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Bill Maher: The Only Late-Night Host Willing to Challenge the Left

Many progressives have written off the ‘Real Time’ host, but his importance to the late-night landscape should not be dismissed.<p>With the constant …

Comedy

No, Personal Responsibility Won't Solve Inequality: New Study Dispels Common Myths Behind Racial Wealth Gap

Much has been reported about the racial wealth gap—but much is still misunderstood. A new report on the racial wealth gap focuses on the stubborn, …

Research

Mark Zuckerberg Is Certain A.I. Can Fix Facebook. Here's How He Knows

Facebook’s artificial intelligence capabilities. Of particular interest was the fact that Facebook relies so heavily upon artificial intelligence for data security and to detect cyber threats. It seems he also wants A.I. to be able to recognize such things as hate speech and otherwise undesirable …

Artificial Intelligence

China made solar panels cheap. Now it’s doing the same for electric buses.

Thanks, China.<p>It is now more or less taken for granted that solar panels are getting cheaper and cheaper. But that didn’t just happen — solar PV did not jump onto that trajectory on its own. After all, solar panels have been around for decades, but they didn’t really start plunging down the cost …

Natural Gas

Syria exposes the broken state of global governance. How do we respond?

People of good heart have a choice. We can stick to old interventions or write a new chapter in dissent and defiance<p>Trying to find your way to clarity through the fog of horror that surrounds the Syrian civil war, you could do worse than start with MSNBC television host Chris Hayes, who took to …

Middle East

Oh, Jeremy Thorpe! The charismatic Liberal leader who hid dark secrets

A BBC drama recounts the old Etonian’s bizarre story at the heart of a corrupt British establishment<p>It’s a long time since the second week of May in 1979 when Jeremy Thorpe arrived in his lawyer’s brown Rolls Royce for the start of the trial that was billed as “the greatest show on earth”.<p>Few …

Charisma

Your Body is a Teeming Battleground

It’s time to rethink the quest to control aging, death, and disease—and the fear of mortality that fuels it.<p>I went to medical school, at least in part, to get to know death and perhaps to make my peace with it. So did many of my doctor friends, as I would find out. One day—usually when you’re …

Immune System

The untold story of modern science is one of empire and colonial exploitation

Sir Ronald Ross had just returned from an expedition to Sierra Leone. The British doctor had been leading efforts to tackle the malaria that so often killed English colonists in the country, and in December 1899 he gave a lecture to the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce about his experience. In the …

Cape Town

What is Germany’s dual education system — and why do other countries want it?

The German economy is powered by products sold the world over. The strength of Europe's powerhouse depends on outbound shipments. We take a look at …

Education

Mozilla's radical open-source move helped rewrite rules of tech

A gamble 20 years ago unleashed the source code for the browser that became Firefox. The approach is now core to Facebook, Google and everyone else.<p>Twenty years ago, Netscape Communications was desperate. It was the darling of the first wave of internet companies for its ability to let you surf the …

Software

The dysfunctional megacity: why Dhaka is bursting at the sewers

Cities can be dense without being overpopulated. But in the world’s most crowded city, the drains can’t cope – creating a grim new job<p>After decades cleaning the sewers of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s crowded capital, Sujon Lal Routh has seen plenty of misery. But the tragedy of 2008 was the worst. After a …

Geography

If you want to stay successful, learn to think like Leonardo da Vinci

Some of history’s greatest contributions have come from polymaths.<p>Aristotle practically invented half a dozen fields of study across philosophy. Galileo was as much a physicist as he was an engineer when he helped kick-start the scientific revolution. Da Vinci might have been even more famous as an …

Learning

Amazon’s global shoppers just can’t get enough of made-in-India products

From ethnic clothing to copper cocktail glasses, Made-in-India products are all the rage among global online shoppers.<p>In 2017, Amazon registered a 500% increase in international orders for Indian products over 2015 when its Global Selling Program was first launched in India, the company said in a …

Uttar Pradesh

India attempts to take pole position in the world’s clean-energy transformation

On Sunday, March 11, the heads of around 40 countries landed in India for the first official summit of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), a non-profit treaty-based group of 121 countries promoting the use of solar energy.<p>They put their heads together to discuss the ISA’s goal of making solar …

Renewable Energy

Latin American countries sign legally binding pact to protect land defenders

New treaty compels states to investigate and punish killings and attacks on people defending their land or environment<p>Officials from 24 Latin American and Caribbean states have signed a legally binding environmental rights pact containing measures to protect land defenders, almost two years to the …

Latin America

As one of Abu Dhabi’s unofficial citizens, when will I get to call my country home?

