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Led by a class of omnipotent central bankers, experts have gained extraordinary political power. Will a populist backlash shatter their technocratic dream?<p>On Tuesday 16 September 2008, early in the afternoon, a self-effacing professor with a neatly clipped beard sat with the president in the …

Political Science

Big government helped make America great but it was so successful its effect has become invisible. Anti-Washington hatred helps only the super-rich and puts progress at risk for millions living with wage stagnation and rising inequality<p><i>Do you remember, your President Nixon?</i><p><i>Do you remember, the</i> …

Great Depression

Google teaches “AIs” to invent their own crypto and avoid eavesdropping

Google Brain has created two artificial intelligences that evolved their own cryptographic algorithm to protect their messages from a third AI, which …

Living in an Extreme Meritocracy Is Exhausting

A society that glorifies metrics leaves little room for human imperfections.<p>A century ago, a man named Frederick Winslow Taylor changed the way workers work. In his book <i>The Principles of Scientific Management</i>, Taylor made the case that companies needed to be pragmatic and methodical in their …

Income Inequality

The first part of the inside story of the Senate investigation into torture, the crisis with the CIA it spurred and the man whose life would never be the same<p>Support the Guardian’s fearless journalism by making a contribution or becoming a member<p>Daniel Jones had always been friendly with the CIA …

Surveillance

The rise of irreligion is the GOP’s real demographic crisis

<b>Ted Cruz (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)</b><p>A widening “Godless gap” presents Christian conservatives with a choice: Get with the times or shrink to obscurity<p>Matthew Sheffield<p>August 20, 2016 1:30pm (UTC)<p>In the past several years, many trees have been felled and pixels electrocuted in the service of discussion …

17 Psychological Tricks To Make People Like You Immediately

Most friendships develop so naturally that you don't even realize how or when they started.<p>Sometimes, though, you want to make an effort to befriend …

Only the lonely

Loneliness is hell: debilitating yet formative. Can we avoid the pains of loneliness yet enjoy the pleasures of solitude?<i>By Cody Delistraty</i>Read at …

Physicists Stretch Quantum Superposition from Chicago to Minnesota

A long-distance experiment offers new verification for fundamental quantum mechanics.<p>A team of MIT physicists has observed quantum correlations extending 735 kilometers (456 miles) from Fermilab's MINOS experiment near Chicago to an underground detector at Soudan, Minnesota.<p>The span represents the …

Earth - Organisms might be quantum machines

If there’s any subject that perfectly encapsulates the idea that science is hard to understand, it’s quantum physics. Scientists tell us that the miniature denizens of the quantum realm behave in seemingly impossible ways: they can exist in two places at once, or disappear and reappear somewhere …

A New Theory Explains How Consciousness Evolved

A neuroscientist on how we came to be aware of ourselves.<p>Ever since Charles Darwin published <i>On the Origin of Species</i> in 1859, evolution has been the grand unifying theory of biology. Yet one of our most important biological traits, consciousness, is rarely studied in the context of evolution. …

Consciousness

The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

The cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman uses evolutionary game theory to show that our perceptions of an independent reality must be illusions.<p>As we …

5 glimpses of the future of water

Drone irrigation, the looping shower and more<p>America’s long complacency about its water supply is being eroded not just by crises like Flint, Michigan’s lead-poisoned pipes, but by a growing realization that, as clean water becomes scarcer, especially in the West, it can’t remain so cheap. In …

Bayes's Theorem: What's the Big Deal?

I’m not sure when I first heard of Bayes’ theorem. But I only really started paying attention to it over the last decade, after a few of my wonkier …

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Superbugs are on track to kill 10 million people by 2050 if things don’t change—fast

In November of 2015, scientists in southeastern China were combing through bacterial samples collected from hospitals in the Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces when they discovered something that would immediately grab the attention of the entire medical community.<p>Many of the bacteria collected were …

Medicine

Why we should guard against military notions of immunity – Jon Turney

My whole life has been riddled with conflict. I’m caught up in a war not of my own making, and must be combat-ready at any time. Or so it seems, to …

22 Science Jokes Only Smart People Will Understand

Old statisticians never die. They just get broken down by age and sex.

Scientists develop 'game changing' stem cell repair system

Stem cell therapies capable of regenerating any human tissue damaged by injury, disease or ageing could be available within a few years, following …

MacTrast Deals: iSafe Drive Lite – The First Ever MFi-Certified Storage Drive

- Apr 4, 2016<p>It seems you never have enough storage for your iPhone or iPad, especially if all you have is a 16GB device. Enter iSafe Drive Lite, …

iPhone 5

Why Stoicism is one of the best mind-hacks ever devised – Lary Wallace

We do this to our philosophies. We redraft their contours based on projected shadows, or give them a cartoonish shape like a caricaturist emphasising …

The Secret Language of Narcissists, Sociopaths and Psychopaths: How Abusers Manipulate Their Victims

<b>The Secret Language of Narcissists, Sociopaths and Psychopaths: How Abusers Manipulate Their Victims by Shahida Arabi</b><p>Society assumes that everyone …

This is the battle that made Los Angeles — and a great newspaper war

The history of L.A.’s relationship with water and growth is also the story of the birth of a great American paper<p>The Los Angeles Times’ coverage of the anti-aqueduct opposition was comically, outrageously biased. When the people of Bishop mounted their formal protest against Fred Eaton, the paper …

“Intelligent people know that the empire is on the downhill”: A veteran CIA agent spills the goods on the Deep State and our foreign policy nightmares

After almost 30 years in the CIA, Ray McGovern became a truth-teller. He sits down with Salon for a long debriefing<p>I first heard Ray McGovern speak on a country road in the New England hills. This was courtesy of the admirably dedicated David Barsamian, who broadcast one of McGovern’s talks on …

Jamie Love has spent years battling global drug companies, unshakable in his belief that even the world’s poorest people should have access to life-saving medicines. Is it time that our own government listened to him?<p>On a hot August afternoon in 2000, four Americans arrived for a secret meeting at …

Pharma

This physicist has a groundbreaking idea about why life exists

Why does life exist?<p>Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning, and a colossal stroke of luck.<p>But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life …

Researchers Find Evidence of Link between Immune Irregularities and Autism

<b>Scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) pioneered the study of the link between irregularities in the immune system and</b> …

Wee-fi: urine-powered socks can send message in emergency

Socks which send a message when powered by urine have been invented by scientists at the University of the West of England<p>It’s the perfect Christmas present for the person who has everything…except, perhaps, self-respect.<p>Scientists have invented a pair of high-tech socks which, when filled with …

Wearable Tech

Inside the Bizarre Genome of the World’s Toughest Animal

Tardigrades are sponges for foreign genes. Does that explain why they are famously indestructible?<p>The toughest animals in the world aren't bulky elephants, or cold-tolerant penguins, or even the famously durable cockroach. Instead, the champions of durability are endearing microscopic creatures …

Biology

For decades my research showed the dangers of new strains of resistance, and this week we heard of another threat. But there’s been a breakthrough<p>In 2007 I was accused of being a “sensationalist and scaremonger” by the UK Department of Health’s chief nursing officer after I’d said the problem of …

Microbiology