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Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world

<b>The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people</b> <b>but it</b> <b>is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 20</b><b>5</b><b>0, say researchers. Is it too late?</b><p>It sits on swampy land, the Java Sea lapping against it, and …

Asia

Yuval Noah Harari: ‘The idea of free information is extremely dangerous’

Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli historian who has written two bestsellers: <i>Sapiens</i>, which examined the course of early human history, and <i>Homo Deus</i>, which speculated on where we might be heading as a post-human species. His new book, <i>21 Lessons for the 21st Century</i>, is an exploration of the …

Fake News

Simple Steps to Protect Yourself on Public Wi-Fi

Accessing the internet isn't normally a problem when you're inside the confines of your own home—it's secure, it's easy to connect to, and it's …

Wi-Fi

Want the kids to read more? 15 modern classics for all ages

<b>For ages 5+</b><p><i>The Street Beneath My Feet</i> <i>by Charlotte Guillian and Yuval Zommer (Words and Pictures)</i><br>A concertina-book that falls open in yards of pages, taking you to the centre of the Earth and back again; good for budding geologists, treasure-hunters, archaeologists and those who aren’t too keen on …

Books

How social media bots became an influential force in Africa’s elections

Automated bots are increasingly muddying election cycles in Africa, disrupting conversations, distorting facts, and bringing into focus the changing dynamics of politics in the continent.<p>Bots on social media became an influential voice during crucial Africa polls over the last year, claims a report …

The historical roots of the US rural-urban divide run deep | Eliza Griswold

Over the fireplace at Mingo Creek Craft Distillers, a whiskey purveyor in the small town of Washington, Pennsylvania, a portrait of Alexander Hamilton hangs upside down. With snowy hair and a black velvet jacket, Hamilton wears an impassive look that might be described as hauteur. In 1791, to pay …

How to optimize your bedtime routine based on your work life

Here’s how to craft a “personalized power-down hour” whether you’re a stressed-out parent, a sedentary desk worker, a busy traveler, or a fitness nut.<p>There’s a decent chance that your evenings typically go like this: You sit around on the couch until you can’t keep your eyes open in front of the TV …

The great firewall of China: Xi Jinping’s internet shutdown

Before Xi Jinping, the internet was becoming a more vibrant political space for Chinese citizens. But today the country has the largest and most sophisticated online censorship operation in the world. By Elizabeth C Economy<p>In December 2015, thousands of tech entrepreneurs and analysts, along with a …

China

World Economic Forum on LinkedIn: “'Lagom'. Learn more about work-life…

This tool lets you see–and correct–the bias in an algorithm

Accenture’s new Fairness Tool is a way to quickly evaluate whether your data is creating fair outcomes.<p>Algorithms might help decide the terms of your next loan, pull data from your online shopping history to help determine your credit score, assess whether you should be offered a job, or decide …

When Suicide Is 'Buzzing Around'

I have to talk in an utterly personal way about suicide. My grandmother took her life, and my mother, who struggled against the impulse several times, said, "Suicide puts a fly in your head. It's always in there, buzzing around."<p>The apparent suicides of Kate Spade, the accomplished fashion …

New York City

10 classic European islands on a budget

<b>Santorini, Greece</b><p>Even the epic photos don’t quite prepare you for Santorini, with its encircling black cliffs. The island was formed by an enormous volcanic eruption in 1600 BC, and the subsequently collapsing caldera formed these sheer faces. Its extraordinary landscapes justly attract hordes of …

European Travel

This Tiny Home and Writing Studio Was Invented For a Children's Author

The newest model from New Frontier Tiny Homes was designed for bestselling author Cornelia Funke, and is now available for $125,000.<p>When acclaimed German children's author Cornelia Funke, best known for the <i>Inkheart</i> trilogy, first contacted David Latimer of Nashville–based New Frontier Tiny Homes, …

Los Angeles

Donald Glover Owned The Weekend On A Beyoncé Level

By killing it on SNL as both host and musical guest, and then premiering a fantastic new video, Glover owned the weekend in a way that usually only Bey can manage.<p>What does it mean to Beyoncé? It’s not just to dance exceptionally well or put out a song that instantly becomes etched into the fabric …

Westworld's TV twists were hidden in Futureworld all along

Hit television show Westworld is a remake of an iconic '70s sci-fi movie, but the keys to the show's mind-bending twists can actually be found hidden in the original film's much-maligned sequel: Futureworld.<p>The original 1973 movie Westworld, which told the story of a theme park populated by robots, …

