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Meet Lee Martin, the digital thinker creating unique web experiences in the viral age

Words by: Crack Staff<p>Lee Martin isn’t a music video director in the conventional sense. In fact, he describes himself as someone who “develops …

Music Videos

Earth’s mammals have shrunk dramatically, and humans are to blame

Life on Earth used to look a lot more impressive. Just a little more than 100,000 years ago, there were sloths as long as a giraffe is tall, monstrous bears whose shoulders were six feet off the ground, and Bunyanesque beavers that weighed as much as an NFL linebacker. But over time, all of these …

Extinction

Coming Attractions: The Rise of VR Porn

The porn industry may have changed a lot in the digital age, but some things still live up to the stereotype. Like, say, this house in the San …

New Jersey

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis<p>Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution …

Pollution

Single? No Kids? Don’t Fret: How to Plan Care in Your Later Years

Sarah Peveler lacks a support system that many older people count on: their adult children.<p>But Ms. Peveler, 71, who is divorced and childless, said she was determined not to let fear of an uncertain future get the best of her.<p>To help avoid the potential perils of a solitary old age, Ms. Peveler is …

Cognitive Impairment

‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’: The story behind the ‘black national anthem’ that Beyoncé sang

In 1899, a young poet and school principal named James Weldon Johnson was asked to address a crowd in Jacksonville, Fla., for the coming anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Just two decades had passed since the Reconstruction era, and lynchings were on the rise in the segregated …

Black History

How Syria Came to This

A story of ethnic and sectarian conflict, international connivance, and above all civilian suffering<p>Seven years of horrific twists and turns in the Syrian Civil War make it hard to remember that it all started with a little graffiti.<p>In March 2011, four children in the southern city of Der’a …

Middle East

'There is no such thing as past or future': physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics sold over a million copies around the world. Now Rovelli is back to explore the mysteries of time. He tells Charlotte Higgins about student revolution and how his quantum leap began with an acid trip<p>• Extract from Carlo Rovelli’s new book: on the elastic concept of …

Physics

I Downloaded the Information That Facebook Has on Me. Yikes.

When I downloaded a copy of my Facebook data last week, I didn’t expect to see much. My profile is sparse, I rarely post anything on the site, and I seldom click on ads. (I’m what some call a Facebook “lurker.”)<p>But when I opened my file, it was like opening Pandora’s box.<p>With a few clicks, I …

Social Media

Yale Is Letting Anyone Take Its Most Popular Class Ever for Free

Everything you ever wanted to know about how to truly be happy.<p>When Yale began offering a new course this semester, over 1,000 students jumped at the opportunity. It wasn't about business, technology or innovation. It's about how to be happy.<p>Nearly a fourth of the undergraduate student body …

Living Rooms

3 Rules I Use to Stay Productive and Not Overwhelmed

I get 1,000 emails a week, but I only work 40 hours. Here's how I do it.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>To say my life is busy is an understatement.<p>I'm a father of three kids under the age of three. I have a portfolio of 40-plus startups I've invested in and actively …

Time Management
Guns

So you didn’t vote in LA County’s special election. Here are 6 places more people go to than the polls

<i>File: Blue and white lights to celebrate the Rams in the playoffs at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.; Credit: Daniel Bowyer/Los Angeles Rams</i>Ryan …

Los Angeles

These are the Central American migrants in Trump's crosshairs

Some people reclined under palm trees, while others drew water from a cistern for makeshift baths. As the sun beat down, a group of skinny kids kicked soccer balls across a field of parched grass.<p>After days on the road, trudging northward on foot and by bus, many of the roughly 1,000 migrants, …

Immigration

Couple sentenced to death for murder of Filipina maid found in freezer

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Kuwaiti court has sentenced a Lebanese man and his wife to death in absentia for the murder of a Filipina maid, the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs said.<p>The case of Joanna Demafelis, a 29-year-old maid whose body was found in a freezer earlier this year, prompted a diplomatic …

Crime

Trump Plans to Send National Guard to the Mexican Border

WASHINGTON — The White House said Tuesday night that President Trump planned to deploy the National Guard to the southern border to confront what it called a growing threat of illegal immigrants, drugs and crime from Central America after the president for the third consecutive day warned about the …