Abu Dhabi is my home and it is where I come from, despite the utter illegality of my claim.<p>The United Arab Emirates tends to lure three types of …

Watch as the biggest storm ever to hit Tonga tears over the tiny island nation

The small Pacific island nation of Tonga woke up to devastation after a hurricane-strength storm tore through.<p>Tropical Cyclone Gita is reportedly the most powerful to ever hit Tonga—most recently in the spotlight at the Winter Olympics thanks to the latest scene-stealing appearance of Pita …

'The difficulty is the point': teaching spoon-fed students how to really read

When the logic of capitalism means universities are run as businesses, much is lost. Reclaiming literature is crucial to understanding the times we live in<p>I’ve recently finished marking 40-odd exams, mostly written by people between the ages of 18 and 21. In them our students had to answer …

Education

Climate Science Looks Back to Predict the Future—And It’s Not Pretty

Simulating past climates gives science an uncomfortably accurate picture of what the future holds: The last time it was only a little warmer than …

Mark Ruffalo marches against white supremacy

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Actor Mark Ruffalo has joined activists marching from Charlottesville, Virginia, to the nation’s capital to condemn white …

Rights & Freedoms

The age of AI surveillance is here

For years we’ve been recorded in public on security cameras, police bodycams, livestreams, other people’s social media posts, and on and on. But even if there’s a camera in our face, there’s always been a slight assurance that strangers wouldn’t really be able to do anything that affects us with …

A founder of Black Lives Matter answers a question on many minds: Where did it go?

To supporters, it is a respectable civil rights movement. To critics, it’s an anti-police organization that deserves to be banned.<p>Black Lives Mattercame into existence following the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, an African American teen, by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in …

Questions find life in art

<b>Mumbai-based artist Savia Mahajan has spiritual and philosophical questions that inspire her artworks, a rustic form of what remains in between life</b> …

Art

Sacred Monsters: Browsing the lives and minds of the men in gay porn

*Piece originally published in The Smart Set. Slight modifications provided*<p>-To J. Floyd, Oakland’s wandering poet.<p>‘The body is meant to be seen, not …

A Harvard political philosopher on why tougher policing in America won’t reduce crime

Violent crime is near historic lows in America, but new attorney general Jeff Sessions has made increasing the power of law enforcement a key focus at the Department of Justice (DOJ). In a series of recent speeches, he has painted a dark picture of the state of America, particularly its big cities, …

Mozilla's new tool lets you send self-destructing 1GB files for free

Part of Mozilla’s work in building the open-source Firefox browser involves trialing new features be<p>The folks at Mozilla, who are behind Firefox, are testing a bunch of new tools and features for the popular open-source browser. That includes Send, a free cross-browser web app for sharing …

This Ex-Googler’s Predictive Search Tool Could Change The Future Of Networking

Node founder Falon Fatemi wants AI to one day give the best-connected people in our networks a run for their money.<p>“Google has had a major influence in terms of my DNA and how I look at the world,” reflects Falon Fatemi, one of Google’s youngest employees when she was hired, at age 19, in 2005. Her …

Startups

Korea's First Black Model is Facing Widespread Racism

By Jung Ha-Won<p>Teenage male model Han Hyun-Min's long legs and powerful strut have made him a rising star on South Korean catwalks, but his agent knew there would be a problem in the ethnically homogenous country: he is half black.<p>Han, 16, has a Nigerian father in a society where racial …

Taiwan

Indigenous suicide is no longer a mystery. So why the continued political apathy?

<i>Natan Obed is the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national voice of Canada's 60,000 Inuit.</i><p>My sincere condolences go out to all indigenous families and communities, who, like Inuit, are disproportionately affected by the loss of our loved ones to suicide. The world is a diminished place …

Mental Health

Germany to boost green energy in Africa - but will it work?

With Africa’s energy demand on the rise, the German government is launching a new initiative aimed at helping citizens in African countries produce …

Renewable Energy