Best Spring Trips 2018

Fourteen destinations that will help you shake those winter blues and embrace the season of new beginnings.<p>At the end of the day, all spring travel has one goal in common: soaking up some sun after a long, dark winter. This list provides an abundance of venues for the occasion—sailboats in Sri …

Essential Uzbekistan With Exeter International

Arrival |Tashkent<p><b>Exeter Services:</b> Airport Transfer & Guide<p><b>Accommodation:</b> Hyatt Regency Tashkent<p>Tashkent |Tashkent<p><b>Exeter Services:</b> Guide, Vehicle & …

Exeter

Technology can bring transparency to India's supreme court. Will the lords listen?

India’s supreme court is a beleaguered house. Months after four judges pleaded their anguish against chief justice Dipak Misra, the feud has only turned more bitter. The court has since endlessly wrangled in public. Judges have berated one another, resorted to innuendos, and conferred through the …

How Kiip Ties Brand Rewards To Game And Life Achievements To Make Mobile Ads Engaging

Mobile rewards network Kiip thinks every great moment in life should be rewarded, and that advertisers should be the ones giving away the prizes. With a brand new app, a major new round of funding, and expansion beyond games, its model seems to be working.<p>Any brand that has ever tried to advertise …

Dwayne Johnson Is Back In Full SpokesRock Mode For Under Armour

<b>What:</b> Dwayne Johnson stars in a new Under Armour ad, telling the stories of a diverse collection of athletes and aiming for a global audience.<p><b>Who:</b> Under Armour, Droga5<p><b>Why we care:</b> Last we saw Johnson spokesRocking for Under Armour, he was retelling his origin story in March to hype his own …

The Best Men’s Fragrances Of All Time

These are the best men's fragrances ever created - from Calvin Klein and Jean-Paul Gaultier to Tom Ford and Chanel - as well as advice from fragrance …

Fragrance

How to Build Trust with Colleagues You Rarely See

When you exchange pleasantries with a co-worker in the elevator, the two of you are building trust. When you stop by a colleague’s office and see their family photographs on a desk, you learn about that person’s life outside the office and, as a result, usually feel closer. Face-to-face meetings, …

Tweetstorms are better with friends: How three papers are tweeting together over 4-plus days

Tweetstorms are usually the work of one person, but what if you could bring other voices in too? That’s what The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and Chicago Tribune did this week: They worked together to tweet about the riots that followed Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968.<p>The threaded …

Social Media

Can Humans Understand How Robots Invest?

For a guy who built a robot he hopes will banish human emotion from the investing process, Chida Khatua spends a lot of time trying to figure out how …

Never, Ever Say 'Yes' To An Interview Before Asking These 10 Questions

Dear Liz,<p>I went to a job interview last week and for the first twenty minutes of the conversation, I was excited. However, there were gaps in the information the interviewer was giving me.<p>I couldn’t tell whether it was a full-time job, a contract, or what. I kept trying to pin the interviewer …

Employment

Japanese Banks Must Persist With Consolidation, New Lobby Head Says

Japanese banks must move forward with consolidation by using everything from mergers to informal tie-ups to tackle declining profitability, according …

What to Stream This Weekend

Five filmmakers’ first features.<p><i>Each week, Richard Brody picks a classic film, a modern film, an independent film, a foreign film, and a documentary for online viewing.</i><p>“The Bellboy”<p>The excellent films in this year’s edition of “New Directors/New Films,” at <i>MOMA</i> and Film Society of Lincoln Center, …

Why Ipoh, Malaysia, Should Be on Your Travel Radar

In the middle of the 1900s, the northwestern Malaysian town of Ipoh was the world’s largest producer of tin and its booming success showed.<p>Informally described by locals as the “town that tin built,” Ipoh grew from a sleepy village in the valley of the Kinta River to a hotbed of cabarets, night …

The 10 Best Men's Colognes for Under $50

You don't have to spend a lot to smell great.<p>Cologne is a great thing to have in your grooming arsenal. For one thing, your fragrance does wonders for both your own self-confidence. For another? It can go a long way in keeping things friendly with any interactions in which someone is close enough …

This New Study Suggests Time Did Actually Exist Before The Big Bang

So... is physics broken or not?<p>According to a straightforward interpretation of general relativity, the Big Bang wasn't the start of …

Physics