Immigration

Hours after Matt Barnes hosts peaceful rally for Stephon Clark in Sacramento, Sheriff’s Department car hits protester

Wanda Cleveland: ‘He never even stopped. It was a hit-and-run. If I did that I’d be charged.’<p>SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Former Sacramento Kings forward and …

Law Enforcement

The unstoppable rise of veganism: how a fringe movement went mainstream

Health, climate change, animal welfare... what’s driving more people and brands to embrace a plant-based lifestyle? We investigate, and, below, four vegans explain their choice<p>Late on a Thursday afternoon in early March, just off Brick Lane in the heart of London’s nightlife hotspot Shoreditch, …

Green Living

Off the coast of San Pedro, a Japanese community erased

Isolated from the mainland of Los Angeles, Fish Harbor was a ‘dreamland’ until 1942<p>With the Ratovich Company-led redevelopment of Ports O’Call in San Pedro in the Los Angeles Harbor, a new push to make the Port of Los Angelesa livable, viable community has begun.<p>What many don’t know, is that just …

Japan

What Being a Sex Worker Taught Me About Men

On top of intimacy, emotional labor, and ethical sex.<p>Like most women, I’ve been sexualized more times than I can count, both with and without my permission. I’ve been told by bosses to wear a skirt next time—the shorter the better. Like nearly every woman I know, I’ve sat down in a coffee shop with …

Me Too movement

My Uncle, the ’70s Porn Star

His name is Johnny Seeman. He’s seventy-four now and lives alone. But from 1973 to 1987, this nice Jewish boy from Westchester was a legend in the pre-Viagra, Boogie Nights–era porno business. For all his success, though, he never found what he was looking for.<p>The most important thing you need to …

Fort Lauderdale

How to avoid losing your mind to Alzheimer's or dementia. Hint: Start now, says Maria Shriver

The most disturbing thing I heard recently about the prevention of Alzheimer's disease and dementia was a comment made by Maria Shriver, the former first lady of California who founded the Women's Alzheimer's Movement after discovering the disease affects twice as many women as men.<p>It would seem, …

Dementia

How to ‘poison’ your data before you delete Facebook

Over the past few weeks, we’ve learned a lot about Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and how Facebook uses your data. The revelations have pushed many …

Privacy

Why can't American Samoans be citizens? Lawsuit says they should be

<i>High Chief Loa Pele Faletogo of the Samoan Federation of America points to photos from community events. "We’re not aliens, we’re not citizens," he</i> …

Southern California

Roseanne revival is a wake-up call for Hollywood

At the beginning of March, the Academy Awards featured performers talking about “intersectionality” and Dreamers and jokes about how an …

Donald Trump

No longer muzzled, Shulkin takes on Trump’s White House

The fired Veterans Affairs secretary claims he was politically knifed: ‘It should not be this hard to serve your country.’<p>Ousted Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is going down swinging.<p>Instead of disappearing into obscurity like others who were summarily fired by President Donald Trump, …

Donald Trump

Actor Diego Luna was a Hollywood golden boy. So why did he go back to Mexico?

Five years ago, actor Diego Luna was living the Hollywood dream. A house by the beach, a production company with his best friend and a glut of good parts in great films.<p>But there was something missing from his life.<p>Mexico.<p>Luna, 38, who first gained international acclaim for his role as a sex-crazed …

Mexico

With 5 Quick Clicks You Can See All the Data Facebook Has on You (I Was Truly Stunned by What I Found)

It takes just five short steps to download the entire archive. You probably want to do it immediately.<p><i>(Update: Facebook says it's changing how you can access and change your privacy settings. Details are here.)</i><p>Tough times for Facebook--and they're only getting worse. The FTC is investigating, the …

Social Media

Why Is China Treating North Carolina Like the Developing World?

How lax regulation made it cheaper for China to outsource pork production – and all of its environmental and human costs – to the U.S.<p>In July 2013, …

Agriculture

Grieving mother joins March for Our Lives in the name of Stephon Clark, other black males taken by gun violence

My son Jordan Davis was killed in 2012. I've turned my pain into activism<p>Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old black man, was standing in his grandparents’ backyard holding a cell phone when Sacramento police shot at him 20 times.<p>His family now joins a terrible club that no one ever wants to be a part of …

Guns