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A history of nothing: how zero went from nil to something

Harry Houdini Investigates the Spirit World

Houdini is a short strong stocky man with small feet and a very large head. Seen from the stage, his figure, with its short legs and its pugilist’s …

Why Are We Still Working?

No seriously, why <i>are</i> we still working? Mike Dowson explains in simple terms the great con that keeps you chained to the wheel.<p>This may be an …

Economics

On Marrying the Wrong Person

In his consulting room at Berggasse 19, in central Vienna, Sigmund Freud came…<p>Many of us want to start our own businesses. Public space is filled …

The automation myth - Vox

Robots aren't taking your jobs— and that's the problem<p>President Obama has warned that ATMs and airport check-in kiosks are contributing to high unemployment. Sen. Marco Rubio said that the central challenge of our times is "to ensure that the rise of the machines is not the fall of the worker." A …

Economics

The Great Republican Revolt

The GOP planned a dynastic restoration in 2016. Instead, it triggered an internal class war. Can the party reconcile the demands of its donors with the interests of its rank and file?<p>The angriest and most pessimistic people in America aren’t the hipster protesters who flitted in and out of Occupy …

Tea Party

Google vs. Uber and the race to self-driving taxis

It's an old-fashioned, autonomous face-off between two Silicon Valley giants<p>You won't be able to have a fully autonomous car of your own for at least a few more years, but the race to develop the best technology is already tearing up the asphalt. Google is reportedly interested in spinning off its …

Autonomous Cars

Save the soil to save the Earth: A Q & A with Ronald Amundson – Sara Zaske

Ronald Amundson is professor of environmental science at the University of California, Berkeley, and dirt is his life’s work. He grew up on a farm in …

Farming

How the Most Extreme Trips on Erowid Transformed Modern Drug Culture

How Erowid harnessed the communitarian spirit of the early web to change the way we use and understand drugs.<p><i>"I began going into space. There were stars, and they seemed to be in a cylinder shape. They were far apart, but looking from a distance from normal eyes it would look just like a picture of</i> …

Digital Culture

Illustrator Turns Your Deepest Fears Into Cute Comics

They are called <i>intrusive thoughts—</i>disruptive fantasies of anger, hate, and most of all, fear. In psychology, intrusive thoughts are negative ideas …

Comics

The World Changing Ideas Of 2015

14 of the most important trends, theories, and inventions that are going to re-shape business, society, and the planet in the year to come.<p><b>All ideas change the world</b> in some small way, but not all ideas are “world changing.” At <i>Co.Exist</i>, we like to consider the ideas that are tackling the big …

Nissan Leaf

10 great cartoonists you need to know: Celebrating International Women’s Day

Comics is producing an unfeasible amount of good to superb work currently, the volume of which makes it impossible for even the most ardent …

Graphic Novels
Justice

Simple sourdough loaves

With my sourdough starter active and friendly, I've been baking some fantastic bread. I figured you may need something to do with all that starter, …

Baking

Prefabricated house in Melbourne's City Square can produce more energy than it uses

Modular buildings specialist ArchiBlox has unveiled its prototype for a compact carbon-positive house, featuring "edible garden walls", a sunroom and …

Carbon Emissions

At its best, History serves to awaken us from the dream of our small selves.

Rarely Seen Moments of World History<p>“WHO KNOWS ONLY HIS OWN GENERATION REMAINS ALWAYS A CHILD.”<p>Boys after a war that would make almost any small …

Top 10 Reasons Drones Are Disruptive

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How Different Cultures Understand Time

In the Western Hemisphere, the United States and Mexico employ time in such diametrically opposing manners that it causes intense friction between the two peoples.<p>In Western Europe, the Swiss attitude to time bears little relation to that of neighboring Italy.<p>Thais do not evaluate the passing of …

Cherry Blossom

Time for brands to rethink Facebook

There was a time, not very long ago either, when brands looking to build their content-marketing strategies inevitably started in one place: …

Advertising

Sentient code: An inside look at Stephen Wolfram’s utterly new, insanely ambitious computational paradigm

In 2002 Stephen Wolfram released <i>A New Kind of Science</i> and immediately unleashed a firestorm of wonder, controversy, and criticism as the British-born scientist, programmer, and entrepreneur overturned conventional ideas on how to pursue knowledge. Earlier this month, he teased something with the …

Sharing fast and slow: The psychological connection between how we think and how we spread news on social media

What drives sharing? It’s a mix of attention, emotion, and reaction. Here’s hard data on which news stories took off and which didn’t on social.<p><b>Editor’s note</b>: This summer, we told you about the work of Sonya Song, the current Knight-Mozilla Fellow at The Boston Globe, who was working on a major …

Fruitfly evolved pictures of ants on its wings

A recently discovered <i>G tridens</i> fruitfly that has evolved a to have images of detailed, ant-like insects on each wing, complete with six legs, a …

Fractal Biology

A fractal can be described as a pattern that contains itself on smaller and larger scales. One simple example of a fractal is a tree; it contains the same pattern in the trunk, branches, and leaves. Each time the tree branches it forms a new iteration of its fractal shape.<p>Systems form patterns which act as a components on a higher scale. When the type of interaction between components is the same on multiple scales, a fractal emerges.<p>Biological systems appear to have a fractal property, …

Must the seed vault in Norway conjure a doomsday scenario? – Colin Dickey | Aeon Essays

Since 2007, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault has maintained a repository of the world’s agricultural heritage. A series of tunnels bored into the side …

Will humans be around in a billion years? Or a trillion? – Ross Andersen | Aeon Essays

Sometimes, when you dig into the Earth, past its surface and into the crustal layers, omens appear. In 1676, Oxford professor Robert Plot was putting …

The Notorious MSG's Unlikely Formula For Success

The "umami" craze has turned a much-maligned and misunderstood food additive into an object of obsession for the world's most innovative chefs. But secret ingredient monosodium glutamate’s biggest secret may be that there was never anything wrong with it at all.<p>In the last three years, perhaps the …

xkcd Time - at your own pace

Vote "yes" on frames that should be paused at during auto playback, and "no" for frames that should not be paused on.<p>More information about voting …

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