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Most Americans have no idea what Cinco de Mayo means

Drinko de Mayo, Cinco de Drinko, Cuatro de Cinco—not especially majestic nicknames for a holiday meant to memorialize a Mexican military victory over invading French forces. But despite a modern-day reputation for debauchery, Cinco de Mayo was originally a celebration of military valor and …

Mexico

“We Ain’t Choosing No Sides; We Just Choosing Our Side”

The gangs of Baltimore believe they can do a better job policing their community than the police.<p><b>By Amy K. Nelson</b><p><b>It’s a few</b> minutes before midnight …

The Anti-Drone Business Is About to Take Off

Companies Like DroneShield are here to fulfill all of your anti-UAV needs<p>Drones are quickly moving from exotic military technology to mass market gadget thanks to companies such as DJI and 3D Robotics, which sell small but sophisticated unmanned aircraft that nearly any amateur can pilot. But the …

10 Israeli Startups to Watch in 2015

SaferVPN, founded by Amit Bareket and Sagi Gidali, launched a VPN-based startup that provides secured re-routed Internet access throughout the world. The company’s software allows users to circumvent local restrictions and access websites, while simultaneously allowing users to keep their personal …

Startups

How to supercharge the way you learn

What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.<p>Face to face with the world’s leading memory experts, my mind is beginning to feel very humble. Ben Whately, for instance, tells me about the …

Language Learning

The Secret Psychology of Facebook

<i>The post first appeared on Buffer.</i><p>Whenever I hop onto Facebook to do something specific—find a link I saved for later or see what’s happening on Buffer’s Facebook page, perhaps—something strange happens.<p>Despite my best intentions to stay on track and accomplish my goal, I get sucked in. Suddenly …

Gardening 101: How to Use Eggshells in the Garden

Last fall I started collecting eggshells after I read an article on Real Farmacy that touted their usefulness in the garden for everything from …

Denmark moves step closer to being a cashless country

Danish government proposes getting rid of the obligation for certain retailers to accept payment in cash<p>The Danish government has proposed getting rid of the obligation for selected retailers to accept payment in cash, moving the country closer to a "cashless" economy.<p>Nearly a third of the Danish …

Astronomers find most distant galaxy ever seen

A team of astronomers has spotted the most distant galaxy from Earth to date, more than 13 billion light years away.<p>Researchers from Yale University …

What Killed The Infographic?

If you’ve seen fewer experimental data visualizations lately, it’s only because the medium has grown up and gotten a job.<p>A few years ago, the Internet was awash in groundbreaking data visualizations. There was Aaron Koblin’s deeply influential map of flight patterns around the U.S. Periscopic’s …

Lusitania: The epic battle over its biggest mystery

Photograph by Library of Congress<p>Retired venture capitalist Gregg Bemis owns the salvage rights to the Lusitania — and he thinks he can solve the …

Wreck

Duchovny Goes Electric

I have been instructed to meet David Duchovny in Santa Monica at 3:30 p.m. on a Thursday. I roll up to a mutually agreed-upon restaurant at 3:20. …

TV

Choosing a college major? Read this first

People pick a college major for all kinds of reasons, of course, some of which have little or nothing to do with money. Even so, and especially now …

16 Modern Poets You Need to Know About

Chances are the last time you discovered a new favorite poet, you were sitting in fourth period English waiting for the lunch bell to ring. Even if you went on to study literature in college, those “contemporary” poets were probably born around the mid-twentieth century. While we love classic …

Humans are genetically modifying mosquitoes to fight a disease we helped create

It’s America’s closest thing to a tropical tourism mecca. But Key West’s biggest attraction isn’t the sun-splashed beaches. Its charm lies in its balmy evenings, with their open-air parties steeped in tequila and rum runners, drawing a blend of tourists and locals who pack the pastel-gothic Old …

Public Health

10 Leaders Who Are Reshaping The Environmental Movement

Environmentalism has changed quite a bit in the last 10 years. From the emergence of climate change as the catalyzing issue of the 21st century to fights over the Keystone XL pipeline to the growing diversity of green groups, the environmental movement of today hardly looks like the one of …

Climate

A computer made my lunch

At first glance, it might not seem like strawberries and chicken have much in common. But look closer, and you'll find it: the flavor compound g-dodecalactone.<p>That sciencey-sounding gobbledygook probably doesn't mean much to you, but it means a lot to Chef Watson, IBM's (IBM) cognitive …

10 killer tips to get your Apple Watch set up just right

Navigating the Apple Watch can be a little confusing at first, and it definitely takes a while to get your notifications dialed in so it’s not …

A psychologist discovered the secret to never getting frustrated

The guy in front of you is driving like an idiot. Your boss is being a jerk. Your partner isn't listening.<p>And sometimes these all happen to you <i>on the same day</i>.<p>What's the fix for this? One guy came up with a solution that deals with all of these problems — and more.<p>Albert Ellis was quite a …

Self-help

The History of 'Thug'

The surprisingly ancient and global etymology of a racially charged epithet<p>Last night, as Baltimore erupted with riots and violence and anger, the city's mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the events sweeping the city. The mayor talked about "the evil we see …

Rap & Hip-Hop