J.P. Smith

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A Solo Mission to Mars Goes Weirdly Awry in Approaching the Unknown

Here’s the first trailer for writer-director Mark Elijah Robinson’s debut feature, <i>Approaching the Unknown.</i> An astronaut (Mark Strong) blasts off for …

Seeing the First Person View of a Lego Toy Train Riding Around on a Track Is Surprisingly Fun

Seeing the perspective of a toy train is way, way more fun than it should be. About 160 feet of Lego train tracks were laid out around this guy’s …

No room at the inn

THOSE who have spent years travelling in Africa have learned to do so with good humour. A decade ago, when Angola’s economy was booming, one …

Coachella 2016: Watch Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar Join Anderson .Paak Onstage

During the first weekend of Coachella, Anderson .Paak was joined by T.I., who performed "About the Money" and "Bring Em Out." Last night, the Aftermath signee's set featured cameos from both Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar, who also made appearances during Ice Cube's set. Donning a Prince symbol shirt, …

Neon Indian Rates Ted Cruz, Guy Fieri and Patrick Stewart | Over/Under

How Many People Can the Earth Actually Hold?

There’s over 7 billion people on this planet of ours and some estimates peg the population to reach 10 billion by the end of the century. Given that …

We're Fertilizing the Heck Out of Our Planet and That's a Bad Thing

The world is getting greener. A global analysis of satellite data finds that an area two times the size of the continental US has gone from brown to …

Climate Change

Burundian time-bomb

WHEN a Hutu politician says it is time to “pulverise and exterminate” rebels who are “good only for dying”, outsiders should sit up. When he talks of …

Aziz Ansari and Eric Wareheim Made a Very Goofy Video for Kanye's "Famous": Watch

Kanye West hasn't yet shared an official video from <i>The Life of Pablo</i>, but Aziz Ansari and Eric Wareheim are here to pick up the slack. Today, the "Master of None" co-stars shared a very goofy, unofficial video for album cut "Famous," in which they gallivant around Italy. Below, watch them eat …

Everyone Should Be Able To Explain Quantum Computing Like Justin Trudeau

When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau schooled a journalist on the basics of quantum computing yesterday, I was initially as charmed and …

100 Years of Film History Retold with the Best Shot in Each Year

If you want to go through the history of cinema, you could easily just check out who won what when. There are awards given out to films every year …

Awards

Music of Morocco: Recorded by Paul Bowles, 1959 Box Set Announced

Paul Bowles was an American expatriate composer and author who lived in Tangier. In 1959, he traveled around Morocco and recorded vocal and instrumental music of various tribes and indigenous populations. The Library of Congress issued a double album of those recordings in 1972. On April 1, …

A hilly dilemma

AT SIX in the evening, as the streets start to throng with motorcycle taxis taking people home, a senior civil servant in Rwanda’s ministry of …

What lies beneath

THE breathtaking beauty of the Lake Kivu region, resting between the volcanoes and steep hills of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, is …

Watching a Log Cabin Hand Built From Scratch Will Make You Want to Live in a Forest

Technology has made many aspects of our lives easier, but at the same time incredibly chaotic with non-stop emails, social media posts, and …

A Side-By-Side Comparison of a TV Show's First Scene Versus the Final Scene

Because we’re all so sensitive these days: SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t watched some TV shows like Breaking Bad or The Wire or Lost or Sons of …

10 Hidden Secrets in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

As one of the most beloved franchises of all time, <i>The Force Awakens</i> was scrutinized to a degree usually reserved for Pynchon novels by grad students …

Time Traveling Bong Is the Science Fiction Stoner Comedy We've Been Waiting For

Duuuuuude. I know we’re all fired up about the <i>Rogue One</i> trailer today, but take a moment to watch the trailer for <i>Time Traveling Bong</i>, too—Comedy …

How to Get a Strong Wi-Fi Signal in Every Room of Your House

If you live in a particularly tall or wide house, or one with a complicated layout, then you might have problems with Wi-Fi dead zones where your …

Getting the most out of one’s self

<b>Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business.</b> By Charles Duhigg. <i>Random House; 380 pages; $28. William Heinemann; £20.</i><p>…

Here's the Table Of Contents For Ann and Jeff Vandermeer's Amazing Big Book of Science Fiction

A couple of years ago, Ann and Jeff Vandermeer put out a request for recommendations: they were putting together a survey anthology of short science …

Open argument

IN 2011 Ronnie Dunn, a country singer, recorded “Cost of Livin’”, a poignant song about a former factory worker’s search for a job. Sensing there …

East Africa’s used-clothes trade comes under fire

GIKOMBA market, just north of Nairobi’s downtown, is a place to buy just about anything. At its entrance, where ragged minibuses push their way …

How a Street Artist Secretly Painted an Urban-Scale Mural in Cairo

All over the world street artists have become famous by surreptitiously adding swabs of paint or wheatpaste to city walls. But the most remarkable …

Smokey and the bandits

<b>At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails.</b> By Sarah Bakewell. <i>Other Press; 439 pages; $25. Chatto & Windus; …

The problem with profits

AMERICA used to be the land of opportunity and optimism. Now opportunity is seen as the preserve of the elite: two-thirds of Americans believe the …

The National, Courtney Barnett, the War on Drugs, More Cover the Grateful Dead: Listen

After several years in the works, the National's all-star Grateful Dead tribute was finally announced last week. <i>Day of the Dead</i>, a 59-track, six-hour box set, is out May 20 via 4AD. It'll benefit Red Hot, the not-for-profit HIV/AIDS organization. Today, a clutch of covers from the record have been …

Corporate concentration

PROFITS are an essential part of capitalism. They give investors a return, encourage innovation and signal where resources should be invested. Their …

Economics

Chronicle of a death foretold

<b>China’s Future.</b> By David Shambaugh. <i>Polity; 195 pages; $19.95 and £14.99.</i><p><b>Get our daily newsletter</b><p>Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and …

The 9 Most Breathtaking Images from the Smithsonian's Annual Photo Contest

A volcano spewing ash, magical forest fireflies, and a monkey who feels just like we all do about winter weather. These are just a few of the …