blew past $1 billion for the first time ever. That’s an impressive achievement, for a …

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To “Our Mothers,” “Our Daughters,” “Our Sisters,” and “Our Wives” proclaims the nineteen-foot high Monument to the Women of the Confederacy, which …

The Methane Beneath Our Feet

Insouciant New Yorkers—here is another pending disaster to shrug off with characteristic brio! There is a huge, ongoing gas leak beneath your very …

Armed Correlations

Well, to paraphrase a great Republican, here we go again. The details of Adam Lanza’s home environment—the armory of weapons there, the copy of the “NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting,” there was a useful book kept close—are scarcely out before the insistence that there’s nothing, …

Meet the Man Who Sold His Fate to Investors at $1 a Share

• Author: Joshua Davis. Joshua Davis Business<br>• Date of Publication: 03.28.13. 03.28.13<br>• Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>On January 26, 2008, a …

You didn’t make the Harlem Shake go viral—corporations did

Google’s trend charts of the phrase “Harlem Shake” are seismic. Almost no one looked for the words until Feb. 7, then searches surged faster than any term Google ever had, except for “Whitney Houston” after her death. A few weeks later, they fell close to zero.<p>Experts said the “Harlem Shake” …

Social Media

You're Eye-to-Eye With a Whale in the Ocean—What Does It See?

A deep dive into how the most intelligent creatures in the ocean perceive their world.<p>There is almost nothing about a whale's body that we can relate to. They breathe air like we do. They give birth to live young like we do. But the similarities seem to stop there. Their scale, body structure, and …

Income At Home, Herbalife, and the $8 billion pyramid

<i>By Matt Stroud and Joseph L. Flatley, with additional reporting by Jesse Hicks</i><p>Barron Hansen is a self-employed web developer and researcher in San Diego. Like many people who work from home, he spends a lot of time alone in front of the computer, listening to talk radio. Over time, he began to …

A History of Like

<i>The marketing field has long been obsessed with likability, but Facebook may be inadvertently revealing how shallow our liking goes</i><p>If you blog, run a …

The lure of AI is erotic as much as it is rational – George Zarkadakis | Aeon Essays

Artificial intelligence is arguably the most useless technology that humans have ever aspired to possess. Actually, let me clarify. It would be …